DSO Music Director Slatkin to Perform with Brother, Frederick Zlotkin

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Detroit, (Apr. 25, 2012) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO), led by Music Director Leonard Slatkin, presents “Pictures at an Exhibition,” Mussorgsky’s musical promenade through an exhibition of works by Viktor Hartmann. Experience it live along with works by Hollywood masters Franz Waxman and Erich Wolfgang Korngold, one of which features Slatkin’s brother, Frederick Zlotkin as cello soloist. DSO Acting Concertmaster, Kimberly Kaloyanides Kennedy and special guest pianist Cameron Smith will be featured in Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde Fantasie for Violin, Piano & Orchestra. The performances at Orchestra Hall will take place on Thursday, May 3 at 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 4 at 10:45 a.m. and Sunday, May 6 at 3 p.m.

Korngold’s Cello Concerto has special meaning to the musically-inclined brothers. Korngold wrote the piece originally as a one movement cello concerto for the film Deception in 1946. Russian-born cellist Gregory Aller (the maternal grandfather of Leonard Slatkin and Frederick Zlotkin) spent weeks working with actor Paul Henreid (who was himself not a cellist), in order for the actor to appear musically convincing before the cameras. In 1950, having left the film industry largely behind, Korngold extracted the music he had written for Deception, doubled its length and created a full-fledged, 12-minute concerto in a single movement. The Concerto received its world premiere on December 29, 1946 in Los Angeles, with Eleanor Aller Slatkin — who at the time was pregnant with son Frederick — as soloist. He, in turn, performs the work for Detroit audiences on the very instrument she used to give the work its world premiere.

The performance will be webcast to a global audience on Sunday, May 6 at 2:50 p.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.

About Frederick Zlotkin

Frederick Zlotkin, winner of the International Music Competition at Geneva, is recognized as one of today’s outstanding musical artists.  Among the highlights of his wide musical career are solo engagements with l’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Minnesota Orchestra, the New York City Ballet, National Symphony Orchestra and the St. Louis Symphony, along with numerous chamber music appearances and festivals. He has served as Solo Cellist for the New York City Ballet at Lincoln Center for over 30 years.  He has also served as Principal Cellist for numerous orchestras and performs regularly with the New York Philharmonic.  Zlotkin has recorded for hundreds of motion pictures and with numerous contemporary artists such as Frank Sinatra, Madonna, Aretha Franklin, Neil Young, and many others.

Zlotkin is the only present day cellist who performs Bach’s Six Suites for Solo Cello with full ornamentation, and his recording of that work has been hailed as “one of the most gratifying Bach performances on records.”  Zlotkin’s musical lineage reaches back to his great uncle, cellist-conductor Modest Altschuler.  His father, Felix Slatkin, was a violinist and conductor and founded the Hollywood String Quartet, of which Zlotkin’s mother, Eleanor Aller, was the cellist.

Zlotkin has performed at Ground Zero for the past 10 years during its annual reading of the names of the deceased.  In 2002 he did a special recording of Korngold’s Cello Concerto with his brother, Leonard Slatkin, and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. He also performed that work with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C.

About Kimberly Kaloyanides Kennedy

Kimberly Ann Kaloyanides Kennedy won her coveted position as a violinist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra at the age of 22. In 2003, Kennedy further realized her dream when she became Associate Concertmaster until being appointed Acting Concertmaster in 2011.

Kennedy began studying violin at age 5 in Dayton, Ohio. As the daughter of a Minister of Music and church organist, she was allowed many chances to share from her heart in front of congregations. Her love of music became what undoubtedly would be her career as she pursued her studies at Brevard Music Center, Interlochen Arts Camp, Sarasota Music Festival, four summers at the Aspen Music Festival on Fellowship, three years at the Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton, Florida with Sergiu Schwartz and finally at the University of Michigan with Paul Kantor. Halfway through her senior year at University of Michigan, she joined the first violin section of the DSO.

Throughout her training, Kennedy has received such honors as the Grand Prize in the National MTNA competition and first prize in the Greek Women’s National Competition in Chicago. She has participated in the Skokie Valley Concerto Competition, the University of Michigan Concerto Competition and the Harid Conservatory Concerto Competition. She was one of the few Americans invited to the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis in 1998.

About Cameron Smith

Pianist Cameron Smith has captivated audiences internationally with his unique combination of artistry and exceptional technique. Born into a family of accomplished musicians, Smith began his formal piano studies in Farmington Hills, Michigan at the age of five.

Extraordinary talent and hard work paid off as Smith made his debut appearance with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra when he was nineteen years old. He has since been invited a number of times to perform with them, most recently during the 2008 season with Peter Oundjian conducting.  Other orchestral engagements include performances with the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, and the Orquestra Sinfonica de Porto Alegre in Brazil. Smith has also performed as an orchestra member under the baton of such distinguished conductors as Neeme Jarvi, Gunther Herbig, Hans Graf, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, John Adams, and Thomas Wilkins.

Smith holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Michigan and a Master’s Degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music. In 2008, Smith completed his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree at Rice University in the studio of concert pianist Jon Kimura Parker. Smith is currently on the faculty of Loyola University in Chicago where he has been teaching since the fall of 2008.

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets to Pictures at an Exhibition 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 www.dso.org.  Detroit residents may reserve a ticket for $15 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

Orchestra Hall:

Pictures at an Exhibition

Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Fred Zlotkin, cello

Kimberly Kaloyanides Kennedy, violin

Cameron Smith, piano

Thursday, May 3 at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, May 4 at 10:45 a.m.; Sunday, May 6 at 3 p.m.

Paul Dukas
(1865-1935)                              The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Richard Wagner                        Tristan und Isolde Fantasie for Violin, Piano & Orchestra
(1813-1883)                                          Kimberly Kaloyanides Kennedy, violin
adapted Franz Waxman                   Cameron Smith, piano

Erich Wolfgang Korngold         Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in One Movement, Op. 37
(1897-1957)                                         Fred Zlotkin, cello

Intermission

Modest Mussorgsky                  Pictures at an Exhibition
(1839-1881)                                        Introduction: Promenadeorch. Maurice Ravel;
Gnomusarr. Leonard Slatkin       Promenade

Il vecchio castello

Promenade

Tulleries

Bydlo

Promenade

Ballet of Little Chicks in their Shells

Two Polish Jews

Promenade

Limoges

Catacombae – Cum mortius in lingua mortua

Baba-Yaga – The Hut on Hen’s Legs

The Great Gate of Kiev

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