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LEONARD SLATKIN: TIGERS OR CARDS?

DSO ENSEMBLE PLAYS NATIONAL ANTHEM AT SPRING TRAINING

DETROIT, (March 3, 2014) – Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) Music Director Leonard Slatkin will take a DSO brass ensemble out to the ball game on Monday afternoon, when both of his home teams will face off at Spring Training in Lakeland, Fla. Before the Tigers and the Cardinals throw the first pitch, a DSO brass quintet will play the national anthem.

Slatkin, who is in Florida on tour with the DSO in West Palm Beach, Miami, Vero Beach, Sarasota and Naples, is famed for his love of both teams. During his tenure as Music Director of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra he was a loyal opening day attendee. He has also thrown the first pitch for the Tigers at Comerica Park and commissioned an orchestra arrangement of the vintage fight song “Go Get ‘Em Tigers,” which the DSO plays as an encore during the playoff season.

Who will he root for this afternoon?

“I am delighted to be on tour attending the game featuring the Tigers, representing the city where I am currently music director, facing the Cardinals that represent the city where I used to be music Director,” said Slatkin. “There has been interest from both quarters to know which team I am supporting. It would be inappropriate for me to divulge this before game time.”

WHEN: Monday, March 3 at 1 p.m.

WHERE: Joker Marchant Stadium, 2301 Lakeland Hills Blvd., Lakeland, FL 33805

WHO: Hunter Eberly, principal trumpet; Bill Lucas, trumpet; Dave Everson, horn; Randy Hawes, trombone; Dennis Nulty, tuba

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 and 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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TAKE A ‘STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN’ WITH THE DSO’S LED ZEPPELIN REVIVAL CONCERT

DETROIT, (December 20, 2013) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will show a “Whole Lotta Love” for the golden age of rock ‘n’ roll with A Tribute to Led Zeppelin on Friday, January 17 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, January 18 at 8 p.m. at Orchestra Hall.

Accompanied by a full rock band, this headbanging Pops Series program will be led by conductor and composer Brent Havens and feature soloist Randy Jackson performing Led Zeppelin’s greatest hits.

ABOUT BRENT HAVENS

Berklee-trained arranger/conductor Brent Havens has written music for orchestras, feature films and virtually every kind of television. His TV work includes movies for networks such as ABC, CBS and ABC Family Channel Network, commercials, sports music for networks such as ESPN and even cartoons. Havens has also worked with the Doobie Brothers and the Milwaukee Symphony, arranging and conducting the combined group for Harley Davidson’s 100th Anniversary Birthday Party Finale attended by over 150,000 fans. He has worked with some of the world’s greatest orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic in London, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Houston Symphony, the Atlanta Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, the Dallas Symphony, the Fort Worth Symphony, the San Diego Symphony and countless others.

Havens recently completed the score for the film “Quo Vadis,” a Premier Pictures remake of the 1956 gladiator film. Havens is Arranger/Guest Conductor for seven symphonic rock programs – the Music of Led Zeppelin, the Music of the Doors, the Music of Pink Floyd, the Music of the Eagles, the Music of Queen, the Music of Michael Jackson and most recently, the Music of The Who!

ABOUT RANDY JACKSON

Randy Jackson is the lead singer/guitarist for the rock band Zebra. Randy’s first foray into recording success began with the self-titled Zebra debut album, released on Atlantic Records in 1983. Critically acclaimed for its lush rock sounds, due in large part to Jackson’s searing lead vocals and soaring guitar leads, the album sold 75,000 copies the first week. “Who’s Behind The Door” and “Tell Me What You Want”, written by Jackson, received serious notice in the press, and helped to form legions of Zebra fans almost instantly. The latest Zebra release, “Zebra IV”, was also produced and engineered by Jackson.

Randy toured as keyboardist, guitarist and backing vocalist in 1989 with the original, reunited Jefferson Airplane, their last tour together. He has also worked extensively in the area of musical software and hardware development.

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets to see A Tribute to Led Zeppelin 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 cyder@dso.org.

PERFORMANCE

A Tribute to Led Zeppelin

Brent Havens, conductor

Randy Jackson, soloist

Fri., Jan. 17 at 8 p.m.

Sat., Jan. 18 at 8 p.m.

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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VIOLIN SUPER STAR HILARY HAHN RETURNS TO ORCHESTRA HALL

DETROIT, (December 19, 2013) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) welcomes back two-time Grammy Award-winning violinist Hilary Hahn with a performance of Nielsen’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, led by DSO Music Director Leonard Slatkin on Friday, January 24 at 10:45 a.m.; Saturday, January 25 at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, January 26 at 3 p.m. The concerts will also feature Beethoven’s Overture to Consecration of the House and Schubert’s Symphony No. 9, “The Great.”

The Friday, January 24 performance will be webcast live to a global audience via the DSO’s Live From Orchestra Hall series of HD webcasts. Hosted by WDET 101.9 FM’s Alex Trajano, the broadcast will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will include pre-concert and intermission interviews. Live From Orchestra Hall is viewable by logging on to dso.org/live or via DSO to Go, the DSO’s free mobile app.

Hahn will also join the DSO during their upcoming tour of Southern Florida that will take place from February 25 to March 4, 2014, made possible by a generous $400,000 grant by the GM Foundation. Hahn will be performing at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts in Naples, FL on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 8 p.m.

All patrons are invited to a free pre-concert performance of a selection of Schubert songs by students in the vocal program

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at the University of Michigan, one hour prior to the Saturday and Sunday performances.

ABOUT HILARY HAHN

Hilary Hahn’s international fame and recognition, including two Grammies, multiple Diapason “d’Or of the Year” and “Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik” prizes, and the 2008 Classic FM/Gramophone Artist of the Year, are a testament to her talent and drive.

Hahn appears regularly with the world’s elite orchestras and on the most prestigious recital series. During the 2010, 2011 season, she embarked on a demanding recital tour covering 56 cities across four continents. After a planned tour in Japan in April 2011 was cancelled due to March tsunami disaster, Hahn organized four benefit concerts in the U.S. to help aid the recovery, continuing her constant efforts to heighten the relevance of music to contemporary culture and world events.

In the 15 years since she began recording, Hahn has released 12 feature albums on the Deutsche Grammophon and Sony labels, in addition to three DVDs, an Oscar-nominated movie soundtrack, and award-winning recording for children, and various compilations. All have spent weeks on Billboard’s Classical Top Ten list. A recent concerto recording, which paired Schoenberg and Sibelius, debuted at No. 1 and spent the next twenty-three weeks on the Billboard classical charts. This acclaimed album brought Hahn her second Grammy: the 2009 Award for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance with Orchestra. Her first Grammy win came in 2003 for her Brahms and Stravinsky concerto album. In a special project last season, Hahn’s former teacher, composer Jennifer Higdon, wrote a Pulitzer Prize-winning concerto for her. The piece was released in September 2010, along with works by Tchaikovsky. In October 2011, Hahn released her newest album, Charles Ives: Four Sonatas.

Hahn shows her commitment to contemporary music with her In 27 Pieces: The Hilary Hahn Encores. For this project, she has commissioned over two dozen composers to write short-form pieces for acoustic violin and piano.

An engaging personality, Hahn is an avid writer and interviewer, posting journal entries and information for young musicians and concertgoer on her website. In 2004, she was a soloist on the Oscar-nominated soundtrack to the film The Village. She has made guest appearances on two albums by the alt-rock band …And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead and on Grand Forks by Tom Brosseau, and she has collaborated and toured with folk-rock singer-songwriter Josh Ritter.

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets to Hilary Hahn 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.

PERFORMANCE

Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Leonard Slatkin, conductor
Hilary Hahn, violin

Fri., Jan. 24 at 10:45 a.m.
Sat., Jan. 25 at 8 p.m.
Sun., Jan. 26 at 3 p.m.

BEETHOVEN Overture to The Consecration of the House
NIELSEN Concerto for Violin and Orchestra
SCHUBERT Symphony No. 9, “The Great”


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 and 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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2013 ANNUAL MEETING: DSO ACHIEVES FIRST BALANCED BUDGET SINCE 2007

Subscriptions up for every concert product; Increased annual fundraising and donor base

DETROIT, (December 12, 2013) – At today’s annual meeting of the Governing Members, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) announced that Fiscal Year 2013 achieved the first balanced budget since 2007.  Fiscal Year 2013 represents the 2012-13 season, concluding on August 31, 2013. This success was bolstered by a 43 percent increase in fundraising ($18.9 million), a 100 percent increase in the donor base over 2011, and the second consecutive year of subscription sales growth.

An ensemble of DSO bassoonists opened the meeting, ushering chairman Phillip Wm. Fisher to the podium where he brought the meeting to order, calling special attention to three unifying themes: People, Place and Purpose. Some 300 DSO Directors, Trustees, Governing Members, Volunteer Council members, community leaders, Orchestra Musicians and staff members welcomed him with thunderous applause.

“The DSO is yet another example of Detroit’s renaissance. Our people, place and purpose add to the cultural cornerstone of our beloved city,” said Fisher. “We are blessed with world class musicians, professionals, volunteers and donors that drive our vision of making the DSO the most accessible orchestra on the planet.” READ MORE



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DETROIT MAYOR ELECT MIKE DUGGAN TO MAKE DETROIT SYMPHONY OCHESTRA ANNUAL MEETING KEYNOTE

DETROIT, (December 4, 2013) – Just a month following the election, Detroit Mayor-elect Mike Duggan will give the keynote address at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) 2013 Annual Meeting on Thursday, Dec. 12 in The Music Box at the Max M. Fisher Music Center (3711 Woodward Ave.).

“There is not a cosmopolitan city in the world that does not have a thriving fine arts community,” said Duggan. “The DSO is, and will continue to be, a key player in what makes Detroit a great place to live and to visit. I am honored to have the opportunity to reaffirm that fact at the DSO’s upcoming annual meeting.”

Based on the themes of People, Place and Purpose, the meeting will also feature performances by DSO musicians and remarks from DSO Chairman Phillip Wm. Fisher; Michael Keegan, Senior Vice President of Supply Chain Management at Chrysler Group LLC and DSO Trustee Chairman and Stephen D’Arcy, Principal of The Quantum Group and DSO Trustee.

The DSO announced earlier this year that its 2013 Annual Fund campaign set a record-breaking pace by raising more than $18.9 million in the fiscal year ending August 31, 2013. This represents a 43 percent increase compared with the 2012 campaign, which raised $13.2 million. Over $6 million of the total came from the exceedingly generous giving of DSO directors and trustees.

Media personnel who wish to attend the meeting should contact Gabrielle Poshadlo at gposhadlo@dso.org or 313-576-5194.

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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DSO AND GUEST CONDUCTOR MEI-ANN CHEN PRESENT MUSIC OF MOZART AND MENDELSSOHN

Pianist Marc-André Hamelin stars in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 17

DETROIT, (November 20, 2013) – Dynamic female conductor Mei-Ann Chen, Music Director of the Memphis Symphony and Chicago Sinfonietta, will lead the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) in two concerts celebrating the music of Mozart and Mendelssohn on Thursday, December 12 at 7:30 p.m. and Friday, December 13 at 10:45 a.m. Renowned Canadian pianist Marc-André Hamelin will perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 17 on a program that also features Mozart’s Overture to The Magic Flute, Mendelssohn’s Overture to Midsummer Night’s Dream and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4.

All patrons are invited to a free pre-concert performance of Mozart’s String Quartet No. 19 in C major by the Slatkin String Quartet, one hour prior to the Thursday performance.

The Friday, December 13 performance will be webcast live to a global audience via the DSO’s Live From Orchestra Hall series of HD webcasts. Hosted by WDET 101.9 FM’s Alex Trajano, the broadcast will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will include pre-concert and intermission interviews. Live from Orchestra Hall is viewable by logging on to dso.org/live or via DSO to Go, the DSO’s free mobile app. Friday’s performance will also be broadcast live on WRCJ 90.9 FM.

ABOUT MARC-ANDRÉ HAMELIN

Pianist Marc-André Hamelin is renowned for his fresh readings of the established repertoire and his intrepid exploration of lesser known works of the 19th and 20th centuries. He is admired for his brilliant technique and his questing, deep thinking approach to everything he plays.

In recent seasons Hamelin has appeared as recitalist or orchestral guest soloist in such cities as New York, Chicago, Detroit, Boston, Portland, and in Quebec, Canada and internationally in Antwerp, Berlin, London, Melbourne, Rotterdam, and Milan, among many other cities. A prolific recording artist, Hamelin has set to disk some 50 CDs for the Hyperion label; these range from the neglected masterpieces of Alkan, Ives, Medtner and Roslavets to brilliantly received performances of Haydn, Mozart, Schumann, Brahms, and Chopin.

In 2010 Hamelin joined the ranks on CD of noted composer-pianists by releasing his own highly inventive “12 Etudes in all the minor keys” on the Hyperion label and with publication by Edition Peters. In recognition of his remarkable discography, Mr. Hamelin was presented with a lifetime achievement prize in the year 2011 by the German Record Critic’s Award (Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik).  In June 2009 Hamelin was also awarded the Italian 2009 Premio nazionale per il disco classico in the category “soloist” for his Hyperion disc devoted to the Godowsky-Strauss transcriptions.

Winner of the 1985 Carnegie Hall Competition, Marc-André Hamelin was born in Montreal. He began to play the piano at the age of five, and by the age of nine had already won top prize in the Canadian Music Competition. Mr. Hamelin’s father, a pharmacist by trade who was also a keen pianist, had introduced him to the works of Alkan, Medtner and Sorabji when he was still very young. Mr. Hamelin’s principal teachers included his father, Gilles Hamelin, Yvonne Hubert, Harvey Wedeen and Russell Sherman; he studied at the École Vincent d’Indy in Montreal and then at Temple University in Philadelphia. He was honored to be made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2003 and a Chevalier de l’Ordre du Québec in 2004.  He is also a member of the Royal Society of Canada.  Mr. Hamelin is featured in the book The Composer-Pianists: Hamelin and the Eight by Robert Rimm, published by Amadeus Press.

ABOUT MEI-ANN CHEN

An innovative and passionate force both on and off the conductor’s podium, Mei-Ann Chen is one of America’s most dynamic young conductors. Music Director of the Memphis Symphony since 2010 and of the Chicago Sinfonietta since 2011, she has infused both orchestras with energy, enthusiasm and high-level music-making, galvanizing their audiences and communities alike. In recognition of these accomplishments, the League of American Orchestras granted her the prestigious Helen M. Thompson Award at its 2012 national conference in Dallas. A sought-after guest conductor, Chen’s reputation as a compelling communicator has resulted in growing popularity with orchestras both nationally and internationally.

In addition to the 2012 Helen M. Thompson Award from the League of American Orchestras, Mei-Ann Chen’s skill on the podium as a music educator has been recognized with several honors, awards and posts. In 2005 Chen became the first woman to win Copenhagen’s esteemed Malko Competition. She served as Assistant Conductor of the Atlanta Symphony and Baltimore Symphony, under the aegis of the League of American Orchestras, with the Oregon Symphony as well. Recipient of the 2007 Taki Concordia Fellowship, he has appeared jointly with Marin Alsop and Stefan Sanderling in highly acclaimed subscription concerts with the Baltimore Symphony, Colorado Symphony and Florida Orchestra. In 2002, Chen was unanimously selected as Music Director of the Portland Youth Philharmonic in Oregon, the oldest of its kind and a model for many youth orchestras in the United States. During her five-year tenure with the orchestra, she led its sold-out debut in Carnegie Hall, received an ASCAP award for innovative programming, and developed new and unique musicianship programs for the orchestra’s members. She was also a recipient of a Sunburst Award from Young Audiences for her contribution to music education.

Born in Taiwan, Mei-Ann Chen has lived in the United States since 1989. She was the first student in New England Conservatory’s history to receive master’s degrees, simultaneously, in both violin and conducting, later studying with Kenneth Kiesler at the University of Michigan, where she earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting. Ms. Chen also participated in the National Conducting Institute in Washington, D.C. and at the American Academy of Conducting in Aspen.

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets to Mozart and Mendelssohn 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.

PERFORMANCE

Mozart and Mendelssohn

Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Mei-Ann Chen, conductor

Marc-André Hamelin, piano

Thurs., Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Dec. 13 at 10:45 p.m.

MOZART Overture to The Magic Flute
MOZART Piano Concerto No. 17
MENDELSSOHN Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream
MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 4

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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PATTI AUSTIN PAYS HOMAGE TO JAZZ LEGENDS AT ORCHESTRA HALL

DETROIT, (November 14, 2013) – Let Patti Austin’s sultry voice warm you this cold holiday season as the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s (DSO) Paradise Jazz Series presents Patti Austin’s Swinging Christmas: A Tribute to Ella and Duke.

The matinee performance, held on Sunday, December 8 at 4 p.m. will also feature pianist Michael Ricchuiti, bassist Richard Hammond and drummer Steve Hass, and will include performances of Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington hits along with your favorite holiday classics.

The 2013-14 Paradise Jazz Series one-night-only appearances were hand-picked by five-time Grammy Award winner and DSO Jazz Chair Terence Blanchard and are sponsored by MGM Grand Detroit.

ABOUT PATTI AUSTIN

Patti Austin, the daughter of jazz trombonist Gordon Austin and goddaughter of musical legends Jones and Dinah Washington, made her stage debut with Washington at the world-famous Apollo Theater in Harlem. During the 70’s, she was the undisputed “queen” of the New York session scene; her voice was heard behind everyone from Paul Simon, Cat Stevens, James Brown and Joe Cocker to Bette Midler, Roberta Flack, Luther Vandross and Diana Ross and on countless memorable commercial jingles. At the beginning of the 80’s, Patti earned a wider audience through her participation on a series of albums with Jones including his best-selling Stuff Like That, his Grammy-winning classic The Dude, and his From Q With Love Vols. 1&2 via the standout track, “If This Time Is the Last Time.”

Her early solo career resulted in the chart-topping, Grammy-nominated hit “Baby Come To Me,” a now classic duet with James Ingram; the Jam-and-Lewis-produced R&B smash “The Heat of Heat”; and the Oscar nominated “How Do You Keep the Music Playing?” Austin’s 1988 album The Real Me, one of the most popular items in her catalog, featured a powerful collection of pop and jazz standards including “Cry Me A River,” “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes” and “Mood Indigo.”

A stint at GRP Records included 1991′s Carry On, Love is Gonna Getcha, That Secret Place and Patti Austin Live which showcased her amazing standup comedic skills and brilliant impersonations. Her 1998 album In and Out of Love spent almost two years on the contemporary jazz charts. In 1999 and in 2000, she recorded On The Way to Love, a superb Warner Brothers album produced by Paul Brown.

Austin has also written and created her own one-woman show and co-created the musical extravaganza Beboperella, a modern-day, music-driven show that brings the sound and spirit of bebop to a new generation. She also is the co-creator of Oh Freedom, a show exploring the African-American quest for freedom and equality in America.

Her most recent release, Avant-Gershwin, won Austin the Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Performance. As with 2002′s Grammy-nominated homage to Ella Fitzgerald For Ella, Patti worked her magic again with the WDR Big Band on Avant-Gershwin.

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets to Patti Austin’s Swinging Christmas: A Tribute to Ella and Duke begin at $18 and may be purchased at the Max M. Fisher Music Center box office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit); by calling (313) 576-5111; online at dso.org; or via the DSO to Go free mobile app. For group discount information (10 people or more), please contact Chuck Dyer at (313) 576-5130 or cdyer@dso.org.

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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DSO CLOSES OFFICE FOR FIRST ANNUAL DAY OF SERVICE

Musicians, Board, Governing Members, Volunteer Council and Staff

celebrate Community Support Month by giving back

(DETROIT, November 13, 2013) — On the afternoon of November 15, the Max M. Fisher Music Center will be closed for the First Annual Detroit Symphony Orchestra Day of Service. DSO Musicians, Board and Staff will spend the afternoon serving one of three Detroit organizations as a show of gratitude for the support the Orchestra receives daily from its community. This project is in observance of Community Support Month, taking place the entire month of November, the DSO’s twice-yearly concert-based fundraising initiative.

“This is an exciting opportunity for us all to show our hearts to the community,” said DSO Board Chairman Phillip Wm. Fisher. “We are very conscious of the fact that we’re a community-supported orchestra, but on this day we want to show our friends and neighbors that we’re also a community supporting organization. The DSO couldn’t survive without the generosity of our patrons, and this is our way of giving back.”

DSO personnel will be assembling comfort packages for children entering or coming out of surgery at the DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan; crafting, gaming and reading with 3-4 year-olds at the Children’s Center Head Start Academy; and in partnership with Midtown Detroit, Inc., a group will wood chip, garden, and clean up a green space in Midtown.

To date, the Community Support Month Initiative, launched in November 2011, has collectively raised more than $4 million from more than 4,000 donors and is the only initiative of its kind among American orchestras.

As the DSO earns its identity as a community-supported orchestra, Community Support Month is aimed at greatly expanding the Annual Fund donor base and providing each ticket buyer with more meaningful opportunities to make Annual Fund gifts to the DSO. In the last two years, the number of individuals contributing to the DSO’s Annual Fund has more than doubled.

Concert goers during the month of November can make a contribution to the DSO via envelope, pledge card, by phone or online at dso.org/donate. Patrons will be reminded of Community Support Month by special décor in the atrium at the Max M. Fisher Music Center, and each donor will receive a drink coupon.

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DSO PREMIERES OF MASON BATES’ VIOLIN CONCERTO, COPLAND’S HEAR YE! HEAR YE!

DETROIT, (November 13, 2013) – Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) Music Director Leonard Slatkin will return from Lyon to conduct the DSO Premieres of Copland’s Hear Ye! Hear Ye! and Mason Bates’ Violin Concerto, starring American violinist Anne Akiko Meyers. The performances, which also include Brahms’ Symphony No. 4, will take place on Friday, December 6 at 10:45 a.m. and 8 p.m. and Saturday, December 7 at 8 p.m.

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! will be recorded for the DSO’s ongoing project with the Naxos label to record Copland’s complete ballets. Rodeo, disc 1 of the 3-disc project, was released last year.

All patrons are invited to a free pre-concert talk with composer Mason Bates and Teddy Abrams, one hour prior to the 8 p.m. concerts on Friday, December 6 and Saturday, December 7.

The morning performance on December 6 will be webcast live to a global audience via the DSO’s Live From Orchestra Hall series of HD webcasts. Hosted by WDET 101.9 FM’s Alex Trajano, the broadcast will begin at 10:45 a.m. and will include pre-concert and intermission interviews. Live From Orchestra Hall is viewable by logging on to dso.org/live or via DSO to Go, the DSO’s free mobile app.

ABOUT ANNE AKIKO MEYERS

Anne Akiko Meyers is one of today’s most sought after violinists. Recently, Meyers was awarded lifetime use of the ‘Vieuxtemps’ Guarneri del Gesu, considered by many to be the finest violin being performed on today.

A champion of living composers, Meyers has actively added new works to the violin repertoire by commissioning and premiering works by composers such as David Baker, Mason Bates, Jakub Ciupinski and many more. Meyers’s most recent recording, ‘Air-The Bach Albumi, debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Classical chart and was one of the top-selling classical albums of 2012. The recordings features Bach’s solo violin concerti as well as the double concerto with Meyers playing both solo parts on the 1697 ex-‘Napoleon/Molitor’ and the 1730 ‘Royal Spanish’ Stradivari violins with the English Chamber Orchestra.

Anne was born in San Diego, California and grew up in Southern California. She studied with Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld at the Colburn School of Performing Arts, Josef Gingold at Indiana University, and Felix Galimir, Masao Kawasaki and Dorothy DeLay at the Juillard School. At age 23, she was awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, the only artist to be the sole recipient of this annual prize. Meyers has joined the advisory board at Young Concert Artists.

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets to Slatkin Conducts Brahms 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.

PERFORMANCE

Slatkin Conducts Brahms

Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Anne Akiko Meyers, violin

Fri., Dec. 6 at 10:45 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Sat., Dec. 7 at 8 p.m.

COPLAND Hear Ye! Hear Ye!
BATES Concerto for Violin and Orchestra
BRAHMS Symphony No. 4

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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MIX @ THE MAX FEATURES SPEAKEASY MUSIC AND SELF-RECORDING CELLIST

DETROIT, (November 6, 2013) – After a sold-out performance by teenage pianist Conrad Tao kicked off the current season of Mix @ The Max, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) and WDET 101.9 FM have announced the next two programs in the series taking place in the intimate Music Box space at the Max M. Fisher Music Center.

On Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. DSO Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik will lead a small ensemble of DSO musicians in the swinging jazz hits of the prohibition era, when live music concerts weren’t liquor-fueled…or weren’t supposed to be. Arrive at 6 p.m. to mingle in the atrium, sample cocktails from the 20s and 30s and dine on a selection of snacks crafted by the DSO’s Paradise Lounge. A holiday marketplace featuring local artists and venders will be available for early holiday shopping both before the performance and during intermission. WDET’s Alex Trajano will be the evening’s host.

On Friday, Dec. 6 at 10 p.m. cellist Zoë Keating will make her Detroit debut performing her own compositions for solo cello. By recording herself intermittently during the performance using a foot-controlled laptop, one cello sounds like several by the end of each piece. Arrive at 9 p.m. for refreshments in the atrium. WDET’s Craig Fahle will be the evening’s host.

CONCERT DETAILS

Speakeasy

Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m.

Alex Trajano, host

Jeff Tyzik, conductor

Sheryl Hwangbo, vioin

Bruce Smith, violin

Jiamin Wang, violin

Jing Zhang, violin

Sasha Mishnaevski, viola

Han Zheng, viola

Dahae Kim, cello

Peter McCaffrey, cello

Stephen Molina, bass

Larry Liberson, clarinet

Sharon Sparrow, flute and piccolo

Hunter Eberly, trumpet

Randy Hawes, trombone

Ken Thompkins, trombone

Dennis Nulty, tuba

Robert Conway, piano

WILLIAMS Arr. Jeff Tyzik Royal Garden Blues
JOPLIN Maple Leaf Rag
The Entertainer
GERSHWIN arr. Jeff Tyzik

GERSHWIN

Rialto Ripples

5 Preludes

JOPLIN The Cascades
Sunflower Slow Drag
FERDINAND “JELLY ROLL” MORTON

arr. Jeff Tyzik

Grandpa’s Spells

Jungle Blues

Black Bottom Stomp

Zoe Keating

Friday, Dec. 6 at 10 p.m.

Craig Fahle, host

Zoë Keating, cello

Program TBA

Ticket Information

General Admission tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door for Speakeasy and $16 in advance and $20 at the door for Zoe Keating. A limited number of VIP tickets, which include priority seating and a complimentary beverage, are available for $49. All tickets may be purchased at the Max M. Fisher Music Center box office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit); by calling (313) 576-5111; online at dso.org; or via the free DSO to Go mobile app.

About Zoe Keating

Zoë Keating is a one-woman orchestra. She uses a cello and a foot-controlled laptop to record layer upon layer of cello, creating intricate, haunting and compelling music. Zoë is known for both her use of technology – which she uses to sample her cello onstage – and for her DIY approach, selling at last count 60,000 copies of her self-released albums without the help of a record label.

A cellist since the age of 8, Zoë obtained a liberal arts degree from Sarah Lawrence College and spent her 20′s working at a software startup while moonlighting as a cellist in rock bands. She eventually combined the cello and the computer, developing her signature style of live-layered music while improvising for late night crowds at her San Francisco warehouse. In 2003 Zoë quit her tech job to focus on making layered cello music.

As a cellist, Zoë has played with a wide range of artists, including Imogen Heap, Amanda Palmer, Tears for Fears, DJ Shadow, Dan Hicks, Thomas Dolby, John Vanderslice, Rasputina, Pomplamoose and Paolo Nutini. She has collaborated with WNYC’s Radiolab and lends her music regularly to film, TV, dance productions and commercials.

About WDET

WDET 101.9FM is a community service of Wayne State University, dedicated to reaching a broad audience with high quality public service media that expresses the complexity and opportunity of one of America’s most challenging urban centers. WDET’s growing audience reaches more than 150,000 listeners every week in southeast Michigan, northwest Ohio and southwest Ontario.

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