Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker headlines a classical holiday evening

Detroit, (November 29, 2012) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will perform the world premiere of Roberto Sierra’s Navidad en la montaña featuring acclaimed vocalist Heidi Grant Murphy on a program of classical holiday delights. Led by DSO Music Director Leonard Slatkin, the performance will also include Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, Act II and Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis. The performances will take place on Thursday, December 13 at 7:30 p.m. and Friday, December 14 at 8 p.m. Navidad en la montaña was underwritten by a generous gift from Linda and Stuart Nelson.

The performance will be webcast to a global audience on Friday, December 14 at 8 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 free pre-concert presentation in Orchestra Hall. This week, the Civic Youth Chamber Music program will perform works by Tchaikovsky and various Christmas carols.

A shimmering soprano with enchanting stage presence, Heidi Grant Murphy is one of the outstanding vocal talents of her generation. A native of Bellingham, Wash., she began vocal studies while attending Western Washington and Indiana Universities. Her graduate studies were interrupted when she was named a winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and engaged by Maestro James Levine to participate in the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. Today, Murphy has established a reputation not only for her musicianship and impeccable vocal technique, but also for her warm personality and generosity of spirit. Murphy has appeared with many of the world’s finest opera companies and symphony orchestras, notably the Metropolitan Opera, Salzburg Festival, Frankfurt Opera, Netherlands Opera, Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, Opera National de Paris and Santa Fe Opera. She has been engaged as soloist with the Vienna, New York and Los Angeles philharmonics; Cleveland, Philadelphia and Minnesota orchestras; and Chicago, Boston, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Atlanta, Saint Louis, Cincinnati, Houston, Montreal, National and Dallas symphonies.

Following a radiant performance of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with the Atlanta Symphony and Maestro Robert Spano, Murphy participated in the 2012 Cincinnati May Festival, singing Carmina Burana, Poulenc’s Gloria and Carissimi’s Jephte in three separate performances. In August 2011, Heidi Grant Murphy was appointed to the faculty of Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music as an adjunct professor of practice

Internationally acclaimed American conductor Leonard Slatkin began his appointment as Music Director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in September of 2008. He was recently named Music Director of the Orchestre National de Lyon (ONL), France, beginning with the 2011-12 season. In addition, Mr. Slatkin continues to serve as Principal Guest Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, a post that began in the fall of 2008.


Tickets to The Nutcracker 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.


The Nutcracker

Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Heidi Grant Murphy, soprano

Thurs., Dec.13 at 7:30 p.m.; Fri., Dec. 14 at 8 p.m.

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
ROBERTO SIERRA Navidad en la montaña *
TCHAIKOVSKY The Nutcracker, Act II

*denotes a DSO world 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

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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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