Archive for March, 2010

DSO Has a License to Thrill with Bond & Beyond

DETROIT, (Mar. 31, 2010) – Hold onto your seats as the DSO and conductor Michael Krajewski rev up with signature tunes from the famous James Bond film franchise in performances titled Bond and Beyond on Apr. 15-18.  The program features “James Bond” and “The 007” themes, and the DSO premiere of the Cell Phone Concerto with a special guest artist to be announced. The concerts take place on Thu., Apr. 15 at 10:45 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.; Fri., Apr. 16 at 8:30 p.m.; Sat., Apr. 17 at 8:30 p.m. and Sun., Apr. 18 at 3:00 p.m.

Other selections on the program include music from James Bond films Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever, From Russia with Love, Quantum of Solace, Casino Royale, A Time to Kill, and many more! READ MORE



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Sounds like Spring

This morning’s concert by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra was a sheer delight. Guest maestro Christian Zacharias led the Orchestra in three works; two of which were new to this listener’s ears.

First on the program was Schumann’s Overture, Scherzo and Finale. This work, a three-movement orchestral suite, isn’t quite a symphony, but it comes pretty close. Each if the three sections is nicely developed and there is a lightness, a “lift” to the writing that befits the transition from winter to spring. READ MORE



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DSO Welcomes French pianist Helene Grimaud in Beethoven & Vaughan Williams

 Concerts include DSO Premiere of Jacques Hétu’s Le Tombeau de Nelligan

 DETROIT, (Mar. 24, 2010) –The DSO and Principal Guest Conductor Peter Oundjian welcome French pianist Hélène Grimaud for a performance of Beethoven’s serenely intimate Piano Concerto No. 4 in Beethoven & Vaughan Williams on Apr. 9-11. The concert opens with the DSO premiere of Jacques Hétu’s Le Tombeau de Nelligan based on the poetry of Émile Nelligan, and concludes with Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Symphony No. 4. Performances take place in Orchestra Hall on Fri., Apr. 9 at 10:45 a.m.; Sat., Apr. 10 at 8:30 p.m.; and Sun., Apr. 11 at 3:00 p.m.

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Guest Conductor Hans Graf joins the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in Mozart Requiem

DETROIT, (Mar. 24, 2010) – Guest conductor Hans Graf, along with soprano Celena Shaefer, mezzo-soprano Susan Platts, tenor James Taylor, bass Eric Owens and the UMS Choral Union join the DSO in Mozart Requiem, the composer’s unforgettable final work, on Apr. 22-24.  The performance is paired with Strauss’ poetic interpretation of Death and Transfiguration, which he composed to depict the death of an artist, and his Serenade in E-flat major.  The concerts, sponsored by PVS Chemicals, take place in Orchestra Hall on Thu., Apr. 22 at 8:00 p.m.; Fri., Apr. 23 at 8:00 p.m.; and Sat., Apr. 24 at 8:30 p.m.

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Legendary jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins to perform at Orchestra Hall

DETROIT, (Mar. 15, 2010) – American jazz tenor saxophonist and improviser Sonny Rollins will make his way to Orchestra Hall on Apr. 6, 2010 at 8 p.m. Rollins is one of the few surviving icons of the golden era of jazz, having collaborated with such legendary jazz contemporaries as John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Max Roach. The concert, part of the Bank of America Paradise Jazz Series, will be preceded by the Civic Jazz Live! featuring the DSO’s Civic Jazz Orchestra in The Music Box at 6:30 p.m.   READ MORE



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A Thoroughly American Evening

Last night’s concert by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra featured a trio of uniquely American works led by Music Director Leonard Slatkin.

The program opened with Leonard Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story. Edgy and sometimes over-the-top,  this symphonic suite from the now-classic musical has become a classic all unto itself. Maestro Slatkin and the DSO delivered a performance that was by turns taut and riveting, tender and lyrical. READ MORE



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Detroit Symphony Orchestra returns to Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital

CONCERT MARKS SECOND YEAR OF DSO AND HENRY FORD HEALTH SYSTEM PARTNERSHIP

  DETROIT, (March 10, 2010) –Marking the second year in an innovative partnership, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) and Henry Ford Health System will bring a free community concert titled Music and Healing to Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital on March 15. The performance, conducted by Charles Greenwell and located in the Ravitz Foundation Main Atrium, begins at 7 p.m.   

Highlights of the all-string program include Tchaikovsky’s Serenade C major for Strings, J. Strauss and J. Strauss Jr.’s Pizzicato Polka, Anderson’s Plink, Plank Plunk; and Copland’s “Hoe Down” from Rodeo for String Orchestra.

In addition to this special concert event, the DSO/Henry Ford partnership continues to provide live music of DSO concerts in the 2010-2011 Season via digital feed to patients’ rooms at Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital.

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Christian Zacharias makes “second” DSO debut in Bach & Beethoven

DETROIT, (Mar. 10, 2010) – Christian Zacharias, who has dazzled DSO audiences as a pianist, returns to Orchestra Hall in his DSO conducting debut to do double duty as both piano soloist and conductor in Bach & Beethoven. The program features Schumann’s Overture, Scherzo, and Finale, Op. 52, Bach’s Concerto for Clavier and Orchestra in D minor, W. 23, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4 in B-flat major, Op. 60. Concerts take place on Fri., Mar. 26 at 10:45 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.; and Sun., Mar. 28 at 3:00 p.m. READ MORE



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Join the DSO in an Enchanting St. Patrick’s Day celebration with Cherish the Ladies

DETROIT, (Mar. 10, 2010) – Celtic music makes an appearance at Orchestra Hall in a St. Patrick’s Day celebration as guest artists Cherish the Ladies and conductor Bruce Hangen join the DSO on Mar. 18-21. Cherish the Ladies (Joanie Madden, Mary Coogan, Mirella Murray, Kathleen Boyle, Caitlin Warbelow and Michelle Burke) deliver a unique blend of instrumental sounds with piano, fiddle, mandolin, banjo and more, along with beautiful vocals, stunning dance stepping and captivating arrangements that enchant listeners with the traditional music of Ireland. Performances take place Thu., Mar. 18 at 10:45 a.m. and 8 p.m.; Fri., Mar. 19 at 8:30 p.m.; Sat., Mar. 20 at 8:30 p.m; and Sun., Mar. 21 at 3 p.m.

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Hear the DSO on WRCJ

Being aired this Sunday, March 7, at 12:00 Noon on WRCJ 90.9 FM is the latest installment of “The Civic in Concert,” a program featuring the live recordings of the Civic Orchestra and Civic Jazz Orchestra concerts. This broadcast will feature Civic Orchestra’s concert from Saturday, February 27. To read more about this concert click here.Performed on this spectacular concert were Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring and Igor Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring conducted by Charles Burke, alongside Eric Ewazen’s Symphony in Brass conducted by Civic Horn mentor Caroline Harris and Civic Cellist Will Rowe’s Rhapsody in E Major. The hosts of the program are Chris Felcyn, Jimmy Rhoades and DSA Student and Philharmonic Cellist Devoun Rushing. Please plan on tuning in to listen in and support Civic Youth Ensembles!

Also being aired on Sunday, March 7, at 4:00 pm on WRCJ 90.9 FM is the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in concert. Featuring a full length archive concert by the DSO from the 2007 | 2008 season, Stadtfeld’s U.S. Debut with Neeme Järvi conducting.

If you have any family members that want to tune in but cannot pick up WRCJ 90.9, they can stream content over the internet by clicking here.



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