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INMAN NAMED TO DSO MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

DETROIT, (Feb. 12, 2014) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) is pleased to announce the appointment of Nicki Inman as Senior Director of Patron Development & Engagement – a critical role in the DSO’s industry-leading, patron-minded approach aimed at anticipating the changing needs of patrons at every stage of their relationship with the organization; from ticket buyer to annual contributor, subscriber to legacy donor.

Inman takes the helm of a team whose goal is a $10 million, sustainable revenue base, coordinating and integrating earned and contributed income streams, broadening the audiences the DSO serves, and deepening its connection to all patrons reached across the orchestra, education, presentation, rental, and retail lines of business.

“We are excited that another talented arts leader is coming to Detroit,” said Paul Hogle, the DSO’s Executive Vice President. “Nicki is an experienced, energetic, and creative executive with the requisite skills to continue to grow the DSO’s broadest base of subscribers, single ticket customers, and charitable donors.”

ABOUT NICKI INMAN

Since 2010, Inman served the Memphis Symphony Orchestra as Vice President of Patron Engagement where she lead a staff of six to establish the patron model strategy, focused on building subscriber and donor bases. During her tenure, Memphis achieved annual growth of 5-18 percent in individual donations (doubling the donor base in two years) and increased the subscriber base by 22 percent over three years. By making the patron experience a priority across the organization, emphasizing superior customer service at the box office, in the hall and at all catered events, Memphis earned greater subscriber retention rates.

From 2004-2010, Inman served the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra initially as its Director of Development and ultimately as Vice President of Patron Development. There, she planned and directed a $2 million annual campaign which increased overall individual giving by 31 percent over five years. She also implemented a new annual gala volunteer structure that evolved into a unique community event whose revenue increased 100 percent over 10 years.

Inman has also served the Roanoke (Virginia) Symphony Orchestra.

A graduate of the University of Northern Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Music, Inman was selected for Leadership Memphis’ Class of 2011, the Executive
Leadership Program of the League of American Orchestras in 2008-2010, and Leadership Greater Syracuse, Class of 2006. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and Sigma Alpha Iota Alumnae Chapters.

Inman and her husband will soon be relocating to the Detroit area.

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FIVE-TIME GRAMMY WINNING TRUMPETERTERENCE BLANCHARD RETURNS FOR ADDITIONAL SEASON AS DSO JAZZ CREATIVE DIRECTOR, SCHEDULES ALL-STAR LINEUP OF JAZZ MASTERS

DETROIT, (February 11, 2014) — Five-time Grammy Award winning trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard returns next season as the DSO’s Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair. He’s programmed an all-star 2014-15 Paradise Jazz Series season beginning with the virtuosic vocalist Dianne Reeves, followed by appearances by the legendary Count Basie Orchestra, award-winning saxophonist and Detroit native Kenny Garrett, Wayne Shorter Quartet, father-son duo John & Gerald Clayton and Blanchard’s own Quintet paired with the DSO, conducted by Music Director Leonard Slatkin. READ MORE



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DSO PERFORMS FREE FLORIDA SEND-OFF CONCERT

DETROIT, (February 10, 2014) – Just days before the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) embarks on an eight-day tour of South Florida, the orchestra will perform a FREE send-off and Patron Appreciation Concert on Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 7:30 p.m. Bid the DSO bon voyage simply by reserving a complimentary ticket at dso.org.

Young American conductor Christopher James Lees, alumnus of the University of Michigan, will lead the orchestra in a program of light classics such as Rossini’s Overture from The Barber of Seville,Glinka’s Overture from Russlan and Ludmilla, and Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture.

The DSO will depart on Monday, Feb. 24 for an eight-day tour across southern Florida, performing concerts in West Palm Beach (Feb. 25-26), Miami (Feb. 28), Vero Beach (March 2), Sarasota (March 3), and Naples (March 4). The DSO will also take its “community-supported orchestra” philosophy on the road, with chamber performances scheduled at schools, health care facilities and senior living communities.

The DSO’s appearance in Florida is made possible by the General Motors Foundation and Cadillac.

A full Florida itinerary is available to media personnel upon request.

ABOUT CHRISTOPHER JAMES LEES

Christopher James Lees is a promising young American conductor becoming increasingly recognized for energized and nuanced performances of both standard and adventurous repertoire. Recipient of a Gustavo Dudamel Conducting Fellowship with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Lees made his debut with the orchestra in April 2013.

Lees has conducted performances with the Detroit, Toledo, and Portland (Maine) symphonies and served as an assistant conductor for multiple concert programs with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Detroit, Atlanta, St. Louis, Kansas City, and Charlotte symphonies for noted conductors including Leonard Slatkin, David Robertson, Stéphane Danève, Robert Spano, Bramwell Tovey, and many others. He has also conducted performances with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, and at the Festival Internacional de Inverno de Campos do Jordao in Brazil, among others.

He has previously served as Associate Conductor of the Akron Symphony Orchestra, where he was awarded a Bruno Walter Memorial Foundation Career Development Grant, and was also a recipient of the Zander Conducting Fellowship with the Boston Philharmonic where he assisted conductor Benjamin Zander in performances with the Boston Philharmonic, Ulster, and London Philharmonia Orchestras. Lees holds a Master’s degree in conducting from the University of Michigan, where he studied with Kenneth Kiesler, and currently serves as Associate Director of Orchestras.

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets to the Florida Send-off Patron Appreciation Concert are free, and can be reserved at the Max M. Fisher Music Center box office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit); by calling (313) 576-5111; or online at dso.org.

PERFORMANCE

Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Christopher James Lees, conductor

Tues., Feb. 18 at 7:30 p.m.

ROSSINI Overture to The Barber of Seville
MENDELSSOHN The Hebrides Overture, “Fingal’s Cave”
SCHUMANN Konzertstück
Intermission
GLINKA Overture to Russlan and Ludmilla
MÁRQUEZ Danzón No. 2
TCHAIKOVSKY Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture

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 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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KATHLEEN BATTLE STARS IN 36TH ANNUAL DSO ‘CLASSICAL ROOTS’ CELEBRATION

Classical Roots festivities extend to community through Underground Railroad chamber performances,

education outreach, composer workshop

DETROIT, (Feb. 4, 2014) – World-renowned soprano Kathleen Battle will bring her Underground Railroad program of African American spirituals to Detroit, headlining the 36th Annual Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) Classical Roots Celebration and concert. Joined by the Brazeal Dennard Chorale, DSO Music Director Leonard Slatkin will lead the orchestra in a program of spirituals from “Go Down Moses” to “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” on Saturday, March 8 at 8 p.m.

For the first time, Classical Roots festivities will begin in February in honor of Black History Month. Often referred to as the “Midnight Express” for its proximity to Canada, the DSO will honor Detroit’s history as an important stop on the Underground Railroad with two free chamber music performances. These presentations, featuring period music and historic lectures, will take place Sunday, Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. at Second Baptist Church (441 Monroe St., Detroit) and Sunday, Feb. 23 at 12:30 p.m. at the Detroit Historical Society (5401 Woodward Ave., Detroit). READ MORE



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DSO TO PERFORM GRIPPING CARMINA BURANA

DETROIT, (January 23, 2014) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will evoke songs of medieval times with four performances of Orff’s legendary Carmina Burana.

Music Director Leonard Slatkin, along with soprano Kiera Duffy, tenor Robert Baker, and baritone Hugh Russell, will lead the orchestra in Orff’s symphonic interpretation of 24 poems dating back to the 11th and 12th centuries. The concerts will take place on Thursday, January 30 at 7:30 p.m; Friday, January 31 at 8 p.m; Saturday, February 1 at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, February 2 at 3 p.m.

The Thursday, January 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.

All patrons are invited to a free pre-concert talk with Teddy Abrams, Assistant Conductor, where he will introduce and interview a number of the featured soloists for Carmina Burana. The pre-concerts will be held one hour before the performances on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

ABOUT KIERA DUFFY

Kiera Duffy’s 2013-14 season begins in Leipzig singing concert performances of Bernstein’s Candide. At Carnegie Hall she will give the U.S. premiere of Richard Ayres’s In the Alps and will also be seen with Ensemble ACJW at the Juilliard School’s Paul Hall. She also makes her Australian debut touring with the Australian Chamber Orchestra. An active chamber musician, Duffy performs at the Bard University Summerscape Festival as well as at the Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival in Virginia. She also appears with the Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago.

Other recent engagements include her return to the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 for performances in Los Angeles and on tour in Caracas, which was simulcast in movie theaters across North America and released on DVD. She was also heard under Michael Tilson Thomas in David del Tredici’s Syzygy with the New World Symphony in Miami and San Francisco Symphony in San Francisco, then on tour to Ann Arbor and Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall in New York.

ABOUT ROBERT BAKER

A central figure in the Washington-area classical music scene, The Washington National Opera has featured him in numerous roles totaling more than 250 performances. He has also sung ten roles with the Washington Concert Opera.

Recent career highlights include the role of Ishmael in the world premiere of Peter Westergaard’s Moby Dick at Princeton University (recorded for Albany Records), his Metropolitan Opera debut in Prokofiev’s  War and Peace, which he also recorded during The Spoleto Festival’s production, released on the Chandos label. He also recently sang the Verdi Requiem with the Johannesburg Symphonic Choir, in South Africa.

With the National Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Leonard Slatkin, Baker was soloist on the  Grammy Award-Winning recording Of Rage and Rembrance by John Corigliano (BMI: 1996) and sang Triquet in the NSO’s presentation of Eugene Onegin. He was then invited to sing Carmina Burana with Maestro Slatkin at his inaugural concerts with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

This season Baker will be performing in La Forza del Destino with the Washington National Opera and singing Britten’s Serenade with Cantate on Brittens 100th birthday.

Baker is proud to have sung with all the major choral organizations in Washington, DC, starting with the Paul Hill Chorale in 1981, and continuing with Norman Scribner, Reilly Lewis, Robert Shafer, and Donald McCullough, among others.

The Director of Performance Studies at The George Washington University, Baker and his wife live in Washington, DC with their daughter, Madeline who is a piano scholarship student at the College of Wooster.

ABOUT HUGH RUSSELL

Canadian baritone Hugh Russell is widely acclaimed for his performances in the operas of Mozart and Rossini and is regularly invited to perform with symphony orchestras throughout North America. At the center of his orchestral repertoire is Orff’s popular Carmina Burana, which Russell has performed with The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, among others.

Russell begins the current season in performances of Carmina Burana with the Pittsburgh Symphony. Russell will also be heard as Taddeo in L’italiana in Algeri in his debut with the Calgary Opera. In the 2012-2013 season, Russell made his debut with the Danish Radio Symphony in performances of Carmina Burana with Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos and for his debut with the Naples Philharmonic.

ABOUT THE UMS CHORAL UNION

Formed by a group of local university and townspeople who gathered together for the study of Handel’s Messiah, the UMS Choral Union has performed with many of the world’s distinguished orchestras and conductors in its 135-year history. First led by Professor Henry Simmons Frieze and conducted by Professor Calvin Cady, the group assumed the name The Choral Union. Since its first performance of Handel’s Messiah in December 1879, the oratorio has been performed by the UMS Choral Union in Ann Arbor annually. Based in Ann Arbor under the aegis of UMS, the 175-voice Choral Union is known for its definitive performances of large-scale works for chorus and orchestra. Eighteen years ago, the UMS Choral Union further enriched that tradition when it began appearing regularly with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO).

ABOUT THE ANN ARBOR YOUTH CHORALE

Miss Ruth E. Datz, Dr. Richard Ingram, and Dr. Donald Williams – all leaders in the choral community – founded the Ann Arbor Youth Chorale in 1987. Their purpose was to offer excellent and affordable choral ensemble training and performance to as diverse a group of talented children as possible in order to foster personal and social growth. They felt that the repertory performed by the Youth Chorale should reflect this diversity through the study of masterworks written in various languages and representing a variety of cultures, styles, and periods. Their purpose was not to compete with but to supplement school programs.

The AAYC’s excellent reputation has brought us many invitations from near and far to study, compete, and perform. Exciting venues we have visited include Detroit’s Orchestra Hall, Chicago’s Symphony Hall, and Saint Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna, Austria. We have sung at Disney World, with the Chicago Children’s Choir, the Michigan State University Children’s Choir, and with choirs in Cincinnati and Princeton. We partner frequently with local groups such as the Ann Arbor School for the Performing Arts; the University Musical Society; the singing duo, GEMINI; and the Ann Arbor Symphony

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets to Carmina Burana 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

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Kiera Duffy, soprano

Robert Baker, tenor

Hugh Russell, baritone

Jerry Blackstone, choral director

UMS Choral Union

Ann Arbor Youth Chorale

Thurs., Jan. 30, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Jan. 31, 2014 at 8 p.m.

Sat., Feb. 1, 2014 at 8 p.m.

Sun., Feb. 2, 2014 at 3 p.m.

Morton Gould (1913-1996) Spirituals for Orchestra 
Carl Orff (1895-1982) Carmina burana 

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 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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LOVE IS IN THE AIR WITH DSO VALENTINES CONCERTS

DETROIT, (January 23, 2014) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) brings Russian Romanticism to life with the music of Sergei Rachmaninoff, during Valentine’s Day weekend with Ravishing Rachmaninoff. The concerts, led by conductor Giancarlo Guerrero, will take place on Thursday, February 13 at 7:30 p.m; Friday, February 14 at 10:45 a.m. and 8 p.m; and Saturday, February 15 at 8 p.m.

Russian pianist Daniil Trifinov will star in Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, while the orchestra performs three other passionate compositions: Gershwin’s Cuban Overture, Respighi’s Fountains of Rome and Piazzolla’s Sinfonia de Buenos Aires (DSO premiere).

The 10:45 a.m. performance of Ravishing Rachmaninoff, on Friday February 14, 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.

All patrons are invited to a free pre-concert talk with the University of Michigan’s Mark Clague about the Gershwin Initiative. Professor Clague will discuss this new partnership between U-M and the Gershwin family and the role the DSO will play in the Initiative. This will take place one hour prior to the Saturday and Sunday performances.

ABOUT GIANCARLO GUERRERO

Giancarlo Guerrero is the Music Director of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra and concurrently holds the position of Principal Guest Conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra Miami Residency. His recordings with Nashville Symphony have won Grammys in two consecutive years in 2011 and 2012, including Best Orchestral Performance. A fervent advocate of contemporary music and composers, Guerrero has championed works by several of America’s most respected composers, including John Adams, John Corigliano, Osvaldo Golijov, Jennifer Higdon, Michael Daugherty, Roberto Sierra, and Richard Danielpour.

In the 2013-14 season, Guerrero will make several European debuts including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre national du Capitole de Toulouse, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, and Copenhagen Philharmonic. In North America, he takes the Cleveland Orchestra on tour, and returns to the symphony orchestras of Cincinnati and Detroit. For many years, he has maintained a close association with the Sao Paulo State Symphony Orchestra in Brazil as well as with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra and El Sistema in Venezuela.

In recent seasons, Guerrero has established himself with many of the major North American orchestras, including the symphony orchestras of Boston, Philadelphia, Cincinnati, Dallas, among others. He is also known to audiences of large summer festivals such as the Hollywood Bowl (Los Angeles) and Blossom Music Festival (Cleveland). He is also cultivating an increasingly visible profile in Europe, where his recent debuts included BBC Symphony Orchestra and Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin.

A native of Costa Rica, Guerrero gained early experience with the Costa Rican Lyric Opera, and later spent time in Venezuela as Music Director of the Táchira Symphony Orchestra. Upon moving to the U.S. he studied conducting and percussion at Baylor and Northwestern universities. He served as Associate Conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra from 1999-2004 and was Music Director of the Eugene Symphony in Oregon from 2002-2009.

ABOUT DANIIL TRIFINOV

Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov has made a spectacular ascent to classical music stardom since winning First Prize at both the Tchaikovsky and Rubinstein competitions in 2011 at the age of 20.

The 2013-14 season promises to be a banner one for the young pianist. Deutsche Grammophon signed him as an exclusive recording artist, and his first album for the label, Trifonov: The Carnegie Recital, was captured live at his recent sold-out Carnegie recital debut and is due for U.S. release this winter. Further recital engagements take the pianist from Chicago to London, Paris, and a host of other international musical hotspots. He looks forward to a similarly extensive lineup of orchestral collaborations with 19 of the world’s foremost orchestras. Upcoming chamber music highlights include a duo recital tour with his teacher and fellow pianist, Sergei Babayan, that kicks off with a gala concert at the Dallas Chamber Music Society.

As an exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist, Trifonov’s future plans with the label include recording Rachmaninoff’s complete piano concertos with the Philharmonia Orchestra. His existing discography features a Chopin album for Decca and a recording of Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto with Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra on the ensemble’s own label.

It was during the 2010-11 season that Trifonov won medals at three of the music world’s most prestigious competitions, taking Third Prize in Warsaw’s Chopin Competition, First Prize in Tel Aviv’s Rubinstein Competition, and both First Prize and Grand Prix in Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Competition.
Born in Nizhny Novgorod in 1991, and having begun his musical training at the age of five, Trifonov went on to attend Moscow’s Gnessin School of Music as a student of Tatiana Zelikman, before pursuing his piano studies with Sergei Babayan at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He has also studied composition, and continues to write music for piano, chamber, and orchestra.

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets to Ravishing Rachmaninoff 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

Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor

Daniil Trifonov, piano

 

Thurs. Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m

Fri. Feb 14 at 10:45 a.m.

Fri. Feb. 14 at 8:00 p.m.

Sat. Feb. 15 at 8:00 p.m

GERSHWIN Cuban Overture, “Rhumba”

RACHMANINOFFRhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43

RESPIGHILe Fontane di Roma [The Fountains of Rome]

PIAZZOLLASinfonia de Buenos Aires

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 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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DETROIT SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA MUSICIANS, DETROIT SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, INC. RATIFY NEW, THREE-YEAR CONTRACT AGREEMENT

Early, collaborative talks earn unprecedented resolution

8 months prior to expiration of current contract

DETROIT, (January 15, 2014) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) and its musicians announced the ratification of a new contract today, nearly eight months prior to the current contract’s expiration on Aug. 31, 2014. The new agreement resulted from a remarkably constructive series of as few as nine bargaining meetings, described by Joint Negotiations Committee members as “respectful,” “honest” and “transparent.”

A tentative agreement was reached late Monday evening, Jan. 6.  It was approved by the DSO Board of Directors on Monday, Jan. 13 and ratified by the musicians of the DSO today. The terms of the agreement fit within the parameters outlined in the DSO’s 10 year plan, Blueprint: 2023.

“This contract represents a turning point in the history of the DSO,” said Anne Parsons, DSO President and CEO. “The terms prioritize the DSO’s legacy of artistic excellence while continuing to position this organization at the forefront of innovation and accessibility. I want to extend my gratitude to the members of the board, orchestra and staff who led an extraordinarily thoughtful, thorough and constructive negotiations process.”

“I, along with my colleagues in the orchestra, am looking forward to three more years of serving our community,” said Karl Pituch, DSO Principal Horn and Chairman of the Orchestra Negotiating Committee. “The DSO could not maintain its status as a world class orchestra without the devotion of our patrons, friends, and neighbors. We’d also like to thank the Detroit Federation of Musicians, Local 5, for its unwavering support of the DSO.”

“This settlement is testament to the union of all stakeholders coming together to define our new reality while investing together in the future of the DSO and the renaissance of Detroit,” said Board Chairman Phillip Fisher. “This is yet another beacon of success sounding brightly from the Woodward corridor, among other triumphs including attendance records, a balanced budget, our passionate donor base and now this early contract settlement. All of this is made possible by joining together in our One DSO culture: a shared set of values inspiring us to steward the legacy of our beloved organization while innovating a brilliant future.”

“The news of this contract agreement confirms the incredible progress being made by everyone at the DSO. I personally could not be prouder of the entire organization: musicians, management and board. The challenges ahead of us remain substantial but with the unified artistic and fiscal goals clear and transparent, it is my belief that we are the leaders when it comes to an institutional path of stability and growth in the 21st Century,” said DSO Music Director Leonard Slatkin.

The agreement between the DSO and the members of Local 5 of the American Federation of Musicians will take effect Sept. 1, 2014 and extend through Aug. 31, 2017. The news comes after a period of negotiations that focused heavily on serving the DSO’s mission of embracing and inspiring individuals, families and communities through unsurpassed musical experiences. The musicians and management also worked collaboratively to reduce health care expenses, in the interest of fiscal responsibility. More concerts at Orchestra Hall, throughout Detroit and across Southeast Michigan will further promote one of the DSO’s chief values: accessibility.

Agreement at-a-glance

  • Contingent of 87, including 2 librarians
  • 36 weeks of performances plus 4 weeks of vacation time
  • Total orchestra compensation, inclusive of salary and all benefits, fit within the parameters set forth in Blueprint 2023: over the life of the new contract, the total investment in the musicians of the DSO will increase 5.3 percent over the previous, three-year agreement
  • Most Accessible Orchestra on the Planet: The Integrated Media Agreement, which allowed the DSO to become the first orchestra in the world to offer a series of free live webcasts in 2011, will remain in force
  • Community Engagement Services: DSO musicians’ work at the DMC Children’s Hospital, senior living communities, schools and other community venues will continue through an extension of the “optional work” model provided for in the current contract
  • Neighborhood Residency Initiative: Seven neighborhood residencies established in Beverly Hills, Bloomfield Hills, Canton, Dearborn, Grosse Pointe, Southfield and West Bloomfield Township will continue to serve our patrons across metro Detroit with subscription concerts featuring specialized repertoire and intimate chamber recitals programmed by the musicians themselves
  • Special Events: The orchestra musicians have offered to donate 4 services per year in pursuit of high-profile, revenue-generating performance opportunities

“I would like to thank all of the members of the Joint Negotiating Committee, musicians and management alike, as well as extend our special thanks to DSO Chairman Phillip Fisher,” said George Troia, President of American Federation of Musicians Local 5. “He set the tone for everyone involved in negotiations to leave the Detroit Symphony Orchestra a much stronger organization at the end of the process than it was at the beginning.”

“With this agreement, the DSO has accomplished the next step toward our goals of artistic excellence and financial responsibility, consistent with our One DSO culture,” said Bruce Peterson, Vice Chair of the Board and a member of the Joint Negotiations Committee. “The DSO is committed to attracting and retaining the finest musicians and serving the metro Detroit region with engaging programming while being financially responsible for the long term.”

Members of the Joint Negotiations Committee included Bryan Kennedy, Second Horn; Linda Lutz, Chief Financial Officer; Peter McCaffrey, Cello; Bruce Peterson, Board Vice Chair; Karl Pituch, Principal Horn; Erik Rӧnmark, General Manager and Artistic Administrator; Robert Stiles, Principal Librarian; and Ken Thompkins, Principal Trombone.

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 TO RECEIVE GRANT FROM THE LEAGUE OF AMERICAN ORCHESTRAS TO HELP FUND ITS PARTNERSHIP WITH CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

Three-Year, Getty Education and Community Investment Grants Program

Now in Its Second Year

New York, NY (Dec. 18, 2013) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) is one of just 23 American orchestras selected by the League of American Orchestras to receive a 2013-14 Getty Education and Community Investment Grant. The grant was awarded to develop its health and wellness program at Children’s Hospital of Michigan, a member of Detroit Medical Center, and is in recognition of the DSO’s innovation and dedication to increasing its relevance to the community.

“The work performed by our musicians in hospitals, assisted living facilities and schools is a critical component of fulfilling DSO’s mission,” said DSO President and CEO Anne Parsons. “Getty’s support enables us to inspire communities through musical experiences beyond the traditional setting of the concert hall.”

“The long term health of orchestras will require creating more value for more members of orchestras’ communities. These important programs are addressing critical needs, often in underserved communities,” said League President and CEO Jesse Rosen. “The Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation’s support has enabled orchestras to offer their communities greater access to the extraordinary experience of orchestral music and musicians.”

The DSO’s partnership with Children’s Hospital consists of three key components: lobby concerts serving patients, families, doctors, administrators and other members of the public; music therapy sessions for patients ranging in age from infancy to age 17, led in partnership by board certified music therapists and a Detroit Symphony Orchestra musician; and hospital special events, such as the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration, simulcast into patient rooms. Additionally, the grant will enable the DSO to expand the program’s professional development component, to ensure that musicians, music therapists, and other hospital staff are optimally prepared for each experience.

The orchestras, encompassing a full range of budget sizes, will receive individual grants ranging from $10,000 to $30,000 for a variety of community-based programs taking place during the 2013-14 season. The DSO received a grant in the amount of $17,500. A total of $443,000 was awarded for the grants this year. 65% of the grants were awarded to in-school or after school educational programs, 17% to health and wellness programs, 9% to life-long learning opportunities, and 9% to those serving other populations, including juveniles and adults in the criminal justice system. A prerequisite for qualifying orchestras was the existence of partnerships with local community or social service organizations.

The recipients for 2013-14 are: Allentown Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Central Ohio Symphony, Chicago Sinfonietta, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, El Paso Symphony Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, Kidznotes, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Music in the Mountains, New York Philharmonic, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Pacific Symphony, Portland Symphony Orchestra, Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory, San Francisco Symphony, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras, Stockton Symphony, and Yakima Symphony Orchestra.

Details of each grantee program can be found linked here.

This year’s grants, part of the League’s three-year, $1.5 million re-granting program made possible by the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, will fund both new and established innovative programs including: long-term in-school partnerships and afterschool programs; life-long learning opportunities; health and wellness initiatives in hospitals; and programs for the underserved and underprivileged, including adults and adolescents in the criminal justice system and the special needs population.

The initial 144 applicants were narrowed by an independent advisory panel of experts to 48 semi-finalists; all were then judged on six criteria:  the degree of innovation and relevance to community needs; the orchestra’s capacity to deliver; appropriateness to orchestra’s community; appropriateness and strength of partnership(s); extent and quality of professional development for musicians and staff; and ability to assess and evaluate outcomes.

The League of American Orchestras leads, supports, and champions America’s orchestras and the vitality of the music they perform. Its diverse membership of approximately 800 orchestras across North America runs the gamut from world-renowned symphonies to community orchestras, from summer festivals to student and youth ensembles. The only national organization dedicated solely to the orchestral experience, the League is a nexus of knowledge and innovation, advocacy, and leadership advancement for managers, musicians, volunteers, and boards.  Its conferences and events, award-winning Symphony magazine, website, and other publications inform music lovers around the world about orchestral activity and developments.  Founded in 1942 and chartered by Congress in 1962, the League links a national network of thousands of instrumentalists, conductors, managers and administrators, board members, volunteers, and business partners.  Visit americanorchestras.org to learn more.

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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EXPERIENCE THE MAGIC OF THE HOLIDAYS AT THE DSO

DETROIT, (November 21, 2013) – Let the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) be your home for the holidays with a month of spectacular holiday concerts.

With their angelic voices, the Vienna Boys Choir will perform on Monday, December 2 at 7:30 p.m. On Friday, December 6 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, December 7 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., the DSO’s Civic Orchestra will perform The Nutcracker at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center in Dearborn. Hailed as a classic holiday tradition, Handel’s Messiah will be performed on Saturday, December 14 at 8 p.m. and will feature Dominique Labelle, soprano; Anthony Roth Costanzo, countertenor; Antonio Figueroa, tenor; Josh Hopkins, baritone; the Michigan State University Chorale, chorus, and Jean-Marie Zeitouni conducting.

In a special performance with the Civic Orchestra and members of the DSO, on Sunday, December 15 at 3 p.m., Michael W. Smith: A Very Special Christmas will surely make spirits soar. A Rocky Mountain Christmas: A Tribute to John Denver on Wednesday, December 18 at 7:30 p.m., will feature Jim Curry, vocals and guitar, and Lee Holdridge conducting. Finally, to prepare for Santa’s arrival, Home for the Holidays will feature your holiday favorites. Performances include Friday, December 20 at 10:45 a.m. and 8 p.m.; Saturday, December 21 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, December 22 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

PERFORMANCES

Vienna Boys Choir*
Mon., Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m.
*The DSO does not appear on this program.

Tickets for Vienna Boys Choir range from $30 to $65 with a limited number of box seats for $80.

ABOUT THE VIENNA BOYS CHOIR

Boys have been singing at the court of the Holy Roman Emperor since the early 15th century. In 1498, more than half a millennium ago, Emperor Maximilian I moved his court and his court musicians to Vienna. He gave instructions that there were to be six singing boys among his musicians. Historians have settled on 1498 as the foundation date of the Vienna Hofmusikkapelle and in consequence the Vienna Boys Choir. Until 1918, the choir sang exclusively for the imperial court, at mass, at private concerts and functions, and on state occasions.

Today there are around 100 choristers between the ages of ten and fourteen, divided into four touring choirs. The four choirs give around 300 concerts and performances each year in front of almost half a million people. Each group spends nine to eleven weeks of the school year on tour. They visit virtually all European countries, and they are frequent guests in Asia, Australia and the Americas.

Together with members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and the Vienna State Opera Chorus, the Vienna Boys Choir maintains the tradition of the imperial musicians: as Hofmusikkapelle they provide the music for the Sunday Mass in Vienna’s Imperial Chapel, as they have done since 1498. On 1 January 2012, the choir participated for the fifth time in the New Year’s Concert of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Mariss Jansons.

The Nutcracker*
Civic Orchestra
Charles Burke, conductor
Fri., Dec. 6 at 8 p.m.
Sat., Dec 7 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.
*The DSO does not appear on this program. Program will be held at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center, Dearborn, MI

Tickets for The Nutcracker range from $15 to $26 and may be purchased by calling (313) 943-2354 or visiting dearborntheater.com.

Handel’s Messiah
Jean-Marie Zeitouni, conductor
Dominique Labelle, soprano
Anthony Roth Costanzo, countertenor
Antonio Figueroa, tenor
Josh Hopkins, baritone
Michigan State University Chorale, chorus
Sat., Dec. 14 at 8 p.m.

Tickets for Handel’s Messiah range from $15 to $50 with a limited number of box seats for $100.

ABOUT JEAN-MARIE ZEITOUNI

Jean-Marie Zeitouni, music director of the Columbus Symphony and since 2011 artistic director of I Musici de Montréal, has emerged as one of Canada’s brightest young conductors whose eloquent yet fiery style results in regular re-engagements across North America. Also enjoying an association with Les Violons du Roy, first as conductor-in-residence, then as associate conductor, and until 2012 as principal guest conductor, he has led the ensemble in more than 200 performances in the province of Québec, across Canada and in Mexico. In 2006, he recorded his first album with Les Violons du Roy entitled Piazzolla which received a Juno Award for Classical Album Of The Year in the category Solo or Chamber Ensemble in 2007. They also have two subsequent recordings: Bartok in 2008 and Britten in 2010.

Highlights of the 2013-14 season include his debuts with the Detroit Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Pacific Symphony, and the re-engagements with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Oregon Symphony, and the Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec.

Michael W. Smith: A Very Special Christmas*
Civic Orchestra
Charles Burke, conductor
Sun., Dec. 15 at 3 p.m.
*The DSO does not appear on this program.

Tickets for Michael W. Smith: A Very Special Christmas range from $25 to $65 with a limited number of box seats for $75.

A Rocky Mountain Christmas: A Tribute to John Denver
Lee Holdridge, conductor
Jim Curry, vocals and guitar
Wed., Dec. 18 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets for A Rocky Mountain Christmas: A Tribute to John Denver range from $25 to $65 with a limited number of box seats for $75.

Home for the Holidays
Thomas Wilkins, conductor
Gary Maur, vocalist
Beth Southard, vocalist
Grosse Pointe South High School Choirs, Christopher D. Pratt, director
Bloomfield Hills High School Choirs, Jessica Riley, director
Fri., Dec. 20 at 10:45 a.m. and 8 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 21 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sun., Dec. 22 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Tickets for Home for the Holidays range from $19 to $68 with a limited number of box seats for $105.

ABOUT THOMAS WILKINS

Thomas Wilkins is the music director of the Omaha Symphony, a position he has held since 2005. Additionally, he is principal guest conductor of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and was recently appointed the youth and family concerts conductor for the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Past positions have included resident conductor of the Detroit Symphony, as well as the Florida Orchestra, and associate conductor of the Richmond Symphony. He served on the music faculties of North Park University, the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga and Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.

Thomas serves as a director at large for the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, and has served on the board of directors of such organizations as the Center Against Spouse Abuse in Tampa Bay, the Museum of Fine Arts and the Academy Preparatory Center for Education, both in St. Petersburg. Currently, he serves as chairman of the board for the Raymond James Charitable Endowment Fund.

TICKET INFORMATION

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.

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 LANDS TOP FUNDRAISING TALENT

From left: Jessica Luther, Stephan Bobalik, Jessica Langlois

From left: Jessica Luther, Stephan Bobalik, Jessica Langlois

DETROIT, (October 11, 2013) – On the heels of its most successful fundraising campaign in its history, the DSO has recruited three individuals to join its pacesetting fundraising team. Stephan Bobalik has been named Director of Institutional Partnerships; Jessica Langlois, Campaign Director; and Jessica Luther, Campaign Associate. All three report to the Senior Director of Patron & Institutional Advancement.

“We are honored that these three individuals have accepted our invitation to join the DSO fundraising team,” said Reimer Priester, Senior Director of Patron & Institutional Advancement. “The special skill set of this group comes wrapped with a palpable enthusiasm for the DSO and for Detroit.  I am excited to be working with a team so rich in experience and fresh perspectives.” READ MORE



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