DSO welcomes piano virtuoso Emanuel Ax


Detroit, (Feb. 9, 2012) –The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) welcomes living legend Emanuel Ax to the stage next weekend to perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 22. Music Director Leonard Slatkin will also lead the Orchestra in Mahler’s savage and sublime Fifth Symphony, with its heart-wrenching Adagietto. The performances will take place on Friday, February 17 at 10:45 a.m.; and Saturday, Feb. 18 at 8 p.m. The performance will be webcast to a global audience on Friday, Feb. 17 at 10:35 a.m. via the DSO’s “Live from Orchestra Hall” series. Log on to www.dso.org/live to view the concert from your computer or mobile device anywhere in the world.

Born in Lvov, Poland, Emanuel Ax moved to Winnipeg, Canada, with his family when he was a young boy. His studies at the Juilliard School were supported by the sponsorship of the Epstein Scholarship Program of the Boys Clubs of America, and he subsequently won the Young Concert Artists Award. Additionally, he attended Columbia University, where he majored in French. Ax captured public attention in 1974 when he won the first Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition in Tel Aviv. In 1975 he won the Michaels Award of Young Concert Artists followed four years later by the coveted Avery Fisher Prize. Highlights of the 2011/12 season include return visits to the symphonies of Boston, Houston, Toronto, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Cincinnati; New York, and Los Angeles Philharmonics and San Francisco Symphony with whom he will collaborate in the “American Mavericks” festival presented in San Francisco, Ann Arbor, Mich. and Carnegie Hall, N.Y.

Internationally acclaimed American conductor Leonard Slatkin began his appointment as Music Director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in September of 2008. In addition to his post at the DSO, August 2011 marked the start of his tenure as Music Director of the Orchestre National de Lyon in France. In addition, Slatkin continues to serve as Principal Guest Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, a post that began in the fall of 2008. Following a 17-year tenure as Music Director of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Slatkin became Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. in 1996. Other positions in the United States have included Principal Guest Conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra, where he founded their “Sommerfest;” first Music Director of the Cleveland Orchestra’s summer series at the Blossom Music Festival, a post he held for nine years; Principal Guest Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl for three seasons; and additional positions with the New Orleans Philharmonic and the Nashville Symphony Orchestra.

Throughout his career, Slatkin has demonstrated a continuing commitment to arts education and to reaching diverse audiences. He is the founder and director of the National Conducting Institute, and advanced career development program for rising conductors, and founded the Saint Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra. This year, he spearheaded the DSO’s Soundcard initiative, an all-access student pass to every Classical, Pops and Jazz concert at Orchestra Hall, all season long. Maestro Slatkin’s more than 100 recordings have been recognized with seven Grammy awards and 64 nominations. He has recorded with the DSO, National Symphony Orchestra, Saint Louis Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic.

His engagements for the 2011-2012 season include Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Seoul Philharmonic, NHK Symphony, a tour of Germany with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, and the New World and National Symphony Orchestras in Washington, D.C.

Gilbert Kaplan, a leading authority on Gustav Mahler, will present a free pre-concert lecture on Friday, Feb. 17 at 9:15 a.m. and Saturday, Feb. 18 at 6:30 p.m. Kaplan is the author and editor of the award-winning “The Mahler Album,” an illustrated biography. His extensive writings on Mahler have also appeared in publications ranging from London’s musicological journal The Musical Times to The New York Times. He served as the host of a 13-week Mahler series broadcast on 350 radio stations in the United States and currently hosts “Mad About Music,” a celebrity classical music and interview show on New York Public Radio. A member of the faculty of The Juilliard School (Evening Division), Mr. Kaplan has also lectured widely at Harvard and Oxford and at leading musical conservatories including the Royal Academy of Music, Eastman School of Music and Vienna Music Academy.


Tickets to Ax plays Mozart/Slatkin conducts Mahler begin at $15 and 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.dso.org. Detroit residents may reserve a ticket for $20 each in any section, excluding the box level, within two weeks of the performance. A valid photo ID with a Detroit address is required. Military personnel who returned home this year may receive up to two free tickets to all Orchestra Hall Classical and Jazz concerts. Seating is subject to availability and excludes box level. Limit two tickets per performance. Tickets must be reserved within two weeks of the performance. Must show valid deployment orders upon ticket retrieval. For group discount information (10 people or more),

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please contact Chuck Dyer at (313) 576-5130 or cdyer@dso.org.


Ax plays Mozart/Slatkin conducts Mahler

Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Emanuel Ax, piano

Fri., Feb. 17 at 10:45 a.m.; Sat., Feb. 18 at 8 p.m.

MOZART Piano Concerto No. 22 in E-flat major
MAHLER Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp minor


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