LOUIS LORTIE TO PERFORM CHOPIN PIANO CONCERTO NO. 1 WITH DSO

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DETROIT, (April 17, 2014) – Led by conductor Thierry Fischer, French-Canadian pianist Louis Lortie will join the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) in performing Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1, a piece first performed in the composer’s native Poland shortly before he moved to Paris. Coupled with Debussy’s Prelude to Afternoon of the Faun and and selections from Berlioz’s Romeo and Juliette, Fischer will lead the orchestra through a program inspired by Lortie’s French-Canadian roots.

The Concerts will take place on Thursday May 01 at 7:30 p.m.; Friday May 02 at 10:45 a.m.; and Saturday May 03 at 8:00 p.m.

The Friday, May 2, 10:45 a.m. performance will be webcast live to a global audience via the DSO’s Live From Orchestra Hall series of HD webcasts.

ABOUT THIERRY FISCHER

Thierry Fischer recently renewed his contract as Music Director of the Utah Symphony Orchestra, where he has revitalized the music-making, enthralling players and audiences by his vibrancy, commitment and energy. His hallmarks are a lightness of touch and transparency of texture, allowing room for vivid characterization. He has a keen stylistic sense, and where appropriate uses natural brass and baroque timpani.

Fischer was Principal Conductor of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales from 2006-2012, returning in 2013 and beyond. A busy guesting career has taken him to orchestras as diverse as the Philharmonia, Czech Philharmonic, Orchestre National de Lyon and more. In 2013/14 he makes his debut with the Oslo Philharmonic for Honegger and Poulenc, returns to the Orchestre National de Bordeaux to conduct Shostakovich 10 in their new auditorium, and conducts the Oregon, Detroit and Pacific symphonies.

Fischer started out as Principal Flute in Hamburg and at the Zurich Opera. His conducting career began in his 30′s when he replaced an ailing colleague, subsequently directing his first few concerts with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe where he was Principal Flute under Claudio Abbado. He spent his apprentice years in Holland, and became Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Ulster Orchestra 2001-6. He was Chief Conductor of the Nagoya Philharmonic 2008-2011, making his Suntory Hall debut in Tokyo in May 2010, and is now Honorary Guest Conductor.

ABOUT LOUIS LORTIE

French-Canadian pianist Louis Lortie has performed complete Beethoven sonata cycles at London’s Wigmore Hall, Berlin’s Philharmonie, and the Sala Grande del Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi in Milan.

Lortie celebrated the bicentenary of Liszt’s birth in 2011 by performing the complete Années de pèlerinage at international music capitals and festivals, and he returns to Carnegie Hall in 2014 to perform it there.

In 2013-2014 Lortie tours Australia, Hong Kong and Taiwan, and returns to the BBC Proms, the orchestras of St. Louis, Atlanta, Dallas, Vancouver, Detroit, and more and performs recitals in the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall, to name a few.

He has made more than 30 recordings for the Chandos label, covering repertoire from Mozart to Stravinsky, including a set of the complete Beethoven sonatas and the complete Liszt’s Années de pèlerinage. His recording of the Lutosławski Piano Concerto and Paganini Variations with Edward Gardner and the BBC Symphony was released last year, as well as his latest Chopin album. Future recording include a disc of Liszt’s transcriptions.

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets to Lorie Plays Chopin begin at $15 and may be purchased at the Max M. Fisher Music Center box office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit); by calling (313) 576-5111; or online at dso.org. Detroit residents may reserve a ticket for $15 each in any section, excluding the box level, within two weeks of the performance. A valid photo ID with a Detroit address is required. For group discount information (10 people or more), please contact Chuck Dyer at (313) 576-5130 or cdyer@dso.org.

PERFORMANCE

Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Thierry Fischer, conductor

Louis Lortie, piano

Thurs., May 01 at 7:30 p.m.

Fri., May 02 at 10:45 a.m.

Sat., May 03 at 8 p.m.

DEBUSSY Prélude à l’Après-midi d’un faune
CHOPIN Piano Concerto No.1 in E minor, Op.11

I. Allegro maestoso

II. Romanze

III. Rondo

                        Louis Lortie, piano

BERLIOZ Roméo et Juliette, Dramatic Symphony, Op. 17 [Romeo and Juliet]  [complete]

Act I: Introduction

Prologue

Act II: Romeo Alone

Night Scene

Queen Mab Scherzo

Act III. Juliet’s Funeral March

Romeo at the Tomb of the Capulets

Finale

ABOUT THE DSO

The internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra, which celebrated its 125th anniversary in December 2012, is known for trailblazing performances, visionary maestros, collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists, and an unwavering commitment to Detroit. Esteemed conductor Leonard Slatkin, called “America’s Music Director” by the Los Angeles Times, became the 12th Music Director of the DSO during the 2008-09.  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 and the Max M. Fisher Music Center, one of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, the DSO actively pursues a mission to impact and serve the community through music. For more information visit dso.org or download the free DSO to Go mobile app.

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PIANIST EDDIE PALMIERI AND HIS LATIN JAZZ BAND CAP OFF 2013-14 PARADISE JAZZ SERIES

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DETROIT, (April 16, 2014) – Best known for his ability to blend the rhythms of his Puerto Rican heritage with the jazz influences Thelonious Monk and McCoy Tyner, nine-time Grammy Award winner Eddie Palmieri is one of the most exciting and renowned Latin pianists and bandleaders of his time. With an extraordinary musical career that spans over half a century, he continues to push the boundaries with his unique approach and legendary style.

The concert, a part of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Paradise Jazz Series, will take place on Friday May 2, 2014 at 8 p.m. at Orchestra Hall. The DSO does not appear on this program.

The Paradise Jazz Series sponsored by MGM Grand Detroit.

ABOUT EDDIE PALMIERI

Eddie Palmieri, known for his charismatic power and bold innovative drive, has a musical career that spans over 50 years as a bandleader of Salsa and Latin Jazz orchestras. With a discography that includes 36 titles, Palmieri has been awarded nine Grammy Awards. Born in Spanish Harlem in 1936, Eddie began piano studies at an early age, as did his celebrated older brother, the late Salsa legend and pianist, Charlie Palmieri. For Latin New Yorkers of Eddie’s generation, music was a vehicle out of El Barrio. At age 11, he auditioned at Weil Recital Hall, which is next door to Carnegie Hall, a venue as far from the Bronx as he could imagine. Possessed by a desire to play the drums, Palmieri joined his uncle’s orchestra at age 13, where he played timbales.

Eddie Palmieri embraces the future of his music by blazing a distinctive musical path to the delight of fans across the globe. He has one of the most actively touring Salsa and Latin Jazz orchestras to date, tours of which have taken him to Europe, Asia, Australia, Latin America, North Africa and throughout the Caribbean. A true powerhouse of brilliance known for his astute arranging skills and historic compositions, Palmieri has shown that time is infinite with respect to his repertoire as he continues to thrill audiences with his legendary style.

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets to Eddie Palmieri begin at $18 and may be purchased at the Max M. Fisher Music Center box office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit); by calling (313) 576-5111; or online at dso.org. Detroit residents may reserve a ticket for $20 each in any section, excluding the box level, within two weeks of the performance. A valid photo ID with a Detroit address is required. For group discount information (10 people or more), please contact Chuck Dyer at (313) 576-5130 or cdyer@dso.org.

PERFORMANCE

Eddie Palmieri, piano

Fri., May 2 at 8 p.m.

ABOUT THE DSO

The internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra, which celebrated its 125th anniversary in December 2012, is known for trailblazing performances, visionary maestros, collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists, and an unwavering commitment to Detroit. Esteemed conductor Leonard Slatkin, called “America’s Music Director” by the Los Angeles Times, became the 12th Music Director of the DSO during the 2008-09.  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 and the Max M. Fisher Music Center, one of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, the DSO actively pursues a mission to impact and serve the community through music. For more information visit dso.org or download the free DSO to Go mobile app.

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AUGUSTIN HADELICH MAKES DSO DEBUT WITH BEETHOVEN VIOLIN CONCERTO

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DETROIT, (April 10, 2014) – Acclaimed German violinist Augustin Hadelich will make his Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) debut in April, performing the Beethoven Violin Concerto. Colorado Symphony Music Director Andrew Litton will conduct the performances, which will also include Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 6.

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concerts will take place on Thursday April 24 at 7:30 p.m. at Congregation Shaarey Zedek (27375 Bell Rd Southfield); Friday April 25 at 10:45 a.m. and 8 p.m. in Orchestra Hall; and Sunday April 27 at 3 p.m. in Orchestra Hall.

The Friday, April 25 10:45 a.m. performance will be webcast live to a global audience via the DSO’s Live From Orchestra Hall series of HD webcasts. READ MORE



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YO-YO MA and DAMIAN WOETZEL VISIT SPAIN ELEMENTARY-MIDDLE SCHOOL FOR AN ‘ARTS STRIKE’

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The Aspen Institute partners with Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Detroit Public Schools to host Visiting Artists from Around the World and Highlight the Importance of Arts Education

DETROIT, (April 4, 2014) – On Thursday, April 10, legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma and former New York City Ballet Principal Dancer and Director of the Aspen Institute Arts Program Damian Woetzel will visit Detroit Public Schools’ Spain Elementary-Middle School (3700 Beaubien St., Detroit) to engage in interactive dance, music, and poetry integration exercises with students in language arts and science classrooms. A school-wide assembly will follow the classroom experience, where students will demonstrate what they learned from the morning’s activities. Ma and Woetzel will be joined by 2014 Harman-Eisner Artist in Residence of the Aspen Institute, dancer Charles “Lil Buck” Riley, as well as other artists including Galician bagpipe star and Silk Road Ensemble member Cristina Pato, and Sphinx Organization founder and violinist Aaron Dworkin. READ MORE



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DSO PRESENTS WARNER BROS.’ BUGS BUNNY AT THE SYMPHONY II

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Conducted by Erik Ochsner, favorite Looney Tunes play on the big screen as DSO performs score

DETROIT, (March 31, 2014) – This month, “Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II” will celebrate the world’s most beloved Looney Tunes and their legendary stars projected on the big screen — Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, Pepe Le Pew, Tweety, Sylvester, Wile E. Coyote, and Road Runner — while their extraordinary original scores are played LIVE by your Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO).

Conducted by Erik Ochsner and created by George Daugherty and David Ka Lik Wong, this new concert (and its predecessors “Bugs Bunny on Broadway” and “Bugs Bunny at the Symphony I”) have delighted millions of concertgoers around the world, and spotlight acclaimed classics like “What’s Opera, Doc?,” “The Rabbit of Seville,” and “Rhapsody Rabbit,” alongside eye-popping brand new Warner Bros. 3D theatrical shorts “I Tawt I Taw A Puddy Tat” and “Coyote Falls,” plus special guest stars Tom and Jerry! READ MORE



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SARAH KIRKLAND SNIDER NAMED 7TH ANNUAL WINNER OF ELAINE LEBENBOM MEMORIAL AWARD FOR FEMALE COMPOSERS

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2012 winning composition debuts this weekend

DETROIT, (March 28, 2014) –Sarah Kirkland Snider has been awarded the seventh annual Elaine Lebenbom Memorial Award for Female Composers from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO). Snider, who was chosen from applicants worldwide, will compose a new work that will be given its premiere in the 2015-16 season. In addition to concerts presenting her work, Snider will receive a $10,000 prize and a one-month residency at the Ucross Foundation, an artist’s retreat in northern Wyoming.

“I am elated and immensely honored to receive the DSO’s Elaine Lebenbom Commission,” said Snider. “The Detroit Symphony Orchestra is one of the world’s great orchestras, with an incredible legacy of artistic excellence. I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to create a new work for these extraordinary musicians.”

Snider was chosen by the following jury: Evan Chambers, local composer; Johanna Yarbrough, French Horn; Joe Becker, Principal Percussion; Marcus Schoon, Contrabassoon.

“I was instantly in love with Sarah’s unique and authentic style,” said Yarbrough. “Her competition entries stood out to me because they were so different and so original. I’m excited to see what she writes for the DSO. Hearing music like hers reinvigorates musicians like me and reminds me how important it is to play new, fresh music.”

Last year’s winner, Wang Jie, debuts her work, Symphony No.2, “To and From Dakini,” under the direction of DSO Music Director Leonard Slatkin at this weekend’s concerts. Tickets are still available for performances this evening at 8 p.m. and tomorrow at 8 p.m. at Orchestra Hall.

ABOUT SARAH KIRKLAND SNIDER

Recently deemed “among the brightest lights to emerge in recent seasons” (Time Out New York) and “a potentially significant voice on the American music landscape” (Philadelphia Inquirer), composer Sarah Kirkland Snider writes music of direct expression and vivid narrative that has been hailed as “rapturous” (The New York Times), “haunting” (The Los Angeles Times), and “strikingly beautiful” (Time Out New York).

Snider’s recent and upcoming commissions/performances include ACME, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Cantus, Colin Currie, Ensemble Signal, Hebrides Ensemble (Scotland), Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (CA), the Knights, North Carolina Symphony, NOW Ensemble, Princeton Symphony Orchestra, Psappha (UK), Residentie Orkest Den Haag (NL), Roomful of Teeth, Volti, Shara Worden, and yMusic, among others. Snider’s “ravishingly melancholy” (New York Times) debut album, Penelope, featuring Shara Worden and Ensemble Signal, was named to dozens of 2010 best-of lists worldwide including NPR, Time Out New York, WNYC, eMusic, textura, and Huffington Post. Her second album, Unremembered, an orchestral song cycle for vocalists Padma Newsome, D.M. Stith, and Shara Worden, will release on New Amsterdam Records in Fall 2014. In addition to her work as a composer, Snider is Co-Director of Brooklyn-based record label and presenting organization, New Amsterdam Records/Presents. She holds a M.M. and Artist’s Diploma from the Yale School of Music, and a B.A. from Wesleyan University.

ENTER THE ELAINE LEBENBOM MEMORIAL COMPETITION

Details and submission deadlines for the eighth annual Elaine Lebenbom Memorial Competition for Female Composers will be announced this fall. The international competition, launched in 2006, is the only annual symphony orchestra sponsored award granted annually to a living female composer, of any age or nationality. Each year, one winner receives a $10,000 prize and the opportunity to have her original work premiered in the DSO’s Classical Subscription Series. The award is made possible by an anonymous donor. More information can be found at dso.org/lebenbom. For questions, please contact Kathryn Ginsburg at kginsburg@dso.org.

To be considered for the award, participants must submit a resume; a completed application form; sample scores of up to three completed works, including one scored for full symphony; and supporting audio and/or video representation of at least one, preferably the symphonic work. Submitted entries will be judged by a committee formed by the DSO.

PREVIOUS WINNERS

The first winner of the Lebenbom Competition was Stacy Garrop, a composer and Associate Professor of Composition at Roosevelt University in Chicago. Garrop was chosen from 192 applicants from 17 countries. Her work, Becoming Medusa, received its world premiere at Orchestra Hall under the direction of the DSO’s Principal Guest Conductor Peter Oundjian on May 29 during the DSO’s final classical subscription concert of the 2007-08 season.

The second Lebenbom Award-winner, Margaret Brouwer, is an American composer who also served as the head of the composition department at the Cleveland school of music from 1996 until 2008. Her composition, Rhapsody for Orchestra, received its world premiere on Jan. 9 during the 2008-09 classical subscription season under the direction of DSO Music Director, Leonard Slatkin.

The third winner, Cindy McTee, is the recipient of numerous awards for her music and has been commissioned to create works by the Detroit, Houston, Amarillo and Dallas orchestras as well as Bands of America, the American Guild of Organists, the Barlow Endowment and the College Band Directors National Association. Her music has been performed by leading orchestras, bands, and chamber ensembles in Japan, South America, Europe, Australia, and the United States in such venues as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and the Sydney Opera House. In 2010, she retired as the Regents Professor of Music at the University of North Texas, where she had taught since 1984. Her Double Play received its world premiere on June 3, 2010 under the direction of DSO Music Director Leonard Slatkin.

The fourth winner, Du Yun, received her Doctor of Music degree from Indiana University in 2000, her Master of Arts degree from the University of Chicago in 1995 and her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Michigan in 1992. Born in Shanghai, China and currently residing in New York City, Du Yun is an alumna of the Shanghai Conservatory, Oberlin Conservatory and Harvard University. Since 2006, she has served on the composition faculty at the State University of New York Purchase and is a founding member of the critically acclaimed International Contemporary Ensemble (I.C.E.). Equally adept at writing for concert halls, art shows, experimental theatres and dance, her compositions can be heard on record labels Wugui (Beijing), Shanghai Classical Music and ATMA Classique.

The fifth winner, Missy Mazzoli, has received commissions from the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall, Bard College Conservatory and the Whitney Museum of Art. She is an active pianist performing with Victorie, an “all-star, all-female quintet” she founded that only performs her compositions. Their album, “Cathedral City,” has been named one of the year’s best classical albums by NPR, The New York Times and Time Out NY. Missy has taught composition in the Music Department of Yale University and is currently the Executive Director of the MATA Festival in New York City, an organization dedicated to promoting the work of young composers.

Last year’s winner, Wang Jie, has received commissions from the American Composers Orchestra, Orchestra of the League of Composers, Opera America, Muisc-Theatre Group and Continuum, among others. Presenters such as New York City Opera, The Minnesota Orchestra, ICE, The New Juilliard Ensemble, The Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, The Aspen New Music Ensemble have performed her works. Her concert opera, From the Other Sky, was the centerpiece of the American Composers Orchestra’s season opening concert at Carnegie Hall during the 2010-11 season. Other honors include multiple ASCAP awards, citations from BMI, Opera America, American Music Center, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, the MacCracken Fellowship from NYU Graduate School of Arts and Science, and most recently a Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

The Elaine Lebenbom Memorial Award was inspired by composer, teacher, poet, artist and lecturer Elaine Lebenbom, a resident of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., who died in 2002. The DSO has premiered three of Lebenbom’s works. Kaleidoscope Turning received its world premiere under the direction of DSO Music Director Emeritus Neeme Järvi in 1997. Reflections on a Rainbow and Gamatria were debuted in 2004 and 2007, respectively, both after the composer’s death.

ABOUT THE DSO

The internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra, which celebrated its 125th anniversary in December 2012, is known for trailblazing performances, visionary maestros, collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists, and an unwavering commitment to Detroit. Esteemed conductor Leonard Slatkin, called “America’s Music Director” by the Los Angeles Times, became the 12th Music Director of the DSO during the 2008-09. 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 and the Max M. Fisher Music Center, one of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, the DSO actively pursues a mission to impact and serve the community through music. For more information visit dso.org or download the free DSO to Go mobile app.

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DSO WEBCAST SERIES BECOMES FIRST IN NATION WITH ROBOTIC CAMERA TECHNOLOGY

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Next webcast premieres Friday, March 28 on dso.org/live, pbs.org, 98.7WFMT

DETROIT, (March 25, 2014) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s (DSO) Live From Orchestra Hall series of live HD webcasts debuted a new state-of-the-art robotic camera production system during Saturday’s webcast of 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 executes a list of hundreds of pre-programmed shots. READ MORE



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GRAMMY-WINNER MCCOY TYNER COMES TO THE DSO

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DETROIT, (March 21, 2014) – NEA Jazz Master and celebrated pianist McCoy Tyner, who now carries the torch as the only surviving member of the legendary John Coltrane Quartet, is “still playing fierce, uncompromising, and delightful music,” exclaims JazzTimes magazine critic. His sophisticated chords and explosively percussive left hand have become one of the most identifiable sounds in improvised music. He is the “real McCoy,” and not to be missed!

DSO Jazz Chair Terence Blanchard will be featured in Tyner’s Quartet on this special evening.

The performance will take place on Friday April, 4 at 8 p.m. in Orchestra Hall.

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DETROIT SYMPHONY GALA DINNER TO HONOR DAN GILBERT AND MATT CULLEN

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EVENT AIMS TO RAISE $1M+

DETROIT, (March 17, 2014) – On Saturday, June 14, 2014, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will honor Detroit luminaries Dan Gilbert and Matt Cullen at the fourth annual Heroes Gala Dinner, aiming to raise more than $1 million for the DSO. The dinner and dancing will take place immediately following a special one-night-only fundraising concert by Oscar-winning composer John Williams and legendary director Steven Spielberg in Orchestra Hall benefitting the DSO. Gala Dinner packages, which also include tickets to this special concert, are available for purchase now.

Beyond their well-documented dedication to the transformation of the city of Detroit, Gilbert, Founder and Chairman of Rock Ventures and Quicken Loans, and Cullen, President and CEO of Rock Ventures, mediated the negotiations between the DSO and its musicians that facilitated a new contract between the parties in 2011 and arranged the DSO’s wildly successful Kid Rock concert in 2012, which raised $1 million for the organization. The two Detroit visionaries have contributed generously to the DSO by helping to raise funds necessary to support its extensive community work in schools, places of worship, senior living centers and beyond. The DSO’s newly ratified three-year contract with its musicians makes it particularly fitting to recognize Gilbert and Cullen’s significant contributions to this process.

“The Detroit Symphony Orchestra has been a cultural institution and an important part of the fabric of the city for well over a century,” said Dan Gilbert. “It is an honor to have played a small role in ensuring this tradition continues in an environment where all stakeholders feel encouraged and optimistic about the future.”

The celebration will include a gourmet dinner, dessert reception, late-night dancing, and other special activities, all taking place at the Max M. Fisher Music Center.

The DSO founded the Heroes Gala in 2010 in honor of the remarkable men and women who impact the vision, values, and success of the organization. Previous honorees are Jim Nicholson, President and CEO of PVS Chemicals Inc.; Lloyd Reuss, former President of the General Motors Corp; and Barbara Van Dusen, beloved supporter of the arts in Detroit.

“Our thriving arts community is instrumental in attracting and cultivating creativity that is vital to the city’s overall economic health, said Matt Cullen. “The DSO has contributed to Detroit’s rich musical history and to our community for more than 125 years. I am proud to be associated with this extraordinary orchestra and the previous honorees.”

TICKET INFORMATION

Packages for the fourth annual DSO Heroes Gala are available now from $500-$10,000 and can be purchased by calling 313-576-5088 or contacting ksherwood@dso.org. Concert-only tickets will be released on April 14 for $30-$250 and will be available at dso.org, or by calling the box office at 313-576-5111.

ABOUT DAN GILBERT
Dan Gilbert is Founder and Chairman of Rock Ventures, the umbrella entity for his investments and real estate, and Quicken Loans, the nation’s third largest mortgage lender, and the majority owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers. In 2010, Gilbert began moving his family of companies from suburban Detroit to the city’s central business district to lead the revitalization of a great American city. Since then, he has created thousands of jobs and invested $1.3 billion to purchase and renovate more than 40 properties in downtown Detroit. Today, more than 12,000 Rock Ventures team members work in downtown Detroit. In September 2013, Dan was named co-chair of the Blight Removal Task Force, a group created by the Obama Administration to create a detailed plan to remove all blighted structures in Detroit. In addition, Dan is a Principle of Detroit Venture Partners, a venture capital firm that funds start-up and early-stage technology companies in Detroit; Founder and President of Bizdom, a non-profit startup business accelerator with operations in Detroit and Cleveland; and Vice Chairman of Detroit’s M-1 Rail initiative.

ABOUT MATT CULLEN

Matthew Cullen is President and Chief Executive Officer of Rock Ventures LLC, the umbrella entity formed to provide operational coordination, guidance, and integration to Dan Gilbert’s portfolio of companies and investments. In addition, Cullen is the Chief Executive Officer of Rock Gaming LLC, which acquired a majority interest in Detroit’s Greektown Casino-Hotel. A 29-year veteran of General Motors (GM), Cullen was chief architect of GM’s $500 million acquisition and development of the Renaissance Center as the automaker’s global headquarters. Since 2003, he has helped oversee the billion dollar redevelopment of the city’s international riverfront as the founding chairman of the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy. Cullen serves as volunteer President and CEO of the M-1 Rail initiative and is a member of the Detroit Blight Removal Task Force. He is also a long-time DSO supporter and involved in a variety of educational, non-profit philanthropic endeavors in Detroit.

ABOUT THE DSO

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

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

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

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

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

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

CONCERT DETAILS

Hammer & Key

Wednesday, March 26

6 p.m.—mix. mingle. eat. drink.

7 p.m.—listen.

9 p.m.—After party

Alex Trajano, host

Teddy Abrams, piano

Sebastian Chang, piano

Chase Morrin, piano

Ticket Information

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

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