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DSO RETURNS TO GREENFIELD VILLAGE FOR 22nd ANNUAL SALUTE TO AMERICA CONCERTS

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

DETROIT, (June 17, 2014) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will return to Greenfield Village at The Henry Ford for the 22nd Annual Salute to America concerts, a classic family friendly Independence Day celebration. Four nights of performances led by special guest conductor Bob Bernhardt will take place on the lawn at Dearborn’s historic Greenfield Village on July 2, 3, 4 and 5with gates opening at 6 p.m. and concerts to commence at 8:30 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to gather their blankets, picnic and lawn chairs to enjoy favorites such as The Star Spangled Banner, Armed Forces Salute and other patriotic favorites. A fireworks display will close the program, timed to accompany Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. READ MORE



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DSO FILLS TWO PRINCIPAL POSITIONS IN ONE WEEKEND

DETROIT, (June 5, 2014) – Following its Season Finale on Saturday, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) invited two new musicians to fill principal positions within the orchestra, ending a successful hiring season with a total of eight new additions to the DSO roster.

Ralph Skiano, 34, currently Principal Clarinet of the Richmond Symphony, has been offered the Principal Clarinet position, succeeding Theodore Oien who held the position for 26 years and will also retire on July 31. Minnesota native Kevin Brown, 27, who graduated from Rice University in 2013 and is a regular guest musician with major orchestras nationwide, has been offered the position of Principal Bass, vacated by Alexander Hanna, now Principal Bass of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, in 2012.

“It’s a true honor to be invited to join Maestro Slatkin and the legendary Detroit Symphony Orchestra,” said Skiano. “To play with these amazing musicians in this beautiful hall is absolutely thrilling and a dream come true.”

“I’m absolutely thrilled to be joining the DSO,” said Brown. “I’ve always felt connected to the Midwest, and I have had nothing but wonderful experiences meeting and making music with all of my new colleagues here in Detroit. I feel very fortunate to have landed in a place where I feel at home musically, geographically and personally.”

The finalists, who both performed their trial week on last week’s program featuring Mahler’s Third Symphony, were selected from a pool of some 190 candidates who came to Detroit from around the world to take these two auditions.

Pending individual contract negotiations, the two musicians will officially join the orchestra for the 2014-2015 season.

“We are thrilled that these outstanding musicians have been added to the DSO roster,” said DSO Music Director Leonard Slatkin. “Each brings a combination of outstanding solo playing, leadership abilities and rapport with their new colleagues. This brings the number of new hires this past season to eight. I look forward to many years of great music making with all of them.”

Jeremy Epp, who accepted the position of Principal Timpani earlier in 2014 and begins officially in the fall, also performed with the orchestra this weekend. Scott Strong accepted the position of Third Horn earlier this season also performed with the DSO this weekend and will officially begin his position in the fall. A Principal Cello finalist, who is currently a member of the New York Philharmonic, will perform a trial week in the fall.

With these hires, the DSO has brought on 22 new musicians since the orchestra’s return to the stage in 2011. The other new arrivals include nine violins, Assistant Principal Cello, two section cellos, Third and Fourth Horn, Principal Trumpet, English Horn, Principal Flute, Principal Percussion, Principal Timpani and Yoonshin Song, concertmaster.

The DSO will host Assistant Principal Percussion finals later this month, and plans to hold eight auditions during the 2014-15 season.

Roster of other new musicians hired since 2011

Joseph Becker, Principal Percussion

David Buck, Principal Flute

Hunter Eberly, Principal Trumpet

Jeremy Epp, Principal Timpani

Monica Fosnaugh, English horn

Will Haapaniemi, violin

Hae Jeong Heidi Han, violin

Sheryl Hwangbo, violin

Dahae Kim, Assistant Principal Cello

Rachel Harding Klaus, violin

David LeDoux, cello

Peter McCaffrey, cello

Alexandros Sakarellos, violin

Yoonshin Song, Concertmaster

Scott Strong, Third Horn

Jiamin Wang, violin

Jennifer Wey, violin

Johanna Yarbrough, Fourth Horn

Jing Zhang, violin

Mingzhao Zhou, violin

About Ralph Skiano

Ralph Skiano was appointed principal clarinetist of the Richmond Symphony in 2002 and in 2006, principal clarinetist of the Des Moines Metro Opera.  In addition, he also performs with the Richmond Ballet and the Virginia Opera. Other orchestral appearances have included the Cincinnati Symphony, the Nashville Symphony, the Virginia Symphony, the Kentucky Symphony, and the Washington Opera. 

Ralph has been involved in numerous music festivals, including the Tanglewood Music Center and the Britt Festival in Southern Oregon, and has been featured as a soloist with ensembles in the United States, France, Germany, and Switzerland.   In 2010, Ralph was a guest artist at the Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium, and he will be appearing this summer at the International Clarinet Association convention in a performance of Debussy’s Premiere Rhapsodie with the Baton Rouge Symphony.  He is a founding member and director of the Atlantic Chamber Ensemble in Virginia and is also a part of the Fessenden Chamber Ensemble in Washington DC, along with members of the National Symphony and the Washington Opera. Some summers, he can be heard performing opera on the beautiful French island of Belle Ile en Mer.

Under the guidance of Richard Hawley, Ralph completed his BM at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in 2002.

About Kevin Brown

Minnesota native Kevin Brown began playing the double bass at age three. He has since gone on to perform with esteemed ensembles across the United States and Europe, in a burgeoning career that now leads him back home to the Midwest as principal bassist of the DSO.

Mr. Brown began his collegiate studies with Peter Lloyd at the University of Minnesota, but ultimately completed his Bachelors and Masters 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, Brown 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, Brown also appeared as guest principal bass of the Atlanta Symphony.

Mr. Brown has spent many of his summers performing at celebrated music festivals both nationally and abroad, including Tanglewood, Schleswig-Holstein, and Le Domaine Forget in Quebec. His keen interest in Baroque music, too, led him to pursue study of historical performance practice at the Accademia di Musica Antica in Brunico, Italy, the International Summer School of Early Music in Valitice, Czech Republic, and with private tutors in Vienna, Austria.

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DSO BUCKS NATIONAL TREND WITH THIRD CONSECUTIVE SEASON OF SUBSCRIPTION GROWTH

DETROIT (June 2, 2014) – While reported national trends reveal waning orchestra subscription rates and a greater reliance on single ticket sales, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) finished its 2013-14 season this weekend with its third consecutive year of subscription growth across all product lines.

Subscription levels—the number of subscription units sold—rose across all five product lines (Classical, Pops, Jazz, Family and Neighborhood) with the number of classical subscriptions alone climbing by 24.7 percent since the 2011-12 season. Maintaining the “patron-minded pricing” structure adopted in 2011, these results were achieved without any price increases whatsoever.

Classical season attendance in Orchestra Hall, sold-out Neighborhood Concert Series performances and “Live from Orchestra Hall” HD webcasts have positioned the DSO ahead of every American orchestra for having the largest audience for classical subscription concerts, reported at 2013 Annual Meeting as 400,000.

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.

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NOMINATE YOUR COMMUNITY VENUE TO RECEIVE A FREE DSO CONCERT

DTE Energy Foundation to once again bring DSO to communities across Southeast Michigan

Detroit, (May 27, 2014) – The DTE Energy Foundation’s generous support will once again bring the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) out into the community for a free series of concerts this fall, conducted by Music Director Leonard Slatkin.

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

The DSO will perform four concerts at venues selected from those nominated by community members. In 2012, when a competition of this kind was last conducted, winning venues included Anchor Bay High School in St. Clair County, Clarkston High School in Oakland County, Mt. Clemens High School in Macomb County, Pioneer High School in Washtenaw County, and Wayne Memorial High School in Wayne County. Due to an overwhelming amount of candidates, in 2013 venues were again selected from the 2012 pool of applicants.

Interested parties may nominate their venue at dso.org/DTEpowersDSO. Deadline to submit is at noon on Thursday, June 12.

“The nomination process is really a fun and creative way to engage our communities while exposing thousands of individuals to the DSO experience,” said Faye Nelson, vice president of Public Affairs for DTE Energy and president of the DTE Energy Foundation. “The Foundation’s long-time partnership with the DSO is part of a broader commitment to support the cultural institutions that entertain and inspire the customers we serve.”

DTE Energy Foundation Presents the DSO in Your Community has been taking music to diverse and often underserved communities throughout Southeast Michigan for the last 4 years.

“We are so grateful to DTE Energy Foundation and their passion for a shared vision to provide access to the DSO for our entire community.  We hope bringing back this open nomination process will help bring new audiences into closer contact with unique, inspiring musical experiences,” said Anne Parsons, DSO President and CEO.

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 Thursday, June 12.  Members of the public will then be encouraged to send comments online to support these nominations. A five-member panel will review all nominations and comments of support, and select four venues to host a free DSO community concert on October 1, 2, 3 or 5, conducted by Music Director Leonard Slatkin. 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 byWednesday, June 18, at which time support comments from the community will be welcomed. Nominees selected to host free DSO community concerts will be announced on Tuesday, July 1.

ELIGIBILITY:

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

  • 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 40’ 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 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.

About the DTE Energy Foundation

The DTE Energy Foundation is the philanthropic arm of DTE Energy (NYSE: DTE), continuing the legacy of community support and involvement of its electric and natural gas utilities. http://www.dteenergy.com/foundation.

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LEONARD SLATKIN EXTENDS FRENCH COMMITMENT

Conductor signs contract extension with Orchestre National de Lyon

(DETROIT, May 23, 2014) — The Orchestre National de Lyon (ONL) announced at a press conference today that Leonard Slatkin has signed a three-year extension to his contract as music director, committing to the Orchestra through the 2016-2017 season. Slatkin also maintains his current music directorship with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO), where he is committed through the 2015-16 season. The ONL contract extension, which builds on his current agreement through the 2013-14 season, will take effect in September 2014, coinciding with a collaborative celebration of the maestro’s 70th birthday on both sides of the Atlantic.

“For the past three years it has been my privilege to lead the ONL as its music director,” said Slatkin. “During that time, we have built an extraordinary relationship, one that is satisfying in every way. I look forward to the next three years of music making with this wonderful ensemble.”

Jean-Marc Bador, ONL executive director, said, “The first three seasons with Leonard in Lyon have been so exciting and successful. We are all looking forward to sharing the next three to come, thanks to the contract extension he just signed.”

Slatkin has accomplished numerous milestones with ONL and DSO during his tenure:

ONL

  • Ravel and Berlioz projects with NaxosThe ONL is in the process of recording 11 volumes of Ravel’s works with orchestra and five of Berlioz’s, including some new orchestrations and world premiere recordings conducted by Leonard Slatkin.
  • Cultural ambassadorshipAfter a successful tour in China last January, the ONL and its music director will fly to Japan for nine concerts in July 2014. Future tours include Russia, South America, and the United States, and concerts at Vienna Konzerthaus and Philharmonie de Paris.
  • Play-along and sing-along concertsIn 2013 the ONL launched a new series of participative concerts in Lyon. The audience is invited to download musical parts from the orchestra’s website and then play along or sing along from the hall as the ONL performs onstage.
  • “Fauteuil et tribune”An innovative marketing proposition in partnership with the Lyon football club that allows audiences to buy a package including a ticket for a symphonic concert and a ticket for a football game.
  • ProgrammingIn the upcoming season, Slatkin will celebrate connections between French and American repertoire and will lead the ONL in a Brahms symphony cycle.

DSO

  • Live from Orchestra Hall—Hailed as “cutting edge” by The New York Times, this series of free live webcasts is the only product of its kind and has drawn a cumulative international audience of 500,000. Slatkin has helped pioneer the DSO’s foray into web streaming.
  • Triumphant return to Carnegie Hall—In 2013 Slatkin led the DSO in two innovative programs for the Spring for Music festival. The DSO was the only orchestra to receive double billing, and Slatkin’s interpretation of all four Charles Ives symphonies in one performance had never been attempted before on Carnegie’s famed stage.
  • Kid Rock collaboration—In 2012 Slatkin and the DSO partnered with the native Detroit rocker to perform original orchestral arrangements of Kid Rock’s chart-topping hits. The benefit concert raised $1 million toward outreach efforts to place DSO musicians in schools, senior living centers and other community locations throughout metro Detroit.
  • The complete Beethoven symphonies—In 2013 Slatkin and the DSO recorded Beethoven’s nine symphonies during a weeklong Beethoven Festival. The “digital box set” was produced by the DSO’s in-house Live from Orchestra Hall label and is available to download at dso.org.
  • Neighborhood Residency Initiative—This initiative offers subscription concerts in seven metro Detroit neighborhoods in addition to chamber recitals and educational programs. DSO musicians regularly engage with the community through lobby performances and musical therapy sessions at the DMC Children’s Hospital, recitals at senior living communities and inspiration days in classrooms.
  • Soundcard—Conceived of by Slatkin himself, the program allows students of any age to attend series concerts at Orchestra Hall all season long for just $25.

Slatkin resides in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. with his wife, composer Cindy McTee. He became the DSO’s 12th music director in 2008 following a 12-year tenure as music director of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C., and he began his tenure with the ONL in 2011. Other positions in the United States have included a 17-year post as music director of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra; principal guest conductor roles with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl; music director of the Cleveland Orchestra’s summer series; and additional positions with the New Orleans Philharmonic and the Nashville Symphony Orchestra.

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DSO CLOSES CLASSICAL SEASON WITH MAHLER’S THIRD SYMPHONY

DETROIT, (May 14, 2014) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s (DSO) classical season will come to a close with two performances of Mahler’s Third Symphony, the composer’s allegory of summer. Music Director Leonard Slatkin will lead the orchestra, mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Bishop, the UMS Choral Union, and the Michigan State University Children’s Choir in this masterful work.

The concerts will take place on Friday, May 30, 2014 at 8 p.m.; and Saturday May 31, 2014 at 8 p.m. These performances do not include an intermission.

The Friday, May 30 performance will be webcast live to a global audience via the DSO’s Live From Orchestra Hall series of HD webcasts. Live From Orchestra Hall is viewable by logging on to dso.org/live or via DSO to Go, the DSO’s free mobile app. READ MORE



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COMMUNITY SUPPORT MONTH TAKES DSO TO 8 MILE, WEST DETROIT

Performances at TruTV’s American Jewelry and Loan,

Community Church of Christ brings music to under served communities

(DETROIT, May 5, 2014) — The Detroit Symphony Orchestra will go “Hard Core” this Community Support Month, which will wrap with a bassoon quartet performance at American Jewelry & Loan (star of TruTV’s “Hard Core Pawn”) on Saturday, May 31 at 1 p.m. May will also feature several small ensemble performances at Crescendo Detroit (the city’s only El Sistema education program) located at Community Church of Christ (3841 Humphrey St.) on Detroit’s west side.

“We created Community Support month as a way to empower each audience member with the knowledge that their support is what keeps music at Orchestra Hall,” said DSO Executive Vice President Paul Hogle. “Now we want to use the initiative to bring the DSO’s music out of the concert hall and into under served parts of the metro Detroit community.” READ MORE



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GRAMMY WINNING PIANIST YEFIM BRONFMAN JOINS DSO FOR BEETHOVEN PIANO CONCERTO NO. 3

DETROIT, (May 1, 2014) – Grammy Award winning pianist Yefim “Fima” Bronfman joins conductor Leonard Slatkin and the DSO for Bronfman Plays Beethoven featuring Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor. The program opens with Krzysztof Penderecki’s Jacob’s Awakening and closes with Copland’s iconic Appalachian Spring.

The concerts will take place on Friday May 16 at 10:45 a.m.; Saturday May 17 at 8 p.m.; and Sunday May 18 at 3 p.m.

The Friday, May 16 performance will be webcast live to a global audience via the DSO’s Live From Orchestra Hall series of HD webcasts. Live From Orchestra Hall is viewable by logging on to dso.org/live or via DSO to Go, the DSO’s free mobile app. READ MORE



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TICKETS NOW ON SALE FOR DSO SUMMER SEASON

 MEADOW BROOK APPEARANCE COMMEMORATES 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF DSO’S FIRST PERFORMANCE AT VENUE

 DSO RETURNS TO METROPARK AFTER 4 YEARS

 SUMMER 2014 TO INCLUDE FIREWORKS AT SALUTE TO AMERICA, FORD HOUSE

(DETROIT, April 28, 2014) — Tickets are now on sale for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s (DSO) summer season, which will include the orchestra’s first appearance at Stony Creek Metropark in four years. Tickets will go on sale May 10 for a rare appearance at Meadow Brook Music Festival to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the DSO’s first performance at the venue that was built 1964 as the orchestra’s summer home.

Summer favorites will return including “Salute to America” concerts at Greenfield Village and the DSO’s fifth annual appearance at the historic Edsel & Eleanor Ford House. Other presentations include an appearance by the Indigo Girls, a special concert honoring the centenary of Eastern Michigan’s Pease Auditorium, as well as fresh Mix @ The Max presentations at the Max M. Fisher Music Center. READ MORE



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DSO CELEBRATES AMERICA AND SALUTES VETERANS WITH PATRIOTIC POPS

DETROIT, (April 24, 2014) – Just in time for Memorial Day, DSO Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik will lead the orchestra in a very special tribute to our veterans. Enjoy all of your favorite red, white and blue melodies from the Star Spangled Banner to Yankee Doodle, as you’ve never heard them before.

The concerts will take place on Friday May 9 at 10:45 a.m. and 8 p.m.; Saturday May 10 at 8 p.m.; and Sunday May 11 at 3 p.m.

The DSO Pops series is sponsored by Greektown Casino-Hotel and the MASCO Corporation Foundation. READ MORE



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