Former DSO Music Director, Neeme Järvi, Returns


Detroit, (Mar. 19, 2012) –The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) Music Director Emeritus Neeme Järvi returns to lead a newly-adapted suite from Wagner’s exhilarating Die Meistersinger. The acclaimed Hélène Grimaud joins Järvi for Brahms’ majestic Piano Concerto No. 1. The performances will take place on Thursday, March 29 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 31 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 1 at 3 p.m. DSO Conducting Assistant Charles Greenwell will give a special pre-concert talk about the program in Orchestra Hall on Saturday, March 31 at 7 p.m.

The performance will be webcast to a global audience on Sunday, April 1 at 2:50 p.m. via the DSO’s “Live from Orchestra Hall” series. Log on to to view the concert from your computer or mobile device anywhere in the world.

Neeme Järvi, the DSO’s celebrated Music Director for 15 years, is the Music Director Emeritus of the Orchestra. Following his appointment in 1990, Maestro Järvi led the DSO to new artistic and institutional heights, attracting audiences in record numbers, leading acclaimed concerts, national and international tours, radio broadcasts and award-winning recordings. Under his leadership, the DSO became a symbol for the rebirth of Detroit. Järvi is the second-longest serving music director in the organization’s history. Järvi is Chief Conductor of the Residentie Orkest (The Hague), Conductor Laureate and Artistic Advisor of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Principal Conductor Emeritus of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, First Principal Guest Conductor of the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra and Conductor Laureate of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Järvi has been the Music Director of Estonian National Symphony Orchestra (ERSO) since September 2010.

For pianist Hélène Grimaud music is a limitless passion. A truly multi-faceted and charismatic artist, Grimaud regularly appears with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Philharmonia Orchestra and Münchner Philharmoniker, and many in North America. She has performed with three generations of conductors, including Kurt Masur, Bernard Haitink, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Neeme Järvi, to name a few. She was soloist at the Last Night of the BBC Proms 2008. In 2009, Grimaud received the Musikfest Bremen Award. She was appointed ‘Chevalier dans l’Ordre National du Mérite’ in 2008 and in 2005, she won the ECHO ‘Instrumentalist of the Year’ Award. Author of two successful books, “Variations Sauvages” and “Leçons Particulières,” she champions many charitable causes, including the Wolf Conservation Center which she founded in upper New York State in 1999, the International Children’s Camp Villa San Souci, the Worldwide Fund for Nature and Amnesty International.


Tickets to Järvi Returns! at Orchestra Hall 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  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


Järvi Returns!

Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Neeme Järvi, conductor

Hélène Grimaud, piano

Thurs., Mar. 29 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Mar. 31 at 8 p.m.; Sun., Apr. 1 at 3 p.m.

BRAHMS                                                                    Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15

  1. Maestoso
  2. Adagio
  3. Rondo: Allegro non troppo
    Hélène Grimaud, piano

WAGNER                                                                    Die Meistersinger, an orchestral tribute
Arr. Henk de Vlieger


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