CONCERTMASTER YOONSHIN SONG MAKES SOLO DEBUT

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DETROIT, (May 20, 2013) –Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) Concertmaster Yoonshin Song will make her solo debut on stage at Orchestra Hall this week, performing Brahms’ Concerto for Violin. The program, led by Maestro Leonard Slatkin, will also include Respighi’s Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite No. 3, and the world premiere of Kerry Turner’s Concerto for Horn and Orchestra, “The Gothic” featuring DSO Principal Horn Karl Pituch. Performances will be held at Orchestra Hall on Thursday, May 23 at 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 24 at 10:45 a.m. and Sunday, May 26 at 3 p.m. at The Seligman Performing Arts Center in Beverly Hills.

On Thursday, May 22, all patrons are invited to enjoy a free pre-concert discussion one hour prior to each performance by DSO Assistant Conductor, Teddy Abrams and Composer, Kerry Turner as they discussing Turner’s Concerto for Horn and Orchestra, “The Gothic” along with composition techniques and life as a horn player.

Yoonshin Song, who became concertmaster of the DSO this season, was born in South Korea where she began her musical studies at age 5. Making her orchestral debut at age 11, she has since built a successful performing career throughout Korea, the United States, and Europe. Song earned her master’s degree and Graduate Diploma under the tutelage of Donald Weilerstein at the New England Conservatory and recently completed the Artist Diploma and Professional Study programs at Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with Robert Mann and Glenn Dicterow.

Winner of the Stradivarius International Violin Competition, Song earned many prestigious prizes throughout her career. Some highlights include prizes in the Young Concert Artists International Competition in New York, Lipizer International Violin Competition in Italy, Henry Marteau International Violin Competition in Germany, Wieniawski International Violin Competition in Poland, and Ima Hogg International Competition in Houston. In her native South Korea, Song has won virtually all the major national competitions. Most recently, Song received the David G. Whitecomb Foundation Award and gave a recital in Germantown, New York, which was well received by critics and audience members.

Since giving her debut recital after winning the Jeunesses Musicales Audition in 1999, she has been sought after as a recitalist performing throughout Korea, the United States and Europe to great acclaim. As a soloist she has performed with many orchestras around the world such as Houston Symphony Orchestra, P.Constantinescu Philharmonic Orchestra, Bayreuth Festival Orchestra, KBS Philharmonic Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Korean Baroque Chamber Orchestra, among many others. Most recently, Song made her Utah Symphony Orchestra debut in the 2010 Deer Valley Music Festival.

Song has participated both as a charismatic soloist and an imaginative chamber musician in numerous music festivals such as Marlboro Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Perlman Music Program, Encore String Festival, Miyazaki Chamber Music Festival in Japan, Nice International Summer Academy, and Yfrah Neaman International Music Course in Europe.

Karl Pituch was named Principal Horn of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in 2000. In 1988, he finished as one of the top five hornists at the 37th International Music Competition in Munich, Germany. Pituch was the grand prizewinner at the 1989 American Solo Horn Competition and has been a finalist at many other solo competitions.

Before joining the DSO, Pituch was Associate Principal Horn with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Principal Horn with the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra, the Jacksonville Symphony, the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra and the Chautauqua Festival Orchestra. He served as a guest Principal Horn for the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Edinburgh Music Festival in Scotland and at the Hollywood Bowl. He also served as guest Principal Horn with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra on their European Tour in 2004 and the Grand Teton Festival Orchestra in Jackson Hole, Wyo. Pituch can be heard on many recordings with the Dallas, San Francisco and Honolulu Symphony Orchestras.

As a soloist, Pituch has performed with orchestras in Japan, Hawaii, Colorado, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Ohio, Florida and Michigan. He has been a frequent guest artist at numerous horn conferences and has served as a judge in the American Horn Competition. An active chamber musician, Pituch was a member of the Spring Wind Quintet for 11 years and participated in chamber music festivals in Marlboro, Vt.; Crested Butte, Colo.; Kapalua, Maui; Kazusa, Japan (with the Center City Brass Quintet); and Freden, Germany (with the American Horn Quartet).

Pituch earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Toledo where he studied with Mary Kihslinger. He also studied with Froydis Wekre of the Oslo Philharmonic and Dale Clevenger of the Chicago Symphony. For seven years, he was the horn instructor at the University of Hawaii.

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.

TICKET INFORMATION

Individual tickets to “Welcome Yoonshin Song” are $15 and may be purchased at the Max M. Fisher Music center box office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit);

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by calling (313) 576-5111; or online at dso.org. Detroit residents may reserve a ticket for $15 each in any section, excluding box level, within two weeks of the performance. A valid photo ID with Detroit address is required. For group discount information (10 people or more), please contact Chuck Dyer at (313) 576-5130 or cdyer@dso.org.

PERFORMANCE

“Welcome Yoonshin Song”

Orchestra Hall

Thursday, May 23 at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, May 24 at 10:45 a.m.

Seligman Performing Arts Center

Sunday, May 26 at 3 p.m.

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Yoonshin Song, violin

Karl Pituch, horn

RESPIGHI Ancients Airs and Dances, Suite No. 3
TURNER Concerto for Horn and Orchestra, “The Gothic”*
BRAHMS Concerto for Violin and Orchestra

* indicates a world 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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