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SINGLE TICKETS ON SALE FOR DSO NEIGHBORHOOD CONCERTS, CHAMBER RECITALS

Neighborhood subscribers receive free admission to chamber recitals

Detroit, (November 4, 2013) – Single tickets are now available for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s (DSO) Neighborhood Concert Series and Chamber Recitals. Due to high demand, many neighborhood venues nearly sell out on subscription alone. Purchasing tickets early is recommended. Neighborhood Concert Series subscribers receive free admission to all Neighborhood Chamber Recitals ($15 value per person, per recital).

A full schedule of Neighborhood Concerts at our seven venues (Seligman Performing Arts Center in Beverly Hills, Kirk in the Hills Presbyterian Church in Bloomfield Hills, Ford Community and Performing Arts Center in Dearborn, The Village Theater at Cherry Hill in Canton, Grosse Pointe Memorial Church in Grosse Pointe, Congregation Shaarey Zedek in Southfield and Berman Center for the Performing Arts in West Bloomfield) is available at dso.org/neighborhood.

Chamber Recitals are planned for:

Neighborhood Chamber Recitals are programmed by DSO musicians, which offer repertoire arranged for small ensemble in intimate and non-traditional venues like libraries, churches and select retail spaces.

TICKET INFORMATION

Single tickets to Neighborhood Series concerts are $25. Tickets to Chamber Recitals are $15 for adults and $10 for children under 18 and students. Tickets can be purchased by calling (313) 576-5111 or online at dso.org.

PERFORMANCES

An Afternoon of Mozart, Schubert and Bach

St. John Armenian Church

22001 Northwestern Hwy, Southfield

Sunday, Nov. 10 at 3 p.m.

Kimberly Kaloyanides Kennedy,violin

Sheryl Hwangbo, violin

James Van Valkenburg, viola

David LeDoux, cello

MOZART Eine Kline Nachtmusik K. 525, First Movement
BORODIN String Quartet No. 2, First Movement
BACH Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, Prelude and Gigue
SCHICKELE Duo for Violin and Viola
HANDEL-HALVORSEN Duo for Violin and Viola
SCHUBERT Quartet in A minor, Second Movement
GODARD Duo for Violin and Cello
BARBER Adagio for Strings
PIAZZOLA Tango

Holiday Brass

First Christian Reformed Church

1444 Maryland Ave., Grosse Pointe Park 48230

Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m.

St.Thomas a’Becket Catholic Church

555 S Lilley Rd, Canton 48188

Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m.

Hunter Eberly, trumpet

Bill Lucas, trumpet

Randy Hawes, bass trombone

Johanna Yarbrough, horn

David Saltzman, tuba

A DSO brass quintet combines popular holiday tunes with brass standards by Giovanni Gabrieli and Samuel Scheidt, as well as Dukas’ iconic Fanfare from La Perí and Bach’s Contrapunctus IX.

From Bach to Bartók

North Hills Christian Reformed Church

3150 Adams Rd, Troy 48084

Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m.

Steinway Piano Gallery of Detroit

2700 E W. Maple Rd, Commerce Township 48390

Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m.

Sheryl Hwangbo, violin

David LeDoux, cello

Monica Fosnaugh, English horn

Shannon Orme, clarinet

Teddy Abrams, conductor and piano

Herald the season with a musical evening featuring a unique quintet of DSO musicians. Enjoy a diverse program featuring masterworks by Bach and Bartok alongside traditional holiday fanfare.

About the Neighborhood Residency Initiative

In October of 2011, the DSO introduced the Neighborhood Residency Initiative, aimed at making the orchestra more accessible across southeast Michigan in order to mean more to more people. Residencies have been established in seven metro Detroit neighborhoods: Beverly Hills, Bloomfield Hills, Canton, Dearborn, Grosse Pointe, Southfield and West Bloomfield Township. The DSO is the first major American orchestra to establish long-term performance and education residencies across its own region.

The Neighborhood Residency Initiative (NRI) will expand the orchestra’s existing presence in these communities through new concerts, educational partnerships, chamber music recitals, and other programming. Neighborhood residencies are built within the orchestra’s schedule at Orchestra Hall, one of the most revered concert venues in America.

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DSO FAMILY CONCERTS EXPLORES CLASSICAL MUSIC IN UNEXPECTED PLACES

Macy’s Super Saturday features performances by the DSO and Sean Dobbins and Friends

DETROIT, (November 1, 2013) – Pop culture exposes us all to classical music in ways we’ve never thought of, and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will present two concerts for children on Saturday, November 23, exploring music in our everyday lives as part of the Young People’s Family Concert series.

Additional activities for children will take place before the concerts at 9:30 a.m. in the Max M. Fisher Music Center Atrium and will feature face painting, balloon art and more! The Radio Disney Road Crew will also be on site with prizes and interactive entertainment for the whole family. The Tiny Tots concerts are made possible by the generous support of our friends at The Henry Ford II Fund.

WHEN:            Saturday, November 23, 2013

10 a.m. – Sean Dobbins and Friends – Jazz Meets Dr. Seuss

Oh, the Places You’ll Go! Explore the rhyming and rhythm of Dr. Seuss through the world of jazz music with Sean Dobbins and Friends.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

11 a.m. – Here, There and Everywhere!

Classical music is everywhere around us! You’ve heard it used in cartoons, films, commercials, and retail shops. Assistant Conductor Teddy Abrams will lead the DSO in a fun-filled concert that will demonstrate the different ways we listen to music and how it surrounds our everyday lives.

WHERE:          Max M. Fisher Music Center

3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit, Mich

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets to Sean Dobbins and Friends – Jazz Meets Dr. Seuss in the Music Box are $10, general admission. Tickets to Here, There and Everywhere! Begin at $20 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. Subscriptions to the remaining 3 concerts of the 2013-14 Family concert series are still available, beginning at $39. For group discount information (10 people or more), please contact Chuck Dyer at (313) 565-5130 or cdyer@dso.org.

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 season and acclaimed conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik was appointed Principal Pops Conductor in November 2012. 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 at 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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ELLIS HALL BRINGS SPIRIT OF RAY CHARLES TO ORCHESTRA HALL

DETROIT, (October 31, 2013) – In a tribute to Motown’s biggest stars, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will host Ellis Hall is Ray Charles, a Pop Series program conducted by DSO Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik featuring hits by Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye.

While performing in 2001, vocalist Ellis Hall was approached by Ray Charles who was instantly taken by what he heard and in 2002, Ellis became the only artist besides Ray to be signed as a Featured Artist on his record label, Crossover Records. During the months following, Ellis and Ray produced an astounding work called “Straight Ahead” featuring the Top 100 #5 HIT “Gotta Get The Money”, with incredible guest artists such as the likes of Billy Preston and more. Following the passing of Ray, Ellis decided to create shows in honor of The Master called “A Tribute To Ray Charles, Motown And Beyond” and proceeded to perform this masterpiece with Symphonies all over the World.

The performances will take place on Friday, November 22 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, November 23 at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, November 24 at 3 p.m. The DSO Pops Series is sponsored by Greektown Casino Hotel and MASCO Corporation Foundation.

ABOUT ELLIS HALL

Born in Savannah, Georgia, Ellis Hall moved to Boston, Massachusetts where he embarked upon becoming one of the world’s most innovative souls. Burdened to a degree by childhood glaucoma, at 18 years old, accelerated by a wrestling accident, Ellis was rendered completely blind, yet differently abled rather than handicapped. He raced off into the world of R&B and Soul to create a reputation for being one of the most scintillating performers of our time.

Blindness clearly has not held Ellis back. Having mastered the bass, guitar, keyboards and drums, he would practice in the dark. He has the voice (a five-octave range) the virtuoso musical chops, the moves and the attitude. He has played live with Bobby Womack, Billy Preston, James Taylor, Marcus Miller and David Sanborn, recorded with pioneering soul, funk troupe The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band, and was the singer on Kenny G’s hit single “What Does it Take?”. He was even a lead voice in the animated blues-soul band California Raisins (an ad campaign spin-off but no less convincing for that). He is a star of numerous film soundtracks, including Bruce Almighty, Invincible, Chicken Run, Beneath the Darkness, Catch Me If You Can, and Big Momma’s House –having appeared in the last two. He has fronted the Boston Pops Orchestra and played for Nelson Mandela and Oprah Winfrey, both of whom are declared fans too.

ABOUT JEFF TYZIK

Grammy Award winner Jeff Tyzik is one of America’s most innovative and sought after pops conductors. Tyzik is recognized for his brilliant arrangements, original programming, and engaging rapport with audiences of all ages.

This season, he begins a new role as Principal Pops Conductor of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra as well as the Seattle Symphony and The Florida Orchestra. In August 2013, Jeff Tyzik was also named to The Dot and Paul Mason Principal Pops Conductor’s Podium at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.  In the 2013/14 concert season, Tyzik will celebrate his 20th season as Principal Pops Conductor of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and continues to serve as Principal Pops Conductor of the Oregon Symphony.

Highly sought after as a guest conductor, Tyzik has appeared with the Boston Pops, Cincinnati Pops, Milwaukee Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Tyzik made his UK debut in 2010 with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. In May 2007, the Harmonia Mundi label released his recording of works by Gershwin with pianist Jon Nakamatsu and the RPO which stayed in the Top 10 on the Billboard classical chart for over 3 months. Alex Ross of The New Yorker, called it “one of the snappiest Gershwin discs in years”.

Committed to performing music of all genres, Tyzik has collaborated with such diverse artists as Chris Botti, Matthew Morrison, Wynonna Judd, Tony Bennett, Art Garfunkel, Dawn Upshaw, Marilyn Horne, Arturo Sandoval, The Chieftains, Mark O’Connor, Doc Severinsen, John Pizzarelli and has created numerous original programs that include the greatest music from jazz and classical to Motown, Broadway, film, dance, Latin and swing. Tyzik holds Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the Eastman School of Music.

PERFORMANCE

Ellis Hall Is Ray Charles

Jeff Tyzik, conductor

Ellis Hall, vocal and piano/keyboards

Fri., Nov. 22 at 8 p.m.

Sat., Nov. 23 at 8 p.m.

Sun., Nov. 24 at 3 p.m.

BEETHOVEN

adapted Walter Murphy

arr. Jeff Tyzik

A Fifth of Beethoven
arr. Hall/Tyzik Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

Credit

Some Days Were Meant For Rain

My Cherie Amour

I Heard It Through The Grapevine

arr. Matt Catingub Let the Good Times Roll

Hit the Road Jack

Unchain My Heart

Georgia On My Mind

Girl You’re Not In Kansas Anymore

You Are My Sunshine

You Don’t Know Me

Hallelujah I Just Love Her So

I Can’t Stop Loving You

What’d I Say?

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 season and acclaimed conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik was appointed Principal Pops Conductor in November 2012. 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 at the Max M. Fisher Music Center, one of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, the DSO actively pursues a mission to impact and serve the community through music.  For more information visit dso.org or download the free DSO to Go mobile app.

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DSO ASSISTANT CONDUCTOR TEDDY ABRAMS SELECTED AS LOUISVILLE ORCHESTRA MUSIC DIRECTOR

DETROIT (October 28, 2013) – Louisville Orchestra (LO) Executive Director Andrew Kipe

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and James Welch, President of the LO Board of Directors, announced at a press conference today that Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) Assistant Conductor Teddy Abrams, 26, has been appointed LO Music Director Designate, a position that will begin in September 2014. This news comes just a day following Abrams classical subscription debut with the DSO.

“My time in Detroit has been a vital part of my development as a conductor. I am very fortunate to have worked with the world-class DSO musicians in one of America’s greatest concert halls,” said Abrams. “The great show of support by this community for its orchestra is very special and I look forward to applying my experiences as Assistant Conductor to my new role in Louisville.”

Abrams signed on as DSO Assistant Conductor in 2012. Since then he has curated the DSO’s Young People’s Family Concert and Education Concert series, worked as cover conductor for the classical subscription series, built strong relationships with metro Detroit audiences through neighborhood concerts and other forms of community outreach, and appeared regularly on Live From Orchestra Hall webcasts in a segment titled, “Teddy’s Take.”

“During his two years with us in Detroit, Teddy proved himself not only a very talented Conductor but a person committed to the community,” said DSO Music Director Leonard Slatkin. “His ability to communicate with audiences and the orchestra were remarkable and these abilities will serve him very well in Louisville. All of us here believe that the combination of Teddy and the Louisville Orchestra will be a potent force in the musical world.”

While his current position with the DSO will conclude with the 2013-14 season, his ongoing relationship with the organization is yet to be determined. Abrams was the first to take on this type of position with the Orchestra since Thomas Wilkins vacated the role in 2009. Auditions to find a replacement have not yet been scheduled.

“It has been a joy working with Teddy at the DSO. He has been extremely generous with his time, his musical talent, his intellect and his heart,” said Anne Parsons, DSO President and CEO. “Teddy will always be an important part of our DSO family, and we are thrilled that he will now be sharing his great capacity for connecting people through music thanks to this new partnership with the venerable Louisville Orchestra.”

As the LO Music Director Designate, a three-year contract, Abrams will take on season programming, auditions for auxiliaries and the unfilled positions within the Orchestra, and donor cultivation. He will work with the LO Board of Directors, musicians, Executive Director and staff to create a strategic plan for the future of the Louisville Orchestra. His other positions include Music Director and Conductor of the Britt Classical Festival and the Resident Conductor of the MAV Symphony Orchestra in Budapest. Abrams will be the LO’s eighth and youngest music director.

Find Teddy Abrams’ full bio here.

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 season and acclaimed conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik was appointed Principal Pops Conductor in November 2012. 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 at 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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MAESTRO RAFAEL FRÜHBECK DE BURGOS RETURNS TO CONDUCT HUNGARIAN DSO PROGRAM

DETROIT, (October 24, 2013) – Renowned Spanish conductor Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos will lead the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) in a program honoring Hungarian masters of composition. On Friday, November 15 at 10:45 a.m., Saturday, November 16 at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, November 17 at 3 p.m., the orchestra will perform Franz Liszt’s Les Preludes and Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra. Russian-American pianist Kirill Gerstein will star in Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1.

All patrons are invited to a free pre-concert performance of Bartók’s Contrasts, featuring DSO musicians Sheryl Hwangbo, violin, Shannon Orme, clarinet and Assistant Conductor, Teddy Abrams. The presentation will take place one hour prior to the Saturday and Sunday performances in Orchestra Hall.

The Friday, November 15 performance will be webcast live to a global audience via the DSO’s Live From Orchestra Hall series of HD webcasts. Hosted by WDET 101.9 FM’s Alex Trajano, the broadcast will begin at 10:45 a.m. ET (pre-show at 10:30 a.m.) and will include pre-concert and intermission interviews. Live From Orchestra Hall is viewable by logging on to dso.org/live or via DSO to Go, the DSO’s free mobile app.

ABOUT RAFAEL FRÜHBECK DE BURGOS

A regular guest with North America’s top orchestras, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos will conduct the New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, National, Detroit, St. Louis, Houston, New World, and Seattle Symphony Orchestras in the 2013-14 season.  In addition he appears annually at the Tanglewood Music Festival

Named Conductor of the Year by Musical America in 2011, other numerous honours and distinctions he has been awarded include the Gold Medal of the City of Vienna, the Bundesverdienstkreutz of the Republic of Austria and Germany, the Gold Medal from the Gustav Mahler International Society, and the Jacinto Guerrero Prize, Spain’s most important musical award, conferred in 1997 by the Queen of Spain.  In 1998 Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos received the appointment of “Emeritus Conductor” by the Spanish National Orchestra. He has received an honorary doctorate from the University of Navarra in Spain.  Since 1975 he has been a member of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando.

Born in Burgos, Spain in 1933, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos studied violin, piano, music theory and composition at the conservatories in Bilbao and Madrid, and conducting at Munich’s Hochschule für Musik, where he graduated summa cum laude and was awarded the Richard Strauss Prize.  From 2004-2011, he was Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Dresden Philharmonic, and in the 2012-13 season began his post as Chief Conductor of the Danish National Orchestra.

ABOUT KIRILL GERSTEIN

Pianist Kirill Gerstein is the sixth recipient of the prestigious Gilmore Artist Award, presented every four years to an exceptional pianist who, regardless of age or nationality, possess broad and profound musicianship and charisma and who desires and can sustain a career as a major international concert artist. Gerstein was also awarded First Prize at the 2001 Arthur Rubinstein Piano Competition in Tel Aviv, received a 2002 Gilmore Young Artist Award, and a 2010 Avery Fisher Grant.

His first solo recording featuring works by Schumann, Liszt and Oliver Knussen, released by Myrios Classics. Gerstein also collaborated with Tabea Zimmerman on a recording of Sonatas for viola and piano by Rebecca Clarke, Henri Vieuxtemps and Johannes Brahms for the Myrios label, released in February 2011.

Gerstein came to the United States from his native Russia at 14 to study jazz piano as the youngest student ever to attend Boston’s Berklee College of Music. After completing his studies in three years and following his second summer at the Boston University program at Tanglewood, Gerstein turned his focus back to classical music and moved to New York City to attend the Manhattan School of Music and earned both Bachelors and Masters of Music degrees by the age of 20. He continued his studies in Madrid with Dmitri Bashkirov and in Budapest with Ferenc Rados. An American citizen since 2003, Gerstein now divides his time between the United States and Germany, where he has been a professor of piano at the Musikhochschule in Stuttgart since 2006.

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets to Virtuoso Liszt 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

Virtuoso Liszt

Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, conductor

Kirill Gerstein, piano

Fri., Nov. 15 at 10:45 a.m.

Sat., Nov. 16 at 8 p.m.

Sun., Nov. 17 at 3 p.m.

LISZT Les Préludes
LISZT Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major
BARTÓK Concerto for Orchestra

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 season and acclaimed conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik was appointed Principal Pops Conductor in November 2012. 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 at the Max M. Fisher Music Center, one of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, the DSO actively pursues a mission to impact and serve the community through music.  For more information visit dso.org or download the free DSO to Go mobile app.

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DSO PRESENTS NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE OF ‘CYBORG,’ FEATURING ORCHESTRA MEMBERS’ CELL PHONES, VOICES

DETROIT (October 17, 2013) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will give the American Premiere of Cyborg by abstract Spanish composer Ferran Cruixent next month, a rare performance of a piece by this composer in the United States.

Cyborg is meant to explore the idea that in the age of computers, cell phones and technological medical equipment, the human race has evolved into a sort of rudimentary cybernetic organism. The musicians mirror this sentiment onstage by expanding the technical capabilities of the orchestra with unusual techniques such as inhaling or speaking through their instruments and at times using their own cell phones in performing the piece.

The American Premiere of Cyborg will be led by DSO Music Director Leonard Slatkin, paired with Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 featuring soprano Ilana Davidson and Sibelius’ Violin Concerto starring French violinist Alexandra Soumm. Performances will take place on Thursday, November 7 at 7:30 p.m. and Friday, November 8 at 8 p.m.

All patrons are invited to a free pre-concert presentation of Mahler songs by students from the University of Michigan vocal program, one hour prior to both performances in Orchestra Hall.

The Thursday, November 7 performance will be webcast live to a global audience via the DSO’s Live From Orchestra Hall series of HD webcasts. Hosted by WDET 101.9 FM’s Alex Trajano, the broadcast will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will include pre-concert and intermission interviews. Live From Orchestra Hall is viewable by logging on to dso.org/live or via DSO to Go, the DSO’s free mobile app.

About Alexandra Soumm

French violinist Alexandra Soumm has collaborated in recent years with the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Zurich Chamber Orchestra and Lausanne Chamber Orchestra. As a chamber musician, she has given recitals at the Auditorium du Louvre (Paris), Palais des Beaux Arts (Brussels), Wigmore Hall (London) and more. She has also appeared at international festivals such as Schleswig-Holstein, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Deauville. She is very involved with the Seiji Ozawa International Academy in Switzerland and has been taking part in the project for the past 10 years.

Soumm enjoys an ongoing relationship with many leading orchestras in France.  In addition to the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, she has also performed with the Orchestre de Paris and Orchestre National d’Ile de France. In the UK, she was a member of BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Artist scheme 2010-12, during which time she worked with most of the BBC ensembles.  She maintains her connection with the UK through her position as a London Music Masters awardee 2012-2015.

About Ilana Davidson

Grammy-winning American soprano Ilana Davidson brings a crystalline soprano, assured musicality and interpretive insight to repertoire spanning the 12th to the 21st centuries. She has closely collaborated with composers John Zorn and Bright Sheng, and conductors Alan Gilbert, Leonard Slatkin, Jaap van Zweden and many others.

Davidson’s association with the music of the Austrian composer Ernst Krenek began with rapturously received performances as the Queen in Das Geheime Königreich at the Krenek Festival in Vienna and Die Nachtigall with the Austrian Chamber Symphony. The former spawned a series of projects dedicated to the composer’s works including solo debut recording of his lieder, a recital tour, and multiple New York City performances. Davidson’s other operatic forays include Libby Larson’s Everyman Jack at Sonoma City Opera, Galatea in Händel’s Acis and Galatea at the Staunton Music Festival, a number of roles all performed in the Netherlands as well as roles at the Florida Grand Opera. Her current season includes participation in Gotham Chamber Opera’s Baden-Baden 1927, an evening of works by Kurt Weill, Darius Milhaud, Paul Hindemith and Ernst Toch.

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets to see Mahler Symphony No. 4 at Orchestra Hall range from $15-$50 and $100 for box seats. Tickets 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. For group discount information (10 people or more), please contact Chuck Dyer at (313) 576-5130 or cdyer@dso.org.

PERFORMANCE

Mahler Symphony No. 4

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Alexandra Soumm, violin

Ilana Davison, soprano

Thursday, Nov. 7 at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 8 at 8 p.m.

FERRAN CRUIXENT Cyborg
SIBELIUS Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D minor
MAHLER Symphony No. 4 in G major

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 season and acclaimed conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik was appointed Principal Pops Conductor in November 2012. 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 at the Max M. Fisher Music Center, one of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, the DSO actively pursues a mission to impact and serve the community through music.  For more information visit dso.org or download the free DSO to Go mobile app.

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DSO REMEMBERS THE GOLDEN AGE OF HOLLYWOOD WITH TRIBUTE TO FRED ASTAIRE AND GINGER ROGERS

DETROIT (October 14, 2013) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) brings the glitz and glamor of old Hollywood with performances of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers classics from the 1930’s era.

The world’s most famous dancing duo will be celebrated in “Fred & Ginger: Dancing and Romancing”, with performances by Kirby Ward and Joan Hess, both vocalists and dancers, along with DSO Assistant Conductor Teddy Abrams conducting. These Pops Series program performances will take place on Friday, November 1 at 10:45 a.m. and Sunday, November 3 at 3 p.m. and will include songs such as “The Way You Look Tonight,” “Cheek to Cheek” and more!

ABOUT KIRBY WARD

Kirby Ward has worked in the arts on five continents and in film, television and stage for almost thirty years. He has been a resident of Los Angeles and London and now makes his home in Connecticut, but he continues to work in theatre and film all over the world.

When cast as Bobby Child in the London production of Crazy For You, Kirby took his whole family along. His portrayal of the lead character in this West End premier netted him an Olivier award nomination as well as the honor of meeting and performing for the royal family on the Queen’s birthday. You can hear him on the London cast album for First Night Records. As an actor he has run the gamut of song and dance roles, playing in My One and Only to 42nd Street, Singin’ in the Rain and No No Nanette. Departing from the song and dance motif has lead him into such roles in Jesus Christ Superstar, School For Wives, They’re Playin’ Our Song and Evita.

New York area audiences have seen Kirby’s work as an actor in Show Boat!, in the Off-Broadway revival cast of Cocoanuts and in Company as well as the recent Never Gonna Dance at the Broadhurst. His direction and choreography in the metro area for Dames at Sea, The Jazz Singer and Grease were all critically acclaimed.

In Los Angeles Kirby choreographed portions of Debbie Reynolds’ and Donald O’Connor’s Las Vegas acts, appearing in both for a number of years as a singer and dancer. He also trained Bette Midler and James Caan in song and dance technique for their film For The Boys for 20th Century Fox. Also, while in Los Angeles, he worked as a writer for television at Hanna Barbera Studios. Most recently his original short film Down in the Mouth was awarded best short film at the Kent Film Festival in Kent, CT.

Kirby is living in the woods of Connecticut with his wife and three kids, where he’s putting the finishing touches on the book of a brand new musical called Romancing the Throne.

ABOUT JOAN HESS

Joan Hess just completed her fifth Broadway show, playing the role of the wealthy and hilarious Tanya in Broadway’s Mamma Mia. She was also seen as Jessica (the “Leggy Blonde”) in HBO’s Grammy award-winning comedy series, Flight of the Conchords. She recently had the great honor of working with television’s iconic director Jay Sandrich when she played Doris in Same Time, Next Year. Prior to that, she had the great fortune of playing the plum role of Billie Dawn in Born Yesterday. Hess was also featured on Broadway as Patsy in Crazy for You, as Edie and Hattie in Kiss Me Kate and as Sophia in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. She appeared at the Lincoln Center in the lead role in Dessa Rose, the powerful new Lynn Ahrens/Stephen Flaherty piece. She appeared as Betty in the First National Tour of Sunset Boulevard, Polly in the First National Tour of Crazy for You, and she toured the country with 42nd Street and Beehive, as well.

Regional theater audiences and critics, alike, applauded her performance in the title role in Gypsy at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, and as Picasso’s first love, Fernande Olivier, in the World Premier of La Vie en Bleu, at Philadelphia’s Walnut Street Theater. As Ann in The 1940′s Radio Hour she received a Best Actress Nomination. She also played the lead role of Maddy in the Australian import Hot Shoe Shuffle, Lilly McBain in Swingtime Canteen and Irene Molloy in Hello Dolly.

Ms. Hess was featured in the PBS Great Performances series in My Favorite Broadway: The Love Songs, hosted by Julie Andrews. She has performed with numerous symphonies around the world, from Houston, Atlanta, North Carolina and Detroit Symphonies to the Winnipeg Symphony and the Hong Kong Philharmonic. In 2002, she had the privilege of singing for the World Economic Forum following Mayor Bloomberg’s address.

Joan served as script supervisor on the independent short film entitled Down in the Mouth. She also hosted and produced live television for three seasons, acted in over thirty commercials, and modeled for many years. She’s a Colorado native and is blissfully married to actor and powerhouse tenor, David Hess, with whom she toured South Africa, England and Italy for the Travel Channel’s Fantasy Rails for Millionaires.

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets to see Fred & Ginger: Dancing and Romancing at Orchestra Hall range from $19-$68 and $70-$105 for box seats. Tickets 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. For group discount information (10 people or more), please contact Chuck Dyer at (313) 576-5130 or cdyer@dso.org.

PERFORMANCE

Fred & Ginger: Dancing and Romancing

Teddy Abrams, conductor

Kirby Ward, vocalist and dancer

Joan Hess, vocalist and dancer

Fri. Nov. 1 at 10:45 a.m.

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

GERSHWIN Overture to Girl Crazy
KERN “I want to Dance” from Roberta
GERSHWIN “They Can’t Take That Away From Me” from Shall We Dance
RODGERS “Johnny One Note” from Babes in Arms
KERN “The Song is You” from Music in the Air
WARREN Overture from 42nd Street
BERLIN “Top Hat, White Tie and Tails” from Top Hat
“Cheek to Cheek” from Top Hat
PRIMA Sing, Sing, Sing
WARREN Chattanooga Choo Choo
GARLAND In the Mood
KANDER “All That Jazz” from Chicago
LOEWE “I Could Have Danced All Night” from My Fair Lady
BERLIN “You’re Just In Love” from Call Me Madam
YOUMANS Carioca
BERNSTEIN Overture to West Side Story
KENT and CURTIS I’m Gonna Live Till I Die
BROWN “Singin’ in the Rain” from Singin’ in the Rain
PORTER “Begin the Beguine” from Jubilee
GERSHWIN “Shall We Dance” from Shall We Dance

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 season and acclaimed conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik was appointed Principal Pops Conductor in November 2012. 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 at the Max M. Fisher Music Center, one of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, the DSO actively pursues a mission to impact and serve the community through music.  For more information visit dso.org or download the free DSO to Go mobile app.

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DSO PRESENTS FRIGHTENING ALL HALLOW’S EVE PERFORMANCE OF TIM BURTON FILM SCORES

DETROIT (October 11, 2013) – This Halloween season, join the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) for a thrilling evening performance of music composed by Grammy and BMI Film & Television award winner Danny Elfman, who has created scores for iconic films such as Batman (starring Michael Keaton) and The Nightmare Before Christmas. Elfman is best known for his collaborations with film director Tim Burton and has created movie magic within the fantasy realm for the past three decades.

The American Premiere of “Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton” will be led by conductor Ted Sperling, with the DSO performing some of Elfman’s most spine-tingling Tim Burton scores on Wednesday, October 30 at 7:30 p.m. and will include music from Beetlejuice, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Edward Scissorhands. READ MORE



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DSO FUNDRAISING UP 43 PERCENT AS 2012-13 CAMPAIGN CONCLUDES

Annual fundraising for operations tops $18.9 million, donor base doubles

DETROIT, (October 8, 2013) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) announced today that its 2013 Annual Fund campaign set a record-breaking pace by raising more than $18.9 million in the fiscal year ending August 31, 2013. This represents a 43 percent increase compared with the 2012 campaign, which

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raised $13.2 million. Over $6 million of the total came from the exceedingly generous giving of DSO directors and trustees.

“I want to recognize the dedication of our past two DSO board chairmen, Stanley Frankel and Jim Nicholson, who led a special fundraising effort that enabled this outstanding outcome,” said DSO President and CEO Anne Parsons.

An imperative part of the campaign’s success is owing to a rapidly growing donor base that has doubled since the 2011 campaign. In just two years, the DSO giving community has grown from 4,500 to the current 10,250, exceeding 10,000 for the first time in a decade. READ MORE



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DSO PRESENTS SPOOKY MORNING OF MYSTERY, MUSIC AND FUN

Macy’s Super Saturday features performances by the DSO and Candy Band

DETROIT (October 4, 2013) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will host a day of family-friendly thrills and chills on Saturday, October 26 with two concerts geared toward your little boys and ghouls. With Halloween lurking around the corner, the ghosts of Orchestra Hall have come out to play for a morning of Halloween entertainment, marking the beginning of the 2013-14Young People’s Family Concerts..

Vampires, witches and ghouls, oh my! Dress-up in your favorite costume and have an unforgettable experience at the DSO with face painting, an instrument petting zoo, live music and more starting in the Max M. Fisher Music Center Atrium at 9:30 a.m.! Thanks to the generous support of our friends at The Henry Ford II Fund, this event will surely make your spine shiver.

WHEN:            Saturday, October 26, 2013

10 a.m. – Rock O’Ween with Candy Band

Back by popular demand! Come dressed in your favorite Halloween costume and get ready to rock with four metro Detroit moms as they play punk versions of nursery rhymes and other children’s favorites, along with original tunes.

11 a.m. – A Halloween Mystery Party with the DSO

Breaking news: The composer is dead and the culprit is lurking within the orchestra! Grab your favorite Halloween costume and get ready to solve a mystery, meet the instruments of the orchestra, and enjoy some spooky tunes that will keep the whole family on the edge of their seats.

WHERE:          Max. M Fisher Music Center

3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit, Mich.

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets to Rock O’Ween with Candy Band in the Music Box are $10, general admission. Tickets to A Halloween Mystery Party with the DSO begin at $13 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. Subscriptions to the full 2013-14 Family concert series are still available, beginning at $40. For group discount information (10 people or more), please contact Chuck Dyer at (313) 565-5130 or cdyer@dso.org.

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 season and acclaimed conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik was appointed Principal Pops Conductor in November 2012. 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 at 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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