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

American Conductor James Gaffigan to lead Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony

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

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

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

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

About Håkan Hardenberger

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

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

About James Gaffigan

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

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

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

Ticket Information

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

Performance

Beethoven’s Fifth!

James Gaffigan, conductor

Håkan Hardenberger, trumpet

Fri. Oct. 31 at 8 p.m.

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

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

WAGNER                                          Overture to Rienzi, WWV.49

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

I.  Lamentoso, molto espressivo

II. Recitando

Håkan Hardenberger, trumpet

INTERMISSION

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

I. Allegro con Brio

II. Andante con moto

III. Allegro

IV. Allegro

M-1 Rail Construction

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

About The DSO

Hailed by The New York Times as “cutting edge,” the internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra, is known for trailblazing performances, visionary maestros, collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists, and an unwavering commitment to Detroit. Esteemed conductor Leonard Slatkin, called “America’s Music Director” by the Los Angeles Times, became the 12th Music Director of the DSO during the 2008-09.  Acclaimed conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik serves as Principal Pops Conductor while celebrated trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard holds the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair. The DSO’s performance schedule includes Classical, Pops, Jazz, Young People’s, Neighborhood concerts, and collaborations with chart-topping musicians from Smokey Robinson to Kid Rock. A commitment to broadcast innovation began in 1922 when the DSO became the first orchestra in the world to present a radio broadcast and continues today with the free Live from Orchestra Hall webcast series. Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall within the Max M. Fisher Music Center, one of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, the DSO actively pursues a mission to impact and serve the community through music. For more information visit the newly updated dso.org or download the free DSO to Go mobile app.

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Garrick Ohlsson

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

About Leonard Slatkin

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

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

Ticket Information

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

Performance

Ohlsson Plays Rachmaninoff

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Garrick Ohlsson, piano

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

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

Sat., Oct 25 at 8 p.m.

 

MICHAEL DAUGHERTY                   Lost Vegas

COPLAND                                          Billy the Kid Complete Ballet (DSO Premiere)

RACHMANINOFF                              Piano Concerto No. 3 (DSO Premiere)

M-1 Rail Construction

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

About The DSO

Hailed by The New York Times as “cutting edge,” the internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra, is known for trailblazing performances, visionary maestros, collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists, and an unwavering commitment to Detroit. Esteemed conductor Leonard Slatkin, called “America’s Music Director” by the Los Angeles Times, became the 12th Music Director of the DSO during the 2008-09.  Acclaimed conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik serves as Principal Pops Conductor while celebrated trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard holds the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair. The DSO’s performance schedule includes Classical, Pops, Jazz, Young People’s, Neighborhood concerts, and collaborations with chart-topping musicians from Smokey Robinson to Kid Rock. A commitment to broadcast innovation began in 1922 when the DSO became the first orchestra in the world to present a radio broadcast and continues today with the free Live from Orchestra Hall webcast series. Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall within the Max M. Fisher Music Center, one of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, the DSO actively pursues a mission to impact and serve the community through music. For more information visit the newly updated dso.org or download the free DSO to Go mobile app.

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DSO KICKS OFF NEW SEASON WITH PROMOTION OF NINE STAFF MEMBERS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Four other manager-level promotions were simultaneously announced:

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

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

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

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

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DSO ANNUAL GIVING SURPASSES GOAL AT $17.4M

Individual giving increased from every constituency during fourth consecutive year

of donor base growth

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



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DSO OPENS CLASSICAL SEASON WITH VIOLIN VIRTUOSO SARAH CHANG

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

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

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

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

Opening Week festivities also include DSO’s second annual Day of Service on October 10. That afternoon, the Max M. Fisher Music Center will be closed. DSO Musicians, Board and Staff will spend the afternoon serving one of three Detroit organizations as a show of gratitude for the support the Orchestra receives daily from its community.

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

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

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

About Sarah Chang

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

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

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

About Leonard Slatkin

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

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

Ticket Information

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

Performance

Opening Weekend: The Virtuosity of Sarah Chang

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Sarah Chang, violin

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

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

Sun., Oct 12 at 3 p.m.

SMITH                                                 Star Spangled Banner

WILLIAM BOLCOM                           Circus Overture (DSO premiere)

RON NELSON                                  Sarabande for Katharine in April (DSO premiere)

BARBER                                            Concerto for Violin and Orchestra

BRAHMS                                            Symphony No. 1

M-1 Rail Construction

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

About The DSO

Hailed by The New York Times as “cutting edge,” the internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra, is known for trailblazing performances, visionary maestros, collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists, and an unwavering commitment to Detroit. Esteemed conductor Leonard Slatkin, called “America’s Music Director” by the Los Angeles Times, became the 12th Music Director of the DSO during the 2008-09.  Acclaimed conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik serves as Principal Pops Conductor while celebrated trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard holds the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair. The DSO’s performance schedule includes Classical, Pops, Jazz, Young People’s, Neighborhood concerts, and collaborations with chart-topping musicians from Smokey Robinson to Kid Rock. A commitment to broadcast innovation began in 1922 when the DSO became the first orchestra in the world to present a radio broadcast and continues today with the free Live from Orchestra Hall webcast series. Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall within the Max M. Fisher Music Center, one of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, the DSO actively pursues a mission to impact and serve the community through music. For more information visit the newly updated dso.org or download the free DSO to Go mobile app.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 About the DSO

Hailed by The New York Times as “cutting edge,” the internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra is known for trailblazing performances, visionary maestros, collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists, and an unwavering commitment to Detroit. Esteemed conductor Leonard Slatkin, called “America’s Music Director” by the Los Angeles Times, became the 12th Music Director of the DSO during the 2008-09.  Acclaimed conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik serves as Principal Pops Conductor while celebrated trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard holds the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair. The DSO’s performance schedule includes Classical, Pops, Jazz, Young People’s, Neighborhood concerts, and collaborations with chart-topping musicians from Smokey Robinson to Kid Rock. A commitment to broadcast innovation began in 1922 when the DSO became the first orchestra in the world to present a radio broadcast and continues today with the free Live from Orchestra Hall webcast series. Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall within the Max M. Fisher Music Center, one of America’s most acoustically revered concert halls, the DSO actively pursues a mission to impact and serve the community through music. For more information visit dso.org or download the free DSO to Go mobile app.

About the DTE Energy Foundation

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

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DSO ADVANCES SENIOR STAFFER TO LEAD FUNDRAISING AND EXTERNAL AFFAIRS EFFORTS

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

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



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DSO’S NEIGHBORHOOD CONCERT SERIES RECEIVES GENEROUS GRANT, NEW NAME IN HONOR OF WILLIAM DAVIDSON

DSO musicians to perform pop up concerts at community hubs throughout neighborhoods

DETROIT, (September 16, 2014) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) has received a $3.75 million grant from the William Davidson Foundation in support of its popular Neighborhood Concert Series, which has experienced sold out concerts since its launch in 2011 with six metro Detroit performance residencies. The grant will support the series of concerts throughout metro Detroit, as well as additional activities outside of Orchestra Hall, over the next three years.

The DSO is proud to rename the concert series the William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series in honor of philanthropist William Davidson, former president and CEO of Guardian Industries Corp. Davidson shared a long-lasting relationship with the DSO and his generous support helped to strengthen the organization in many ways, including support of the DSO’s domestic and international tours.

“Bill Davidson had a passion for connecting communities through the presentation of DSO concerts, using us as eager ambassadors for all that is great about the city of Detroit,” said Anne Parsons, DSO President and CEO. “He inspired us to create the Neighborhood Concert Series as a way to increase our reach and provide greater accessibility. We thank everyone at the William Davidson Foundation for their outstanding and continuous support and for allowing us to recognize Bill by renaming the series in his honor.”

Since its inception, the series has grown from six venues to seven, and now celebrates subscription bases in Beverly Hills, Bloomfield Hills, Canton, Dearborn, Grosse Pointe, Southfield and West Bloomfield Township. In addition to traditional concerts, the Neighborhood Residency Initiative allows musicians to perform in intimate settings for suburban audiences. Throughout the season, DSO musicians perform in metro Detroit schools, hospitals, libraries, places of worship and myriad other unexpected places.

To celebrate the announcement, DSO musicians will perform three pop up performances Sat., September 20 in the three regions of the neighborhood concerts covering north, east and west metro Detroit. This will include performances throughout the day at the Plymouth Farmer’s Market, Somerset Collection and Twelve Oaks Mall from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

In addition, DSO will extend its Soundcard all-access student pass beyond Classical, Pops and Jazz concerts to include the William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series. Students can purchase a $25 Soundcard and receive free access to concerts with a valid student ID.

At the pop up performances on Sept. 20, interested students and their families can learn more about becoming a Soundcard member. Visit dso.org/soundcard for more information as well. READ MORE



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DSO RECRUITS CAMPAIGN DIRECTOR TO LEAD ‘GENERATION DEFINING’ oneDSO ENDOWMENT INITIATIVE

DETROIT, (September 8, 2014) Following an 8-month, nationwide search, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) has hired Julie Byczynski as its Campaign Director, who will lead the organization in a generation defining endowment campaign.  She began her duties this week, relocating from Ottawa where she served the National Arts Centre Foundation as their Associate Director of Major Gifts, Sponsorship and Special Events.

As oneDSO Campaign Director, Julie will work with the Senior Director of Advancement, President & CEO, Executive Vice President, Campaign Co-Chairs, Campaign Cabinet & Staff to lead, direct, manage and support the Campaign for a DSO Renaissance. Her role will be a careful balance of executive leadership of the campaign and hands-on fundraising, engaging with DSO leaders, donors, patrons, prospects and friends to help secure an artistically distinguished, fiscally sustainable future for the DSO.

“I am thrilled that Julie has accepted our invitation to join the DSO team,” said Paul W. Hogle, the DSO Executive Vice President. “Julie comes with an extraordinary set of experiences that will be a valuable addition to the DSO team. We are so happy that she and her husband are moving here to Detroit.”

About Julie Byczynski

A Windsor native, Byczynski is an intuitive fundraiser with 14 years of fundraising experience for the performing arts and social benefit sectors, a sign of her passionate and articulate advocacy for the arts with an international perspective. From 2002-2005 and then again from 2009 until 2014, Julie served the National Arts Centre (NAC) Foundation in Ottawa, Ontario where she completed her tenure as a senior member of the fundraising team. Her areas of responsibility included Major Gifts, Corporate Sponsorship/Donations and Special Events program. In addition to leading a team of three development officers, she personally managed a portfolio of approximately 100 individuals, companies and foundations.

During 2005-2009, Julie served the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon, England as their Campaign Manager/Senior Major Gifts Manager — a key member of the capital campaign team for the RSC’s £112.8 million transformation.  Julie shared responsibility for two principle objectives: to secure £42 million in private donations and to permanently increase the fundraising capacity of the organization. Over time, she took on major gift accounts as well as led the planning and implementation of their public fundraising appeal. In addition, she worked with the Development Director and US-based consultants to develop a fundraising strategy for a five year, $25 million US fundraising campaign, as well as oversaw the Company’s relationship with RSC America.

Julie began her fundraising career working as a Campaign Associate for the United Jewish Appeal in Ottawa, Ontario and has taught fundraising at the University of Ottawa and served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario.

Julie Byczynski may be reached at jbyczynski@dso.org.

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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DSO’S POPS SEASON OPENS WITH ‘LET’S DANCE’ AND MAXCAST DURING DLECTRICITY

DETROIT, (September 4, 2014) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will open its Pops season with “Let’s Dance” conducted by Jeff Tyzik featuring tango, tap and ballroom dancers who will electrify this celebration of the art of dance. The Pops opening weekend concert also marks the DSO’s return to DLECTRICITY through a MaxCast live video projection of the Pops performance onto the Carpenter Building on Woodward Avenue.

Let’s Dance will be performed live in Orchestra Hall on Fri., September 26 at 10:45 a.m. and 8 p.m., as well as Sat., September 27 at 8 p.m. and Sun., September 28 at 3 p.m. The 8 p.m. performances on Friday and Saturday will be video projected onto the façade of the Carpenter Building on Woodward Avenue as the performance happens live in Orchestra Hall. Those attending DLECTRICITY are encouraged to bring a lawn chair and enjoy this performance outside.

Tyzik’s exciting Let’s Dance program features American Idol season nine finalist Michael Lynche, vocalist Julie Jo Hughes and a stellar cast of swing, tango, ballroom and tap dancers. The program opens with Leonard Bernstein’s Overture to West Side Story adapted by Maurice Peress and includes Bizet’s Bohemian Dance from Carmen Suite No. 2, Offenbach’s Can Can from Orpheus in the Underworld, Saint- Saëns’ “Bacchanale” from Samson and Delilah, as well as several pieces arranged by Tyzik.

Following the performance, footage from previous classical concerts will be projected until midnight onto the Carpenter Building.

“Our state-of-the art robotic camera system in Orchestra Hall typically broadcasts performances live across the world. We’re bringing that experience from the small screens of phones, tablets and computers to the big screen on Woodward Avenue, right here in Midtown on the Carpenter Building,” said Scott Harrison, DSO Executive Producer of Digital Media. “There’s no better way to celebrate the opening weekend of our Pops season than by making this larger-than-life performance accessible to our entire local community.”

The MaxCast is made possible by a generous gift from Phillip and Lauren Fisher. Additional DLECTRICITY activities are made possible with the support of Princeton Enterprises and Marc Schwartz.

“We’re so excited that thousands of people will be able to enjoy a free, live performance of the DSO projected from The Max onto the Carpenter Building, at the southern gateway to our event,” said Marc Schwartz, Chairman of DLECTRICITY. “This will be one of the great highlights of Midtown’s nighttime festival of light and art.”

The Music Box within the Max M. Fisher Music Center will also be buzzing throughout the festival with a Chamber Music Society presentation of the Cavani String Quartet with poet Mwatabu Okantah on Fri., September 26 at 8 p.m. and Mix @ The Max on Sat., September 27 at 9 p.m. featuring the Fifth House Ensemble. The Max’s front façade will also shine a spotlight on a special sculpture installation.

For the duration of DLECTRICITY, the Max M. Fisher Music Center will offer paid parking at its garage on Parsons Street, as well as concessions and public restrooms. READ MORE



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