DSO’S CIVIC JAZZ ORCHESTRA TO PERFORM NATIONAL ANTHEM AT TIGERS GAME

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DETROIT, (July 16, 2014) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s (DSO) Civic Jazz Orchestra has been selected  to perform the National Anthem at the Tigers game Sunday, July 20 at 1 p.m.

Civic Jazz Orchestra Director Kris Johnson, a local prominent performer, composer, arranger and educator, has been chosen to throw the first pitch. Johnson tours with Count Basie Orchestra and has served as an artist in residence at Troy High School for more than five years. He also lectures at the Ohio State University, teaching jazz trumpet, jazz composition, and jazz theory, as well as directing the Art Blakey Jazz Combo. READ MORE



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DSO ANNOUNCES FOURTH NEIGHBORHOOD SEASON IN EIGHT METRO DETROIT VENUES

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Subscriptions start at only $75 for four concerts in your back yard

Grosse Pointe series moves to new venue

DETROIT, (July 14, 2014) – As of 11 a.m. today, subscriptions are on sale for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) Neighborhood Concert Series in Beverly Hills, Bloomfield Hills, Canton, Dearborn, Grosse Pointe, Macomb, Southfield and West Bloomfield Township. Subscriptions purchased before July 25 will receive a free ticket to an Orchestra Hall concert this fall. Grosse Pointe patrons should note that the neighborhood concerts in 2015 will be moved to a new location, Our Lady Star of the Sea (467 Fairford Road, Grosse Pointe Woods).

General admission subscriptions are $75 for Dearborn, Southfield and West Bloomfield Township and $100 for Beverly Hills, Bloomfield Hills, Canton and Grosse Pointe. Subscriptions can be purchased online at dso.org/neighborhood, by phone at (313) 576-5111 or in-person at the Max M. Fisher Music Center Box Office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit).

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

In Dearborn, a special performance on Fri., June 19 at 7 p.m. will feature an evening of chamber music. Details for this event will be announced in the fall.

This season also offers a standalone performance in Macomb at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts on Fri., June 26 at 8 p.m., with general admission individual tickets priced at $25 and $10 for children and students.

Individual tickets for all neighborhood concerts will be $25 and will go on sale November 10, 2014.

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



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VENUES ANNOUNCED FOR FREE DSO COMMUNITY CONCERTS PRESENTED BY DTE ENERGY FOUNDATION

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Tickets available now for performances in Brighton, Detroit, Garden City and

Lake Orion in October

Detroit, (July 8, 2014) – Following a review of 15 compelling finalists, four venues have been selected for free Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) concerts in October. The 5-person panel considered dozens of letters of support from community members, hundreds of online comments and some 14,000 votes from the pool of nominees. Brighton Center for the Performing Arts in Livingston County, Garden City High School in Wayne County, Greater Grace Temple in Wayne County and Lake Orion High School in Oakland County will host DTE Energy Foundation Presents the DSO in Your Community concerts.

“The nomination process is really a fun and creative way to engage our communities while exposing thousands of individuals to the DSO experience,” said Faye Nelson, vice president of Public Affairs for DTE Energy and president of the DTE Energy Foundation. “The Foundation’s long-time partnership with the DSO is part of a broader commitment to support the cultural institutions that entertain and inspire the customers we serve.”

While the concerts are free admission, a ticket is required for entry. Tickets are available now at dso.org, via the DSO to Go mobile app, by phone at 313.576.5111 or in person at the Max M. Fisher Music Center Box Office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit.)

Dso.org/dtepowersdso, which profiled each eligible venue, received nearly 14,000 votes from community members in support of their favorite venue. This incredible feedback was taken into account by the selection committee as they chose the four final venues. More than 60 notes of support were also received in support of the nominated venues.

A schedule of the DTE Energy Foundation Presents DSO in your Community concerts is as follows:

Garden City High School – Wednesday, October 1 at 7:30 p.m.

Lake Orion High School – Thursday, October 2 at 7:30 p.m.

Greater Grace Temple – Friday, October 3 at 10:45 a.m.

Brighton Center for the Performing Arts – Sunday, October 5 at 3 p.m.

Autumn, a 10-year-old resident of Garden City, wrote the following in support of her town receiving a concert: “I think the DSO coming and doing a free concert would be a very nice thing and bring us closer not only as a community but as a family, because that is what we are in Garden City.”

This is the fourth consecutive year that DTE Energy Foundation has generously sponsored free DSO community concerts. Eligibility for selection was based on a group of logistical criteria along with strong evidence of community support.

The DSO continues to serve its immediate community through collaborations with local schools, a partnership with Detroit Medical Center Children’s Hospital of Michigan providing music therapy to patients, the Detroit Rush program (which provides a $20 ticket to any classical or jazz concert at Orchestra Hall for Detroit residents), among many other events around Detroit.

About the DSO:

Hailed by The New York Times as “cutting edge,” the internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra is known for trailblazing performances, visionary maestros, collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists, and an unwavering commitment to Detroit. Esteemed conductor Leonard Slatkin, called “America’s Music Director” by the Los Angeles Times, became the 12th Music Director of the DSO during the 2008-09.  Acclaimed conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik serves as Principal Pops Conductor while celebrated trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard holds the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair. The DSO’s performance schedule includes Classical, Pops, Jazz, Young People’s, Neighborhood concerts, and collaborations with chart-topping musicians from Smokey Robinson to Kid Rock. A commitment to broadcast innovation began in 1922 when the DSO became the first orchestra in the world to present a radio broadcast and continues today with the free Live from Orchestra Hall webcast series. Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall within the Max M. Fisher Music Center, one of America’s most acoustically revered 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.

About the DTE Energy Foundation

The DTE Energy Foundation is the philanthropic arm of DTE Energy, continuing the legacy of community support and involvement of its principal operating subsidiaries, Detroit Edison and MichCon.  The Foundation directs its contributions and involvement to support initiatives dedicated to developing the human and economic potential of the communities it serves. The DTE Energy Foundation is funded fully by the shareholders of DTE Energy.

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DSO’S PRINCIPAL TRUMPET TO STAR IN FOUR NEIGHBORHOOD CONCERTS

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DETROIT, (July 8, 2014) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s (DSO) Principal Trumpet Hunter Eberly will star in four neighborhood performances of one of his personal favorites, Telemann’s Trumpet Concerto. For Mozart & Schubert, Guest Conductor Christopher Warren-Green will lead the orchestra in Rossini’s Overture to L’italiana in Algeri, Mozart’s Divertimento and Schubert’s Symphony No. 5.

Mozart & Schubert will be performed first on Thurs., July 17 at 7:30 p.m. at The Berman Center for the Performing Arts in West Bloomfield Township. Performances will follow Fri., July 18 at 10:45 a.m. at Ford Community & Performing Arts Center in Dearborn; Sat., July 19 at 8 p.m. at Kirk in the Hills Presbyterian Church in Bloomfield Hills and Sun., July 20 at 3 p.m. at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church.

Eberly and the Telemann work share a personal history. His wife, Kim, chose to walk down the aisle to the first movement, Adagio, on their wedding day in 2011, as they both had a strong affinity for the piece. Kim also plays the trumpet and met Hunter while they were both studying music at Grand Valley State University. READ MORE



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DSO PERFORMS NEIGHBORHOOD CONCERT AT PEASE’S 100TH ANNIVERSARY

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DETROIT, (June 24, 2014) –  In celebration of Eastern Michigan University’s 100th anniversary of Pease Auditorium, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra will perform a concert featuring acclaimed American conductor JoAnn Falletta and famed clarinetist David Krakauer.

“Clarinet Extraordinaire” Krakauer will perform George Tsontakis’ Anasa: Concerto for Clarinet. The concert opens with Debussy’s Petite Suite and closes with Prokofiev’s iconic Romeo & Juliet. The Ypsilanti concert will take place at 8 p.m. on Friday, June 27 at EMU’s Pease Auditorium.

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DSO RETURNS TO GREENFIELD VILLAGE FOR 22nd ANNUAL SALUTE TO AMERICA CONCERTS

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United States Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus to join the orchestra onstage

DETROIT, (June 17, 2014) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will return to Greenfield Village at The Henry Ford for the 22nd Annual Salute to America concerts, a classic family friendly Independence Day celebration. Four nights of performances led by special guest conductor Bob Bernhardt will take place on the lawn at Dearborn’s historic Greenfield Village on July 2, 3, 4 and 5with gates opening at 6 p.m. and concerts to commence at 8:30 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to gather their blankets, picnic and lawn chairs to enjoy favorites such as The Star Spangled Banner, Armed Forces Salute and other patriotic favorites. A fireworks display will close the program, timed to accompany Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. READ MORE



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DSO BUCKS NATIONAL TREND WITH THIRD CONSECUTIVE SEASON OF SUBSCRIPTION GROWTH

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DETROIT (June 2, 2014) – While reported national trends reveal waning orchestra subscription rates and a greater reliance on single ticket sales, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) finished its 2013-14 season this weekend with its third consecutive year of subscription growth across all product lines.

Subscription levels—the number of subscription units sold—rose across all five product lines (Classical, Pops, Jazz, Family and Neighborhood) with the number of classical subscriptions alone climbing by 24.7 percent since the 2011-12 season. Maintaining the “patron-minded pricing” structure adopted in 2011, these results were achieved without any price increases whatsoever.

Classical season attendance in Orchestra Hall, sold-out Neighborhood Concert Series performances and “Live from Orchestra Hall” HD webcasts have positioned the DSO ahead of every American orchestra for having the largest audience for classical subscription concerts, reported at 2013 Annual Meeting as 400,000.

About the DSO:

Hailed by The New York Times as “cutting edge,” the internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra is known for trailblazing performances, visionary maestros, collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists, and an unwavering commitment to Detroit. Esteemed conductor Leonard Slatkin, called “America’s Music Director” by the Los Angeles Times, became the 12th Music Director of the DSO during the 2008-09.  Acclaimed conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik serves as Principal Pops Conductor while celebrated trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard holds the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair. The DSO’s performance schedule includes Classical, Pops, Jazz, Young People’s, Neighborhood concerts, and collaborations with chart-topping musicians from Smokey Robinson to Kid Rock. A commitment to broadcast innovation began in 1922 when the DSO became the first orchestra in the world to present a radio broadcast and continues today with the free Live from Orchestra Hall webcast series. Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall within the Max M. Fisher Music Center, one of America’s most acoustically revered 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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LEONARD SLATKIN EXTENDS FRENCH COMMITMENT

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Conductor signs contract extension with Orchestre National de Lyon

(DETROIT, May 23, 2014) — The Orchestre National de Lyon (ONL) announced at a press conference today that Leonard Slatkin has signed a three-year extension to his contract as music director, committing to the Orchestra through the 2016-2017 season. Slatkin also maintains his current music directorship with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO), where he is committed through the 2015-16 season. The ONL contract extension, which builds on his current agreement through the 2013-14 season, will take effect in September 2014, coinciding with a collaborative celebration of the maestro’s 70th birthday on both sides of the Atlantic.

“For the past three years it has been my privilege to lead the ONL as its music director,” said Slatkin. “During that time, we have built an extraordinary relationship, one that is satisfying in every way. I look forward to the next three years of music making with this wonderful ensemble.”

Jean-Marc Bador, ONL executive director, said, “The first three seasons with Leonard in Lyon have been so exciting and successful. We are all looking forward to sharing the next three to come, thanks to the contract extension he just signed.”

Slatkin has accomplished numerous milestones with ONL and DSO during his tenure:

ONL

  • Ravel and Berlioz projects with NaxosThe ONL is in the process of recording 11 volumes of Ravel’s works with orchestra and five of Berlioz’s, including some new orchestrations and world premiere recordings conducted by Leonard Slatkin.
  • Cultural ambassadorshipAfter a successful tour in China last January, the ONL and its music director will fly to Japan for nine concerts in July 2014. Future tours include Russia, South America, and the United States, and concerts at Vienna Konzerthaus and Philharmonie de Paris.
  • Play-along and sing-along concertsIn 2013 the ONL launched a new series of participative concerts in Lyon. The audience is invited to download musical parts from the orchestra’s website and then play along or sing along from the hall as the ONL performs onstage.
  • “Fauteuil et tribune”An innovative marketing proposition in partnership with the Lyon football club that allows audiences to buy a package including a ticket for a symphonic concert and a ticket for a football game.
  • ProgrammingIn the upcoming season, Slatkin will celebrate connections between French and American repertoire and will lead the ONL in a Brahms symphony cycle.

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  • Live from Orchestra Hall—Hailed as “cutting edge” by The New York Times, this series of free live webcasts is the only product of its kind and has drawn a cumulative international audience of 500,000. Slatkin has helped pioneer the DSO’s foray into web streaming.
  • Triumphant return to Carnegie Hall—In 2013 Slatkin led the DSO in two innovative programs for the Spring for Music festival. The DSO was the only orchestra to receive double billing, and Slatkin’s interpretation of all four Charles Ives symphonies in one performance had never been attempted before on Carnegie’s famed stage.
  • Kid Rock collaboration—In 2012 Slatkin and the DSO partnered with the native Detroit rocker to perform original orchestral arrangements of Kid Rock’s chart-topping hits. The benefit concert raised $1 million toward outreach efforts to place DSO musicians in schools, senior living centers and other community locations throughout metro Detroit.
  • The complete Beethoven symphonies—In 2013 Slatkin and the DSO recorded Beethoven’s nine symphonies during a weeklong Beethoven Festival. The “digital box set” was produced by the DSO’s in-house Live from Orchestra Hall label and is available to download at dso.org.
  • Neighborhood Residency Initiative—This initiative offers subscription concerts in seven metro Detroit neighborhoods in addition to chamber recitals and educational programs. DSO musicians regularly engage with the community through lobby performances and musical therapy sessions at the DMC Children’s Hospital, recitals at senior living communities and inspiration days in classrooms.
  • Soundcard—Conceived of by Slatkin himself, the program allows students of any age to attend series concerts at Orchestra Hall all season long for just $25.

Slatkin resides in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. with his wife, composer Cindy McTee. He became the DSO’s 12th music director in 2008 following a 12-year tenure as music director of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C., and he began his tenure with the ONL in 2011. Other positions in the United States have included a 17-year post as music director of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra; principal guest conductor roles with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl; music director of the Cleveland Orchestra’s summer series; and additional positions with the New Orleans Philharmonic and the Nashville Symphony Orchestra.

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DSO CLOSES CLASSICAL SEASON WITH MAHLER’S THIRD SYMPHONY

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DETROIT, (May 14, 2014) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s (DSO) classical season will come to a close with two performances of Mahler’s Third Symphony, the composer’s allegory of summer. Music Director Leonard Slatkin will lead the orchestra, mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Bishop, the UMS Choral Union, and the Michigan State University Children’s Choir in this masterful work.

The concerts will take place on Friday, May 30, 2014 at 8 p.m.; and Saturday May 31, 2014 at 8 p.m. These performances do not include an intermission.

The Friday, May 30 performance will be webcast live to a global audience via the DSO’s Live From Orchestra Hall series of HD webcasts. Live From Orchestra Hall is viewable by logging on to dso.org/live or via DSO to Go, the DSO’s free mobile app. READ MORE



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GRAMMY WINNING PIANIST YEFIM BRONFMAN JOINS DSO FOR BEETHOVEN PIANO CONCERTO NO. 3

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DETROIT, (May 1, 2014) – Grammy Award winning pianist Yefim “Fima” Bronfman joins conductor Leonard Slatkin and the DSO for Bronfman Plays Beethoven featuring Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor. The program opens with Krzysztof Penderecki’s Jacob’s Awakening and closes with Copland’s iconic Appalachian Spring.

The concerts will take place on Friday May 16 at 10:45 a.m.; Saturday May 17 at 8 p.m.; and Sunday May 18 at 3 p.m.

The Friday, May 16 performance will be webcast live to a global audience via the DSO’s Live From Orchestra Hall series of HD webcasts. Live From Orchestra Hall is viewable by logging on to dso.org/live or via DSO to Go, the DSO’s free mobile app. READ MORE



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