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Acclaimed jazz vocalist Jane Monheit performs one night only at Orchestra Hall

DETROIT, (Jan. 22, 2010) – Come celebrate Valentine’s Day with a special performance featuring the sultry sounds of contemporary jazz vocalist Jane Monheit and her quartet. The concert, part of the Bank of America Paradise Jazz Series, will be performed on Feb. 12, 2010 at 8 p.m. and will be preceded by Civic Jazz Live! featuring the DSO’s Civic Jazz Orchestra in The Music Box at 6:30 p.m.

 Jane Monheit is considered one of the jazz world’s foremost post-millennial vocalists. Time Magazine says, “Jane Monheit can’t miss. She has, in a word, everything.” The Grammy Award-nominated singer, famously known for her lilting voice and elegantly delivered performances, will perform a variety of songs selected from her 2009 album The Lovers, the Dreamers, and Me. READ MORE

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Detroit Symphony Orchestra kicks off its February Florida tour with a FREE community concert at Somerset Collection

WHO Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) and Somerset Collection
WHAT A FREE community concert with Music Director Leonard Slatkin and the DSO as they kick-off their one-week February tour to south Florida.  The public will also receive an overview of the DSO’s  2010-2011 season attractions.
WHEN Fri., Feb. 5, 20107:00-8:00 p.m
WHERE North Grand Court at Somerset Collection, Troy, MI
PROGRAM Detroit Symphony OrchestraLeonard Slatkin, conductorBERNSTEIN: Overture to Candide   BIZET: “Les Toréadors” from Suite No. 1 from Carmen   BEETHOVEN: “Turkish March” from the The Ruins of Athens, Op. 113  

 VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (adapted Ralph Greeves): Fantasia on Greensleeves  

 DE FALLA: “The Miller’s Dance (Farruca)” from The Three-Cornered Hat Suite No. 2

 TCHAIKOVSKY: Trepak from Nutcracker Suite No. 1, Op. 71a 

 MASCAGNI: Intermezzo from Cavalleria rusticana  

 STRAUSS: On the Beautiful Blue Danube, Op. 314  

 JOHN WILLIAMS: “Raiders March” from Raiders of the Lost Ark  



The Detroit Symphony Orchestra values our partnership with Somerset Collection. We greatly appreciate this opportunity to kick-off our February Florida Tour as well as to offer a sneak peak into 2010-2011 season attractions.

The DSO Florida Tour is made possible in part by a grant from the Marjorie S. Fisher Fund.

Generous additional sponsorship is provided by The Forbes Company.


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Editor’s Note: Media are encouraged to attend and cover the concert.  Please park any TV trucks at the valet stand between Capital Grille and J. Alexander’s restaurants at Somerset Collection and enter at the main entrance.  Please contact Elizabeth Twork to coordinate interviews in advance or onsite with Leonard Slatkin or DSO musicians.

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Detroit Symphony Orchestra Unmasked

Sunday, January 24, 2010 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. only on WRCJ 90.9 FM

 In the first hour, meet composer and musician Billy Childs. His Violin Concerto will be given its world premiere by the DSO with Detroit native and award-winning violinist Regina Carter.  The work will be one of three compositions by contemporary African-American composers to be performed at the DSO’s “Classical Roots” concerts beginning Jan. 29

 In the second hour, host Jimmy Rhoades has an intimate conversation with legendary Detroit choral conductor (and former DPS music teacher) Brazeal Dennard.  Mr. Dennard reflects on his career with musical selections featuring The Brazeal Dennard Chorale.

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Cellist Sol Gabetta makes DSO debut in Brahms & Barber

DETROIT, (Jan. 15, 2010) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) and Music Director Leonard Slatkin welcome acclaimed cellist Sol Gabetta to Orchestra Hall for her debut performances, Feb. 4-6, in Brahms & Barber. The program, continuing the celebration of 100 years of Barber, features Mennin’s Concertato for Orchestra Moby Dick”, Barber’s Concerto for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 22, and Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73. The concerts take place on Thu., Feb. 4 at 8:00 p.m.; Fri., Feb.5 at 10:45 a.m.; and Sat., Feb. 6 at 8:30 p.m.

Born of Russian-French parents in Cordoba, Argentina, in 1981, the charismatic cellist Sol Gabetta is forging an impressive career; she has a recording contract with SonyBMG, is the Director of her own festival, and has invitations from important orchestras all over the world. In 2004 Sol Gabetta was awarded the prestigious Credit Suisse Young Artist Award, which was celebrated by a concert with the Vienna Philharmonic under the baton of Valery Gergiev performing Shostakovich at the 2004 Lucerne Festival. Winner of the 2007 Echo Klassik Award and a 2007 Grammy Award nominee, Sol Gabetta has worked this season with orchestras such as Munich Philharmonic, Washington National Symphony Orchestra and on tour with the Basel Chamber Orchestra. Recitals have led her to many major venues and festivals in Europe and Asia, amongst them Vienna Musikverein, Luxembourg Philharmonie and the Louvre in Paris. READ MORE

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Leonard Slatkin and The Detroit Symphony Orchestra Release first CD on Naxos with Rachmaninov’s Symphony No. 2

DETROIT, (Jan. 6, 2010)-On January 26, 2010 the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) and Music Director Leonard Slatkin will release their first recording together on the Naxos label. The CD features two works by Russian composer Sergey Rachmaninov, Symphony No.2, Op. 27 and Vocalise, Op. 34, No. 14.  The music was recorded in live performances at Orchestra Hall in September 2009.

 “It is possible that of all the works in the standard repertoire, I have conducted the Rachmaninov 2nd the most frequently,” said Leonard Slatkin.  “Some 35 years ago I recorded the work, and with the passage of time, my approach has undergone quite a few changes.  This new recording represents the first symphonic collaboration between the Detroit Symphony, myself and Naxos.  I look forward to the completion of this cycle and to the many projects we have planned for the future.” READ MORE

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Two-time Grammy Award-winning Soloist to Perform DSO Premiere of Jennifer Higdon’s “Concerto for Violin” at Orchestra Hall

DETROIT, (Jan. 6, 2010) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO), conductor Leonard Slatkin, and violinist Hilary Hahn take the stage on Jan 21-23 in Hahn & Higdon. The program, part of PVS Chemicals, Inc. Signature Classical Series, features Gioachino Rossini’s Overture to La Gazza Ladra (The Thieving Magpie), the DSO Premiere of Jennifer Higdon’s Concerto for Violin, as well as Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47.  The performances take place on Thu., Jan. 21 at 8:00 p.m.; Fri., Jan. 22 at 10:45 a.m. and 8 p.m.; and Sat., Jan. 23 at 8:30 p.m.

 Recently named Gramophone magazine’s Artist of the Year, violinist Hilary Hahn is a two-time Grammy Award-winning soloist celebrated for her probing interpretations, technical brilliance, and compelling presence on stage. Hahn appears regularly with the world’s elite orchestras and on the most prestigious recital series in Europe, Asia and North and South America. Hahn has released 11 solo albums on the Deutsche Grammophon and Sony labels, in addition to three DVDs, an Oscar-nominated movie soundtrack, an award-winning children’s record, and various compilations. READ MORE

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Grammy-Award Winner Chris Botti to Perform at Orchestra Hall

DETROIT, (Jan. 6, 2010) – Trumpeter and composer Chris Botti, described by the Los Angeles Times “as a break out musical star,” is making his way to Detroit for a performance at Orchestra Hall with his ensemble. The concert, part of the Bank of America Paradise Jazz Series, will be performed on Fri., Jan. 15, 2010 at 8 p.m. The performance will be preceded by Civic Jazz Live! Featuring The Civic Jazz Orchestra in The Music Box at 6:30 p.m.

Best known as a contemporary jazz artist, Grammy Award-winner Chris Botti has created his own individual sound and has transformed the world of contemporary jazz with his signature style, a fusion of pop, jazz and classical melodies. Since the release of his 2004 critically acclaimed CD When I Fall In Love, Botti has become the largest-selling American instrumental artist. His ongoing association with PBS has led to four number one jazz albums, as well as multiple gold, platinum and Grammy Awards. Over the past three decades, he has recorded and performed with some of the biggest names in music including Frank Sinatra, Sting, Josh Groban, Michael Bublé, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, John Mayer, Andrea Bocelli, Joshua Bell and Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler. READ MORE

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Beyond Rivers of Vision

James Lee, III
B. Nov. 26, 1975 in St. Joseph, Michigan

James Lee, III completed his bachelors degree in piano and his masters and doctorate degrees in composition from the University of Michigan. Some of his primary teachers included William Bolcom, Bright Sheng, and Michael Daugherty. Lee has composed works that have been premiered in Michigan, Maryland, Massachusetts, California, Indiana, Alabama, Minnesota, South Africa, Austria and Japan. Last season the DSO performed the world premiere of Lee’s A Different Soldier’s Story under the direction of Leonard Slatkin. READ MORE

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Violin Concerto (DSO Premiere)

Jennifer Higdon
B. Dec. 31, 1962 in Brooklyn, New York

Jennifer Higdon started late in music, teaching herself to play flute at the age of 15 and beginning formal musical studies at 18, with an even later start in composition at the age of 21. The League of American Orchestras reports that she is one of America’s most frequently performed composers. READ MORE

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Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47

Dmitri Shostakovich
B. Sept. 25, 1906 in St. Petersburg,Russia
D. Aug. 9, 1975 in Moscow, Russia

A Soviet composer at the height of communist rule in his native Russia, Shostakovich is the prime example of a creative artist forced to operate within a totalitarian system. Though subject matter and style were often dictated by the government, he managed to produce works of great strength and beauty. READ MORE

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