Archive for December 11th, 2009

DSO’s “Classical Roots” Concerts Present Regina Carter in World Premiere of Billy Child’s Violin Concerto

“Classical Roots” Gala Celebrates 10th Anniversary, Honors Composer Olly Wilson

DETROIT, (December 11, 2009) – Detroit native, MacArthur Fellow and world-renowned jazz violinist Regina Carter will give the World Premiere of a Violin Concerto written by William “Billy” Childs, the Grammy Award-winning composer and jazz pianist who received a Guggenheim Fellowship last spring. The work will be one of three compositions by contemporary African-American composers to be performed at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s 2010 “Classical Roots” concerts, which take place on Fri., Jan. 29 at 8 p.m. and Sat., Jan. 30 at 8:30 p.m. in Orchestra Hall at the Max M. Fisher Music Center. Conducted by DSO Music Director Leonard Slatkin, the program will also include Lumina by celebrated composer Olly Wilson, and Beyond Rivers of Vision by James Lee III, a 34-year-old native of St. Joseph, Michigan. Additionally, the Brazeal Dennard Chorale, directed by Augustus Hill, will sing a set of a-cappella selections, and the performances will open with “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing,” by John Rosamond Johnson and James Weldon Johnson. READ MORE

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Beethoven’s “Eroica” Symphony Featured on Musically Divergent Program at Orchestra Hall

John Williams Violin Concerto Has DSO Premiere

DETROIT, (December 11, 2009) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO), Music Director Leonard Slatkin and Concertmaster Emmanuelle Boisvert present a program featuring composers of three diverse periods in musical history, with a work by a living composer experiencing its DSO premiere, in Beethoven’s “Eroica.” Performances also include music by 17th century composer Henry Purcell (transcribed in the 20th century by Benjamin Britten) and John Williams, who is better known for his popular film scores. Concerts take place on Thursday, January 14 at 8:00 p.m.; Friday, January 15 at 10:45 a.m.; Saturday, January 16 at 8:30 p.m.; and Sunday, January 17 at 3:00 p.m. READ MORE

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Start the New Year Swingin’ with Sinatra and Dorsey

DETROIT, (Dec., 11, 2009) – Feel the magic of 1940′s swing era music and ring in the New Year with the DSO as they team up with conductor Jeff Tyzik, vocalist Steve Lippia, trombonist Jim Pugh and percussionist Dave Mancini to bring the velvety smooth hits of Frank Sinatra and the big band sound of Tommy Dorsey to the stage in Swingin’ with Sinatra and Dorsey. The performances, part of the DTE Energy Foundation Pops Series, take place Thurs., Jan. 7 at 10:45 a.m. and 8 p.m.; Fri., Jan. 8 at 8:30 p.m.; Sat., Jan. 9 at 8:30 p.m.; and Sun., Jan. 10 at 3 p.m. in Orchestra Hall. READ MORE

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