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DSO ATTRACTS VETERAN ARTS FUNDRAISER TO LEAD INSTITUTIONAL GIVING TEAM

DETROIT, (August 26, 2015) – Following a national search where a wide range of impressive candidates were considered, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) welcomes Danielle Manley as Director of Advancement for Institutional Support. Manley recently relocated to Detroit from Louisville where she worked for six years at Kentucky’s most prestigious performing arts organization, Actors Theatre of Louisville.

Actors Theatre of Louisville has an $11 million budget and is known internationally for the Humana Festival of New American Plays. In Manley’s most recent role with the organization, she served as Associate Director of Development, Institutional Partnerships where she achieved year-on-year growth in institutional revenue with a special emphasis on new or increased corporate support. Her track record of fundraising success and cross-departmental collaboration included a leadership role in developing new programming streams and developing tools to track and measure success. Manley earned lasting relationships with community leaders in the civic, governmental, non-profit, philanthropic and corporate sectors as the result of deliberate cultivation and participation in community events and partnerships.

“We are thrilled that Danielle has chosen to bring her talents to Woodward Avenue,” said Paul Hogle, DSO Executive Vice President. “Detroit is a special place when it comes to recruiting talent. Because our national narrative as a city is so compelling and the DSO is playing such an amazing part in the city’s renaissance, exceptional leaders such as Danielle are eager to be here.”

Previously, Manley served Actors Theatre as Interim Director of Development and Manager of Corporate Relations; Louisville Public Media as Corporate Marketing Representative; and LEO (Louisville’s oldest alternative newsweekly) as an advertising account executive.

As the DSO’s Director of Advancement for Institutional Support, Manley will lead the Institutional Support office in raising over $5 million in annual operating funds as well as additional sponsorship and event support for DSO tours, New Year’s Eve concert, Classical Roots Celebration and the Heroes Gala through corporate, foundation and government relations. The DSO’s support from corporations, businesses, foundations and public sources is among the largest at any American orchestra.

Manley began her duties Aug. 10. She can be reached at dmanley@dso.org.

A native of Floyds Knobs, Ind., she holds a Bachelor of Arts, Communication and Culture degree from Indiana University. She now lives in Downtown Detroit.

The search was conducted by Robert Swaney Consulting, an Indianapolis-based firm that combines executive recruitment and fundraising experience with sound planning, impeccable execution and reliable analysis.

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 ardent commitment to Detroit. As a community-supported orchestra, generous giving by individuals and institutions at all levels drives the continued success and growth of the institution. Esteemed conductor Leonard Slatkin, called “America’s Music Director” by the Los Angeles Times, became the DSO’s 12th Music Director, endowed by the Kresge Foundation, in 2008. 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. With growing attendance and unwavering philanthropic support from the Detroit community, the DSO’s performance schedule includes Classical, Pops, Jazz, Young People’s, and 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, which now reaches tens of thousands of children with the new Classroom Edition expansion. Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall within the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, one of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, the DSO actively pursues a mission to embrace and inspire individuals, families, and communities through unsurpassed musical experiences. For more information visit the newly updated dso.org or download the free DSO to Go mobile app.

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DSO RETURNS TO SEVEN METRO DETROIT VENUES FOR FIFTH SEASON OF WILLIAM DAVIDSON NEIGHBORHOOD CONCERT SERIES

Subscriptions start at only $75 for four concerts in your back yard 

New Clinton Township concert series now available at Macomb Center for the Performing Arts

DETROIT, (August 18, 2015) – As of 9 a.m. today, subscriptions are on sale for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s (DSO) fifth season of the William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series in Beverly Hills, Bloomfield Hills, Canton, Clinton Township, Grosse Pointe, Southfield and West Bloomfield Township.

General admission subscriptions are $75 for Southfield and West Bloomfield Township and $100 for Beverly Hills, Bloomfield Hills, Canton and Grosse Pointe. This season, the DSO introduces a new concert series in Clinton Township at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts with subscriptions at $100 for four concerts. Subscriptions can be purchased online at dso.org/neighborhood, by phone at (313) 576-5111 or in-person at the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center Box Office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit).

Featuring repertoire from select Orchestra Hall concerts as well as selections prepared especially for the neighborhoods, the 2015-16 season marks the fifth year for the William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series. Audiences will see Music Director Leonard Slatkin on the podium, Principal Bass Kevin Brown performing Vanhal’s Double Bass Concerto and Assistant Principal Flute Sharon Sparrow performing Ibert’s Flute Concerto. Guest soloists include Augustin Hadelich, violin; Chee-Yun Kim, violin; Maya Beiser, cello; Simon Trpčeski, piano; Cho-Liang Lin, conductor and violin; Paul Huang, violin; Louis Schwizgebel, piano and Jessica Rivera, soprano.

Individual tickets for all neighborhood concerts will be $25 and $10 for children and students. These go on sale November 10, 2015.

Performances are scheduled beginning December 13, 2015 through July 24, 2016. A donation of $25 or more to the DSO’s Annual Fund waives all subscription fees. The William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series is made possible by a generous grant from the William Davidson Foundation and the support of WRCJ 90.9 FM. Renamed last season in honor of philanthropist William Davidson, the William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series brings even more opportunities for Metro Detroiters to experience the magic of the symphony close to home.

Neighborhood Concert Series Dates & Locations:

A complete listing including conductors, featured musicians and programs, is also available at www.dso.org/neighborhood.                            

Beverly Hills Neighborhood Concert Series – Sundays at 3 p.m.

Seligman Performing Arts Center on the Detroit Country Day School campus, 22305 W 13 Mile Rd Beverly Hills                                              

Mozart & Beethoven
Sun., Dec. 13, 2015

Case Scaglione, conductor
Augustin Hadelich, violin

Mozart  Symphony No. 25
Shostakovich  (arr. Zinman/Pushkarev) Violin Sonata No. 1
Beethoven  Overture to Coriolan
Haydn  Symphony No. 94, “Surprise”

 

Trpčeski Plays Virtuoso Liszt
Sun., March 20, 2016

Thomas Dausgaard, conductor
Simon Trpčeski, piano

Nielsen  Helios Overture
Liszt  Piano Concerto No. 2
Sibelius  Symphony No. 1

 

Dvořák’s Seventh
Sun., May 15, 2016

Rune Bergmann, conductor
Paul Huang, violin

Verdi  Overture to Nabucco
Bruch  Scottish Fantasy
Dvořák  Symphony No. 7

 

Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto
Sun., July 17, 2016

Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, conductor
Louis Schwizgebel, piano

Beethoven  Piano Concerto No. 1
Additional programming for this performance to be announced this fall.

 

Bloomfield Hills Neighborhood Concert Series – Saturdays at 8 p.m.

Kirk in the Hills Presbyterian Church, 1340 W Long Lake Rd, Bloomfield Hills                                                                                            

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons
Sat., January 9, 2016

James Feddeck, conductor
Chee-Yun Kim, violin

Mendelssohn Fair Melusina
Vivaldi The Four Seasons
Schubert Symphony No. 3

 

Mozart’s “Linz” Symphony

Sat., March 12, 2016
David Danzmayr, conductor
Sharon Sparrow, flute

Ibert Flute Concerto
Mozart Symphony No. 36, “Linz”

 

Tchaikovsky & Mozart

Sat., April 30, 2016
Cho-Liang Lin, conductor and violin

Mozart Violin Concerto No. 3
Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings

 

Beethoven’s First
Sat., July 23, 2016

Karina Canellakis, conductor
Jessica Rivera, soprano

Stravinsky Concerto in E-flat, “Dumbarton Oaks”
Barber Knoxville: Summer of 1915
Beethoven Symphony No. 1

 

Canton Neighborhood Concert Series – Fridays at 8 p.m.

The Village Theater at Cherry Hill, 50400 Cherry Hill Road, Canton

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons
Fri., January 8, 2016

James Feddeck, conductor
Chee-Yun Kim, violin

Mendelssohn Fair Melusina
Vivaldi The Four Seasons
Schubert Symphony No. 3

 

Mozart’s “Linz” Symphony
Fri., March 11, 2016

David Danzmayr, conductor
Sharon Sparrow, flute

Ibert Flute Concerto
Mozart Symphony No. 36, “Linz”

 

Tchaikovsky & Mozart
Fri., April 29, 2016

Cho-Liang Lin, conductor and violin

Mozart Violin Concerto No. 3
Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings

 

Beethoven’s First
Fri., July 22, 2016

Karina Canellakis, conductor
Jessica Rivera, soprano

Stravinsky Concerto in E-flat, “Dumbarton Oaks”
Barber Knoxville: Summer of 1915
Beethoven Symphony No. 1

           

Clinton Township Neighborhood Concert Series – Fridays at 8 p.m.

Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, 44575 Garfield Road, Clinton Township

Mozart’s “Prague” Symphony
Fri., January 15, 2016

Leonard Slatkin, conductor
Maya Beiser, cello

Dvořák  Serenade for Wind Instruments
Elgar  Serenade for Strings
Mohammed Fairouz  Cello Concerto
Mozart  Symphony No. 38, “Prague”

Leonard Slatkin conducts Mozart’s “Prague” Symphony and Israeli-American cellist Maya Beiser performs the world premiere of Mohammed Fairouz’s Cello Concerto.

 

Beethoven’s “Pastoral”
Fri., April 1, 2016

Michelle Merrill, conductor
Kevin Brown, double bass

Dvořák  Carnival Overture
Piston  Ballet Suite from The Incredible Flutist
Vanhal  Concerto for Double Bass and Orchestra
Beethoven  Symphony No. 6, “Pastoral”

 

Dvořák’s Seventh
Fri., May 13, 2016

Rune Bergmann, conductor
Paul Huang, violin

Verdi  Overture to Nabucco
Bruch  Scottish Fantasy
Dvořák  Symphony No. 7

 

Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto
Fri., July 15, 2016

Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, conductor
Louis Schwizgebel, piano

Beethoven  Piano Concerto No. 1
Additional programming for this performance to be announced this fall.

 

Grosse Pointe Neighborhood Concert Series – Sundays at 3 p.m.

Our Lady Star of the Sea, 467 Fairford Road, Grosse Pointe Woods                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons
Sun., January 10, 2016

James Feddeck, conductor
Chee-Yun Kim, violin

Mendelssohn Fair Melusina
Vivaldi The Four Seasons
Schubert Symphony No. 3

 

Mozart’s “Linz” Symphony
Sun., March 13, 2016

David Danzmayr, conductor
Sharon Sparrow, flute

Ibert Flute Concerto
Mozart Symphony No. 36, “Linz”

 

Tchaikovsky & Mozart
Sun., May 1, 2016

Cho-Liang Lin, conductor and violin

Mozart Violin Concerto No. 3
Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings

 

Beethoven’s First
Sun., July 24, 2016

Karina Canellakis, conductor
Jessica Rivera, soprano

Stravinsky Concerto in E-flat, “Dumbarton Oaks”
Barber Knoxville: Summer of 1915
Beethoven Symphony No. 1

 

Southfield Neighborhood Concert Series – Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.

Congregation Shaarey Zedek, 27375 Bell Road, Southfield                                                                                                               

Mozart’s “Prague” Symphony
Thurs., January 14, 2016

Leonard Slatkin, conductor
Maya Beiser, cello

Dvořák  Serenade for Wind Instruments
Elgar  Serenade for Strings
Mohammed Fairouz  Cello Concerto
Mozart  Symphony No. 38, “Prague”

Leonard Slatkin conducts Mozart’s “Prague” Symphony and Israeli-American cellist Maya Beiser performs the world premiere of Mohammed Fairouz’s Cello Concerto.

 

Beethoven’s “Pastoral”
Thurs., March 31, 2016

Michelle Merrill, conductor
Kevin Brown, double bass

Dvořák  Carnival Overture
Piston  Ballet Suite from The Incredible Flutist
Vanhal  Concerto for Double Bass and Orchestra
Beethoven  Symphony No. 6, “Pastoral”

 

Dvořák’s Seventh
Thurs., May 12, 2016

Rune Bergmann, conductor
Paul Huang, violin

Verdi  Overture to Nabucco
Bruch  Scottish Fantasy
Dvořák  Symphony No. 7

 

Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto
Thurs., July 14, 2016

Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, conductor
Louis Schwizgebel, piano

Beethoven  Piano Concerto No. 1
Additional programming for this performance to be announced this fall.

 

West Bloomfield Township Neighborhood Concert Series – Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.

Berman Center for the Performing Arts on the Eugene & Marcia Applebaum Jewish Community Campus, 6600 W Maple Rd, West Bloomfield Township                                                                                                                  

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons
Thurs., January 7, 2016

James Feddeck, conductor
Chee-Yun Kim, violin

Mendelssohn Fair Melusina
Vivaldi The Four Seasons
Schubert Symphony No. 3

 

Mozart’s “Linz” Symphony
Thurs., March 10, 2016

David Danzmayr, conductor
Sharon Sparrow, flute

Ibert Flute Concerto
Mozart Symphony No. 36, “Linz”
Tchaikovsky & Mozart
Thurs., April 28, 2016

Cho-Liang Lin, conductor and violin

Mozart Violin Concerto No. 3
Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings

 

Beethoven’s First
Thurs., July 21, 2016

Karina Canellakis, conductor
Jessica Rivera, soprano

Stravinsky Concerto in E-flat, “Dumbarton Oaks”
Barber Knoxville: Summer of 1915
Beethoven Symphony No. 1

 

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 ardent commitment to Detroit. As a community-supported orchestra, generous giving by individuals and institutions at all levels drives the continued success and growth of the institution. Esteemed conductor Leonard Slatkin, called “America’s Music Director” by the Los Angeles Times, became the DSO’s 12th Music Director, endowed by the Kresge Foundation, in 2008. 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. With growing attendance and unwavering philanthropic support from the Detroit community, the DSO’s performance schedule includes Classical, Pops, Jazz, Young People’s, and 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, which now reaches tens of thousands of children with the new Classroom Edition expansion. Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall within the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, one of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, the DSO actively pursues a mission to embrace and inspire individuals, families, and communities through unsurpassed musical experiences. For more information visit the newly updated dso.org or download the free DSO to Go mobile app.

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DSO LAUNCHES ON-DEMAND PERFORMANCE ARCHIVE WITH 5,000 INAUGURAL MEMBERS

‘Replay brings music lovers 100+ classical works in high definition’

DETROIT, (August 12, 2015) – This morning, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) launched the nation’s only on-demand classical Replay screenshotperformance archive to some 5,000 inaugural members. Through Replay, music fans can stream full-length classical works on-demand in HD. Boasting more than 100 works originally performed on the orchestra’s Live From Orchestra Hall webcast series, the archive will be refreshed with new content each week during the classical season. Users simply log on to dso.org/replay to explore the new online environment.

“Thanks to Live From Orchestra Hall, lovers of great music have been able to enjoy our performances here in Detroit no matter where they may be,” said DSO Music Director Leonard Slatkin. “Through Replay, they can relive these concerts whenever they would like.”

The DSO is the first American orchestra to make its performance archive available on-demand. Prior to today, past Live From Orchestra Hall footage was only available through special encore broadcasts on dso.org/live or through YouTube clips.

“Today’s audiences crave online content when and where they please,” said Eric Woodhams, Director of Digital Initiatives. “Replay gives our patrons instant access to a growing library of performances, with new content added just days after each live classical program all season long. We’re making our incredible DSO even more accessible to audiences…anytime, anywhere, on any device.”

Dso.org/replay is online and fully functional as of this morning with a two minute preview available to all visitors. An inaugural class of some 5,000 annual fund supporters are immediately eligible to use the new service to its full extent, and all patrons who join the annual fund with a gift of $50 or more will receive full access. Viewers can browse content by composer, date, or through a rotating series of curated playlists such as “Virtuoso Violin,” “Living Composers,” “Made in America,” and many more.

Works currently available for streaming cover virtually every era of the classical genre, including classics by Beethoven and Mozart, 20th century masterpieces and a sampling by living composers. Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite, John Corigliano’s “Red Violin” Concerto, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6, “Pathétique,” Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, Orff’s Carmina Burana, and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade are just a few.

Streaming is made possible through hosting services provided by Brightcove. This leading online video platform offers CD-quality audio and video in 1080p HD resolution.

“Replay is an innovative use of Brightcove Gallery and positions the DSO as a leader among Brightcove customers using the product to engage and inspire audiences across any device,” said Linda Crowe,

Vice President of Digital Marketing at Brightcove. “We are thrilled to help the DSO achieve their digital goals through on-demand video streaming.”

In fall 2014 the DSO expanded their live broadcast mission to include education. Live From Orchestra Hall: Classroom Edition reached more than 100,000 students in classrooms nationwide with just two broadcasts this season. Both editions of Live From Orchestra Hall will recommence this fall. Schedules are available at dso.org/live and dso.org/classroom.

Live From Orchestra Hall is presented in partnership with Detroit Public Television, with support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Ford Motor Company Fund. Live broadcasts are brought to you from the Alfred R. Glancy III Control Room within the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center.

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 ardent commitment to Detroit. As a community-supported orchestra, generous giving by individuals and institutions at all levels drives the continued success and growth of the institution. Esteemed conductor Leonard Slatkin, called “America’s Music Director” by the Los Angeles Times, became the DSO’s 12th Music Director, endowed by the Kresge Foundation, in 2008. 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. With growing attendance and unwavering philanthropic support from the Detroit community, the DSO’s performance schedule includes Classical, Pops, Jazz, Young People’s, and 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, which now reaches tens of thousands of children with the new Classroom Edition expansion. Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall within the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, one of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, the DSO actively pursues a mission to embrace and inspire individuals, families, and communities through unsurpassed musical experiences. For more information visit the newly updated dso.org or download the free DSO to Go mobile app.

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BRITTA BYSTRÖM NAMED 8TH ANNUAL WINNER OF ELAINE LEBENBOM MEMORIAL AWARD FOR FEMALE COMPOSERS

7th winner’s composition debuts April 2016

DETROIT, (July 30, 2015) – Swedish composer Britta Byström has been awarded the eighth annual Elaine Lebenbom Memorial Award for Female Composers by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO). Byström, who was chosen from applicants worldwide, will compose a new work for orchestra that will be given its premiere in the 2016-17 season. In addition to concerts presenting her work, Byström will receive a $10,000 prize.

“I am very honored to receive the 8th Elaine Lebenbom Memorial Award and I’m very much looking forward to composing a new piece for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra,” Byström said. “The donor behind this award has found a new, unexpected way to influence the orchestral repertoire of the future, and I will do my very best to write music in the same spirit: new, unexpected and with a curiosity for the future.”

Byström was chosen by the following jury of DSO musicians and members of the music community: Joe Becker, Principal Percussion; Shannon Orme, clarinet; Una O’Riordan, cello; Evan Chambers, Professor of Composition at the University of Michigan; and Gabriela Lena Frank, DSO Music Alive Composer-in-Residence.

“Britta Byström writes music of great beauty, of imaginative color and texture, with compelling formal sweep and an engaging sense of the mysterious,” Chambers said. “She is a tremendously accomplished orchestral composer with control of all aspects of the medium, someone Detroit audiences will enjoy hearing!”

Lebenbom Award candidate Elena Ruehr earned honorable mention in the competition. Ruehr is an award-winning faculty member at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a Guggenheim Fellow and has been a fellow at Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute and composer-in-residence with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project. Her work includes compositions for chamber ensemble, orchestra, chorus, wind ensemble, instrumental solo, opera, dance and silent film.

Last year’s winner Sarah Kirkland Snider’s new work will be given its premiere April 14-16, 2016 at Orchestra Hall under the direction of Giancarlo Guerrero. The work has not yet been named.

In addition to the performance at Orchestra Hall, winning works are webcast to a worldwide audience at dso.org/live, providing a global platform for the work of female composers.

About Britta Byström

Britta Byström was born in Sundsvall, Sweden in 1977 and began her musical career as a trumpet player. In her teens, she began to compose music and studied composition at the Royal University of Music in Stockholm 1995-2001, where her main teachers were Pär Lindgren and Bent Sørensen.

Byström has composed for most sizes of orchestras and contexts including chamber music, vocal music and opera, but the emphasis has been on orchestral music. Some of those who have performed her music are the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Gürzenich Orchestra, the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and the International Youth Wind Orchestra. In 2010, she was the subject of a ”weekend composer portrait” at the Stockholm Concert Hall, and in 2014 she was the Swedish Radio Orchestra’s “spring composer,” with several orchestral performances.

Among the works could be mentioned Der Vogel der Nacht, which was first performed by the Swedish Radio Orchestra, Esa-Pekka Salonen during the Baltic Sea Festival in 2010 and the orchestral work Picnic at Hanging Rock, a tone poem inspired by Peter Weir’s film. Byström has described it as music with disappearance as a main motiv. The piece was awarded with the Christ Johnson prize in 2012. In 2014, the viola concerto A Walk After Dark received the da capo-prize at the Brandenburger Biennale.

During 2015, Byström has created a new stage work based on a Sami legend, which will premiere at the Canadian new music festival Soundstreams. LatByström is also one of the finalists in the composition contest “Feeding Music” in Milano. A new CD with her music, Invisible Cities, was nominated to a 2015 Swedish Grammy and selected as “the classical album of the year” in several magazines.

Byström’s music demonstrates a special attention to sound and sensitivity for the music’s resonance that could be described as impressionistic.

Byström’s music is published by Edition Wilhelm Hansen.

Enter the Elaine Lebenbom Memorial Competition

Details and submission deadlines for the ninth annual Elaine Lebenbom Memorial Competition for Female Composers will be announced this fall. The international competition, launched in 2006, is the only annual symphony orchestra sponsored award granted annually to a living female composer, of any age or nationality.  Each year, one winner receives a $10,000 prize and the opportunity to have her original work premiered in the DSO’s Classical Subscription Series. The award is made possible by an anonymous donor.  More information can be found at dso.org/lebenbom. For questions, please contact Katherine Curatolo at kcuratolo@dso.org.

To be considered for the award, participants must submit a resume; a completed application form; sample scores of up to three completed works, including one scored for full symphony; and supporting audio and/or video representation of at least one, preferably the symphonic work. Submitted entries will be judged by a committee formed by the DSO.

Previous Winners

The previous winners of the Lebenbom Competition are Stacy Garrop, Margaret Brouwer, Cindy McTee, Du Yun, Missy Mazzoli, Wang Jie and Sarah Kirkland Snider, respectively.

Last year’s winner, Sarah Kirkland Snider’s recent and upcoming commissions/performances include ACME, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Cantus, Colin Currie, Ensemble Signal, Hebrides Ensemble (Scotland), Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (CA), the Knights, North Carolina Symphony, NOW Ensemble, Princeton Symphony Orchestra, Psappha (UK), Residentie Orkest Den Haag (NL), Roomful of Teeth, Volti, Shara Worden and yMusic. Her debut album Penelope was named to dozens of 2010 best-of lists worldwide including NPR, Time Out New York, WNYC, eMusic, textura, and Huffington Post. She released her second album, Unremembered, on New Amsterdam Records in fall 2014. Snider is Co-Director of Brooklyn-based record label and presenting organization, New Amsterdam Records/Presents.

The Elaine Lebenbom Memorial Award was inspired by composer, teacher, poet, artist and lecturer Elaine Lebenbom, a resident of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., who died in 2002. The DSO has premiered three of Lebenbom’s works. Kaleidoscope Turning received its world premiere under the direction of DSO Music Director Emeritus Neeme Järvi in 1997. Reflections on a Rainbow and Gamatria were debuted in 2004 and 2007, respectively, both after the composer’s death.

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 ardent commitment to Detroit. As a community-supported orchestra, generous giving by individuals and institutions at all levels drives the continued success and growth of the institution. Esteemed conductor Leonard Slatkin, called “America’s Music Director” by the Los Angeles Times, became the DSO’s 12th Music Director, endowed by the Kresge Foundation, in 2008. 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. With growing attendance and unwavering philanthropic support from the Detroit community, the DSO’s performance schedule includes Classical, Pops, Jazz, Young People’s, and 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, which now reaches tens of thousands of children with the new Classroom Edition expansion. Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall within the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, one of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, the DSO actively pursues a mission to embrace and inspire individuals, families, and communities through unsurpassed musical experiences. For more information visit the newly updated dso.org or download the free DSO to Go mobile app.

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SISTER CITIES PROGRAM BRINGS JAPANESE STUDENTS TO ORCHESTRA HALL STAGE

DETROIT, (July 23, 2015) – As part of Detroit’s Sister Cities Program, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will welcome a group of students from Japan’s Toyota City Junior Orchestra (TCJO) to perform on Orchestra Hall’s historic stage alongside students from the Detroit Symphony Youth Orchestra (DSYO) on August 6, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are required for this free event, and are available at dso.org.

“The DSO is thrilled to take part in Detroit’s time-honored Sister Cities tradition,” said DSO Executive Vice President Paul Hogle. “As a universal language, music has the power to forge friendships and foster understanding across oceans. We are grateful to Toyota City and the City of Detroit for providing students from our respective programs with this unique, once in a lifetime opportunity.”

Led by Dr. Kenneth Thompson (DSYO), the student musicians will perform the U.S. and Japanese National Anthems followed by works by Tchaikovsky, Japanese composer Joe Hisaishi, and Dvořák. The performance will be webcast live at dso.org/live, accessible online and via the DSO to Go mobile app. The partnership is sponsored by Toyota, the City of Detroit, IMRA, and the Japan Business Society Detroit.

“I am pleased to welcome the Toyota City Junior Orchestra to Detroit for a joint concert with the Detroit Symphony Youth Orchestra,” said Mayor Mike Duggan. “This collaboration is befitting as we celebrate 55 years of friendship between the great citizens of Detroit and Toyota City. It is my hope that these kind of efforts will continue to sustain the vibrant relationship our two cities share.”

TCJO students will arrive in Detroit on Tuesday, Aug. 4 and spend Wednesday, Aug. 5 rehearsing at Orchestra Hall with DSYO students, and participate in sectionals led by DSO musicians.

“We are extremely grateful to the DSO, the City of Detroit and the many local business and community organizations that have helped make this trip possible, said Mrs. Akiko Toyoda, delegate leader of Toyota City Junior Orchestra. It is truly an extraordinary opportunity to be able to perform in such a beautiful concert hall with such a talented group of young musicians from the Detroit Symphony Youth Orchestra.”

Toyota City is Detroit’s most active sister city relationship, dating back to September 1960.  In 1965, the city of Detroit and Toyota established an annual student exchange program.  The exchange provides students from both countries the opportunity to experience the lifestyles and culture of their sister city counterparts while cultivating cultural and ethnic appreciation.  Detroit high school students visit Toyota one year, while Toyota high school students visit Detroit the following year.

The City of Detroit has formal sister city relationships with six other municipalities: Turin, Italy; Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Minsk, Belarus; Kitwe, Zambia; Nassau, Bahamas; and Chongqing, China.

About Detroit Symphony Youth Orchestra

The Detroit Symphony Youth Orchestra (DSYO) is the flagship ensemble within the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Wu Family Academy for Learning and Engagement. As the most substantial training program offered by any American orchestra, the Academy’s comprehensive Civic Youth Ensembles program offers performance opportunities through wind ensemble, chamber music, jazz, and choral training in addition to traditional orchestral ensembles to suit every skill level. 

DSYO students perform demanding repertoire rehearsed and performed on historic Orchestra Hall stage, the very same space that hosts world-class performances by the DSO week after week.

In addition to weekly rehearsals, DSYO students receive state-of-the-art musical training from mentors and DSO musicians, as well as the opportunity to participate in master classes with world-renowned guest artists. Other activities include side-by-side rehearsals and sectional coaching with DSO musicians, and exclusive complimentary access to DSO Jazz, Classical, and Pops performances through the DSO’s Soundcard program.

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. and Marjorie S. 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 PRESENTS MELISSA ETHERIDGE, DAVE KOZ, MUSIC OF THE ROLLING STONES

DETROIT, (July 14, 2015) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) announces three new DSO Presents concerts for the 2015-16 season.

Academy Award and Grammy-winning artist Melissa Etheridge will take the stage Monday, October 12 to perform songs from her new album, “This is M.E.,” as well as her greatest hits such as “Come to My Window,” “I’m The Only One” and “I Want To Come Over.” Known for her iconic voice, profound lyrics and riveting stage presence, Etheridge will also share personal stories about her remarkable journey through life and the inspiration behind some of her most beloved songs.

On Monday, December 7, smooth jazz saxophone superstar Dave Koz brings the yuletide spirit to Orchestra Hall for a special one-night-only concert featuring his friends, guitarist Jonathan Butler, saxophonist Candy Dulfer and vocalist Bill Medley. Holiday favorites, chart toppers and more will be featured during Koz’s 2015 Christmas Tour.

The DSO, backed by a full rock band, presents The Music of the Rolling Stones, a celebration of 50 years of Stone’s hits—more than two dozen—live in concert on Wednesday, April 6, 2016. The Music of The Rolling Stones is produced by the same group that put together the U2, Queen, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin concerts performed in the past.

Tickets may be purchased at dso.org, via the free DSO to Go mobile app, in-person at the Max M. and Marjorie S. 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 DeRon Wilson  at (313) 576-5130 or dwilson@dso.org.

Performances

Melissa Etheridge: This is M.E. Solo*

Monday, October 12, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. at Orchestra Hall

*The DSO does not appear on this performance.

Tickets to Melissa Etheridge are priced $30-$65 and $100 for box seats.

Huron Consulting Group is an associate sponsor of the Melissa Etheridge performance.

About Melissa Etheridge

Rock singer-songwriter and activist Melissa Etheridge has released 12 studio albums to date, “This is M.E.” being her most recent title. In addition to her steady touring, Etheridge did a week stint in the role of St. Jimmy in American Idiot on Broadway in 2011, continued her noted activism speaking to the United Nations on LGBT rights as human rights, sang her own “Uprising of Love” and John Lennon’s “Imagine” as part of this year’s New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square and performed at the opening ceremonies of the World Pride week in Toronto.

Known for “confessional lyrics, pop-based folk-rock, and raspy, smoky vocals,” Etheridge has received 15 Grammy Award nominations, winning two in 1993 and 1997 respectively. She also won an Academy Award for Best Original Song in 2007. In 2011, Etheridge received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

“This is M.E.” marks the debut of Melissa Etheridge’s independent label, ME Records. With its creation, she ensures new freedoms to continue exploring creative avenues.

Dave Koz Christmas Tour 2015*

Special guests: Jonathan Butler, Candy Dulfer and Bill Medley

Monday, December 7, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. at Orchestra Hall

*The DSO does not appear on this performance.

Tickets to Dave Koz are priced $25 – $99 and $175 for a limited quantity of VIP Experience tickets

VIP Experience includes:
- Premium Seat Location
- Intimate Q&A with Dave Koz
- Photograph with Dave Koz
- Autographed VIP laminate
- Autographed Dave Koz Surprise Gift

About Dave Koz

Saxophonist and nine-time Grammy Award nominee Dave Koz released his self-titled debut album in 1990, the first in a body of best-selling work. Over the decades, Koz has played with artists such as Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Celine Dion, Kenny Loggins and U2. He has become a platinum-selling artist with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and is also known as a humanitarian, entrepreneur, radio host and instrumental music advocate. Koz founded Rendezvous Entertainment and has served for 19 years as global ambassador for the Starlight Children’s Foundation. Koz completed a four-year term on the Grammy Foundation Artists Committee and has served as National Trustee for the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS).

Koz is constantly touring and has hosted four sold-out cruises thus far. He will explore “The Ultimate Caribbean” with fans and fellow artists on his February 2016 cruise. Koz also hosts the syndicated “Dave Koz Radio Show,” now in its 20th year and airing in approximately 50 markets.

The Music of The Rolling Stones

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. at Orchestra Hall

Tickets to The Music of The Rolling Stones are priced $19-$68 and $105 for box seats.

About The Music of The Rolling Stones

One of the most iconic rock groups in history, the Rolling Stones were formed in 1962 and have toured for over 50 years. Ranked as number 4 of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time by Billboard Magazine they have sold over 200 million albums.

Conductor/Arranger/Producer Brent Havens and his Windborne Music Rock Symphony shows continue to be some of the best attended and most exciting classic rock symphony shows in the marketplace. His masterful combination of symphonic arrangements with a full rock band and singer deliver the greatest hits of these legendary bands (which all feature an incredible rhythm section, background singers and a world class sound and light show); all combining to deliver the purest respective rock experience you will find anywhere.

Delivering a fabulous rendition of Mick Jagger’s vocals and attitude is Vegas veteran and Windborne Music star, Brody Dolyniuk. As with all of Windborne Music’s productions, the band is replicating the Stones’ recordings as closely as possible and the orchestra adds that whole new dimension to the music. The show contains nearly all of the Stones’ number 1 hits including Satisfaction, Paint It Black, Ruby Tuesday, Honky Tonk Women, Angie and many more.

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 ardent commitment to Detroit. As a community-supported orchestra, generous giving by individuals and institutions at all levels drives the continued success and growth of the institution. Esteemed conductor Leonard Slatkin, called “America’s Music Director” by the Los Angeles Times, became the DSO’s 12th Music Director, endowed by the Kresge Foundation, in 2008. 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. With growing attendance and unwavering philanthropic support from the Detroit community, the DSO’s performance schedule includes Classical, Pops, Jazz, Young People’s, and 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, which now reaches tens of thousands of children with the new Classroom Edition expansion. Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall within the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, one of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, the DSO actively pursues a mission to embrace and inspire individuals, families, and communities through unsurpassed musical experiences. For more information visit the newly updated dso.org or download the free DSO to Go mobile app.

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DSO RENAMES FACILITY FOR LONG-TIME SUPPORTER

The Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center is home to DSO, community partners, special events, more

DETROIT, (July 9, 2015) – In recognition of a lifetime of support to the organization, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) is honored to add local philanthropist Marjorie S. Fisher’s name to its home at the Max M. Fisher Music Center. The performance and community center at 3711 Woodward Avenue, home to historic Orchestra Hall, The Music Box, Robert A. and Maggie Allesee Rehearsal Hall and Jacob Bernard Pincus Music Education Center, shall now be known as the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center.

Members of the DSO community will gather with members of the Fisher family to officially unveil the new signage on Woodward Ave. during a ceremony at 6 p.m.

“Max Fisher famously challenged us as we envisioned our Woodward Avenue redevelopment and expansion of Orchestra Hall; he said ‘you aren’t thinking big enough,’” said Anne Parsons, President and CEO. “These words gave birth to our most significant project since the building of Orchestra Hall nearly 100 years ago. Today, Mrs. Fisher has dedicated her generosity to nurturing the DSO’s soul: our wide-ranging programs, tours, concerts, and education initiatives. Her support of the talented men and women of the DSO has enabled our musicians to make a difference in our community.”

Nicknamed The Max, the center will jointly celebrate Mr. Fisher’s founding vision for a cultural campus that also serves as a community gathering place with Mrs. Fisher’s extraordinary personal legacy of philanthropic support of the DSO’s musicians and programs. Including recent commitments, Mr. and Mrs. Fisher, together with their family and Foundation, have supported the center with more than $25 million in cumulative giving.

“The DSO is a beacon of hope and renewal for our entire community,” said Mrs. Fisher. “I feel privileged to continue our family’s tradition of supporting the exceptionally talented musicians and dedicated staff alongside so many wonderful donors throughout our region to ensure the legacy of this outstanding organization continues for generations to come.”

Since its opening in 2003, The Max has welcomed an estimated 3.2 million visitors to be transformed through symphonic performances in Orchestra Hall, to be inspired by new ideas and modern art forms shared in The Music Box, and to ignite a love of music making within metro Detroit’s youth at the Pincus Music Education Center. Above and beyond artistic pursuits, the campus was imagined as a vessel adaptable to the industries that sustain the region and the individuals who build their lives here. The premiere destination for events that define Detroit’s cultural landscape, The Max proudly hosts the annual Sphinx Competition, offers incubation office and rehearsal space to young organizations, and partners with Wayne State University and other area institutions for higher education to provide a world-class facility in which student musicians can hone their craft. As The Max’s 15thanniversary approaches in 2018 and Orchestra Hall’s centennial in 2019 draws near, the DSO envisions a future for the music center in which the lights are always glowing on the Woodward corridor, and all of its three performance spaces are continually bursting with life.

“The Max was an early catalyst for the surge in growth we are now witnessing in Midtown,” said Mark Davidoff, DSO Vice Chairman. “Thanks to the vision and commitment of the Fishers, a new generation of Detroiters knows The Max as a community gathering place and one of the cultural jewels of our great City that will serve as a beacon on Woodard Avenue for generations to come.”

The Orchestra Place campus, which includes The Max, the Orchestra Place Office Building, the Detroit School of Arts and the parking deck on Parsons Street was conceived as a cultural center with many goals:

  • Preserve and expand the purpose of historic Orchestra Hall as well as the orchestra who calls it home
  • Awaken the Woodward Corridor and the Midtown neighborhood through education and inspiration
  • Gather friends, families and world-class artists from all cultures, all faiths, all walks of life to celebrate the arts
  • Educate area youth through both music education and exposure to cultural enrichment
  • Create world-class artistic experiences
  • Collaborate with artists and smaller arts organizations to increase their visibility and reach new audiences
  • Inspire millions of music lovers in Detroit, Michigan and now the world

“Whenever we walk into our performing facility, all of us are reminded of how fortunate we are to be able to make music in such a miraculous space,” said Music Director Leonard Slatkin. “By adding Marjorie’s name, we now have a number of musicians who, like myself, have spent time with this remarkable woman. All of us are honored to perform in the building which now bears her name.”

The Fisher family has also dedicated efforts to the DSO through serving as volunteer leaders. Mr. and Mrs. Fisher’s son Phillip Wm. Fisher joined the board of directors in 2009 and was named chairman in 2012; his ongoing tenure is marked by two consecutive years of balanced budgets. Their son-in-law Peter D. Cummings joined the board of directors in 1992 and served as Chairman from 1998-2003, during which time The Max was built. Their daughter Jane Sherman, Vice Chair of the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation, joined the board of directors in 2005 and was elected to the board of trustees in 2013.

In its 12 years as a cultural anchor in Midtown, the following partners have in varying capacities called The Max home:

Assemble, Automotive News Awards, Cass Community Methodist Church, Chaldean Chamber of Commerce, Chamber Music Society of Detroit, Cody/ Graduation, CultureSource, Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings,  Detrioit Medical Center, Detroit Children’s Choir, Detroit School of Arts, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, DLECTRICITY, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Ford Freedom Awards, Ford Motor Company, Forward Cities/Friends of New Orleans, General Motors, Gilda’s Club, Henry Ford Academy, Henry Ford Health System, Invest Detroit Foundation,  James Tatum Concert, JARC, Kadima, Karmanos, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Kresge Foundation, Lawrence Tech, March of Dimes, Maxim Magazine, Midtown Detroit, Inc., MMSDC Annual Celebration, Neighborhood Legal Services, New City Presbyterian Church, Noel Night, Oakland Symphony, Palace Entertainment, Raymond James, Ronald McDonald House, SAY Detroit, Schaeffler Group, Sphinx Organization, St. John Armenian Church, Suzuki Royal Oak, Teach for America, Teen Hype, The Future Project, The Youth Connection, Cooking for Kids , TIFF Advisory Services, Tilman Concert, Tuesday Musicale of Detroit, University of Michigan, U of M Black Alumni, WJR, Wayne State University, Yoga Shelter Midtown Detroit and countless others.

About Marjorie S. Fisher

From their first date at the London Chop House in Detroit, Marjorie and Max were partners in life, love, family and philanthropy. Married for 52 years, Marjorie was a quiet partner in the family’s giving. She would often encourage Max in critical moments of decision saying “We have to give more.”

Born November 5, 1923 in Louisville, Kentucky, Marjorie Switow Fisher has spent her life nurturing her family and teaching the growing generations, in her words, “You are here for a reason: to help other people. Everything in life is based on love and what you can do to help others. The rest is just cream – sometimes sour cream – but it’s all cream.”

After Max’s death in 2005 and the creation of the permanent endowment to fuel the Foundation, Marjorie assumed the role of Founding Chair. For nearly six years she led quietly while her five children crafted the organization’s values, vision, mission and initial grant partnerships. During her tenure as Chair, the Foundation committed more than $70 million in grants with nearly 50 partners on three continents and became recognized within the philanthropic sector as an effective family foundation with heart.

Her belief in the next generation of the family led her to host the first ever Fisher family philanthropy retreat in 2010. Since then, all four generations of the family work together with grant partners to advance their shared mission.

Throughout her leadership of the Foundation, Marjorie infused the organization with her core belief in the importance of working together steadfastly committed to the mission while remaining flexible to allow for new insights and ideas to rise.

In 2011 Marjorie transitioned from the Founding Chair role to allow leadership to transfer to the next generation. Today Marjorie continues to be an active member of the Board while advancing her own philanthropic giving efforts, enjoying the company of close friends and loving her newest great grandchildren.

“All giving starts with your heart.” Marjorie S. Fisher

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 ardent commitment to Detroit. As a community-supported orchestra, generous giving by individuals and institutions at all levels drives the continued success and growth of the institution. Esteemed conductor Leonard Slatkin, called “America’s Music Director” by the Los Angeles Times, became the DSO’s 12th Music Director, endowed by the Kresge Foundation, in 2008. 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. With growing attendance and unwavering philanthropic support from the Detroit community, the DSO’s performance schedule includes Classical, Pops, Jazz, Young People’s, and 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, which now reaches tens of thousands of children with the new Classroom Edition expansion. Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall within the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, one of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, the DSO actively pursues a mission to embrace and inspire individuals, families, and communities through unsurpassed musical experiences. For more information visit the newly updated dso.org or download the free DSO to Go mobile app.

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DSO RETURNS FOR SIXTH ANNUAL APPEARANCE AT THE FORD HOUSE

Two-concert series to feature “Broadway and Beyond” and “A Night at the Movies.” 

DETROIT, (June 23, 2015) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will return to the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House for a two-concert series on July 10 and 11.

Taking place on the grounds of the historic Grosse Pointe Shores estate, the series will open on July 10 with “Broadway and Beyond,” with classics by Bernstein, Gershwin, and Cole Porter, alongside music from contemporary favorites like Mary Poppins and Wicked. The performance features Broadway sensation Ashley Brown.

The following evening, “A Night at the Movies,” stars Detroit-born soprano Kisma Jordan performing classical symphonic spectaculars immortalized by famous films. Take a trip down cinematic memory lane with works by Mozart, Puccini, Strauss, and more that were featured in films such as “A Room With A View,” “2001: A Space Odyssey,” and “Fantasia.”

Music Director of the Louisville Orchestra and former DSO Assistant Conductor Teddy Abrams, originally scheduled to conduct the series, has regretfully cancelled his upcoming appearances at the Ford House due to an injury. Damon Gupton, host of the DSO’s Live from Orchestra Hall: Classroom Edition webcast series and acclaimed conductor, has graciously stepped in to lead the orchestra in Mr. Abrams’ place.

Concerts take place on Friday, July 10 and Saturday, July 11 at 8 p.m. with a fireworks finale at 9:30 p.m.

The grounds of Ford House will open at 6 p.m. to allow attendees the opportunity to explore the gardens, stroll along the lake and Bird Island – a small peninsula on the premises that is a well-known stopping place for migratory birds and enjoy pre-concert music performed by area students.

Ticket Information

Tickets for Detroit Symphony@Ford House are priced $12-50, with limited advance-purchase VIP tickets available for $200. To purchase VIP tickets, contact Ford House at (313) 453-2031. For more details, visit dso.org/summer. Children 4 and under are free admission.

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.

About Ford House

Since 1978, Ford House has been inspiring visitors from all over the world through interpretive tours, lectures, exhibits, classes, special events and programs. The historic estate engages visitors through exploration of its unique connections to art, design, history and the environment while celebrating family traditions and community relationships. For more information about Ford House, go to fordhouse.org or call (313) 884-4222. Ford House is located at 1100 Lake Shore Road in Grosse Pointe Shores.

ACTIVITIES

  • The entire grounds will be open to guests to walk or visit the gardens.
  • Picnics are allowed.
  • Food and beverages (alcoholic & non-alcoholic) will be available for purchase.
  • Alcoholic beverages may not be brought onto the grounds.
  • Folding chairs or blankets are welcome.


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DSO RETURNS TO GREENFIELD VILLAGE FOR 23RD ANNUAL SALUTE TO AMERICA CONCERTS

United States Army Field Band Concert Band and Soldiers’ Chorus to join orchestra onstage

DETROIT, (June 18, 2015) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will return to Greenfield Village at The Henry Ford for the 23rd Annual Salute to America concerts, a classic family friendly Independence Day celebration. Four nights of performances led by DSO’s Assistant Conductor Michelle Merrill will take place on the lawn at Dearborn’s historic Greenfield Village on July 1, 2, 3 and 4 with gates opening at 6 p.m. and concerts to commence at 8:30 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to gather their blankets, picnic and lawn chairs to enjoy favorites such as The Star Spangled Banner, Armed Forces Salute and other patriotic favorites. Cannons will accompany Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture followed by a finale of fireworks.

The metro Detroit tradition will continue as 1st Michigan Colonial Fife and Drum Corps parade the concert grounds at 6:45 p.m. followed by a prelude concert featuring the United States Army Field Band at 7:30 p.m. The United States Army Field Band Concert Band & Soldiers’ Chorus will join the DSO during the program, which features music from family films The Incredibles, Star Wars, Superman and more.

This year’s Salute to America concerts are dedicated to the memory of Don and Gloria Schultz, who shared a lifelong love for music and were regular patrons of the DSO and Greenfield Village. Before they passed away, they named the DSO as one of the several beneficiaries of their estate. While Don and Gloria are no longer with us, their legacy lives on.

Ticket Information

Tickets to Salute to America at Greenfield Village range from $13.25-$75. Tickets may be purchased by contacting The Henry Ford Village by calling (313) 982-6001 or online at thehenryford.com/salute. For group discount information (10 people or more), please contact DeRon Wilson at (313) 576-5130 or dwilson@dso.org.

Performance

Salute to America

Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Michelle Merrill, conductor

United States Army Field Band Concert Band* and Soldiers’ Chorus†

Lieutenant Colonel Jim Keene, Commander and conductor

Lieutenant Colonel Paul Bamonte, conductor

Sergeant Major Victor Cenales, vocalist

Wednesday, July 1 at 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 2 at 8:30 p.m.

Friday, July 3 at 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 4 at 8:30 p.m.

SMITH The Star Spangled Banner *†
SOUSA Washington Post March *
GOULD American Salute
COPLAND An Outdoor Overture
GINO VANNELLLI None So Beautiful *
WILLIAM STEFFE & JULIA WARD Battle Hymn of the Republic †
JOHN WILLIAMS “A Prayer for Peace” from Munich
Armed Forces Salute *†
Intermission
COPLAND Fanfare for the Common Man
JOHN WILLIAMS

Star Wars Suite for OrchestraThe Imperial March (Darth Vader’s Theme)
MICHAEL GIACCHINO The Incredibles *
JOHN WILLIAMS Superman March” from Superman
SAMUEL AUGUSTUS WARD America the Beautiful *†
TCHAIKOVSKY 1812 Overture *† (Overture solennelle), Op. 49        

Fireworks

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.

About The Henry Ford

The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan is an internationally-recognized cultural destination that brings the past forward by immersing visitors in the stories of ingenuity, resourcefulness and innovation that helped shape America. A national historic landmark with an unparalleled collection of artifacts representing the Archive of American Innovation, The Henry Ford is a force for sparking curiosity and inspiring tomorrow’s innovators. More than 1.6 million visitors annually experience its five attractions: Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village, The Ford Rouge Factory Tour, The Benson Ford Research Center and The Henry Ford IMAX Theatre. A continually expanding array of content available online provides anytime, anywhere access. The Henry Ford is also home to Henry Ford Academy, a public charter high school which educates 485 students a year on the institution’s campus. In 2014, The Henry Ford premiered its first-ever national television series, The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation, showcasing present-day change-makers and The Henry Ford’s artifacts and unique visitor experiences. Hosted by news correspondent and humorist, Mo Rocca, this weekly half-hour Emmy-winning show airs Saturday mornings on CBS. For more information please visit our website thehenryford.org.

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DSO IN-HOUSE RECORDING LABEL DEBUTS ON ITUNES WITH TCHAIKOVSKY CELEBRATION

DETROIT, (May 27, 2015) – In celebration of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s 175th birthday, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) has released a digital live album of the great Russian composer’s complete six symphonies conducted by Music Director Leonard Slatkin. As an extension of the DSO’s series of free live webcasts, this is the debut album on the orchestra’s own in-house “Live From Orchestra Hall” label.

Available globally, “Tchaikovsky: The Six Symphonies (Live)” launched exclusively on iTunes for $24.99 USD and includes a digital booklet featuring liner notes by Charles Greenwell, co-host of Live from Orchestra webcasts. Available for pre-order since May 12, 2015, the album has already appeared in the Top 5 on iTunes Classical charts.

The symphonies were recorded live in Detroit’s acoustically renowned Orchestra Hall during the DSO’s February 2015 Tchaikovsky Festival, part of Slatkin’s annual Winter Music Festival concept designed to attract new audiences during Michigan’s most frigid month.

“Over a period of three weeks, the DSO performed and recorded the six numbered symphonies of Tchaikovsky, works that spanned almost the entire creative output of the composer’s life,” said Slatkin. “Focusing on one composer gives all of us the opportunity to examine how Tchaikovsky grew and changed in his approach to writing in the most formal of musical structures.”

Produced and Mastered for iTunes by Grammy winners Blanton Alspaugh, Dirk Sobotka and Mark Donahue, the album is the first of the complete Tchaikovsky symphonies released by a major American orchestra in more than a decade.

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 ardent commitment to Detroit. As a community-supported orchestra, generous giving by individuals and institutions at all levels drives the continued success and growth of the institution. Esteemed conductor Leonard Slatkin, called “America’s Music Director” by the Los Angeles Times, became the DSO’s 12th Music Director, endowed by the Kresge Foundation, in 2008. 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. With growing attendance and unwavering philanthropic support from the Detroit community, the DSO’s performance schedule includes Classical, Pops, Jazz, Young People’s, and 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, which now reaches tens of thousands of children with the new Classroom Edition expansion. 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 embrace and inspire individuals, families, and communities through unsurpassed musical experiences. For more information visit the newly updated dso.org or download the free DSO to Go mobile app.

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