DSO RETURNS TO GREENFIELD VILLAGE FOR 24TH ANNUAL SALUTE TO AMERICA CONCERTS

avatar

United States Army Field Band Concert Band and Soldiers’ Chorus will join the Orchestra3348_Salute_329x329

Detroit, (June 22, 2016) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will return to Greenfield Village at The Henry Ford Museum for the 24th Annual Salute to America concerts, a classic family-friendly Independence Day celebration. Four nights of performances led by Damon Gupton will take place in the Walnut Grove Historic District of Greenfield Village, and attendees are encouraged to bring blankets, picnics, and lawn chairs to enjoy patriotic music and Hollywood classics. Everyone’s favorite finale—Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture—will be accompanied by cannons and followed by fireworks. The performances will take place on Thu., Jun. 30, Fri., Jul. 1, Sat., Jul. 2, and Sun., Jul. 3 at 8:30 p.m. The concert grounds will be open to patrons starting at 6 p.m. each night.

The metro Detroit tradition will continue as 1st Michigan Colonial Fife and Drum Corps parade the concert grounds at 6:45 p.m. The United States Army Field Band Concert Band & Soldiers’ Chorus will give a preconcert performance beginning at 7:30 and will join the DSO during the main program.

About Damon Gupton

A native of Detroit and former student of DSO Music Director Leonard Slatkin, Damon Gupton held the post of Assistant Conductor of the Kansas City Symphony and has worked with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore 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. Gupton is also an accomplished actor, best known for his television work on The Divide, Empire, and The Player, and as a co-star in the Oscar-winning 2014 film Whiplash.

About the United States Army Field Band Concert Band & Soldiers’ Chorus

The United States Army Field Band has thrilled audiences for more than six decades. As the premier touring musical representative for the U.S. Army, this internationally acclaimed organization travels thousands of miles each year presenting a variety of music to enthusiastic audiences throughout the nation and abroad.

Ticket Information

Tickets to Salute to America at Greenfield Village range from $13.25-$75. Tickets may be purchased by contacting The Henry Ford by calling (313) 982-6001 or online at thehenryford.org/salute. For group discount information (10 people or more), please contact DeRon Wilson at (313) 576-5130 or dwilson@dso.org.

Performance

Salute to America

Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Damon Gupton, conductor

United States Army Field Band Concert Band and Soldiers’ Chorus

Lieutenant Colonel Jim Keene, Commander and conductor

Lieutenant Alexandra Borza, Associate Bandmaster and conductor

Staff Sargeant Keenan McCarter, vocalist

 

Thursday, June 30 at 8:30 p.m.

Friday, July 1 at 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 2 at 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 3 at 8:30 p.m.

 

SMITH……………………………………..The Star Spangled Banner

ROBERT WENDEL…………………….A Hollywood Salute

SOUSA……………………………………..The Thunderer

                                                                          Colonel Jim R. Keene, Commander & Conductor    

ROGERS……………………………………“The Carousel Waltz” from Carousel

JERRY GOLDSMITH…………………..Star Trek Medley

                                                                           Colonel Jim R. Keene, Commander & Conductor

JOHN WILLIAMS………………………..“Hymn to the Fallen” from Saving Private Ryan

KEN WHITCOMB, ROBERT LICHTENBERGER, GREGORY PASCUZZI………..Armed Forces Salute

                                                                            Colonel Jim R. Keene, Commander & Conductor

Intermission

JOHN WILLIAMS………………………..“Throne Room and End Title” from Star Wars Suite for Orchestra

JOHN WILLIAMS…………………………Scherzo for X-Wing Fighters

                                                                             Colonel Jim R. Keene, Commander & Conductor

MANCINI……………………………………“Moon River” from Breakfast at Tiffany’s

JOHN LENNON  & PAUL MCCARTNEY…….“Hey Jude”

                                                                                              Colonel Jim R. Keene, Commander & Conductor

                                                                                              Staff Sargeant Keenan McCarter, vocalist

TCHAIKOVSKY……………………………………….1812 Overture (Overture solennelle)

Fireworks

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 ardent commitment to Detroit. As a community-supported orchestra, generous giving by individuals and institutions at all levels drives the continued success and growth of the institution. Esteemed conductor Leonard Slatkin, called “America’s Music Director” by the Los Angeles Times, became the DSO’s 12th Music Director, endowed by the Kresge Foundation, in 2008. 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. With growing attendance and unwavering philanthropic support from the Detroit community, the DSO’s performance schedule includes Classical, Pops, Jazz, Young People’s, and Neighborhood concerts, and collaborations with high profile artists from Steven Spielberg 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, which now reaches tens of thousands of children with the new Classroom Edition expansion. Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall within the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, one of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, the DSO actively pursues a mission to embrace and inspire individuals, families, and communities through unsurpassed musical experiences. For more information visit dso.org.

About the Henry Ford

The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan is an internationally-recognized cultural destination that brings the past forward by immersing visitors in the stories of ingenuity, resourcefulness and innovation that helped to shape America. A national historic landmark with an unparalleled collection of artifacts representing the Archive of American Innovation, The Henry Ford is a force for sparking curiosity and inspiring tomorrow’s innovators. More than 1.6 million visitors annually experience its five attractions: Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village, The Ford Rouge Factory Tour, The Benson Ford Research Center and The Henry Ford IMAX Theatre. A continually expanding array of content available online provides anytime, anywhere access. The Henry Ford is also home to Henry Ford Academy, a public charter high school which educates 485 students a year on the institution’s campus. In 2014, The Henry Ford premiered its first-ever national television series, The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation, showcasing present-day change-makers and The Henry Ford’s artifacts and unique visitor experiences. Hosted by news correspondent and humorist Mo Rocca, this weekly half-hour Emmy-winning show airs Saturday mornings on CBS. For more information visit thehenryford.org.

###



Posted in Noteworthy, Press Releases | No Comments


SFJAZZ COLLECTIVE TO PERFORM MUSIC OF MICHAEL JACKSON AT ORCHESTRA HALL

avatar

Award-winning jazz ensemble will play originals and favorites by the King of Pop

Click to download a high-res version of this photo

Click to download a high-res version of this photo

Detroit, (June 7, 2016) – All-star jazz group SFJAZZ Collective will perform both original compositions and fresh arrangements of the music of Michael Jackson in a concert presented by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO), as part of the Paradise Jazz Series. The Collective includes Miguel Zenón (alto saxophone), David Sánchez (tenor saxophone), Sean Jones (trumpet), Robin Eubanks (trombone), Warren Wolf (vibraphone, marimba), Edward Simon (piano), Matt Penman (bass), and Obed Calvaire (drums). The one-night-only performance will take place at Orchestra Hall on Fri., Jun. 17 at 8 p.m.

The concert is preceded by Civic Jazz Live! featuring the Civic Jazz Orchestra in the Music Box at 6:30 p.m.

The Paradise Jazz series is sponsored by MGM Grand Detroit.

Please note: The DSO does not appear on this performance.

About SFJAZZ Collective

The SFJAZZ Collective is an all-star award-winning jazz ensemble comprising eight of the finest performers/composers at work in jazz today. Launched in 2004 by SFJAZZ, the Collective has become one of the most exciting and acclaimed groups on the jazz scene, and the SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco is their home base. The Collective is on tour in 2015-16 celebrating the music of the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, as well as their own original compositions. This season marks the debut of new member Sean Jones on trumpet.

In addition to its outstanding line-up, the SFJAZZ Collective has been praised for its innovative approach to repertoire. Each year, the ensemble performs a new list of compositions by a modern master and new pieces by the Collective members (commissioned by SFJAZZ). Through this pioneering approach, simultaneously honoring music history while championing the music’s up-to-the-minute directions, the Collective embodies SFJAZZ’s commitment to jazz as a living, ever-relevant art form.

To cultivate its distinctive sound, the SFJAZZ Collective convenes in San Francisco each year for a multi-week residency. Throughout this extended rehearsal period—a rarity in today’s jazz—the octet workshops the season’s new repertoire and interacts with the Bay Area community through SFJAZZ’s education programs for youth and adults. The Collective then takes to the performance stage, including home season concerts at the SFJAZZ Center and a national tour, with stops in some of the world’s most prominent clubs and concert halls.

The Collective’s most recent release is a limited edition 2-disc set recorded during the Collective’s four-night residency in October 2014 on the Robert N. Miner Auditorium stage at the SFJAZZ Center, documenting the Collective’s fresh arrangements of the work of Joe Henderson and original compositions. The Collective’s first and only studio album, Wonder: The Songs of Stevie Wonder, won Outstanding Jazz Album at the 45th Annual NAACP Image Awards in 2014.

Ticket Information

Tickets for SFJAZZ Collective begin at $19 and can be purchased at dso.org, through the free DSO to Go app, in-person at the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center Box Office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit 48201) or by calling (313) 576-5111.

Did you know? Groups (10 people or more) can save up to 30% off the price of a single ticket for most DSO concerts! Contact DeRon Wilson at (313) 576-5130 or dwilson@dso.org for more information.

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 as well as m-1rail.com. Woodward will remain open throughout the construction period, although from time to time the cross streets may be closed. Complete closures are restricted to the downtown section of the rail line. Work has commenced on the southbound track between Temple and Canfield streets, shifting traffic to the northbound side of Woodward. There is one northbound, one southbound and one turn lane open on this stretch.

Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd will be closed for several weeks at Woodward Ave. When coming in to Midtown, an extra 15 minutes for travel time is recommended, as is using Cass Avenue instead of Woodward Avenue whenever 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 ardent commitment to Detroit. As a community-supported orchestra, generous giving by individuals and institutions at all levels drives the continued success and growth of the institution. Esteemed conductor Leonard Slatkin, called “America’s Music Director” by the Los Angeles Times, became the DSO’s 12th Music Director, endowed by the Kresge Foundation, in 2008. 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. With growing attendance and unwavering philanthropic support from the Detroit community, the DSO’s performance schedule includes Classical, Pops, Jazz, Young People’s, and Neighborhood concerts, and collaborations with high profile artists from Steven Spielberg 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, which now reaches tens of thousands of children with the new Classroom Edition expansion. Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall within the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, one of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, the DSO actively pursues a mission to embrace and inspire individuals, families, and communities through unsurpassed musical experiences. For more information visit dso.org.

###



Posted in Press Releases | No Comments


DSO TO PERFORM JOHN WILLIAMS FAVORITES & MORE

avatar
Tyzik, Jeff 072-Silo-grey

Click to download a high-resolution version of this photo

Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik will lead DSO in music from Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and more 

Detroit, (June 2, 2016) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will perform John Williams Favorites…& More!, a celebration of iconic film music and the superstar American composer. DSO Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik will lead the orchestra in a program including music from Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T., Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, and other favorite John Williams film scores, as well as pieces from blockbuster films such as Pirates of the Caribbean, Casablanca, and more. The program will also feature DSO Associate Concertmaster Kimberly Kaloyanides Kennedy on Williams’ arrangement of Alfredo le Pera’s Tango (Por una Cabeza), a 1935 composition used in Scent of a Woman, Schindler’s List, and True Lies, among other films. Performances will take place on Fri., Jun. 10 at 10:45 a.m. and 8 p.m., Sat., Jun. 11 at 8 p.m., and Sun., Jun. 12 at 3 p.m. in Orchestra Hall.

These Pops series performances are generously supported by MASCO Corporation Foundation with additional support from Greektown Casino-Hotel.

About Jeff Tyzik

Grammy Award winner Jeff Tyzik is one of America’s most sought-after pops conductors. Alongside his role as the DSO’s Principal Pops Conductor, Tyzik holds The Dot and Paul Mason Principal Pops Conductor’s Podium at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and also serves as Principal Pops Conductor of the Seattle Symphony, the Oregon Symphony, The Florida Orchestra, and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.

Highly sought after as a guest conductor, Tyzik has appeared with the Boston Pops, Cincinnati Pops, Toronto Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In May 2007, the Harmonia Mundi label released his recording of works by Gershwin with pianist Jon Nakamatsu and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, which stayed in the Top 10 on the Billboard Classical Chart for over three months.

As an accomplished composer and arranger, Tyzik has had his compositions recorded by major orchestras. He has also produced and composed theme music for many of the major TV networks and released six of his own albums.

About John Williams

One of the most popular and successful American orchestral composers of the modern age, John Williams is the winner of five Academy Awards, 17 Grammys, three Golden Globes, two Emmys, and five BAFTA Awards from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Best known for his film scores and ceremonial music, Williams is also a noted composer of concert works and a renowned conductor.

Williams has also written many concert pieces, including a symphony, a sinfonietta for wind ensemble, a cello concerto, concertos for the flute and violin, concertos for the clarinet and tuba, and a trumpet concerto. He has composed themes for three Olympic Games and the well-known title theme of NBC’s Meet the Press, the longest-running series in American television history.

Ticket Information

Tickets for John Williams Favorites…& More! begin at $19 and can be purchased at dso.org, through the free DSO to Go app, in-person at the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center Box Office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit 48201) or by calling (313) 576-5111.

Did you know? Groups (10 people or more) can save up to 30% off the price of a single ticket for most DSO concerts! Contact DeRon Wilson at (313) 576-5130 or dwilson@dso.org for more information.

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 as well as m-1rail.com. Woodward will remain open throughout the construction period, although from time to time the cross streets may be closed. Complete closures are restricted to the downtown section of the rail line. Work has commenced on the southbound track between Temple and Canfield streets, shifting traffic to the northbound side of Woodward. There is one northbound, one southbound and one turn lane open on this stretch. When coming in to Midtown, an extra 15 minutes for travel time is recommended, as is using Cass Avenue instead of Woodward Avenue whenever 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 ardent commitment to Detroit. As a community-supported orchestra, generous giving by individuals and institutions at all levels drives the continued success and growth of the institution. Esteemed conductor Leonard Slatkin, called “America’s Music Director” by the Los Angeles Times, became the DSO’s 12th Music Director, endowed by the Kresge Foundation, in 2008. 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. With growing attendance and unwavering philanthropic support from the Detroit community, the DSO’s performance schedule includes Classical, Pops, Jazz, Young People’s, and Neighborhood concerts, and collaborations with high profile artists from Steven Spielberg 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, which now reaches tens of thousands of children with the new Classroom Edition expansion. Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall within the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, one of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, the DSO actively pursues a mission to embrace and inspire individuals, families, and communities through unsurpassed musical experiences. For more information visit dso.org.

###



Posted in Press Releases | No Comments


DSO TO PRESENT THE MUSIC OF U2

avatar

Arranger Brent Havens will lead DSO and accompanying rock band

Click to view high-res photos for publication

Click to view high-res photos for publication

Detroit, (June 1, 2016) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will perform The Music of U2, a one-night-only tribute to the Irish superstars. Arranger Brent Havens will conduct the DSO and a five-piece rock band fronted by vocalist Brody Dolyniuk. The concert will take place on Wed., Jun. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Orchestra Hall.

This Pops series performance is generously supported by MASCO Corporation Foundation with additional support from Greektown Casino-Hotel.

About Brent Havens

A graduate of Berklee College of Music, Brent Havens has written music for orchestras, feature films, and virtually every kind of television. He has worked with the Royal Philharmonic, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Houston Symphony, the Atlanta Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, the Nashville Symphony, the Buffalo Philharmonic, and others.

Havens is the arranger/conductor for 12 symphonic rock programs, including the music of Led Zeppelin, Queen, Michael Jackson, The Who, David Bowie, and more. His TV work includes movies for major networks, commercials, sports music for ESPN, and even cartoons. Havens has also worked with the Doobie Brothers and the Milwaukee Symphony, arranging and conducting the combined group for Harley Davidson’s 100th Anniversary Birthday Party Finale.

About Brody Dolyniuk

Brody Dolyniuk is a self-taught musician, capable of playing several instruments, with a particular knack for capturing the voices and mannerisms of classic characters from music, TV, and movies. With a longing to perform the music that inspired him, Dolyniuk assembled Yellow Brick Road, Las Vegas’ most successful classic rock band. Since 1997, Yellow Brick Road has been reshaping the casino entertainment scene by bringing a rock concert atmosphere to showrooms previously reserved for Top-40-style lounge acts.

In 2007, Brody lent his vocal talents by singing several tracks on the mega-hit video game Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock. He teamed up with arranger Brent Havens in 2009 as vocalist for the Music of Queen, but has proven versatile enough to lead several other symphonic rock shows (including the music of the Rolling Stones, Journey, and Elton John).

Ticket Information

Tickets for The Music of U2 begin at $19 and can be purchased at dso.org, through the free DSO to Go app, in-person at the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center Box Office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit 48201) or by calling (313) 576-5111.

Did you know? Groups (10 people or more) can save up to 30% off the price of a single ticket for most DSO concerts! Contact DeRon Wilson at (313) 576-5130 or dwilson@dso.org for more information.

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 as well as m-1rail.com. Woodward will remain open throughout the construction period, although from time to time the cross streets may be closed. Complete closures are restricted to the downtown section of the rail line. Work has commenced on the southbound track between Temple and Canfield streets, shifting traffic to the northbound side of Woodward. There is one northbound, one southbound and one turn lane open on this stretch. When coming in to Midtown, an extra 15 minutes for travel time is recommended, as is using Cass Avenue instead of Woodward Avenue whenever 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 ardent commitment to Detroit. As a community-supported orchestra, generous giving by individuals and institutions at all levels drives the continued success and growth of the institution. Esteemed conductor Leonard Slatkin, called “America’s Music Director” by the Los Angeles Times, became the DSO’s 12th Music Director, endowed by the Kresge Foundation, in 2008. 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. With growing attendance and unwavering philanthropic support from the Detroit community, the DSO’s performance schedule includes Classical, Pops, Jazz, Young People’s, and Neighborhood concerts, and collaborations with high profile artists from Steven Spielberg 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, which now reaches tens of thousands of children with the new Classroom Edition expansion. Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall within the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, one of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, the DSO actively pursues a mission to embrace and inspire individuals, families, and communities through unsurpassed musical experiences. For more information visit dso.org.

###



Posted in Press Releases | No Comments


DSO RECEIVES $2.9M TOWARD MUSIC EDUCATION

avatar

Bequest from the estate of Dr. Clyde & Mrs. Helen Wu to sustain DSO’s music education programs

Detroit, (May 27, 2016) – The estate of Dr. Clyde and Mrs. Helen Wu has left the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) $2.9 million to help sustain music education programs though the Wu Family Academy for Learning & Engagement. This bequest, the largest the orchestra has received in over a decade and the second largest in the orchestra’s 129-year history, brings the total amount of the Wus’ lifetime giving to more than $5 million.

The DSO will honor Clyde and Helen’s legacy with a portrait hanging and dedication in the Jacob Bernard Pincus Music Education Center within the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center on Saturday, May 28 prior to the Wu Family Academy Showcase in Orchestra Hall. The Showcase will begin at 7 p.m., featuring the Wu Family Academy’s Wind ensemble and the Detroit Symphony Youth Orchestra, the DSO’s premiere training ensemble. Tickets are available at dso.org for $15 or $7 for children.

Clyde and Helen’s wish was that others would follow in their example, and looking ahead to the 50th anniversary of the DSO’s youth ensembles during the 2019-20 season, the DSO will seek additional support to build on this seed funding.

“Clyde and Helen’s love story, which began when a young doctor attended a beautiful and promising pianist’s recital in Hong Kong, is reminiscent of how they thought about music education,” said Anne Parsons, DSO President & CEO. “They believed that both exposure and experiences are necessary to spark the passion for music that leads to transformational impact on the healthy development of young people, both socially and intellectually. Instruments must be held, teams created and responsibility, discipline and acumen soars! Thanks to Clyde and Helen’s visionary leadership, that is exactly what happens each weekend when hundreds of students gather at The Max to participate in our music training programs.”

When Dr. Clyde and Helen Wu first started coming to hear the Detroit Symphony Orchestra more than 50 years ago, they contemplated the future. Who would be the audience for classical music in 25 or 50 years? What seed could be planted today, that would bring future rewards? What can we do now, that will make it possible for others to feel the deep joy and meaning that music brings to our own lives? Over the following decades, it is those guiding questions that spurred Clyde and Helen’s commitment to youth ensemble music making.

“I am so proud that my parents’ legacy will live on at the DSO, helping to permanently sustain the training programs that they loved so much,” said son David Wu. “They have set an incredible example for our family, by paving the way for this gift years ago.”

Some 20 years ago, then DSO Board Chairman Peter Cummings sought a chairman for his Education Committee. He dreamed of a classical music education department that would expose metro Detroit youth to traditional symphony orchestra performance on a historic stage, but also offer opportunities to learn and love less often taught genres like jazz and chamber music. He envisioned education as a true hallmark of the DSO mission.

He chose a board member whose quiet countenance masked a deep understanding for music’s transformative qualities in children. Dr. Clyde Wu, a regarded physician steeped in the classical tradition through his wife Helen’s career as a concert pianist, stepped forward. Together with Helen, Dr. Wu would go on to lead his committee through a nationwide search for our organization’s first full time education administrator, and the development of a music education program that has since touched thousands of young lives. Through what is now aptly named the Wu Family Academy for Learning and Engagement, the DSO welcomes hundreds of young musicians to the Pincus education wing each week to hone musical acumen and nurture the seeds of teamwork and focus that will serve throughout their lifetime.

The DSO is proud to carry on Clyde’s legacy by relentlessly exercising music’s power to inform, enrich and perhaps most importantly, to delight.

As we celebrate the 2016 final Showcase concert of the Wu Family Academy, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra would like to honor the memory of Clyde and Helen Wu, who have left an indelible mark not only on this Orchestra, but also on the lives of thousands of young people.

On Saturday, the youth ensembles of the Wu Family Academy will perform their final concert of the season. Many of Clyde and Helen’s family and friends will be present to celebrate their legacy, and help the DSO dedicate the installation of their portraits in the Bernard Pincus Music Education Center as a reminder of their remarkable legacy and their belief in the power of music.

About the Wu Family Academy for Learning and Engagement:

The vision of the Wu Family Academy for Learning and Engagement is to change lives by expanding the understanding of the arts, empowering everyone to have confidence in their creative decisions, and sparking a passion for music that will last a lifetime. We aim to change lives — whether as a hobby or a career — through life-long music making.

Through live and digital partnerships, hands-on music education and training in classrooms, communities, and virtual settings, the Wu Family Academy will cultivate relationships that will change lives today, and, thereby, the trajectory of our community tomorrow.

Since 1969, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Civic Youth Ensembles (CYE), the Wu Academy’s core product, have provided the region’s musicians of all ages a comprehensive music education experience. CYE’s two-fold mission is to cultivate every student’s artistic and creative potential through rewarding musical experiences while continuing to develop meaningful skills outside of the arts.

CYE Faculty believe music can provide youth with the necessary tools to develop important life skills: critical and analytical thinking, creative problem solving, effective communication, and teamwork. They believe that students can discover success no matter what path in life they choose.

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 ardent commitment to Detroit. As a community-supported orchestra, generous giving by individuals and institutions at all levels drives the continued success and growth of the institution. Esteemed conductor Leonard Slatkin, called “America’s Music Director” by the Los Angeles Times, became the DSO’s 12th Music Director, endowed by the Kresge Foundation, in 2008. 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. With growing attendance and unwavering philanthropic support from the Detroit community, the DSO’s performance schedule includes Classical, Pops, Jazz, Young People’s, and Neighborhood concerts, and collaborations with high profile artists from Steven Spielberg 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, which now reaches tens of thousands of children with the new Classroom Edition expansion. Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall within the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, one of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, the DSO actively pursues a mission to embrace and inspire individuals, families, and communities through unsurpassed musical experiences. For more information visit dso.org.

# # #



Posted in Press Releases | No Comments


DSO TO CONCLUDE CLASSICAL SEASON WITH STRAUSS’ SALOME

avatar

Soprano Lise Lindstrom stars in title role for opera-in-concert finale

Detroit, (May 26, 2016) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will wrap up the 2015-2016 classical season with a concert

Click to view a high-resolution version of this photo

Click to view a high-resolution version of this photo

performance of Strauss’ seductive one-act opera Salome. Maestro Leonard Slatkin will lead the DSO alongside soprano Lise Lindstrom in her portrayal of the title character, as well as tenor Chris Merritt, mezzo soprano Jane Henschel, baritone Daniel Sutin, tenor Scott Ramsay, and others. Performances will take place at Orchestra Hall on Fri., Jun. 3 at 8 p.m. and Sun., Jun. 5 at 3 p.m.

DSO Assistant Conductor Michelle Merrill will give a preconcert talk about the opera, beginning one hour before each performance.

Strauss’ Seductive Salome will be webcast to a global audience via Live From Orchestra Hall free HD webcasts on Sun., Jun. 5 at 3 p.m. EDT (GMT-4). Log on to dso.org/live to view the performance from your computer or download the free and easy DSO to Go mobile app for viewing on the move.

About Lise Lindstrom

In leading roles that include Turandot, Senta, Elektra, Brünnhilde, and others, Lise Lindstrom has commanded the stages of The Metropolitan Opera, San Diego Opera, San Francisco Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Wiener Staatsoper, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Hamburg Staatsoper, Opera Australia, Les Chorégies d’Orange, and Arena di Verona.

Born and raised in California, Lindstrom was introduced to music by her mother, a singer and music teacher. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree at San Francisco State University and Master of Music degree at San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

“Lise Lindstrom is a Salome to be reckoned with,” hailed The Opera Critic. “Not only has she the capacity to soar over the composer’s most intense orchestration with ease and beauty, but she manages to maintain seemingly endless stamina throughout.”

 

Ticket Information

Tickets for Strauss’ Seductive Salome begin at $15 and can be purchased at dso.org, through the free DSO to Go app, in-person at the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center Box Office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit 48201) or by calling (313) 576-5111.

Did you know? Groups (10 people or more) can save up to 30% off the price of a single ticket for most DSO concerts! Contact DeRon Wilson at (313) 576-5130 or dwilson@dso.org for more information.

 

Performance

Strauss’ Seductive Salome

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Lise Lindstrom, soprano

Chris Merritt, tenor

Jane Henschel, mezzo soprano

Daniel Sutin, baritone

Scott Ramsay, tenor

 

STRAUSS                                                                  Salome

 

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 as well as m-1rail.com. Woodward will remain open throughout the construction period, although from time to time the cross streets may be closed. Complete closures are restricted to the downtown section of the rail line. Work has commenced on the southbound track between Temple and Canfield streets, shifting traffic to the northbound side of Woodward. There is one northbound, one southbound and one turn lane open on this stretch. When coming in to Midtown, an extra 15 minutes for travel time is recommended, as well as using Cass Avenue instead of Woodward Avenue whenever 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 ardent commitment to Detroit. As a community-supported orchestra, generous giving by individuals and institutions at all levels drives the continued success and growth of the institution. Esteemed conductor Leonard Slatkin, called “America’s Music Director” by the Los Angeles Times, became the DSO’s 12th Music Director, endowed by the Kresge Foundation, in 2008. 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. With growing attendance and unwavering philanthropic support from the Detroit community, the DSO’s performance schedule includes Classical, Pops, Jazz, Young People’s, and Neighborhood concerts, and collaborations with high profile artists from Steven Spielberg 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, which now reaches tens of thousands of children with the new Classroom Edition expansion. Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall within the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, one of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, the DSO actively pursues a mission to embrace and inspire individuals, families, and communities through unsurpassed musical experiences. For more information visit dso.org.

###



Posted in Press Releases | No Comments


DTE Energy Foundation awards DSO $2M toward community outreach

avatar

Detroit, (May 23, 2016) – The DTE Energy Foundation has awarded $2 million to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO)

DSC05501

to br

ing the symphony’s music to communities across southeast Michigan. The gift includes a three-year commitment to continue

the free Community Concert Week every fall, and also includes endowment support for music education, senior citizen outreach and additional community engagement programming.

“This grant serves as a model for the sustainable partnerships that can thrive between the corporate community and our city’s cultural institutions,” said DSO Chairman Mark Davidoff. “By providing funding for today as well as helping us build our endowment for the future, the DTE Energy Foundation is ensuring the DSO’s ability to keep the beat for metro Detroit with music for generations to come.”

The generous gift builds on 50 years of partnership between the two organizations. The DTE Energy Foundation has supported numerous community and cultural events, including the DSO Pop Series from 2000 to 2010 and Classical R

oots, which celebrates African-American composers and artists in music. Since 2010, the Foundation has promoted cultural diversity across Southeast Michigan through the DTE Energy Foundation Presents the DSO in Your Community concert series.

“Our communities are extremely important to us, and we believe that music, art and cultural activities and events are integral to a strong quality of life,” said Faye Nelson, vice president at DTE Energy and president of the DTE Energy Foundation. “This significant gift demonstrates the DTE Energy Foundation’s commitment to continuing the legacy of the DSO and ensures that communities across Michigan have access to this important cultural institution.”

“Thanks to this leadership investment by the DTE Energy Foundation, we can continue bringing orchestral music to families across Southeast Michigan, including right here in Detroit,” said Anne Parsons, DSO President & CEO. “We are honored that after a half century of partnership, DTE and the DSO continue to find invaluable ways to reach and serve the broadest public possible.”

As part of the partnership with the DTE Energy Foundation, the DSO will deliver its sixth consecutive free concert series at four venues selected by community members. Throughout May, small ensembles of DSO musicians gave pop-up performances across the region to promote a public nomination process for determining the locations of these free concerts, which will be held September 23-25. Interested parties may nominate a venue in their community at dso.org/DTEpowersDSO.

The “DTE Powers DSO” venue competition challenges metro Detroiters to influence where the orchestra plays. Eligibility for selection to receive a free concert is based on the following criteria:

  • Venue within a 45-mile radius of Orchestra Hall (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit)
  • Venue appropriate to accommodate a full orchestra with a stage/performance area minimum 50’ x 40’
  • Fully accessible venue meeting all ADA requirements, including ample and convenient parking
  • Venue/facility donated for the free DSO community concert
  • Audience capacity of 400+ and secured by the nominee
  • Compelling narrative – how would a free DSO community concert impact your community? (150 words or less)
  • Ability to co-promote the event
  • Up to four (4) letters of support representing diverse cross sections of the community (community/civic leaders, business leaders, students, community members at large)

“Providing unforgettable musical experiences for underserved communities has been a priority of my tenure in Detroit,” said DSO Music Director Leonard Slatkin. “In an ideal world, gaining access to beautiful music should be as simple as flipping a light swit

ch. It’s a pleasure to work with the DTE Energy Foundation to take a powerful step in that direction.”

About the DSO:

About the DTE Energy FoundationHailed 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 ardent commitment to Detroit. As a community-supported orchestra, generous giving by individuals and institutions at all levels drives the continued success and growth of the institution. Esteemed conductor Leonard Slatkin, called “America’s Music Director” by the Los Angeles Times, became the DSO’s 12th Music Director, endowed by the Kresge Foundation, in 2008. 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. With growing attendance and unwavering philanthropic support from the Detroit community, the DSO’s performance schedule includes Classical, Pops, Jazz, Young People’s, and Neighborhood concerts, and collaborations with high profile artists from Steven Spielberg 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, which now reaches tens of thousands of children with the new Classroom Edition expansion. Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall within the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, one of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, the DSO actively pursues a mission to embrace and inspire individuals, families, and communities through unsurpassed musical experiences. For more information visit dso.org.

The DTE Energy Foundation is the philanthropic arm of DTE Energy, continuing the legacy of community support and involvement of its electric and natural gas utilities, which serve 2.1 million electric customers in Southeast Michigan and 1.2 million natural gas customers in Michigan. In 2015, the DTE Energy Foundation provided $15 million in grant support to nonprofits throughout the company’s service territories. As one of Michigan’s leading corporate citizens, DTE Energy is a force for growth and prosperity in the 450 Michigan communities it serves in a variety of ways, including philanthropy, volunteerism and economic progress. http://www.dteenergy.com/foundation



Posted in Press Releases | No Comments


AWARD WINNING VIOLINIST JOSHUA BELL TO RETURN TO ORCHESTRA HALL

avatar

DSO to honor Steven Stucky with performance of his Dreamwaltzes

Detroit, (May 18, 2016) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) welcomes star violinist Joshua Bell in his return to Orchestra

Click to view a hi-res version of this photo

Click to view a hi-res version of this photo

Hall to perform Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole. Led by Music Director Leonard Slatkin, the DSO will also perform Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5 and Steven Stucky’s Dreamwaltzes to honor and celebrate the life of the recently-deceased composer. Performances will take place Thu., May 26 at 7:30 p.m. and Fri., May 27 at 8 p.m. in Orchestra Hall.

Leonard Slatkin and DSO Assistant Conductor Michelle Merrill will present pre-concert discussions about the program beginning one hour before each performance. On Fri., May 27, Composer Steven Stucky’s son Matthew will join the conversation.

Joshua Bell Returns will be webcast to a global audience via Live From Orchestra Hall free HD webcasts on Fri., May 27 at 8 p.m. EST (GMT-5). Log on to dso.org/live to view the performance from your computer or download the free and easy DSO to Go mobile app for viewing on the move.

These Classical series performances are generously supported by PVS Chemicals.

About Joshua Bell

Born in Bloomington, Indiana, Joshua Bell received his first violin at age 4 after his parents noticed him plucking tunes with rubber bands he had stretched around his dresser drawer handles. He became serious about the instrument at age 12 after he was inspired by Josef Gingold, his beloved teacher and mentor. Two years later, Bell came to national attention after his debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra under the baton of Riccardo Muti. His Carnegie Hall debut, an Avery Fisher Career Grant, and a notable recording contract further confirmed his presence.

Bell has received many accolades, including honors from the The Recording Academy, the National Young Arts Foundation, Education Through Music, and Arts Horizons. He has received a Humanitarian Award from Seton Hall University, was named Instrumentalist of the Year by Musical America in 2010, and has been inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame.

About Steven Stucky

A widely celebrated contemporary composer, Steven Stucky was resident composer of the Los Angeles Philharmonic for over 21 years and was awarded the 2005 Pulitzer Prize in Music for his Second Concerto for Orchestra. Stucky also taught at Cornell University—where he founded the performance group Ensemble X—until 2014, when he joined the faculty of The Juilliard School.

The music world was shocked and saddened when Stucky died of brain cancer in February of 2016. His legacy is one of talent, innovation, mentorship, and the tireless championing of new music.

Dreamwaltzes will be a DSO premiere. The last time the DSO played a Steven Stucky piece was February 13, 1988, when David Zinman led the group for the composer’s Piano Concerto No. 2, featuring soloist András Schiff.

Ticket Information

Tickets for Joshua Bell Returns begin at $15 and can be purchased at dso.org, through the free DSO to Go app, in-person at the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center Box Office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit 48201), or by calling (313) 576-5111.

Did you know? Groups (10 people or more) can save up to 30% off the price of a single ticket for most DSO concerts! Contact DeRon Wilson at (313) 576-5130 or dwilson@dso.org for more information.

Performance

Joshua Bell Returns

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Joshua Bell, violin

Thu., May 26 at 7:30 p.m.

Fri., May 27 at 8 p.m.

 

STUCKY                                                      Dreamwaltzes

LALO                                                             Symphonie espagnole

PROKOFIEV                                              Symphony No. 5

 

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 as well as m-1rail.com. Woodward will remain open throughout the construction period, although from time to time the cross streets may be closed. Currently, Parsons and Selden Streets are closed at Woodward Avenue. When coming in to Midtown, an extra 15 minutes for travel time is recommended, as is using Cass Avenue instead of Woodward Avenue whenever 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 ardent commitment to Detroit. As a community-supported orchestra, generous giving by individuals and institutions at all levels drives the continued success and growth of the institution. Esteemed conductor Leonard Slatkin, called “America’s Music Director” by the Los Angeles Times, became the DSO’s 12th Music Director, endowed by the Kresge Foundation, in 2008. 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. With growing attendance and unwavering philanthropic support from the Detroit community, the DSO’s performance schedule includes Classical, Pops, Jazz, Young People’s, and Neighborhood concerts, and collaborations with high profile artists from Steven Spielberg 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, which now reaches tens of thousands of children with the new Classroom Edition expansion. Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall within the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, one of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, the DSO actively pursues a mission to embrace and inspire individuals, families, and communities through unsurpassed musical experiences. For more information visit dso.org.

###



Posted in Press Releases | No Comments


DSO PRESENTS SPECIAL YO-YO MA & KATHRYN STOTT RECITAL AT ORCHESTRA HALL

avatar

Longtime collaborators will play music from “Arc of Life” suite

Detroit (May 11, 2016) – Artistic partners for more than 30 years, renowned British pianist Kathryn Stott and superstar cellist Yo-Yo Ma will perform works by Shostakovich and Franck as well as music from their latest release “The Arc of Life,” with works by Bach, Debussy and Schubert, in a recital presented by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO). The one-night only performance takes place at Orchestra Hall Wednesday, May 18 at 7:30 p.m.

Please note: The DSO does not appear on this performance.

Click to view a hi-res version of this image

Click to view a hi-res version of this image

About Yo-Yo Ma

With more than 90 albums, 18 of them Grammy Award winners, Yo-Yo Ma frequently collaborates with a wide variety of musicians including Bobby McFerrin, Emanuel Ax, Itzhak Perlman, Edgar Meyer, and several Brazilian artists; and he has appeared on children’s television programing such as “Arthur” and “Sesame Street.”

The cellist often is recognized for his commitment to community and artistic educational programs. In 1998, Ma established Silkroad, a nonprofit dedicated to creating meaningful change at the intersection of arts, education, and business. He also is artistic director of the acclaimed Silk Road Ensemble for which national and international composers and arrangers have commissioned more than 80 new works.

The Paris-born musician began studying cello at age 4. He later attended The Juilliard School. Ma has received numerous awards and has performed for eight American presidents. Currently, Ma is creative consultant for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and conducts master classes around the world.

About Kathryn Stott

Kathryn Stott has a vast repertoire that includes concertos, solos, tango and other Latin dance music. She has recorded with Christian Poltéra, the Hermitage String Trio, the Doric String Quartet, and Tine Thing Helseth, among others.

From 2009-2014, she was artistic director of the Manchester Chamber Concerts Society and guest artistic director of Incontri in Terra di Siena in 2010 and 2011. The French government appointed the versatile and engaging pianist Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres for her work with “Fauré and the French Connection.”

Stott, a Royal College of Music graduate is a visiting professor at that London academy and recently was made an honorary member. This season, Stott will curate six concerts, called “Dance!” for Leeds International Concerts.

Ticket Information

Tickets to Yo-Yo Ma & Kathryn Stott are $35-$125 and may be purchased at dso.org, in person at the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center Box Office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit), or by calling (313) 576-5111.

Performance

The DSO Presents Yo-Yo Ma & Kathryn Stott

Kathryn Stott, piano

Yo-Yo Ma, cello

Wednesday, May 18, 7:30 p.m.

 

“Arc of Life” Suite

J.S. Bach, arr. Charles Gounod                           Ave Maria

Jean Sibelius                                                              Was it a dream?, Op. 37, no. 4

Jacob Gade                                                                 Tango Jalousie

Claude Debussy                                                        Beau Soir

Franz Schubert                                                          Ave Maria, D. 839

 

Dmitri Shostakovich                                      Sonata in D minor, Op. 40

Allegro non troppo     

Allegro

Largo

Allegro

 

Giovanni Sollima                                             Il bell’Antonio, Tema III

 

César Franck                                                      Sonata in A Major for Violin and Piano*

 Allegretto; Moderato

Allegro  

Recitativo – Fantasia

Allegretto poco mosso

* This piece will be performed on cello and piano

 

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 as well as m-1rail.com. Woodward will remain open throughout the construction period, although from time to time the cross streets may be closed. Currently, Parsons and Selden Streets are closed at Woodward Avenue. When coming in to Midtown, an extra 15 minutes for travel time is recommended, as is using Cass Avenue instead of Woodward Avenue whenever 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 ardent commitment to Detroit. As a community-supported orchestra, generous giving by individuals and institutions at all levels drives the continued success and growth of the institution. Esteemed conductor Leonard Slatkin, called “America’s Music Director” by the Los Angeles Times, became the DSO’s 12th Music Director, endowed by the Kresge Foundation, in 2008. 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. With growing attendance and unwavering philanthropic support from the Detroit community, the DSO’s performance schedule includes Classical, Pops, Jazz, Young People’s, and Neighborhood concerts, and collaborations with high profile artists from Steven Spielberg 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, which now reaches tens of thousands of children with the new Classroom Edition expansion. Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall within the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, one of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, the DSO actively pursues a mission to embrace and inspire individuals, families, and communities through unsurpassed musical experiences. For more information visit dso.org.

###



Posted in Press Releases | No Comments


DSO’S BRAHMS RECORDING TOPS ITUNES CLASSICAL CHART

avatar

Digital album on in-house label released in celebration of

Johannes Brahms’ 183rd birthday

DETROIT, (May 6, 2016) – Released this morning, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s (DSO) digital live album of Johannes Brahms’ four symphonies has topped the iTunes Classical Chart. As the second album on the orchestra’s in-house “Live From Orchestra Hall,” the release is in celebration of the German composer’s 183rd birthday on May 7. The symphonies were conducted by Music Director Leonard Slatkin and were streamed live worldwide on the DSO’s free Live From Orchestra Hall webcast series.

Available globally, “Brahms: The Four Symphonies (Live)” launched on all major download and streaming services and includes a digital booklet featuring an exclusive essay by Brahms scholar Jan Swafford and liner notes by Charles Greenwell, co-host of Live from Orchestra webcasts.

The symphonies were recorded live in Detroit’s acoustically renowned Orchestra Hall during the DSO’s February 2016 Brahms Festival, part of Slatkin’s annual Winter Music Festival concept designed to attract new audiences during Michigan’s most frigid month. The festival featured Brahms’ complete body of orchestral work, with the exception of those including chorus.

“The works left to us by the German master are made more remarkable when played over a compact period,” said Slatkin. “We are reminded that each is a masterwork, filled with individuality and variety.  Unlike Beethoven, there are almost no traces of what music had come before. Each symphony is totally unique, inhabiting worlds that simply did not exist until Brahms invented them.”

Produced and Mastered for iTunes by Grammy winners Blanton Alspaugh and Mark Donahue, the album is the first of the complete Brahms symphonies released by a major American orchestra in more than a decade.

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 ardent commitment to Detroit. As a community-supported orchestra, generous giving by individuals and institutions at all levels drives the continued success and growth of the institution. Esteemed conductor Leonard Slatkin, called “America’s Music Director” by the Los Angeles Times, became the DSO’s 12th Music Director, endowed by the Kresge Foundation, in 2008. 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. With growing attendance and unwavering philanthropic support from the Detroit community, the DSO’s performance schedule includes Classical, Pops, Jazz, Young People’s, and Neighborhood concerts, and collaborations with high profile artists from Steven Spielberg 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, which now reaches tens of thousands of children with the new Classroom Edition expansion. Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall within the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, one of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, the DSO actively pursues a mission to embrace and inspire individuals, families, and communities through unsurpassed musical experiences. For more information visit dso.org.

dso.org

facebook.com/detroitsymphony

twitter.com/detroitsymphony

detroitsymphony.tumblr.com

youtube.com/user/detroitsymphony

 

###



Posted in Press Releases | No Comments