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NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC CELLIST JOINS DSO AS PRINCIPAL

DSO Music Director Leonard Slatkin announces news at birthday event at New York’s SubCulture

Detroit, (October 30, 2014) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will welcome Wei Yu, Photo by Chris Leecurrently a member of the New York Philharmonic cello section, as DSO Principal Cello on Jan. 5, 2015. DSO Music Director Leonard Slatkin announced the news Wednesday evening at a special event at New York’s SubCulture celebrating his 70th birthday where Yu was in attendance. Slatkin will conduct the New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall this weekend in a program featuring Copland, Rouse and Ravel.

Yu was offered the position endowed by James C. Gordon after performing his trial week during the DSO’s opening weekend, featuring Brahms’ Symphony No. 1 and Sarah Chang performing Barber’s Violin Concerto.

“I’m thrilled to have been chosen as principal cellist of this wonderful orchestra,” Yu said. “I had such an exciting week in Detroit earlier this fall. I thoroughly enjoyed playing with the highly talented players of the DSO and I appreciated the welcoming atmosphere. I’m looking forward to working with Maestro Slatkin, who is both inspiring and encouraging, and with this world-class ensemble.”

Yu, 34, has been a member of the New York Philharmonic since September 2007.

“Principal Cello is a crucial role in the orchestra and I am delighted that Wei Yu has accepted our offer,” said Slatkin. “Every aspect of his audition with us was spectacular, from the solo spotlight to his leadership of the section during his trial week. His experience, poise and musicianship impressed everyone and we look forward to his arrival.”

About Wei Yu

Cellist Wei Yu joined the New York Philharmonic in September 2007 at age 26. Mr. Yu has been a prizewinner at the Hudson Valley Philharmonic String, Holland American Music Society Cello, Music Teacher National Association (MTNA National Collegiate Strings), Canada’s National Music Festival, Calgary’s Kiwanis Festival, and China’s National Cello competitions. He was invited to play for Mstislav Rostropovich at the Seventh American Cello Congress in 2003.

An avid chamber musician, Mr. Yu has been invited to the Marlboro and Ravinia music festivals, and recently he has collaborated with musicians such as cellist David Soyer, pianists Richard Goode and Menahem Pressler, violinists Midori and Pinchas Zukerman, and members of the Guarneri and Juilliard Quartets. As a member of the New York Philharmonic Ensembles, he makes regular appearances at Merkin Concert Hall.

In the summers of 1998 through 2000, Wei Yu participated in the Morningside Music Bridge program at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Canada. He subsequently enrolled in the University’s Gifted Youth program under the tutelage of John Kadz and is currently on the faculty of the Morningside Music Bridge program. He has given cello master classes at universities and festivals in the United States, Canada, and China.

Born in Shanghai, China, Mr. Yu began studying the cello at age four and made his concerto debut at age eleven performing Elgar’s Cello Concerto with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. His principal teachers include Mei-Juan Liu, John Kadz, Hans Jørgen Jensen, and David Soyer. He performs on the 1778 “Ex-Soyer” Gagliano cello, on generous loan from the Marlboro Music Festival.

About The DSO

Hailed by The New York Times as “cutting edge,” the internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra, 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.  Acclaimed conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik serves as Principal Pops Conductor while celebrated trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard holds the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair. 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 within 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 the newly updated dso.org or download the free DSO to Go mobile app.

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YOUNG CZECH CONDUCTOR JAKUB HRŮŠA MAKES DETROIT DEBUT LEADING DSO, PIANIST STEPHEN HOUGH IN DVOŘÁK’S RARELY HEARD PIANO CONCERTO

DSO performs Sibelius’ Third Symphony and Detroit premiere of Janácek’s ‘The Cunning Little Vixen’

Detroit, (October 29, 2014) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) welcomes rising young Czech conductor Jakub Hrůša for his Detroit debut with the DSO premiere of Janácek’s comic opera suite, The Cunning Little Vixen, followed by Czech composer Dvořák’s rarely heard Piano Concerto performed by the masterful hands of the brilliant pianist Stephen Hough. The performances, taking place at Orchestra Hall on Fri., November 7 at 10:45 a.m. and Sat., November 8 at 8 p.m., will also feature Sibelius’ Third Symphony. Hruša

Dvorák & Sibelius will be webcast to a global audience via the DSO’s “Live from Orchestra Hall” series during the Saturday performance at 8 p.m. EST (GMT-5). Go to dso.org/live to view the concert from your computer or download DSO to Go to view the concert from your mobile device anywhere in the world.

About Stephen Hough

Named by The Economist as one of 20 Living Polymaths, British pianist Stephen Hough is a rare renaissance man of our time. Over the course of a long and distinguished career as one of the world’s leading concert pianists, he has also excelled as a writer and composer. Mr. Hough combines an exceptional facility and tonal palette with a uniquely inquisitive musical personality, and his musical achievements have resulted in many awards and accolades for his concerts and a discography of more than fifty recordings.

About Jakub Hrůša

Born in the Czech Republic and described by Gramophone as “on the verge of greatness”, Jakub Hrůša is Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Prague Philharmonia and Principal Guest Conductor of Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. He is a regular guest with many of Europe’s leading orchestras, including the Philharmonia Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Finnish Radio Symphony, SWR Symphony Stuttgart, WDR Symphony Cologne and the BBC Symphony Orchestra.  In 2010 he became the youngest conductor since 1949 to lead the opening concert of the Prague Spring Festival. Jakub Hrůša made his North American debut in 2009, and has since appeared with The Cleveland Orchestra, Washington National Symphony, the Symphony Orchestras of Dallas, Houston, Atlanta and Seattle, and the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa. In the same year he made his Australian debut with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, followed by visits to Melbourne and Sydney Symphony Orchestras. He is also a regular visitor to Asia where, in addition to his commitments with Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, he led the Prague Philharmonia on a major tour of Japan in 2012.

Ticket Information

Tickets to Dvorák & Sibelius begin at $15 and may be purchased at dso.org, via the free DSO to Go mobile app, in-person at the Max M. Fisher Music Center Box Office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit), or by calling (313) 576-5111. For group discount information (10 people or more), please contact Chuck Dyer at (313) 576-5130 or cdyer@dso.org.

Performance

Dvorák & Sibelius

Jakub Hrusa, conductor

Stephen Hough, piano

Fri., Nov. 7 at 10:45 a.m.

Sat., Nov. 8 at 8 p.m.

JANÁCEK, arr. Charles Mackerras                Suite from The Cunning Little Vixen

DVORÁK                                                    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in G minor, Op. 33

Allegro agitato

Andante sostenuto

Finale: Allegro con fuoco

Stephen Hough

INTERMISSION

SIBELIUS                                             Symphony No. 3 in C major, Op. 52

Allegro moderato

Andantino con moto, quasi allegretto

Moderato – Allegro, ma non tanto

M-1 Rail Construction

Attendees can find up-to-date details about the best route to take to Orchestra Hall during construction of the M-1 Rail streetcar in Midtown at dso.org/m1 and m-1rail.com. Woodward will always remain open in Midtown throughout the construction period. Complete closures are restricted to the downtown section of the rail line. Work has commenced on the north bound track between Temple and Canfield streets, shifting traffic to the southbound side of Woodward. There is one north bound, one south bound and one turn lane open on this stretch. Coming in to Midtown, an extra 15 minutes for travel time is recommended, as well as using Cass Avenue, instead of Woodward Avenue when possible.

About The DSO

Hailed by The New York Times as “cutting edge,” the internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra, 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.  Acclaimed conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik serves as Principal Pops Conductor while celebrated trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard holds the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair. 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 within 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 the newly updated dso.org or download the free DSO to Go mobile app.

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DSO ADDS WINTER PROGRAMMING TO THE CALENDAR

Concerts to feature Vienna Boys’ Choir, pianist Eddie Palmieri and a capella sextet Take 6

Detroit, (October 27, 2014) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) presents three new performances to warm up the winter.

The incandescent precision of the Vienna Boys’ Choir returns to Orchestra Hall to light up the holiday season with favorites of the Strauss family and Christmas classics sung by the angelic and exquisite voices of the world-renowned Vienna Boys’ Choir on Mon., December 1 at 7:30 p.m.

Grammy Award winner, Latin pianist and bandleader Eddie Palmieri and his Latin Jazz Band bring hot Latin Jazz to Orchestra Hall on Fri., March 27 at 8 p.m. blending rhythms of Palmieri’s Puerto Rican heritage with modern jazz.

On Fri., April 3 at 7:30 p.m. Take 6 brings its uplifting and soulful sound to Orchestra Hall with music rooted in gospel, do wop, scat, swing and their abiding faith. Take 6 has captured ten Dove awards and eight Grammies throughout the past 30 years.

Tickets may be purchased at dso.org, via the free DSO to Go mobile app, in-person at the Max M. Fisher Music Center Box Office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit), or by calling (313) 576-5111. For group discount information (10 people or more), please contact Chuck Dyer at (313) 576-5130 or cdyer@dso.org.

Performances

Vienna Boys’ Choir*

Mon., Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m.

*The DSO does not appear on this program.

Tickets to Vienna Boys’ Choir range from $30 to $65 with a limited number of box seats available for $80.

About The Vienna Boys’ Choir

Boys have been singing at the court of the Holy Roman Emperor since the early 15th century. In 1498 Emperor Maximilian I moved his court and his court musicians to Vienna. He gave instructions that there were to be six singing boys among his musicians. Historians have settled on 1498 as the foundation date of the Vienna Hofmusikkapelle and in consequence the Vienna Boys’ Choir. Until 1918, the choir sang exclusively for the imperial court, at mass, at private concerts and functions and on state occasions.

Today there are around 100 choristers between the ages of ten and fourteen, divided into four touring choirs. The four choirs give around 300 concerts and performances each year in front of almost half a million people. Each group spends nine to eleven weeks of the school year on tour. They visit virtually all European countries, and they are frequent guests in Asia, Australia and the Americas.

Eddie Palmieri Latin Jazz Band*

Fri., March 27 at 8 p.m.

*The DSO does not appear on this program.

Tickets to Eddie Palmieri Latin Jazz Band range from $18 to $60 with a limited number of box seats for $99.

About Eddie Palmieri

Eddie Palmieri, known for his charismatic power and bold innovative drive, has a musical career that spans over 50 years as a bandleader of Salsa and Latin Jazz orchestras. With a discography that includes 36 titles, Mr. Palmieri has been awarded nine Grammy Awards. Born in Spanish Harlem in 1936, Eddie began piano studies at an early age, as did his celebrated older brother, the late Salsa legend and pianist, Charlie Palmieri. For Latin New Yorkers of Eddie’s generation, music was a vehicle out of El Barrio. At age 11, he auditioned at Weil Recital Hall, which is next door to Carnegie Hall, a venue as far from the Bronx as he could imagine. Possessed by a desire to play the drums, Palmieri joined his uncle’s orchestra at age 13, where he played timbales.

Eddie Palmieri embraces the future of his music by blazing a distinctive musical path to the delight of fans across the globe. He has one of the most actively touring Salsa and Latin Jazz orchestras to date, tours of which have taken him to Europe, Asia, Australia, Latin America, North Africa and throughout the Caribbean. A true powerhouse of brilliance known for his astute arranging skills and historic compositions, Mr. Palmieri has shown that time is infinite with respect to his repertoire as he continues to thrill audiences with his legendary style.

Take 6*

Fri., April 3 at 7:30 p.m.

*The DSO does not appear on this program.

Tickets to Take 6 range from $20 to $50 with a limited number of box seats for $80.

About Take 6

The most awarded vocal group in history (10 Grammy Awards, 10 Dove Awards, a Soul Train Award, and more) celebrates their 25th Anniversary! Take 6 (Claude McKnight, Mark Kibble, Joel Kibble, Dave Thomas, Alvin Chea and Khristian Dentley), heralded by Quincy Jones as the “baddest vocal cats on the planet!’, is the quintessential a cappela group and model for vocal genius. Six virtuosic voices united in crystal clear harmony, against a backdrop of syncopated rhythms, innovative arrangements, and funky grooves that bubble into an intoxicating brew of gospel, jazz, R&B and pop.  With praise from such luminaries as Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Brian Wilson, Ella Fitzgerald and Whitney Houston, the multi-platinum selling sextet has toured across the globe, collaborated across genres, and is recognized as the pre-eminent a capella group in the world.

Showing the global reach of this phenomenal group, Take 6 closed the show with Ladysmith Black Mambazo to a standing ovation!  Two weeks later at the behest of legendary Producer Phil Ramone, Take 6 thrilled a sold-out audience at the Songwriters Hall of Fame Awards performing with and honoring legendary singer-songwriter Ben E. King on his classic “Stand By Me.”  As a group that knows no musical bounds, they then brought the house down with their tribute to folk icon Woody Guthrie with This Land Is Your Land.

M-1 Rail Construction

Attendees can find up-to-date details about the best route to take to Orchestra Hall during construction of the M-1 Rail streetcar in Midtown at dso.org/m1 and m-1rail.com. Woodward will always remain open in Midtown throughout the construction period. Complete closures are restricted to the downtown section of the rail line. Work has commenced on the north bound track between Temple and Canfield streets, shifting traffic to the southbound side of Woodward. There is one north bound, one south bound and one turn lane open on this stretch. Coming in to Midtown, an extra 15 minutes for travel time is recommended, as well as using Cass Avenue, instead of Woodward Avenue when possible.

About The DSO

Hailed by The New York Times as “cutting edge,” the internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra, 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.  Acclaimed conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik serves as Principal Pops Conductor while celebrated trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard holds the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair. 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 within 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 the newly updated dso.org or download the free DSO to Go mobile app.

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TRUMPET SOLOIST HÅKAN HARDENBERGER JOINS THE DSO TO PERFORM TOBIAS BROSTRÖM’S EXCITING U.S. PREMIERE FEATURING LIVE ELECTRONICS

American Conductor James Gaffigan to lead Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony

Detroit, (October 15, 2014) – Renowned trumpet soloist Håkan Hardenberger joins the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) on the exciting U.S. Premiere of Tobias Broström’s Lucernaris Concerto for Trumpet, Live Electronics and Orchestra. American Conductor James Gaffigan will also lead the orchestra in Beethoven’s immortal Fifth Symphony. The performances, taking place Fri., October 31 at 8 p.m.; Sat., November 1 at 8 p.m.; and Sun., November 2 at 3 p.m. at Orchestra Hall, will also feature Wagner’s Overture to Rienzi.

Broström worked with Hardenberger to compose the Concerto for Trumpet specifically for the renowned soloist, and Hardenberger performed during the premiere of the piece in Sweden in 2009 alongside Gävle Symphony Orchestra. Shortly after, it was highlighted among the top ten at the 56th International Rostrum of Composers in Paris. The piece also features lighting and electronic effects that are written directly into the score. This video clip provides further details about the making of the piece.

Beethoven’s Fifth! will be webcast to a global audience via the DSO’s “Live from Orchestra Hall” series during the Sunday performance at 3 p.m. EST (GMT-5). Go to dso.org/live to view the concert from your computer or download DSO to Go to view the concert from your mobile device anywhere in the world.

One hour before the start of each Beethoven’s Fifth! performance, a presentation will be hosted in Orchestra Hall by Beethoven specialist and professor of Musicology at the University of Michigan Steven Whiting.

About Håkan Hardenberger

Håkan Hardenberger is the greatest trumpet soloist today. Alongside his phenomenal performances of the classical repertory, he is also held in high regard as a pioneer of significant and virtuosic new trumpet works.

Håkan Hardenberger performs with the world’s leading orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Wiener Philharmoniker, Swedish Radio Symphony, London Symphony, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and NHK Symphony Orchestra. Conductors he regularly collaborates with include Pierre Boulez, Alan Gilbert, Daniel Harding, Paavo Järvi, Ingo Metzmacher, Andris Nelsons, Esa-Pekka Salonen and David Zinman.

About James Gaffigan

American conductor James Gaffigan is praised for the precision and natural ease of his conducting and the illuminating insight of his musicianship. His passionate, energetic performances and ability to connect deeply with audiences and musicians has attracted international attention.

Mr. Gaffigan’s international career was launched when he was named a first prize winner at the 2004 Sir Georg Solti International Conducting Competition in Frankfurt, Germany.

Since then, Mr. Gaffigan has worked with numerous institutions, and is repeatedly sought after as guest conductor with North America’s most prominent orchestras including the Cleveland and Minnesota Orchestras, the Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, New World, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis and Toronto Symphonies, as well as the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.

Ticket Information

Tickets to Beethoven’s Fifth! begin at $15 and may be purchased at dso.org, via the free DSO to Go mobile app, in-person at the Max M. Fisher Music Center Box Office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit), or by calling (313) 576-5111. For group discount information (10 people or more), please contact Chuck Dyer at (313) 576-5130 or cdyer@dso.org.

Performance

Beethoven’s Fifth!

James Gaffigan, conductor

Håkan Hardenberger, trumpet

Fri. Oct. 31 at 8 p.m.

Sat., Nov. 1 at 8 p.m.

Sun., Nov. 2 at 3 p.m.

WAGNER                                          Overture to Rienzi, WWV.49

TOBIAS BROSTRÖM                     Lucernaris – Concerto for trumpet, live electronics & orchestra (U.S. Premiere)

I.  Lamentoso, molto espressivo

II. Recitando

Håkan Hardenberger, trumpet

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BEETHOVEN                                 Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

I. Allegro con Brio

II. Andante con moto

III. Allegro

IV. Allegro

M-1 Rail Construction

Attendees can find up-to-date details about the best route to take to Orchestra Hall during construction of the M-1 Rail streetcar in Midtown at dso.org/m1 and m-1rail.com. Woodward will always remain open in Midtown throughout the construction period. Complete closures are restricted to the downtown section of the rail line. Work has commenced on the north bound track between Temple and Canfield streets, shifting traffic to the southbound side of Woodward. There is one north bound, one south bound and one turn lane open on this stretch. Coming in to Midtown, an extra 15 minutes for travel time is recommended, as well as using Cass Avenue, instead of Woodward Avenue when possible.

About The DSO

Hailed by The New York Times as “cutting edge,” the internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra, 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.  Acclaimed conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik serves as Principal Pops Conductor while celebrated trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard holds the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair. 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 within 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 the newly updated dso.org or download the free DSO to Go mobile app.

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GREAT AMERICAN PIANIST GARRICK OHLSSON JOINS DSO FOR RACHMANINOFF PIANO CONCERTO NO. 3

Detroit, (October 6, 2014) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) welcomes great American pianist Garrick Ohlsson, who will perform Rachmaninoff’s magnificent Third Piano Concerto. DSO Music Director Leonard Slatkin also leads the orchestra in performing two Detroit premieres with Michael Daugherty’s thrilling “Lost Vegas,” “a musical homage to the bygone days” of Sin City, plus Copland’s complete Billy The Kid ballet, performed in one set and recorded live for an upcoming Naxos Records album.

The performances will take place in Orchestra Hall on Thurs., October 23 at 7:30 p.m.; Fri., October 24 at 10:45 a.m. and Sat., October 25 at 8 p.m.

Rachmaninoff himself performed the premiere of his third piano concert in 1909 in New York, making it a part of the DSO’s season-long celebration of the Concerto in America, featuring concerti written by American composers and those that received their World Premiere within American borders.

The Friday performance will be webcast live to a global audience via the DSO’s Live From Orchestra Hall series. Go to dso.org/live to view the concert from your computer or download DSO to Go to view the concert from your mobile device anywhere in the world.

One hour before the start of each Ohlsson Plays Rachmaninoff performance, a presentation will be hosted by Senior Producer at Soundmirror Blanton Alspaugh and DSO score reader Oriol Sans about the DSO’s recording projects and the process of producing an album.

About Garrick Ohlsson

Since his triumph as winner of the 1970 Chopin International Piano Competition, pianist Garrick Ohlsson has established himself worldwide as a musician of magisterial interpretive and technical prowess. Although long regarded as one of the world’s leading exponents of the music of Frédéric Chopin, Mr. Ohlsson commands an enormous repertoire, which ranges over the entire piano literature. A student of the late Claudio Arrau, Mr. Ohlsson has come to be noted for his masterly performances of the works of Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert, as well as the Romantic repertoire. To date he has at his command more than 80 concertos, ranging from Haydn and Mozart to works of the 21st century, many commissioned for him.

About Leonard Slatkin

Leonard Slatkin is Music Director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre National de Lyon, France. During the 2013-14 season, he conducted at Krzysztof Penderecki’s 80th birthday celebration in Warsaw, recorded with Anne Akiko Meyers and the London Symphony and appeared with the Chicago Symphony, the Pittsburgh Symphony and the St. Louis Symphony. He also toured China and Japan with the Orchestre National de Lyon and led the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in concerts across southern Florida

Slatkin’s more than 100 recordings have won seven Grammy awards and earned 64 nominations. With the Orchestre National de Lyon, he has embarked on recording cycles of the Rachmaninoff piano concerti featuring Olga Kern and the symphonic works of Maurice Ravel and Hector Berlioz. With the Detroit Symphony, he has released a digital box set of the Beethoven symphonies and plans to offer the concerti and symphonies of Tchaikovsky in the future.

Ticket Information

Tickets to Ohlsson Plays Rachmaninoff start at $15 and may be purchased at dso.org, via the free DSO to Go mobile app, in-person at the Max M. Fisher Music Center Box Office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit), or by calling (313) 576-5111. For group discount information (10 people or more), please contact Chuck Dyer at (313) 576-5130 or cdyer@dso.org.

Performance

Ohlsson Plays Rachmaninoff

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Garrick Ohlsson, piano

Thurs., Oct. 23 at 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 24 at 10:45 a.m.

Sat., Oct 25 at 8 p.m.

 

MICHAEL DAUGHERTY                   Lost Vegas

COPLAND                                          Billy the Kid Complete Ballet (DSO Premiere)

RACHMANINOFF                              Piano Concerto No. 3 (DSO Premiere)

M-1 Rail Construction

Attendees can find up-to-date details about the best route to take to Orchestra Hall during construction of the M-1 Rail streetcar in Midtown at dso.org/m1 and m-1rail.com. Woodward will always remain open in Midtown throughout the construction period. Complete closures are restricted to the downtown section of the rail line. Work has commenced on the north bound track between Temple and Canfield streets, shifting traffic to the southbound side of Woodward. There is one north bound, one south bound and one turn lane open on this stretch. Coming in to Midtown, an extra 15 minutes for travel time is recommended, as well as using Cass Avenue, instead of Woodward Avenue when possible.

About The DSO

Hailed by The New York Times as “cutting edge,” the internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra, 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.  Acclaimed conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik serves as Principal Pops Conductor while celebrated trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard holds the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair. 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 within 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 the newly updated dso.org or download the free DSO to Go mobile app.

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DSO KICKS OFF NEW SEASON WITH PROMOTION OF NINE STAFF MEMBERS

Detroit, (Oct. 3, 2014) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) began its 2014-15 season with the promotion of nine staff members to director and manager level-positions. The DSO’s overall staff headcount will remain the same, and  the total budget for staff costs within Blueprint: 2023, the DSO’s 10-year plan.

“When we rolled out our 10 year plan two years ago, we made a commitment to prioritize an investment in our people,” said Paul Hogle, Executive Vice President. “Promoting from within is a manifestation of that philosophy that we are proud to honor.”

Following the successful completion of the 2014 Annual Fund campaign, Cassie Brenske has been promoted to Director of Advancement for Individual Giving. In this role, she will lead relationship and fund development with the DSO’s most generous annual giving patrons, a portfolio of hundreds of households who give approximately $5 million annually. In her previous role as Governing Members Gift Officer, Brenske more than doubled participation in the Governing Members program, the DSO’s group of voting members and leadership donors.

Kathryn Ginsburg has been named Director of Operations, overseeing orchestra operations. In her new role, Ginsburg will lead orchestra scheduling, touring and Collective Bargaining Agreement compliance. Her tenure with the DSO began in 2011 as Operations and Pops Coordinator, followed by Artistic Manager, during which time her duties included overseeing logisitics and personal service for the variety of world-class artists who perform with the DSO each season.

Jody Harper has been promoted to Director of Information Technology. Hired just last year as IT Manager, Harper has engineered the upgrade of the DSO’s IT infrastructure, security and reliability, including a comprehensive update to website servers as well as an upgrade to the organization’s broadband capabilities. Harper also launched the DSO’s first Board IT committee chaired by DSO Governing Member Geoff Nathan, providing volunteer leadership oversight for the DSO’s increasing technology aspirations and footprint.

After serving as general manager of the DSO’s Civic Youth Ensembles during a period of unprecedented growth of the program, Emily Lamoreaux has been promoted to the Director of Education.  She will oversee all DSO education efforts from the implementation of the newly minted Wu Academy of Music Education that will take youth classical instruction into the metro Detroit community, to the curriculum of some 1,000 DSO Civic Youth Ensembles participants, to the debut of a new lineup digital educational programs designed to serve schoolchildren in Detroit and nationwide.

Gabrielle Poshadlo received a promotion to Director of Communications and Media Relations.  Previously the Public Relations and Constituent Communications Manager, she built an extensive media presence for the DSO in both local and national news outlets while refreshing the DSO’s approach to internal communications and publications. Poshadlo’s new role positions her as the lead architect of national media strategy as well as the chief strategist for targeted communications with the patron base and key external audiences.

Four other manager-level promotions were simultaneously announced:

Lindsey Evert has taken on the role of Advancement Projects Manager. Her responsibilities will include developing and executing a portfolio of advancement department events and projects, and liaising with the Patron Engagement and Sales department to ensure coordinated communications and benefits fulfillment across the DSO’s patron spectrum including the Volunteer Council and their activities.  Evert will simultaneously serve in the new role of @ the Max Producer, tasked with delivering a successful season of Mix @ the Max presentations, lecture events, yoga chamber music concerts, and other unique performances in the Music Box.

Chelsea Kotula has been promoted to Advancement and Board Campaigns Manager. While she will continue her current duties managing the affairs and activities of the DSO Board of Directors and Board of Trustees, she will also manage the combined board giving campaigns of approximately $2 million each season and foster a high level of engagement among the DSO’s directors emeritus, directors, and trustees.

On the oneDSO endowment campaign team, Jessica Luther has been promoted to Campaign and Planned Giving Manager, an expanded role that includes management of a number of critical campaign and planned giving processes, as well as providing a high-level of personalized service for some of the DSO’s most generous and longest-tenured patrons.

Jessica Ruiz, in addition to her current planning work for the DSO’s Pops, DSO Presents, and and @ The Max series, will also take over the planning and programming of the Education Concert Series, Young Peoples Family Concerts, and in-school programming as Manager of Artistic Planning.

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DSO ANNUAL GIVING SURPASSES GOAL AT $17.4M

Individual giving increased from every constituency during fourth consecutive year

of donor base growth

DETROIT, (September 26, 2014) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) has surpassed its goal of $17 million for annual operational support with $17.4 million in individual, corporate and foundation gifts following the official close of the 2014 fiscal year on August 31, 2014. Individual giving, which saw an increase in every constituency, is owing to the generosity of 10,350 donors who represent the fourth consecutive year of donor base growth. READ MORE



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DSO OPENS CLASSICAL SEASON WITH VIOLIN VIRTUOSO SARAH CHANG

New season kicks off with Maestro Slatkin’s 70th birthday celebrations, DSO’s Day of Service

Detroit, (September 22, 2014) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) opens its classical season with the virtuosic American violinist Sarah Chang performing American composer Samuel Barber’s Violin Concerto.

Conducted by DSO Music Director Leonard Slatkin, the program will feature William Bolcom’s Circus Overture, composed in honor of Slatkin’s 70th birthday, which premiered at the Tanglewood Festival this summer. The performances, taking place Fri., October 10 at 10:45 a.m.; Sat., October 11 at 8 p.m.; and Sun., October 12 at 3 p.m., will also include Ron Nelson’s Sarabande for Katharine in April and Brahms’ Symphony No. 1.

DSO’s 2014-15 classical season opens with a celebration of Maestro Slatkin’s 70th birthday and the start of his seventh season as DSO music director. Join the DSO at the Saturday evening performance for a birthday celebration including cake and refreshments.

Opening Week festivities also include DSO’s second annual Day of Service on October 10. That afternoon, the Max M. Fisher Music Center will be closed. 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.

The Virtuosity of Sarah Chang will be webcast to a global audience during the Sunday performance via the DSO’s “Live from Orchestra Hall” series. Go to dso.org/live to view the concert from your computer or mobile device anywhere in the world.

The Barber Violin Concerto is part of a season-long celebration of the Concerto in America, featuring concerti written by American composers and those that received their World Premiere within American borders.

At the Sat., October 11 performance, a pre-concert presentation by Maestro Slatkin and composer William Bolcom will explore the making of Bolcom’s Circus Overture. At the Sun., October 12 performance, guest speaker Mark Clague, associate professor of Musicology and Director of Research at University of Michigan, will discuss the bicentenary of the US National Anthem. Pre-concert presentations begin one hour before the start of the performance.

About Sarah Chang

Since her debut with the New York Philharmonic at the age of eight, Sarah Chang has dazzled audiences with her technical virtuosity and emotional depth.

Chang’s most recent recording for EMI Classics – her 20th for the label – featured the Brahms and Bruch violin concertos with Kurt Masur and the Dresdner Philharmonie, and was received to excellent critical and popular acclaim. She has also recorded Prokofiev Violin Concerto No.1 and Shostakovich Violin Concerto No.1 live with the Berliner Philharmoniker under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle; Fire and Ice, an album of popular shorter works for violin and orchestra with Placido Domingo conducting the Berliner Philharmoniker; the Dvorák Violin Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Colin Davis; as well as several chamber music and sonata discs with artists including pianists Leif Ove Andsnes and Lars Vogt.

Along with Pete Sampras, Wynton Marsalis, and Tom Brady, Chang has been a featured artist in Movado’s global advertising campaign “The Art of Time.” In 2006, Chang was honored as one of 20 Top Women in Newsweek Magazine’s “Women and Leadership, 20 Powerful Women Take Charge” issue.

About Leonard Slatkin

Leonard Slatkin is Music Director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre National de Lyon, France. During the 2013-14 season, he conducted at Krzysztof Penderecki’s 80th birthday celebration in Warsaw, recorded with Anne Akiko Meyers and the London Symphony and appeared with the Chicago Symphony, the Pittsburgh Symphony and the St. Louis Symphony. He also toured China and Japan with the Orchestre National de Lyon and led the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in concerts across southern Florida

Slatkin’s more than 100 recordings have won seven Grammy awards and earned 64 nominations. With the Orchestre National de Lyon, he has embarked on recording cycles of the Rachmaninoff piano concerti featuring Olga Kern and the symphonic works of Maurice Ravel and Hector Berlioz. With the Detroit Symphony, he has released a digital box set of the Beethoven symphonies and plans to offer the concerti and symphonies of Tchaikovsky in the future.

Ticket Information

Tickets to Opening Weekend: The Virtuosity of Sarah Chang begin at $15 and may be purchased at dso.org, via the free DSO to Go mobile app, in-person at the Max M. Fisher Music Center Box Office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit), or by calling (313) 576-5111. For group discount information (10 people or more), please contact Chuck Dyer at (313) 576-5130 or cdyer@dso.org.

Performance

Opening Weekend: The Virtuosity of Sarah Chang

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Sarah Chang, violin

Fri. Oct. 10 at 10:45 a.m.

Sat., Oct. 11 at 8 p.m.

Sun., Oct 12 at 3 p.m.

SMITH                                                 Star Spangled Banner

WILLIAM BOLCOM                           Circus Overture (DSO premiere)

RON NELSON                                  Sarabande for Katharine in April (DSO premiere)

BARBER                                            Concerto for Violin and Orchestra

BRAHMS                                            Symphony No. 1

M-1 Rail Construction

Attendees can find up-to-date details about the best route to take to Orchestra Hall during construction of the M-1 Rail streetcar in Midtown at dso.org/m1 and m-1rail.com. Woodward will always remain open in Midtown throughout the construction period. Complete closures are restricted to the downtown section of the rail line. Work has commenced on the north bound track between Temple and Canfield streets, shifting traffic to the southbound side of Woodward. There is one north bound, one south bound and one turn lane open on this stretch. Coming in to Midtown, an extra 15 minutes for travel time is recommended, as well as using Cass Avenue, instead of Woodward Avenue when possible.

About The DSO

Hailed by The New York Times as “cutting edge,” the internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra, 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.  Acclaimed conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik serves as Principal Pops Conductor while celebrated trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard holds the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair. 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 within 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 the newly updated dso.org or download the free DSO to Go mobile app.

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ENTER TO WIN A CHANCE TO CONDUCT WITH MAESTRO SLATKIN AT DSO COMMUNITY CONCERTS PRESENTED BY DTE ENERGY FOUNDATION

Contest winners’ families receive free tickets to otherwise sold out community concerts

 Detroit, (September 18, 2014) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) introduces a unique opportunity allowing one child to conduct at each of the four venues alongside DSO Music Director Leonard Slatkin at the upcoming DTE Energy Foundation Presents DSO in your Community concerts, October 1-5. Those interested in participating can submit a photo or short video on Instagram for a chance to win this opportunity at one of four community concerts featuring Maestro Slatkin.

To enter, a public Instagram account will be needed to upload a photo or video of the child, 12 and under, conducting John Philip Sousa’s The Stars and Stripes Forever for up to 15 seconds. To submit the video entry, the post must include the hashtag #DTEpowersDSO. The post should also include the preferred venue at which the child wishes to conduct. A winner will be chosen at random for each concert venue. Entries must be submitted by Sept. 23. For The Stars and Stripes Forever audio clip and more details, go to www.dso.org/dtepowersdso.

The immediate family of each of the four children chosen to conduct with Maestro Slatkin will also receive free tickets to the chosen concert, three of which quickly sold out after the selected venues were announced.

Brighton Center for the Performing Arts in Livingston County, Garden City High School in Wayne County, Greater Grace Temple in Wayne County and Lake Orion High School in Oakland County will host DTE Energy Foundation Presents the DSO in Your Community concerts. While the concerts are free admission, a ticket is required for entry. Tickets sold out at three venues within the first week they were announced. Tickets are still available for Greater Grace Temple at dso.org, via the DSO to Go mobile app, by phone at 313.576.5111 or in person at the Max M. Fisher Music Center Box Office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit.)

The four venues were selected following a review of 15 compelling finalists. A five-person panel considered dozens of letters of support from community members, hundreds of online comments and some 14,000 votes from the pool of nominees. This is the fourth consecutive year that DTE Energy Foundation has generously sponsored free DSO community concerts.

A schedule of the DTE Energy Foundation Presents DSO in your Community concerts is as follows:

Garden City High School – Wednesday, October 1 at 7:30 p.m.

Lake Orion High School – Thursday, October 2 at 7:30 p.m.

Greater Grace Temple – Friday, October 3 at 10:45 a.m.

Brighton Center for the Performing Arts – Sunday, October 5 at 3 p.m.

 About the DSO

Hailed by The New York Times as “cutting edge,” the internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra 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.  Acclaimed conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik serves as Principal Pops Conductor while celebrated trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard holds the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair. 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 within the Max M. Fisher Music Center, one of America’s most acoustically revered 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.

About the DTE Energy Foundation

The DTE Energy Foundation is the philanthropic arm of DTE Energy, continuing the legacy of community support and involvement of its principal operating subsidiaries, Detroit Edison and MichCon.  The Foundation directs its contributions and involvement to support initiatives dedicated to developing the human and economic potential of the communities it serves. The DTE Energy Foundation is funded fully by the shareholders of DTE Energy.

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DSO ADVANCES SENIOR STAFFER TO LEAD FUNDRAISING AND EXTERNAL AFFAIRS EFFORTS

DETROIT, (September 17, 2014) –The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) has promoted Scott Harrison to Vice President for harrison2_finalAdvancement & External Relations, a position tailored to his specific talents. His duties began last week.

Harrison joined the DSO in 2010 as the senior director of patron engagement and loyalty programs. His primary responsibilities were redefining the relationship between patron and orchestra with a focus on uniting fundraising and ticketing activities, and reaching new local and global markets through digital media, broadcast, and online activity.  A cornerstone project has been the implementation of the DSO’s Live From Orchestra Hall free webcast series, which has received local, national and international acclaim. In 2013, Scott was promoted to Executive Director of Board Engagement and Strategy, where he served as the chief engagement officer in pursuit of fully activated and deployed governance body members. READ MORE



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