Detroit, (February 15, 2013) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) concludes its Beethoven Festival with four performances of Beethoven’s iconic Ninth Symphony, accompanied by the UMS Choral Union. Led by DSO’s Music Director, Leonard Slatkin, Beethoven’s Ninth will take place on Thursday, February 21 at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, February 22 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, February 23 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, February 24 at 3 p.m.

The Beethoven’s Ninth concert will be webcast to a global audience on Sunday, February 24 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.

The DSO invites all patrons to join us for a host of free pre-concert presentations and lectures one hour prior to the DSO’s performances. On Thursday, February 21 and Sunday, February 24, DSO musicians (violinist, Greg Staples; violist, Hang Su and cellist, Robert Bergman) will host a pre-concert performance of Beethoven’s String Trio in G Major, Op. 9, No. 1. Lectures and performances will take place in Orchestra Hall..  The pre-concert program prior to the Friday, February 22 program will feature former DSO Assistant Conductor Charles Greenwell as he leads a discussion reflecting on the overall Beethoven Festival.  On Saturday, February 23, patrons will enjoy a performance of Beethoven’s Serenade in D Major, featuring DSO Musicians: flutist, Sharon Sparrow; violinist, Sheryl Hwangbo and violist, Shanda Lowery-Sachs.

February’s Beethoven Festival has presented a metro Detroit immersion in works that span Beethoven’s entire genre-altering career. Events throughout the month have included performances of all nine symphonies, a keyboard conversation with renowned pianist Jeffery Siegel, a marathon performance of all 32 piano sonatas, and pre-concert chamber music and lectures.

For a full schedule of Beethoven Festival events, visit dso.org/beethoven.


Tickets to the Beethoven Festival: Beethoven’s Ninth 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.


Beethoven Symphonies Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Joni Henson, soprano

Kelley O’Connnor, mezzo-soprano

Vale Rideout, tenor

Jason Grant, bass-baritone

UMS Choral Union

Thurs., Feb.21 at 7:30 p.m.

Fri.., Feb.22 at 8 p.m.

Sat., Feb. 23 at 8 p.m.

Sun., Feb. 24 at 3 p.m.

BEETHOVEN Selections from The Creatures of Prometheus
BEETHOVEN Symphony No.9, “Choral”

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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