Detroit, (May 28, 2013) –The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will close the 2012-2013 classical series with a bang as they welcome sought-after pianist André Watts performing MacDowell’s Piano Concerto No. 2. The program, led by Leonard Slatkin, will feature the world premiere of Rouge River Transfiguration, composed by 2011 recipient of the DSO Elaine Lebenbom Award, Missy Mazzoli. The program will also include Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4. The concerts will take place Friday, May 31 at 10:45 a.m. and Sat. June 1 at 8 p.m. at Orchestra Hall.

The performance will be webcast to a global audience on Friday, May 31 at 10:45 a.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.

All patrons are invited to enjoy a free pre-concert discussion one hour prior to Saturday’s performance with DSO Assistant Conductor, Teddy Abrams and Elaine Lebenbom Award winning composer, Missy Mazzoli.

André Watts burst upon the music world at the age of 16 when he was chosen by Leonard Bernstein to debut with the New York Philharmonic in their Young People’s Concerts, broadcast nationwide on CBS-TV.  Since then, Mr. Watts has had a long and frequent association with television, having appeared on numerous programs produced by PBS, the BBC, and the Arts and Entertainment Network. He has performed on television with the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center among others. Mr. Watts’ extensive discography includes recordings of works by Gershwin, Chopin, Liszt and Tchaikovsky for CBS Masterworks; recital CD’s of works by Beethoven, Schubert, Liszt and Chopin for Angel/EMI; and recordings featuring the concertos of Liszt, MacDowell, Tchaikovsky and Saint-Saens on the Telarc label. As a much honored artist, he is also included in the Great Pianists of the 20th Century series for Philips.

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 “André Watts! at Orchestra Hall 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.


André Watts!

Orchestra Hall

Friday, May 31 at 10:45 a.m.

Saturday, June 1 at 8 p.m.

Leonard Slaktin, conductor

André Watts, piano

MAZZOLI River Rouge Transfiguration (WORLD PREMIERE)
MACDOWELL Piano Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 23
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36

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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