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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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LOUIS LORTIE TO PERFORM CHOPIN PIANO CONCERTO NO. 1 WITH DSO

DETROIT, (April 17, 2014) – Led by conductor Thierry Fischer, French-Canadian pianist Louis Lortie will join the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) in performing Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1, a piece first performed in the composer’s native Poland shortly before he moved to Paris. Coupled with Debussy’s Prelude to Afternoon of the Faun and and selections from Berlioz’s Romeo and Juliette, Fischer will lead the orchestra through a program inspired by Lortie’s French-Canadian roots.

The Concerts will take place on Thursday May 01 at 7:30 p.m.; Friday May 02 at 10:45 a.m.; and Saturday May 03 at 8:00 p.m.

The Friday, May 2, 10:45 a.m. performance will be webcast live to a global audience via the DSO’s Live From Orchestra Hall series of HD webcasts.

ABOUT THIERRY FISCHER

Thierry Fischer recently renewed his contract as Music Director of the Utah Symphony Orchestra, where he has revitalized the music-making, enthralling players and audiences by his vibrancy, commitment and energy. His hallmarks are a lightness of touch and transparency of texture, allowing room for vivid characterization. He has a keen stylistic sense, and where appropriate uses natural brass and baroque timpani.

Fischer was Principal Conductor of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales from 2006-2012, returning in 2013 and beyond. A busy guesting career has taken him to orchestras as diverse as the Philharmonia, Czech Philharmonic, Orchestre National de Lyon and more. In 2013/14 he makes his debut with the Oslo Philharmonic for Honegger and Poulenc, returns to the Orchestre National de Bordeaux to conduct Shostakovich 10 in their new auditorium, and conducts the Oregon, Detroit and Pacific symphonies.

Fischer started out as Principal Flute in Hamburg and at the Zurich Opera. His conducting career began in his 30′s when he replaced an ailing colleague, subsequently directing his first few concerts with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe where he was Principal Flute under Claudio Abbado. He spent his apprentice years in Holland, and became Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Ulster Orchestra 2001-6. He was Chief Conductor of the Nagoya Philharmonic 2008-2011, making his Suntory Hall debut in Tokyo in May 2010, and is now Honorary Guest Conductor.

ABOUT LOUIS LORTIE

French-Canadian pianist Louis Lortie has performed complete Beethoven sonata cycles at London’s Wigmore Hall, Berlin’s Philharmonie, and the Sala Grande del Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi in Milan.

Lortie celebrated the bicentenary of Liszt’s birth in 2011 by performing the complete Années de pèlerinage at international music capitals and festivals, and he returns to Carnegie Hall in 2014 to perform it there.

In 2013-2014 Lortie tours Australia, Hong Kong and Taiwan, and returns to the BBC Proms, the orchestras of St. Louis, Atlanta, Dallas, Vancouver, Detroit, and more and performs recitals in the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall, to name a few.

He has made more than 30 recordings for the Chandos label, covering repertoire from Mozart to Stravinsky, including a set of the complete Beethoven sonatas and the complete Liszt’s Années de pèlerinage. His recording of the Lutosławski Piano Concerto and Paganini Variations with Edward Gardner and the BBC Symphony was released last year, as well as his latest Chopin album. Future recording include a disc of Liszt’s transcriptions.

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets to Lorie Plays Chopin begin at $15 and may be purchased at the Max M. Fisher Music Center box office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit); by calling (313) 576-5111; or online at dso.org. Detroit residents may reserve a ticket for $15 each in any section, excluding the box level, within two weeks of the performance. A valid photo ID with a Detroit address is required. For group discount information (10 people or more), please contact Chuck Dyer at (313) 576-5130 or cdyer@dso.org.

PERFORMANCE

Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Thierry Fischer, conductor

Louis Lortie, piano

Thurs., May 01 at 7:30 p.m.

Fri., May 02 at 10:45 a.m.

Sat., May 03 at 8 p.m.

DEBUSSY Prélude à l’Après-midi d’un faune
CHOPIN Piano Concerto No.1 in E minor, Op.11

I. Allegro maestoso

II. Romanze

III. Rondo

                        Louis Lortie, piano

BERLIOZ Roméo et Juliette, Dramatic Symphony, Op. 17 [Romeo and Juliet]  [complete]

Act I: Introduction

Prologue

Act II: Romeo Alone

Night Scene

Queen Mab Scherzo

Act III. Juliet’s Funeral March

Romeo at the Tomb of the Capulets

Finale

ABOUT THE DSO

The internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra, which celebrated its 125th anniversary in December 2012, 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 and 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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PIANIST EDDIE PALMIERI AND HIS LATIN JAZZ BAND CAP OFF 2013-14 PARADISE JAZZ SERIES

DETROIT, (April 16, 2014) – Best known for his ability to blend the rhythms of his Puerto Rican heritage with the jazz influences Thelonious Monk and McCoy Tyner, nine-time Grammy Award winner Eddie Palmieri is one of the most exciting and renowned Latin pianists and bandleaders of his time. With an extraordinary musical career that spans over half a century, he continues to push the boundaries with his unique approach and legendary style.

The concert, a part of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Paradise Jazz Series, will take place on Friday May 2, 2014 at 8 p.m. at Orchestra Hall. The DSO does not appear on this program.

The Paradise Jazz Series sponsored by MGM Grand Detroit.

ABOUT EDDIE PALMIERI

Eddie Palmieri, known for his charismatic power and bold innovative drive, has a musical career that spans over 50 years as a bandleader of Salsa and Latin Jazz orchestras. With a discography that includes 36 titles, Palmieri has been awarded nine Grammy Awards. Born in Spanish Harlem in 1936, Eddie began piano studies at an early age, as did his celebrated older brother, the late Salsa legend and pianist, Charlie Palmieri. For Latin New Yorkers of Eddie’s generation, music was a vehicle out of El Barrio. At age 11, he auditioned at Weil Recital Hall, which is next door to Carnegie Hall, a venue as far from the Bronx as he could imagine. Possessed by a desire to play the drums, Palmieri joined his uncle’s orchestra at age 13, where he played timbales.

Eddie Palmieri embraces the future of his music by blazing a distinctive musical path to the delight of fans across the globe. He has one of the most actively touring Salsa and Latin Jazz orchestras to date, tours of which have taken him to Europe, Asia, Australia, Latin America, North Africa and throughout the Caribbean. A true powerhouse of brilliance known for his astute arranging skills and historic compositions, Palmieri has shown that time is infinite with respect to his repertoire as he continues to thrill audiences with his legendary style.

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets to Eddie Palmieri begin at $18 and may be purchased at the Max M. Fisher Music Center box office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit); by calling (313) 576-5111; or online at dso.org. Detroit residents may reserve a ticket for $20 each in any section, excluding the box level, within two weeks of the performance. A valid photo ID with a Detroit address is required. For group discount information (10 people or more), please contact Chuck Dyer at (313) 576-5130 or cdyer@dso.org.

PERFORMANCE

Eddie Palmieri, piano

Fri., May 2 at 8 p.m.

ABOUT THE DSO

The internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra, which celebrated its 125th anniversary in December 2012, 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 and 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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AUGUSTIN HADELICH MAKES DSO DEBUT WITH BEETHOVEN VIOLIN CONCERTO

DETROIT, (April 10, 2014) – Acclaimed German violinist Augustin Hadelich will make his Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) debut in April, performing the Beethoven Violin Concerto. Colorado Symphony Music Director Andrew Litton will conduct the performances, which will also include Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 6.

The concerts will take place on Thursday April 24 at 7:30 p.m. at Congregation Shaarey Zedek (27375 Bell Rd Southfield); Friday April 25 at 10:45 a.m. and 8 p.m. in Orchestra Hall; and Sunday April 27 at 3 p.m. in Orchestra Hall.

The Friday, April 25 10:45 a.m. performance will be webcast live to a global audience via the DSO’s Live From Orchestra Hall series of HD webcasts. READ MORE



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SOLD OUT YO-YO MA, DETROIT SYMPHONY CONCERT TO BE WEBCAST WORLDWIDE

DETROIT, (April 8, 2014) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s (DSO) one-night-only concert with Yo-Yo Ma on Wednesday, April 9 at 7:30 p.m. has sold out, but audiences can catch the performance from anywhere with a special Live From Orchestra Hall worldwide webcast event. View the concert FREE by logging on to dso.org/live, downloading the DSO to Go mobile app, or using the Livestream app for Roku.

Music Director Leonard Slatkin will lead the orchestra in an all-Dvořák program featuring the famed cellist performing the composer’s last solo concerto: the Cello Concerto written for his friend, cellist Hanuš Wihan.

Ma will also perform the DSO premiere of Dvořák’s Silent Woods for Cello and Orchestra, a piece Dvořák originally composed for solo piano that he later arranged for Hanuš Wihan to perform with orchestra. READ MORE



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