DSO Rings In The Spirit Of The Season With Holiday Performances


DETROIT, (December 7, 2010) –The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) has created a versatile series of holiday performances for people of all ages and musical tastes, with the spirit of the holiday season at heart.  Concerts range from annual favorites (Home for the Holidays, Dec. 16 at 10:45 a.m. & 8 p.m.; Fri., Dec. 17 at 8:30 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 18 at 3 p.m. & 8:30 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 19 at 3 p.m.) to the sounds of our community coming together in musical celebration and ushering in the holiday season (DSO Civic Youth Orchestra w/Grosse Pointe Community Chorus, Sun., Dec. 12 at 3 p.m.), as well as a special presentation of the budding orchestral string players of tomorrow (Power of Dreams, Sun., Dec. 12 at 7 p.m.). Also featured are an eclectic and energized holiday fusion of Celtic and Classical music (Bowfire Holiday Heart Strings, Sun., Dec. 12 at 3 p.m.), and the majestic and elegant sounds of vocal Jazz (Manhattan Transfer Christmas, Tue., Dec. 14 at 8 p.m.).

About Home For The Holidays

Leonard Slatkin conducts Detroit’s favorite holiday musical tradition! Share it with family and friends, and thrill to the spectacle of the season.  Familiar holiday classics, evocative orchestral works and exciting new melodies warm the heart and are sure to satisfy the tastes of any musical palette. Part of the DTE Energy Foundation’s Pops Series, Home For The Holidays is a sparkling celebration.  And yes, Virginia, there will be a Santa Claus!

Tickets for Home for the Holidays on Dec. 16-19 range in price from $19 to $52 with a limited number of box seats available for $70.

DTE Energy Foundation Pops Series
Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Orchestra Hall
Thu., Dec. 16 at 10:45 a.m. & 8 p.m.;
Fri., Dec. 17 at 8:30 p.m.;
Sat., Dec. 18 at 3 p.m. & 8:30 p.m.;
Sun., Dec. 19 at 3 p.m.


About Civic Youth Ensembles

The Civic Orchestra, Civic Jazz Orchestra, and Civic Wind Symphony are comprised of more than 500 students from high schools and universities in Southeastern Michigan. Civic Orchestra provides advanced young musicians the highest level of musical instruction and members participate in a three-concert season at Orchestra Hall; Civic Jazz Orchestra is designed to give aspiring young jazz musicians pre-professional training that builds upon the great tradition of jazz in Detroit, and the Civic Wind Symphony provides top-notch training for advanced woodwind, brass and percussion students. Members of the Civic Youth Ensembles receive coaching from DSO musicians, conductors, and staff, have opportunities to work and perform with internationally renowned artists, and attend master classes and rehearsals with guest artists and conductors.

Tickets for DSO Civic Youth Orchestra w/Grosse Pointe Community Chorus are $10 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under.

Charles Burke, Director,conductor, Civic Youth Orchestra
Joseph Palazzolo, Director, conductor, Grosse Pointe Community Chorus

HANDEL                      Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah
MOZART                     Missa Brevis K. 259
RUTTER                     Christmas Lullaby
                                      What Sweeter Music
                                      We Wish You A Merry Christmas

First English Lutheran Church, Grosse Pointe
Sun., Dec. 12 at 3 p.m.
The DSO does not appear on this program


About The Power of Dreams

Join us for this free concert in Orchestra Hall, this event is open to the public with no tickets required.  The concert will feature music students in grades 3-8 playing in ensembles of all kinds, from smaller chamber groups to larger string ensembles. Funded by Honda, the Power of Dreams String Music Project is a unique program that provides introductory music education/training in classical violin, viola, cello and bass to children in metro-Detroit communities. Power of Dreams is an initiative made possible through both a generous grant from Honda North America, as well through partnership with Wayne State University and the SHAR Products Company.

Tickets are not required for the Power of Dreams on Dec. 12, admission is FREE.

Honda Power of Dreams String Music Project
String Orchestras

Orchestra Hall
Sun., Dec. 12 at 7 p.m.
The DSO does not appear on this program


About Bowfire

BOWFIRE Holiday Heart Strings, part of the Delta Air Lines Special Event Series, mixes greatest hits with a holiday twist.  Celebrate the festive season with some of the world’s greatest fiddlers and violinists in many genres, with stepdancing like you have never seen. Holiday Heart Strings includes all time favorite classics, such as The Nutcracker Suite, Sleigh Ride, So This Is Christmas, Dreydl, Dreydl, Dreydl, and The Christmas Song, with added singing as well as the best of BOWFIRE that audiences have come to love from its years of touring and performing. As seen on PBS, BOWFIRE’s ensemble of world-renowned musicians takes audiences on a journey that moves seamlessly from Jazz to Classical to Bluegrass to Celtic to Rock. For more information on BOWFIRE, its cast and tour dates, please visit www.bowfire.com.

Tickets for Bowfire Holiday Heart Strings on Dec. 12 range from $19 to $68 with a limited number of box seats available for $105.

Delta Air Lines Special Event Series 
Lindsey Beckett, fiddle
Russ Boswell, bass
Bill Bridges, guitar
Shane Cook, fiddle
Bogdan Djukic, violin
George Gao, erhu
Bernie Senensky, piano
Wendy Soloman, cello
Lenny Soloman, violin
Roger Travassos, percussion and drums
Kelli Trottier, fiddle, vocals
April Verch, fiddle, vocals

Orchestra Hall
Sun., Dec. 12 at 3 p.m.
The DSO does not appear on this program


About Manhattan Transfer

It’s been nearly thirty-five years since Tim Hauser, a former Madison Avenue marketing executive, paid his bills by driving a New York City cab while aspiring to form a harmony vocal quartet that could authentically embrace varied musical styles and still create something wholly unique in the field of American popular song. By the end of 1974 the quartet of Tim Hauser, Janis Siegel, Laurel Masse and Alan Paul was the number one live attraction in New York City, prompting Newsweek to send a writer to their show a Reno Sweeney’s in Greenwich Village to report on this growing phenomenon.  The Manhattan Transfer was signed to Atlantic records by the legendary Ahmet Ertegun in 1975.  Their subsequent recordings garnered them a string of Top 10 hits and a #1 smash hit in Britain and France with Chanson d’Amour.  Laurel Masse left the group in 1978, replaced with the stunning Cheryl Bentyne, marking the second phase of The Manhattan Transfer.  In 1981 they became the first group to ever win Grammy Awards in both Pop and Jazz categories in the same year.  After winning consecutive Grammys in 1982 and 1983, they were nominated for a monumental 12 Grammy Awards in 1985 for their record Vocalese.  With worldwide sales in the millions, Grammy awards by the dozen and as veterans of sold-out world tours, The Manhattan Transfer has cemented its reputation as a group that is restless, adventurous, limitless, and as the Philadelphia Inquirer so aptly put it, a group that “still can sound dangerous!”

This concert, part of the Delta Air Lines Special Event Series, is preceded by Civic Jazz LIVE! Featuring the Civic Jazz Orchestra in the Music Box at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for Manhattan Transfer Christmas on Dec. 14 range in price from $15 to $68 with a limited number of box seats available for $105. Tickets to Civic Jazz LIVE! on Dec. 14 are FREE with admission to Manhattan Transfer Christmas or $12 for the civic concert only. 

Delta Air Lines Special Event Series 
Tim Hauser, vocals
Janis Siegel, vocals
Alan Paul, vocals
Cheryl Bentyne, vocals

Orchestra Hall
Tue., Dec. 14 at 8 p.m.
The DSO does not appear on this program



Tickets for all December concerts may be purchased and/or reserved at the DSO Box Office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit), by calling the DSO at (313) 576-5111 or by visiting www.detroitsymphony.com.


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