Detroit, (January 9, 2013) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s (DSO) award-winning Principal Cellist, Robert deMaine will star in the DSO’s premiere performance of Britten’s Symphony for Cello and Orchestra, celebrating 100 years since the composer’s birth and his contributions to 20th century classical music. Led by world renowned conductor Mark Wigglesworth, the performance will also include Elgar’s Enigma Variations and Purcell’s Chacony, edited by Britten. The performances will take place on Saturday, January 19 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, January 20 at 3 p.m.

The performance will be webcast to a global audience on Sunday, January 20 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.

Before the concerts, the DSO invites all patrons to join DSO assistant conductor Teddy Abrams as he leads a discussion on Elgar’s Enigma Variations. The discussion will take place in Orchestra Hall one hour prior to each performance.

American virtuoso cellist Robert deMaine has distinguished himself as one of the finest and versatile musicians of his generation, having performed worldwide to critical acclaim from Carnegie Hall to the Teatro Colon.  In 1990, deMaine became the first cellist ever to win the Grand Prize at San Francisco’s Irving M. Klein International Competition for Strings.  As a soloist, he has collaborated with conductors Neeme Jarvi, Peter Oundjian, Joseph Silverstein, and Leonard Slatkin, among many others. deMaine has performed virtually the entire major cello concerto repertoire with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, where he has been Principal Cellist since 2002. Also a composer, Robert deMaine has written many works for the cello, including Twelve Etudes-Caprices, which he performs regularly.  Several important composers have written large-scale works for him, including Chris Theofanidis, Joel Eric Suben, and Jeffrey Mumford.

Born in Sussex, England, Mark Wigglesworth studied conducting at the Royal Academy of Music in London and won the Kondrashin Conducting Competition in Amsterdam in 1989. Since then, he has worked with many of the leading European orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic, Stockholm Philharmonic, Santa Cecilia Orchestra of Rome, Orchestra of La Scala in Milan, Budapest Festival Orchestra, and the Israel Philharmonic. He has also appeared at the Salzburg Festival, the Amsterdam Mahler Festival and the BBC Proms. Wigglesworth has held positions as Music Director of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Principal Guest Conductor of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and Music Director of the Opera Factory in London. He recently completed recordings all of the Shostakovich Symphonies with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic for BIS.


Tickets to Elgar’s “Enigma” 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.


Elgar’s “Enigma”

Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Mark Wigglesworth, conductor

Robert deMaine, cello

Sat., Jan.19 at 8 p.m.; Sun., Jan. 20 at 3 p.m.

BRITTEN Symphony for Cello and Orchestra*
ELGAR Enigma Variations

*denotes a DSO premiere

About the DSO:

The internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra, which celebrated its 125th anniversary in December 2012, 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 and acclaimed conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik was appointed Principal Pops Conductor in November 2012. The DSO’s performance schedule includes Classical, Pops, Jazz, Young People’s, Neighborhood concerts, and collaborations with chart-topping musicians from Smokey Robinson to Kid Rock.  A commitment to broadcast innovation began in 1922 when the DSO became the first orchestra in the world to present a radio broadcast and continues today with the free Live from Orchestra Hall webcast series.  Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall at the Max M. Fisher Music Center, one of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, the DSO actively pursues a mission to impact and serve the community through music.  For more information visit dso.org or download the free DSO to Go mobile app.


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