DSO Presents Violinist Sarah Chang and Pianist Robert Koenig In Rare Recital at Orchestra Hall on Oct. 11


DETROIT (Oct. 7, 2010) –The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will host violinist Sarah Chang and pianist Robert Koenig on Orchestra Hall stage on Monday, Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in a special recital program featuring Brahms’ Sonatensatz and Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108 as well as César Franck’s Sonata for Violin and Piano.  Patrons who have purchased tickets to this weekend’s cancelled season opening concerts can attend free of charge by presenting their pre-purchased concert tickets.  The general public can purchase general admission seating for $25.  Tickets go on sale on Fri., Oct. 8. This performance is made possible by a generous gift from PVS Chemicals.

“We’re delighted that Sarah and Robert have chosen to offer this opportunity for the public to join us at Orchestra Hall for a special chamber recital on Monday,” said DSO President & CEO Anne Parsons. “We are sad to have lost the opportunity to hear Sarah with the Orchestra this weekend and we welcome this gift to our patrons and the metro Detroit community.”

Patrons who have tickets to the Symphonie Fantastique season opening concerts featuring Music Director Leonard Slatkin and Sarah Chang that were originally scheduled from Oct. 8-10, but were cancelled due to lack of rehearsals associated with the musicians’ strike, can submit their tickets at the door to the Sarah Chang recital for general admission seating.  The general public can purchase general admission seating for $25.  Doors to Orchestra Hall will open at 5:30 p.m.

“In these times of difficulty for everyone I hope my recital can help to keep the music alive for this city,” said Sarah Chang.

Tickets may be purchased at the Max M. Fisher Music Center box office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit); by calling (313) 576-5111; or online at www.detroitsymphony.com.  Seniors (60 and over) and students with a valid student ID can purchase 50% off RUSH tickets at the box office 90 minutes prior to concerts based on availability.  For group discount information (10 people or more), please contact Chuck Dyer at (313) 576-5130 or cdyer@dso.org

About Sarah Chang

Sarah Chang is recognized as one of the world’s great violinists.  Since her debut with the New York Philharmonic at the age of 8 she has performed with the greatest orchestras, conductors and accompanists internationally in a career spanning more than two decades.  In 2012, she will have recorded exclusively for EMI Classics for 20 years.  In recital, Sarah Chang regularly travels internationally and her last season tour included visits to cities such as London, Zurich, Dublin, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Moscow and St. Petersburg.  Sarah Chang’s most recent recording for EMI Classics, performances of Brahms and Bruch violin concertos with Kurt Masur and the Dresdner Philharmonie was received to excellent critical and popular acclaim and was her 20th album for the label.  Her 2007 recording of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons attracted international commendation, with BBC Music Magazine stating: “She has never made a finer recording.”  She has also recorded Prokofiev Violin Concerto No.1 and Shostakovich Violin Concerto No.1 live with the Berliner Philharmoniker under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle, Fire and Ice, an album of popular shorter works for violin and orchestra with Placido Domingo conducting the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Dvorak concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Colin Davis, as well as several chamber music and sonata discs with artists including pianists Leif Ove Andsnes and Lars Vogt.

About Robert Koenig

Pianist Robert Koenig has quickly established a reputation as a much sought-after collaborative pianist and chamber musician.  He performs regularly in major centers throughout the world with many of this generation’s most renowned musicians.  Recent engagements have included performances at Carnegie Hall in New York, The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, The Concertgebuow in Amsterdam, and the Louvre Museum in Paris.  He has performed with many of today’s leading artists including Sarah Chang, Hilary Hahn, Pamela Frank, Roberto Diaz, Elmar Oliveira, and Aaron Rosand.

About the DSO

The internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the fourth-oldest symphony orchestra in the United States, is known for trailblazing performances, visionary maestros and collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists.  Esteemed conductor Leonard Slatkin, called “America’s Music Director” by the Los Angeles Times, became the 12th Music Director of the DSO during the 2008-09 season.  The DSO offers a year-round performance schedule that includes classical, pops, jazz, young people’s concerts and festivals.  The DSO makes its home in historic Orchestra Hall, one of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, and actively pursues a mission to impact and serve the community through music.  For more information, please visit www.detroitsymphony.com.


Orchestra Hall
Sarah Chang, violin
Robert Koenig, piano
Mon., Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m.

Johannes Brahms:                                   Sonatensatz
Johannes Brahms:                                   Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108
César Franck:                                            Sonata for Violin and Piano


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