DSO welcomes St. Louis Concertmaster David Halen

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Detroit, (February 1, 2012) –The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) is honored to welcome St. Louis Symphony Concertmaster David Halen to lead the Orchestra as a guest concertmaster for its “Ravishing Rachmaninoff” performances. The program includes the DSO premiere of Cindy McTee’s Einstein’s Dream, Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1 and Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances, all under the baton of DSO Music Director Leonard Slatkin. Violinist Julian Rachlin will join the Orchestra for Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1. The performances will take place on Thursday, Feb. 9 at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, Feb. 10 at 10:45 a.m.; and Saturday, Feb. 11 at 8 p.m.

Born in Bellevue, Ohio, David Halen didn’t have to look far for his musical influences: his father, the late Walter J. Halen, was also his violin professor at Central Missouri State University; his mother, a former member of the Kansas City Symphony; and his older brother, the Acting Concertmaster of the Houston Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Halen began playing the violin at the age of 6, and earned his bachelor’s degree at the age of 19. In that same year, he won the Music Teachers National Association Competition and was granted a Fulbright scholarship for study with Wolfgang Marschner at the Freiburg Hochschule für Musik in Germany, the youngest recipient ever to have been honored

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with this prestigious award. In addition, Mr. Halen holds a master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, studying with Sergiu Luca.

Halen is the second of two guest concertmasters with more than 20 years’ experience leading a major American orchestra joining the DSO this season. Following Emmanuelle Boisvert’s 23-year tenure as DSO concertmaster, Slatkin is taking this opportunity to introduce the Orchestra to different leadership styles, in order to supplement the leadership of acting concertmaster Kimberly Kaloyanides Kennedy.

Julian Rachlin is one of the most exciting and respected violinists of our time. For the last 23 years, he has been captivating audiences around the world with his distinctively rich sound, superb musicianship and outstanding interpretations. He has established close relationships with many of the most prestigious conductors and orchestras. Always willing to expend his musical horizons, Rachlin is also praised as a viola player and, most recently, as a conductor. This year marks the 11th anniversary of the internationally renowned “Julian Rachlin & Friends” festival held annually in Dubrovnik, Croatia, a platform for creative and vibrant projects with today’s leading musicians and actors. Besides delighting his audiences with his musical performances, Rachlin is also receiving recognition as a young philanthropist for his charity work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and his educational outreach.

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets to Ravishing Rachmaninoff 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), please contact Chuck Dyer at (313) 576-5130 or cdyer@dso.org.

PERFORMANCE

Ravishing Rachmaninoff

Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Julian Rachlin, violin

Thu., Feb. 9 at 7:30 p.m.; Fri., Feb. 10 at 10:45 a.m.; Sat., Feb. 11 at 8 p.m.

CINDY McTEE Einstein’s Dream
SHOSTAKOVICH Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in A minor
RACHMANINOFF Symphonic Dances

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