Detroit, (November 21, 2012) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) welcomes acclaimed violinist Leila Josefowicz as it premieres Thomas Adés’ Violin Concerto. Led by Susanna Mälkki, Music Director of the Ensemble Intercontemporain in Paris, the night will also feature Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Overture and Prokofiev’s Suite from Romeo and Juliet. The performances will take place on Saturday, December 8 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, December 9 at 3 p.m.

The performance will be webcast to a global audience on Sunday, December 9 at 3 p.m. via the DSO’s “Live from Orchestra Hall” series. Log on to dso.org/live to view the concert from your computer or mobile device anywhere in the world.

One hour prior to each performance, the DSO invites all patrons to a pre-concert lecture in Orchestra Hall, related to the dance elements of the evening’s program.

Violinist Leila Josefowicz has won the hearts of audiences around the world with her honest, fresh approach to the repertoire and her dynamic virtuosity.

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A regular, close collaborator of leading composers of the day, she is a strong advocate of new music – a characteristic which is reflected in her diverse programs and her enthusiasm for premiering new works. Ms. Josefowicz has recently premiered concertos written for her by Esa-Pekka Salonen of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Steve Mackey of the St. Louis Symphony, and Colin Matthews of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. She has also played first performances of Thomas Adès’ violin concerto Concentric Paths with the Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras, the San Francisco, Toronto and Seattle symphonies, and at the Aspen Music Festival. In recognition of her passionate advocacy and genuine commitment to the music of today, Ms. Josefowicz was awarded a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship.

Susanna Mälkki’s versatility and broad repertoire have taken her to symphony orchestras, chamber orchestras, contemporary music ensembles, and opera houses around the world. Currently the Music Director of the Ensemble intercontemporain, Susanna Mälkki in recent seasons has conducted some of the world’s leading orchestras including the Berliner Philharmoniker, Philharmonia Orchestra, Münchner Philharmoniker, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. In April 2011 she made her debut at La Scala, Milan, becoming the first woman to conduct an opera at La Scala in the house’s prestigious history.


Tickets to Romeo & Juliet 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 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. For group discount information (10 people or more), please contact Chuck Dyer at (313) 576-5130 or cdyer@dso.org.


Romeo & Juliet

Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Susanna Mälkki, conductor

Leila Josefowicz, violin

Sat., Dec.8 at 8 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 9 at 3 p.m.

TCHAIKOVSKY Romeo and Juliet Overture
THOMAS ADES Violin Concerto*
PROKOFIEV Suite from Romeo and Juliet

*denotes a DSO premiere

About the DSO:

The internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the fourth-oldest symphony orchestra in the United States, is known for trailblazing performances, visionary maestros, collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists, and an unwavering commitment to Detroit. Esteemed conductor Leonard Slatkin, called “America’s Music Director” by the Los Angeles Times, became the 12th Music Director of the DSO during the 2008-09 season. The DSO offers a performance schedule that includes Classical, Pops, Jazz, Young People’s, Neighborhood concerts and festivals. The DSO makes its home in historic Orchestra Hall, one of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, and actively pursues a mission to impact and serve the community through music. For more information visit dso.org.


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