DSO Spring 2012 webcast schedule secures Orchestra’s global accessibility

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Funding extends DSO’s reign as America’s only regularly-webcast orchestra

DETROIT, (Jan. 19, 2012) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) has announced a lineup of 13 high-definition “Live from Orchestra Hall” webcasts slated for Spring 2012, extending our global audience’s capability to watch live concerts from anywhere in the world for free. The new schedule, which includes live performances by the DSO under the batons of Leonard Slatkin, Hans Graf, and Neeme Järvi, was made possible by a $90,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

“The webcasts by the DSO are a wonderful new way for audiences to connect with live symphonic music, and remind us of how the arts enrich us,” said Dennis Scholl, Knight Foundation’s vice president/arts.

The first major American orchestra to produce a series of its kind, “Live from Orchestra Hall” builds on the DSO’s legacy dating back to 1922 as the first orchestra to broadcast performances via radio. With more than 25,000 viewers in over 40 countries (and counting), today’s global community has made the DSO’s digital audience initiative an unqualified success. Initial funding for “Live from Orchestra Hall” came from DSO Board member Phillip Fisher. Knight Foundation provided sustaining funding for the series’ inaugural season beginning in September, 2011.  Last fall, the Ford Motor Company Fund signed on as the global presenting sponsor.  Together, these funders have positioned Detroit and the DSO on the cutting edge of the digital concert universe.

“The webcasts have made experiencing a live DSO concert just as easy as watching a football game or streaming your favorite TV show,” said Scott Harrison, executive producer of digital media. “We’re aiming at becoming the most accessible orchestra on the planet, and Knight Foundation has played an important role in our pursuit of that goal.”

The first webcast of 2012 will feature the live performance of “Franck’s Symphony in D Minor” with Hélène Bouchez conducting and Conrad Tao on piano. Special intermission guests, to be interviewed by host Alex Trajano, are DSO Principal Oboe Don Baker, pianist Conrad Tao, and Aaron Dworkin, founder and president of the Sphinx Organization. Webcasts are produced in collaboration with Detroit Public Television; streamed on the DSO, DPTV and WRCJ-FM websites, as well as our DSO to Go mobile app for iOS and Android platforms.

DSO LIVE Concert Webcast Series

Franck’s Symphony in D Minor

Hélène Bouchez, conductor

Conrad Tao, piano

Sunday, January 22, 3 p.m.

Invitation to the Dance

Hans Graf, conductor

Karl Pituch, horn

Saturday, January 28, 8 p.m.

Ravishing Rachmaninoff

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Julian Rachlin, violin

Friday, February 10, 10:45 a.m.

Ax & Mozart/Slatkin & Mahler

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Emanuel Ax, piano

Friday, February 17, 10:45 a.m.

Brahms’ Requiem

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Andriana Chuchman, soprano

Kyle Ketelsen, bass-baritone

UMS Choral Union, chorus

Michigan State University Children’s Choir

Sunday, February 26, 3 p.m.

Peter and the Wolf/Alice in Wonderland

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Hila Plitman, soprano

Saturday, March 3, 8 p.m.

Classical Roots

André Raphel, conductor

Brazeal Dennard Chorale, chorus

Janice Chandler-Eteme, soprano

Friday, March 16, 10:45 a.m.

Beethoven’s “Emperor”

Nicholas McGegan, conductor

Robert Levin, piano

Friday, March 23, 8 p.m.

Järvi Returns

Neeme Järvi, conductor

Hélène Grimaud, piano

Sunday, April 1, 3 p.m.

Dvořák’s “New World” Symphony

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

University Musical Society Choral Union

Jeffrey Biegel, piano

Saturday, April 21, 8 p.m.

Pictures at an Exhibition

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Kimberly Kaloyanides Kennedy, violin

Fred Zlotkin, cello

Sunday, May 6, 3 p.m.

Saint-Saëns’ “Organ” Symphony

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Craig Rifel, organ

Friday, May 11, 10:45 a.m.

The Pines of Rome

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Robert deMaine, cello

Friday, May 18, 10:45 a.m.

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