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FINNISH VIOLINIST ELINA VÄHÄLÄ MAKES DSO DEBUT WITH CORIGLIANO’S CINEMATIC ‘RED VIOLIN’ CONCERTO

Maestro Slatkin leads American musical classics, Detroit premiere of Copland’s Grohg

Detroit, (November 24, 2014) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) welcomes Finnish violinist Elina Vähälä as she makes her Detroit debut with John Corigliano’s cinematic “Red Violin” concerto. DSO Music Director Leonard Slatkin will lead American musical classics, such as Bernstein’s Three Dance Episodes from On the Town and Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, A Symphonic Picture, plus the DSO premiere of Aaron Copland’s one-act ballet, Grohg. Performances will take place at Orchestra Hall on Fri., November 28 at 8 p.m., Sat., November 29 at 8 p.m. and Sun., November 30 at 3 p.m.

Grohg will be the final piece recorded by the DSO for a three-disc project with Naxos Records featuring all six ballets by Aaron Copland.

One hour before the start of each Copland & Bernstein performance, a presentation will be hosted in Orchestra Hall by Mark Clague, Professor of Musicology at University of Michigan. Clague will speak about the University of Michigan Gershwin Initiative, which is an ongoing scholarly examination of the Gershwins’ music, in which scholars in collaboration with peers from across the globe document and analyze works featuring music by George Gershwin and lyrics by Ira Gershwin, including Porgy and Bess as well as the celebrated instrumental works by George Gershwin.

Copland & Bernstein 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.

About Elina Vähälä

Born in the US and raised in Finland, Elina Vähälä made her orchestral debut with Sinfonia Lahti at the age of twelve and was later chosen by Osmo Vänskä as the orchestra’s ‘young master soloist’. Since then, her career continues to expand the international stage, winning praise from audiences and musicians alike. Elina has appeared with orchestras throughout Europe and the US and toured extensively in UK, Germany, China, Korea and South America. She has worked with some of the world’s most sought-after conductors including Leonard Slatkin, Carlos Kalmar, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Okko Kamu, Jakob Hrusa, Thierry Fischer and Leif Sergerstam.

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 Copland and Bernstein 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

Copland & Bernstein

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Elina Vähälä, violin

Fri., Nov. 28, 2014 at 8 p.m.

Sat., Nov. 29, 2014 at 8 p.m.

Sun., Nov. 30, 2014 at 3 p.m.

BERNSTEIN                            Three Dance Episodes from On the Town

                                                The Great Lover

                                                Lonely Town (Pas de deux)

                                                Times Square

 

JOHN CORIGLIANO              Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, “The Red Violin”

Chaconne

Pianissimo Scherzo

Andante Flautando

Accelerando Finale

Elina Vähälä, violin

INTERMISSION

 

COPLAND                              Grohg, ballet in one act

 

 

GERSHWIN                            Porgy and Bess, A Symphonic Picture
Arranged, Robert Russell Bennett

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 AND TOD MACHOVER TO CAPTURE SOUNDS OF DETROIT IN COLLABORATIVE SYMPHONY FOR THE CITY

Support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation helps bring music and this project into communities with US premiere of city symphony project

DETROIT, (November 19, 2014) –What does Detroit sound like? The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) and composer Tod Machover will ask every Detroiter that question in the coming year as they work with the community to create a collaborative symphony with sound submissions and conceptual contributions from the public. The work, entitled Symphony in D, will premiere at Orchestra Hall on Nov. 16, 2015. The project is made possible by a $315,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

The DSO is the first American orchestra to work with Machover on a collaborative symphony – Machover has completed similar projects in Toronto; Edinburgh, Scotland; Perth, Australia, and is currently working on one for the Lucerne Festival 2015, where he will be Composer-in-Residence.

Residents may start making submissions today. Instruction on how to submit and additional information is available at dso.org/SymphonyInD.

Knight Foundation’s vice president for arts heard Machover’s symphony in Scotland, and immediately wanted to bring his work to Detroit. The DSO’s track record in community engagement and digital innovations via its Webcasts made it the perfect partner for the collaboration.

“The future of Detroit is being shaped by the city’s creative community,” said Dennis Scholl, vice president of arts for Knight Foundation. “We’d love to see more people get involved, and Symphony in D will be a great vehicle for people to share the sounds that define their Detroit.”

In order to create a musical portrait of the Motor City, the symphony for Detroit will evolve through electronic sound submissions, workshops and discussions throughout the city, original sonic creation, and back-and-forth musical sharing and shaping with Detroit residents and community institutions. Machover, Professor of Music and Media at the Media Lab of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has developed technology that can collect and combine sounds and translate them into music. The snarl of a Mustang’s engine? Fair game. The chaotic din of Eastern Market on a Saturday morning? No problem. The DSO wants to discover what Detroit sounds like through its community. The process involves layers, interactions, associations and discoveries which will produce a work representing the heart and soul of Detroit’s past, present and future.

Special technologies developed by Machover and his Opera of the Future team at the MIT Media Lab will allow people of all ages to contribute to and help shape Symphony in D. The Constellation app, used in previous iterations of the City-Symphony series, is a web-based app that allows anyone to hear the latest sounds collected and to combine them into personalized mixes. Yet another equally significant mobile app in development will be designed especially for the Symphony in D project and will allow any sound to be recorded and then geographically “tagged” via mobile device, creating an evolving “sound map” of Detroit and surroundings. This mobile app will be available through the Apple App Store and Google Play in early 2015.

As part of the project’s community outreach program and educational workshops, another computer software program developed by Machover and his team, Hyperscore, will allow young people to compose their own musical portraits of Detroit by drawing with lines and colors that Machover can then translate into orchestral impressions. Hyperscore is available for download via hyperscore.com.

“The concept of utilizing the sounds of our city, both those found and those submitted by others and then incorporating them into an orchestral work is quite amazing,” said DSO Music Director Leonard Slatkin. “It will be interesting to see what sounds the people of Detroit will submit and what Tod will choose and how the piece will unfold. Clearly this is a project of unique interest to all those interested in the power of collaborative thinking.”

During the year leading up to the premiere, Machover will visit schools and community centers throughout Detroit to hold workshops and engage the community. This symphony is called a collaboration for a reason: it will bring together the community by exploring the city’s unique sounds and to simply celebrate living in Detroit.

“Detroit is a city filled with bold and contrasting sounds, from the roar and purr of cars, to the crackle and snap of Motown, to the gentle rhythms of urban gardening,” said Machover. “I look forward to working with Detroiters from all backgrounds to create a collective musical portrait of this exciting moment in the city’s history, when everything is being rethought and anything is possible.”

ABOUT THE JOHN S. AND JAMES L. KNIGHT FOUNDATION

Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. The foundation believes that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. For more, visit KnightFoundation.org.

ABOUT TOD MACHOVER

Tod Machover has been called “America’s most wired composer” by the Los Angeles Times. He is widely recognized as one of the most significant and innovative composers of his generation, and is also celebrated for inventing new technology for music, including Hyperinstruments which he launched in 1986. Machover studied with Elliott Carter and Roger Sessions at The Juilliard School and was the first Director of Musical Research at Pierre Boulez’s IRCAM in Paris. He has been Professor of Music and Media at the MIT Media Lab (Cambridge, USA) since it was founded in 1985, and is Director of the Lab’s Hyperinstruments and Opera of the Future Groups. Since 2006, Machover has also been Visiting Professor of Composition at the Royal Academy of Music in London. CD and DVD recordings of his Pulitzer Prize-finalist “robotic” opera Death and the Powers will be released in early 2015. Six World and European premieres, including his seventh collaborative City-Symphony, will be presented at Lucerne Festival 2015 as part of Machover’s Composer-in-Residence appointment there. For more info please visit todmachover.com.

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 dso.org or download the free DSO to Go mobile app.

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SLATKIN LEADS DSO IN WORLD PREMIERE OF HIS FIRST COMPOSITION

DSO musicians featured as soloists throughout program

Detroit, (November 14, 2014) – Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) Music Director Leonard Slatkin will lead several firsts next weekend with the world premiere of his own Endgames and the Detroit premiere of his wife Cindy McTee’s Solstice featuring DSO Principal Trombone Kenneth Thompkins at Orchestra Hall on Thurs., November 20 at 7:30 p.m., Fri., November 21 at 10:45 a.m. and Sat., November 22 at 8 p.m. The performance will also feature Benjamin Lees’ Concerto with a DSO string quartet, which was first performed by Slatkin and the St. Louis Symphony, and Gershwin’s An American in Paris.

Slatkin’s first foray into composition, Endgames, is dedicated to all musicians who have chosen to play the outsider woodwind instruments, which Slatkin says are often underrepresented in a solo capacity. Soloists include DSO’s Jeffery Zook, piccolo; Sharon Sparrow, alto flute; Monica Fosnaugh, English horn; Larry Lieberson, e-flat clarinet; Shannon Orme, bass clarinet; and Marcus Schoon, contrabassoon.

To learn about how Solstice got its name and what inspired McTee when composing the piece, concert goers are invited to attend a preconcert presentation one hour prior to the Thursday and Saturday performances of Gershwin in Paris. McTee will share her thoughts, joined by Michelle Merrill who will discuss her own background and first impressions as Assistant Conductor of the DSO.

Gershwin in Paris will be webcast to a global audience via the DSO’s “Live from Orchestra Hall” series during the Friday performance at 10:45 a.m. EST (GMT-5). Log on to dso.org/live to view the concert from your computer or download the free DSO to Go mobile app to view the concert from your mobile device anywhere in the world.

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 Gershwin in Paris 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

Gershwin in Paris

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Jeffery Zook, piccolo

Sharon Sparrow, alto flute

Monica Fosnaugh, English horn

Larry Lieberson, e-flat clarinet

Shannon Orme, bass clarinet

Marcus Schoon, contrabassoon

Kenneth Thompkins, trombone

Hai-Xin Wu, violin

Jennifer Wey, violin

James VanValkenburg, viola

Dahae Kim, cello

Thurs., Nov. 20 at 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Nov. 21 at 10:45 a.m.

Sat., Nov. 22 at 8 p.m.

 

Ivesed. Gunther Schuller Yale-Princeton Football Game

 

Leonard Slatkin Endgames, Concertino Grosso for Woodwind Ensemble and Strings                        Jeffery Zook, piccolo

                        Sharon Sparrow, alto flute

                        Monica Fosnaugh, English horn

                        Larry Lieberson, e-flat clarinet

                        Shannon Orme, bass clarinet

                        Marcus Schoon, contrabassoon

 

Cindy McTee Concerto for Trombone and OrchestraAllegro

Adagio

Allegro

                        Kenneth Thompkins, trombone

Intermission
Benjamin Lees Concerto for String Quartet and OrchestraAllegro con brio

Adante cantando

Allegro energico

      Hai-Xin Wu, violin

      Jennifer Wey, violin

      James VanValkenburg, viola

      Dahae Kim, cello

 

Gershwinrev. F. Campbell-Watson An American in Paris

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 BRINGS MUSIC EDUCATION TO 30,000 DETROIT STUDENTS WITH LAUNCH OF FIRST EVER EDUCATIONAL WEBCAST

This morning Detroit students tune in for ‘An American Adventure’ with Conductor Michelle Merrill and Host Damon Gupton

Detroit, (November 12, 2014) –This morning tens of thousands of Detroit students will experience the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) for the first time while seated in their own classrooms with an educational expansion of the DSO’s Live from Orchestra Hall free HD webcast series – Classroom Edition. The series premieres with two performances of An American Adventure at 10:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. hosted by actor and Detroit native Damon Gupton with the DSO’s new Assistant Conductor Michelle Merrill making her debut on the podium.

Nearly 300 Detroit public and charter schools will tune in to the webcast, including all of Detroit Public Schools’ K-8 classes. An additional 125 schools throughout the country will also participate, reaching approximately 40,000 students with one performance.

“Every student deserves access to the creative arts, regardless of circumstances,” said DSO President and CEO Anne Parsons. “With the wonders of technology and the DSO’s belief in accessibility, we are so thrilled to be able to deliver this opportunity directly into classrooms within Detroit and across the country.”

For years, the DSO’s popular Educational Concert Series (ECS) has bussed metro Detroit school children to the Max M. Fisher Music Center in Midtown Detroit, exposing area youth to orchestral performance in historic Orchestra Hall. Now, with the development and pilot of this groundbreaking educational tool, select ECS performances will be adapted to provide an engaging classroom experience, complete with an interactive lesson plan archive aligned with national music education curriculum, skill builders and writing prompts.

Streaming at dso.org/live or through the DSO to Go mobile app, Classroom Edition is available to global audiences for live viewing or on an encore basis through the end of the week. Educational resources for the webcast, including curriculum enrichment materials can be downloaded at dso.org/classroom.

Developed with the help of nationally recognized music education consultants, including a content developer and research analyst who worked for both Sesame Street and 3-2-1 Contact, the program will provide a musical journey across the United States with curricular ties that emphasize history, technology and language arts. Teachers and students will also have the opportunity to interact with the DSO and other viewers through social media and an interactive website planned to launch in spring 2015.

The DSO strives to become America’s Education Concert Provider, delivering webcasts to every classroom in Detroit, and nationwide, for students in grades K-8. Live from Orchestra Hall: Classroom Edition is made possible by the support of the Mandell and Madeleine Berman Foundation, with the goal of providing music education to the children of Detroit.

About Damon Gupton

A native of Detroit, Michigan, Damon Gupton held the post of Assistant Conductor of the Kansas City Symphony from 2006-2008. Gupton received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Michigan. He studied conducting with David Zinman and Murry Sidlin at the Aspen Music Festival and with Leonard Slatkin at the National Conducting Institute in Washington, D.C. He served as American Conducting Fellow of the Houston Symphony for the 2004-2005 season, and has made conducting appearances with the Cleveland Orchestra (as part of a Blossom program with David Zinman), the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, The San Diego Symphony, The San Antonio Symphony, the Princeton Symphony, the Toledo Symphony, the Monte Carlo Philharmonic, the NHK Orchestra of Tokyo, the Orquesta Filarmonica de UNAM, the New York University Orchestras, the Kinhaven Music School Orchestra, The Vermont Music Festival Orchestra, the Brass Band of Battle Creek, The Michigan Youth Arts Festival Honors Orchestra and the SPHINX  Symphony as part of the 12th Annual Sphinx Competition. He led the Sphinx Chamber Orchestra on a national tour, culminating in performances at Carnegie Hall and a well-reviewed recording available at White Pine Music. He is a winner of the Third International Eduardo Mata Conducting Competition, held in Mexico City. Musical collaborations include work with Marcus Miller, Kenn Hicks, Kathleen Battle, and Jamie Cullum.

An accomplished actor, Gupton graduated from The Drama Division of the Juilliard School in New York. He has had roles in television, film, and on stage, including the Broadway production of Bruce Norris’ Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning Clybourne ParkSuperior Donuts (The Geffen), Christina Anderson’s Inked Baby (Playwrights Horizons), Meg’s New Friend  (The Production Company), Wendy Wasserstein’s An American Daughter (Arena Stage), True History and Real Adventures (The Vineyard Theatre), and Treason (Perry Street Theatre). He starred opposite Tony award-winner Phylicia Rashad in the world premiere of Tracey Scott Wilson’s The Story at New York’s Public Theater. He also performed the title role of Academy Award-winner Eric Simonson’s Carter’s Way at Kansas City Repertory Theater. Mr. Gupton was featured in title role in the critically acclaimed Heart of America Shakespeare Festival production of Othello. He received an AUDELCO nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his work in Clybourne Park.

Currently, he is a lead of the new television series “The Divide” produced by AMC, which premiered in July 2014. Other television credits include “Rake” with Greg Kinnear, Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom, Prime Suspect on NBC, Law and Order, Law and Order Criminal Intent, ConvictionThe Unusuals,Third WatchHackDrift (w/Chazz Palminteri). He was a principal cast member of NBC/Dick Wolf’s Deadline, the pilots Finkleman (w/Stephen Colbert of the Colbert Report), Strange Brew from Will and Grace creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick. On film, he has appeared in the 2002 drama Unfaithful directed by Adrian Lyne, The Loretta Claiborne StoryHelen at Risk, Sidney Lumet’s Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead, M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender, and This is Forty from Judd Apatow.

About Michelle Merrill

Distinguished by the Rochester City Newspaper as one of the “up and coming conductors of note,” Michelle Merrill has for three seasons guest conducted the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra on various concerts throughout the year, in addition to her role as the Assistant Conductor of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic. A passionate and dynamic artist, Merrill was awarded the prestigious Ansbacher Conducting Fellowship in 2013 by members of the Vienna Philharmonic and the American Austrian Foundation, which enabled her to be in residence at the world-renowned Salzburg Festival.  Merrill made her debut with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra in September 2014, and this past spring stepped in on short notice with the Meadows Symphony Orchestra for their performance of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 4, which the Dallas Morning News described as “stunning”.  Previous praise came from her conducting of Schubert’s Symphony No. 5 with the Rochester Philharmonic: “with the natural grace of a prima ballerina, Merrill knows what she wants and how to achieve it. Merrill’s conducting took her full body in wide sweeps, making connections, seemingly, with each individual musician. Merrill’s phrasing of the Schubert was utterly proper in style and form.” A strong advocate of new music, Merrill has worked with Voices of Change (VOC), Dallas’s professional, modern contemporary music ensemble. Her collaboration with this group in the 2011/12 season was part of a program later named as one of Dallas Morning News critic Scott Cantrell’s top ten performances of 2011. She also traveled with VOC in the summer of 2012 to showcase classical music written by celebrated American Indian musicians at the Chickasaw Chamber Music Festival.  Born in Dallas, TX, Merrill studied conducting with Dr. Paul C. Phillips at Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts, where she holds a Master of Music Degree in conducting and a Bachelor of Music in performance.

About Live from Orchestra Hall Webcast Series

With the goal of becoming the “most accessible orchestra on the planet,” DSO has repeatedly proven itself as a leader in technology and accessibility. Classroom Edition is an extension of the DSO’s weekly free HD webcast series Live from Orchestra Hall, which reaches a global audience of hundreds of thousands, with use of its state-of-the-art robotic camera production system. The DSO worked with nationally known music education consultants to develop the Classroom Edition script and curriculum. Music educator and researcher Barbara Myerson Katz, who has also worked on Sesame Street and 3-2-1 Contact, wrote the webcast script in collaboration with Associate Professor and Chair of Music Education in the College of Musical Arts at Bowling Green State University Ken Thompson, who wrote the curriculum.

The DSO launched the groundbreaking Live from Orchestra Hall webcast series in April 2011, becoming the first orchestra in the world to offer a series of free live webcasts for a global audience. Since then Live from Orchestra Hall expanded to include mobile viewing via the DSO to Go mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Droid devices; partnerships with the world’s top cultural sites, including PBS.org, France-based Medici.tv, Russia-based Paraclassics.com and UK-based ClassicalTV.com; and the DSO’s first digital album produced in-house, a downloadable Digital Box Set of all nine Beethoven symphonies.

Now watched in over 100 countries, the Live from Orchestra Hall webcast series is presented by the Ford Motor Company Fund, made possible by the generous support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Watch free webcasts at dso.org/live, view concert highlights at youtube.com/detroitsymphony, and connect with the DSO at facebook.com/detroitsymphony and on Instagram and Twitter @DetroitSymphony with the hashtag #DSOLive.

Ticket Information

Tickets to the 11:45 a.m. performance of An American Adventure in Orchestra Hall are $6 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 orders exceeding 10 tickets please call the Educational Concert Series Box Office Line at (313) 576-5440. The 10:30 a.m. performance is sold out.

Performance

An American Adventure

Michelle Merrill, conductor

Damon Gupton, host

Wed., Nov. 12 at 10:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.

 

MASON BATES                                  The B-Sides: Five Pieces for Orchestra & Electronica

                                                            V. Warehouse Medicine

HANSON                                            Symphony No. 2, “Romantic”

                                                            III. Allegro con brio

BERNSTEIN                                        “Times Square” from Three Dance Episodes from On the Town
COPLAND                                          Variations on a Shaker Melody

STILL                                                  Symphony No. 1, “Afro-American Symphony”

                                                            III. Humor: Animato

JOPLIN                                                Maple Leaf Rag
DVOŘÁK                                            Symphony No. 9, “From the New World”

                                                            II. Largo

GROFÉ                                                Grand Canyon Suite

                                                            III. On the Trail

JOHN WILLIAMS                               The Olympic Spirit

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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SINGLE TICKETS ON SALE NOW FOR DSO’S NEWLY NAMED WILLIAM DAVIDSON NEIGHBORHOOD CONCERT SERIES

New this season, students can attend neighborhood concerts for free with $25 Soundcard membership

DETROIT, (November 10, 2014) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) has announced that single tickets are now on sale for the William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series 2014-15 season beginning with online and Box Office sales at 9 a.m.

Tickets are available for concerts in seven metro Detroit neighborhoods including Beverly Hills, Bloomfield Hills, Canton, Dearborn, Grosse Pointe, Southfield and West Bloomfield Township. General admission tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students. Due to high demand, purchasing tickets early is recommended as many neighborhood venues nearly sell out on subscription alone. Subscriptions are available for $100 in Beverly Hills, Grosse Pointe, Canton and Bloomfield Hills and $75 in West Bloomfield, Dearborn and Southfield.

Aside from the seven residencies, the DSO will also perform Dvořàk and Grieg at Macomb Center for the Performing Arts on June 26, 2015 at 8 p.m.

In recognition of a generous $3.75 million grant from the William Davidson Foundation, announced this fall, the series has been renamed in honor of philanthropist William Davidson, former president and CEO of Guardian Industries Corp. Davidson shared a long-lasting relationship with the DSO and his generous support helped to strengthen the organization in many ways, including support of the DSO’s domestic and international tours.

With this support, the DSO is able to extend its Soundcard all-access student pass beyond Classical, Pops and Jazz concerts to include the William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series. Students can purchase a $25 Soundcard for the season and receive free access to concerts with a valid student ID. Soundcards are available for purchase at dso.org/soundcard.

Featuring repertoire from select Orchestra Hall concerts as well as selections prepared especially for the neighborhoods, the 2014-15 season marks the fourth year for the Neighborhood Concert Series. Audiences will see Music Director Leonard Slatkin on the podium, Principal Horn Karl Pituch performing Punto’s Horn Concerto 5, Principal Flute David Buck performing Nielsen’s Flute Concerto and Principal Clarinet Ralph Skiano performing Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto. Guest artists include Nicolas Dautricourt, violin; Stefan Jackiw, violin; Andrew von Oeyen, piano; and Andrés Cardenes, conductor and violin.

Performances are scheduled beginning January 8, 2015 through July 19, 2015. A $25 donation to the DSO’s Annual Fund waives all fees. The Neighborhood Concert Series is made possible by a generous gift from the William Davidson Foundation and the support of WRCJ 90.9 FM.

A full schedule of neighborhood concerts is available at dso.org/neighborhood.

Ticket Information

Single tickets can be purchased for $25 for adults and $10 for students 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.

DSO Box Office

The Box Office will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mon.-Fri. and two hours prior to each scheduled concert through intermission, until June with the exception of special holiday hours.

Single tickets can 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.

About Soundcard

At just $25 for the season, Soundcard provides students of all ages, elementary school to college, with admittance to most Classical, Pops and Paradise Jazz series concerts at Orchestra Hall, as well as performances at seven venues in metro Detroit for the William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series. Soundcard memberships are on sale now, but members may start reserving single tickets starting two weeks prior to their selected concert date. Membership is valid through the end of the 2014-15 season. Tickets are issued up to two weeks prior to each concert. A Soundcard member must present a valid student ID to a will call attendant or usher upon arrival. The name on the student ID must match the name on the Soundcard account. Cards and tickets are non-transferrable. Admittance is subject to availability and seating is at the discretion of the Box Office. Soundcard was inspired by Leonard Slatkin and introduced in 2011.

William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series

Since its launch in 2011, the series has experienced sold out concerts, beginning with its six metro Detroit performance residencies. In addition to traditional concerts, the Neighborhood Residency Initiative allows musicians to perform in intimate settings for suburban audiences. Throughout the season, DSO musicians perform in metro Detroit schools, hospitals, libraries, places of worship and myriad other unexpected places.

Throughout the 2014-15 season, four performances will take place at each venue in Beverly Hills, Bloomfield Hills, Canton, Dearborn, Grosse Pointe, Southfield, West Bloomfield Township and a new standalone performance in Macomb at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts. With subscriptions on sale in July, venues in Beverly Hills (Seligman Performing Arts Center), Bloomfield Hills (Kirk in the Hills Presbyterian Church) and Canton (Village Theater at Cherry Hill) are on track to sell out on subscription alone. In previous years, the Grosse Pointe series sold out on subscription, prompting the DSO to move to a new, larger location at Our Lady Star of the Sea (467 Fairford Road, Grosse Pointe Woods) this season. With current interest, the new venue is still on track to sell out on subscriptions.

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 TO PERFORM TRIBUTE TO SIMON & GARFUNKEL

Pops Conductor Michael Krajewski & Vocalists A.J. Swearingen and Jonathan Beedle join DSO

DETROIT, (November 5, 2014) —The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO), along with sought-after Pops Conductor, Michael Krajewski, and vocalists, A.J. Swearingen and Jonathan Beedle, will perform a tribute to Simon & Garfunkel, including the folk-rock duo’s greatest hits “Bridge Over Troubled Waters,” “Kodachrome,” “Mrs. Robinson,” and many more. The performances will take place in Orchestra Hall on Fri., November 14 at 10:45 a.m. and 8 p.m., as well as Sat., November 15 at 8 p.m. and Sun., November 16 at 3 p.m.

A preconcert presentation will be hosted in Orchestra Hall on Fri., November 14 and Sat., November 15 at 7 p.m. and at 2 p.m. on Sun., November 16, where conductor Krajewski will interview vocalists Swearingen and Beedle. They will discuss topics such as the guests’ musical backgrounds, how they were first introduced to the music of Simon & Garfunkel, the inspiration behind creating this tribute show, the process of selecting the repertoire and other interesting stories about their music and collaborations.

Swearingen and Beedle have been performing this remarkable tribute to the music of Simon & Garfunkel for more than a decade where the artists capture the essence and magic of Simon & Garfunkel’s sound of the early years in Greenwich Village.

About Michael Krajewski

Known for his entertaining programs and clever humor, Michael Krajewski is a much sought after conductor of symphonic pops. He is Music Director of The Philly Pops and Principal Pops Conductor of the Houston, Atlanta and Jacksonville Symphonies. As a guest conductor Michael has performed with the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras; the Boston and Cincinnati Pops; the San Francisco, Baltimore, Detroit, Indianapolis, Seattle, Dallas, St. Louis, Pittsburgh and National Symphonies, and numerous other orchestras across the US. With degrees from Wayne State University in Detroit and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Michael furthered his training at the Pierre Monteux Domaine School for Conductors. He was a Dorati Fellowship Conductor with the Detroit Symphony and later served as that orchestra’s assistant conductor.

About AJ Swearingen

A.J. has been writing, performing and producing his own style of acoustic music for the last twenty years. His voice is rich and uniquely soulful and his contemporary songwriting clearly pays homage to the standout iconic folk-rock-pop artists of the past. A.J.’s musical journey started in Bethlehem, PA and has expanded to a national and international following through performances and CD sales to Germany, Belgium, Japan and Spain.

About Jonathan Beedle

Jonathan Beedle has been a performing musician for over 30 years. Harmony is Jonathan’s forte. Collaborations with former partners and band mates seasoned Jonathan as a performer and they came to rely on his innate musicianship. His voice was heard in the Season 1 finale of the HBO series “Big Love,” singing the Civil War-era classic, “Lorena.” Jonathan has traveled all over the United States and has shared the stage with Steve Forbert, The Strawbs, Lucy Kaplansky and Jimmy Webb.

Ticket Information

Tickets to The Sounds of Simon & Garfunkel start at $19 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.

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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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

INTERMISSION

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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