ANNUAL MEETING: DSO MAKES MAJOR INVESTMENT IN FUTURE OF LEARNING, ENGAGEMENT IN DETROIT AND NATIONWIDE

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Modest surplus achieved for second consecutive year with increases in annual giving, donor base and subscription sales

Three multi-million dollar gifts ensure expansion of DSO classical music education and outreach programs into Detroit neighborhoods

DSO artistic and executive leadership extend commitments through 2016-17 season

DETROIT, (December 11, 2014) – At today’s annual meeting of the Governing Members, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) announced that Fiscal Year 2014 achieved a second consecutive modest surplus, in line with Blueprint: 2023, the organization’s 10-year plan. This achievement owes in large part to annual contributions of $17.4 million, exceeding budgeted goals. This is the third consecutive year of increased individual giving ($5.4 million), donor base (10,350 donors) and subscription sales growth (13,760 subscriptions). Fiscal Year 2014 concluded on August 31, 2014 and represents the 2013-14 concert season.

The meeting opened with videos featuring DSO musicians reflecting on favorite DSO memories and what the organization means to them. Chairman Phillip Wm. Fisher brought the meeting to order by recounting Fiscal Year 2014’s biggest accomplishments. Some 250 DSO Directors, Trustees, Governing Members, Volunteer Council members, community leaders, orchestra musicians and staff members were in attendance.

“When I personally reflect on 2014, my second full year as Chairman of the Board of Directors, I’m incredibly proud of your role, the DSO’s resilience and our ability not just to meet, but exceed the ambitious goals we set for ourselves last December,” said Fisher. “I am constantly inspired by the many stakeholders that comprise our oneDSO family.”

Following a musical performance by DSO musicians, Fisher introduced three presentations from volunteer leadership who oversee task forces formed during FY 14.

  • Josh Linkner, Founding Partner of Detroit Venture Partners and DSO Trustee leads the Branding Taskforce and presented a brand narrative toolkit. Based on the foundational phrase “We Move You,” the toolkit included key messages for consideration in marketing, recruitment, advertising and more.
  • Shirley R. Stancato, President and CEO of New Detroit, Inc. and former DSO director, leads the Diversity & Inclusion Taskforce, and spoke about a shared framework for shaping a more diverse DSO, from the audience, to the staff, to the stage.
  • Arthur T. O’Reilly, Partner at Honigman and DSO Officer-at-Large and Secretary, leads the Re-Visioning Taskforce and in partnership with Vinicius Gorgati, a representative from Boston-based planning and design firm Sasaki, presented renderings depicting the possible shape the Max M. Fisher Music Center campus could take in the future, envisioning how the DSO might set the pace for the next generation of an evolving Midtown and Detroit.

Assistant Conductor Michelle Merrill, who began her tenure with the DSO in the fall, gave the Keynote address on the future of learning and engagement at the DSO. An introduction to many new initiatives, highlights included:

  • A seven-figure, multi-million dollar grant from Clyde and Helen Wu to found the Wu Family Academy for Learning and Engagement (read more about this initiative later in the press release)
  • a non-profit incubation lab made possible by the Ford Foundation that fosters administrative and programmatic capacity building as collaborators with prestigious partners like the Sphinx Organization and Detroit Children’s Choir
  • activities governed by our Next Gen committee of young professionals including Mix @ the Max, Om @ The Max (yoga classes with live music accompaniment) and Assemble @ The Max (speaker series)
  • Tod Machover’s Symphony in D project in partnership with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
  • Live From Orchestra Hall: Classroom Edition supported by the Mandell and Madeleine Berman Foundation
  • Knight Arts Challenge project: A multi-day festival exploring music’s role in the revitalization of two cities in peril: Detroit and New Orleans
  • Outreach work: small ensembles and individual DSO musicians delivered more than 400 community engagement services throughout our city last season; music therapy, hospital lobby concerts, master classes and sectionals for aspiring musicians, chamber music recitals, special performances for seniors, featured appearances at major civic events, and more

“We are a world-class orchestra, we are a community of musical lovers, and we are an epicenter of artistic expression where established and emerging partners feel at home,” said Merrill. “We are revolutionizing how a city experiences music and we are an educational powerhouse dedicated to changing lives.”

The membership unanimously elected Judge Gerald E. Rosen to the DSO board of directors alongside the renewal of 13 directors for additional terms of services. Rosen was nominated by President George Bush to the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan in November, 1989 and was invested in March 1990. Judge Rosen became Chief Judge of the Court January 1, 2009.

President and CEO Anne Parsons closed the meeting with remarks about where the DSO is headed, and how important behavior and values are to that work.

“Projecting ourselves as welcoming, inviting and inclusive, we aspire to serve as a magnet, a beacon or standard, open, available, transparent, even porous; a cultural and community destination that is sticky in the most attractive sense of that word, reaching out as much as welcoming in.”

The Annual Meeting was immediately followed by a meeting of the DSO Board of Directors, who completed the following items of business:

The Board of Directors

  • Appointed new directors emeriti to honor their distinguished service. See the full list later in the press release
  • Appointed two new officers of the Board of Directors. See the full roster later in the press release
  • Recognized the distinguished service of three retiring officers: Chacona Johnson, Bruce Peterson, and Arthur Weiss
  • Appointed three new trustees. See their names later in the press release

Fisher closed the meeting by announcing that Anne Parsons, president and CEO, and Music Director Leonard Slatkin have both extended their commitments to the DSO through the 2016-17 season.

“Nothing makes me happier than to continue the working and personal relationship with Anne Parsons,” said Slatkin. “Together, we have made incredible strides in putting the DSO on solid finical and artistic paths.  Solidifying the future for the next several seasons is yet another step in the ongoing growth for the Detroit Symphony family.”

2013-14 At-a-Glance                                                                                                             

  • 2013-14 season = second consecutive operating surplus
  • Subscription sales – in terms of revenue, units sold, and households subscribing – grew across every product for the third consecutive season
  • $17.4 million in fundraising supported operations with an additional $5.6 raised toward endowment
  • 500,000+ = total audience across metro Detroit and around the world via Live From Orchestra Hall webcast series
  • 765= number of applicants, from across the globe, for 10 orchestra auditions
  • $1.2 million=amount raised at the 2013 Heroes Gala honoring Dan Gilbert and Matt Cullen following a performance conducted by John Williams and narrated by Steven Spielberg

Blueprint 2023                                                                                                                                   

Recapitalization

Revealed at the 2012 Annual Meeting, Blueprint 2023 is the DSO’s industry-leading 10-year plan for recapitalization. Conceived by the Recapitalization Task Force (a collaborative team representing DSO stakeholder groups), the plan posits that more concerts in more venues across our community coupled with rebuilding audiences, sustaining a thriving annual fund and slowing the growth rate of expenses is a winning formula for recapitalization.  The framework for a sustainable, viable future for the DSO is predicated on four, interconnected considerations:

  1. Build and maintain an impactful audience size
  2. Nurture a robust, realistic and sustainable level of annual giving
  3. Across all expenditures, prioritize the investment in people
  4. Achieve adequate long-term capitalization in terms of net endowment

FY 14 represented Year 1 of Blueprint 2023 and progress was measured monthly using eight “dashboard metrics” correlated to annual goals and based on levels needed to reach 2023 targets.

Year-end dashboard metrics:

 

Actual

Goal

Contracted musicians

72

85

Cash on hand

$2.2 million

$4 million

Ticket sales

$6.45 million

$6.71 million

Classical subscribing households

4,521

4,500

Individual donors

7,227

7,000

Digital Media audience

YTD webcast audience

YouTube Subscribers

Facebook fans

Twitter followers

500,000*

3,000

33,750

13,150

250,000

55,000

Rental, Retail, Food/bev revenue

$634,000

$630,000

Education

CYE roster

Student audience

Soundcards

746

20,566

952

1,100

20,000

1,200

*includes live and encore audiences

Governance

Blueprint 2023 also called for a rethinking of the DSO’s governance structure, resulting in three leadership spheres of influence, all existing within the context of one DSO culture with lines of communication, inspiration and innovation intertwined.

  • Board of Directors—fiduciary cohort, charged with issues of accountability, strategic thinking and cultural stewardship. Blueprint ideal size: 18 to 25 members.  FY2014 result: 40

Judge Gerald Rosen was elected to the Board of Directors at the meeting, to serve in that capacity for a term of one year.

The following officers were elected to lead Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Inc. for the term of one year:

Phillip Wm. Fisher, Chairman

Mark Davidoff, Vice Chair, Treasurer

Herman Gray, Vice Chair

Michael Keegan, Vice Chair

Arthur O’Reilly, Officer-at-Large, Secretary

Glenda Price, Vice Chair

  • Board of Trustees—tasked with fostering and nurturing innovation, creativity and organizational learning. In its second year, Trustees Chairman Matt Lester has grown the group to more than 60 and has formed taskforces in the areas of next generation, digital initiatives, programming, branding, re-visioning and diversity. Blueprint ideal size: 50-75 members. FY2014 result: 62

The following individuals were elected to the Board of Trustees at the meeting:

Leslie Green

Robert Gillette

  • Governing Members — voting members who elect members of the board of directors and dedicate themselves to outreach, advocacy and philanthropy. Blueprint ideal size: unlimited. FY2014 result: 400

Governing Members Chairman James C. Farber announced his goal to recruit 100 new volunteers to the program over the next year, a plan he calls the “Road to 500.”

One DSO Culture

In recognition and appreciation of longstanding, distinguished service to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, in 2013 the Board established the office of “Director Emeritus.” Emeritus status is a title of privilege that entitles the bearer to have continued leadership association with the DSO. The honor is based on the quality of service demonstrated as a Board member rather than time served; it is a clear recognition of distinguished service. The following individuals were announced as new Directors Emeriti at the Annual Meeting:

Dr. Melvin Lester

Marjorie Saulson

Arthur Weiss

These individuals join a distinguished group of chairmen and directors emeriti:

Robert A. Allesee

Floy Barthel

Mrs. Mandell L. Berman

John A. Boll, Sr.

Richard A. Brodie

Lois and Avern Cohn

Peter Cummings, Chairman Emeritus

Marianne Endicott

Sidney Forbes

Mrs. Harold Frank

Barbara Frankel

Herman Frankel

Stanley Frankel, Chairman Emeritus

Paul Ganson

Alfred R. Glancy, III, Chairman Emeritus

Mort and Brigitte Harris

Gloria Heppner, Ph.D.

Hon. Damon J. Keith

Richard P. Kughn

Harold Kulish

James B. Nicholson, Chairman Emeritus

Robert E.L. Perkins, DDS

Marilyn Pincus

Robert Steven Miller, Chairman Emeritus

Lloyd E. Reuss

Jack Robinson

Alan E. Schwartz

Jean Shapero

David Usher

Barbara Van Dusen

2013-14: A Year in Review                                                                                                   

Operating Results at a glance

  2014

Actual

2014

Budget

2013

Actual

2012

Actual

Ticket Revenue +$6.45 +$6.71 +$6.26 +$5.30
Other Earned Revenue +$1.30 +$1.37 +$0.97 +$1.33
Contributed Revenue +$17.06* +$17.23 +$18.31 +$12.37
Endowment Draws +$2.77 +$1.94 +$2.32 +$3.44
Total Revenue $27.58 $27.25 $27.86 $22.44
Expenses -$27.52 -$27.25 -$27.84 -$25.25
Net Surplus/(Deficit) from Core Operations $0.06

-

$0.02 ($2.82)
  (dollars in millions)

*Exclusive of funds raised for activities outside the operating budget

The 2013-14 season resulted in an operating surplus of $60,000, representing the DSO’s second consecutive year in the black.

Earned Revenue

While reported national trends reveal waning orchestra subscription rates and a greater reliance on  single ticket sales, the DSO finished its 2013-14 season with its third consecutive year of subscription growth across all product lines. In the aggregate, 86 percent of the classical, pops, and jazz series subscribers renewed for the 2014-15 season.

Inclusive of subscriptions and single tickets, Classical ticket revenue increased by 15 percent ($360,000), driven by special sold-out appearances by Yo-Yo Ma and Lang Lang. This result was achieved with the addition of 12 classical performances since the 2012-13 season but without raising ticket prices.

After seeing an average capacity in FY13 of 81 percent, the DSO added an additional subscription series to the Pops program last season. With the new Friday evening series, total revenue grew 16 percent and total paid attendance grew 28 percent. Single ticket revenue grew an impressive 59 percent.

With box office revenues exceeding $425,000 and more than 10,000 tickets sold, 2013’s “Home for the Holidays” concerts set the box office record for the annual concert event. The previous record was set in 2012 with over $365,000 in revenue and 8,657 tickets sold, and prior to that only the 2007 shows came close with $354,000 in revenue and 8,133 tickets sold. Led by conductor Thomas Wilkins, Broadway vocalists Gary Mauer and Beth Southard joined the DSO and choirs from Bloomfield Hills High School and Grosse Pointe South High School to perform holiday favorites from “Sleigh Ride” to “Baby It’s Cold Outside.”

In Terence Blanchard’s second season as Fred A. & Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Chair, the Paradise Jazz Series saw a remarkable 33 percent increase in single ticket revenue and a 30 percent increase in single tickets sold. The jazz subscriber base and subscription revenue each grew by 9 percent.

Last summer’s Salute to America concerts achieved an all-time sales record during the 22nd year of the DSO’s collaboration with Greenfield Village. With $611,524 in ticket sales, the revenue goal was surpassed by 16 percent and topped the standing record from 2010 of $572,340. Nearly 29,000 fans attended the concerts on July 2-5, achieving the third-highest attendance figure in the event’s history.

The DSO returned to Stony Creek Metro Park for the first time in four years and achieved a total attendance of nearly 3,300, grossing nearly $50,000 in revenue.

In its first full season, @ the Max activities had a total attendance of 3,000. This new product line generated gross revenue of $45,000 in un-budgeted funds.

Family subscriptions (Young People’s Family Concerts and Tiny Tots) saw a 14 percent increase in subscription base in Teddy Abrams’ final season as Assistant Conductor with revenue up 27 percent. Overall revenue family programming was up 42 percent.

In an effort to activate The Max 365 day a year, rentals are an important part of the DSO’s earned revenue. Partners during FY14 included the 22nd annual Concert of Colors, the Sphinx Organization Honors Concert and Competition, The Arab American Museum Gala, Neighborhood Legal Services Dinner, Karmanos Race for The Cure, Heroes of Breast Cancer, DSA Graduation, Promusica, Oakland Symphony Orchestra Concert, Deloitte Impact Day Reception, Midtown’s Noel Night & DLECTRICITY, Avanti’s finale concert, WSU’s MLK Celebration, WSU Medical School Orientation, WSU Mondays @ The Max Concert Series and Forgotten Harvest Fundraiser with Detroit’s own Tim Allen.

New partners included Detroit Medical Center and Chamber Music Society of Detroit, and new events included Teach for America Gala, East English Village High School, Cody High School and Henry Ford Academy graduations, WSU School of Medicine Alumni Luncheon, Tuesday Musicale of Detroit Concert, Valeo and Ernst & Young Receptions, MI Entrepreneurial Showcase, New MI Media Dinner, Detroit Jazz Festival and WMU School of Music Concerts.

We also welcomed back MI Minority Business Development Council  Awards Event, Rhonda Walker’s Empowerment Brunch, Lawrence Tech Auto Show Preview Awards Party, Crain’s Automotive News Awards, MI Sports Hall of Fame, Habitat for Humanity Detroit Oscar Viewing Awards Party, Grosse Pointe North High School Concert, Gilda’s Club Big Night Out, Motor City Tap Fest, Chief’s Cooking for Kids, Honda’s Holiday Party, The Lincoln Motor Company, James Tatum Concert, The Tillman annual Holiday Concert, Detroit Regional Chamber, United States Artists Dinner  and Accelerate MI Awards.

Contributed Revenue

In fiscal year 2014, the DSO raised $17.4 million in annual, event and project contributions, exceeding its ambitious goal annual fundraising goal of $17.23 million. The success in individual giving, which saw an increase in every constituency, is owing to the generosity of 10,350 donors who represent the fourth consecutive year of donor base growth.

  • Board member annual fund giving grew by 10 percent for a total of $2.3 million with an average gift of more than $22,000
  • The Governing Members, the DSO’s voting body, grew for the fourth consecutive year reaching 317 members who contributed more than $2 million to the FY14 Annual Fund. In addition, 84 board members contributed at the Governing members level, for a total of 400 individuals
  • Under the leadership of Janet and Norm Ankers, the Gabrilowitsch Society ($10,000+ giving club) in its second year secured more than 50 members giving a total of $1.125 million to the annual fund, a 15 percent increase over FY13. Some 50 board members also give at this level
  • Corporate support came in at $1.8 million
  • Foundation grants totaled $3.4 million, which included payments from multi-year commitments from the William Davidson Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Kresge Foundation, and the Ford Foundation
  • Every donor at every level played a critical part! With individual gifts ranging from $1 to $1 million, the median gift was $100
  • Under the leadership of President Debbie Savoie, the DSO Volunteer Council generated roughly $200,000 in support through events, activities, and staffing the DSO retail operations, 63 percent increase over FY13

The DSO continues to count among its most substantial, consistent and extraordinarily generous donors Mrs. Marjorie S. Fisher/the Fisher Family/Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. James B. Nicholson/PVS Chemicals Inc. and Mr. & Mrs. Stanley Frankel/Samuel and Jean Frankel Foundation.

Significantly generous and enduring philanthropic support of the DSO mission was given by the The Kresge Foundation, the William Davidson Foundation and Danialle and Peter Karmanos.

Finally, very generous leadership annual support, project grants, and event sponsorships were received by the GM Foundation, the Mandell L. and Madeleine H. Berman Family Foundation, the Chrysler Foundation, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, Hon. and Mrs. Avern Cohn, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond M. Cracchiolo, Julie and Peter Cummings, DTE Energy Foundation, the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation, Mrs. Marjorie S. Fisher, Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Wm. Fisher, Emory M. Ford Jr. Endowment, the Ford Foundation, Ford Motor Company Fund, Ruth and Al Glancy, the GM Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Morton E. Harris, Hudson-Webber Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Kresge Foundation, Mrs. Bonnie Larson, the McGregor Fund, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, MASCO Corporation Foundation, National Endowments for the Arts, the Polk Family, Bernard and Eleanor Robertson, Mrs. Richard C. Van Dusen, the DSO Volunteer Council, and Clyde and Helen Wu and the Wu Family.

Largely inspired by the DSO’s dedication to modernizing the role of a 21st century orchestra through digital and community outreach, FY14 saw extraordinary generosity from several major new donors.

  • The William Davidson Foundation gave $3.75 million in support of the Neighborhood Concert Series, which has experienced sold out concerts since its launch in 2011 with six metro Detroit performance residencies. The grant will support the series of concerts throughout metro Detroit (now at seven venues) as well as additional activities outside of Orchestra Hall, over the next three years
  • Ruth and Al Glancy, the Ford Motor Company Fund and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation contributed a collective $150,000 to open and furnish the Alfred R. Glancy III Control Room, from which the Live From Orchestra Hall webcast control team mans a group of six robotic cameras
  • The General Motors Foundation contributed $400,000 toward a 10-day tour of Southern Florida during which the DSO played to sold-out audiences in West Palm Beach, Miami, Vero Beach, Sarasota and Naples

The DSO continued its innovative Community Support Month initiative in FY14. At year end, the first concert-based fundraising initiative in DSO history has raised $5 million over its three-year run.

Special events like the one-night-only performance with John Williams and Steven Spielberg, Heroes Gala and Classical Roots grossed a total of $1.4 million, with a 35 percent increase in event revenue.

DSO staff contributed to the Annual Fund with 100 percent participation in response to an anonymous $250,000 challenge grant. Likewise, DSO musicians contributed with an unprecedented, collective leadership gift to the Heroes Gala honoring Dan Gilbert and Matt Cullen.

The DSO is proud to be a community-supported orchestra, and strives to also be community supporting. In celebration of the generous support that makes programming possible at the Max M. Fisher Music Center, around metro Detroit and across the world through global webcasts, in FY 2014 DSO board, staff and musicians donated approximately 5,000 hours of service to the community through a company-wide Day of Service, in-kind event services and engagements at hospitals, schools, libraries and the like.

Endowment Results

The DSO benefits from endowment funds held by the organization as well as by third parties. The DSO’s beginning endowment fund balance on Sept. 1, 2013 was $29.9 million.  After earnings, contributions, and customary draws in support of the DSO mission, the ending balance across held and third party funds on Aug. 31, 2014 totaled $38.8 million. Of this amount, $15.7 million represents the DSO-held endowment.

Changes in Endowment Investments

(millions of dollars)

 

 Beginning

 Net Growth

 Distribution

 Ending

         
Owned & Controlled

 $8.8

 $7.0

 $(0.3)

 $15.5

Third-Party Controlled for DSO Benefit

$21.1

 $3.0

 $(1.0)

 $23.1

Grand Total

 $29.9

 $10.0

 $(1.3)

 $38.

The owned and controlled endowment saw net growth of $6.9 million, the result of $5.6 million in new gifts and $1.4 million in growth on existing assets against draws of $0.3 million. These draws included earnings on the portfolio to fund operations.

Third-party controlled endowment assets are invested and distributed by the third parties in accordance with their established policies.

Artistic Excellence

In January 2014, the DSO and its musicians ratified a new three-year contract an unprecedented eight months before the expiration of the previous agreement. The new agreement resulted from a remarkably constructive series of as few as nine bargaining meetings, described by Joint Negotiations Committee members as “respectful,” “honest” and “transparent.” Key terms provide for a contingent of 87, including 2 librarians and 36 weeks of performances plus 4 weeks of vacation time. Total orchestra compensation, inclusive of salary and all benefits, fits within the parameters set forth in Blueprint 2023: over the life of the new contract, the total investment in the musicians of the DSO will increase 5.3 percent over the previous, three-year agreement. The Integrated Media Agreement, which allowed the DSO to become the first orchestra in the world to offer a series of free live webcasts in 2011, remains in force.

The classical season began with a three week celebration of Chinese artists and composers, which included a DSO performance of Songs of the Earth: The Symphonic Landscapes of Xiaogang Ye at Avery Fisher Hall in New York City, a one-night-only performance by Chinese piano sensation Lang Lang, the world premiere of Bright Sheng’s Violin Concerto and an appearance by Chinese piano prodigy Conrad Tao performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Throughout the 21 classical programs at Orchestra Hall, the orchestra performed with venerable guest artists and conductors with whom the DSO maintains longstanding relationships, such as Gil Shaham, Conrad Tao, the late Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Hila Plitmann, Anne Akiki Meyers, Hilary Hahn, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Yefim Bronfman, and others. Last season also saw the DSO subscription debut of several faces new to the Orchestra Hall stage: Teddy Abrams, Giancarlo Guerrero, Thierry Fischer, Mei-An Chen, Daniil Trifonov, Augustin Hadelich, Zuill Baily, just to name a few.

In February, the DSO headed south for the winter thanks to a $400,000 grant from the GM Foundation. The Orchestra, led by Slatkin, performed with Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Gold Medalist Olga Kern and Grammy Award-winning violinist Hilary Hahn during a tour of Southern Florida that took place from February 25 to March 4, 2014. Slatkin and the orchestra previously toured Florida in 2010 with acclaimed cellist Sol Gabetta.

Slatkin’s penchant for new music by contemporary composers was on display last season with a number of World and North American premieres. Bright Sheng’s Zodiac Tales and David Del Tredici’s Dum Dee Tweedle received their world premieres, DSO Principal Harp Patricia Masri-Fletcher performed the World Premiere of Allan Gilliland’s Harp Concerto on a program with seven other DSO soloists and the final World Premiere of the season featured a work by Chinese-American composer Wang Jie, winner of the DSO’s sixth annual Elaine Lebenbom Memorial Award for Female Composers.

Jeff Tyzik put together his first Pops season as DSO Principal Pops Conductor, which garnered a 28 percent increase in paid attendance for the series. Highlights of the 2013-14 season included the music of John Williams, a tribute to Led Zeppelin and three sold out presentations of “Bugs Bunny at the Symphony,” which featured Looney Tunes scores performed alongside the cartoons on a screen.

The orchestra’s summer season included the first appearance at Stony Creek Metropark in four years, which drew a crowd of some 3,300. The ensemble also returned to Meadow Brook Music Festival for a rare appearance to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the DSO’s first performance at the venue that was built in 1964 as the orchestra’s summer home.

At the completion of his second season as Assistant Conductor, Teddy Abrams was hired as Music Director of The Louisville Orchestra, where he began his tenure at the start of the 2014-15 season. Abrams’ final season with the DSO saw him on the podium throughout the Young People’s Family Concert series, which saw an 14 percent increase in subscriptions. At the outset of the current season, Michelle Merrill signed a one-year contract as DSO Assistant Conductor, during which time will she will act as cover conductor for all classical series concerts, as well as conduct DSO’s Young People’s Family Concerts, Education Concert Series programs, and occasional Pops series programs.

Paradise Jazz Series

Five-time Grammy Award-winning trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard curated his second season of the Paradise Jazz Series as the DSO’s Fred A. & Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Chair, which resulted in a 30 percent increase in single ticket sales for the series and featured Blanchard himself on stage for half of the six presentations. The season began with a performance by former Erb Jazz Chair Branford Marsalis and his quartet and also included a holiday tribute to Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington by Grammy Award-winning vocalist Patti Austin, a collaboration between Terence Blanchard and DSO musicians to present the music of Miles Davis and Gil Evans, an appearance by Blanchard’s quintet featuring Ravi Coltrane and Lionel Loueke and McToy Tyner performing music from his Grammy-winning album “Illuminations” with Blanchard. Eddie Palmieri, who was scheduled to close the program, had to reschedule his performance for March 2015, but Pancho Sanchez was able to fill in at a moment’s notice.

Each Paradise Jazz Series concert was preceded by a Music Box Performance of Civic Jazz Live, which added to the overall experience for DSO jazz audiences and provides incredible performance opportunities for our Civic Jazz students.

Auditions and new hires

Nine musicians joined the distinguished ranks of the DSO in the last year: Kevin Brown, Principal Bass; Jeremy Epp, Principal Timpani; Will Haapaniemi, violin; Hae Jeong Han, violin; Andres Picardo-Rosenthal, Assistant Principal Percussion; Alexandros Sakarellos, violin; Ralph Skiano, Principal Clarinet; Scott Strong, Third Horn; and Mingzhao Zhou, violin. FY13 saw an extensive and well attended audition schedule, with 10 auditions held, a rare volume among orchestral peers. Auditions attracted a total of 765 applicants from both national and international backgrounds. Joshua Jones, percussion, also joined the DSO as African American Orchestra Fellow.

Recordings

During the 2013-14 season, the DSO released two discs on the Naxos label: a pairing of Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 3 and Symphonic Dances (the final installment in a three-disc series) and Cindy McTee’s Symphony No. 1: Ballet for Orchestra. The orchestra recorded Copland’s Three Latin American Sketches and Hear Ye! Hear Ye! last season for the second in a three-disc series on the Naxos label of Copland’s complete ballets. David Buck, Principal Flute and Dennis Nulty, Principal Tuba recorded John Williams’ Flute and Tuba concerti (respectively) for a digital Naxos compilation of John Williams’ complete concerti. To accompany the Florida Tour, the DSO released a commemorative disc featuring Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony and Brahms’ Symphony No. 4.

The Most Accessible Orchestra on the Planet

A chief DSO goal is to “mean more to more people.” As a community-supported orchestra, the DSO acknowledges its dependence not only on those community members who regularly give generously to the orchestra, but also on each individual who attends a concert. Becoming the most accessible orchestra on the planet is paramount to achieving a deeper meaning among a broader audience base. In the 2014 fiscal year, the DSO was successful in this regard on several fronts.

  • Day of Service—On the afternoon of November 15, 2013 the Max M. Fisher Music Center was  closed for the First Annual Detroit Symphony Orchestra Day of Service. Some 80 DSO musicians, board and staff spent the afternoon serving three Detroit organizations as a show of gratitude for the support the Orchestra receives daily from its community. The activity was repeated this last fall with a significant increase in participation.
  • 37/11—37/11 is the DSO’s reinvigorated social and professional network for our next generation of patrons. For just $37 per year, members receive benefits like $11 tickets to Classical, Pops and Jazz Series concerts and exclusive opportunities to interact with DSO musicians, guest artists, conductors and more!  This program was re-launched in the 2012-13 season and currently maintains a membership of 143, nearly doubling in the last year.
  • @ the Max—In order to build on Mix @ The Max (a monthly concert series geared toward young professionals launched in 2012), in FY14 the DSO focused on developing new and unexpected ways to activate The Music Box within the Max M. Fisher Music Center in partnership with our Next Gen committee made up of young local professionals and entrepreneurs. Om @ The Max pairs a traditional yoga instruction with live chamber music for 200-student classes in The Music Box. Assemble @ The Max brings speakers from around the world to facilitate discussions on pertinent topics like urban planning and public transportation. Including Mix concert audiences, the total attendance across all Next Gen events was 3,637.
  • Community Week—Following a review of 15 self-nominated finalists, the DSO selected four community venues to review free concerts in September 2013, powered by the DTE Energy Foundation. Taking into consideration 14,000 votes from the pool of nominees, the DSO performed for sold-out crowds at the Lakeview High School, Greater Grace Temple, Clawson High School and the Heinz C. Prechter Educational and Performing Arts Center.
  • Soundcard—inspired by Leonard Slatkin, in 2011-12 the DSO introduced Soundcard—the $25, all-access student pass for Classical, Pops and Jazz concerts at Orchestra Hall. During the 2013-14 season, 952 Soundcards were issued to students who used them to attend concerts 2,376 times throughout the season, a 27 percent increase in usage over the previous year.
  • Detroit Rush Initiative—anyone with a Detroit address may purchase a ticket to any classical or jazz concert two weeks out for just $20. In the 2013-14 season, 1,092 Detroit residents took advantage of this program.
  • Patron-minded pricing—reduced ticket prices for classical concerts were retained last season to maintain accessibility. Prices reflect that of 1999 levels, allowing patrons to attend an Orchestra Hall concert for as little as $15 with half the seats at $25 or less.

Digital Initiatives

Ever since the first Live From Orchestra Hall webcast in 2011, the DSO has continued to increase its investment in digital technology and remain in the vanguard of 21st century orchestra innovation. During the third full season of webcasts, we implemented a state-of-the-art, six-angle robotic camera system in Orchestra Hall. A new web interface was also developed, simplifying online donations and purchases. Special attention to social media engagement has resulted in a significantly increased fan base across each medium.

Live from Orchestra Hall webcasts – For the 2013-14 Live from Orchestra Hall season (presented by the Ford Motor Company and made possible with the generous support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation), the DSO presented 25 webcasts reaching 500,000 viewers worldwide, assisted last season by a partnership with PBS Digital Studios to deliver our webcasts to more music lovers nationwide via PBS.org and the PBS app. We also began a program with Oakwood Healthcare, which delivers DSO concerts on-demand in patient rooms.

In March, the DSO debuted a new state-of-the-art robotic camera production system during a performance by Jean-Yves Thibaudet performing the DSO premiere of James MacMillan’s Piano Concerto No. 3, making the DSO the first American orchestra to adopt technology of this kind.

While many American orchestras have made forays into web streaming, The New York Times said “…the cutting edge for the phenomenon in this country lies here, where the Detroit Symphony Orchestra has the most ambitious free web-streaming program of any major American orchestra…”

The cameras, roughly the size of a small coffee maker, are controlled remotely via a joystick in the Alfred R. Glancy III Control Room located in the basement of the Max M. Fisher Music Center. As a score reader calls out instrument sections or individual musicians to focus on, a director and team of engineers execute a list of hundreds of pre-programmed shots.

The cameras were purchased with generous support from Alfred R. Glancy III, the Ford Motor Company Fund, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Live From Orchestra Hall is presented in partnership with Detroit Public Television, with support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

In an era when travel and commercial recording opportunities are less prevalent, Live from Orchestra Hall has helped the DSO maintain an international presence and share Maestro Slatkin’s artistic vision, the musicians’ virtuosity, a stellar collection of guest artists, and important artistic initiatives like:

  • a live webcast and weeklong encore of piano superstar Lang Lang’s performance with the DSO that reached over 25,000 (and was his first live webcast with a US orchestra)
  • the world premiere of David Del Tredici’s only opera, Dum Dee Tweedle

New Website— In August a new dso.org was launched featuring simplified navigation, responsiveness down to a tablet level and customized experiences for various DSO constituent groups. Governing Members now have unique privileges when logged in to the site including waived ticket fees and a special interface to reflect an executive atmosphere, as well as a hub for exclusive event invitations, updates and digital publications.

In addition, Soundcard holders and young professionals with 37eleven memberships can redeem tickets online at free or discounted membership prices. After login, members are welcomed by a personalized greeting, a custom site look and feel and an improved, searchable events calendar that highlights performances eligible for applicable member prices.

The new website was created by local metro Detroit internet services firm Media Genesis, which works with more than 300 companies and nonprofit organizations, including Chrysler, the Girl Scouts, SEE Eyewear, The Whitney and Focus: HOPE. Improving its web presence over a short timeline, the DSO’s website was last updated in 2010, preceding the 2011 launch of its HD webcasts, DSO to Go mobile app and first digital album.

Social Media—Participation on Facebook increased by more than double to 36,200 followers. Thanks to the international reach of the DSO’s recordings and Live from Orchestra Hall webcasts, 35 percent of the Facebook audience comes from abroad, including fans in Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, South Korea, Spain, and Venezuela. Nearly 20,000 people follow the DSO on Twitter, a 25 percent increase over last year. Launched in July of 2012, the DSO’s Instagram account currently has 2,167 follows, a competitive number when compared to peer orchestras across the nation. The DSO’s Tumblr account was launched during the Florida Tour last season, and has gained more than 700 followers in under a year, the majority of whom first engaged during the tour thanks in large part to a Tumblr feature. The DSO’s YouTube channel has served as an important tool for Live From Orchestra Hall, where encore webcasts receive thousands of views. Our YouTube channel garnered half a million views this past year, with nearly 60 percent of traffic from International audiences. Subscription to our channel has doubled, with growing reach in Central and South America in addition to a strong presence in Canada, Japan, and across Europe.

Wu Family Academy

With the support of a seven-figure, multi-million dollar gift from Clyde and Helen Wu, the DSO will expand its music education initiatives to benefit the Southeast Michigan region, identifying and responding to the needed resources of all eight of our Neighborhood Residency Initiative communities including Detroit.

By offering the services of our highly trained mentors and instructors to teaching artists in public schools in each of these neighborhoods, the DSO will cultivate relationships with students and their families to inspire and captivate students of all ages.

The DSO will advocate for local arts education programs and support the success of music educators while simultaneously establishing meaningful educational engagement opportunities for DSO musicians.

In honor of the legacy of Dr. and Mrs. Clyde and Helen Wu, the academy takes the DSO’s already thriving educational offerings and further connects individuals and communities to the resources of the DSO. Through live and digital partnerships the organization will provide hands-on music education and training in classrooms, communities, and virtual settings, cultivating relationships that will change lives today and, thereby, the trajectory of our community tomorrow. We envision Music Learning Centers where hundreds of children in each neighborhood learn to play an instrument or are captivated by the joy of singing. Our work in the eight DSO neighborhoods will support the success of music teachers, reinforce local arts education programs, and strive to bring needed resources to community partners. In the early months of FY15 this new commitment was signaled by the pilot launch of Live from Orchestra Hall: Classroom Edition, which delivered the DSO’s school time performance of An American Adventure direct to over 30,000 Detroit students, and a total of over 50,000 students nationwide, in their schools.  Live from Orchestra Hall: Classroom Edition is made possible by generous support from the Mandell and Madeleine Berman Foundation.

According to The College Entrance Examination Board, students participating in the arts for at least four years score 59 points higher on the verbal section and 45 points higher on the math section of the SAT. Furthermore, according to Americans for the Arts, students who regularly participate in the arts are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement and to win an award for writing an essay or poem and three times more likely to be awarded for school attendance.

This data provides compelling proof that quality arts education today is a necessity for changing the cultural and economic landscape of Detroit tomorrow. The goal of The Wu Family Academy of Learning and Engagement is to provide programming that expands the understanding and appreciation of the arts for all, empowering them to have confidence in their creative decisions and to spark a passion that will last a lifetime. The goal of the Wu Family Academy is to expand the understanding and appreciation of the arts for the youth of Detroit, empowering them to have confidence in their creative decisions and sparking a passion that will last a lifetime. The results are a generation of leaders capable of shaping a brighter future for us all.

The launching of the Wu Family Academy springboards from the success of all education programs produced at Orchestra Hall over the past 45 years.

The DSO’s Civic Youth Ensemble program, which now operates under the umbrella of the Wu Family Academy, is one of the preeminent and most comprehensive youth training programs in America. The CYE training programs encapsulate classical, jazz, wind and choral studies, as well as chamber music—training some 1,000 young people per week at the Max M. Fisher Music Center. The CYE program offers more than 20 ensembles and opportunities to train with CYE’s highly specialized faculty and DSO musicians.

High-Profile Public Events

Heroes Gala

The Fourth Annual Heroes Gala in June honoring Dan Gilbert and Matt Cullen was among the institution’s most successful fundraisers of all time, grossing some $1.2 million. The gala followed a one-night-only concert featuring movie music by John Williams, conducted by the composer himself and narrated by film legend Steven Spielberg. Tickets for the concert sold out within 15 minutes of going on sale, with many fans camping outside the box office along Woodward Avenue in order to get the best seats.

Classical Roots

The Classical Roots Concert and Celebration took place on Saturday, March 8 with world-renowned soprano Kathleen Battle headlining the 36th annual event.  Founded to recognize the contributions of African-Americans to classical music, the Celebration honored long-time Detroit arts patron and DSO Emeritus Director Dr. Robert E.L. Perkins and University of Michigan Professor Emeritus of Voice, Dr. Willis C. Patterson.  Led by Ellen Hill Zeringue of the Detroit Tigers and Janice Cosby Bridges of St. John Providence Health System, the event raised over $175,000.  We saw a rebuilding of gala and concert audiences to levels not seen since 2008.  Over 310 people attended the gala dinner with nearly 2,000 patrons at the concert, rendering both spaces near capacity.

Neighborhood Residency Initiative (NRI)

This fall the DSO received a $3.75 million grant from the William Davidson Foundation in support of its popular Neighborhood Concert Series, renaming the series the William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series. The grant will support the series of concerts throughout metro Detroit, as well as additional performance and education activities outside of Orchestra Hall, over the next three years.

The series is named in honor of philanthropist William Davidson, former president and CEO of Guardian Industries Corp. Davidson shared a long-lasting relationship with the DSO and his generous support helped to strengthen the organization in many ways, including support of the DSO’s domestic and international tours. Last season grew the series from six neighborhoods to seven, taking a total of 29 performances to Beverly Hills, Bloomfield Hills, Canton, Dearborn, Grosse Pointe, Southfield and West Bloomfield Township. The newest venue, the Village Theater at Cherry Hill in Canton, was added in FY14 and sold out on subscription in its first season. In the series’ third season, 13,063 tickets were purchased with an average house fill rate of 74 percent. Total ticket revenue earned for the entire neighborhood series was $320,645, an increase of 16 percent compared to the previous season. The total number of attending households including subscribers and single ticket purchasers was 2,798, a 15 percent increase from FY13. The season closed with 1,965 subscriptions sold to 1,003 households, 324 of which were new to the series.

792 of the households that attended a neighborhood performance during FY14 had no previous history with the DSO. Of these new households, 14 percent went on to attend one or more concerts at Orchestra Hall. In our analysis, not one patron has cancelled an existing Orchestra Hall subscription in favor of the neighborhood series. In fact, 13 percent of Neighborhood Concert Series subscribers added the series to an existing Orchestra Hall subscription, becoming multiple series subscribers to the DSO.

The Neighborhood Concert Series is fully and generously sponsored by the William Davidson Foundation, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts. The series is presented by WRCJ 90.9 FM.

Life Enrichment and Education Programs

Bringing people to the DSO also means finding them where they are. Our Neighborhood Residency Initiative engages our DSO musicians with metro Detroit schools, hospitals, care centers, senior living communities, libraries, community centers, places of worship and myriad other unexpected places. As various small ensembles and individual artists your DSO musicians delivered more than 400 community engagement services throughout our city last season: musical therapy, hospital lobby concerts, master classes and sectional for aspiring musicians, chamber music recitals, special performances for seniors, featured appearances at major civic events and more. And this commitment runs deep with participation from nearly all DSO musicians. In FY14, these initiatives reached over 12,000 citizens. In the wellness sector alone DSO musicians made 120 appearances for more than 3,500 citizens.

This deeply impactful work is made possible through several generous philanthropists and committed partners like the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation, DTE Energy Foundation, the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation and the League of American Orchestras, American House Senior Living Communities, Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation, Oakwood Healthcare, All Seasons West Bloomfield and Detroit Public Schools.

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FORMER DSO MUSIC DIRECTOR NEEME JÄRVI RETURNS TO LEAD STRAUSS’ EPIC ZARATHUSTRA

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Swedish Pianist Per Tengstrand performs DSO premiere of Stenhammar’s First Piano Concerto

Detroit, (December 8, 2014) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s (DSO) Music Director Emeritus Neeme Järvi returns home to lead a spectacular program. Following Brahms’ powerful Tragic Overture, Swedish pianist Per Tengstrand will perform the DSO premiere of Swedish composer Stenhammar’s romantic Piano Concerto No. 1. The DSO will also perform Strauss’ epic Also sprach Zarathustra, most commonly known from the movie “2001: A Space Odyssey.” Concerts will take place at Orchestra Hall on Fri., December 12 and Sat., December 13, both at 8 p.m.

One hour before the start of each performance, Jason Geary, Associate Professor of Musicology at the University of Michigan, will discuss the concert’s program in Orchestra Hall.

Zarathustra! will be webcast to a global audience via the DSO’s “Live from Orchestra Hall” series during the Saturday performance at 8 p.m. EST (GMT-5). Go to dso.org/live to view the concert from your computer or download the DSO to Go mobile app to view the concert from your mobile device anywhere in the world.

About Per Tengstrand

Per Tengstrand has firmly established himself as one of today’s most exciting pianists. He has been described by the Washington Post as “technically resplendent, powerful, intuitively secure,” and by the New York Times as “a superb Swedish pianist” whose recital “was rewarding, both for its unusual programming and for his eloquent, technically polished performances.” He is the subject of a highly acclaimed Swedish documentary entitled Solisten (The Soloist), which was featured at the International Festival of Cinema and Technology in New York City. In 2005, he was decorated by King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden with the Royal Medal Litteris et Artibus for outstanding service to the arts, the youngest recipient ever to be so honored. His busy 2014-15 season includes concerts and recitals on both sides of the Atlantic. In Sweden he plays Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 2, Brahms’ Concerto No. 2 and Stravinsky’s Piano Concerto; and the Tengstrand-Sun Piano Duo performs an adaptation of The Rite of Spring before returning to the US, where he continues his recital series at Scandinavia House in New York City. He was recently named artist-in-residence at the new Spira Concert House in Jönköping (Sweden).

About Neeme Järvi

The head of musical dynasty, DSO Music Director Emeritus Neeme Järvi is one of today’s most highly respected maestros. He conducts the world’s most prominent orchestras and works alongside soloists of the highest calibre. A prolific recording artist, he has amassed a discography of nearly 500 recordings.

Over his long and highly successful career he has held positions with orchestras across the world. Last season he took up his tenure as Artistic and Music Director of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. He is also currently Artistic Director of the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Emeritus of both the Residentie Orkest and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, which he led from 1990 to 2005. He also holds the titles of Principal Conductor Emeritus of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and Conductor Laureate of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

Recent and future seasons include engagements with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and Wiener Symphoniker, as well as the major orchestras in the USA, and regular engagements with the NHK and Singapore Symphony orchestras. He also continues his regular relationships with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (for a number of recording and concert projects).

Ticket Information

Tickets to Zarathustra! begin at $15 and may be purchased at dso.org, via the free DSO to Go mobile app, in-person at the Max M. Fisher Music Center Box Office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit), or by calling (313) 576-5111. For group discount information (10 people or more), please contact Chuck Dyer at (313) 576-5130 or cdyer@dso.org.

Performance

Zarathustra!

Fri., Dec, 12, 2014 at 8 p.m.

Sat., Dec, 13, 2014 at 8 p.m.

Neeme Järvi, conductor

Per Tengstrand, piano

BRAHMS   Tragic Overture in D minor, Op. 81  
STENHAMMAR

  Piano Concerto No.1 in B-flat minor, Op.1

Molto moderato e maestoso – Sostenuto e tanquillo – Agitato

Vivacissimo

Andante

Allegro commodo – Andante con moto

                        Per Tengstrand, piano

 

Intermission    

 
STRAUSS   Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30  

 

M-1 Rail Construction

Attendees can find up-to-date details about the best route to take to Orchestra Hall during construction of the M-1 Rail streetcar in Midtown at dso.org/m1 and m-1rail.com. Woodward will always remain open in Midtown throughout the construction period. Complete closures are restricted to the downtown section of the rail line. Work has commenced on the north bound track between Temple and Canfield streets, shifting traffic to the southbound side of Woodward. There is one north bound, one south bound and one turn lane open on this stretch. Coming in to Midtown, an extra 15 minutes for travel time is recommended, as well as using Cass Avenue, instead of Woodward Avenue when possible.

About The DSO

Hailed by The New York Times as “cutting edge,” the internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra, 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.  Acclaimed conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik serves as Principal Pops Conductor while celebrated trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard holds the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair. 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 within 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 the newly updated dso.org or download the free DSO to Go mobile app.

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DSO OFFERS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

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Detroit, (December 4, 2014) – Starting this weekend, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) offers music that will inspire the holiday spirit in people of all ages with performances ranging from swingin’ jazz to Christmas classics, a much-anticipated visit from Santa and the chance to watch a favorite holiday movie accompanied by the DSO.

Tony Award-winning jazz vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater brings A Swingin’ Christmas to Orchestra Hall on Fri., December 5 at 8 p.m. to perform seasonal favorites along with her band and kick off her Billie Holiday centennial celebration. Singer-songwriter and guitarist Raul Midón makes his DSO Paradise Jazz Series debut opening for Bridgewater. Patrons attending the Paradise Jazz concert can also catch the Civic Jazz Orchestra performance at 6:15 p.m. in the Music Box for free. That evening, the Detroit Symphony Civic Orchestra performs The Nutcracker at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center in Dearborn at 8 p.m., as well as on Sat., December 7 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.

This holiday-filled weekend also includes a performance and activities at the Max M. Fisher Music Center for the 42nd Annual Noel Night in Midtown on Sat., December 6 from 5-10 p.m. The DSO will host entertainment in the Atrium and feature a performance by Holly Miranda with Ambrosia Parsley and Chris Maxwell at 8 and 9 p.m. performing music from their current Christmas CD.

Five-time Grammy-nominated vocalist Michael Feinstein’s Swingin’ in the Holidays on Sun., December 14 at 3 p.m. features carols and classics, as well as standards and surprises to spread holiday cheer throughout Orchestra Hall.

Patrons are encouraged to purchase tickets as soon as possible for two later programs in the month, which are expected to sell out. One of the most beloved holiday films of all time, Home Alone, featuring renowned composer John Williams’ charming and delightful score, will be projected on the big screen in stunning High Definition accompanied by the DSO and led by Sarah Hicks at Orchestra Hall on Wed., December 17 at 7:30 p.m. Then welcoming a very special Christmas guest, Santa Claus makes his appearance at the DSO’s Home for the Holidays concerts led by DSO Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik on Fri., December 19 at 10:45 a.m. and 8 p.m.; Sat., December 20 at 3 and 8 p.m. and Sun., December 21 at 3 p.m. in Orchestra Hall.

To top off the holiday season, patrons can ring in 2015 when, for the first time in its 127-year history, the DSO will host a televised black tie New Year’s Eve extravaganza in partnership with Detroit Public Television. Led by Tyzik, the orchestra will perform New Orleans jazz, Motown and Viennese favorites, featuring the legendary Byron Stripling on trumpet and vocals and Bobby Floyd on B3 Hammond organ and piano. The concert will begin at 10 p.m. in Orchestra Hall on Wed., December 31. When the clock strikes midnight, guests will be invited to sing along with a full orchestral performance of Auld Lang Syne. Those interested can also purchase tickets for the New Year’s Eve Gala following the concert, including dinner, drinks, dancing and more.

Tickets may be purchased at dso.org, via the free DSO to Go mobile app, in-person at the Max M. Fisher Music Center Box Office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit), or by calling (313) 576-5111. For group discount information (10 people or more), please contact Chuck Dyer at (313) 576-5130 or cdyer@dso.org.

Performances

A Swingin’ Christmas*

Dee Dee Bridgewater, vocalist

Raul Midón, singer-songwriter, guitarist

Fri., Dec. 5 at 8 p.m.

*The DSO does not appear on this program.

Tickets for A Swingin’ Christmas range from $18 to $60 with a limited number of box seats for $99.

About Dee Dee Bridgewater

As a sparkling ambassador for jazz, Dee Dee Bridgewater was immersed in it before she could walk. Her mother played the greatest albums of Ella Fitzgerald, whose artistry provided an inspiration for Bridgewater throughout her career and her father was a trumpeter who taught music. Bridgewater made her New York debut in 1970 as the lead vocalist for the band led by Thad Jones and Mel Lewis, one of the premier jazz orchestras of the time. These New York years marked an early career in concerts and on recordings with such giants as Sonny Rollins, Dizzy Gillespie, Dexter Gordon, Max Roach and Roland Kirk.

In 1974 she jumped at the chance to act and sing on Broadway in the role of Glinda the Good Witch in The Wiz. This began a long line of awards including her “Laurence Olivier” Award nomination as Best Actress for her portrayal of Billie Holiday in Lady Day. On NPR’s JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater, she presents today’s best jazz artists in performance on stages around the world.

 

Civic Jazz Live!*

Civic Jazz Orchestra

Kris Johnson, conductor

Fri., Dec. 5 at 6:15 p.m.

*The DSO does not appear on this program.

Tickets for Civic Jazz Live! are $15. Those who purchase a DSO Paradise Jazz ticket to A Swingin’ Christmas also get a complimentary ticket to the Civic Jazz Live! performance.

About Kris Johnson

A passionate educator, Johnson is a full-time jazz lecturer and director of the Art Blakey Jazz Combo at the Ohio State University. He has a Master’s (2007) and Bachelor’s (2005) degree in Jazz Studies from Michigan State University and is an endorsed artist of CarolBrass instruments. He is also the director of DSO’s Civic Jazz Orchestra, which features some of Detroit’s most promising youth. His private students have received scholarships to various music programs and colleges including Manhattan School of Music, MSU, Interlochen Fine Arts Academy and Camp, and the Stanford Jazz Workshop. Johnson has also served as a jazz artist in residence at Troy High School since 2009.

As a trumpet sensation, Kris Johnson has appeared on an impressive list of albums including two Grammy Nominated releases: Tony Bennett’s “A Swingin’ Christmas” and Karen Clark Sheard’s “All In One.” Johnson tours internationally with the Count Basie Orchestra and is proud to be one of 24 Detroit-based artists to be selected as a 2012 Kresge Artist Fellow.

 

42nd Annual Noel Night*

Holly Miranda with Ambrosia Parsley and Chris Maxwell

Sat., Dec. 6 at 8 and 9 p.m.

*The DSO does not appear on this program.

Tickets are free for this performance in the Music Box, and there will be entertainment in the Atrium from 5 to 10 p.m.

About Holly Miranda

Holly Miranda is a musician from Detroit who spent a decade cutting her teeth in Brooklyn, New York and now resides in Joshua Tree/Los Angeles, CA. She is trained in piano and a self-taught guitar player, and fakes it on many other instruments. She has been writing songs for herself for over a decade, in recent years Holly has begun writing songs for other artists and collaborating on songs. She released her last solo album with XL records in 2010. Prior to that she also released two albums with The Jealous Girlfriends. Her newest solo record is set to drop in 2014 on Federal Prism. Stay tuned.

 

The Nutcracker*

Detroit Symphony Civic Orchestra

Kris Johnson, conductor

Fri., Dec. 5 at 8 p.m.

Sat., Dec. 6 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.

*The DSO does not appear on this program. Program will be hosted at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center in Dearborn.

Tickets for The Nutcracker range from $15 to $26 and may be purchased by calling 313.943.2354 or visiting dearborntheater.com.

 

Swingin’ in the Holidays*

Michael Feinstein, piano & vocals

Sun., Dec. 14 at 3 p.m.

*The DSO does not appear on this program.

Tickets for Swingin’ in the Holidays range from $30 to $65 with a limited number of box seats for $100.

About Michael Feinstein

Michael Feinstein, the multi-platinum-selling, two-time Emmy and five-time Grammy Award-nominated entertainer dubbed “The Ambassador of the Great American Songbook,” is considered one of the premier interpreters of American standards. His 200-plus shows a year have included performances at Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House and the Hollywood Bowl as well as the White House and Buckingham Palace.

More than simply a performer, Feinstein has received national recognition for his commitment to celebrating America’s popular song and preserving its legacy for the next generation. In 2007, he founded the Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook Initiative, dedicated to celebrating the art form and preserving it through educational programs, Master Classes, and the annual High School Vocal Academy and Competition, which awards scholarships and prizes to students across the country. Michael serves on the Library of Congress’ National Recording Preservation Board, an organization dedicated to ensuring the survival, conservation and increased public availability of America’s sound recording heritage.

 

Home Alone

Sarah Hicks, conductor

Wed., Dec. 17 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets for Home Alone range from $30 to $65 with a limited number of box seats for $85.

About Sarah Hicks

Noted in the New York Times as part of “a new wave of female conductors in their late 20′s through early 40′s,” Sarah Hicks’s versatile and vibrant musicianship has secured her place in “the next generation of up-and-coming American conductors.” In October 2009 she was named Principal Conductor, Pops and Presentations of the Minnesota Orchestra; in addition to conducting most Pops and Special Presentations, she has been instrumental in creating new Pops productions while also heading the innovative classical series, “Inside the Classics” with which she recently completed a Microcommission Project with composer Judd Greenstein. Hicks concurrently holds the positions of  Staff Conductor of the Curtis Institute of Music . Throughout her career she has collaborated with diverse artists, from Jamie Laredo and Hilary Hahn to Josh Groban and Smokey Robinson; during the summer of 2011 she was on a two-month tour with Sting as conductor of the final leg of his Symphonicities Tour. In June of 2012 she conducted the opening concert of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, and program featuring Dmitri Hvrostovsky, Sumi Jo and Jackie Evancho.

 

Home for the Holidays

Jeff Tyzik, conductor

Andrés Pichardo-Rosenthal, xylophone

Hadiya Knight, violin

Samuel Murphy, cello

Santa Claus

Detroit Children’s Choir “Midtown Concert Chorale,” Lauri Hogle, artistic director

Bloomfield Hills High School Chamber Choir & The Jills, Jessica Riley, director

Grosse Pointe South High School “The Pointe Singers,” Christopher D. Pratt, director

Fri., Dec. 19 at 10:45 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Sat., Dec. 20 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Sun., Dec. 21 at 3 p.m.

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

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 began a new role as Principal Pops Conductor of the Detroit Symphony, Seattle Symphony, and The Florida Orchestra. In August 2013, Jeff Tyzik was 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.

 

New Year’s Eve Concert and Gala

Jeff Tyzik, conductor

Byron Stripling, trumpet & vocals

Bobby Floyd, B3 Hammond organ & piano

Wed., Dec. 31 at 10 p.m.

Concert tickets for New Year’s Eve range from $40 to $50. Gala tickets are also available at dso.org/nye.

 

M-1 Rail Construction

Attendees can find up-to-date details about the best route to take to Orchestra Hall during construction of the M-1 Rail streetcar in Midtown at dso.org/m1 and m-1rail.com. Woodward will always remain open in Midtown throughout the construction period. Complete closures are restricted to the downtown section of the rail line. Work has commenced on the north bound track between Temple and Canfield streets, shifting traffic to the southbound side of Woodward. There is one north bound, one south bound and one turn lane open on this stretch. Coming in to Midtown, an extra 15 minutes for travel time is recommended, as well as using Cass Avenue, instead of Woodward Avenue when possible.

About The DSO

Hailed by The New York Times as “cutting edge,” the internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra, 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.  Acclaimed conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik serves as Principal Pops Conductor while celebrated trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard holds the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair. 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 within 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 the newly updated dso.org or download the free DSO to Go mobile app.

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DSO PERFORMS MUSSORGSKY’S PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION LED BY RUSSIAN CONDUCTOR ANDREY BOREYKO

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Pianist Behzod Abduraimov makes DSO debut with Prokofiev’s challenging Third Piano Concerto

Detroit, (November 26, 2014) – Dynamic Russian conductor Andrey Boreyko will return to Detroit next weekend to lead the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) in Mussorgsky’s magnificent Pictures at an Exhibition on an all-Russian program. Young piano sensation Behzod Abduraimov will make his DSO debut performing Prokofiev’s finger-tangling Third Piano Concerto in performances that also feature Alexander Raskatov’s A White Night’s Dream. Concerts will take place at Orchestra Hall on Thurs., December 4 at 7:30 p.m., Fri., December 5 at 10:45 a.m. and Sat., December 6 at 8 p.m.

One hour before the performance on Dec. 4, the Michigan State University Trombone Quartet will perform a free concert in Orchestra Hall, including a piece by Saskia Apon, a transcription of a chorale from Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony and works by Debussy and Bach.

Pictures at an Exhibition! will be webcast to a global audience via the DSO’s “Live from Orchestra Hall” series during the Friday performance at 10:45 a.m. EST (GMT-5). Go to dso.org/live to view the concert from your computer or download the DSO to Go mobile app to view the concert from your mobile device anywhere in the world.

About Behzod Abduraimov

Behzod Abduraimov’s captivating performances have won him high critical praise, most recently from the Washington Post (“I’m not sure I could give higher praise – keep your ear on this one”) and the Boston Globe (“impressive poise and immediacy – a talent to watch”).

An exclusive Decca Classics recording artist, Abduraimov has worked with the London Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony and Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia orchestras to name a few.

He has collaborated with conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Valery Gergiev, Krzysztof Urbański, Vasily Petrenko, Charles Dutoit, Vladimir Jurowski and Pinchas Zuckerman.

About Andrey Boreyko

Russian conductor Andrey Boreyko is one of the most exciting and dynamic conductors to emerge from Eastern Europe in recent years. In addition to his post as Music Director of Orchestre National de Belgique, he begins his tenure as Music Director of the Naples Philharmonic in Florida this season. He also holds the position of Principal Guest Conductor of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Euskadi.

A passionate advocate for less widely-known works, Boreyko conducted the much anticipated world premiere of Górecki’s Symphony No.4 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra last season. He will conduct the US premiere of the work with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2015. Other highlights of the current season include appearances with Orchestre National de France, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln.

Ticket Information

Tickets to Pictures at an Exhibition! begin at $15 and may be purchased at dso.org, via the free DSO to Go mobile app, in-person at the Max M. Fisher Music Center Box Office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit), or by calling (313) 576-5111. For group discount information (10 people or more), please contact Chuck Dyer at (313) 576-5130 or cdyer@dso.org.

Performance

Pictures at an Exhibition!

Andrey Boreyko, conductor

Behzod Abduraimov, piano

Thurs., Dec. 4, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Dec. 5, 2014 at 10:45 a.m.

Sat., Dec. 6 at 8 p.m.

ALEXANDER RASKATOV   A White Night’s Dream  
PROKOFIEV

 

  Piano Concerto No.3 in C major, Op.26

I. Andante – Allegro

II. Andantino

III. Allegro ma non troppo

                        Behzod Abduraimov, piano

Intermission    

MUSSORGSKY
Orchestrated, Maurice Ravel
  Pictures at an Exhibition

Introduction:  Promenade

I.  Gnomus

II.  Il vecchio castello

III.  Tulleries

IV.  Bydlo

V.  Ballet of Little Chicks in their Shells

VI.  Two Polish Jews

VII.  Limoges

VIII.  Catacombae – Cum mortius in lingua mortua

IX.  Baba-Yaga – The Hut on Hen’s Legs

X.  The Great Gate of Kiev

M-1 Rail Construction

Attendees can find up-to-date details about the best route to take to Orchestra Hall during construction of the M-1 Rail streetcar in Midtown at dso.org/m1 and m-1rail.com. Woodward will always remain open in Midtown throughout the construction period. Complete closures are restricted to the downtown section of the rail line. Work has commenced on the north bound track between Temple and Canfield streets, shifting traffic to the southbound side of Woodward. There is one north bound, one south bound and one turn lane open on this stretch. Coming in to Midtown, an extra 15 minutes for travel time is recommended, as well as using Cass Avenue, instead of Woodward Avenue when possible.

About The DSO

Hailed by The New York Times as “cutting edge,” the internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra, 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.  Acclaimed conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik serves as Principal Pops Conductor while celebrated trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard holds the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair. 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 within 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 the newly updated dso.org or download the free DSO to Go mobile app.

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FINNISH VIOLINIST ELINA VÄHÄLÄ MAKES DSO DEBUT WITH CORIGLIANO’S CINEMATIC ‘RED VIOLIN’ CONCERTO

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Maestro Slatkin leads American musical classics, Detroit premiere of Copland’s Grohg

Detroit, (November 24, 2014) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) welcomes Finnish violinist Elina Vähälä as she makes her Detroit debut with John Corigliano’s cinematic “Red Violin” concerto. DSO Music Director Leonard Slatkin will lead American musical classics, such as Bernstein’s Three Dance Episodes from On the Town and Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, A Symphonic Picture, plus the DSO premiere of Aaron Copland’s one-act ballet, Grohg. Performances will take place at Orchestra Hall on Fri., November 28 at 8 p.m., Sat., November 29 at 8 p.m. and Sun., November 30 at 3 p.m.

Grohg will be the final piece recorded by the DSO for a three-disc project with Naxos Records featuring all six ballets by Aaron Copland.

One hour before the start of each Copland & Bernstein performance, a presentation will be hosted in Orchestra Hall by Mark Clague, Professor of Musicology at University of Michigan. Clague will speak about the University of Michigan Gershwin Initiative, which is an ongoing scholarly examination of the Gershwins’ music, in which scholars in collaboration with peers from across the globe document and analyze works featuring music by George Gershwin and lyrics by Ira Gershwin, including Porgy and Bess as well as the celebrated instrumental works by George Gershwin.

Copland & Bernstein will be webcast to a global audience via the DSO’s “Live from Orchestra Hall” series during the Sunday performance at 3 p.m. EST (GMT-5). Go to dso.org/live to view the concert from your computer or download DSO to Go to view the concert from your mobile device anywhere in the world.

About Elina Vähälä

Born in the US and raised in Finland, Elina Vähälä made her orchestral debut with Sinfonia Lahti at the age of twelve and was later chosen by Osmo Vänskä as the orchestra’s ‘young master soloist’. Since then, her career continues to expand the international stage, winning praise from audiences and musicians alike. Elina has appeared with orchestras throughout Europe and the US and toured extensively in UK, Germany, China, Korea and South America. She has worked with some of the world’s most sought-after conductors including Leonard Slatkin, Carlos Kalmar, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Okko Kamu, Jakob Hrusa, Thierry Fischer and Leif Sergerstam.

About Leonard Slatkin

Leonard Slatkin is Music Director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre National de Lyon, France. During the 2013-14 season, he conducted at Krzysztof Penderecki’s 80th birthday celebration in Warsaw, recorded with Anne Akiko Meyers and the London Symphony and appeared with the Chicago Symphony, the Pittsburgh Symphony and the St. Louis Symphony. He also toured China and Japan with the Orchestre National de Lyon and led the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in concerts across southern Florida

Slatkin’s more than 100 recordings have won seven Grammy awards and earned 64 nominations. With the Orchestre National de Lyon, he has embarked on recording cycles of the Rachmaninoff piano concerti featuring Olga Kern and the symphonic works of Maurice Ravel and Hector Berlioz. With the Detroit Symphony, he has released a digital box set of the Beethoven symphonies and plans to offer the concerti and symphonies of Tchaikovsky in the future.

Ticket Information

Tickets to Copland and Bernstein begin at $15 and may be purchased at dso.org, via the free DSO to Go mobile app, in-person at the Max M. Fisher Music Center Box Office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit), or by calling (313) 576-5111. For group discount information (10 people or more), please contact Chuck Dyer at (313) 576-5130 or cdyer@dso.org.

Performance

Copland & Bernstein

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Elina Vähälä, violin

Fri., Nov. 28, 2014 at 8 p.m.

Sat., Nov. 29, 2014 at 8 p.m.

Sun., Nov. 30, 2014 at 3 p.m.

BERNSTEIN                            Three Dance Episodes from On the Town

                                                The Great Lover

                                                Lonely Town (Pas de deux)

                                                Times Square

 

JOHN CORIGLIANO              Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, “The Red Violin”

Chaconne

Pianissimo Scherzo

Andante Flautando

Accelerando Finale

Elina Vähälä, violin

INTERMISSION

 

COPLAND                              Grohg, ballet in one act

 

 

GERSHWIN                            Porgy and Bess, A Symphonic Picture
Arranged, Robert Russell Bennett

M-1 Rail Construction

Attendees can find up-to-date details about the best route to take to Orchestra Hall during construction of the M-1 Rail streetcar in Midtown at dso.org/m1 and m-1rail.com. Woodward will always remain open in Midtown throughout the construction period. Complete closures are restricted to the downtown section of the rail line. Work has commenced on the north bound track between Temple and Canfield streets, shifting traffic to the southbound side of Woodward. There is one north bound, one south bound and one turn lane open on this stretch. Coming in to Midtown, an extra 15 minutes for travel time is recommended, as well as using Cass Avenue, instead of Woodward Avenue when possible.

About The DSO

Hailed by The New York Times as “cutting edge,” the internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra, 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.  Acclaimed conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik serves as Principal Pops Conductor while celebrated trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard holds the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair. 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 within 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 the newly updated dso.org or download the free DSO to Go mobile app.

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DSO AND TOD MACHOVER TO CAPTURE SOUNDS OF DETROIT IN COLLABORATIVE SYMPHONY FOR THE CITY

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Support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation helps bring music and this project into communities with US premiere of city symphony project

DETROIT, (November 19, 2014) –What does Detroit sound like? The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) and composer Tod Machover will ask every Detroiter that question in the coming year as they work with the community to create a collaborative symphony with sound submissions and conceptual contributions from the public. The work, entitled Symphony in D, will premiere at Orchestra Hall on Nov. 16, 2015. The project is made possible by a $315,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

The DSO is the first American orchestra to work with Machover on a collaborative symphony – Machover has completed similar projects in Toronto; Edinburgh, Scotland; Perth, Australia, and is currently working on one for the Lucerne Festival 2015, where he will be Composer-in-Residence.

Residents may start making submissions today. Instruction on how to submit and additional information is available at dso.org/SymphonyInD.

Knight Foundation’s vice president for arts heard Machover’s symphony in Scotland, and immediately wanted to bring his work to Detroit. The DSO’s track record in community engagement and digital innovations via its Webcasts made it the perfect partner for the collaboration.

“The future of Detroit is being shaped by the city’s creative community,” said Dennis Scholl, vice president of arts for Knight Foundation. “We’d love to see more people get involved, and Symphony in D will be a great vehicle for people to share the sounds that define their Detroit.”

In order to create a musical portrait of the Motor City, the symphony for Detroit will evolve through electronic sound submissions, workshops and discussions throughout the city, original sonic creation, and back-and-forth musical sharing and shaping with Detroit residents and community institutions. Machover, Professor of Music and Media at the Media Lab of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has developed technology that can collect and combine sounds and translate them into music. The snarl of a Mustang’s engine? Fair game. The chaotic din of Eastern Market on a Saturday morning? No problem. The DSO wants to discover what Detroit sounds like through its community. The process involves layers, interactions, associations and discoveries which will produce a work representing the heart and soul of Detroit’s past, present and future.

Special technologies developed by Machover and his Opera of the Future team at the MIT Media Lab will allow people of all ages to contribute to and help shape Symphony in D. The Constellation app, used in previous iterations of the City-Symphony series, is a web-based app that allows anyone to hear the latest sounds collected and to combine them into personalized mixes. Yet another equally significant mobile app in development will be designed especially for the Symphony in D project and will allow any sound to be recorded and then geographically “tagged” via mobile device, creating an evolving “sound map” of Detroit and surroundings. This mobile app will be available through the Apple App Store and Google Play in early 2015.

As part of the project’s community outreach program and educational workshops, another computer software program developed by Machover and his team, Hyperscore, will allow young people to compose their own musical portraits of Detroit by drawing with lines and colors that Machover can then translate into orchestral impressions. Hyperscore is available for download via hyperscore.com.

“The concept of utilizing the sounds of our city, both those found and those submitted by others and then incorporating them into an orchestral work is quite amazing,” said DSO Music Director Leonard Slatkin. “It will be interesting to see what sounds the people of Detroit will submit and what Tod will choose and how the piece will unfold. Clearly this is a project of unique interest to all those interested in the power of collaborative thinking.”

During the year leading up to the premiere, Machover will visit schools and community centers throughout Detroit to hold workshops and engage the community. This symphony is called a collaboration for a reason: it will bring together the community by exploring the city’s unique sounds and to simply celebrate living in Detroit.

“Detroit is a city filled with bold and contrasting sounds, from the roar and purr of cars, to the crackle and snap of Motown, to the gentle rhythms of urban gardening,” said Machover. “I look forward to working with Detroiters from all backgrounds to create a collective musical portrait of this exciting moment in the city’s history, when everything is being rethought and anything is possible.”

ABOUT THE JOHN S. AND JAMES L. KNIGHT FOUNDATION

Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. The foundation believes that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. For more, visit KnightFoundation.org.

ABOUT TOD MACHOVER

Tod Machover has been called “America’s most wired composer” by the Los Angeles Times. He is widely recognized as one of the most significant and innovative composers of his generation, and is also celebrated for inventing new technology for music, including Hyperinstruments which he launched in 1986. Machover studied with Elliott Carter and Roger Sessions at The Juilliard School and was the first Director of Musical Research at Pierre Boulez’s IRCAM in Paris. He has been Professor of Music and Media at the MIT Media Lab (Cambridge, USA) since it was founded in 1985, and is Director of the Lab’s Hyperinstruments and Opera of the Future Groups. Since 2006, Machover has also been Visiting Professor of Composition at the Royal Academy of Music in London. CD and DVD recordings of his Pulitzer Prize-finalist “robotic” opera Death and the Powers will be released in early 2015. Six World and European premieres, including his seventh collaborative City-Symphony, will be presented at Lucerne Festival 2015 as part of Machover’s Composer-in-Residence appointment there. For more info please visit todmachover.com.

ABOUT THE DSO

Hailed by The New York Times as “cutting edge,” the internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra, 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.  Acclaimed conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik serves as Principal Pops Conductor while celebrated trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard holds the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair. 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 within 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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SLATKIN LEADS DSO IN WORLD PREMIERE OF HIS FIRST COMPOSITION

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DSO musicians featured as soloists throughout program

Detroit, (November 14, 2014) – Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) Music Director Leonard Slatkin will lead several firsts next weekend with the world premiere of his own Endgames and the Detroit premiere of his wife Cindy McTee’s Solstice featuring DSO Principal Trombone Kenneth Thompkins at Orchestra Hall on Thurs., November 20 at 7:30 p.m., Fri., November 21 at 10:45 a.m. and Sat., November 22 at 8 p.m. The performance will also feature Benjamin Lees’ Concerto with a DSO string quartet, which was first performed by Slatkin and the St. Louis Symphony, and Gershwin’s An American in Paris.

Slatkin’s first foray into composition, Endgames, is dedicated to all musicians who have chosen to play the outsider woodwind instruments, which Slatkin says are often underrepresented in a solo capacity. Soloists include DSO’s Jeffery Zook, piccolo; Sharon Sparrow, alto flute; Monica Fosnaugh, English horn; Larry Lieberson, e-flat clarinet; Shannon Orme, bass clarinet; and Marcus Schoon, contrabassoon.

To learn about how Solstice got its name and what inspired McTee when composing the piece, concert goers are invited to attend a preconcert presentation one hour prior to the Thursday and Saturday performances of Gershwin in Paris. McTee will share her thoughts, joined by Michelle Merrill who will discuss her own background and first impressions as Assistant Conductor of the DSO.

Gershwin in Paris will be webcast to a global audience via the DSO’s “Live from Orchestra Hall” series during the Friday performance at 10:45 a.m. EST (GMT-5). Log on to dso.org/live to view the concert from your computer or download the free DSO to Go mobile app to view the concert from your mobile device anywhere in the world.

About Leonard Slatkin

Leonard Slatkin is Music Director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre National de Lyon, France. During the 2013-14 season, he conducted at Krzysztof Penderecki’s 80th birthday celebration in Warsaw, recorded with Anne Akiko Meyers and the London Symphony and appeared with the Chicago Symphony, the Pittsburgh Symphony and the St. Louis Symphony. He also toured China and Japan with the Orchestre National de Lyon and led the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in concerts across southern Florida

Slatkin’s more than 100 recordings have won seven Grammy awards and earned 64 nominations. With the Orchestre National de Lyon, he has embarked on recording cycles of the Rachmaninoff piano concerti featuring Olga Kern and the symphonic works of Maurice Ravel and Hector Berlioz. With the Detroit Symphony, he has released a digital box set of the Beethoven symphonies and plans to offer the concerti and symphonies of Tchaikovsky in the future.

Ticket Information

Tickets to Gershwin in Paris begin at $15 and may be purchased at dso.org, via the free DSO to Go mobile app, in-person at the Max M. Fisher Music Center Box Office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit), or by calling (313) 576-5111. For group discount information (10 people or more), please contact Chuck Dyer at (313) 576-5130 or cdyer@dso.org.

Performance

Gershwin in Paris

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Jeffery Zook, piccolo

Sharon Sparrow, alto flute

Monica Fosnaugh, English horn

Larry Lieberson, e-flat clarinet

Shannon Orme, bass clarinet

Marcus Schoon, contrabassoon

Kenneth Thompkins, trombone

Hai-Xin Wu, violin

Jennifer Wey, violin

James VanValkenburg, viola

Dahae Kim, cello

Thurs., Nov. 20 at 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Nov. 21 at 10:45 a.m.

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

 

Ivesed. Gunther Schuller Yale-Princeton Football Game

 

Leonard Slatkin Endgames, Concertino Grosso for Woodwind Ensemble and Strings                        Jeffery Zook, piccolo

                        Sharon Sparrow, alto flute

                        Monica Fosnaugh, English horn

                        Larry Lieberson, e-flat clarinet

                        Shannon Orme, bass clarinet

                        Marcus Schoon, contrabassoon

 

Cindy McTee Concerto for Trombone and OrchestraAllegro

Adagio

Allegro

                        Kenneth Thompkins, trombone

Intermission
Benjamin Lees Concerto for String Quartet and OrchestraAllegro con brio

Adante cantando

Allegro energico

      Hai-Xin Wu, violin

      Jennifer Wey, violin

      James VanValkenburg, viola

      Dahae Kim, cello

 

Gershwinrev. F. Campbell-Watson An American in Paris

M-1 Rail Construction

Attendees can find up-to-date details about the best route to take to Orchestra Hall during construction of the M-1 Rail streetcar in Midtown at dso.org/m1 and m-1rail.com. Woodward will always remain open in Midtown throughout the construction period. Complete closures are restricted to the downtown section of the rail line. Work has commenced on the north bound track between Temple and Canfield streets, shifting traffic to the southbound side of Woodward. There is one north bound, one south bound and one turn lane open on this stretch. Coming in to Midtown, an extra 15 minutes for travel time is recommended, as well as using Cass Avenue, instead of Woodward Avenue when possible.

About The DSO

Hailed by The New York Times as “cutting edge,” the internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra, 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.  Acclaimed conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik serves as Principal Pops Conductor while celebrated trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard holds the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair. 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 within 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 the newly updated dso.org or download the free DSO to Go mobile app.

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DSO BRINGS MUSIC EDUCATION TO 30,000 DETROIT STUDENTS WITH LAUNCH OF FIRST EVER EDUCATIONAL WEBCAST

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This morning Detroit students tune in for ‘An American Adventure’ with Conductor Michelle Merrill and Host Damon Gupton

Detroit, (November 12, 2014) –This morning tens of thousands of Detroit students will experience the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) for the first time while seated in their own classrooms with an educational expansion of the DSO’s Live from Orchestra Hall free HD webcast series – Classroom Edition. The series premieres with two performances of An American Adventure at 10:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. hosted by actor and Detroit native Damon Gupton with the DSO’s new Assistant Conductor Michelle Merrill making her debut on the podium.

Nearly 300 Detroit public and charter schools will tune in to the webcast, including all of Detroit Public Schools’ K-8 classes. An additional 125 schools throughout the country will also participate, reaching approximately 40,000 students with one performance.

“Every student deserves access to the creative arts, regardless of circumstances,” said DSO President and CEO Anne Parsons. “With the wonders of technology and the DSO’s belief in accessibility, we are so thrilled to be able to deliver this opportunity directly into classrooms within Detroit and across the country.”

For years, the DSO’s popular Educational Concert Series (ECS) has bussed metro Detroit school children to the Max M. Fisher Music Center in Midtown Detroit, exposing area youth to orchestral performance in historic Orchestra Hall. Now, with the development and pilot of this groundbreaking educational tool, select ECS performances will be adapted to provide an engaging classroom experience, complete with an interactive lesson plan archive aligned with national music education curriculum, skill builders and writing prompts.

Streaming at dso.org/live or through the DSO to Go mobile app, Classroom Edition is available to global audiences for live viewing or on an encore basis through the end of the week. Educational resources for the webcast, including curriculum enrichment materials can be downloaded at dso.org/classroom.

Developed with the help of nationally recognized music education consultants, including a content developer and research analyst who worked for both Sesame Street and 3-2-1 Contact, the program will provide a musical journey across the United States with curricular ties that emphasize history, technology and language arts. Teachers and students will also have the opportunity to interact with the DSO and other viewers through social media and an interactive website planned to launch in spring 2015.

The DSO strives to become America’s Education Concert Provider, delivering webcasts to every classroom in Detroit, and nationwide, for students in grades K-8. Live from Orchestra Hall: Classroom Edition is made possible by the support of the Mandell and Madeleine Berman Foundation, with the goal of providing music education to the children of Detroit.

About Damon Gupton

A native of Detroit, Michigan, Damon Gupton held the post of Assistant Conductor of the Kansas City Symphony from 2006-2008. Gupton received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Michigan. He studied conducting with David Zinman and Murry Sidlin at the Aspen Music Festival and with Leonard Slatkin at the National Conducting Institute in Washington, D.C. He served as American Conducting Fellow of the Houston Symphony for the 2004-2005 season, and has made conducting appearances with the Cleveland Orchestra (as part of a Blossom program with David Zinman), the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, The San Diego Symphony, The San Antonio Symphony, the Princeton Symphony, the Toledo Symphony, the Monte Carlo Philharmonic, the NHK Orchestra of Tokyo, the Orquesta Filarmonica de UNAM, the New York University Orchestras, the Kinhaven Music School Orchestra, The Vermont Music Festival Orchestra, the Brass Band of Battle Creek, The Michigan Youth Arts Festival Honors Orchestra and the SPHINX  Symphony as part of the 12th Annual Sphinx Competition. He led the Sphinx Chamber Orchestra on a national tour, culminating in performances at Carnegie Hall and a well-reviewed recording available at White Pine Music. He is a winner of the Third International Eduardo Mata Conducting Competition, held in Mexico City. Musical collaborations include work with Marcus Miller, Kenn Hicks, Kathleen Battle, and Jamie Cullum.

An accomplished actor, Gupton graduated from The Drama Division of the Juilliard School in New York. He has had roles in television, film, and on stage, including the Broadway production of Bruce Norris’ Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning Clybourne ParkSuperior Donuts (The Geffen), Christina Anderson’s Inked Baby (Playwrights Horizons), Meg’s New Friend  (The Production Company), Wendy Wasserstein’s An American Daughter (Arena Stage), True History and Real Adventures (The Vineyard Theatre), and Treason (Perry Street Theatre). He starred opposite Tony award-winner Phylicia Rashad in the world premiere of Tracey Scott Wilson’s The Story at New York’s Public Theater. He also performed the title role of Academy Award-winner Eric Simonson’s Carter’s Way at Kansas City Repertory Theater. Mr. Gupton was featured in title role in the critically acclaimed Heart of America Shakespeare Festival production of Othello. He received an AUDELCO nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his work in Clybourne Park.

Currently, he is a lead of the new television series “The Divide” produced by AMC, which premiered in July 2014. Other television credits include “Rake” with Greg Kinnear, Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom, Prime Suspect on NBC, Law and Order, Law and Order Criminal Intent, ConvictionThe Unusuals,Third WatchHackDrift (w/Chazz Palminteri). He was a principal cast member of NBC/Dick Wolf’s Deadline, the pilots Finkleman (w/Stephen Colbert of the Colbert Report), Strange Brew from Will and Grace creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick. On film, he has appeared in the 2002 drama Unfaithful directed by Adrian Lyne, The Loretta Claiborne StoryHelen at Risk, Sidney Lumet’s Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead, M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender, and This is Forty from Judd Apatow.

About Michelle Merrill

Distinguished by the Rochester City Newspaper as one of the “up and coming conductors of note,” Michelle Merrill has for three seasons guest conducted the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra on various concerts throughout the year, in addition to her role as the Assistant Conductor of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic. A passionate and dynamic artist, Merrill was awarded the prestigious Ansbacher Conducting Fellowship in 2013 by members of the Vienna Philharmonic and the American Austrian Foundation, which enabled her to be in residence at the world-renowned Salzburg Festival.  Merrill made her debut with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra in September 2014, and this past spring stepped in on short notice with the Meadows Symphony Orchestra for their performance of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 4, which the Dallas Morning News described as “stunning”.  Previous praise came from her conducting of Schubert’s Symphony No. 5 with the Rochester Philharmonic: “with the natural grace of a prima ballerina, Merrill knows what she wants and how to achieve it. Merrill’s conducting took her full body in wide sweeps, making connections, seemingly, with each individual musician. Merrill’s phrasing of the Schubert was utterly proper in style and form.” A strong advocate of new music, Merrill has worked with Voices of Change (VOC), Dallas’s professional, modern contemporary music ensemble. Her collaboration with this group in the 2011/12 season was part of a program later named as one of Dallas Morning News critic Scott Cantrell’s top ten performances of 2011. She also traveled with VOC in the summer of 2012 to showcase classical music written by celebrated American Indian musicians at the Chickasaw Chamber Music Festival.  Born in Dallas, TX, Merrill studied conducting with Dr. Paul C. Phillips at Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts, where she holds a Master of Music Degree in conducting and a Bachelor of Music in performance.

About Live from Orchestra Hall Webcast Series

With the goal of becoming the “most accessible orchestra on the planet,” DSO has repeatedly proven itself as a leader in technology and accessibility. Classroom Edition is an extension of the DSO’s weekly free HD webcast series Live from Orchestra Hall, which reaches a global audience of hundreds of thousands, with use of its state-of-the-art robotic camera production system. The DSO worked with nationally known music education consultants to develop the Classroom Edition script and curriculum. Music educator and researcher Barbara Myerson Katz, who has also worked on Sesame Street and 3-2-1 Contact, wrote the webcast script in collaboration with Associate Professor and Chair of Music Education in the College of Musical Arts at Bowling Green State University Ken Thompson, who wrote the curriculum.

The DSO launched the groundbreaking Live from Orchestra Hall webcast series in April 2011, becoming the first orchestra in the world to offer a series of free live webcasts for a global audience. Since then Live from Orchestra Hall expanded to include mobile viewing via the DSO to Go mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Droid devices; partnerships with the world’s top cultural sites, including PBS.org, France-based Medici.tv, Russia-based Paraclassics.com and UK-based ClassicalTV.com; and the DSO’s first digital album produced in-house, a downloadable Digital Box Set of all nine Beethoven symphonies.

Now watched in over 100 countries, the Live from Orchestra Hall webcast series is presented by the Ford Motor Company Fund, made possible by the generous support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Watch free webcasts at dso.org/live, view concert highlights at youtube.com/detroitsymphony, and connect with the DSO at facebook.com/detroitsymphony and on Instagram and Twitter @DetroitSymphony with the hashtag #DSOLive.

Ticket Information

Tickets to the 11:45 a.m. performance of An American Adventure in Orchestra Hall are $6 and may be purchased at dso.org, via the free DSO to Go mobile app, in-person at the Max M. Fisher Music Center Box Office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit), or by calling (313) 576-5111. For orders exceeding 10 tickets please call the Educational Concert Series Box Office Line at (313) 576-5440. The 10:30 a.m. performance is sold out.

Performance

An American Adventure

Michelle Merrill, conductor

Damon Gupton, host

Wed., Nov. 12 at 10:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.

 

MASON BATES                                  The B-Sides: Five Pieces for Orchestra & Electronica

                                                            V. Warehouse Medicine

HANSON                                            Symphony No. 2, “Romantic”

                                                            III. Allegro con brio

BERNSTEIN                                        “Times Square” from Three Dance Episodes from On the Town
COPLAND                                          Variations on a Shaker Melody

STILL                                                  Symphony No. 1, “Afro-American Symphony”

                                                            III. Humor: Animato

JOPLIN                                                Maple Leaf Rag
DVOŘÁK                                            Symphony No. 9, “From the New World”

                                                            II. Largo

GROFÉ                                                Grand Canyon Suite

                                                            III. On the Trail

JOHN WILLIAMS                               The Olympic Spirit

About The DSO

Hailed by The New York Times as “cutting edge,” the internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra, 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.  Acclaimed conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik serves as Principal Pops Conductor while celebrated trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard holds the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair. 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 within 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 the newly updated dso.org or download the free DSO to Go mobile app.

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SINGLE TICKETS ON SALE NOW FOR DSO’S NEWLY NAMED WILLIAM DAVIDSON NEIGHBORHOOD CONCERT SERIES

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New this season, students can attend neighborhood concerts for free with $25 Soundcard membership

DETROIT, (November 10, 2014) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) has announced that single tickets are now on sale for the William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series 2014-15 season beginning with online and Box Office sales at 9 a.m.

Tickets are available for concerts in seven metro Detroit neighborhoods including Beverly Hills, Bloomfield Hills, Canton, Dearborn, Grosse Pointe, Southfield and West Bloomfield Township. General admission tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students. Due to high demand, purchasing tickets early is recommended as many neighborhood venues nearly sell out on subscription alone. Subscriptions are available for $100 in Beverly Hills, Grosse Pointe, Canton and Bloomfield Hills and $75 in West Bloomfield, Dearborn and Southfield.

Aside from the seven residencies, the DSO will also perform Dvořàk and Grieg at Macomb Center for the Performing Arts on June 26, 2015 at 8 p.m.

In recognition of a generous $3.75 million grant from the William Davidson Foundation, announced this fall, the series has been renamed in honor of philanthropist William Davidson, former president and CEO of Guardian Industries Corp. Davidson shared a long-lasting relationship with the DSO and his generous support helped to strengthen the organization in many ways, including support of the DSO’s domestic and international tours.

With this support, the DSO is able to extend its Soundcard all-access student pass beyond Classical, Pops and Jazz concerts to include the William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series. Students can purchase a $25 Soundcard for the season and receive free access to concerts with a valid student ID. Soundcards are available for purchase at dso.org/soundcard.

Featuring repertoire from select Orchestra Hall concerts as well as selections prepared especially for the neighborhoods, the 2014-15 season marks the fourth year for the Neighborhood Concert Series. Audiences will see Music Director Leonard Slatkin on the podium, Principal Horn Karl Pituch performing Punto’s Horn Concerto 5, Principal Flute David Buck performing Nielsen’s Flute Concerto and Principal Clarinet Ralph Skiano performing Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto. Guest artists include Nicolas Dautricourt, violin; Stefan Jackiw, violin; Andrew von Oeyen, piano; and Andrés Cardenes, conductor and violin.

Performances are scheduled beginning January 8, 2015 through July 19, 2015. A $25 donation to the DSO’s Annual Fund waives all fees. The Neighborhood Concert Series is made possible by a generous gift from the William Davidson Foundation and the support of WRCJ 90.9 FM.

A full schedule of neighborhood concerts is available at dso.org/neighborhood.

Ticket Information

Single tickets can be purchased for $25 for adults and $10 for students at dso.org, via the free DSO to Go mobile app, in-person at the Max M. Fisher Music Center Box Office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit), or by calling (313) 576-5111.

DSO Box Office

The Box Office will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mon.-Fri. and two hours prior to each scheduled concert through intermission, until June with the exception of special holiday hours.

Single tickets can be purchased at dso.org, via the free DSO to Go mobile app, in-person at the Max M. Fisher Music Center Box Office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit), or by calling (313) 576-5111.

About Soundcard

At just $25 for the season, Soundcard provides students of all ages, elementary school to college, with admittance to most Classical, Pops and Paradise Jazz series concerts at Orchestra Hall, as well as performances at seven venues in metro Detroit for the William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series. Soundcard memberships are on sale now, but members may start reserving single tickets starting two weeks prior to their selected concert date. Membership is valid through the end of the 2014-15 season. Tickets are issued up to two weeks prior to each concert. A Soundcard member must present a valid student ID to a will call attendant or usher upon arrival. The name on the student ID must match the name on the Soundcard account. Cards and tickets are non-transferrable. Admittance is subject to availability and seating is at the discretion of the Box Office. Soundcard was inspired by Leonard Slatkin and introduced in 2011.

William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series

Since its launch in 2011, the series has experienced sold out concerts, beginning with its six metro Detroit performance residencies. In addition to traditional concerts, the Neighborhood Residency Initiative allows musicians to perform in intimate settings for suburban audiences. Throughout the season, DSO musicians perform in metro Detroit schools, hospitals, libraries, places of worship and myriad other unexpected places.

Throughout the 2014-15 season, four performances will take place at each venue in Beverly Hills, Bloomfield Hills, Canton, Dearborn, Grosse Pointe, Southfield, West Bloomfield Township and a new standalone performance in Macomb at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts. With subscriptions on sale in July, venues in Beverly Hills (Seligman Performing Arts Center), Bloomfield Hills (Kirk in the Hills Presbyterian Church) and Canton (Village Theater at Cherry Hill) are on track to sell out on subscription alone. In previous years, the Grosse Pointe series sold out on subscription, prompting the DSO to move to a new, larger location at Our Lady Star of the Sea (467 Fairford Road, Grosse Pointe Woods) this season. With current interest, the new venue is still on track to sell out on subscriptions.

About The DSO

Hailed by The New York Times as “cutting edge,” the internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra, 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.  Acclaimed conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik serves as Principal Pops Conductor while celebrated trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard holds the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair. 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 within 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 the newly updated dso.org or download the free DSO to Go mobile app.

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DSO TO PERFORM TRIBUTE TO SIMON & GARFUNKEL

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Pops Conductor Michael Krajewski & Vocalists A.J. Swearingen and Jonathan Beedle join DSO

DETROIT, (November 5, 2014) —The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO), along with sought-after Pops Conductor, Michael Krajewski, and vocalists, A.J. Swearingen and Jonathan Beedle, will perform a tribute to Simon & Garfunkel, including the folk-rock duo’s greatest hits “Bridge Over Troubled Waters,” “Kodachrome,” “Mrs. Robinson,” and many more. The performances will take place in Orchestra Hall on Fri., November 14 at 10:45 a.m. and 8 p.m., as well as Sat., November 15 at 8 p.m. and Sun., November 16 at 3 p.m.

A preconcert presentation will be hosted in Orchestra Hall on Fri., November 14 and Sat., November 15 at 7 p.m. and at 2 p.m. on Sun., November 16, where conductor Krajewski will interview vocalists Swearingen and Beedle. They will discuss topics such as the guests’ musical backgrounds, how they were first introduced to the music of Simon & Garfunkel, the inspiration behind creating this tribute show, the process of selecting the repertoire and other interesting stories about their music and collaborations.

Swearingen and Beedle have been performing this remarkable tribute to the music of Simon & Garfunkel for more than a decade where the artists capture the essence and magic of Simon & Garfunkel’s sound of the early years in Greenwich Village.

About Michael Krajewski

Known for his entertaining programs and clever humor, Michael Krajewski is a much sought after conductor of symphonic pops. He is Music Director of The Philly Pops and Principal Pops Conductor of the Houston, Atlanta and Jacksonville Symphonies. As a guest conductor Michael has performed with the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras; the Boston and Cincinnati Pops; the San Francisco, Baltimore, Detroit, Indianapolis, Seattle, Dallas, St. Louis, Pittsburgh and National Symphonies, and numerous other orchestras across the US. 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.

About AJ Swearingen

A.J. has been writing, performing and producing his own style of acoustic music for the last twenty years. His voice is rich and uniquely soulful and his contemporary songwriting clearly pays homage to the standout iconic folk-rock-pop artists of the past. A.J.’s musical journey started in Bethlehem, PA and has expanded to a national and international following through performances and CD sales to Germany, Belgium, Japan and Spain.

About Jonathan Beedle

Jonathan Beedle has been a performing musician for over 30 years. Harmony is Jonathan’s forte. Collaborations with former partners and band mates seasoned Jonathan as a performer and they came to rely on his innate musicianship. His voice was heard in the Season 1 finale of the HBO series “Big Love,” singing the Civil War-era classic, “Lorena.” Jonathan has traveled all over the United States and has shared the stage with Steve Forbert, The Strawbs, Lucy Kaplansky and Jimmy Webb.

Ticket Information

Tickets to The Sounds of Simon & Garfunkel start at $19 and may be purchased at dso.org, via the free DSO to Go mobile app, in-person at the Max M. Fisher Music Center Box Office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit), or by calling (313) 576-5111. For group discount information (10 people or more), please contact Chuck Dyer at (313) 576-5130 or cdyer@dso.org.

M-1 Rail Construction

Attendees can find up-to-date details about the best route to take to Orchestra Hall during construction of the M-1 Rail streetcar in Midtown at dso.org/m1 and m-1rail.com. Woodward will always remain open in Midtown throughout the construction period. Complete closures are restricted to the downtown section of the rail line. Work has commenced on the north bound track between Temple and Canfield streets, shifting traffic to the southbound side of Woodward. There is one north bound, one south bound and one turn lane open on this stretch. Coming in to Midtown, an extra 15 minutes for travel time is recommended, as well as using Cass Avenue, instead of Woodward Avenue when possible.

About the DSO

Hailed by The New York Times as “cutting edge,” the internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra 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.  Acclaimed conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik serves as Principal Pops Conductor while celebrated trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard holds the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair. 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 within 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 the newly updated dso.org or download the free DSO to Go mobile app.

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