Archive for February 12th, 2010

Hello from Charles Greenwell!

Of all days we did not need to have travel hassles, this was it:  our longest bus ride of the tour—but we got them anyway.  Probably it was Murphy’s Law in action.  Our drive from Naples to the Tampa area to have lunch was basically OK, but once we left the mall near Tampa and took off for Orlando/Altamonte it started raining, then traffic became so heavy that we were crawling along a good deal of the time, and as a result we arrived at our hotel over an hour late.  This day was certainly draining on the musicians, but I know they will rise to the occasion and play tonight at their usual splendid level.  On the positive side, the concert last evening in Naples at The Philharmonic was a resounding success, and we got a standing, cheering ovation at the end.

That is all for now.  More later from


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Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers debut at Orchestra Hall

DETROIT, (Feb. 12, 2010) -One of the most diversified performers in the motion picture industry today, Steve Martin-actor, comedian, author, playwright, producer, and musician – comes to Orchestra Hall, teaming up with the Steep Canyon Rangers on April 19. The performance, titled Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, An Evening of Bluegrass and Banjo, will feature songs from Martin’s Grammy Award-winning banjo album, The Crow, and selections with the Steep Canyon Rangers. This one-night special event will take place on Mon., April 19 at 8 p.m.


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Tomorrow’s leading musicians perform alongside celebrated alumni and faculty of The Curtis Institute of Music

DETROIT, (Feb. 12, 2010) – In honor of the hundredth birthday of celebrated Curtis alumnus Samuel Barber, The Curtis Institute of Music is making its way to Detroit on Feb. 28 for a stop on their world-renowned seasonal tour, Curtis On Tour. Violinist Ida Kavafian and cellist Peter Wiley, both faculty members, appear with Curtis students Benjamin Beilman, Yekwon Sunwoo, and Hyo Bi Sim during the 2009-10 tour. The program features Barber’s String Quartet No. 1, Op.11, along with Dvořák’s Piano Quintet No. 2, Rogerson’s Lullaby: no bad dreams and Shapiro’s Sonata for Viola and Piano, miniatures commissioned for the tour from composition students Chris Rogerson and Daniel Shapiro.  The concert takes place in The Music Box on Sun., Feb. 28 at 7 p.m.


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Post-Concert in Naples

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Naples Warm-Up



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DSO Announces 2010-11 Season; Slatkin Contract Extension Through 2012-13

-          Leonard Slatkin’s second full season reflects the balance of his musical thinking, with new and under-performed works coexisting with the standard repertoire

-          “Beethoven Cycle” to feature all nine symphonies performed in three successive classical weeks

-          Mahler Symphony No. 8 “Symphony of a Thousand” to be performed in partnership with Michigan Opera Theatre and University Musical Society

-          Three world premieres of works by Bright Sheng, Stephen Rush and Du Yun as well as an American premiere and multiple DSO premieres

-          Favorite conductors return: Sir Andrew Davis, Rafael Frübeck de Burgos, Sir Roger Norrington, Peter Oundjian, Arild Remmereit, Mark Wigglesworth, Thomas Wilkins

-          DSO conducting debuts: Joana Carneiro, André Raphel Smith

-          Guest artists: Sarah Chang, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Lynn Harrell, Leila Josefowicz, Olga Kern, Andrew von Oeyen, Cho-liang Lin and U.S. orchestral debut of guitarist Xuefei Yang

-          DSO soloists including Emmanuelle Boisvert, Robert deMaine, Karl Pituch and Kimberly Kaloyanides Kennedy

-          DSO recording projects include music of Rachmaninoff, John Williams, Bright Sheng and Cindy McTee

-          “Hollywood Pictures” program featuring film music and Leonard Slatkin’s brother, cellist Fred Zlotkin, performing a concerto premiered by their mother, Eleanor Aller

-          Michel Camilo returns for second season as the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair with the American premiere of his Second Piano Concerto


DETROIT, (Feb. 12, 2010) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) announced today programming for its 2010-11 Classical Subscription Series and an extension of Music Director Leonard Slatkin’s contract another two years through the 2012-13 season. 

Thus demonstrating his commitment to the orchestra, its audiences and the communities of metro Detroit, Slatkin made adjustments in compensation and will contribute conducting and community weeks without pay.  He emphasized that it is the spirit and excellence of the DSO musicians and the support of its audiences and administration that led him to make an extended commitment.


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