Make DSO Your Home for the Holidays with a Month of Seasonal Spectaculars


DETROIT, (November 28, 2011) –The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) has created a versatile series of holiday performances to ignite the holiday spirit. Concerts range from annual favorites (Home for the Holidays, Fri., Dec. 16 at 10:45 a.m.; Sat., Dec. 17 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 18 at 3 p.m.) to a high-energy celebration featuring folk, Celtic, and traditional holiday favorites (A Natalie MacMaster Christmas in Cape Breton, Mon. Dec. 5 at 8 p.m.), as well as classic sounds for the holiday celebration like Vivaldi (The Four Seasons! Thu., Dec. 8th at 7:30pm; Fri. Dec 10th at 8pm) and Handel (Handel’s Messiah, Sat., Dec. 10 at 3 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 11th at 3 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.  And yes, Virginia, there will be a Santa Claus!

Tickets for Home for the Holidays on Dec. 16-18 range in price from $19 to $68 with a limited number of box seats available for $105.


Detroit Symphony Orchestra Pops Series

Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Orchestra Hall

Friday, Dec. 16 at 10:45 a.m.;

Saturday, Dec. 17 at 3 p.m. & 8 p.m.;

Sunday, Dec. 18 at 3 p.m.

About A Natalie MacMaster Christmas in Cape Breton

Internationally renowned Canadian fiddler and step dancer Natalie MacMaster brings the unique Christmas spirit of Nova Scotia to Crchestra Hall. Enjoy a high-energy celebration featuring folk, Celtic and traditional holiday favorites.


DSO Presents 2011-12 Special Events

Orchestra Hall

The DSO does not appear on this program

Monday, Dec. 5 at 8 pm.

About Natalie MacMaster

Natalie MacMaster is an electrifying performer whose passionate proficiency on the beloved four-string amplifies the traditional East Coast sound for contemporary times. It’s a signature sound that has resonated with world audiences through 10 albums, multiple gold sales figures and 27 years; numerous Juno and East Coast Music Awards; two honorary degrees (from Niagara University, NY, and Trent University) and an honorary doctorate (St. Thomas University); the Order Of Canada – and a reputation as one of Canada’s most captivating performers. Whether performing with The Chieftains, Paul Simon, Faith Hill, Luciano Pavarotti or in front of millions on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, the ABC 2002 New Year’s Eve Special and Good Morning America, Natalie MacMaster’s original Cape Breton sound paired with high energy step dancing has elected her a performer not to be missed.

About The Four Seasons!

Share the magic of the holidays with timeless baroque masterworks – Bach, Handel and Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons with UK violin sensation Nicola Benedetti. A very special celebration of the season!


DSO Presents 2011-12 Special Events

Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Matthew Halls, conductor

Nicola Benedetti, violin

Thursday, Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m.;

Saturday, Dec. 10 at 8 p.m.

Tickets for The Four Seasons! on Dec. 8 and 10 range in price from $15 to $50 with a limited number of box seats available for $100.

About Matthew Halls

The word “versatile” is often applied to musicians; in the case of the British conductor Matthew Halls it is more than richly deserved. Halls first came to prominence as an acclaimed keyboard player, but was soon conducting regularly. Now, he has established himself in Europe as one of today’s leading young conductors, and is rapidly gaining an equally enthusiastic following on podiums in North American concert halls and opera houses. His 2009 debut with the Central City Opera in Denver leading Handel’s Rinaldo was so successful that he was invited back for Puccini’s Madama Butterfly the following summer — a production that garnered superlatives for a reading hailed as “meticulous” and “refined” (Denver Post) and “near-miraculous” (Daily Camera), and again for Handel’s Amadigi in 2011. Mr. Halls has been named Artistic Director Designate of the renowned Oregon Bach Festival, where he will take over from founding Artistic Director Helmuth Rilling following the 2013 season.

About Nicola Benedetti

Nicola Benedetti has captivated audiences and critics alike with her musicality and poise. Throughout her career, her desire to perform new works has shown her to be one of Britain’s most innovative and creative young violinists. She has recorded newly commissioned works by John Tavener and James MacMillan, worked on jazz-influenced repertoire with Wynton Marsalis and others, and explored authentic baroque performance. Winner of the Classical BRIT Award for Young British Classic Performer in 2008, Ms. Benedetti has released five CDs with Universal/Deutsche Grammophon. She has also taken part in many prestigious events, including performances at Windsor Castle for Her Majesty the Queen, opening of the Scottish Parliament, the G8 Summit at Gleneagles and for Comic Relief’s “Classic Relief” concert.

About Handel’s Messiah


DSO Presents 2011-12 Special Events

Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Christopher Warren-Green, conductor

Klara Elk, soprano

Christopher Ainslie, counter tenor

Mark Tucker, tenor

Douglas Williams, bass-baritone

University Medical Society Choral Union, chorus

Jerry Blackstone, conductor

Saturday, Dec. 10 at 3 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 11 at 3 p.m.

About Christopher Warren-Green

Music Director of the Charlotte Symphony and London Chamber orchestras, this season Christopher Warren-Green makes his debut with the Detroit and Milwaukee symphony orchestras and the Zürcher Kammerorchester, and will return to the London Philharmonic, Sapporo Symphony and the Royal Philharmonic orchestras. Last season he conducted the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, made his debut with the Orchestre National de Belgique, and performed with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, Dublin. He also conducted the London Chamber Orchestra in the closing concert of the Berlin International Music Festival in August 2011. Warren-Green is a regular on television and radio, and in summer 2008, he featured on the BBC’s high-profile television series ‘Maestro’. He has recorded extensively for Sony, Philips, Virgin EMI, Chandos and Deutsche Grammophon, and regularly records with London Chamber Orchestra for Signum Classics.

Tickets for Handel’s Messiah on Dec. 10 and 11 range in price from $15 to $50 with a limited number of box seats available for $100.


Tickets for all December concerts may be purchased and/or reserved at the Max M. Fisher Music Center Box Office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit), by calling (313) 576-5111 or by visiting

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