Detroit, (May 1 , 2013) –The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) welcomes guest conductor John Storgårds as he leads the orchestra in Holst’s The Planets featuring Women of the MSU Chorale and State Singers.  The program will also include Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 featuring pianist, Rafal Blechacz and the DSO premiere of Ligeti’s Lontano.The concerts will take place Friday, May 3 at 8 p.m. and Sat. May 4 at 8 p.m. at Orchestra Hall.

The performance will be webcast to a global audience on Saturday, May 4 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.

All patrons are invited to enjoy a free pre-concert presentation one hour prior to each performance by The Detroit Civic Chamber Dorati Quintet and DSO Assistant Conductor, Teddy Abrams performing Ligeti’s Six Bagatelles.

Born in 1985 in Nakło nad Notecią, Poland, Rafal Blechacz began his piano studies at age five, and continued his musical education at the Artur Rubinstein State School of Music in Bydgoszcz.  In May 2007, he graduated from the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz, and has since won many prestigious prizes and awards at music festivals and competitions in Poland and worldwide. In July 2010, he received the prestigious Premio Internazionale Accademia Musicale Chigiana (Siena, Italy), awarded annually by an international jury of music critics to young musicians for superb artistic achievements. Presently, Mr. Blechacz records with Deutsche Grammophon, and has achieved Platinum Record status for his complete Chopin Preludes.

John Storgårds is the Chief Conductor of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, and was recently announced as the Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra for the20 12/2013 season. John Storgårds is one of Finland’s exceptional artists and has taken the classical music world by storm in recent decades. He has a dual career as a conductor and violin virtuoso, and is widely recognized for his creative flair for programming and commitment to contemporary music. He additionally holds the title of Artistic Director of the Chamber Orchestra of Lapland, giving some of Europe’s most imaginative concerts north of the Arctic Circle.


Tickets to the “The Planets!” 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.


The Planets!

Orchestra Hall

Friday, May 3 at 8 p.m.

Saturday, May 4 at 8 p.m.

John Storgårds, conductor

Rafal Blechacz, piano

Women of the MSU Chorale and State Singers

CHOPIN Piano Concerto No. 2
HOLST The Planets

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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