ELLIS HALL BRINGS SPIRIT OF RAY CHARLES TO ORCHESTRA HALL

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

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

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

ABOUT ELLIS HALL

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

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

ABOUT JEFF TYZIK

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

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

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

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

PERFORMANCE

Ellis Hall Is Ray Charles

Jeff Tyzik, conductor

Ellis Hall, vocal and piano/keyboards

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

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

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

BEETHOVEN

adapted Walter Murphy

arr. Jeff Tyzik

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

Credit

Some Days Were Meant For Rain

My Cherie Amour

I Heard It Through The Grapevine

arr. Matt Catingub Let the Good Times Roll

Hit the Road Jack

Unchain My Heart

Georgia On My Mind

Girl You’re Not In Kansas Anymore

You Are My Sunshine

You Don’t Know Me

Hallelujah I Just Love Her So

I Can’t Stop Loving You

What’d I Say?

ABOUT THE DSO

The internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra, which celebrated its 125th anniversary in December 2012, is known for trailblazing performances, visionary maestros, collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists, and an unwavering commitment to Detroit. Esteemed conductor Leonard Slatkin, called “America’s Music Director” by the Los Angeles Times, became the 12th Music Director of the DSO during the 2008-09 season and acclaimed conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik was appointed Principal Pops Conductor in November 2012. The DSO’s performance schedule includes Classical, Pops, Jazz, Young People’s, Neighborhood concerts, and collaborations with chart-topping musicians from Smokey Robinson to Kid Rock.  A commitment to broadcast innovation began in 1922 when the DSO became the first orchestra in the world to present a radio broadcast and continues today with the free Live from Orchestra Hall webcast series.  Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall at the Max M. Fisher Music Center, one of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, the DSO actively pursues a mission to impact and serve the community through music.  For more information visit dso.org or download the free DSO to Go mobile app.

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Alexandra Soumm

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

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

About Ilana Davidson

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

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

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets to see Mahler Symphony No. 4 at Orchestra Hall range from $15-$50 and $100 for box seats. Tickets may be purchased at the Max M. Fisher Music Center box office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit); by calling (313) 576-5111; or online at dso.org. For group discount information (10 people or more), please contact Chuck Dyer at (313) 576-5130 or cdyer@dso.org.

PERFORMANCE

Mahler Symphony No. 4

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Alexandra Soumm, violin

Ilana Davison, soprano

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

Friday, Nov. 8 at 8 p.m.

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

About the DSO:

The internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra, which celebrated its 125th anniversary in December 2012, is known for trailblazing performances, visionary maestros, collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists, and an unwavering commitment to Detroit. Esteemed conductor Leonard Slatkin, called “America’s Music Director” by the Los Angeles Times, became the 12th Music Director of the DSO during the 2008-09 season and acclaimed conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik was appointed Principal Pops Conductor in November 2012. The DSO’s performance schedule includes Classical, Pops, Jazz, Young People’s, Neighborhood concerts, and collaborations with chart-topping musicians from Smokey Robinson to Kid Rock.  A commitment to broadcast innovation began in 1922 when the DSO became the first orchestra in the world to present a radio broadcast and continues today with the free Live from Orchestra Hall webcast series.  Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall at the Max M. Fisher Music Center, one of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, the DSO actively pursues a mission to impact and serve the community through music.  For more information visit dso.org or download the free DSO to Go mobile app.

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DSO PRESENTS TRIBUTE TO JOHN LENNON, PAUL MCCARTNEY

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DETROIT, (May 6, 2013) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO), along with sought-after Pops Conductor, Michael Krajewski will “Come Together” for a tribute to Lennon & McCartney, the greatest songwriting duo of the second half of the 20th century. The performance featuring Lennon and McCartney chart toppers such as, “Get Back” will take place at Orchestra Hall on Friday, May 17 at 10:45 a.m.; Saturday, May 18 at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, May 19 at 3 p.m.

About Michael Krajewski

Known for his entertaining programs and clever humor, Michael Krajewski is a much sought after conductor of symphonic pops. He is the

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principal pops conductor of the Houston Symphony, the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra – the first to hold such a title in Atlanta.

As a guest conductor Michael has performed with the Boston Pops, the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. Other guest conducting appearances include the San Francisco, Dallas, Baltimore, Detroit, Indianapolis, Seattle, Phoenix and National symphonies, as well as many other orchestras across the United States. In Canada he has led the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Calgary Philharmonic, and the Edmonton, Kitchener-Waterloo and Winnipeg symphonies. Other international appearances include performances with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Iceland Symphony Orchestra and the Ulster Orchestra in concerts in Belfast and Dublin.

Michael is the conductor of the video Silver Screen Serenade with violinist Jenny Oaks Baker that aired worldwide on BYU Broadcasting. On recording he has led the Houston Symphony on two holiday albums: Glad Tidings and Christmas Festival. Michael’s collaborative programs have included such artists as flutist James Galway, mezzo Marilyn Horne, pianist Alicia de Larochha, guitarist Angel Romero, and pop artists Roberta Flack, Judy Collins, Art Garfunkel, Kenny Loggins, Ben Folds, Doc Severinsen, Patti Austin, Sandi Patty, Ann Hampton Callaway, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, The Chieftains, Pink Martini, Rockapella, Cirque de la Symphonie, Classical Mystery Tour and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.

With degrees from Wayne State University in Detroit and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Michael furthered his training at the Pierre Monteux Domaine School for Conductors. He was a Dorati Fellowship Conductor with the Detroit Symphony and later served as that orchestra’s assistant conductor. He was resident conductor of the Florida Symphony and for eleven years served as music director of the Modesto Symphony Orchestra. Michael lives in Orlando, Florida with his wife Darcy. When not conducting he enjoys travel, photography and crossword puzzles.

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets to see Music of John Lennon & Paul McCartney 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

Music of John Lennon & Paul McCartney

Michael Krajewski, conductor

Jim Owen, rhythm, guitar, piano, vocals

Tony Kishman, bass guitar, piano, vocals

John Merjave, lead guitar, vocals

Chris Camilleri, drums, vocal

Friday, May 17 at 10:45 a.m.

Saturday, May 18 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, May 19 at 3 p.m.

Performing selections from the following:

LENNON AND MCCARTNEY/ARR. KRAJEWSKI Eleanor Rigby
Lady Madonna
My Love
LENNON AND MCCARTNEY Got to Get Into My Life
A Hard Day’s Night
Yesterday
All You Need is Love
Penny Lane
Imagine
Hey Jude
Twist and Shout
Can’t Buy Me Love

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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TICKETS NOW ON SALE FOR DSO AT GREENFIELD VILLAGE AND FORD HOUSE

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Summer 2013 to include Yo-Yo Ma, Bill Cosby and Natalie Merchant

(DETROIT, April 24, 2013) — Tickets are now on sale for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s (DSO) summer season, headlined by the annual “Salute to America” concerts at Greenfield Village and the Orchestra’s fourth annual appearance at the historic Edsel & Eleanor Ford House. Other presentations include appearances by Bill Cosby, Natalie Merchant, Yo-Yo Ma’s exciting bluegrass project, and more.

Salute to America concerts at Greenfield Village

The 21st Annual Salute to America concerts will take place on Wednesday, July 3-Saturday, July 6 at 8:30 p.m. Bring the family to Greenfield Village in Dearborn and enjoy an evening of fireworks and patriotic music. Music Director Leonard Slatkin will return to the podium for his second appearance at Salute to America for all four performances. He will conduct the Orchestra through an inspiring program of favorites like Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, the Salute to the Armed Forces and more. Performances are located in the Walnut Grove Historic District of Greenfield Village and begin at 8:30 p.m. with grounds opening at 6 p.m. Food and beverages will be available for purchase and concert attendees are welcome to bring chairs and blankets to the concerts.

The Henry Ford is America’s premier history destination with five distinct attractions including Greenfield Village which offers 300 years of American history with access to 83 authentic, historic structures, including the courthouse where Abraham Lincoln practiced law, the Wright brothers’ cycle shop, Thomas Edison’s Menlo Park laboratory and much more.

Internationally acclaimed American conductor Leonard Slatkin began his appointment as Music Director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in September of 2008. In addition to his post at the DSO, August 2011 marked the start of his tenure as Music Director of the Orchestre National de Lyon in France. In addition, Slatkin continues to serve as Principal Guest Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, a post that began in the fall of 2008. Following a17-year tenure as Music Director of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Slatkin became Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. in 1996. Other positions in the United States have included Principal Guest Conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra, where he founded their “Sommerfest;” first Music Director of the Cleveland Orchestra’s summer series at the Blossom Music Festival, a post he held for nine years; Principal Guest Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl for three seasons; and additional positions with the New Orleans Philharmonic and the Nashville Symphony Orchestra.

Tickets for Salute to America at Greenfield Village range from $12-$50 and can be purchased at The Henry Ford, 20900 Oakwood Blvd; by calling 313-982-6001; or online at thehenryford.org/Salute. For group discount information (10 people or more), please contact Chuck Dyer at (313) 576-5130 or cdyer@dso.org.

Detroit Symphony@Ford House

The DSO’s fourth annual appearance at the majestic Edsel & Eleanor Ford House places the Orchestra on the grounds of the elegant Grosse Pointe Shores estate, serenading audiences as the sun sets over the majestic home. The two-concert series, with Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Music Director Edwin Outwater conducting, opens on Friday, July 12 with, “The Golden Age of Swing,” a program paying homage to the swing age as clarinetist Dave Bennett joins the DSO to perform hits by Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington and George Gershwin. The following evening, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” features music inspired by Shakespeare, including excerpts from Romeo and Juliet, Beethoven’s Overture to Coriolanus, Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and more. Concerts take place on Friday, July 12 and Saturday, July 13 at 8 p.m. with a thrilling fireworks finale at 9:30 p.m.

The grounds of Ford House will open at 6 p.m. to allow attendees the opportunity to explore the gardens, stroll along the lake and Bird Island – a small peninsula on the premises that is a well-known stopping place for migratory birds and enjoy pre-concert music performed by area students.

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.

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.

Tickets for Detroit Symphony@Ford House are priced $12-50, with limited advance-purchase VIP tickets available for $50-$150. 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. For more details, visit dso.org/fordhouse.

All other summer season events are as follows:

Performances

Bill Cosby*

Saturday, June 29 at 7 & 10 p.m. in Orchestra Hall

America’s favorite comedian is coming to Orchestra Hall. One very special night, with two very special shows.

$35 Upper Balcony; $45 Mid Balcony; $55 Main Floor B; $65 Dress Circle; $70 Main Floor A; $85 Box

*The DSO does not appear on this program.

Concert of Colors

July 6& 7, locations TBA

The DSO will perform for the 21st Annual Concert of Colors, Detroit’s free annual diversity music festival. Programming to be announced.

Free

Neighborhood Festival

July 18-21

The DSO celebrates the overwhelming success of its Neighborhood Residency Initiative, launched in 2011, with a four-concert summer Neighborhood Festival, performed at venues throughout metro Detroit. Venues, dates and times below. Programming TBD.

Thursday, July 18 at 7:30 p.m. at Clarkston High School in Clarkston

Friday, July 19 at 8 p.m. at Seligman Performing Arts Center in Beverly Hills

Saturday, July 20 at 8 p.m. at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts in Macomb

Sunday, July 21 at 3 p.m. at the Ford Community and Performing Arts center in Dearborn

$20 general admission; Students and children unter 18 are free with every adult ticket purchased or $10 each when purchased alone

Natalie Merchant with the DSO

Thursday, July 11 at 8 p.m. in Orchestra Hall

A unique voice and singular talent in a rare appearance, Natalie Merchant joins the DSO live in concert. See her perform the songs that have captivated for three decades and selections from her most recent recording, “Leave Your Sleep.”

$35 Upper Balcony; $45 Mid Balcony; $55 Main Floor B; $65 Dress Circle & Main Floor A; $85 Box Level

Goat Rodeo with Yo-Yo Ma*

Saturday, August 21 at 8 p.m. at Meadow Brook Music Festival

World-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma will bring his Grammy Award-winning bluegrass collaboration, Goat Rodeo Sessions, to the Meadow Brook Music Festival on Sunday, August 24 at 8 p.m. He joins fellow virtuosos Chris Thile (mandolin), Edgar Meyer (bass) and Stuart Duncan (fiddle) presenting high-energy adaptations of Celtic and Bluegrass compositions as you’ve never seen them before. This performance is presented by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Palace Sports & Entertainment.

$20 lawn; $35-$100 pavilion

*The DSO does not appear on this program

TICKETS

Unless otherwise noted, tickets to the above concerts may be purchased at the Max M. Fisher Music Center box office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit); by calling (313) 576-5111; or online at www.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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LEGENDARY DRUMMER ROY HAYNES TAKES THE STAGE AT ORCHESTRA HALL

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Special jazz forum to include Roy Haynes, Terence Blanchard and others

DETROIT, (April 19, 2013) – A major player on the jazz scene for more than half a century, Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner Roy Haynes brings his aptly-named Fountain of Youth Band to

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the stage at Orchestra Hall as a part of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Paradise Jazz Series. His drum technique propelled some of the greatest recordings by Louis Armstrong, Lester Young, Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Sarah Vaughan, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Ella Fitzgerald, Chick Corea and Pat Methany.

The performance, featuring saxophonist Jaleel Shaw, bassist David Wong and pianist Martin Bejerano, will take place on Friday, April 26 at 8 p.m.

The Paradise Jazz Series is sponsored by MGM Grand Detroit.

Two hours prior to the concert, patrons are invited to join us for the Fred A. & Barbara M. Erb Jazz forum with “The Jazz Ecosystem” as the topic. The forum will be moderated by Director of the American Music Research Foundation and WRCJ 90.9 FM Producer and host, John Penney. Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair, Terence Blanchard, Detroit Jazz Festival Artistic Director, Christopher Collins, Legendary Jazz Drummer Roy Haynes and DSO Civic Jazz Orchestra Director, Sean Dobbins will serve as panelists.

“The Jazz Ecosystem” is composed of inhabitants, ranging from musicians to educators, presenters, record labels, radio stations and clubs – all of which play an equally important role in keeping jazz music alive. The forum will focus on the role of educators, performers and presenters in the jazz world as it exists today and feature a live performance by the students of the DSO’s Civic Jazz Orchestra. This forum and preconcert performance is free to all with the purchase of a Paradise Jazz Series ticket.

About Roy Haynes

When Roy Haynes plays his drums, sixty years of experience informs every authoritative stroke. A working musician since 1942, Haynes’ unrelenting swing and sound of surprise has graced the bands of a who’s-who list of jazz innovators across a wide spectrum of improvisation.

Roy Haynes was born in Boston, March 13, 1925, and was keenly interested in jazz ever since he can remember. Primarily self-taught, he began to work locally in 1942 with musicians like the Charlie Christian inflected guitarist Tom Brown, bandleader Sabby Lewis, and Kansas City blues-shout alto saxophonist Pete Brown, before getting a call in the summer of 1945 to join legendary bandleader Luis Russell (responsible for much of Louis Armstrong’s musical backing from 1929 to 1933) to play for the dancers at New York’s legendary Savoy Ballroom. When not travelling with Russell, the young drummer spent much time on Manhattan’s 52nd Street and uptown in Minton’s, the legendary incubator of bebop, soaking up the scene.

Haynes was Lester Young’s drummer from 1947 to 1949, worked with Bud Powell and Miles Davis in ’49, became Charlie Parker’s drummer of choice from 1949 to 1953, toured the world with Sarah Vaughan from 1954 to 1959, did numerous extended gigs with Thelonious Monk in 1959-60, made eight recordings with Eric Dolphy in 1960-61, worked extensively with Stan Getz from 1961 to 1965, played and recorded with the John Coltrane Quartet from 1963 to 1965, has intermittently collaborated with Chick Corea since 1968, and with Pat Metheny during the ’90s. Metheny was featured on Haynes’ previous Dreyfus release Te Vou! (voted by NAIRD as Best Contemporary Jazz Record of 1996). He’s been an active bandleader from the late ’50s to the present, featuring artists in performance and on recordings like Phineas Newborn, Booker Ervin, Roland Kirk, George Adams, Hannibal Marvin Peterson, Ralph Moore and Donald Harrison. A perpetual top three drummer in the Downbeat Readers Poll Awards, he won the Best Drummer honors in 1996, and in that year received the prestigious French Chevalier des l’Ordres Artes et des Lettres.

On Praise, he gathers a top-shelf quintet of improvisers half his age. The 72-year-old master attacks nine tunes from each conceivable angle and possible configuration; typically, his young cohorts have to exert every ounce of creative energy not to be left in the dust. Those youngbloods include two newcomers to Haynes’ circle, altoist Kenny Garrett and tenorist David Sanchez. Roy’s son Graham Haynes adds his distinctive sound on cornet and flugelhorn to the powerful front line. Pianist David Kikoski has been with Haynes for 15 years, while bassist Dwayne Burno is a recent initiate.

As on his previous two recordings for Dreyfus (When It’s Haynes, It Roars and Te Vou!), Praise refers to Haynes’ glorious legacy while adhering firmly to his credo, “Now is the time.” Within the imaginative arrangements, Haynes stamps his personality on each tune, intuitively designing rhythmic phrases like a great tap dancer. “I structure pieces like riding a horse,” he says. “You pull a rein here, you tighten it up here, you loosen it there. I’m still sitting in the driver’s seat, so to speak. I let it loose, I let it go, I see where it’s going and what it feels like. Sometimes I take it out, sometimes I’ll be polite, nice and let it move and breathe — always in the pocket and with feeling. So the music is tight but loose.”

Haynes elicits remarkable performances. For example, there’s a startling duo with Kenny Garrett on “My Little Suede Shoes.” 49 years after Haynes played traps alongside two congueros on Charlie Parker’s original recording, he dialogues with the ferocious altoist almost in free meter, implying the beat. “Israel” is a tribute to Haynes’ friend, composer John Carisi, which premiered on the April 1949 Birth of the Cool session for Capitol with Kenny Clarke on drums. Here the soloists take precise, elegant solos on the challenging changes, spurred by Haynes’ all-over rhythm painting. “The Touch Of Your Lips” is the latest in a series of Sarah Vaughan ballads that Haynes has recorded, featuring a compelling Graham Haynes statement on flugelhorn. David Sanchez, in fine form throughout, blows full bore on Kikoski’s Coltranesque “Inner
Trust,” while the versatile pianist gets two trio features — a tasty interpretation of the traditional hymn “Morning Has Broken” and a rollicking version of McCoy Tyner’s “Blues On The Corner,” playing electric piano. The three horns handle Chick Corea’s rhythmically tricky “Mirror, Mirror” with panache, while there’s keen ensemble interplay throughout “After Sunrise,” augmented by in-demand Latin percussionist Daniel Moreno. The proceedings conclude with a finely textured drum solo, “Shades of Senegal.”

Haynes assesses his restless persona – “I am constantly practicing in my head. In fact, a teacher in school once sent me to the principal, because I was drumming with my hands on the desk in class. My father used to say I was just nervous. I’m always thinking rhythms, drums. When I was very young I used to practice a lot; not any special thing, but just practice playing. Now I’m like a doctor. When he’s operating on you, he’s practicing. When I go to my gigs, that’s my practice. I may play something that I never heard before or maybe that you never heard before. It’s all a challenge. I deal with sounds. I’m full of rhythm, man. I feel it. I think summer, winter, fall, spring, hot, cold, fast and slow — colors. But I don’t analyze it. I’ve been playing professionally over 50 years, and that’s the way I do it. I always surprise myself. The worst surprise is when I can’t get it to happen. But it usually comes out. I don’t play for a long period, and then I’m like an animal, a lion or tiger locked in its cage, and when I get out I try to restrain myself. I don’t want to overplay. I like the guys to trade, and I just keep it moving, and spread the rhythm, as Coltrane said. Keep it moving, keep it crisp.”

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets to Roy Haynes Fountain of Youth at Orchestra Hall range from $18-$60 and $99 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. 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

Roy Haynes Fountain of Youth Band

Friday, April 26 at 8 p.m.

Roy Haynes, drums

Jaleel Shaw, saxophone

David Wong, bass

Marin Bejerano, piano

Selections will be announced from the stage.

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DSO ASSISTANT CONDUCTOR TEDDY ABRAMS STARS IN UPCOMING YOUNG PEOPLE’S CONCERT WITH SIXTH FLOOR TRIO

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Tiny Tots concert to feature The Chenille Sisters

DETROIT, (April 15, 2013) – Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) Assistant Conductor Teddy Abrams will step down from the podium at the next Macy’s Family Fun Day at the DSO on April 20 when he will play his clarinet with his ensemble, the Sixth Floor Trio. Two concerts that day are sure to delight children of all ages: Young People’s Family Concerts presents the It’s a Small World: A Musical Voyage (DSO performing with the Sixth Floor Trio) and Henry Ford II Fund’s Tiny Tots concerts presents The Chenille Sisters.

The Max M. Fisher Music Center will be transformed into a paradise for young music fans with face painting, an instrument petting zoo, arts & crafts, and more!

WHEN:           Saturday, April 20, 2013

10 a.m. in the Music Box– The Chenille Sisters

This Tiny Tots presentation is sponsored by the Henry Ford II Fund.

Experience the beautiful vocal harmonies of the Chenille Sisters in a unique performance complete with costumes, skits, surprises and tons of laughs for the entire family.

11 a.m. in Orchestra Hall– It’s a Small World: A Musical Voyage

Transport your mind on a musical adventure around the world! Enjoy a kid-friendly performance of classical favorites featuring the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Abrams’ Sixth Floor Trio.

WHERE:         Max M. Fisher Music Center

3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit, Mich.

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets to The Chenille Sisters in the Music Box are $12, general admission. Tickets to It’s a Small World: A Musical Voyage begin at $20 and may be purchased at the Max M. Fisher Music Center box office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit); by calling (313) 576-5111; or online at dso.org. Subscriptions are now available for the 2013-14 Family concert series, beginning at $40. 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 ANNOUNCES IVES IMMERSION

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Venues include Detroit Institute of Arts, Ann Arbor Kerrytown Concert House,

and Orchestra Hall

(DETROIT, April 8, 2013)—In preparation for its performances at Carnegie Hall on May 9 and 10, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will present a Charles Ives Immersion with free chamber music performances around metro Detroit, culminating with a special sendoff concert at Orchestra Hall the night before the orchestra hits the road for Manhattan.

On May 10, the DSO will perform all four symphonies by the famed mid-century American composer on the same program for the first time on record. Recitals in Detroit (April 26 and May 5) and Ann Arbor (May 1) will give audiences the chance to familiarize themselves with every aspect of Ives’ complex style and the evolution of his work.

The sendoff concert on May 7 will welcome Detroiters to historic Orchestra Hall for a special pairing of works from each New York concert, adopting the Spring For Music pricing of $25 for any seat in the house. READ MORE



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APRIL IS STUDENT APPRECIATION MONTH AT THE DSO

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Students of all ages eligible to receive additional Soundcard benefits

(DETROIT, April 4, 2013)—During the month of April, the DSO will celebrate its student audience with the inaugural Student Appreciation Month. All DSO Soundcard members and their friends will be extended additional offers and benefits, as outlined below. Any student, of any age is eligible to purchase a Soundcard, the DSO’s all-access student pass. Purchase the card for $25 and attend any Orchestra Hall Classical, Pops or Paradise Jazz concert all season long at no additional cost.

Student Appreciation Month Benefits
• Reserve a second free ticket to any Classical, Pops, or Paradise Jazz Series concert in April. No strings attached. Enjoy two free tickets in April instead of one, and introduce a friend to the great benefits of Soundcard.
• Refer a friend to purchase a Soundcard, and we’ll renew yours for just $15 for the 13.14 season. Make sure they tell us that YOU referred them!
• The raffle: for every concert you attend, AND for every guest you bring, you are entered into a raffle to win dinner for two in the Paradise Lounge and free tickets to a DSO Presents concert, usually restricted for Soundcard members. Choose from: Bill Cosby, Natalie Merchant, or Lang Lang.

About Soundcard

Introduced in 2011, Soundcard is valid for Classical, Pops, and Paradise Jazz Series concerts performed in Orchestra Hall. Membership is valid from September 28, 2012 – June 8, 2013. Tickets are issued up to two weeks prior to each concert. Cardbearer must present a valid student ID to will call attendant or usher upon arrival. The name on the student ID must match the name on the cardbearer’s account. Cards and tickets are non-transferrable. Admittance is subject to availability and seating is at the discretion of the Box Office.

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JEFF TYZIK RETURNS FOR AN EVENING OF RHYTHM AND BLUES AT THE DSO

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DETROIT, (April 2, 2013) – Get ready for a night of rhythm, groove and blues as Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) Principal Pops Conductor  and Grammy Award Winner Jeff Tyzik leads the orchestra in favorites by Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Count Basie, Miles Davis and many others. The performances, also featuring vocalist Dee Daniels, trumpeter Byron Stripling, trombonist Wycliffe Gordon and organist Bobby Floyd, will take place on Friday, April 19 at 10:45 a.m.; Saturday, April 20 at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, April 21 at 3 p.m.

About Jeff Tyzik

Grammy Award winner Jeff Tyzik is recognized as one of America’s most innovative pops conductors, and is known for his brilliant arrangements, original programming, and engaging rapport with audiences of all ages. Now in his 19th season as Principal Pops Conductor of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO), Tyzik also currently serves as Principal Pops Conductor of the Oregon Symphony and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. He was appointed Principal Pops Conductor of the Florida Orchestra at the beginning of 2012.

Over the course of his tenure with the RPO, he has written over 180 works for the orchestra. A consummate musician, the RPO has taken the unusual step of inviting their principal pops conductor to appear as a guest conductor in the orchestra’s classical subscription series calendar on a regular basis.

Tyzik lead the world premiere of his original work New York Cityscapes with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in June 2010.  In the 2012/13 season Tyzik will conduct the RPO on the subscription series in the world premiere of his new suite: Images: Musical Impressions of an Art Gallery.

Highly sought after as a guest conductor, Tyzik has recently appeared with orchestras such as the Boston Pops, the Cincinnati Pops, the New York Pops, the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, and the Dallas Symphony at the Vail Valley Music Festival.

A native of Hyde Park, New York, Tyzik began his life in music at age 9, when he first picked up a cornet. He studied both classical and jazz throughout high school, and went on to earn both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied composition/arranging with Radio City Music Hall’s Ray Wright and jazz studies with the great band leader Chuck Mangione, both of whom profoundly impacted him as a musician.

Tyzik spent the next few years working with Mangione, which led to an opportunity to co-compose a trumpet concerto with friend and virtuoso trumpeter Allen Vizzutti to be recorded by pops legend Doc Severinsen. After that first recording project, Tyzik worked closely with Severinsen on many projects including orchestrating many of the great band leader’s symphony orchestra programs, and producing a GRAMMY Award-winning album, The Tonight Show Band with Doc Severinsen, Vol. 1.

Tyzik currently serves on the Board of Managers of the Eastman School of Music.

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets to see Red, Hot & Blues! 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

Red, Hot & Blues!

Jeff Tyzik, conductor

Dee Daniels, vocalist

Byron Stripling, trumpet

Wycliffe Gordon, trombone

Bobby Floyd, organ

Dave Mancini, drums

Friday, April 19 at 10:45 a.m.

Saturday, April 20 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, April 21 at 3 p.m.

TYZIK Blue Overture
HENDERSON/ARR. ALBAM Birth of the Blues
WILLIAMS /ARR. GORDON; TYZIK Basin Street Blues
CLAYTON Tonight I Won’t Be Singing No Blues
CARPENTER/ ARR. TYZIK Walkin’
WASHINGTON/ ARR. TYZIK Night Train
CHATMAN/ ARR. TYZIK Everday I Have the Blues
HANDY/ ARR. TYZIK St. Louis Blues
BROWN/ ARR. TYZIK But I Was Cool
GORDON/ ARR. TYZIK Somebody New
WILSON Gimme a Pigfoot and A Bottle of Beer
CLAYTON Moving On Up
CLEVELAND Get Right Church

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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2013-14 PARADISE JAZZ SERIES NOW ON SALE

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Lineup includes Branford Marsalis, Terence Blanchard, McCoy Tyner and more

DETROIT, (March 14, 2013) – Today, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) unveiled a star-studded lineup for its 2013-14 Paradise Jazz Series – a compilation of six one-night-only appearances hand-picked by the legendary jazz musician and composer Terence Blanchard.  Five-time Grammy Award-winning Blanchard joined the DSO as the Fred A. & Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Chair beginning with the 2012-13 season of the Paradise Jazz Series, sponsored by MGM Grand Detroit.

“As the DSO’s Jazz Chair, I am absolutely thrilled about the 13.14 Paradise Jazz Series and look forward to sharing the Orchestra Hall stage with such an amazing array of incredible musicians over the course of the upcoming season,” said Blanchard.

Blanchard is the only jazz chair in the history of the series that has committed to making special guest appearances throughout the season. His first appearance will be February 6, 2014, when he teams up with Peter Erskine, Sean Jones and Christian McBride for the Midwest premiere of “Miles Davis & Gil Evans: Still Ahead,” presenting music from Miles Ahead, Porgy and Bess, and Sketches of Spain.

Subscriptions to the 2013-14 Paradise Jazz Series are on sale now and can be purchased by calling (313) 576-5111 or visiting dso.org. Single tickets will go on sale August 2013.  Subscriptions start at $90.

The season is scheduled as follows:

An Evening with Branford Marsalis

Friday, October 11, 2013 at 8 p.m.

One of the most respected and influential musicians of his generation, Tony Award nominee, and the eldest son in the “first family of jazz.” Branford Marsalis makes his long-awaited return to the Orchestra Hall stage along with his top-notch quartet that features pianist Joey Calderazzo, bassist Eric Revis, and electrifying young drummer Justin Faulkner. Prepare to witness an astounding performance from one of the most innovative and forward‐thinking jazz ensembles around today!

Patti Austin’s Swinging Christmas: A Tribute to Ella and Duke

Sunday, December 8, 2013 at 4 p.m.

Celebrate the holiday season with Grammy Award winning vocalist Patti Austin as she pays homage to jazz legends Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington. “She can lovingly evoke Ella’s signature up-and-down octave leaps, hearty swoops and playful scats,” declares The Kansas City Star. All your enduring Ellington favorites, holiday hits, and more! Austin will be joined by pianist Michael Ricchiuti, bassist Richard Hammond and drummer Steve Hass.  It don’t mean a thing if you ain’t there to swing!

Miles Davis & Gil Evans: Still Ahead

Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 8 p.m.

Presenting music from Miles Ahead, Porgy and Bess, and Sketches of Spain

Orchestra directed by Vince Mendoza, featuring Terence Blanchard, Peter Erskine, Sean Jones and Christian McBride

The collaboration between arranger/composer Gil Evans and Miles Davis delivered a powerhouse of iconic recordings that are now staples of jazz — Miles Ahead, Porgy and Bess, and Sketches of Spain. Be there for the recreation of the landmark original Gil Evans arrangements in the Midwest premiere of “Still Ahead.” Conductor Vince Mendoza leads an all-star orchestra featuring trumpet soloists Terence Blanchard and Sean Jones, top musicians from New York and Los Angeles and select members from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. This program has received universal acclaim at the Hollywood Bowl, Monterey Jazz Festival and the James Moody Jazz Festival.

Terence Blanchard and Friends featuring Ravi Coltrane and Lionel Loueke

Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 8 p.m.

A member of a jazz legacy that has shaped the contours of modern jazz today, New Orleans native Terence Blanchard has established himself as one of the most influential jazz musicians and film score masters of his generation. With more than 31 CDs to his credit, over 50 film scores, and the Jazz Opera “Champion”, Blanchard is a five-time Grammy Award winner and the recipient of a Golden Globe nod.

Blanchard is no stranger to the Orchestra Hall stage – in his second year as the DSO’s Jazz Chair, he returns with his quintet plus special guests and Blue Note label mates saxophonist Ravi Coltrane and Benin-born guitar virtuoso Lionel Loueke featuring music from his new CD “Magnetic.”

McCoy Tyner Quartet featuring Terence Blanchard

Friday, April 4, 2014 at 8 p.m.

NEA Jazz Master and celebrated pianist McCoy Tyner, who now carries the torch as the only surviving member of the legendary John Coltrane Quartet, is “still playing fierce, uncompromising, and delightful music,” exclaims JazzTimes magazine critic. His sophisticated chords and explosively percussive left hand have become one of the most identifiable sounds in improvised music. He is the “real McCoy,” and not to be missed!

DSO Jazz Chair Terence Blanchard will be featured alongside Tyner’s Quartet on this special evening to perform music from Tyner’s Grammy winning album “Illuminations.”

Eddie Palmieri Latin Jazz Band

Friday, May 2, 2014 at 8 p.m.

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

About Terence Blanchard

Terence Blanchard has established himself as one of the most influential jazz musicians and film score masters of his generation, a member of a jazz legacy that has shaped the contours of modern jazz today. With more than 31 CDs to his credit, Blanchard is a five-time Grammy Award winner and has received multiple Grammy nominations as well as a Golden Globe nod.

Blanchard recently completed work on Lucasfilm’s, Red Tails starring Academy Award winner Cuba Gooding, Jr., Academy Award nominee Terrence Howard and Emmy Award winner Bryan Lee Cranston. In addition to composing the music for the Broadway remake of A Streetcar Named Desire, he has also been commissioned by the Opera St. Louis for a project that will premiere in 2013.

As a film composer, Blanchard has more than 50 scores to his credit and received a Golden Globe nomination for Spike Lee’s 25th Hour. Blanchard’s music was also recently featured in Spike Lee/HBO’s If God is Willing and Da’ Creek Don’t Rise, commemorating the fifth anniversary of the Hurricane Katrina disaster and the sequel to the critically-acclaimed 2006 film, When The Levees Broke.  The film shows the current state of Blanchard’s native New Orleans five years after Hurricane Katrina, and follows the lives of several individuals and their families in the aftermath of one of the worst disasters to occur in U.S. history.  Blanchard won a Grammy for his 2007 CD “A Tale of God’s Will (A Requiem for Katrina),” which included tracks from Levees.

Blanchard has served as artistic director at the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz and currently serves as Artistic Director of the Henry Mancini Institute at the University of Miami Frost School of Music.

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