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DSO CLOSES OFFICE FRIDAY FOR THIRD ANNUAL DAY OF SERVICE FOLLOWING SYMPHONY IN D WORLD PREMIERE

(DETROIT, November 17, 2015) – Following the world premiere of Symphony in D on the morning of November 20, the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center will close for the Third Annual Detroit Symphony Orchestra Day of Service. DSO Musicians, Board and Staff will spend the afternoon serving one of four Detroit organizations as a show of gratitude for the support the Orchestra receives daily from its community.

This project is in observance of two important events. The first being Community Support Month, the DSO’s twice-yearly concert-based fundraising initiative taking place the entire month of November; the second being Symphony in D, a symphony for Detroit, by Detroit composed by Tod Machover of the MIT Media Lab.

On Friday afternoon DSO personnel will read to and play with children and also do a classroom clean-up at Focus: HOPE Center for Children; create holiday-themed arts and crafts with families at the Coalition on Temporary Shelter; do outdoor manual labor to prepare the farm for winter at Michigan Urban Farming Initiative; and at the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, prepare materials for children and hospital facilities to create a wall mural that will be displayed at DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan.

The DSO successfully hosted its first Day of Service in 2013, assembling comfort packages for children entering or coming out of surgery at Children’s Hospital of Michigan; crafting, gaming and reading with 3-4 year-olds at the Children’s Center Head Start Academy; and in partnership with Midtown Detroit, Inc., a group wood chipped, gardened and cleaned a green space in Midtown. In 2014 DSO volunteers planted flowers at Belle Isle Conservancy, winterized and removed wood chips from the children’s play-scape assembly at Peggy’s Place and participated in an art installation with children at Children’s Hospital of Michigan.

About Community Support Month

The Community Support Month Initiative, launched in November 2011, has collectively raised more than $5 million from more than 5,000 donors and is the only initiative of its kind among American orchestras.

As the DSO earns its identity as a community-supported orchestra, Community Support Month is aimed at greatly expanding the Annual Fund donor base and providing each ticket buyer with more meaningful opportunities to make Annual Fund gifts to the DSO. During the month of November DSO fans can make a contribution to the DSO via envelope, pledge card, by phone or online at dso.org/donate.

About Symphony in D

With more than 100 hours of audio and some 15,000 sound files, Detroiters have submitted more sounds to composer Tod Machover for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s upcoming Symphony in D premiere than for any of his other four “City Symphonies” in Toronto; Edinburgh, Scotland; Perth, Australia and Lucerne, Switzerland.

The completed Symphony in D, which will include a selection of these sound submissions from the Detroit community, will premiere at Orchestra Hall on Friday, Nov. 20 at 10:45 a.m. and Saturday, Nov. 21 at 8 p.m. The Saturday performance will also feature a free MaxCast live HD video of the concert projected on the side of historic Orchestra Hall. It can be viewed on Parsons Street where hot chocolate and s’mores will be served. The Saturday performance will also be webcast worldwide via the DSO’s Live From Orchestra Hall series. Log on to dso.org/live on your desktop or mobile device to experience the concert wherever you may be.

The project is made possible by a generous grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Learn more at dso.org/SymphonyinD.

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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SINGLE TICKETS ON SALE NOW FOR FIFTH SEASON OF DSO’S WILLIAM DAVIDSON NEIGHBORHOOD CONCERT SERIES

New Clinton Township concert series now available at Macomb Center for the Performing Arts 

Detroit, (November 10, 2015) – As of 9 a.m. today, single tickets are on sale for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s (DSO) fifth season of the William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series in seven venues across Metro Detroit.

Tickets are available for concerts in neighborhoods including Beverly Hills, Bloomfield Hills, Canton, Clinton Township, Grosse Pointe, Southfield and West Bloomfield Township. General admission tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students.

Due to high demand and the limited capacity of these intimate venues, purchasing tickets early is recommended, as many neighborhood venues nearly sell out on subscription alone. Subscriptions are still available for $100 in Beverly Hills, Bloomfield Hills, Canton and Grosse Pointe and $75 in Southfield and West Bloomfield. This season, the DSO introduces a new concert series in Clinton Township at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts with subscriptions at $100 for four concerts. Subscriptions can be purchased online at dso.org/neighborhood, by phone at 313.576.5111 or in-person at the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center Box Office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit).

Featuring repertoire from select Orchestra Hall concerts, as well as selections prepared especially for the neighborhoods, the 2015-16 season marks the fifth year of the William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series. Audiences will see Music Director Leonard Slatkin on the podium, Principal Bass Kevin Brown performing Vanhal’s Double Bass Concerto and Assistant Principal Flute Sharon Sparrow performing Ibert’s Flute Concerto. Guest soloists include Augustin Hadelich, violin; Chee-Yun Kim, violin; Maya Beiser, cello; Simon Trpčeski, piano; Cho-Liang Lin, conductor and violin; Paul Huang, violin; Louis Schwizgebel, piano and Jessica Rivera, soprano.

Performances are scheduled beginning December 13, 2015 through July 24, 2016. A donation of $25 or more to the DSO’s Annual Fund waives all subscription fees.

The William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series is made possible by a generous grant from the William Davidson Foundation and the support of WRCJ 90.9 FM. Renamed last season in honor of philanthropist William Davidson, the William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series brings even more opportunities for Metro Detroiters to experience the magic of the symphony close to home.

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

Ticket Information

Single tickets can be purchased for $25 for adults and $10 for students at dso.org, in-person at the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center Box Office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit), or by calling 313.576.5111.

The Box Office is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and two hours prior to each scheduled concert through intermission, with the exception of special holiday hours.

If buying tickets in-person, be aware of traffic changes on Woodward Avenue due to M-1 Rail construction. For construction updates go to dso.org/m1.

About Soundcard

At just $25 for the season, Soundcard provides students of all ages, elementary school to college, with admittance to most Classical, Pops and Paradise Jazz series concerts at Orchestra Hall, as well as performances at seven venues in Metro Detroit for the William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series. Soundcard memberships are on sale now, but members may start reserving single tickets starting two weeks prior to their selected concert date. Membership is valid through the end of the 2015-16 season. Tickets are issued up to two weeks prior to each concert. A Soundcard member must present a valid student ID to a Will Call attendant or usher upon arrival. The name on the student ID must match the name on the Soundcard account. Cards and tickets are non-transferrable. Admittance is subject to availability and seating is at the discretion of the Box Office. Soundcard was inspired by Leonard Slatkin and introduced in 2011.

About the William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series

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

Throughout the 2015-16 season, four performances will take place at each venue in Beverly Hills, Bloomfield Hills, Canton, Clinton Township, Grosse Pointe, Southfield and West Bloomfield. With subscriptions on sale in August, venues in Beverly Hills (Seligman Performing Arts Center), Bloomfield Hills (Kirk in the Hills Presbyterian Church) and Canton (Village Theater at Cherry Hill) are on track to sell out on subscription alone. In previous years, the Grosse Pointe series sold out on subscription, prompting the DSO to move to a new, larger location at Our Lady Star of the Sea (467 Fairford Road, Grosse Pointe Woods) this past season. With current interest, this venue is still on track to sell out on subscriptions.

About the DSO

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

Detroit, (November 5, 2015) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) is proud to highlight one of its very own, Concertmaster Yoonshin Song performing Aram Khachaturian’s renowned Concerto for Violin. Song will be joined by internationally-known conductor Fabien Gabel who will make his DSO debut with favorites such as the exquisite La mer by Debussy and Dukas’ claim to fame The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. The performances will take place Thurs., November 12 at 7:30 p.m., Fri., November 13 at 10:45 a.m. and Sat., November 14 at 8 p.m. at Orchestra Hall.

One hour prior to the Thursday and Saturday evening performances, Elizabeth McLain, a doctoral candidate in musicology at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance, will provide a behind the scenes look at the program.

Debussy’s Sensuous La mer will be webcast to a global audience during the Saturday 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 DSO’s Classical subscription series is sponsored by PVS Chemicals.

About Yoonshin Song

Yoonshin Song has earned many prestigious prizes throughout her career. Some highlights include top prize awards in international violin competitions, such as the Wieniawski (Poland), Lipizer (Italy), Henry Marteau (Germany) and first prize at the Stradivarius International Competition in the U.S. In her native South Korea, Song has won virtually all major national competitions. In addition, Song has received the David G. Whitecomb Foundation Award and the Korean Minister of Culture’s Award.

Since giving her debut recital after winning the Jeunesses Musicales Competition in 1999, she has been sought after as a recitalist performing throughout Korea, the U.S. and Europe to great acclaim. As a soloist she has performed with many orchestras around the world, such as the Houston Symphony, Utah Symphony, P. Constantinescu Philharmonic Orchestra and the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra, among others.

Song has been the Concertmaster of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra since 2012.

About Fabien Gabel

Recognized internationally as one of the stars of the new generation, Fabien Gabel is a regular guest of major orchestras in Europe, North America and Asia, and has also been music director of the Quebec Symphony Orchestra since September 2013.

He made his professional conducting debut in 2003 with the Orchestre National de France and has since returned frequently. He now regularly conducts this orchestra in subscription concerts at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris and recently recorded a French opera aria CD with the orchestra and mezzo Marie-Nicole Lemieux (Naïve).

Fabien first attracted international attention in 2004 winning the Donatella Flick competition in London, which subsequently led to his appointment as the LSO’s assistant conductor for the 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons.

Orchestras he has guest conducted also include the Staatskappelle Dresden, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, among others.

Ticket Information

Tickets to Debussy’s Sensuous La mer begin at $15 and may be purchased at dso.org, via the free DSO to Go mobile app, in-person at the Max M. & Marjorie S. 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 DeRon Wilson at (313) 576-5130 or dwilson@dso.org.

Performance

Debussy’s Sensuous La mer

Fabien Gabel, conductor

Yoonshin Song, violin

Thurs., Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Nov. 13 at 10:45 a.m.

Sat., Nov. 14 at 8 p.m.

BORODIN

 

KHACHATURIAN

 

 

 

Intermission

 

DUKAS

 

 

DEBUSSY

 

 

 

Overture to Prince Igor

 

Concerto for Violin and Orchestra

I. Allegro con fermezza

II. Andante sostenuto

III. Allegro vivace

     Yoonshin Song, violin

 

 

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

 

La mer

I. De l’aube à midi sur la mer [From Dawn to Noon on the Sea]

II. Jeux des vagues [Play of the Waves]

III. Dialogue du vent et de la mer [Dialogue of Wind and Sea]

 

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 southbound track between Temple and Canfield streets, shifting traffic to the northbound 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 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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‘HOME ALONE’ RETURNS TO ORCHESTRA HALL FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY

Tickets on sale for general public today

Detroit, (November 3, 2015) – Back by popular demand, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) is thrilled to present, for the second year in a row, a special concert featuring the beloved holiday motion picture Home Alone projected on the big screen in High Definition, accompanied by a live performance of the movie’s score by the DSO, on Wed., December 16 at 7:30 p.m. at Orchestra Hall.

Conductor Constantine Kitsopoulos leads the DSO through this heart-warming classic comedy featuring John Hughes’ poignant story about family and John Williams’ captivating score. Macaulay Culkin stars as Kevin McCallister, an 8-year-old boy who’s accidentally left behind when his family leaves for Christmas vacation, and who must defend his home against two bungling thieves.

Tickets range from $35 to $100 and are on sale to the general public starting today at 9 a.m.

About Constantine Kitsopoulos

Constantine Kitsopoulos has made a name for himself as a conductor whose musical experiences comfortably span the worlds of opera and symphony, where he conducts in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall and Royal Albert Hall, and musical theater where he can be found leading orchestras on Broadway.

Kitsopoulos is in his third season as music director of the Queens Symphony Orchestra and continues as general director of Chatham Opera, which he founded in 2005. This season Kitsopoulos also makes debuts with the New York Pops, Colorado Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Houston Symphony, Elgin Symphony and Westchester Philharmonic

In addition to his orchestral and classical commitments, Kitsopoulos is much in demand as a theatre conductor, both on Broadway and nationwide. This past season, Kitsopoulos was conductor and music director for the Tony nominated musical “A Catered Affair.” In 2007 he conducted the Tony nominated “Coram Boy” and the American Conservatory Theatre production of Kurt Weill’s “Happy End,” for which he recorded the cast album at Skywalker Ranch. Other musical theatre highlights include serving as Music Director and Principal Conductor of Baz Luhrmann’s highly acclaimed production of Puccini’s “La Bohème”, conducting the new musical “Mambo Kings” in San Francisco in 2005, serving as Music Director of Frank Wildhorn’s “Dracula” and “Les Misérables” and conducting Matthew Bourne’s Broadway production of Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake.”

About John Williams

In a career spanning five decades, John Williams has become one of America’s most accomplished and successful composers for film and for the concert stage, and he remains one of our nation’s most distinguished and contributive musical voices. He has composed the music for more than one hundred films, including all seven Star Wars films, the first three Harry Potter films, Superman, Memoirs of a Geisha, Home Alone and The Book Thief. His 40-year artistic partnership with director Steven Spielberg has resulted in many of Hollywood’s most acclaimed and successful films, including Schindler’s List, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Jaws, Jurassic Park, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, the Indiana Jones films, Saving Private Ryan and Lincoln. Williams has composed themes for four Olympic Games. He served as music director of the Boston Pops Orchestra for 14 seasons and remains their Laureate Conductor. He has composed numerous works for the concert stage including two symphonies and concertos commissioned by many of America’s most prominent orchestras. Williams has received five Academy Awards and 49 Oscar nominations (making him the second-most nominated person in the history of the Oscars), seven British Academy Awards, 22 Grammys, four Golden Globes, and five Emmys. In 2003, he received the Olympic Order (the IOC’s highest honor) for his contributions to the Olympic movement. In 2004, he received the Kennedy Center Honor, and in 2009 he received the National Medal of Arts, the highest award given to artists by the U.S. Government.

Performance

Home Alone with the DSO

Wed., Dec. 16 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets range from $35 to $65 with a limited number of box seats available for $100.

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 southbound track between Temple and Canfield streets, shifting traffic to the northbound 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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NINETEEN-YEAR-OLD VIOLINIST SIMONE PORTER MAKES DSO DEBUT

Detroit, (November 2, 2015) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) welcomes young violinist and Avery Fisher Career grant recipient Simone Porter for her DSO debut performing Bruch’s Violin Concerto. American conductor Andrew Grams returns to lead the DSO in Bolcom’s Commedia for (almost) 18th-Century Orchestra and Schumann’s Second Symphony. The performances will take place Fri., November 6 and Sat., November 7, both at 8 p.m. at Orchestra Hall.

One hour prior to each performance, Austin Stewart, a doctoral candidate in musicology at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance, will present a pre-concert lecture about the program.

Romantic Schumann will be webcast to a global audience during the Saturday 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 DSO’s Classical subscription series is sponsored by PVS Chemicals.

About Simone Porter

Violinist Simone Porter has been recognized as an emerging artist of impassioned energy, musical integrity and vibrant sound. At 19 years of age, she has already appeared with the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Porter made her professional solo debut at age 10 with the Seattle Symphony and her international debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at age 13.

In March 2015, Porter was named a recipient of an Avery Fisher Career grant. This prestigious honor comes in a year that includes her upcoming return engagements with the Seattle Symphony and conductor Mikhail Agrest and Aspen Music Festival with conductor David Robertson. Porter has made several important and highly acclaimed debuts, starting with her professional debut at the Aspen Music Festival with conductor Thomas Søndergård.

About Andrew Grams

With a unique combination of intensity, enthusiasm and technical clarity, American conductor Andrew Grams has steadily built a reputation for his dynamic concerts and long-term orchestra building.  Grams has led orchestras throughout the U.S. including The Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Detroit Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, The Dallas Symphony and the Houston Symphony.  He served as Assistant Conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra from 2004-07 where he worked under the guidance of Franz Welser-Möst, and has since returned for several engagements.

As an accomplished violinist, Grams was a member of the New York City Ballet Orchestra from 1998-2004, serving as acting associate principal second violin in 2002 and 2004.  Additionally, he has performed with ensembles including the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s and Brooklyn Philharmonic.

Ticket Information

Tickets to Classical Series: Romantic Schumann begin at $15 and may be purchased at dso.org, via the free DSO to Go mobile app, in-person at the Max M. & Marjorie S. 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 DeRon Wilson at (313) 576-5130 or dwilson@dso.org.

Performance

Romantic Schumann

Andrew Grams, conductor

Simone Porter, violin

Fri., Nov.6 at 8 p.m.

Sat., Nov. 7 at 8 p.m.

WILLIAM BOLCOM

 

  Commedia for (almost) 18th-Century Orchestra  

 

BRUCH

 

  Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26

I. Prelude: Allegro moderato

II. Adagio

III. Finale: Allegro energico

Simone Porter, violin

 

 

Intermission  

 

SCHUMANN

 

  Symphony No. 2 in C major, Op. 61

I.  Sostenuto assai – Allegro ma non troppo

II.  Scherzo:  Allegro vivace

III.  Adagio espressivo

IV.  Allegro molto vivace

 

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 southbound track between Temple and Canfield streets, shifting traffic to the northbound 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 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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DETROIT SUBMITS RECORD VOLUME OF AUDIO FOR DSO’S ‘SYMPHONY IN D’

Detroit, (October 27, 2015) – With more than 100 hours of audio and some sound 15,000 sound files, Detroiters have submitted more sounds to composer Tod Machover for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s upcoming Symphony in D premiere than for any of his other four “City Symphonies” in Toronto; Edinburgh, Scotland; Perth, Australia and Lucerne, Switzerland.

“The volume of audio is incredible in quantity but also in its diversity,” Machover said. “There’s everything from baseball to Boblo, from Ford to food markets. One interesting thing was listening to all of this back in my studio, where the sounds could conjure up a story and a feeling, divorced – at first – from my knowledge of where they were recorded and by whom.”

The completed Symphony in D, which will include a selection of these sound submissions, will premiere at Orchestra Hall on Friday, Nov. 20 at 10:45 a.m. and Saturday, Nov. 21 at 8 p.m. The project is made possible by a generous grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

A sample clip is available at dso.org/SymphonyinD.

“When Symphony in D launched, we hoped it would engage Detroiters from all corners of the city in the creative process  – and serve as a reminder of the power of the arts in our everyday lives. Since then, the response has been outstanding, and we’re looking forward to hearing this new Detroit sound  in November,” said Victoria Rogers, vice president for arts at Knight Foundation, which introduced the idea to the DSO.

The Saturday, Nov. 21 performance will be webcast worldwide via the DSO’s Live From Orchestra Hall series. Log on to dso.org/live on your desktop or mobile device to experience the concert wherever you may be.

Machover mentioned opening day at Comerica Park, Henry Ford’s Kitchen Sink Engine at The Henry Ford, youths performing jazz at Bert’s in Eastern Market,  and the lapping of the Detroit River recorded from the Detroit Boat Club on Belle Isle as just a few of his favorite clips.

“I have been surprised, and frankly overwhelmed, by the quantity and quality of response here in Detroit,” he said. “This has come in the form of incredible recordings of very diverse aspects of the city, of discussions and workshops with musicians of all backgrounds to help shape the feel and sound of the symphony, of meetings with both seniors and kids to learn about the history and future of Detroit, and of original Hyperscore (hyperscore.com) compositions about Detroit created by young people (ages 7-17) in a variety of contexts around town. We put out the challenge of thinking together about Detroit through sound and, boy, did Detroit respond. The project here is the fifth in my series of City Symphonies, and Detroit has responded as I had always hoped a city might. For me, this has been a very powerful and transformative experience, gained through listening to Detroit’s sounds and meeting its people.”

ABOUT THE JOHN S. AND JAMES L. KNIGHT FOUNDATION

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

ABOUT TOD MACHOVER

Tod Machover has been called “America’s most wired composer” by the Los Angeles Times and “a musical visionary” by The New York Times. He is widely recognized as one of the most significant and innovative composers of his generation, and is also celebrated for inventing new technology for music, including Hyperinstruments which he launched in 1986. Machover studied with Elliott Carter and Roger Sessions at The Juilliard School and was the first Director of Musical Research at Pierre Boulez’s IRCAM in Paris. He is the Muriel R. Cooper Professor of Music and Media at the MIT Media Lab where he also directs the Lab’s Opera of the Future Group. Since 2006, he has also been Visiting Professor of Composition at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Machover is known for his groundbreaking operas, including the science fiction VALIS, the audience interactive Brain Opera, and the robotic, Pulitzer Prize-finalist Death and the Powers. He was Composer-in-Residence for the 2015 Lucerne Festival, where four commissioned works were premiered including the collaborative A Symphony for Lucerne, which was received with great critical and public acclaim. Machover has received numerous prizes and awards, the most recent being his selection as Musical America’s Composer of the Year for 2016. For more info please visit todmachover.com.

About the DSO

Hailed by The New York Times as “cutting edge,” the internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra is known for trailblazing performances, visionary maestros, collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists, and an unwavering commitment to Detroit. Esteemed conductor Leonard Slatkin, called “America’s Music Director” by the Los Angeles Times, became the 12th Music Director of the DSO during the 2008-09.  Acclaimed conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik serves as Principal Pops Conductor while celebrated trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard holds the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair. The DSO’s performance schedule includes Classical, Pops, Jazz, Young People’s, Neighborhood concerts, and collaborations with chart-topping musicians from Smokey Robinson to Kid Rock. A commitment to broadcast innovation began in 1922 when the DSO became the first orchestra in the world to present a radio broadcast and continues today with the free Live from Orchestra Hall webcast series. Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall within the Max M. Fisher Music Center, one of America’s most acoustically 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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HALLOWEEN WEEKEND BRINGS DANNY ELFMAN’S MUSIC FROM FILMS OF TIM BURTON BACK TO ORCHESTRA HALL

Early arriving attendees wearing costumes to get free candy Friday and Saturday

Detroit, (October 23, 2015) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) celebrates Halloween Weekend with the two-night return of Danny Elfman’s Music From the films of Tim Burton. Conducted by multi-talented Ted Sperling, the program will include hair-raising scores from Beetlejuice, The Nightmare Before Christmas and Dark Shadows. The Adrian College Concert Choir joins the DSO along with local boy soprano Bryce Yung who will lend his voice to the scores of Frankweenie, Edward Scissorhands and Sleepy Hollow. The concerts will take place Fri., October 30 at 8 p.m. and Sat., October 31 at 8 p.m. at Orchestra Hall.

The first 50 attendees dressed in their best Halloween or Tim Burton movie-related costumes will get free candy at both the Friday and Saturday performances. 

These concerts are a return performance following the DSO’s sold out U.S. orchestra premiere of the program on All Hallows Eve in 2013.

The DSO’s Pops Series is generously sponsored by MASCO Corporation Foundation with additional support from Greektown Casino-Hotel.

About Ted Sperling

Ted Sperling has maintained a successful career in the theater and concert worlds for over 30 years.

Sperling won the 2005 Tony and Drama Desk Awards for his orchestrations of “The Light in the Piazza,” for which he was also music director. Other Broadway credits as music director/conductor/ pianist include the Tony Award-winning revivals of “The King and I,” “Guys and Dolls,” “The Full Monty” and “Les Misérables.”

Sperling’s work as a stage director includes the world premieres of five musicals including “Red Eye of Love” and “The Other Josh Cohen.” He has conducted the scores for the films The “Manchurian Candidate” and “Everything Is Illuminated” and directed the short film, “Love Mom.”

Sperling has an active concert career, working with many major symphony orchestras, and singers including Patti LuPone and Idina Menzel. He has conducted multiple concerts with the New York Philharmonic, for “Live at Lincoln Center.”

About Bryce Yung

Bryce Yung is 11 years old and is in the 6th grade. Yung has been singing in the Boychoir of Ann Arbor since the 3rd grade; he has had numerous solos with the Boychoir of Ann Arbor and was named a team captain this year. Yung started playing violin when he was three years old, and has been a member of Detroit Symphony Youth Ensembles for the last two years. He has earned a co-concert master position in the Concert Orchestra this year. In addition to singing and violin, Yung also plays piano, clarinet and erhu. Yung enjoys music and swimming.

Ticket Information

Tickets to Danny Elfman’s Music From the Films of Tim Burton begin at $15 and may be purchased at dso.org, via the free DSO to Go mobile app, in-person at the Max M. & Marjorie S. 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 DeRon Wilson at (313) 576-5130 or dwilson@dso.org.

Performance

Danny Elfman’s Music From the Films of Tim Burton

Ted Sperling, conductor

Adrian College Concert Choir, chorus

Thomas Hodgman, director

Bryce Yung, boy soprano

Fri., Oct. 30 at 8 p.m.

Sat., Oct. 31 at 8 p.m.

 

DANNY ELFMAN

 

 

 

 

 

 

INTERMISSION

   

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure

Beetlejuice

Sleepy Hollow

Mars Attacks!

Big Fish

Batman/Batman Returns

 

Planet of the Apes

Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride

Dark Shadows

Frankenweenie

Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas Instrumental

Edward Scissorhands

 

ENCORE: Alice in Wonderland

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 southbound track between Temple and Canfield streets, shifting traffic to the northbound 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 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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COMPOSITION PHENOM NICO MUHLY PREMIERES VIOLA CONCERTO WITH DSO

Detroit, (October 20, 2015) – American composer Nico Muhly, 34, renowned for his work with artists like Björk and Phillip Glass, as well as his foray into film score composition, will visit the DSO next weekend for the U.S. premiere of his Viola Concerto. Written for and performed by violist Nadia Sirota, a frequent collaborator of chamber orchestra Alarm Will Sound, performances will take place Fri., October 23 at 10:45 a.m. and Sun., October 25 at 8 p.m., at Orchestra Hall within the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit).

Conducted by DSO Music Director Leonard Slatkin, the program will also include Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (A Little Night Music) and Copland’s Symphony No. 3.

Audiences can hear Muhly himself discuss his inspiration for the piece at a free ConcerTalk in Orchestra Hall one hour prior to the each performances. These presentations will be moderated by DSO Assistant Conductor Michelle Merrill.

The concert, entitled Mozart’s “Little Night Music,” will be webcast to a global audience during the Sunday performance via the DSO’s FREE “Live from Orchestra Hall” series. Visit dso.org/live to view the concert from your computer or mobile device anywhere in the world.

The DSO’s subscription series is sponsored by PVS Chemicals.

About Nadia Sirota

Violist Nadia Sirota is best known for her singular sound and expressive execution, coaxing works and collaborations. Her debut album, “First Things First,” was named “record of the year” by The New York Times.

Sirota is a member of yMusic, Alarm Will Sound and ACME and has lent her sound to recording and concert projects by such artists and songwriters as Grizzly Bear, Jónsi and Arcade Fire. In 2013 she won Southern Methodist University’s 2013 Meadows Prize, awarded to pioneering artists and scholars with an emerging international profile.

As a chamber musician, Sirota has collaborated with such artists as Joseph Kalichstein, Itzhak Perlman and the Silk Road Ensemble, as well as with members of Kronos Quaret, the Chiara Quartet and the Peabody Trio. In the fall of 2007, Sirota joined the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music for its new Master’s Program in Contemporary Music Performance.

About Leonard Slatkin

Internationally acclaimed conductor Leonard Slatkin is Music Director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre National de Lyon, France. He also maintains a rigorous schedule of guest conducting and is active as a composer, author, and educator.

Slatkin’s more than 100 recordings have garnered seven Grammy awards and 64 nominations. His recent Naxos recordings include works by Saint-Saëns, Ravel, and Berlioz and music by Copland, Rachmaninov, Borzova, McTee, and John Williams. In addition, he has recorded the complete Beethoven and Tchaikovsky symphonies with the DSO.

A recipient of the prestigious National Medal of Arts, Slatkin also holds the rank of Chevalier in the French Legion of Honor. He has received Austria’s Declaration of Honor in Silver, the American Symphony Orchestra League’s Gold Baton Award, and the 2013 ASCAP Deems Taylor Special Recognition Award for his book, Conducting Business.

Slatkin has conducted nearly all of the leading orchestras in the world.

Ticket Information

Tickets to Mozart’s “Little Night Music” begin at $15 and may be purchased at dso.org, via the free DSO to Go mobile app, in-person at the Max M. & Marjorie S. 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 DeRon Wilson at (313) 576-5130 or dwilson@dso.org.

Performance

Mozart’s “Little Night Music”

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Nadia Sirota, viola

Fri., Oct. 23 at 10:45 a.m.

Sun., Oct. 25 at 3 p.m.

 

MOZART

NICO MUHLY

COPLAND

   

Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, K. 525

Concerto for Viola and Orchestra

Symphony No. 3

 

 

 

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 southbound track between Temple and Canfield streets, shifting traffic to the northbound 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 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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DSO’S FREE EDUCATIONAL WEBCAST SERIES RETURNS WITH NEW HOST, DETROIT NATIVE D.J. OLIVER

‘Building the Orchestra’ program to provide free access to classical music in classrooms 

Detroit, (October 19, 2015) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s free educational HD webcast series Live from Orchestra Hall: Classroom Edition returns Wed., October 28 at 10:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. with Building the Orchestra available to students in Detroit and worldwide via dso.org/classroom. The series welcomes Detroit Native D.J. Oliver, of DPTV’s “Detroit Performs,” as host. Oliver joins DSO Assistant Conductor Michelle Merrill who will lead the orchestra in teaching students about instruments and how they make their unique sounds.

As the home to America’s Educational Concert Series, the DSO delivers webcasts to every classroom in Detroit, for students in grades K-8. Live from Orchestra Hall: Classroom Edition is made possible by the support of the Mandell and Madeleine Berman Foundation, with the goal of providing music education to the children of Detroit.

Teachers can register for the webcast at dso.org/classroom where educational resources can be downloaded, including curriculum enrichment materials. Teachers and students will also have the opportunity to interact with the DSO and other viewers through social media.

The program for Building the Orchestra was designed to align with three fundamental content areas set by the National Association for Music Education – creating, performing and responding. Through an interactive exploration of traditional classical masterpieces, contemporary compositions and more popular works, students will first explore how sound is created by learning about the physicality of the instruments and how they make vibrations, such as by imitating the way brass players make sound through buzzing their lips. Students will also have an opportunity to conduct along with the DSO on “Les Toreadors” from the opera Carmen, teaching them that an orchestra, its conductor and the audience form a partnership in every performance.  A movement from Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 will familiarize the young audience with a unique element of string playing technique called pizzicato, while Ann Arbor-based composer Michael Daugherty’s Motown Metal demonstrates how brass and percussion instruments can recreate the sounds of industrial Detroit. Students will explore and discover many ways music is related to other core subject areas, all the while being exposed to classical music through a live orchestral performance.

“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 as TV shows. His most recent credit was on the ABC show Detroit 187. He currently hosts the Detroit Public Television series “Detroit Performs.” D.J. is thankful and humbled to be making his DSO debut!

Live from Orchestra Hall: Classroom Edition

Building the Orchestra

Michelle Merrill, conductor

D.J. Oliver, host

Wed., Oct. 28 at 10:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. EDT

TCHAIKOVSKY   Symphony No. 4 in F minor

IV. Finale: Allegro con fuoco

 
KHACHATURIAN

arr. James L. Moore

  “Sabre Dance” from Gayane  
MICHAEL DAUGHERTY   Motown Metal  
JOHN WILLIAMS   “Nimbus 2000” Suite from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone  
SOUSA   Washington Post March  
TCHAIKOVSKY   Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36

III.  Scherzo: Pizzicato ostinato

 
WAGNER   Prelude to Act III of Lohengrin, WWV. 75  
BERNSTEIN
adapted by Maurice Peress
  Overture to West Side Story  
BIZET   “Les Toréadors” from Suite No. 1 from Carmen  
BRITTEN   “Fugue” from The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, Op. 34  
     

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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HANS GRAF TO LEAD DSO IN BEETHOVEN’S SEVENTH SYMPHONY

Pianist Ingrid Fliter returns to Detroit for Mendelssohn’s First Piano Concerto

Detroit, (October 12, 2015) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) welcomes the return of Gilmore Artist Award winner, pianist Ingrid Fliter, to perform Mendelssohn’s First Piano Concerto. Distinguished Austrian conductor Hans Graf leads the DSO in performing Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony and Beethoven’s popular and triumphant Seventh Symphony. The performances will take place at Orchestra Hall on Thurs., October 15 at 7:30 p.m., Fri., October 16 at 8 p.m. and Sat., October 17 at 8 p.m.

One hour prior to the Thursday performance, a preconcert presentation will be hosted by Robert Boardman, orchestral conductor with a doctorate from University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance, who will interview DSO Principal Bass Kevin Brown and new bass section member Isaac Trapkus. At 7 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday, Steven Whiting, Professor of Musicology at University of Michigan School of Theatre, Music and Dance, will discuss background on the evening’s program.

Beethoven’s 7th Symphony will be webcast to a global audience during the Saturday 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 DSO’s Classical Series is generously sponsored by PVS Chemicals. Thursday’s performance is made possible with additional support from the DSO Business Alliance.

About Ingrid Fliter

Ingrid Fliter sprang to international attention when she was awarded the 2006 Gilmore Artist Award, one of only a handful of pianists to have received this honor. The Gilmore Artist Award is presented to an exceptional pianist who possesses profound musicianship and charisma and who sustains a career as a major international concert artist.

Fliter has and will be working with orchestras around the world including the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic and the Sydney Symphony, among others.

In recital, Fliter has performed at places such as the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Museé d’Orsay, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, Cologne Philharmonic and Salzburg Festspielhaus. Recital highlights in North America have included New York’s Carnegie Hall and the Metropolitan Museum.

Fliter has established a reputation as one of the pre-eminent interpreters of Chopin. Her recording of the complete Chopin Waltzes received five star reviews.

About Hans Graf

Known for his wide range of repertoire and creative programming, the distinguished Austrian conductor Hans Graf is one of today’s most highly respected musicians.

Appointed Music Director of the Houston Symphony in 2001, Graf concluded his tenure in May 2013 and is the longest serving Music Director in the orchestra’s history.

Graf is a frequent guest with all of the major North American orchestras. His recent and upcoming guest engagements include appearances with the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics and the Indianapolis symphony, among others.

His most recent recordings are the complete works by Paul Hindemith for viola and orchestra with Tabea Zimmermann and the Deutsches Symphony Orchestra Berlin and a live recording of Carmina Burana with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Graf has been awarded the Grand Decoration of Honour in Gold for Services to the Republic of Austria.

Ticket Information

Tickets to Beethoven’s 7th Symphony begin at $15 and may be purchased at dso.org, via the free DSO to Go mobile app, in-person at the Max M. & Marjorie S. 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 DeRon Wilson at (313) 576-5130 or dwilson@dso.org.

Performance

Beethoven’s 7th Symphony

Hans Graf, conductor

Ingrid Fliter, piano

Thurs., Oct. 15 at 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 16 at 8 p.m.

Sat., Oct. 17 at 8 p.m.

PROKOFIEVMENDELSSOHN

BEETHOVEN

 

Classical Symphony (Symphony No. 1)Piano Concerto No. 1

Symphony No. 7

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 southbound track between Temple and Canfield streets, shifting traffic to the northbound 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 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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