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DSO RECEIVES $2.9M TOWARD MUSIC EDUCATION

Bequest from the estate of Dr. Clyde & Mrs. Helen Wu to sustain DSO’s music education programs

Detroit, (May 27, 2016) – The estate of Dr. Clyde and Mrs. Helen Wu has left the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) $2.9 million to help sustain music education programs though the Wu Family Academy for Learning & Engagement. This bequest, the largest the orchestra has received in over a decade and the second largest in the orchestra’s 129-year history, brings the total amount of the Wus’ lifetime giving to more than $5 million.

The DSO will honor Clyde and Helen’s legacy with a portrait hanging and dedication in the Jacob Bernard Pincus Music Education Center within the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center on Saturday, May 28 prior to the Wu Family Academy Showcase in Orchestra Hall. The Showcase will begin at 7 p.m., featuring the Wu Family Academy’s Wind ensemble and the Detroit Symphony Youth Orchestra, the DSO’s premiere training ensemble. Tickets are available at dso.org for $15 or $7 for children.

Clyde and Helen’s wish was that others would follow in their example, and looking ahead to the 50th anniversary of the DSO’s youth ensembles during the 2019-20 season, the DSO will seek additional support to build on this seed funding.

“Clyde and Helen’s love story, which began when a young doctor attended a beautiful and promising pianist’s recital in Hong Kong, is reminiscent of how they thought about music education,” said Anne Parsons, DSO President & CEO. “They believed that both exposure and experiences are necessary to spark the passion for music that leads to transformational impact on the healthy development of young people, both socially and intellectually. Instruments must be held, teams created and responsibility, discipline and acumen soars! Thanks to Clyde and Helen’s visionary leadership, that is exactly what happens each weekend when hundreds of students gather at The Max to participate in our music training programs.”

When Dr. Clyde and Helen Wu first started coming to hear the Detroit Symphony Orchestra more than 50 years ago, they contemplated the future. Who would be the audience for classical music in 25 or 50 years? What seed could be planted today, that would bring future rewards? What can we do now, that will make it possible for others to feel the deep joy and meaning that music brings to our own lives? Over the following decades, it is those guiding questions that spurred Clyde and Helen’s commitment to youth ensemble music making.

“I am so proud that my parents’ legacy will live on at the DSO, helping to permanently sustain the training programs that they loved so much,” said son David Wu. “They have set an incredible example for our family, by paving the way for this gift years ago.”

Some 20 years ago, then DSO Board Chairman Peter Cummings sought a chairman for his Education Committee. He dreamed of a classical music education department that would expose metro Detroit youth to traditional symphony orchestra performance on a historic stage, but also offer opportunities to learn and love less often taught genres like jazz and chamber music. He envisioned education as a true hallmark of the DSO mission.

He chose a board member whose quiet countenance masked a deep understanding for music’s transformative qualities in children. Dr. Clyde Wu, a regarded physician steeped in the classical tradition through his wife Helen’s career as a concert pianist, stepped forward. Together with Helen, Dr. Wu would go on to lead his committee through a nationwide search for our organization’s first full time education administrator, and the development of a music education program that has since touched thousands of young lives. Through what is now aptly named the Wu Family Academy for Learning and Engagement, the DSO welcomes hundreds of young musicians to the Pincus education wing each week to hone musical acumen and nurture the seeds of teamwork and focus that will serve throughout their lifetime.

The DSO is proud to carry on Clyde’s legacy by relentlessly exercising music’s power to inform, enrich and perhaps most importantly, to delight.

As we celebrate the 2016 final Showcase concert of the Wu Family Academy, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra would like to honor the memory of Clyde and Helen Wu, who have left an indelible mark not only on this Orchestra, but also on the lives of thousands of young people.

On Saturday, the youth ensembles of the Wu Family Academy will perform their final concert of the season. Many of Clyde and Helen’s family and friends will be present to celebrate their legacy, and help the DSO dedicate the installation of their portraits in the Bernard Pincus Music Education Center as a reminder of their remarkable legacy and their belief in the power of music.

About the Wu Family Academy for Learning and Engagement:

The vision of the Wu Family Academy for Learning and Engagement is to change lives by expanding the understanding of the arts, empowering everyone to have confidence in their creative decisions, and sparking a passion for music that will last a lifetime. We aim to change lives — whether as a hobby or a career — through life-long music making.

Through live and digital partnerships, hands-on music education and training in classrooms, communities, and virtual settings, the Wu Family Academy will cultivate relationships that will change lives today, and, thereby, the trajectory of our community tomorrow.

Since 1969, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Civic Youth Ensembles (CYE), the Wu Academy’s core product, have provided the region’s musicians of all ages a comprehensive music education experience. CYE’s two-fold mission is to cultivate every student’s artistic and creative potential through rewarding musical experiences while continuing to develop meaningful skills outside of the arts.

CYE Faculty believe music can provide youth with the necessary tools to develop important life skills: critical and analytical thinking, creative problem solving, effective communication, and teamwork. They believe that students can discover success no matter what path in life they choose.

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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DTE Energy Foundation awards DSO $2M toward community outreach

Detroit, (May 23, 2016) – The DTE Energy Foundation has awarded $2 million to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO)

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ing the symphony’s music to communities across southeast Michigan. The gift includes a three-year commitment to continue

the free Community Concert Week every fall, and also includes endowment support for music education, senior citizen outreach and additional community engagement programming.

“This grant serves as a model for the sustainable partnerships that can thrive between the corporate community and our city’s cultural institutions,” said DSO Chairman Mark Davidoff. “By providing funding for today as well as helping us build our endowment for the future, the DTE Energy Foundation is ensuring the DSO’s ability to keep the beat for metro Detroit with music for generations to come.”

The generous gift builds on 50 years of partnership between the two organizations. The DTE Energy Foundation has supported numerous community and cultural events, including the DSO Pop Series from 2000 to 2010 and Classical R

oots, which celebrates African-American composers and artists in music. Since 2010, the Foundation has promoted cultural diversity across Southeast Michigan through the DTE Energy Foundation Presents the DSO in Your Community concert series.

“Our communities are extremely important to us, and we believe that music, art and cultural activities and events are integral to a strong quality of life,” said Faye Nelson, vice president at DTE Energy and president of the DTE Energy Foundation. “This significant gift demonstrates the DTE Energy Foundation’s commitment to continuing the legacy of the DSO and ensures that communities across Michigan have access to this important cultural institution.”

“Thanks to this leadership investment by the DTE Energy Foundation, we can continue bringing orchestral music to families across Southeast Michigan, including right here in Detroit,” said Anne Parsons, DSO President & CEO. “We are honored that after a half century of partnership, DTE and the DSO continue to find invaluable ways to reach and serve the broadest public possible.”

As part of the partnership with the DTE Energy Foundation, the DSO will deliver its sixth consecutive free concert series at four venues selected by community members. Throughout May, small ensembles of DSO musicians gave pop-up performances across the region to promote a public nomination process for determining the locations of these free concerts, which will be held September 23-25. Interested parties may nominate a venue in their community at dso.org/DTEpowersDSO.

The “DTE Powers DSO” venue competition challenges metro Detroiters to influence where the orchestra plays. Eligibility for selection to receive a free concert is based on the following criteria:

  • Venue within a 45-mile radius of Orchestra Hall (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit)
  • Venue appropriate to accommodate a full orchestra with a stage/performance area minimum 50’ x 40’
  • Fully accessible venue meeting all ADA requirements, including ample and convenient parking
  • Venue/facility donated for the free DSO community concert
  • Audience capacity of 400+ and secured by the nominee
  • Compelling narrative – how would a free DSO community concert impact your community? (150 words or less)
  • Ability to co-promote the event
  • Up to four (4) letters of support representing diverse cross sections of the community (community/civic leaders, business leaders, students, community members at large)

“Providing unforgettable musical experiences for underserved communities has been a priority of my tenure in Detroit,” said DSO Music Director Leonard Slatkin. “In an ideal world, gaining access to beautiful music should be as simple as flipping a light swit

ch. It’s a pleasure to work with the DTE Energy Foundation to take a powerful step in that direction.”

About the DSO:

About the DTE Energy FoundationHailed 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.

The DTE Energy Foundation is the philanthropic arm of DTE Energy, continuing the legacy of community support and involvement of its electric and natural gas utilities, which serve 2.1 million electric customers in Southeast Michigan and 1.2 million natural gas customers in Michigan. In 2015, the DTE Energy Foundation provided $15 million in grant support to nonprofits throughout the company’s service territories. As one of Michigan’s leading corporate citizens, DTE Energy is a force for growth and prosperity in the 450 Michigan communities it serves in a variety of ways, including philanthropy, volunteerism and economic progress. http://www.dteenergy.com/foundation



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DSO’S BRAHMS RECORDING TOPS ITUNES CLASSICAL CHART

Digital album on in-house label released in celebration of

Johannes Brahms’ 183rd birthday

DETROIT, (May 6, 2016) – Released this morning, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s (DSO) digital live album of Johannes Brahms’ four symphonies has topped the iTunes Classical Chart. As the second album on the orchestra’s in-house “Live From Orchestra Hall,” the release is in celebration of the German composer’s 183rd birthday on May 7. The symphonies were conducted by Music Director Leonard Slatkin and were streamed live worldwide on the DSO’s free Live From Orchestra Hall webcast series.

Available globally, “Brahms: The Four Symphonies (Live)” launched on all major download and streaming services and includes a digital booklet featuring an exclusive essay by Brahms scholar Jan Swafford and liner notes by Charles Greenwell, co-host of Live from Orchestra webcasts.

The symphonies were recorded live in Detroit’s acoustically renowned Orchestra Hall during the DSO’s February 2016 Brahms Festival, part of Slatkin’s annual Winter Music Festival concept designed to attract new audiences during Michigan’s most frigid month. The festival featured Brahms’ complete body of orchestral work, with the exception of those including chorus.

“The works left to us by the German master are made more remarkable when played over a compact period,” said Slatkin. “We are reminded that each is a masterwork, filled with individuality and variety.  Unlike Beethoven, there are almost no traces of what music had come before. Each symphony is totally unique, inhabiting worlds that simply did not exist until Brahms invented them.”

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

About the DSO:

Hailed by The New York Times as “cutting edge,” the internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra is known for trailblazing performances, visionary maestros, collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists, and an ardent commitment to Detroit. As a community-supported orchestra, generous giving by individuals and institutions at all levels drives the continued success and growth of the institution. Esteemed conductor Leonard Slatkin, called “America’s Music Director” by the Los Angeles Times, became the DSO’s 12th Music Director, endowed by the Kresge Foundation, in 2008. Acclaimed conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik serves as Principal Pops Conductor while celebrated trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard holds the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair. With growing attendance and unwavering philanthropic support from the Detroit community, the DSO’s performance schedule includes Classical, Pops, Jazz, Young People’s, and Neighborhood concerts, and collaborations with 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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NOMINATE YOUR COMMUNITY VENUE TO RECEIVE A FREE DSO CONCERT, POWERED BY DTE ENERGY FOUNDATION

DTE Energy Foundation brings DSO to communities across Southeast Michigan based on popular votes 

Nominations due June 8

Detroit, (May 5, 2016) – For 50 years, the DTE Energy Foundation has supported the DSO and its cultural programs. That generous support continues and will once again bring the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) out into the community for a free concert series this fall, conducted by DSO Assistant Conductor Michelle Merrill.

“Performing throughout metro Detroit is the perfect way to kick off the concert season each year, and the Foundation’s generous partnership makes it possible for us to reach ever increasing and diverse audiences,” said Anne Parsons, DSO President & CEO. “We are honored to make ourselves accessible to the very community that sustains us through work that is rewarding to our collective well-being.”

Where will the concerts be? That’s up to the people of Southeast Michigan.

Back by popular demand, the DTE Powers DSO venue competition challenges metro Detroiters to influence where the orchestra plays through a nomination and voting process. Once the stages are selected, the orchestra will perform four concerts September 23-25, 2016.

Interested parties may nominate a venue in their community at dso.org/DTEpowersDSO.

“The concert series is just one of the many ways that the DSO inspires individuals, families and communities across Southeastern Michigan,” said Faye Nelson, vice president at DTE Energy, and president of the DTE Energy Foundation.  “Since 1966, the DTE Energy Foundation has partnered with the DSO, a true cultural institution, and we’re proud to provide more opportunities for people to see these world-renowned musicians.”

DTE Energy Foundation Presents the DSO in Your Community has been taking music to diverse and underserved communities throughout Southeast Michigan for the last five years.

HOW IT WORKS:

Southeast Michigan residents are encouraged to nominate their neighborhood venues, organizations, schools, places of worship, community centers, etc. to host a free community concert by the DSO. Nomination instructions can be found at dso.org/DTEpowersDSO. Nominations should be sent to dtepowersdso@dso.org by noon on June 8.  Members of the public will then be encouraged to send comments online to support these nominations. A panel will review all nominations and comments of support, and select four venues to host a free DSO community concert. Nominations by a community must include a suitable venue and the expressed ability to provide a standing-room-only audience.

Nominee profiles will be posted at dso.org/DTEpowersDSO by June 28, at which time support comments from the community will be welcomed. Nominees selected to host free DSO community concerts will be announced on July 26.

ELIGIBILITY:

Eligibility for selection will be based on the following criteria (outlined fully at dso.org/DTEpowersDSO):

  • Venue within a 45-mile radius of Orchestra Hall (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit).
  • Venue appropriate to accommodate a full orchestra with a stage/performance area minimum 50’ x 40’
  • Fully accessible venue meeting all ADA requirements, including ample and convenient parking
  • Venue/facility donated for the free DSO community concert
  • Audience capacity of 400+ and secured by the nominee
  • Compelling narrative – how would a free DSO community concert impact your community? (150 words or less)
  • Ability to co-promote the event
  • Up to four (4) letters of support representing diverse cross sections of the community (community/civic leaders, business leaders, students, community members at large)

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 the DTE Energy Foundation
The DTE Energy Foundation is the philanthropic arm of DTE Energy, continuing the legacy of community support and involvement of its electric and natural gas utilities, which serve 2.1 million electric customers in Southeast Michigan and 1.2 million natural gas customers in Michigan. In 2015, the DTE Energy Foundation provided $15 million in grant support to nonprofits throughout the company’s service territories. As one of Michigan’s leading corporate citizens, DTE Energy is a force for growth and prosperity in the 450 Michigan communities it serves in a variety of ways, including philanthropy, volunteerism and economic progress. http://www.dteenergy.com/foundation.

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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 

Click the thumbnail to hi-res images of Live From Orchestra Hall

Click the thumbnail to hi-res images of Live From Orchestra Hall

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

Click the above thumbnail to download hi-res photos of Shannon Orme's work with Children's Hospital of Michigan

Click the above thumbnail to download hi-res photos of Shannon Orme’s work with Children’s Hospital of Michigan

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

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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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