APRIL IS DSO STUDENT APPRECIATION MONTH: STUDENTS OF ANY AGE ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE FREE TICKETS, DISCOUNTS

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(DETROIT, April 2, 2014)—During the month of April, the DSO will celebrate its student audience with 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. READ MORE



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MIX @ THE MAX PRESENTS INPROV PIANO TRIPLE-THREAT ‘HAMMER & KEY’

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DETROIT, (March 14, 2014) – On Wednesday, March 26 at 7 p.m. the incredibly popular Mix @ The Max series, presented by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) and WDET 101.9 FM will continue with Hammer & Key, featuring three grand pianos, and three piano improv masters to bring them to life. No sheet music, no program, just pure keyboard throw down.

Hammer & Key will take place in the intimate Music Box space at the Max M. Fisher Music Center. WDET’s Alex Trajano will be the evening’s host. This Mix @ The Max presentation is made possible by generous support from Ruth Rattner.

Piano prodigies Sebastian Chang and Chase Morrin will join DSO Assistant Conductor Teddy Abrams in an improv-inspired evening filled with vibrant virtuosity. Considered three of the greatest talents of their generation, the young pianists bring a multitude of styles to a performance fueled by imagination, dynamic interplay and on-the-spot composition. Arrive early to enjoy drinks and custom menu items in the atrium before the concert and join us post-performance for a special after party at Great Lakes Coffee in Midtown. Tickets are just $15 at dso.org/mix or $25 at the door.

$49 per person VIP Tickets are also available, including reserved seating at tables of four patrons and a complimentary drink.

CONCERT DETAILS

Hammer & Key

Wednesday, March 26

6 p.m.—mix. mingle. eat. drink.

7 p.m.—listen.

9 p.m.—After party

Alex Trajano, host

Teddy Abrams, piano

Sebastian Chang, piano

Chase Morrin, piano

Ticket Information

General Admission tickets are $15 in advance and $25 at the door. A limited number of VIP tickets, which include priority seating and a complimentary beverage, are available for $49. All tickets may be purchased at the Max M. Fisher Music Center box office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit); by calling (313) 576-5111; online at dso.org; or via the free DSO to Go mobile app.

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DSO POSTS THIRD CONSECUTIVE YEAR OF SUBSCRIPTION GROWTH

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DETROIT (February 18, 2013) – As the 2013 subscription sales campaign winds down, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) confirmed today that its subscription base has grown significantly for the third consecutive year, posting a 23.2 percent increase in subscriptions sold and a 16.9 percent increase in subscription revenue since 2012. READ MORE



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DETROIT SYMPHONY ANNOUNCES 2014-15 SEASON LINEUP

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Music Director Leonard Slatkin celebrates the Concerto in America,

launches annual Winter Music Festival, Tchaikovsky Festival (#Tchaikfest)

DSO Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik programs season

celebrating the classics across all genres

Absolutely no ticket price increases across all series

DETROIT, (January 26, 2014) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) announced programming today for its 2014-15 Orchestra Hall Classical, Pops, and Young People’s Family Subscription Series. The new season reflects absolutely no increases in individual ticket prices.

The DSO and Music Director Leonard Slatkin, entering the seventh season of a partnership that fostered the DSO’s triumphant return to Carnegie Hall, are celebrating the concerto in America with a season featuring concerti written by American composers and those which received their World Premiere within American borders.

Inspired by 2013’s incredibly successful February Beethoven Festival, next season will see the first annual Winter Music Festival, honoring the Russian master Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (#Tchaikfest), culminating in a digital box set recording of the complete symphonies produced by the DSO’s in-house label. The DSO’s three-disc project on the Naxos label recording all of Copland’s complete ballets will conclude next season with Billy the Kid and Grohg.

A complete series of Live From Orchestra Hall webcasts will return next season. Stay tuned for a full schedule. READ MORE



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EXPERIENCE THE MAGIC OF THE HOLIDAYS AT THE DSO

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

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

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

PERFORMANCES

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

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

ABOUT THE VIENNA BOYS CHOIR

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ABOUT JEAN-MARIE ZEITOUNI

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ABOUT THOMAS WILKINS

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

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

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets may be purchased at the Max M. Fisher Music Center box office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit); by calling (313) 576-5111; or online at dso.org. For group discount information (10 people or more), please contact Chuck Dyer at (313) 576-5130 or cdyer@dso.org.

ABOUT THE DSO

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

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PATTI AUSTIN PAYS HOMAGE TO JAZZ LEGENDS AT ORCHESTRA HALL

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DETROIT, (November 14, 2013) – Let Patti Austin’s sultry voice warm you this cold holiday season as the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s (DSO) Paradise Jazz Series presents Patti Austin’s Swinging Christmas: A Tribute to Ella and Duke.

The matinee performance, held on Sunday, December 8 at 4 p.m. will also feature pianist Michael Ricchuiti, bassist Richard Hammond and drummer Steve Hass, and will include performances of Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington hits along with your favorite holiday classics.

The 2013-14 Paradise Jazz Series one-night-only appearances were hand-picked by five-time Grammy Award winner and DSO Jazz Chair Terence Blanchard and are sponsored by MGM Grand Detroit.

ABOUT PATTI AUSTIN

Patti Austin, the daughter of jazz trombonist Gordon Austin and goddaughter of musical legends Jones and Dinah Washington, made her stage debut with Washington at the world-famous Apollo Theater in Harlem. During the 70’s, she was the undisputed “queen” of the New York session scene; her voice was heard behind everyone from Paul Simon, Cat Stevens, James Brown and Joe Cocker to Bette Midler, Roberta Flack, Luther Vandross and Diana Ross and on countless memorable commercial jingles. At the beginning of the 80’s, Patti earned a wider audience through her participation on a series of albums with Jones including his best-selling Stuff Like That, his Grammy-winning classic The Dude, and his From Q With Love Vols. 1&2 via the standout track, “If This Time Is the Last Time.”

Her early solo career resulted in the chart-topping, Grammy-nominated hit “Baby Come To Me,” a now classic duet with James Ingram; the Jam-and-Lewis-produced R&B smash “The Heat of Heat”; and the Oscar nominated “How Do You Keep the Music Playing?” Austin’s 1988 album The Real Me, one of the most popular items in her catalog, featured a powerful collection of pop and jazz standards including “Cry Me A River,” “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes” and “Mood Indigo.”

A stint at GRP Records included 1991′s Carry On, Love is Gonna Getcha, That Secret Place and Patti Austin Live which showcased her amazing standup comedic skills and brilliant impersonations. Her 1998 album In and Out of Love spent almost two years on the contemporary jazz charts. In 1999 and in 2000, she recorded On The Way to Love, a superb Warner Brothers album produced by Paul Brown.

Austin has also written and created her own one-woman show and co-created the musical extravaganza Beboperella, a modern-day, music-driven show that brings the sound and spirit of bebop to a new generation. She also is the co-creator of Oh Freedom, a show exploring the African-American quest for freedom and equality in America.

Her most recent release, Avant-Gershwin, won Austin the Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Performance. As with 2002′s Grammy-nominated homage to Ella Fitzgerald For Ella, Patti worked her magic again with the WDR Big Band on Avant-Gershwin.

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets to Patti Austin’s Swinging Christmas: A Tribute to Ella and Duke begin at $18 and may be purchased at the Max M. Fisher Music Center box office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit); by calling (313) 576-5111; online at dso.org; or via the DSO to Go free mobile app. 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 PREMIERES OF MASON BATES’ VIOLIN CONCERTO, COPLAND’S HEAR YE! HEAR YE!

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DETROIT, (November 13, 2013) – Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) Music Director Leonard Slatkin will return from Lyon to conduct the DSO Premieres of Copland’s Hear Ye! Hear Ye! and Mason Bates’ Violin Concerto, starring American violinist Anne Akiko Meyers. The performances, which also include Brahms’ Symphony No. 4, will take place on Friday, December 6 at 10:45 a.m. and 8 p.m. and Saturday, December 7 at 8 p.m.

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! will be recorded for the DSO’s ongoing project with the Naxos label to record Copland’s complete ballets. Rodeo, disc 1 of the 3-disc project, was released last year.

All patrons are invited to a free pre-concert talk with composer Mason Bates and Teddy Abrams, one hour prior to the 8 p.m. concerts on Friday, December 6 and Saturday, December 7.

The morning performance on December 6 will be webcast live to a global audience via the DSO’s Live From Orchestra Hall series of HD webcasts. Hosted by WDET 101.9 FM’s Alex Trajano, the broadcast will begin at 10:45 a.m. 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 ANNE AKIKO MEYERS

Anne Akiko Meyers is one of today’s most sought after violinists. Recently, Meyers was awarded lifetime use of the ‘Vieuxtemps’ Guarneri del Gesu, considered by many to be the finest violin being performed on today.

A champion of living composers, Meyers has actively added new works to the violin repertoire by commissioning and premiering works by composers such as David Baker, Mason Bates, Jakub Ciupinski and many more. Meyers’s most recent recording, ‘Air-The Bach Albumi, debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Classical chart and was one of the top-selling classical albums of 2012. The recordings features Bach’s solo violin concerti as well as the double concerto with Meyers playing both solo parts on the 1697 ex-‘Napoleon/Molitor’ and the 1730 ‘Royal Spanish’ Stradivari violins with the English Chamber Orchestra.

Anne was born in San Diego, California and grew up in Southern California. She studied with Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld at the Colburn School of Performing Arts, Josef Gingold at Indiana University, and Felix Galimir, Masao Kawasaki and Dorothy DeLay at the Juillard School. At age 23, she was awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, the only artist to be the sole recipient of this annual prize. Meyers has joined the advisory board at Young Concert Artists.

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets to Slatkin Conducts Brahms 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

Slatkin Conducts Brahms

Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Anne Akiko Meyers, violin

Fri., Dec. 6 at 10:45 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Sat., Dec. 7 at 8 p.m.

COPLAND Hear Ye! Hear Ye!
BATES Concerto for Violin and Orchestra
BRAHMS Symphony No. 4

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 FAMILY CONCERTS EXPLORES CLASSICAL MUSIC IN UNEXPECTED PLACES

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

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

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

WHEN: Saturday, November 23, 2013

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

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

Saturday, November 23, 2013

11 a.m. – Here, There and Everywhere!

Classical music is everywhere around us! You’ve heard it used in cartoons, films, commercials, and retail shops. Assistant Conductor Teddy Abrams will lead the DSO in a fun-filled concert that will

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demonstrate the different ways we listen to music and how it surrounds our everyday lives.

WHERE: Max M. Fisher Music Center

3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit, Mich

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets to Sean Dobbins and Friends – Jazz Meets Dr. Seuss in the Music Box are $10, general admission. Tickets to Here, There and Everywhere! Begin at $20 and may be purchased at the Max M. Fisher Music Center box office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit); by calling (313) 576-5111; or online at dso.org. Subscriptions to the remaining 3 concerts of the 2013-14 Family concert series are still available, beginning at $39. For group discount information (10 people or more), please contact Chuck Dyer at (313) 565-5130 or cdyer@dso.org.

ABOUT THE DSO

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

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ELLIS HALL BRINGS SPIRIT OF RAY CHARLES TO ORCHESTRA HALL

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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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