DETROIT, (June 3 , 2013) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) has a Hollywood ending in store for its 2012-13 Pops series, presenting a live film experience of the all-time American favorite musical West Side Story. Led by Jayce Ogren, the orchestra invites patrons to experience a thrilling duo presentation of the iconic Oscar-winning film and Leonard Bernstein’s original score. Shown in high definition, the performance of the film directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins, featuring Robins’ choreography, Ernest Lehman’s screenplay, Arthur Laurents’ book and Stephen Sondheim’s lyrics will take place on Friday, June 7 at 10:45 a.m. and Saturday, June 8 at 8 p.m. at Orchestra Hall.

About Jayce Ogren

With mounting successes in both symphonic and operatic repertoire, Jayce Ogren is building a sterling reputation as one of the finest young conductors to emerge from the United States in recent seasons. He has just been named Music Director of the New York City Opera where this season he leads Britten’s Turn of the Screw and Rossini’s Mosè in Egitto, and in the 2013/14 season will lead new productions of Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle at St. Ann’s Warehouse and Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro at City Center.

A series of high-profile New York City dates in 2012/13 demonstrates Ogren’s wide ranging talents: in addition to New York City Opera, he made his Mostly Mozart Festival debut with the groundbreaking International Contemporary Ensemble; he also led ICE in programs at Columbia University’s Miller Theatre (and the Wien Modern Festival); he joined New York City Ballet for an all-Stravinsky program; and he debuted with the New York Philharmonic on their CONTACT! Series.

European guest engagements have included the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Copenhagen Philharmonic, the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, repeat appearances with the Asturias Symphony, regional opera companies and orchestras throughout Scandinavia.

Ogren was appointed by Franz Welser-Möst as Assistant Conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra and Music Director of the Cleveland Youth Orchestra. In 2009, he led the Orchestra in regular season subscription concerts, and at The Blossom Festival.

A native of Hoquiam, Washington, Ogren received a bachelor’s degree in composition from St. Olaf College in 2001 and a master’s degree in conducting from the New England Conservatory in 2003. Aided by a U.S. Fulbright Grant, he completed a postgraduate diploma in orchestral conducting at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, Sweden and spent two summers at the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen.

Jayce Ogren is the founder of Young Kreisler, a band performing Ogren’s own work, as well as music ranging from Mahler to Piazzolla to Kurt Cobain. He is a triathlete based in New York City.


Tickets to see West Side Story at Orchestra Hall range from $19-$68 and $105 for box seats. Tickets 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. For group discount information (10 people or more), please contact Chuck Dyer at (313) 576-5130 or cdyer@dso.org.


West Side Story

Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Jayce Ogren, conductor

Friday, June 7 at 10:45 a.m.

Saturday, June 8 at 8 p.m.

Performing selections from the following:

BERNSTEIN Something’s Coming
I Feel Pretty

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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