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THOUSANDS OF DPS STUDENTS TO EXPERIENCE DSO IN THEIR CLASSROOMS APRIL 28

‘Four Seasons of Music’ program teaches K-8 students about composers’ expression of seasonal memories through music 

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Detroit, (April 22, 2016) – In partnership with Detroit Public Schools and Wayne RESA, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s free educational HD webcast series Live from Orchestra Hall: Classroom Edition returns Thurs., April 28 at 10:30 a.m., bringing the live concert experience into every DPS K-8 classroom.

Next week’s webcast, Four Seasons of Music, will be available to students in Detroit and worldwide via dso.org/classroom. DSO Assistant Conductor Michelle Merrill will lead the orchestra in a program exposing students to works both inspired by and evoking elements of the four seasons, like Winter and Spring movements from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons and Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring. DSO’s Music Alive Composer in Residence Gabriela Lena Frank, a special webcast guest, captures the essence of Peru in her “Highland Harawi” from Three Latin American Dances for Orchestra.

As the home to America’s Educational Concert Series, the DSO is proud to deliver webcasts to  K-8 classrooms across Detroit and throughout the United States. 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.

Teachers can register for the webcast and view past programs at dso.org/classroom. Each registrant will receive a digital copy of the curriculum guide, materials that are available for download after the live concert. Teachers and students will also have the opportunity to interact with the DSO and other viewers through social media.

The program for Four Seasons of Music was designed to align with four fundamental content areas set by the National Association for Music Education – creating, performing, responding, and connecting. Through an interactive exploration of traditional classical masterpieces, contemporary compositions and more popular works, students will explore how composers use different sounds and melodies to create specific feelings that can represent different times of year. For this performance, students will utilize their body as an instrument, stamping feet, rubbing and clapping hands, and snapping fingers to recreate the sounds of a thunderstorm.

“We’re proud that our educational webcasts set the gold standard for interactive learning – aurally, visually and collaboratively,” said Paul Hogle, DSO Executive Vice President. “Our webcasts uniquely feature visual tools that enable students to engage in musical thinking as they listen. We’re honored to work with talented educators to strengthen music education in classrooms across Detroit and around the country.”

The Classroom Edition series began in November 2014 with a groundbreaking program that reached nearly 50,000 students, many of whom would not otherwise be able to see the performance. Three hundred Detroit public and charter schools participated, along with 125 additional schools nationwide. With the following May 2015 program, a total of more than 100,000 students were reached throughout Detroit and nationwide within Classroom Edition’s pilot year.

For more than 80 years, Detroit school children have experienced the DSO’s popular Educational Concert Series (ECS) now held in historic Orchestra Hall at the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center in Midtown Detroit. With the development of this groundbreaking educational tool, select ECS performances are 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.

About Michelle Merrill

Michelle Merrill is currently in her second season as Assistant Conductor of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra where she helps plan and conduct over 30 concerts per season and makes her classical subscription debut in April 2016. Recent and upcoming engagements include the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, Symphoria (Syracuse), Orlando Philharmonic, Sacramento Philharmonic, Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra, and the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, where she formerly served as Assistant Conductor before coming to Detroit. In 2013, Merrill was awarded the prestigious Ansbacher Conducting Fellowship by members of the Vienna Philharmonic and the American Austrian Foundation, which enabled her to be in residence at the world-renowned Salzburg Festival. Born in Dallas, Texas, 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 D.J. Oliver

A Detroit native, D.J. Oliver attended Wayne State University and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. D.J. has worked as a lead performer for Carnival and Norwegian Cruise Lines. In addition to his theatre and live performances, D.J. has appeared on many commercials and industrial films as well TV shows. His most recent credit was on the ABC show Detroit 187. He currently hosts the Detroit Public Television series “Detroit Performs.”

Live from Orchestra Hall: Classroom Edition

Four Seasons of MusicMichelle Merrill, conductor

Annelle Gregory, violin

D.J. Oliver, host

Gabriela Lena Frank, guest composer

Thurs., April 28 at 10:30 a.m. EDT

von Weber   “Jaegerchor” (Hunter’s Chorus) from Der Freischütz  
IVES   Country Band March  
PROKOFIEV   “Troika” (Sleigh Ride) from Lieutenant Kijé Suite  
VIVALDI   “L’inverno” from The Four Seasons  
    “La primavera” from The Four Seasons  
COPLAND   Suite from Appalachian Spring  
GABRIELA LENA FRANK   “Highland Harawi” from three Latin American Dances from Orchestra  
MASON BATES   Rusty Air in Carolina: Katydid Country  
GOULD   American Salute  
       

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 high profile artists from Steven Spielberg 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 dso.org.

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DSO CLARINETIST SHANNON ORME ONE OF FIVE ORCHESTRA MUSICIANS NATIONWIDE TO RECEIVE FORD MUSICIAN AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE IN COMMUNITY SERVICE

(DETROIT, April 21, 2016) – Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) Bass Clarinet Shannon Orme is one of only five exemplary musicians

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selected by The League of American Orchestras to receive the Ford Musician Award for Excellence in Community Service. A new program made possible by Ford Motor Company Fund, the award celebrates orchestra musicians and the essential work they do in their communities.

“I couldn’t have predicted the lasting effect working with the kids at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan has left on me,” said Orme, who hold the DSO’s Barbara Frankel and Ronald Michalak Bass Clarinet Chair. “Of course beforehand the benefits of music therapy on the patient had been explained to me, but I never anticipated the profound impact it would have on me and my music making.”

The DSO’s Neighborhood Residency Initiative was first implemented in 2011 with the launch of seven suburban subscription venues across southeast Michigan. Now known as the William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series, these performances are accompanied by dozens of small ensemble engagements in libraries, community centers, places of worship and other unexpected venues. A long-term partnership with the Children’s Hospital of Michigan and American House Senior Living Communities soon emerged, welcoming DSO musicians to perform for patients, medical staff and residents throughout each season.

“When we first discussed engaging our community in new and personal ways, Shannon was one of the first and most enthusiastic musicians to step forward,” said Anne Parsons, DSO President & CEO. “In the years since, her dedication to providing healing experiences through music has inspired us all and transformed countless lives thanks to her passion and generosity.”

Orme’s work with pediatric patients at Children’s Hospital of Michigan focused on collaboration with board certified music therapists during music therapy groups. Seated in a circle in the in-patient play room, patients and their families would engage in follow-the-leader style jam sessions with instruments like maracas, rhythm sticks and drums. As Shannon played familiar children’s tunes on her clarinet for name-that-tune games, it was a new and memorable experience for young people who many times had never seen an instrument like hers before. The session would often end with a soothing tune on the clarinet accompanied by the ocean drum. Many times patients would even ask for an autograph.

“These five musicians serve as models and mentors to the entire orchestra field,” said Jesse Rosen, the League of American Orchestras’ President and CEO. “Their commitment and dedicated work, whether by inspiring under-served students, bringing comfort in healthcare settings, or bridging cultures through their artistry, is on the leading edge of orchestras’ service to their communities. We are grateful to Ford Motor Company Fund for helping support this vital program and for enabling us to publicly acknowledge and share the important work of these musicians.”

”It is a pleasure to honor these dedicated musicians who bring the joy of music from the stage to the community,” said Yisel Cabrera, community relations manager, Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services. “Thank you for taking the extra steps to entertain, educate and lift people’s spirits. Bravo!”

The award recipients and their orchestras are:

-       Penny Anderson Brill, viola – Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s Music and Wellness Program

-       Shannon Orme, bass clarinet – Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Neighborhood Residency Initiative

-       Jeffrey Paul, Principal Oboe – South Dakota Symphony Orchestra’s Lakota Music Project

-       Brian Prechtl, percussion – Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s OrchKids

-       Beth Vandervennet, cello – Oakland Symphony’s Music for Excellence Program (MUSE)

The five orchestra musicians were selected by a panel of industry professionals through a competitive nomination process to receive the awards. They include a $2,500 grant to each musician, as well as an additional $2,500 grant to their home orchestra to support professional development focused on community service and engagement for its musicians.

The awardees and their orchestras will receive their awards at the League’s National Conference in Baltimore, June 9-11, 2016. The musicians will also participate in a Conference presentation and separate webinar, providing the orchestra field opportunities to learn from their experience.

Community work is defined as meaningful service through music: education and community engagement programs at schools, hospitals, retirement homes, community and social service centers, places of worship, and wherever people gather for civic, cultural, and social engagement. Those served may include low-income or at-risk populations, homebound elderly, immigrants, veterans, prisoners, and students of all ages, as well as members of the general public who may not otherwise have access to or are not traditionally served by orchestras.

The Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service mark the League’s second partnership with Ford Motor Company Fund, which was previously the title sponsor of Ford Made in America, the largest commissioning consortium in the country’s history.

Information on the Conference session featuring the award recipients

Information on how to register for the League’s National Conference

About Shannon Orme

In 2007, Shannon Orme was appointed Bass Clarinet of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Leonard Slatkin. Prior to joining the DSO, she was co-principal of the Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra in Japan. She has also performed with the Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra and Toronto Symphony. Shannon spends her summers at the Grand Teton Music Festival, where she is also a frequent chamber musician.

Shannon enjoys the many facets of performances within the DSO family. She is a frequent performer in the community as part of the DSO Neighborhood Residency Initiative and is a dedicated educator and currently holding a studio at Wayne State University.

An advocate for contemporary music, Shannon is a member of New Music Detroit, where she has collaborated with today’s emerging composers, and has participated in the group’s annual 12-hour marathon, Strange Beautiful Music. Shannon also performed at the LucerneFestivalAcademy under Pierre Boulez for two seasons as well as the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble.

Upon graduating from the Interlochen Arts Academy, Shannon attended Northwestern University (B.Mus.) and University of Southern California (M.M.). Her principal teachers included Jean Miller, Richard Hawkins, J. Lawrie Bloom and Yehuda Gilad.

When Shannon is not performing, you may find her planning her next adventure–usually on a bicycle.

Shannon is a Buffet Crampon Performing Artist.

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 high profile artists from Steven Spielberg 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 dso.org.

About Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services

Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services works with community and global partners to advance driving safety, education and community life. Ford Motor Company Fund has operated for more than 65 years with ongoing funding from Ford Motor Company. Ford Driving Skills for Life is free, interactive, hands-on safety training focused on skill development and driving techniques, while addressing inexperience, distractions and impaired driving.  Innovation in education is encouraged through Ford Blue Oval Scholars, Ford Driving Dreams, Ford Next Generation Learning and other innovative programs that enhance high school learning and provide college scholarships and university grants. The Ford Volunteer Corps enlists more than 30,000 Ford employees and retirees each year to work on local projects that strengthen their communities and improve people’s lives in more than 40 countries around the world. For more information, visit http://community.ford.com.

The League of American Orchestras leads, supports, and champions America’s orchestras and the vitality of the music they perform. Its diverse membership of more than 2,000 organizations and individuals across North America runs the gamut from world-renowned symphonies to community groups, from summer festivals to student and youth ensembles, from conservatories to libraries, from businesses serving orchestras to individuals who love symphonic music. The only national organization dedicated solely to the orchestral experience, the League is a nexus of knowledge and innovation, advocacy, and leadership advancement. Its conferences and events, award-winning Symphony magazine, website, and other publications inform people around the world about orchestral activity and developments. Founded in 1942 and chartered by Congress in 1962, the League links a national network of thousands of instrumentalists, conductors, managers and administrators, board members, volunteers, and business partners. Visit americanorchestras.org.

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BROADWAY, TV STAR MEGAN HILTY TO HEADLINE DSO’S 6TH ANNUAL HEROES GALA HONORING JOHN & MARLENE BOLL

Proceeds from ‘An Evening with Megan Hilty’ will support the DSO’s commitment to transforming the lives of children and youth across our region through music education

DETROIT, (April 12, 2016) – On Saturday, June 18, 2016, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will honor John A. and Marlene L.

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Boll for more than 30 years of support at its sixth annual Heroes Gala. As homage to Marlene’s former career as a member of The Rockettes, the benefit concert will star Broadway and television sensation Megan Hilty performing selections from her role as Ivy Lynn in the hit TV show Smash, as well showstoppers from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and other Broadway favorites! Gala packages, which include exclusive concert seating, dinner and dancing, are available for purchase now by calling 313.576.5120 or emailing jgarner@dso.org. Concert-only tickets are on sale now on dso.org, via phone at 313.576.5111 or in person at the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center Box Office (3711 Woodward Ave.).

“I think it was our good friend Sam Frankel who first introduced me to John Boll, and I will never forget how warmly the Bolls welcomed me and my entire family from our first days in Detroit. Coming from the New York City Ballet, I immediately bonded with Marlene over the power of music and dance to transform, uplift and educate,” said Anne Parsons, DSO President and CEO. “John and Marlene generously and selflessly give to so many, leading from their hearts, truly committed to making our world a better place for all. We are thrilled to be recognizing them and acknowledging their incredible legacy of community support.”

Proceeds from the event will support the DSO’s commitment to transforming the lives of children and youth across our region through music education. The DSO’s Wu Family Academy for Learning and Engagement is proud to serve thousands of area youth each season through youth ensemble training, educational concerts in Orchestra Hall, and in-school programming. Now, thanks to the bi-annual Live From Orchestra Hall: Classroom Edition webcast series supported by the Mandell L. and Madeleine H. Berman Foundation, tens of thousands of students in Detroit and across the U.S. can experience a live orchestra concert from their own classroom. Supporting our community’s youth is also key to the mission of The Boll Foundation, recently exhibited by their support of a new state-of-the-art athletics facility at the University Liggett School in Grosse Pointe Woods.

John and Marlene are a study in contrasts: he a rugged construction worker, as comfortable on a bulldozer as in a boardroom, and she a graceful and elegant dancer by profession, schooled in and appreciative of culture and the arts. Together the Bolls have created a legacy devoted to improving the quality of life for the communities that they love. In addition to their generous support of the DSO, the Bolls’ are proud supporters of countless institutions and causes across metro Detroit and beyond. Locally, they led efforts to build the John and Marlene Boll Family YMCA in downtown Detroit and spearheaded the expansion of the St. John Hospital & Medical Center.

The celebration will include a gourmet dinner, dessert reception, late-night dancing, and other special activities, all taking place at the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center. Guests are encouraged to channel the Golden Age of Broadway with their Black Tie attire. Sparkles recommended, glamour required.

The DSO founded the Heroes Gala in 2010 in honor of the remarkable men and women who impact the vision, values, and success of the organization. Previous honorees are:

  • 2010: Jim Nicholson, President and CEO of PVS Chemicals Inc.
  • 2012: Lloyd Reuss, former President of the General Motors Corp
  • 2013: Barbara Van Dusen, beloved supporter of the arts in Detroit
  • 2014: Dan Gilbert, Founder and Chairman of Rock Ventures together with Matt Cullen,  President and Chief Executive Officer of Rock Ventures LLC
  • 2015: The Davidson/Gerson Family, prolific Detroit philanthropists and supporters of the DSO’s William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series

TICKET INFORMATION

Sponsorships and VIP ticket packages for the sixth annual DSO Heroes Gala and benefit concert start at $1,000. For details, call the DSO Advancement office at 313.576.5120 or email jgarner@dso.org. Concert-only tickets are also available for $19 to $68 at dso.org.

ABOUT MEGAN HILTY
In a few short years, Megan Hilty has gone from understudy on Broadway to a star of stage, screen, and music. Her impressive accomplishments have made her one of the fastest rising talents in the entertainment world.

Megan was born in Bellevue, Washington on March 29, 1981. Drawn to music at a young age, she explored a career in opera before deciding to pursue musical theatre. After graduating from the Washington Academy of Performing Arts Conservatory High School in Redmond, Washington, she moved to Southern Oregon and spent two years waiting tables and working odd jobs while performing in shows such as Jesus Christ Superstar, Hello Dolly!, and My Fair Lady. She then enrolled in Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she performed in a variety of college and regional productions. She graduated from CMU in 2004 with a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre.

Upon graduation, Megan was offered the role of “Glinda” standby for the Broadway company of Wicked. She made her Broadway debut in the fall of 2004 opposite Tony winner Idina Menzel, and was asked to take over as principal Glinda in May 2005. After a year on Broadway, Megan performed the role on tour and in the 2007-2009 Los Angeles production.

During her years with Wicked, Megan was work-shopping the role of “Doralee” in 9 to 5: The Musical, Dolly Parton’s adaptation of the popular film. In 2009, Megan starred in the show on Broadway alongside Allison Janney and Stephanie J. Block. She was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical, an Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Actress in a Musical, a Drama League Award, and an Ovation Award for Best Actress in a Musical.

During this time period, Megan made guest appearances on many television shows, including Bones, The Closer, Desperate Housewives, and Ugly Betty, while also providing the singing voice for Snow White in Shrek the Third. She also made concert appearances around the U.S. in the Meg an’ Sho Show (alongside Shoshana Bean) and with a solo cabaret show called Megan Hilty Sings the Blondes.

In 2011, Megan joined the cast of NBC’s Smash as “Ivy Lynn,” an actress who is desperate to land the lead in a musical about the life of Marilyn Monroe. Emily Nussbaum of The New Yorker said of her work: “Hilty has built a character who feels like a real Broadway diva: sexy, funny, ambitious, insecure, at once selfish and giving.” The show aired from 2012-2013 and was nominated for a Golden Globe for Outstanding Musical or Comedy Series, while also offering Megan the opportunity to record both covers of popular hits and original songs from the musical within the show, “Bombshell.”

During her hiatus between Smash‘s first and second seasons, Megan starred in the New York City Center production of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes as Lorelai Lee, a role made famous by Carol Channing and Marilyn Monroe. Megan received rave reviews for both the production and its cast recording. Ben Brantley of The New York Times called the opening performance “…one of those single, golden nights, so cherished by theatergoers, that thrust its leading lady into the firmament of musical stardom.”

In 2013, Megan released It Happens All the Time, her first solo album with Portrait (an imprint of Sony Masterworks), and also made her Carnegie Hall debut. Megan also returned to TV with NBC’s Sean Saves the World starring Sean Hayes.

Megan currently makes frequent concert appearances, both with symphony orchestras throughout the United States and in solo concert at smaller venues. She also regularly performs in a variety of special events, such as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade or Christmas in Washington. Megan maintains an active voiceover career, providing the voice of “Rosetta” in the Disney Fairies series and the “China Doll Princess” in the animated feature Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return.

Megan and her husband, Brian Gallagher, were married in November 2013. Their first daughter, Viola, was born in September 2014.

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 high profile artists from Steven Spielberg 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 dso.org.

 

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PIANO VIRTUOSA MAKES DSO DEBUT WITH RACHMANINOFF CONCERTO

Guest conductor Giancarlo Guerrero returns to lead piece by Lebenbom Award-winner

Detroit, (March 31, 2016) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) welcomes French pianist Lise de la Salle in her DSO debut as

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she performs Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Under the baton of Nashville Symphony’s Giancarlo Guerrero, the DSO will also perform Stravinsky’s Petrushka and the world premiere of 2014 Lebenbom Award-winner Sarah Kirkland Snider’s Something for the Dark. Performances will take place on Thurs., Apr. 14 at 7:30 p.m., Fri., Apr. 15 at 8 p.m. and Sat., Apr. 16 at 8 p.m. in Orchestra Hall.

There will be pre-concert performances of Sarah Kirkland Snider’s In Two Worlds and a chat with the composer on Thurs., Apr. 14 at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, Apr. 16 at 7 p.m. The University of Michigan Contemporary Directions Ensemble, directed by Oriol Sans, will give both preconcert performances.

Ravishing Rachmaninoff will be webcast to a global audience via Live From Orchestra Hall free HD webcasts on Sat., Apr. 16 at 8 p.m. EDT (GMT-4). Log on to dso.org/live to view the performance from your computer or download the free and easy DSO to Go mobile app for viewing on the move.

The DSO’s Classical series is generously sponsored by PVS Chemicals Inc.

About Lise de la Salle

Born in Cherbourg, France in 1988, de la Salle began her career in performance at a young age, performing on Radio France at age 9 and winning First Prize of the Seventh International Contest of Ettlingen, Germany at 12. At 13, she made her concerto debut with Beethoven’s second concerto.

From 1997-2004, de la Salle won numerous competitions, including First Prize in the 2004 Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York. She was a student of Pascal Némirovski from 1998-2006 and also attended the post graduate cycle at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris.

Her 2011 recording Liszt received an outstanding review from the International Record Review and was awarded the Diapason d’Or, ARTE “CD of the Month,” and Gramophone Magazine’s Editor’s Choice award.

About Giancarlo Guerrero

A native of Costa Rica, Guerrero is the music director of the Nashville Symphony – a position he has held since the 2009-2010 season – as well as principal guest conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra Miami Residency since 2011. Known as a firm advocate of new and contemporary music, Guerrero has partnered with and supported a number of composers, including John Adams, Osvaldo Golijov, and Michael Daugherty.

Guerreros’s first recordings with the Nashville Symphony featured Michael Daugherty’s Metropolis Symphony and Deus Ex Machina, and won a number of Grammy Awards, including Best Orchestral Performance. His 2010-2011 season was exceptionally busy, with guest conducting appearances in Europe, Asia, Australia, North and South America.

In recent years, Guerrero’s orchestral appearances include the symphony orchestras of Baltimore, Boston, Dallas, Houston, and the National Symphony Orchestra, as well as return performances with the Cincinnati, Indianapolis and Detroit symphony orchestras.

Ticket Information

Tickets for Ravishing Rachmaninoff begin at $15 and can be purchased at dso.org, through the free DSO to Go app, in-person at the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center Box Office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit 48201) or by calling (313) 576-5111.

Did you know? Groups (10 people or more) can save up to 30% off the price of a single ticket for most DSO concerts! Contact DeRon Wilson at (313) 576-5130 or dwilson@dso.org for more information.

Performance

Ravishing Rachmaninoff

Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor

Lise de la Salle, piano

Thurs., Apr. 14 at 7:30 p.m. in Orchestra Hall

Fri., Apr. 15 at 8 p.m. in Orchestra Hall

Sat., Apr. 16 at 8 p.m. in Orchestra Hall

 

SARAH KIRKLAND SNIDER                               Something for the Dark

RACHMANINOFF                                                   Piano Concerto No. 1

STRAVINSKY                                                          Petrushka       

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 as well as m-1rail.com. Woodward will remain open throughout the construction period, although from time to time the cross streets may be closed. Complete closures are restricted to the downtown section of the rail line. Work has commenced on the southbound track between Temple and Canfield streets, shifting traffic to the northbound side of Woodward. There is one northbound, one southbound and one turn lane open on this stretch. When coming in to Midtown, an extra 15 minutes for travel time is recommended, as is using Cass Avenue instead of Woodward Avenue whenever 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 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 high profile artists from Steven Spielberg 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 dso.org.

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DSO TO PAY TRIBUTE TO DAVID BOWIE WITH CONCERT AT MEADOW BROOK AMPHITHEATRE JULY 10

TICKETS ON SALE SATURDAY, MARCH 26

Detroit, (March 22, 2016) – Six months following the death of the rock ‘n’ roll legend, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) Music-of-david-bowie-1000x1000will perform The Music of David Bowie at Meadow Brook Amphitheatre on Sunday, July 10 at 7:30 p.m. The Orchestra, led by guest conductor Brent Havens and accompanied by a full rock band will take you on a one-night-only symphonic odyssey that explores the incredible range of David Bowie’s musical genius.

Tickets at $75, $55, $35 and $25 in the pavilion, $20 on the lawn and four-packs at $60 on the lawn go on sale this Saturday, March 26 at 10 a.m. at dso.org, Livenation.com, Palacenet.com, The Palace Ticket Store and all Ticketmaster locations. Tickets are also available by phone at 313.576.5111.

“My concept for The Music of David Bowie was to take the music as close to the originals as we could and then add some colors to enhance what Bowie had done,” says Havens. “The wonderful thing with an orchestra is that you have an entire palette to call upon.  The band is reproducing what Bowie did on the albums, verbatim, and then having an orchestra behind the band gives the music a richness, a whole different feel, a whole different sense of power.”

The two-plus hour concert features approximately 18 David Bowie tunes, including “Space Oddity,” “Changes,” “Under Pressure,” “Heroes,” “Rebel Rebel,” “Fame,” “China Girl” and more.

Conductor Brent Havens states: “David Bowie’s unique life and musical sensibilities provide a wide range of different sounds and elements that’s quite different from what Windborne has done in the past.  Bowie’s influence abounds within not only the rock community, such as his work with Queen and John Lennon, but also crosses into multiple genres including his work with Pat Methany or his contribution to a soundtrack with Giorgio Moroder. That introduces a whole new set of challenges and opportunities for us to stage a show that’s unique in its own right but stays within the confines of what we are known for as a presenter.”

The symphonic rock hybrid has met with approval on both sides of the podium.

“When we first came on stage, the audience gave us polite, almost classical applause,” says Havens. “Then we hit the first note and they realized it was a rock show.”

The Music of David Bowie with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra at Meadow Brook Amphitheatre is part of the Belle Tire Concert Series.

About Brent Havens

Berklee-trained arranger/conductor Brent Havens has written music for orchestras, feature films and television. His TV work includes movies for ABC, CBS and ABC Family networks, sports programs for ESPN, commercials and even cartoons. He conducted the Doobie Brothers and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra for Harley Davidson’s 100th Anniversary Birthday Bash, attended by more than 150,000 fans.

In addition to many concerts with the Houston Symphony, Havens has worked with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; the Minnesota Orchestra; the Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, Atlanta, Baltimore, Dallas and Fort Worth Symphony Orchestras; the San Diego Symphony; the Buffalo Philharmonic and countless others. He has conducted the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra for the Music of Michael Jackson and the Music of Led Zeppelin.

Havens recently completed the score for the film Quo Vadis, a Premier Pictures remake of the 1951 gladiator film. In 2013, he worked with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens to arrange and produce classical and rock music for the Thanksgiving Day halftime show for the game between the Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers.

Brent Havens is arranger/guest conductor for 13 symphonic rock programs— Music of Led Zeppelin, The Doors, Pink Floyd, Eagles, Queen, Michael Jackson, The Who, Whitney Houston, The Rolling Stones, U2 and, most recently, two new programs for 2016 with both Elton John and David Bowie. He premiered an orchestral show for Lou Gramm: The Voice Of Foreigner with Gramm singing out front.

Ticket Information

Tickets for The Music of David Bowie at Meadow Brook Ampitheatre are $75, $55, $35 and $25 in the pavilion, $20 on the lawn and four-packs at $60 on the lawn. All tickets are available for purchase at dso.org, in-person at the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center Box Office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit 48201) or by calling (313) 576-5111.

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 high profile artists from Steven Spielberg 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 dso.org.

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DSO ASSISTANT CONDUCTOR MICHELLE MERRILL MAKES SUBSCRIPTION DEBUT

Principal Bass Kevin Brown performs solo debut with Vanhal’s Double Bass Concerto

Click the thumbnail to download hi-res photos of Kevin Brown and Michelle Merrill

Click the thumbnail to download hi-res photos of Kevin Brown and Michelle Merril

Detroit, (March 17, 2016) –Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) Assistant Conductor Michelle Merrill will make her subscription series debut in three venues March 31-April 2, conducting a program featuring Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, “Pastoral.” On the same program, DSO Principal Bass Kevin Brown will make his solo debut with a rare performance of Czech composer Johann Baptist Vanhal’s Double Bass Concerto; just the third time the work has appeared on a DSO season in the orchestra’s 129-year history.

The program also features Dvořák’s Carnival Overture and Piston’s Suite from The Incredible Flutist. Performances will take place on Thurs., Mar. 31 at 7:30 p.m. at Congregation Shaarey Zedek, Fri., Apr. 1 at 8 p.m. at Macomb Center for the Performing Arts and Sat., Apr. 2 at 8 p.m. in Orchestra Hall.

Stephen Whiting, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies at the School of Music, Theatre & Dance at University of Michigan, will give a free lecture on the program with a focus on Beethoven. Whiting teaches courses in the history of European art music from the late 18th to early 20th centuries.

Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony will be webcast to a global audience via Live From Orchestra Hall free HD webcasts on Sat., April 2 at 8 p.m. EDT (GMT-4). Log on to dso.org/live to view the performance from your computer or download the free and easy DSO to Go app to your mobile device for viewing on the move.

This DSO’s William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series is made possible by the William Davidson Foundation and powered by WRCJ 90.9 FM. DSO Classical Series concerts in Orchestra Hall are generously sponsored by PVS Chemicals.

About Michelle Merrill

Born in Dallas, Michelle Merrill has served as Assistant Conductor for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra since 2014. She studied conducting with Dr. Paul C. Phillips at Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts in Dallas, receiving both a Master of Music Degree in conducting as well as a Bachelor of Music in performance. She served as Assistant Conductor at the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic prior to coming to the DSO.

As the Assistant Conductor, Merrill helps plan and conduct over 30 concerts per season, as well as give pre-concert lectures and engage with students in Metro Detroit. She will officially make her classical subscription debut at Orchestra Hall in April 2016.

Merrill was recently named one of three Cultural Organization Leaders to Watch by Hour Detroit Magazine, and her DSO debut – an educational webcast – has reached over 100,000 students in classrooms throughout the country.

About Kevin Brown

A native of Minnesota, Kevin Brown began playing the double bass at age 3. He has since gone on to perform with esteemed ensembles across the United States and Europe, in an expanding career that now leads him back home to the Midwest as principal bassist of the DSO, the Van Dusen Family Chair.

Kevin began his collegiate studies with Peter Lloyd at the University of Minnesota, but ultimately completed his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Rice University as a student of renowned pedagogue Paul Ellison. Upon completing his degrees he went on to work with David Moore at the University of Southern California.

While a student at Rice, Kevin performed extensively with the Houston Symphony, and joined them on tours to New York and Moscow. In 2009 he won the International Society of Bassists Orchestral Competition, which earned him a week in the bass section of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and in 2011 he was selected to give a solo performance at the Kennedy Center as part of their Conservatory Project. Before his appointment to the DSO, Kevin also appeared as Guest Principal Bass of the Atlanta Symphony.

Ticket Information

Tickets for the Thursday and Friday performances of Beethoven’s “Pastoral” at William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series venues are general admission; $10 for students and $25 for adults. Tickets for the Saturday performance at Orchestra Hall begin at $15. All tickets are available for purchase at dso.org, in-person at the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center Box Office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit 48201) or by calling (313) 576-5111.

Did you know? Groups (10 people or more) can save up to 30% off the price of a single ticket for most DSO concerts! Contact DeRon Wilson at (313) 576-5130 or dwilson@dso.org for more information.

Performance

Beethoven’s “Pastoral”

Michelle Merrill, conductor

Kevin Brown, double bass

Thurs., Mar. 31 at 7:30 p.m. at Congregation Shaarey Zedek

Fri., Apr. 1 at 8 p.m. at Macomb Center for the Performing Arts

Sat., Apr. 2 at 8 p.m. in Orchestra Hall

DVOŘÁK                                                      Carnival Overture

PISTON                                                        Suite from The Incredible Flutist

VANHAL                                                       Concerto for Double Bass and Orchestra      

BEETHOVEN                                             “Pastoral” Symphony No. 6              

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 as well as m-1rail.com. Woodward will remain open throughout the construction period, although from time to time the cross streets may be closed. Complete closures are restricted to the downtown section of the rail line. Work has commenced on the southbound track between Temple and Canfield streets, shifting traffic to the northbound side of Woodward. There is one northbound, one southbound and one turn lane open on this stretch. When coming in to Midtown, an extra 15 minutes for travel time is recommended, as well as using Cass Avenue instead of Woodward Avenue whenever 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 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 high profile artists from Steven Spielberg 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 dso.org.

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PIANIST SIMON TRPČESKI MAKES DSO DEBUT WITH LISZT’S VIRTUOSIC PIANO CONCERTO NO. 2

DSO welcomes Danish conductor Thomas Dausgaard to the podium on program featuring fellow Dane Carl Nielsen

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Detroit, (March 14, 2016) – This weekend, Macedonian pianist Simon Trpčeski will make his Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) debut, performing Liszt’s Second Piano Concerto. On the podium will be acclaimed Danish conductor Thomas Dausgaard of the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, who will lead the DSO in Danish composer Carl Nielsen’s Helios Overture and Finnish composer Jean Sibelius’ first symphony. Performances will take place at Orchestra Hall on Fri., Mar. 18 at 10:45 a.m. and Sat., Mar. 19 at 8 p.m. with a final performance at the Seligman Performing Arts Center in Beverly Hills on Sun., Mar. 20 at 3 p.m.

Robert Boardman, DSO score reader and conductor for the South Bend Youth Symphony, will interview Trpčeski on stage prior to the concert on Saturday, Mar. 19 at 7 p.m. in Orchestra Hall.

Trpčeski Plays Liszt will be webcast to a global audience via Live From Orchestra Hall free HD webcasts on Sat., Mar. 19 at 8 p.m. EDT (GMT-4). Log on to dso.org/live to view the performance from your computer or download the free and easy DSO to Go mobile app for viewing on the move.

About Simon Trpčeski Born in Skopje, Macedonia, Simon Trpčeski began his career as a classical pianist while still receiving his degree in music. In 2001, Trpčeski made his debut recital at London’s Wigmore Hall, winning prizes in international competitions in the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic and Italy that same year. The following year, he received his degree in music from the University of St. Cyril and St. Methodius. From 2001-2003, Trpčeski was a member of the BBC New Generation Scheme, and since 2005 has debuted with orchestras across the globe, including the New York Philharmonic, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and the Toronto Orchestra. His first recital recording – featuring music by Tchaikovsky, Scriabin, Stravinsky and Prokofiev – received the Editor’s Choice and Debut Album awards from Gramophone Magazine. His later recordings include pieces from Rachmaninoff, Chopin and Debussy.

About Thomas Dausgaard Thomas Dausgaard was born in Copenhagen, Denmark. Since 1997, he has been Principal Conductor of the Swedish Chamber Orchestra based in Örebro. From 2001-2004, he was the Principal Guest Conductor of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and became Principal Conductor in 2004, the first Danish conductor to do so. Dausgaard’s first guest appearance as conductor outside of Scandinavia was with the Seattle Symphony in 2014. He would go on to be named its next principal guest conductor in October of that same year, effective for the 2014-2015 season. In March 2015, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra named Dausgaard as its next chief conductor beginning with the 2016-2017 season. He is renowned worldwide for his innovation and creativity with his programs as well as the lively and exciting performances he creates. Dausgaard has also been awarded the Cross of Chivalry by the Queen of Denmark, and elected to the Royal Academy of Music in Sweden. Ticket Information Tickets for Trpčeski Plays Liszt begin at $15 and can be purchased at dso.org, through the free DSO to Go app, in-person at the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center Box Office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit 48201) or by calling (313) 576-5111. Did you know? Groups (10 people or more) can save up to 30% off the price of a single ticket for most DSO concerts! Contact DeRon Wilson at (313) 576-5130 or dwilson@dso.org for more information.

Performance

Trpčeski Plays Virtuoso Liszt

Thomas Dausgaard, conductor

Simon Trpčeski, piano

Fri., Mar. 18 at 10:45 a.m. in Orchestra Hall

Sat., Mar. 19 at 8 p.m. in Orchestra Hall

Sun., Mar. 20 at 3 p.m. in Seligman Performing Arts Center

NIELSEN                                                       Helios Overture

LISZT                                                             Piano Concerto No. 2

SIBELIUS                                                      Symphony No. 1

M-1 Rail Construction Attendees can find up-to-date details about the best route to take to Orchestra Hall during construction of the M-1 Rail streetcar in Midtown at dso.org/m1 as well as m-1rail.com. Woodward will remain open throughout the construction period, although from time to time the cross streets may be closed. Complete closures are restricted to the downtown section of the rail line. Work has commenced on the southbound track between Temple and Canfield streets, shifting traffic to the northbound side of Woodward. There is one northbound, one southbound and one turn lane open on this stretch. When coming in to Midtown, an extra 15 minutes for travel time is recommended, as well as using Cass Avenue instead of Woodward Avenue whenever 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 dso.org or download the free DSO to Go mobile app.

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2016-17 JAZZ SEASON CELEBRATES 75th ANNIVERSARY OF PARADISE THEATRE

Terence Blanchard returns as DSO Erb Jazz Creative Director

DSO musicians to appear on jazz series for 4th consecutive season

DETROIT, (February 15, 2016) — The Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s (DSO) 2016-17 Paradise Jazz Series season, beginning in October, will commemorate 75 years since Orchestra Hall re-opened as the Paradise Theatre with a performance by the legendary Duke Ellington.

Five-time Grammy Award winning trumpeter Terence Blanchard will return as the DSO’s Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair, programming DSO musicians on the season for the fourth consecutive season.

“I feel fortunate to be able to present some of the biggest names in jazz as well as emerging young artists to a community that appreciates and supports this great American art form,” said Blanchard. “It is particularly thrilling to serve again as we celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Paradise Theatre,” said Blanchard, who season after season has committed to hosting several concerts, sometimes performing alongside the featured artists, throughout the series.

Two former Erb Jazz Chairs will return to Orchestra Hall stage, beginning with season opener pianist Chick Corea (Oct. 7, 2016) and his trio, and later the Branford Marsalis Quartet (May 12, 2017) will be joined by the vocal acrobatics of Kurt Elling. The season continues with the return of two Detroit natives to the series: celebrated vocalist Dianne Reeves (December 1, 2016), singing jazz renditions of holiday favorites; and saxophonist James Carter (April 7, 2017) performing with his organ trio. A double bill welcomes legendary saxophonist Joe Lovano (Feb. 17, 2017) performing with his Classic Quartet and master drummer Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band. In a rare cross-over performance a DSO string quartet will perform with pianist Fabian Almazan for the season finale (June 23, 2017), who will present his new multi-movement suite on his Paradise Jazz Series debut. The season finale performance will be a double bill with and world-famous percussionist Pedrito Martinez and his Afro-Cuban ensemble.

Ticket Information

Subscriptions to the 2016-17 Paradise Jazz Series are on sale now and can be purchased by calling (313) 576-5111 or visiting dso.org/jazz. Single tickets go on sale in August 2016.

Tickets for the six-concert series are $90 for Upper Balcony, $150 for Mid-Balcony, $200 for Main Floor B, $260 for Main Floor A, $300 for Dress Circle and $495 for Box Level.

PARADISE JAZZ SERIES

Chick Corea Trio

Friday, October 7, 2016, at 8 p.m.

Former DSO Erb Jazz Chair and National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) Jazz Master Chick Corea has been at the forefront of jazz as a renowned pianist forging new ground with his acoustic jazz bands and as an innovative electric keyboardist with Return to Forever, the Elektric Band and his latest band electro/acoustic the Vigil. Corea returns to Orchestra Hall with his trio featuring drummer Brian Blade and bassist Eddie Gomez to perform music from his Grammy Award-winning recording, Trilogy. Hear reinventions of classic Corea compositions and previously unrecorded originals to an array of jazz standards. The Guardian says, “74-year-old Corea continues to thrive as one of jazz’s most inventively conversational piano improvisers.”

Dianne Reeves: Christmas Time Is Here

Thursday, December 1, 2016, at 8 p.m.

Pre-eminent jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves rings in the holiday season with music from her celebrated album “Christmas Time Is Here.” She melds her timeless grace, elegance and charisma into unforgettable jazz renditions of holiday favorites such as “Carol of the Bells,” “Little Drummer Boy” and many more. Renowned for her breathtaking virtuosity and improvisational prowess, Reeves will warm your heart with holiday cheer. She will be joined by pianist Peter Martin, bassist Reginald Veal, guitarist Romero Lubambo and drummer Terreon Gully.

Joe Lovano Classic Quartet | Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band

Friday, February 17, 2017, at 8 p.m.

Give the drummer some! The multi-talented young veteran Brian Blade has played alongside such musical luminaries as Wayne Shorter, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan and Seal. “I don’t think there’s another drummer in jazz who plays with as refined a touch, dynamics and prismatic color as Blade does,” said Mark Stryker of the Detroit Free Press. Blade makes his Paradise Jazz Series debut as a band leader.

Hailed by the New York Times as “one of the greatest musicians in jazz history,” saxophone giant Joe Lovano has distinguished himself for some three decades as a prescient and path-finding force in the arena of creative music. An active proponent of straight-ahead jazz, notably collaborating with Hank Jones 10 years ago, Lovano will explore the rich history of mainstream jazz with his Classic Quartet.

James Carter Organ Trio

Friday, April 7, 2017, at 8 p.m.

“A roaring virtuoso, saxophone scholar, and a showman,” according to Rolling Stone Magazine, Detroit-native James Carter is a powerhouse musician and one of the most admired saxophonists of his generation. He garners critical acclaim for his role in helping propel jazz full tilt into the future over the past 25 years. Carter will be joined by Detroit’s own Gerard Gibbs on piano and Alex White on drums.

Branford Marsalis Quartet featuring Kurt Elling

Friday, May 12, 2017, at 8 p.m.

Tony Award nominee and the eldest son in the “first family of jazz,” saxophonist Branford Marsalis returns to the Orchestra Hall stage along with his top-notch quartet, which the New Orleans Advocate calls, “distinctly modern, ever-adventurous.” They perform with special guest Grammy Award-winning vocalist Kurt Elling in a singular collaboration of musical forces. Elling’s deep jazz vocabulary, technical versatility and outstanding intonation will enable the band to perform a variety of material in new ways. Prepare to witness an astounding performance from one of the most innovative and forward‐thinking jazz ensembles around today along with one of the world’s foremost jazz vocalists – new compositions, songs from the Great American songbook and beyond!

Fabian Almazan | Pedrito Martinez Group

Friday, June 23, 2017, at 8 p.m.

World-renowned, Grammy Award-winning, Cuban Percussion Master Pedrito Martinez and his Peruvian, Venezuelan and Cuban bandmates comprise a one-of-a-kind Afro-Cuban ensemble, which ignites a fan base that includes Eric Clapton, Taj Mahal, Wynton Marsalis and Derek Trucks. Martinez is the world’s first-call rumbero — playing, singing and dancing with dozens of groups and on more than 100 recordings.

Cuban-born, New York-based pianist and composer Fabian Almazan brings to the bill Alcanza, his new multi-movement suite featuring a DSO String Quartet. Alcanza reflects the beauties, frustrations and paradoxes of modern life. Almazan has held the piano chair on Blanchard’s band since 2007.

About Paradise Theatre

After being shuttered for several years, Ben and Lou Cohen reopened Orchestra Hall as the Paradise Theatre in 1941 with jazz, bebop and blues masters —Duke Ellington, Lena Horne, Billie Holiday, Pearl Bailey, Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Cab Calloway, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie and more — performing for a primarily African-American audience throughout the 1940s. The Paradise closed in 1951 and became a number of different venues over the years but reopened in 1989 as Orchestra Hall, which hosts the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Paradise Jazz Series.

Continuing to fuse the heritage and traditions of the past with fresh modern approaches, the Paradise Jazz Series serves a diverse audience under the auspicious leadership of Grammy Award-winning trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard, the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair.

About Terence Blanchard

Terence Blanchard is a member of a jazz legacy that shapes the contours of modern jazz today. With more than 31 CDs to his credit, Blanchard is a five-time Grammy Award winner and has received numerous Grammy nominations, including one this year for best jazz instrumental album for “Breathless.”

As a film composer, Blanchard is one of the masters of his generation. He has scored more than 50 films. Most recently, he scored Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq, a 2015 film about gun violence, and Lucasfilm’s 2013 Red Tails, about African-American pilots in World War II. Blanchard earned a Golden Globe nomination for scoring Lee’s 25th Hour and earned a Grammy for his 2007 CD A Tale of God’s Will (A Requiem for Katrina). Tracks from that album were in Lee’s critically-acclaimed, 2006 movie When the Levees Broke, commemorating the fifth anniversary of the Hurricane Katrina disaster. Blanchard also scored the Lee/HBO production If God is Willing and Da’ Creek Don’t Rise, the sequel to Levees. Creek shows the current state of Blanchard’s native New Orleans five years after Hurricane Katrina.

In addition to composing the music for the Broadway remake of A Streetcar Named Desire, the Opera St. Louis commissioned Blanchard for a project that premiered in 2013.

Blanchard has served as artistic director at the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz and currently serves as Artistic Director of the Henry Mancini Institute at the University of Miami Frost School of Music.

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DSO BRAHMS FESTIVAL BEGINS WITH HUNGARIAN DANCES, COMPOSER’S FINAL TWO SYMPHONIES

Violinist Baiba Skride joins the DSO for Brahms’ only violin concerto, alongside cellist Danjulo Ishizaka for Double Concerto

Detroit, (February 4, 2016) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s (DSO) three-week Brahms Festival will begin February 11 with two classical programs at Orchestra Hall within the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center (3711 Woodward Ave.) and a romantic Valentine’s Day performance of the composer’s  Liebeslieder Waltzes in the Detroit Institute of Arts’ (DIA) Kresge Court (5200 Woodward Ave.).

The festival kicks off with Brahms’ Violin Concerto as Maestro Slatkin leads the DSO alongside award-winning violinist Baiba Skride in her performance of the only concerto Brahms ever wrote for the instrument. The program also features his Hungarian Dances (Nos. 1, 3 and 10) and his fourth and final symphony. Concerts take place Thurs., Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m. and Fri., Feb. 12 at 8 p.m. in Orchestra Hall.

Skride will return for the weekend’s second program alongside German-born cellist Danjulo Ishizaka in his DSO debut. Led by Slatkin, Skride and Ishizaka will perform Brahms’ Double Concerto. The DSO will also perform Tragic Overture as well as Brahms’ Third Symphony. The concerts will take place on Sat., Feb. 13 at 8 p.m. and Sun., Feb. 14 at 3 p.m. in Orchestra Hall.

Jan Swafford, Brahms biographer and official Brahms Festival scholar, will give pre-concert lectures 75 minutes prior to each performance providing historical context for each work on the program.

Both programs will be webcast to a global audience via Live From Orchestra Hall free HD webcasts. Thursday and Friday’s program will be live webcast Fri., Feb. 12 at 8 p.m. EST (GMT-5) and the Saturday and Sunday program will be live webcast Sun., Feb. 14 at 3 p.m. EST (GMT-5). Log on to dso.org/live to view the performances from your computer or download the free and easy DSO to Go mobile app for viewing on the move.

The DSO’s in-house restaurant, Paradise Lounge, will take on a new identity during the festival. Named for the Viennese eatery where Brahms notoriously consumed every single meal, The Red Hedgehog will serve cuisine inspired by his German heritage and career in Vienna. “Unrequited” Belgian Sparkling Ale, made especially for the festival by Detroit-based Batch Brewing Co., will accompany each Red Hedgehog menu, and will be available at all concessions. Click here to see what’s on the menu next week.

The following local businesses and organizations are proud partners of the DSO’s Brahms Festival: Batch Brewing Company, Beard Balm LLC, Detroit Historical Society, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit Pleasure Society, Detroit Yoga Lab, Fancy Pants Arts & Entertainment and the Michigan Opera Theatre.

Want to learn more? To learn about all of the events during Brahms Festival, head to http://www.dso.org/brahmsfest for more information or follow #BrahmsFest on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook!

About Baiba Skride

Born into a musical Latvian family, Baiba Skride began her studies in Riga, eventually transferring to the Conservatory of Music and Theatre in Rostock.

In 2001, Skride won 1st prize in the Queen Elisabeth Competition, a competition for career-starting musicians held in Brussels.

Skride has performed with orchestras from across the world, including the Berlin Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Orchestre de Paris, London Philharmonic and, of course, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

Skride has also produced nearly a dozen recordings featuring works by different composers, from Sibelius and Schumann to Bach and even Brahms. Her prestigious career is only highlighted through critical acclaim, having been called “A passionate, heart-on-sleeve player…” by classical and opera critic Tim Ashley as well as “A natural musician to the ends of her fingertips” by Classic FM Magazine.

About Danjulo Ishizaka

Danjulo Ishizaka was born in Bonn, Germany, to a German mother and Japanese father. At age four, he began taking cello lessons, and would go on in 1998 to study with Tchaikovsky Competition gold medalist Boris Pergamenschikow at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music in Berlin until his death in 2004.

In 2001, Ishizaka went on to win 1st prize at the ARD International Music Competition, going on to win 1st prize the next year at the Grand Prix Emanuel Feuermann of the Kronberg Academy and the Universität der Künste Berlin.

Ishizaka’s debut CD with Sony BMG, featuring sonatas by Britten, Franck and Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, was awarded the “Echo Klassik” award by the German Phonographic Academy in 2006.

Ishizaka’s debuts during the 2014-2015 season were with the Cologne Chamber Orchestra and the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, the latter of which led by none other than Maestro Leonard Slatkin.

Ticket Information

Tickets for Brahms’ Violin Concerto and Third Symphony begin at $15 and can be purchased at dso.org, through the free DSO to Go app, in-person at the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center Box Office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit 48201) or by calling (313) 576-5111.

Did you know? Groups (10 people or more) can save up to 30% off the price of a single ticket for most DSO concerts! Contact DeRon Wilson at (313) 576-5130 or dwilson@dso.org for more information.

Performance

Brahms’ Violin Concerto

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Baiba Skride, violin

Thurs., Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Feb 12 at 8:00 p.m.

BRAHMS                                                       Hungarian Dances Nos. 1, 3, and 10

BRAHMS                                                       Violin Concerto

BRAHMS                                                       Symphony No. 4

Brahms’ Third Symphony

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Baiba Skride, violin

Danjulo Ishizaka, cello

Sat., Feb. 13 at 8:00 p.m.

Sun., Feb. 14 at 3:00 p.m.

BRAHMS                                                       Tragic Overture

BRAHMS                                                       Double Concerto

BRAHMS                                                       Symphony No. 3

Liebeslieder Waltzes at the DIA

Sun., Feb. 14 at 1 p.m.

Kresge Court, Detroit Institute of Arts

Vocalists of the Michigan Opera Theatre, together with student musicians of the DSO’s Wu Family Academy for Learning and Engagement will perform Brahms’ romantic Liebeslieder Waltzes, a collection of love songs thought to be inspired by the composer’s unrequited love for pianist Clara Schumann, wife of fellow composer Robert Schumann.

This event is free and open to the public.

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 as well as m-1rail.com. Woodward will remain open throughout the construction period, although from time to time the cross streets may be closed. Complete closures are restricted to the downtown section of the rail line. Work has commenced on the southbound track between Temple and Canfield streets, shifting traffic to the northbound side of Woodward. There is one northbound, one southbound and one turn lane open on this stretch. When coming in to Midtown, an extra 15 minutes for travel time is recommended, as well as using Cass Avenue instead of Woodward Avenue whenever 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 Steven Spielberg 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 steaming at dso.org/live. Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall within the Max M. & 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.

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DETROIT SYMPHONY ANNOUNCES 2016-17 SEASON LINEUP REPLETE WITH CONTEMPORARY, AMERICAN MUSIC

Schedule includes three World Premieres, 14 DSO Premieres

“Gershwin and His Children: The Influence of Popular Culture on Classical Music” theme to pervade season with 25+ works

Music Director Leonard Slatkin leads Mozart Festival (#Mozartfest) featuring 15 orchestra soloists

Erb Jazz Chair Terence Blanchard writes piece commemorating 50th anniversary of 1967 Detroit civil unrest

Storm Large reprises her role as Anna in Weill’s Seven Deadly Sinsdebuted with DSO for Carnegie Hall program

Classical ticket prices remain unchanged

DETROIT, (January 31, 2016) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) 2016-17 Classical Season will begin in late September with a star-studded weekend including the virtuosic Hilary Hahn performing Beethoven’s Violin Concerto and Chinese piano phenom Lang Lang performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4. These traditional concerti are paired with contemporary compositions that establish the theme of the DSO’s season: “Gershwin and His Children: The Influence of Popular Culture on Classical Music.”

What follows will be the ninth season of partnership between the DSO and Music Director Leonard Slatkin, who has extended his commitment to the DSO as Music Director through the 2017-2018 season, and as Music Director Laureate for seasons to follow.

As of today, subscriptions are on sale for the DSO’s 2016-17 Orchestra Hall Classical, Pops, and Young People’s Family Subscription Series. Patrons may purchase subscriptions at dso.org, in person at the Max. M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center at 3711 Woodward Ave., or by calling the Box Office at 313.576.5111.

Slatkin’s reputation for championing contemporary American music has been well-established throughout his prolific career, and will be on display next season with 17 compositions by American composers, and three World Premieres. Among these newly minted works is a composition penned by the DSO’s Fred A. & Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair Terence Blanchard. This piece, which is yet to be named, will be written to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Detroit’s historic summer of civil unrest in 1967. The premiere is part of a multi-year project of diverse voices, programs and exhibitions that bridges gaps in understanding Detroit’s past—and challenges the region to realize its full potential as American’s great comeback story.

In continuation of the tradition begun by 2013’s incredibly successful Beethoven Festival, next season’s Mozart Festival (#Mozartfest) will be the fourth DSO Winter Music Festival—a three-week immersive look at the famously light-hearted 18th century composer who challenged the status quo of European music. While the festival’s full-orchestra works will focus on the later part of Mozart’s brief, yet monumental career, each one of his double concerti and concerti for winds and orchestra will be performed by 15 world-class soloists found within the DSO’s own ranks. Past Winter Music Festivals have featured Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Brahms (Brahms Fest takes place Feb. 11-28, 2016).

While the 2016-17 season will welcome 14 artists making their Orchestra Hall debut, several audience favorites will return to Orchestra Hall. Back by popular demand, cabaret singer and frequent collaborator of Pink Martini Storm Large will reprise her role of Anna I and II in Kurt Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins. Large has performed this piece with orchestras across the U.S., however she debuted in the role with the DSO in a program the orchestra took to the Spring For Music festival at Carnegie Hall in 2013.

A complete series of Live From Orchestra Hall webcasts will return for its sixth full season, offering a free broadcast of each classical program at dso.org/live. See concert listings below for a full schedule. Dates marked with an asterisk denote webcast concerts.

The DSO Classical Series is sponsored by PVS Chemicals Inc.

A MESSAGE FROM MAESTRO SLATKIN ABOUT THE SEASON’S THEME

February 24, 1924. World War I was over. The stock market had not yet collapsed. Americans were looking for something different. On this day, they got it.

The history of Rhapsody in Blue is well documented. Written quickly and somewhat improvised on the spot, George Gershwin’s contribution to “An Experiment in Modern Music” changed the very nature of how classical music was perceived. Aeolian Hall was the scene of a very long program, featuring no less than 26 separate musical selections. It was Paul Whiteman’s idea to find a way to make jazz, and other vernacular music of the time, part of the collective conscience of the listener.

Although the Rhapsody was not well received by the critics, over a period of three years the work was performed by Whiteman 84 times, and its recording had sold more than a million copies. This was not just an isolated, one-off experience. That original concert opened a floodgate of new compositional thought. It was the time of Stravinsky, Ravel, Shostakovich and so many others. Each of those composers, and many more, took to the new craze and tried to find ways to incorporate idiomatic writing into their own compositions.

Over the course of the 2016-17 season, the DSO will feature many of the groundbreaking pieces that took the mainstream of the popular culture and changed the way all of us perceive classical music. We will see how other cultures reacted and incorporated their own brand of local music into the concert hall. There will be premieres that promise to be exciting and bold. And we will learn that Gershwin was not really the first composer to utilize these elements.

During the season we will try to understand why the “jazz age” existed and will consider its lasting impact on society today. Long before the term “crossover” came into use in music, composers were taking their audiences on new paths, combining various aesthetics to produce a new genre in music. I have been looking forward to presenting this trip for quite some time and hope that you will join me. It promises to be a journey well worth taking.

MAJOR SYMPHONIC WORKS

The DSO will tackle a host of major symphonic repertoire during the 2016-17 season that will both feature key guest artists and showcase the talent of DSO musicians. The line-up includes:

Beethoven’s Violin Concerto (Sept. 29-30)

Respighi’s Pines of Rome (Oct. 7-9)

Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 1 (Oct. 20-22)

Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2 (Oct. 29-30)

Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4 (Nov. 11-12)

Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde (Nov. 11-12)

Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 (Nov. 17-19)

Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra (Nov. 17-19)

Walton’s Symphony No. 1 (Dec. 2-4)

Elgar’s Symphony No. 1 (Dec. 9-11)

Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 5, “Reformation” (Jan. 14)

Mozart’s Horn Concerto No. 1 (Jan. 19-20)

Mozart’s Symphony No. 39 (Jan. 21-22)

Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto (Jan. 27)

Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 (Jan. 28-29)

Mozart’s Symphony No. 36, “Linz” (Feb. 2-3)

Mozart’s Symphony No. 41, “Jupiter” (Feb. 3-4)

Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 1 (Feb. 17-18)

Prokofiev’s Suite from Romeo and Juliet (Mar. 24-25)

Mahler’s Symphony No. 10 (April 6&8-9)

Bach’s Orchestral Transcriptions (April 21-22)

Verdi’s Requiem (Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín) (May 6-7)

Bernstein’s Serenade (after Plato’s “Symposium”) (May 13)

Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, “Choral” (May 18-21)

Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2 (May 26-28)

Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 (June 1-3)

WORLD PREMIERES:

The DSO will perform three World Premieres next season, one of which will be written by the DSO’s Erb Jazz Chair Terence Blanchard.

On the season opening program September 29-30, the DSO will perform the World Premiere of Big Data by Spanish composer Ferran Cruixent. Cruixent is known for his “cyber singing” concept, which combines instruments with technology. In November 2013 the DSO performed the World Premiere of his Cyborg, which incorporated the orchestra’s own cell phones into the composition using a mobile app.

Fred A. & Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair Terence Blanchard is composing a new work to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Detroit riots. The piece, which is as of yet unnamed, will receive its World Premiere on March 3-4 as part of the DSO’s 39th Annual Classical Roots Concert.

On April 21-22, the DSO will perform the World Premiere of American composer and pianist Michel Camilo’s Concerto for Jazz Trio & Orchestra featuring piano, bass and drums. Camilo will also perform as soloist for the premiere.

DSO PREMIERES:

The season lineup features 14 works that are new to the DSO, ranging from the contemporary to the classical.

Christopher Rouse’s Bump was commissioned by the St. Louis Symphony in 1985 and dedicated by the composer to Slatkin. The DSO will perform it for the first time on Oct. 7-9 on a program with Copland’s Piano Concerto, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, Respighi’s Pines of Rome and Milhaud’s Creation du Monde, all composed between 1924 and 1926.

Tales of Hemingway, composed by former DSO Composer in Residence Michael Daugherty, was a DSO co-commission with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Asheville Symphony, El Paso Symphony Orchestra, Erie Philharmonic, Redwood Symphony, South Florida Orchestra and the Virginia Symphony. It received its World Premiere in Nashville with cellist Zuill Bailey as soloist, and will receive its DSO Premiere Oct. 20-22 conducted by DSO Music Director Emeritus Neeme Järvi. Rachmaninoff’s Russian Song will receive its DSO Premiere on the same program.

Finnish composer Jaako Kuusisto’s Violin Concerto was premiered in 2012 by the Lahti Symphony Orchestra with Elina Vähälä, the very same violinist who will join the DSO on their premiere of the work on Oct. 29-30 with the return of Finnish conductor Hannu Lintu.

Argentinian pianist, composer, arranger and conductor Lalo Schifrin is perhaps best known for his Theme from Mission: Impossible. Violin Virtuoso Cho-Liang Lin will perform the DSO premiere of Schifrin’s Tangos Concertantes with the orchestra on Jan. 14 with Slatkin conducting. Stravinsky’s Ragtime will receive its DSO Premiere on the same program.

During week two of the Mozart Festival, Associate Concertmaster Kimberly Kaloyanides Kennedy and Assistant Concertmaster Hai-Xin Wu will perform the DSO Premiere of Mozart’s Concertone for two violins and orchestra on Jan. 27, 2017.

2013 Sphinx Competition winner Christine Lamprea will perform the DSO Premiere of a cello concerto, of fields unfolding . . . echoing depths of resonant light, penned by American composer Jeffrey Mumford in honor of the late American composer Elliot Carter, with whom Mumford studied. This piece, which the DSO will perform at the 39th Annual Classical Roots concert on March 3-4, was commissioned by the San Antonio Symphony and a consortium including the DSO, Ensemble 212 and the Omaha Symphony.

NEA Jazz Master Branford Marsalis will join the DSO on March 24-25 for the DSO Premiere of Gabriel Prokofiev’s Saxophone Concerto, a DSO co-commission with the Naples Philharmonic, led by Russian conductor Andrey Boreyko. Gabriel is the grandson of 20th century Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev.

Classical guitarist Sharon Isbin, founder of the Guitar Department at The Juilliard School, will join the DSO on April 6, 8 and 9 for the DSO premiere of Chris Brubeck’s Affinity: Guitar Concerto, premiered by the Maryland Symphony in 2015. Chris is the son of American jazz pianist and composer Dave Brubeck.

The DSO will perform Shostakovich’s Jazz Suite No. 1, which was composed in 1934, for the first time on April 21-22 with Leonard Slatkin conducting, on the same program as the World Premiere of Michel Camilo’s Concerto for Jazz Trio & Orchestra.

Murry Sidlin, Founder and President of The Defiant Requiem Foundation, will bring his Defiant Requiem project to Detroit for the first time on May 6-7. Defiant Requiem tells the story of prisoners at the Terezín Concentration Camp who performed the composition during their imprisonment. The production combines a complete performance of the Verdi Requiem with testimony from survivors of the original chorus and footage from a Nazi propaganda film on Theresienstadt.

On May 18-20 the DSO will perform Pulitzer Prize- and Grammy Award-winning American composer John Corigliano’s Mr. Tambourine Man for the first time. Premiered in 2012, the work puts original music to seven poems by Bob Dylan.

Canadian violinist James Ehnes will join the orchestra on May 26-28 for the DSO Premiere of James Newton Howard’s new Violin Concerto, debuted in 2015 by Ehnes and the Pacific Symphony Orchestra. Most will know Howard’s work through the score he wrote for The Hunger Games films.

Wynton Marsalis, Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, debuted his Violin Concerto in 2015 with American conductor James Gaffigan, Scottish Violinist Nicola Benedetti and the London Symphony Orchestra. On June 2-3, Gaffigan and Benedetti will perform the DSO premiere in Orchestra Hall to close out the 2016-17 season.

CLASSICAL DEBUTS & GUEST ARTISTS:

Leonard Slatkin will conduct the orchestra in 14 of 25 classical concert programs, including the entirety of the Mozart Festival, as well as the World Premiere of Concerto for Jazz Trio & Orchestra by Michel Camilo, a long-time friend.

During the other weeks, the DSO will welcome back a number of conductors who have become both orchestra and audience favorites including Music Director Emeritus Neeme Järvi, Louis Langrée, Andrey Boreyko and James Gaffigan. Hannu Lintu and Cristian Macelaru will return for their second performances with the DSO and the following artists will make their debut on Orchestra Hall stage:

Yu Long, Music Director of the China Philharmonic Orchestra, the Shanghai Symphony and the Guangzhou Symphony and Artistic Director of the Beijing Music Festival, will make his DSO conducting debut on Nov. 17-19 alongside pianist Kirill Gerstein as he performs Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1.

Damon Gupton, who has conducted the DSO for Education Concerts and has hosted Live From Orchestra Hall: Classroom Edition webcasts, will make his subscription concert conducting debut on March 3-4 at the DSO’s 39th Annual Classical Roots concert.

Murry Sidlin, Founder and President of The Defiant Requiem Foundation, will conduct the DSO for the first time May 6-7 as they perform the Defiant Requiem, an adaptation of Verdi’s Requiem designed to pay homage to the prisoners at the Terezín Concentration Camp who performed the composition during their imprisonment.

Mexican conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto (Music Director of Louisiana Philharmonic and Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Mexico) will make his DSO conducting debut May 13 on a program featuring Márquez’s Danzón No. 2, de Falla’s Three-Cornered Hat, and Gimenez’s Intermezzo from La Boda de Luis Alonso.

Soloists making their DSO debut in 2016-17:

  • Seasoned pianist Sara Davis Buechner will make her Orchestra Hall debut (she has appeared with the DSO on the William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series) performing Gershwin’s Second Rhapsody Feb. 17-18 with DSO Assistant Conductor Michelle Merrill conducting.
  • 2013 Sphinx Competition winner Christine Lamprea will make her DSO debut March 3-4 at the 39th Annual Classical Roots concert with Damon Gupton conducting.
  • The cast of the Defiant Requiem, scheduled for May 6-7, will make their DSO debuts:
  • Jennifer Check, soprano
  • Ann McMahon Quintero, mezzo soprano
  • Issachah Savage, tenor
  • Nathan Stark, bass
  • The cast of Beethoven’s Nine Symphony, scheduled for May 18-21, will make their DSO debuts:
    • Rachelle Durkin, soprano
    • Abigail Nims, mezzo soprano
    • Sean Panikkar, tenor
    • Peixin Chen, bass

RECORDINGS

Planned 2016-17 Season album releases include a continuation of Aaron Copland’s complete ballets and legendary film composer John Williams’concerti on Naxos Records, plus a re-release of Beethoven’s Nine Symphonies for digital download across major online retailers (including high-definition audio platforms).

DSO POPS SEASON

Acclaimed DSO Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik returns with a Pops season full of classics: Great American songbook, classic rock, Broadway hits and music immortalized by film. Tyzik will conduct three of the 11 programs, including the return of high-flying Cirque De La Symphonie’s aerialists, contortionists, strongmen and jugglers (March 31-April 2); Great American Songbook featuring Broadway star Ashley Brown (Nov. 4-6) and Soul Unlimited with Ellis Hall (June16-18), in tribute to Marvin Gaye, Jackie Wilson, Ray Charles and more.

Assistant Conductor Michelle Merrill will conduct the audience favorite Home For the Holidays (Dec. 16-18), as well as the Classical Mystery Tour (Oct. 14-16) honoring the music of the Beatles with former touring members of Broadway’s Beatlemania. Other concerts include a compilation of chart toppers from the 60’s (Jan. 6-8), A Night at the Academy Awards (Feb. 24-26), Rodgers and Hammerstein (April 28-30), Under the Streetlamp with leading cast members from “Jersey Boys” (March 29) and Popera: Opera’s Greatest Hits (Nov. 23).

Join us Thanksgiving weekend (Nov. 25-26) for the “Music of Journey,” featuring DSO and vocalist Brody Dolyniuk performing “Any Way You Want It,” “Faithfully” and of course “Don’t Stop Believin’.”

The DSO Pops Series is presented by MASCO Corporation Foundation and Greektown Casino Hotel.

SUPER SATURDAYS AT THE DSO

Super Saturdays at the DSO are presented by Macy’s, and offer two distinct programs geared toward every age group.

The Young People’s Family Concert series will feature thrills and surprises for young music lovers ages 6 & up.  All programs will be led by Assistant Conductor Michelle Merrill.  Beginning with Halloween at Hogwarts, complete with costumes on and off stage, the series will also feature DSO Principal Tuba, Dennis Nulty and celebrity host Stephen Henderson in the timeless Tubby the Tuba; Tchaikovsky Discovers America, a theatrical symphony concert produced by the acclaimed Classical Kids Live! (producers of the Emmy Award-winning Beethoven Lives Upstairs); and Benjamin Britten’s iconic Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, narrated by D.J. Oliver, popular host of DPTV’s Detroit Performs.

The Tiny Tots series, geared toward children 2-5, will feature Rock O’Ween with Miss Paula and the Candy Bandits, Detroit’s favorite rockin’ family band;  World Winter Holiday, a musical celebration of holiday traditions from around the globe with sought-after entertainer and music educator Guy Louis; Earth Day is Every Day!, an interactive nature-inspired program with local singer/songwriter Joe Reilly and friends; and Boogie Woogie Nursery Rhymes, a fun and engaging program led by Detroit’s own “Boogie Woogie Kid!”

 “DSO PRESENTS” SPECIAL SERIES

Chinese piano legend Lang Lang will make a special one-night-only appearance at Orchestra Hall during opening weekend on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 8 p.m. with Leonard Slatkin conducting, performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 with the DSO.

A legend by the age of 20, and a sensation at the Beijing Olympics, Lang Lang has been hailed for his “technical fireworks” and “interpretive passion” by the San Francisco Examiner. The full program for the evening is below. Other DSO Presents programs are announced on a rolling basis.

RON NELSON            Savannah River Holiday

GOULD                       Pavanne

BARBER                     Adagio for Strings

COPLAND                  Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo

BEETHOVEN             Piano Concerto No. 4

SUBSCRIPTION PRICES

Subscription packages for Classical, Pops, and Young People’s Family series are on sale now. The deadline to renew for all existing subscribers is March 18. As part of the DSO’s Patron-Minded Pricing Program, classical subscription ticket prices continue to reflect up to a 50 percent reduction from 2009 levels.

Students of any age can attend most classical, jazz or pops Orchestra Hall concert free all season long by purchasing a Soundcard for $25. More information is available at dso.org/soundcard. Some restrictions apply.

2016-17 Classical Season Subscription prices

Subscription packages will be sold in groups of 7, 9, 12, 17 and 21.

  • 7 concert series prices will be $90 for Upper Balcony, $150 for Mid-Balcony and Main Floor B, $300 for Main Floor A and Dress Circle and $600 for the Box Level.
  • 9 concert series prices will be $105 for Upper Balcony, $175 for Mid-Balcony and Main Floor B, $350 for Main Floor A and Dress Circle and $800 for the Box Level.
  • 12 concert series will be $150/$250/$500/$900
  • 17 concert series prices will be $180/$300/$600/$1,500
  • 21 concert series will be $240/$400/$800/$1,800

2016-17 Pops Season Subscription prices—Eight concerts for the price of seven!

Subscription packages will be sold in groups of 8 for Coffee, Friday night, Saturday night and Sunday matinee concerts.

  • Coffee Concerts – 8-concert series prices will be $133 for Upper Balcony, $240 for Mid-Balcony, $320 for Main Floor B, $352 for Main Floor A, $368 for Dress Circle and $480 for the Box Level.
  • Friday nights, Saturday nights or Sunday matinee – 8-concert series prices will be $133 for Upper Balcony, $266 for Mid-Balcony, $336 for Main Floor B, $406 for Main Floor A, $476 for Dress Circle and $735 for the Box Level.

2016-17 Young People’s and Tiny Tots Subscription prices—Buy an adult YPFC subscription and your first child attends Free!

  • YPFC Concerts Adult price (incl.one child) – 4-concert series will be $52 for Main Floor B, $72 for Main Floor A, $96 for Dress Circle and $140 for Box Level
  • YPFC additional children (25% off) – 4-concert series will be $39 for Main Floor B, $54 for Main Floor A, $72 for Dress Circle and $105 for Box Level
  • Tiny Tots Series (General Admission in The Music Box) –4-concert series will be $40 per person

Subscriptions can be purchased by visiting dso.org or calling the DSO’s Box Office at 313.576.5111.

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 Steven Spielberg 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 steaming at dso.org/live. Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall within the Max M. & 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.

2016-17 CONCERTS & PROGRAMS

All concerts at Orchestra Hall at the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center unless otherwise indicated

Programs and artists subject to change.

* denotes webcast date

CLASSICAL SEASON

Opening Weekend: Hilary Hahn & Beethoven!
Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Hilary Hahn, violin

Thursday, September 29 at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, September 30 at 8 p.m.*

BERNSTEIN Overture to Candide
GERSHWIN Lullaby
FERRAN CRUIXENT Big Data (World Premiere)
BEETHOVEN Violin Concerto

Rhapsody in Blue

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Garrick Ohlsson, piano

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

Saturday, October 8 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, October 9 at 3 p.m.*

CHRISTOPHER ROUSE Bump (DSO Premiere)
COPLAND Piano Concerto
GERSHWIN Rhapsody in Blue
MILHAUD Creation du Monde
RESPIGHI Pines of Rome

The Romance of Rachmaninoff

Neeme Järvi, conductor

Zuill Bailey, cello

Thursday, October 20 at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, October 21 at 10:45 a.m.*

Saturday, October 22 at 8 p.m.

RACHMANINOFF (Orch. Leytush) Russian Song (DSO Premiere)
MICHAEL DAUGHERTY Tales of Hemingway (DSO Premiere)
RACHMANINOFF Symphony No. 1

Sibelius 2

Hannu Lintu, conductor

Elina Vähälä, violin
Friday, October 29 at 8 p.m.

Saturday, October 30 at 3 p.m.

STRAVINSKY Fairy’s Kiss (Divertimento)

JAAKKO KUUSISTO Violin Concerto (DSO Premiere)
SIBELIUS Symphony No. 2

Beethoven’s 4th
Louis Langrée, conductor

Rachelle Durkin, soprano

Abigail Nims, mezzo soprano

Sean Panikkar, tenor

Peixin Chen, bass

Friday, November 11 at 8 p.m.

Saturday, November 12 at 8 p.m.*

BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 4
MAHLER Das Lied von der Erde

Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto
Yu Long, conductor

Kirill Gerstein, piano

Thursday, November 17 at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, November 18 at 10:45 a.m.

Saturday, November 19 at 8 p.m.*

TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto No. 1
BARTÓK Concerto for Orchestra

Storm Large: Seven Deadly Sins
Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Storm Large, soprano
Friday, December 2 at 8 p.m.

Saturday, December 3 at 8 p.m.*

Sunday, December 4 at 3 p.m.

WALTON Suite No. 1 from Façade
WEILL The Seven Deadly Sins
WALTON Symphony No. 1

Emanuel Ax Plays Beethoven
Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Emanuel Ax, piano
Friday, December 9 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, December 11 at 3 p.m.*

BEETHOVEN Overture to The Creatures of Prometheus
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 2
ELGAR Symphony No. 1

The Virtuosity of Cho-Liang Lin
Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Cho-Liang Lin, violin

Saturday, January 7 at 8 p.m.*

STRAVINSKY Ragtime (DSO Premiere)
LALO SCHIFRIN Tangos Concertantes (DSO Premiere)
MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 5, “Reformation”

#MozartFest: Mozart Concertante
Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Alex Kinmonth, oboe

Scott Strong, horn

Yoonshin Song, violin

Eric Nowlin, viola

Thursday, January 19 at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, January 20 at 10:45 a.m.*

MOZART Overture to Marriage of Figaro
MOZART Oboe Concerto
MOZART Horn Concerto No. 1
MOZART Sinfonia Concertante

#MozartFest: Symphony 39

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

David Buck, flute

Karl Pituch, horn

Saturday, January 21 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, January 22 at 3 p.m.*

MOZART Overture to Così fan tutte
MOZART Flute Concerto
MOZART Horn Concerto No. 2
MOZART Overture to Don Giovanni
MOZART Symphony No. 39

#MozartFest: Clarinet Concerto
Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Kimberly Kaloyanides Kennedy, Hai-Xin Wu, violin

Johanna Yarbrough, horn

Ralph Skiano, clarinet

Friday, January 27 at 10:45 a.m. and 8 p.m.*

MOZART Overture to La Clemenza del Tito
MOZART Concertone (DSO Premiere)
MOZART Horn Concerto No. 3
MOZART Clarinet Concerto

#MozartFest: Symphony 40

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Robert Williams, bassoon

David Everson, horn
Saturday, January 28 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, January 29 at 3 p.m.*

MOZART Overture to The Magic Flute
MOZART Bassoon Concerto
MOZART Horn Concerto No. 4
MOZART Symphony No. 40

#MozartFest: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Thursday, February 2 at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, February 3 at 10:45 a.m.*

MOZART Eine kleine Nachtmusik
MOZART Symphony No. 35, “Haffner”
MOZART Andante for Flute and Strings
MOZART Symphony No. 36, “Linz”

#MozartFest: Jupiter Symphony

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Patricia Masri-Fletcher, harp

Sharon Sparrow, flute
Friday, February 3 at 8 p.m.

Saturday, February 4 at 8 p.m.*

MOZART Symphony No. 38, “Prague”
MOZART Flute and Harp Concerto
MOZART Symphony No. 41, “Jupiter”

Gershwin Rarities!
Michelle Merrill, conductor

Sara Davis Buechner, piano
Friday, February 17 at 10:45 a.m.

Saturday, February 18 at 8 p.m.*

GERSHWIN I Got Rhythm Variations
GERSHWIN Second Rhapsody
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 1

Classical Roots
Damon Gupton, conductor

Christine Lamprea, cello

Friday, March 3 at 10:45 a.m.

Saturday, March 4 at 8 p.m.*

TERENCE BLANCHARD New Work (World Premiere)
JEFFREY MUMFORD of fields unfolding . . . echoing depths of resonant light (in memoriam Elliott Carter) (DSO Premiere)

Romeo & Juliet, Plus Branford Marsalis
Andrey Boreyko, conductor

Branford Marsalis, saxophone

Friday, March 24 at 10:45 a.m.* and 8 p.m.

Saturday, March 25 at 8 p.m.

GABRIEL PROKOFIEV Saxophone Concerto (DSO Premiere)
PROKOFIEV Suite from Romeo and Juliet

Guitar Genius Sharon Isbin
Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Sharon Isbin, guitar

Thursday, April 6 at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 8 at 8 p.m.*

Sunday, April 9 at 3 p.m.

CHRIS BRUBECK Affinity: Guitar Concerto (DSO Premiere)
MAHLER (Cooke) Symphony No. 10

Symphonic Jazz
Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Michel Camilo, piano

Friday, April 21 at 10:45 a.m.

Saturday, April 22 at 8 p.m.*

BACH Violin Partita No. 3 in E major, Prelude

BACH Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir, Sinfonia

BACH (orch. Wood) Suite No. 6, Finale

BACH (orschifch. Barbirolli) Sheep May Safely Graze

BACH (orch. Ormandy) Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring

BACH (orch. Stokowski) Toccata and Fugue in D minor

SHOSTAKOVICH Jazz Suite No. 1 (DSO Premiere)
MICHEL CAMILO Concerto for Jazz Trio & Orchestra (World Premiere)

The Defiant Requiem
Murry Sidlin, conductor

Jennifer Check, soprano

Ann McMahon Quintero, mezzo soprano

Issachah Savage, tenor

Nathan Stark, bass

Saturday, May 6 at 8 p.m.*

Sunday, May 7 at 3 p.m.

VERDI Requiem
Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín (DSO Premiere)

Seductive Showpieces
Carlos Miguel Prieto, conductor

Alexandra Soumm, violin
Saturday, May 13 at 8 p.m.*

MÁRQUEZ Danzón No. 2
BERNSTEIN Serenade (after Plato’s “Symposium”)
de FALLA Three-Cornered Hat
GIMENEZ Intermezzo from La Boda de Luis Alonso

Beethoven’s Ninth
Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Hila Plitmann, soprano

Rachelle Durkin, soprano

Abigail Nims, mezzo soprano

Sean Panikkar, tenor

Peixin Chen, bass

Thursday, May 18 at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, May 19 at 8 p.m.*

Saturday, May 20 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, May 21 at 3 p.m.

JOHN CORIGLIANO Mr. Tambourine Man (DSO Premiere)
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 9, “Choral”

Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2
Cristian Macelaru. Conductor

James Ehnes, violin

Friday, May 26 at 10:45 a.m.

Saturday, May 27 at 8 p.m.*

Sunday, May 28 at 3 p.m.
JAMES NEWTON HOWARD Violin Concerto (DSO Premiere)
RACHMANINOFF Symphony No. 2

Tchaikovsky’s Fifth
James Gaffigan, conductor

Nicola Benedetti, violin

Thursday, June 1 at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, June 2 at 10:45 a.m.*

Saturday, June 3 at 8 p.m.

STRAVINSKY Circus Polka
WYNTON MARSALIS Violin Concerto (DSO Premiere)
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 5

POPS SEASON

CLASSICAL MYSTERY TOUR

Michelle Merrill, conductor

Friday, October 14

Saturday, October 15

Sunday, October 16

Roll up for the “Classical Mystery Tour.” Hear all your favorite Beatles songs performed LIVE by the Detroit Symphony and former touring members of Broadway’s Beatlemania! Fab Four hit after Fab Four hit — “Yesterday,” “Penny Lane,” “I Am the Walrus,” and more!

GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK

Jeff Tyzik, conductor

Ashley Brown, vocalist

Friday, November 4

Saturday, November 5

Sunday, November 6

Her shimmering voice bewitched Broadway as Mary Poppins. Now Ashley Brown joins the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Jeff Tyzik for great American song. Harold Arlen, Cole Porter, George Gershwin, and contemporary classics from Disney and beyond. The names that built the great American songbook. The music that makes memories.

POPERA: OPERA’S GREATEST HITS

Bob Bernhardt, conductor

Mela Dailey, vocals

Wednesday, Nov. 23 at 10:45 a.m.

The melodies seduce.  The passions ignite.  Be there at Orchestra Hall as Bob Bernhardt, Grammy-winning vocalist Mela Dailey and the Detroit Symphony present “Opera’s Greatest Hits.”  Intense moments from the heart of opera composed by Mozart, Puccini, Rossini and much, much more!

MUSIC OF JOURNEY [Thanksgiving Weekend]

Brent Havens, conductor

Brody Dolynuik, vocals/guitar

SAT., NOV. 26.• SUN., NOV. 27

“Any Way You Want It,” these are the anthems that energized the 80s. A tribute to Journey. The DSO, backed by a full rock band, “Faithfully” performs every smash hit. “Don’t Stop Believing” and so many more.

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Michelle Merrill, conductor

Doug LaBrecque, vocalist

Friday, December 16

Saturday, December 17

Sunday, December 18

Share Detroit’s favorite, best-selling holiday musical tradition with family and friends and thrill to the spectacle of the season. It’s a sparkling celebration with carols and classics for the season. And yes, Virginia, there will be a Santa Claus!

LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED:  A CELEBRATION OF THE SIXTIES

Matt Catingub, conductor/vocals/piano

Anita Hall, vocalist

Steve Moretti, drums/vocalist

Friday, January 6

Saturday, January 7

Sunday, January 8

The 60s was the decade. And these were the hits: “I Heard it Through the Grapevine,” “It’s My Party,” “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” “Brown-Eyed Girl,” and so many others. More than a dozen solid gold musical memories of the 60’s sensational chart-toppers.

A NIGHT AT THE ACADEMY AWARDS

Larry Loh, conductor

Friday, February 24

Saturday, February 25

Sunday, February 26

Lights. Camera. Pops! The Detroit Symphony Orchestra presents
“A Night at the Academy Awards.” Hear some of Hollywood’s most enduring scores from Academy Award-winning films such as Avatar, Rocky, Star Wars, Titanic and more! Relive the unforgettable music that made the movies great!

UNDER THE STREETLAMP

Wednesday, March 29 at 7:30 p.m.

Leading cast members of the Tony Award- winning musical Jersey Boys, keep harmonizing, and audiences keep falling under their spell. Following two top rated PBS specials, “The Boys” come to Detroit to join the Orchestra for an electrifying evening of classic hits from the American radio songbook. Doo-Wop, Motown, classic rock and more. Plus all your favorite tunes from The Drifters, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, and their “Four Seasons” mentors Frankie Valli and Bob Gaudio. “It’s just too good to be true!”

CIRQUE DE LA SYMPHONIE

Jeff Tyzik, conductor

Friday, March 31

Saturday April 1

Sunday, April 2

The DSO and Jeff Tyzik are joined by Cirque de la Symphonie! Aerial acrobats literally “drop” into Orchestra Hall. Each gravity-defying feat choreographed to live music performed by the DSO. Acrobats — aerialists — contortionists — strongmen — jugglers. All this and more performing to music above and around the Orchestra.

RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN

Lisa Vroman, Brent Barrett, vocals

Friday, April 28

Saturday, April 29

Sunday, April 30

Showstopper after showstopper, it’s the very best of Rodgers and Hammerstein on Broadway. All your favorite hits from Oklahoma!, The Sound of Music, The King and I, South Pacific, Carousel and more. You’ll be whistling a happy tune!

SOUL UNLIMITED WITH ELLIS HALL

Jeff Tyzik, conductor

Ellis Hall, vocal and piano/keyboards

Saturday, June 17 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, June 18 at 3 p.m.

The “Ambassador of Soul” — Ellis Hall — in a tribute to Marvin Gaye, Jackie Wilson, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Earth, Wind and Fire, and Stevie Wonder. Plus, a special tribute to Ellis’ mentor Ray Charles. See music’s “Soul Man” in concert with Jeff Tyzik and the DSO.

YOUNG PEOPLE’S FAMILY CONCERTS

HALLOWEEN AT HOGWARTS

Featuring the Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 11 a.m. in Orchestra Hall

Michelle Merrill, conductor

All aboard the Hogwarts Express!  Join Assistant Conductor Michelle Merrill and the DSO for selections from your favorite Harry Potter films and more. Witches, wizards and even muggles are invited to participate in our annual costume contest and other spooktacular pre-concert activities.

ROCK O’WEEN WITH MISS PAULA AND THE CANDY BANDITS

Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 10 a.m. in The Music Box

Come and listen as Miss Paula and the Candy Bandits play popular children’s songs set to a rock n’ roll beat.  Nursery rhymes will never be the same again!  Don’t forget to wear your favorite Halloween costume.

TUBBY THE TUBA

Featuring the Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 11 a.m. in Orchestra Hall

Michelle Merrill, conductor

Dennis Nulty, tuba

Stephen Henderson, narrator

Join DSO Principal Tuba Dennis Nulty and celebrity narrator Stephen Henderson for the timeless children’s classic “Tubby the Tuba,” as Tubby sets off on a quest to find a song of his own. Other works on the program will showcase the DSO’s brilliant brass section!

WORLD WINTER HOLIDAY

Featuring Guy Louis

Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 10 a.m.

In The Music Box

Get ready for a toe-tapping good time as Guy Louis takes you on a musical journey of holiday celebrations from all over the world, from Asia to Africa, to the Americas, and beyond! This fun-filled and interactive concert is sure to be a hit for children and adults alike.

TCHAIKOVSKY DISCOVERS AMERICA

Featuring the Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 11 a.m. in Orchestra Hall

Michelle Merrill, conductor

Travel with Tchaikovsky as he arrives in New York for the Grand Opening of Carnegie Hall in 1891 and makes his famous journey to Niagara Falls.  This Classical Kids Live! theatrical production features excerpts of the composer’s music, including passages from his three famous ballets-The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake.

EARTH DAY IS EVERYDAY!

Featuring Joe Reilly and Friends

Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 11 a.m. in The Music Box

Can you hop like a frog, flap your wings like a turkey vulture, or make a face like a dinosaur?  Celebrate the coming of spring with Joe Reilly and friends in a program of nature-inspired songs for kids of all ages.  Move, dance and allow yourself to become the animals, plants, and water in the music!

BRITTEN’S YOUNG PERSON’S GUIDE TO THE ORCHESTRA

Featuring the Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 11 a.m. in Orchestra Hall

Michelle Merrill, conductor

D.J. Oliver, narrator

The DSO’s instruments come to life in a delightful presentation of Benjamin Britten’s beloved music showcasing the different families of instruments in an orchestra- narrated by D.J. Oliver, the popular host of DPTV’s Detroit Performs.

BOOGIE-WOOGIE NURSERY RHYMES

Featuring Matthew Ball and Friends

Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 10 a.m. in The Music Box

Known as the “Boogie-Woogie Kid,” Matthew Ball and friends invite the entire family to join in music-filled fun with puppets, dancing and sing-a-longs all while introducing the experience of live music to children in an engaging and entertaining way.

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