2013 ANNUAL MEETING: DSO ACHIEVES FIRST BALANCED BUDGET SINCE 2007

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Subscriptions up for every concert product; Increased annual fundraising and donor base

DETROIT, (December 12, 2013) – At today’s annual meeting of the Governing Members, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) announced that Fiscal Year 2013 achieved the first balanced budget since 2007.  Fiscal Year 2013 represents the 2012-13 season, concluding on August 31, 2013. This success was bolstered by a 43 percent increase in fundraising ($18.9 million), a 100 percent increase in the donor base over 2011, and the second consecutive year of subscription sales growth.

An ensemble of DSO bassoonists opened the meeting, ushering chairman Phillip Wm. Fisher to the podium where he brought the meeting to order, calling special attention to three unifying themes: People, Place and Purpose. Some 300 DSO Directors, Trustees, Governing Members, Volunteer Council members, community leaders, Orchestra Musicians and staff members welcomed him with thunderous applause.

“The DSO is yet another example of Detroit’s renaissance. Our people, place and purpose add to the cultural cornerstone of our beloved city,” said Fisher. “We are blessed with world class musicians, professionals, volunteers and donors that drive our vision of making the DSO the most accessible orchestra on the planet.” READ MORE



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DETROIT MAYOR ELECT MIKE DUGGAN TO MAKE DETROIT SYMPHONY OCHESTRA ANNUAL MEETING KEYNOTE

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DETROIT, (December 4, 2013) – Just a month following the election, Detroit Mayor-elect Mike Duggan will give the keynote address at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) 2013 Annual Meeting on Thursday, Dec. 12 in The Music Box at the Max M. Fisher Music Center (3711 Woodward Ave.).

“There is not a cosmopolitan city in the world that does not have a thriving fine arts community,” said Duggan. “The DSO is, and will continue to be, a key player in what makes Detroit a great place to live and to visit. I am honored to have the opportunity to reaffirm that fact at the DSO’s upcoming annual meeting.”

Based on the themes of People, Place and Purpose, the meeting will also feature performances by DSO musicians and remarks from DSO Chairman Phillip Wm. Fisher; Michael Keegan, Senior Vice President of Supply Chain Management at Chrysler Group LLC and DSO Trustee Chairman and Stephen D’Arcy, Principal of The Quantum Group and DSO Trustee.

The DSO announced earlier this year 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 raised $13.2 million. Over $6 million of the total came from the exceedingly generous giving of DSO directors and trustees.

Media personnel who wish to attend the meeting should contact Gabrielle Poshadlo at gposhadlo@dso.org or 313-576-5194.

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 RETURNS TO FORD HOUSE FOR ENCHANTING EVENING OF MUSIC AND FIREWORKS

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(DETROIT, July 1, 2012) —The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will continue its summertime tradition as the orchestra prepares for its fourth annual appearance on the historic and elegant grounds of the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House. The two night concert series, led by conductor Edwin Outwater, begins on Friday, July 12 at 8 p.m. with “The Golden Age of Swing” featuring clarinetist Dave Bennett performing hits by Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington and George Gershwin. The series will continue with “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” on Saturday, July 13 at 8 p.m. with a magical evening of classical music inspired by Shakespeare, including excerpts from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture.

The grounds of Ford House will open at 6 p.m. to allow attendees the opportunity to explore the gardens. The evening will end with a memorable fireworks display at 9:30 p.m.

Michigan clarinetist Dave Bennett is a totally self-taught musician who brings to life the classic sound and music of Benny Goodman (1909-1986) with incredible technique, style and beauty of tone. Bennett resides in Waterford and began playing at age 10 on a clarinet given to him by his grandparents. He then taught himself how to play Goodman songs by ear, listening to a tape given to him by his grandfather.

He began touring his Tribute to Benny Goodman combo in 2005 and has now performed in over 35 States and Canada and has appeared with 30 orchestras. He will make his Carnegie Hall debut on Nov. 1 2013, featured with The New York Pops with Steve Reineke, conducting.

Many of Benny Goodman’s famous band members, including vibraphonist Peter Appleyard, guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli and pianist Dick Hyman all strongly endorse Dave Bennett as “the closest ever” to Goodman’s sound and style. He has performed with them in the U.S. and Canada and recorded with them as special guests on Dave’s two recent Arbors CDs.

Edwin Outwater is Music Director of Ontario’s Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (KWS) and regularly guest conducts the Chicago, San Francisco and New World Symphonies. Equally at home interpreting canonical masterworks, premiering new commissions, and creating truly innovative, audience-building programming initiatives, the American conductor is, as the San Francisco Classical Voice recently observed, “headed for a top-tier future.”

In the United States, Outwater has also conducted the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestras, as well as the symphony orchestras of Baltimore, Houston, Detroit, Seattle, and many others. In Canada, he has conducted the National Arts Centre Orchestra, as well as the symphonies of Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, and Victoria. International appearances include the Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the New Zealand Symphony, the Adelaide Symphony, the Malmö Symphony, the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, the Mexico City Philharmonic, the Orquestra Sinfonica de Xalapa, and the Hong Kong Sinfonietta. In 2009 he made his professional opera debut with the San Francisco Opera conducting Verdi’s La Traviata, and he has since conducted Piazzola’s Maria de Buenos Aires with the Cincinnati Opera and concert:nova Cincinnati, as well as Menotti’s one-act opera Amahl and the Night Visitors at New York’s Lincoln Center. He participated as Associate Conductor in both YouTube Symphony projects, at Carnegie Hall and the Sydney Opera House.

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets for Detroit Symphony Orchestra at Ford House are priced $12-50, with limited advance-purchase VIP tickets available for $175. Pre-paid parking is available for $5. To purchase, contact the Max M. Fisher Music Center Box Office at 3711 Woodward Ave., call 313.576.5111 or visit dso.org. For group discount information (10 people or more), please contact Chuck Dyer at (313) 576-5130 or cdyer@dso.org. To purchase VIP tickets, contact Ford House at (313) 453-2031. Concerts will be canceled in the case of rain or severe weather conditions. For more details, visit dso.org/fordhouse.

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

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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.

About the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House:

Since 1978, Ford House has been inspiring visitors from all over the world through interpretive tours, lectures, exhibits, classes, special events and programs. The historic estate engages visitors through exploration of its unique connections to art, design, history and the environment while celebrating family traditions and community relationships. For more information about Ford House, go to fordhouse.org or call (313) 884-4222. Ford House is located at 1100 Lake Shore Road in Grosse Pointe Shores.

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SONGSTRESS NATALIE MERCHANT JOINS DSO IN CONCERT

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DETROIT, (June 26 , 2013) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO)  will be joined for a rare, one-night-only performance by  vocalist Natalie Merchant on Thursday, July 11 at 8 p.m. in Orchestra Hall. Captivating audiences for three decades, the performance will include selections from her most recent recording, “Leave Your Sleep.” This DSO Presents is sponsored by Greektown Casino Hotel.

About Natalie Merchant

Over Natalie Merchant’s 30-year career, she has earned a distinguished place among America’s most respected recording artists with a reputation for being a prolific songwriter with a compelling artistic vision and a unique and captivating performance style. With her latest and highly acclaimed Nonesuch recording entitled, “Leave Your Sleep” which debuted on the Billboard Top 200 at No. 17, Natalie Merchant embarks on a new artistic path, creating songs from literary inspiration which are composed for expanded musical ensembles and orchestra.

In conjunction with her next orchestral recording, Natalie Merchant will undertake an extensive touring project performing with symphony orchestras throughout the world.

Natalie Merchant began her musical career as the lead vocalist and lyricist of the pop music band 10,000 Maniacs and released two platinum and four gold records with the group between 1981 and 1993 (The Wishing Chair, In My Tribe, Blind Man’s Zoo, Hope Chest, Our Time in Eden, and MTV Unplugged). Together with artists like R.E.M., they defined college rock and created the first wave of alternative rock bands and what became known as the alternative rock format on FM radio.

In 1994, Natalie Merchant began her solo career with a self-produced debut album, Tigerlily (1995). In the years following, she released Ophelia (1998), Natalie Merchant Live (1999) and Motherland (2001). In 2003, Merchant independently released an album of American and British folk music, The House Carpenter’s Daughter, on her own label, Myth America Records. In 2005, she curated a collection of her own work for a double album, Retrospective and another for her former band, Campfire Songs.

Natalie Merchant has collaborated both on stage and in the studio with a wide range of artists including Philip Glass, Wynton Marsalis, David Byrne, The Chieftains, Mavis Staples, REM, Daniel Lanois, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Tracy Chapman, Dan Zanes, Billy Bragg and Wilco. Throughout her career, Merchant has also been dedicated to supporting a variety of non-profit organizations by lending financial support and raising public awareness. Scenic Hudson, Riverkeeper, The Center for Constitutional Rights, Doctors Without Borders, Tibet House, Greenpeace, The Southern Center for Human Rights and Planned Parenthood are among the social justice groups to which she has been devoted. Merchant has also served as an appointed member of the prestigious New York State Council on the Arts (2007-2011).

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets to see  Natalie Merchant With the DSO at Orchestra Hall range from $35 for balcony-$85for 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

Natalie Merchant With The DSO

Thursday, July 11 at 8:00 p.m.

Program selections to be announced from the stage

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 AND LEGENDARY GUITARIST GEORGE BENSON PRESENT A TRIBUTE TO NAT KING COLE AT MEADOW BROOK

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DETROIT, (June 24 , 2013) – Legendary jazz guitarist and  R&B singer George Benson , accompanied by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO), has a jazzy evening in store with “Inspiration: A Tribute to Nat King Cole.” The performance, presented by Meadow Brook Music Festival as part of its Belle Tire Concert Series, will take place on Thursday June 27 at 8 p.m. at Meadow Brook located at 3554 Walton Blvd  in Rochester Hills, Mich. This concert is sponsored by Audi.

About George Benson

At various points along the four-decade continuum of George Benson’s career, he has been heralded as a jazz guitarist of unparalleled chops, a vocalist with great emotional range and sophistication or a combination of both.  However, he regards himself as an entertainer in the broadest sense of the word – a singer of songs, a spinner of tales.

“It’s a very simple equation,” the National Endowment of the Arts Jazz Master says of the longevity of his career and the ten Grammy Awards that have punctuated it along the way. “In the end, it’s about the songs and the stories. That’s what keeps the music fresh for me. That’s what keeps me coming back. If you come up with a great melody and put
the right lyrics to it, I’m immediately excited.”

There are legends in the world of music… and then there are icons. Nat King Cole broke barriers and literally changed the face of music. Two decades later George Benson did the same by redefining the world of jazz by garnering the first platinum jazz album in 1976. In the universe of masters and mentors, the torch has never been passed as impeccably as from Cole to Benson. With Cole’s spellbinding voice and his unforgettable catalog of classic songs in the `50s and `60s, he paved the way for the level of tremendous international crossover success that dynamic ten-time GRAMMY winner Benson earned in the `70s to the present – from jazz to pop, and from instrumental innovator to vocal sensation. The keys were ambition, accessibility, all-around quality and strict attention to the wants and desires of their audience. In honor of this, George Benson delivers an album he has literally been preparing for all his life: Inspiration: A Tribute to Nat King Cole, available on CD, digital and vinyl LP – worldwide on Concord Records, June 4, 2013. – See more at: http://www.georgebenson.com/#sthash.yfa5sO34.dpuf

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets to see George Benson at Meadow Brook Music Festival range from $15-$45. Tickets may be purchased at Ticketmaster by visiting ticketmaster.com. For group discount information (10 people or more), please contact Chuck Dyer at (313) 576-5130 or cdyer@dso.org.

PERFORMANCE

George Benson

Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Thursday, June 27 at 8 p.m.

Program to be announced from the stage

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 CELEBRATES 21ST ANNIVERSARY OF SALUTE TO AMERICA CELEBRATION

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DETROIT, (June 18, 2013) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will celebrate the 21st anniversary of its classic family friendly Independence Day Celebration. Four nights of performances led by Maestro Leonard Slatkin will take place on the lawn at Dearborn’s historic Greenfield Village on July 3, 4, 5 and 6 with gates opening at 6 p.m. and concerts to commence at 8:30 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to gather their blankets, picnic and lawn chairs to enjoy favorites such as The Star Spangled Banner, Armed Forces Medley and other patriotic favorites.

The metro Detroit tradition will continue as 1st Michigan Colonial Fife and Drum Corps parade the concert grounds at 7 p.m. followed by a prelude concert featuring the River Raisin Ragtime Review at 7:30 p.m. The night’s festivities will conclude with Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture and a live display of cannon fire and fireworks.

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets to Salute To America at Greenfield Village range from $12- $50. Tickets may be purchased by contacting The Henry Ford Village by calling (313) 982-6001 or online at thehenryford.com/salute. For group discount information (10 people or more), please contact Chuck Dyer at (313) 576-5130 or cdyer@dso.org.

PERFORMANCE

Salute to America

Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Leonard Slatkin, Conductor

Kisma Jordan, Vocalist

Henry Ford Village

Wednesday, July 3 at 6 p.m. (8:30pm concert)

Thursday, July 4 at 6 p.m.

Friday, July 5 at 6 p.m.

Saturday, July 6 at 6 p.m.

STAFFORD SMITH Star Spangled Banner
GOULD American Salute
ELLINGTON Duke Ellington Fantasy
GERSHWIN “Summertime” from Porgy and Bess
WARD America The Beautiful
BERLIN God Bless America
INTERMISSION

JOHN WILLIAMS Olympic Fanfare and Theme
March from 1941
Suite from Lincoln
Liberty Fanfare
TCHAIKOVSKY 1812 Overture
FIREWORKS

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 BILL COSBY FOR SPECIAL ONE-NIGHT-ONLY APPEARANCE

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DETROIT, (June 17 , 2013) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) is proud to present award winning comedian and actor Bill Cosby in a special one-night-only appearance. With over five decades of success, America’s favorite legend will grace the stage of Orchestra Hall on Saturday June 29 at 7 p.m. with his timeless stand-up routine. The originally-scheduled 10 p.m. appearance that evening has been cancelled. This DSO Presents special is sponsored by Greektown Casino Hotel.

About Bill Cosby

Charlie Chaplin. Groucho Marx. Richard Pryor.

Over the past century, few entertainers have achieved the legendary status of William H. Cosby Jr. His successes span five decades and virtually all media, remarkable accomplishments for a kid who emerged from humble beginnings in a Philly project.

In the 1960s, his stand-up act was a coast-to-coast sensation, spawning a string of hilarious, best-selling comedy albums, which went on to win eight Gold Records, five Platinum records and five Grammy Awards. His role on TV’s I Spy made him the first African-American to co-star in a dramatic series, breaking television’s racial barrier and winning three Emmy Awards. In the 1980s, he again rocked the television world with the The Cosby Show, a gentle, whimsical and hugely successful series that single-handedly revived the family sitcom (and rescued NBC).

With hit movies like Uptown Saturday Night and best-selling books like Fatherhood, Bill Cosby is quite simply a national treasure with the unique ability to touch people’s hearts.

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets to see DSO Presents: Bill Cosby at Orchestra Hall range from $35-$85for 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

DSO Presents: Bill Cosby

Saturday, June 29 at 7 p.m.

Performing selections from the stage

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 CLOSES POPS SEASON WITH WEST SIDE STORY

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DETROIT, (June 3 , 2013) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) has a Hollywood ending in store for its 2012-13 Pops series, presenting a live film experience of the all-time American favorite musical West Side Story. Led by Jayce Ogren, the orchestra invites patrons to experience a thrilling duo presentation of the iconic Oscar-winning film and Leonard Bernstein’s original score. Shown in high definition, the performance of the film directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins, featuring Robins’ choreography, Ernest Lehman’s screenplay, Arthur Laurents’ book and Stephen Sondheim’s lyrics will take place on Friday, June 7 at 10:45 a.m. and Saturday, June 8 at 8 p.m. at Orchestra Hall.

About Jayce Ogren

With mounting successes in both symphonic and operatic repertoire, Jayce Ogren is building a sterling reputation as one of the finest young conductors to emerge from the United States in recent seasons. He has just been named Music Director of the New York City Opera where this season he leads Britten’s Turn of the Screw and Rossini’s Mosè in Egitto, and in the 2013/14 season will lead new productions of Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle at St. Ann’s Warehouse and Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro at City Center.

A series of high-profile New York City dates in 2012/13 demonstrates Ogren’s wide ranging talents: in addition to New York City Opera, he made his Mostly Mozart Festival debut with the groundbreaking International Contemporary Ensemble; he also led ICE in programs at Columbia University’s Miller Theatre (and the Wien Modern Festival); he joined New York City Ballet for an all-Stravinsky program; and he debuted with the New York Philharmonic on their CONTACT! Series.

European guest engagements have included the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Copenhagen Philharmonic, the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, repeat appearances with the Asturias Symphony, regional opera companies and orchestras throughout Scandinavia.

Ogren was appointed by Franz Welser-Möst as Assistant Conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra and Music Director of the Cleveland Youth Orchestra. In 2009, he led the Orchestra in regular season subscription concerts, and at The Blossom Festival.

A native of Hoquiam, Washington, Ogren received a bachelor’s degree in composition from St. Olaf College in 2001 and a master’s degree in conducting from the New England Conservatory in 2003. Aided by a U.S. Fulbright Grant, he completed a postgraduate diploma in orchestral conducting at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, Sweden and spent two summers at the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen.

Jayce Ogren is the founder of Young Kreisler, a band performing Ogren’s own work, as well as music ranging from Mahler to Piazzolla to Kurt Cobain. He is a triathlete based in New York City.

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets to see West Side Story at Orchestra Hall range from $19-$68 and $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

West Side Story

Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Jayce Ogren, conductor

Friday, June 7 at 10:45 a.m.

Saturday, June 8 at 8 p.m.

Performing selections from the following:

BERNSTEIN Something’s Coming
Maria
I Feel Pretty
Tonight
Somewhere

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 SEASON FINALE PREMIERES COMPOSITION ABOUT RIVER ROUGE PLANT

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Detroit, (May 28, 2013) –The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will close the 2012-2013 classical series with a bang as they welcome sought-after pianist André Watts performing MacDowell’s Piano Concerto No. 2. The program, led by Leonard Slatkin, will feature the world premiere of Rouge River Transfiguration, composed by 2011 recipient of the DSO Elaine Lebenbom Award, Missy Mazzoli. The program will also include Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4. The concerts will take place Friday, May 31 at 10:45 a.m. and Sat. June 1 at 8 p.m. at Orchestra Hall.

The performance will be webcast to a global audience on Friday, May 31 at 10:45 a.m. via the DSO’s “Live from Orchestra Hall” series. Log on to dso.org/live to view the concert from your computer or mobile device anywhere in the world.

All patrons are invited to enjoy a free pre-concert discussion one hour prior to Saturday’s performance with DSO Assistant Conductor, Teddy Abrams and Elaine Lebenbom Award winning composer, Missy Mazzoli.

André Watts burst upon the music world at the age of 16 when he was chosen by Leonard Bernstein to debut with the New York Philharmonic in their Young People’s Concerts, broadcast nationwide on CBS-TV.  Since then, Mr. Watts has had a long and frequent association with television, having appeared on numerous programs produced by PBS, the BBC, and the Arts and Entertainment Network. He has performed on television with the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center among others. Mr. Watts’ extensive discography includes recordings of works by Gershwin, Chopin, Liszt and Tchaikovsky for CBS Masterworks; recital CD’s of works by Beethoven, Schubert, Liszt and Chopin for Angel/EMI; and recordings featuring the concertos of Liszt, MacDowell, Tchaikovsky and Saint-Saens on the Telarc label. As a much honored artist, he is also included in the Great Pianists of the 20th Century series for Philips.

Internationally acclaimed American conductor Leonard Slatkin began his appointment as Music Director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in September of 2008. He was recently named Music Director of the Orchestre National de Lyon (ONL), France, beginning with the 2011-12 season. In addition, Mr. Slatkin continues to serve as Principal Guest Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, a post that began in the fall of 2008.

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets to “André Watts! at Orchestra Hall 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

André Watts!

Orchestra Hall

Friday, May 31 at 10:45 a.m.

Saturday, June 1 at 8 p.m.

Leonard Slaktin, conductor

André Watts, piano

MAZZOLI River Rouge Transfiguration (WORLD PREMIERE)
MACDOWELL Piano Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 23
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36

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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CONCERTMASTER YOONSHIN SONG MAKES SOLO DEBUT

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DETROIT, (May 20, 2013) –Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) Concertmaster Yoonshin Song will make her solo debut on stage at Orchestra Hall this week, performing Brahms’ Concerto for Violin. The program, led by Maestro Leonard Slatkin, will also include Respighi’s Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite No. 3, and the world premiere of Kerry Turner’s Concerto for Horn and Orchestra, “The Gothic” featuring DSO Principal Horn Karl Pituch. Performances will be held at Orchestra Hall on Thursday, May 23 at 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 24 at 10:45 a.m. and Sunday, May 26 at 3 p.m. at The Seligman Performing Arts Center in Beverly Hills.

On Thursday, May 22, all patrons are invited to enjoy a free pre-concert discussion one hour prior to each performance by DSO Assistant Conductor, Teddy Abrams and Composer, Kerry Turner as they discussing Turner’s Concerto for Horn and Orchestra, “The Gothic” along with composition techniques and life as a horn player.

Yoonshin Song, who became concertmaster of the DSO this season, was born in South Korea where she began her musical studies at age 5. Making her orchestral debut at age 11, she has since built a successful performing career throughout Korea, the United States, and Europe. Song earned her master’s degree and Graduate Diploma under the tutelage of Donald Weilerstein at the New England Conservatory and recently completed the Artist Diploma and Professional Study programs at Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with Robert Mann and Glenn Dicterow.

Winner of the Stradivarius International Violin Competition, Song earned many prestigious prizes throughout her career. Some highlights include prizes in the Young Concert Artists International Competition in New York, Lipizer International Violin Competition in Italy, Henry Marteau International Violin Competition in Germany, Wieniawski International Violin Competition in Poland, and Ima Hogg International Competition in Houston. In her native South Korea, Song has won virtually all the major national competitions. Most recently, Song received the David G. Whitecomb Foundation Award and gave a recital in Germantown, New York, which was well received by critics and audience members.

Since giving her debut recital after winning the Jeunesses Musicales Audition in 1999, she has been sought after as a recitalist performing throughout Korea, the United States and Europe to great acclaim. As a soloist she has performed with many orchestras around the world such as Houston Symphony Orchestra, P.Constantinescu Philharmonic Orchestra, Bayreuth Festival Orchestra, KBS Philharmonic Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Korean Baroque Chamber Orchestra, among many others. Most recently, Song made her Utah Symphony Orchestra debut in the 2010 Deer Valley Music Festival.

Song has participated both as a charismatic soloist and an imaginative chamber musician in numerous music festivals such as Marlboro Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Perlman Music Program, Encore String Festival, Miyazaki Chamber Music Festival in Japan, Nice International Summer Academy, and Yfrah Neaman International Music Course in Europe.

Karl Pituch was named Principal Horn of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in 2000. In 1988, he finished as one of the top five hornists at the 37th International Music Competition in Munich, Germany. Pituch was the grand prizewinner at the 1989 American Solo Horn Competition and has been a finalist at many other solo competitions.

Before joining the DSO, Pituch was Associate Principal Horn with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Principal Horn with the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra, the Jacksonville Symphony, the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra and the Chautauqua Festival Orchestra. He served as a guest Principal Horn for the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Edinburgh Music Festival in Scotland and at the Hollywood Bowl. He also served as guest Principal Horn with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra on their European Tour in 2004 and the Grand Teton Festival Orchestra in Jackson Hole, Wyo. Pituch can be heard on many recordings with the Dallas, San Francisco and Honolulu Symphony Orchestras.

As a soloist, Pituch has performed with orchestras in Japan, Hawaii, Colorado, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Ohio, Florida and Michigan. He has been a frequent guest artist at numerous horn conferences and has served as a judge in the American Horn Competition. An active chamber musician, Pituch was a member of the Spring Wind Quintet for 11 years and participated in chamber music festivals in Marlboro, Vt.; Crested Butte, Colo.; Kapalua, Maui; Kazusa, Japan (with the Center City Brass Quintet); and Freden, Germany (with the American Horn Quartet).

Pituch earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Toledo where he studied with Mary Kihslinger. He also studied with Froydis Wekre of the Oslo Philharmonic and Dale Clevenger of the Chicago Symphony. For seven years, he was the horn instructor at the University of Hawaii.

Internationally acclaimed American conductor Leonard Slatkin began his appointment as Music Director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in September of 2008. He was recently named Music Director of the Orchestre National de Lyon (ONL), France, beginning with the 2011-12 season. In addition, Mr. Slatkin continues to serve as Principal Guest Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, a post that began in the fall of 2008.

TICKET INFORMATION

Individual tickets to “Welcome Yoonshin Song” are $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 box level, within two weeks of the performance. A valid photo ID with 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

“Welcome Yoonshin Song”

Orchestra Hall

Thursday, May 23 at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, May 24 at 10:45 a.m.

Seligman Performing Arts Center

Sunday, May 26 at  3 p.m.

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Yoonshin Song, violin

Karl Pituch, horn

RESPIGHI Ancients Airs and Dances, Suite No. 3
TURNER Concerto for Horn and Orchestra, “The Gothic”*
BRAHMS Concerto for Violin and Orchestra

* indicates a world premiere

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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