DSO RECEIVES $2.9M TOWARD MUSIC EDUCATION

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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.

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DSO TO CONCLUDE CLASSICAL SEASON WITH STRAUSS’ SALOME

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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

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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.

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DTE Energy Foundation awards DSO $2M toward community outreach

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

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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



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AWARD WINNING VIOLINIST JOSHUA BELL TO RETURN TO ORCHESTRA HALL

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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

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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DSO’S BRAHMS RECORDING TOPS ITUNES CLASSICAL CHART

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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.

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VIOLINIST PAUL HUANG TO JOIN DSO IN WILLIAM DAVIDSON NEIGHBORHOOD CONCERT SERIES

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Program includes Dvořák’s Symphony No. 7 at three Metro Detroit venues

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Detroit, (May 5, 2016) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s (DSO) William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series continues with three performances featuring violinist Paul Huang. The program, conducted by Rune Bergmann, includes Antonín Dvořák’s Symphony No. 7 as well as Verdi’s Overture to Nabucco and Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy. Performances will take place on Thu., May 12 at 7:30 p.m. at Congregation Shaarey Zedek in Southfield, Fri., May 13 at 7 p.m. at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts in Clinton Township, and Sun., May 15 at 3 p.m. at the Seligman Performing Arts Center in Beverly Hills.

About Paul Huang

Born in Taiwan, Paul Huang began violin lessons at the age of 7. He began attending the Juilliard Pre-College at 14 and continued his studies at the school with Hyo Kang and I-Hao Lee. He then went on to earn both his Bachelors and Masters degrees at The Julliard School, where he received the inaugural Kovner Fellowship.

In 2015 Huang received the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. Recent recitals include appearances at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, University of Georgia Performing Arts, University of Florida Performing Arts, the Strathmore Center, Buffalo Chamber Music Society, Chamber Music Society of Palm Beach, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Jordan Hall, the Louvre, Seoul Arts Center, and National Concert Hall in Taiwan.

Huang’s first solo CD, Intimate Inspiration, was released on the CHIMEI label in 2015. In association with the Camerata Pacifica, he also recorded “Four Songs of Solitude” for solo violin for their album of John Harbison works. The album was released on Harmonia Mundi in fall 2014. Huang plays the 1742 ex-Wieniawski Guarneri del Gesù Stradivarius.

About Rune Bergmann

Norwegian conductor Rune Bergmann is a dynamic, versatile conductor with an extensive classical, romantic, operatic and contemporary repertoire. Bergmann studied choir and orchestral conducting under Anders Eby, Jin Wang, and Jorma Panula at Sweden’s Royal College of Music. He then graduated with high honors from the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland, where he studied conducting under Leif Segerstam, Chief Conductor Emeritus of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra.

Bergmann is currently Principal Guest Conductor of Lithuania’s Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra, and has served as artistic director of Norway’s innovative Fjord Cadenza Festival since its inception in 2010. Recent engagements include appearances with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Norwegian National Opera, Mainfranken Theater Würzburg, Philharmonie Südwestfalen, and several symphony orchestras across Scandinavia and northern Europe. In North America, he has appeared with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Grand Rapids Symphony, New Mexico Philharmonic, and Yale Opera.

Bergmann’s honors include the 2010 Kjell Holm Foundation Culture Prize, the 2009 SMP Press culture award, and second prize in Helsingborg’s 2002 Nordic Conducting Competition.

About the William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series

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

Throughout the 2015-16 season, four performances will take place at each venue in Beverly Hills, Bloomfield Hills, Canton, Clinton Township, Grosse Pointe, Southfield and West Bloomfield. With subscriptions on sale in August, venues in Beverly Hills (Seligman Performing Arts Center), Bloomfield Hills (Kirk in the Hills Presbyterian Church) and Canton (Village Theater at Cherry Hill) are on track to sell out on subscription alone. In previous years, the Grosse Pointe series sold out on subscription, prompting the DSO to move to a new, larger location at Our Lady Star of the Sea (467 Fairford Road, Grosse Pointe Woods) this past season. With current interest, this venue is still on track to sell out on subscriptions.

Ticket Information

Tickets for Dvořák’s Seventh are $25 for adults and $10 for students, 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.

Please note: Tickets will not be sold online past 8 p.m. the night prior to each performance, but will still be available for purchase at each venue on the days of the concerts.

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

Dvořák’s Seventh

Rune Bergmann, conductor

Paul Huang, violin

Thu., May 12 at 7:30 p.m. at Congregation Shaarey Zedek (Southfield, MI)

Fri., May 13 at 7 p.m. at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts (Clinton Township, MI)

Sun., May 15 at 3 p.m. at the Seligman Performing Arts Center (Beverly Hills, MI)

VERDI                                                           Overture to Nabucco

BRUCH                                                         Scottish Fantasy for Violin and Orchestra

DVOŘÁK                                                      Symphony No. 7 in D minor

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.

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NOMINATE YOUR COMMUNITY VENUE TO RECEIVE A FREE DSO CONCERT, POWERED BY DTE ENERGY FOUNDATION

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DTE Energy Foundation brings DSO to communities across Southeast Michigan based on popular votes 

Nominations due June 8

Detroit, (May 5, 2016) – For 50 years, the DTE Energy Foundation has supported the DSO and its cultural programs. That generous support continues and will once again bring the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) out into the community for a free concert series this fall, conducted by DSO Assistant Conductor Michelle Merrill.

“Performing throughout metro Detroit is the perfect way to kick off the concert season each year, and the Foundation’s generous partnership makes it possible for us to reach ever increasing and diverse audiences,” said Anne Parsons, DSO President & CEO. “We are honored to make ourselves accessible to the very community that sustains us through work that is rewarding to our collective well-being.”

Where will the concerts be? That’s up to the people of Southeast Michigan.

Back by popular demand, the DTE Powers DSO venue competition challenges metro Detroiters to influence where the orchestra plays through a nomination and voting process. Once the stages are selected, the orchestra will perform four concerts September 23-25, 2016.

Interested parties may nominate a venue in their community at dso.org/DTEpowersDSO.

“The concert series is just one of the many ways that the DSO inspires individuals, families and communities across Southeastern Michigan,” said Faye Nelson, vice president at DTE Energy, and president of the DTE Energy Foundation.  “Since 1966, the DTE Energy Foundation has partnered with the DSO, a true cultural institution, and we’re proud to provide more opportunities for people to see these world-renowned musicians.”

DTE Energy Foundation Presents the DSO in Your Community has been taking music to diverse and underserved communities throughout Southeast Michigan for the last five years.

HOW IT WORKS:

Southeast Michigan residents are encouraged to nominate their neighborhood venues, organizations, schools, places of worship, community centers, etc. to host a free community concert by the DSO. Nomination instructions can be found at dso.org/DTEpowersDSO. Nominations should be sent to dtepowersdso@dso.org by noon on June 8.  Members of the public will then be encouraged to send comments online to support these nominations. A panel will review all nominations and comments of support, and select four venues to host a free DSO community concert. Nominations by a community must include a suitable venue and the expressed ability to provide a standing-room-only audience.

Nominee profiles will be posted at dso.org/DTEpowersDSO by June 28, at which time support comments from the community will be welcomed. Nominees selected to host free DSO community concerts will be announced on July 26.

ELIGIBILITY:

Eligibility for selection will be based on the following criteria (outlined fully at dso.org/DTEpowersDSO):

  • 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)

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 DTE Energy Foundation
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.

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BRITISH VIOLINIST NIGEL KENNEDY MAKES FIRST U.S. APPEARANCE IN 18 YEARS ALONGSIDE DSO

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Program to feature Kennedy’s Dedications, inspired by his personal music heroes

Detroit, (May X, 2016) – Virtuosic British violinist Nigel Kennedy will make his long-awaited return to the United States next week following an 18-year absence to perform exclusively with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO). Music Director Leonard

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Slatkin will lead the DSO on the program, which includes Schumann’s Manfred Overture and William Schuman’s third symphony, followed by Kennedy’s original Dedications series, a celebration of the composer and violinist’s musical heroes. Performances will take place on Fri., May 6 and Sat., May 7 at 8 p.m. in Orchestra Hall.

Charles Greenwell will present a pre-concert lecture about the program on Fri., May 6 and Sat., May 7 at 7 p.m.

The Legendary Nigel Kennedy will be webcast to a global audience via Live From Orchestra Hall free HD webcasts on Sat., May 7 at 8 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.

The DSO’s Classical series is generously sponsored by PVS Chemicals Inc.

With this concert, the DSO honors the memory of Ms. Charlotte Arkin.

 

About Nigel Kennedy

Born in Brighton, England, Nigel Kennedy learned at an early age that he would follow in the family’s musical footsteps. At 10 years old, he would pick out Fats Waller songs at the piano after listening to his stepfather’s jazz records.

From a young age, he was Yehudi Menuhin’s most famous protégé, studying first at the Menuhin School before moving to the Juilliard School of Music to study under celebrated teacher Dorothy DeLay.

For over 25 years, Nigel Kennedy has been recognized as one of the world’s leading violin virtuosos and is one of the most important violinists Britain has ever produced. His virtuoso technique, unique talent and mass appeal have brought fresh perspectives to both the classical and contemporary repertoire. He is the best-selling classical violinist of all time.

During his career, Nigel Kennedy has undertaken countless international tours, performing with the world’s leading orchestras and conductors throughout Europe, North America, Central and South America, South East Asia and Australia. He last performed in the United States in 1998.

 

Ticket Information

Tickets for The Legendary Nigel Kennedy 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

The Legendary Nigel Kennedy

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Nigel Kennedy, violin

Fri., May 6 at 8 p.m.

Sat., May 7 at 8 p.m.
SCHUMANN                                                  Overture to Manfred

W. SCHUMAN                                               Symphony No. 3

NIGEL KENNEDY                                       Dedications

“Jarek Smietana”

“Isaac Stern”

“Stephane Grappelli”

“Mark O’Connor”

 

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.

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TICKETS NOW ON SALE FOR DSO SUMMER SEASON

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SUMMER 2016 TO INCLUDE FIREWORKS AT SALUTE TO AMERICA, FORD HOUSE

TEDDY ABRAMS RETURNS TO CONDUCT DSO AT FORD HOUSE

(DETROIT, April 22, 2016) — Tickets are now on sale for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s (DSO) summer season, which includes summer favorites “Salute to America” at Greenfield Village and the DSO’s seventh annual appearance at the historic Edsel & Eleanor Ford House.

Salute to America will welcome actor, conductor, and native Detroiter Damon Gupton to the podium, while performances at Ford House welcome back former DSO Assistant Conductor and Music Director of the Louisville Orchestra Teddy Abrams.

Other presentations include the sixth annual Heroes Gala (honoring John A. and Marlene L. Boll), John Williams Favorites and More, performances at Belle Isle and the Grosse Pointe War Memorial, tributes to U2 and David Bowie, classical concerts across Metro Detroit neighborhoods, and more.

Unless otherwise noted, tickets to the below concerts may be purchased at the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center box office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit); by calling (313) 576-5111; or online at dso.org/summer. For group discount information (10 people or more), please contact DeRon Wilson at (313) 576-5130 or dwilson@dso.org.

See below for a full schedule of events and ticketing information:

Salute to America concerts at Greenfield Village

The 24th Annual Salute to America concerts will take place on Thursday, June 30 – Sunday, July 3 at 8:30 p.m. Bring the family to Greenfield Village in Dearborn and enjoy an evening of patriotic music and Hollywood favorites—plus everyone’s favorite grand finale, Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture accompanied by authentic cannon fire and a spectacular fireworks display. Actor and conductor Damon Gupton, a Detroit native, will lead the orchestra in four concerts alongside a return appearance of the United States Army Field Band Concert Band and Soldiers’ Chorus. Performances are located in the Walnut Grove Historic District of Greenfield Village and begin at 8:30 p.m. with grounds opening at 6 p.m. for pre-concert entertainment. Food and beverages will be available for purchase and concert attendees are welcome to bring chairs and blankets to the concerts.

The Henry Ford is America’s premier history destination, with five distinct attractions—including Greenfield Village, which offers 300 years of American history with access to 83 authentic, historic structures. These include the courthouse where Abraham Lincoln practiced law, the Wright brothers’ cycle shop, Thomas Edison’s Menlo Park laboratory, and much more.

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.

Salute to America Tickets:

Tickets for Salute to America at Greenfield Village range from $13.25-$75 and can be purchased at The Henry Ford, 20900 Oakwood Blvd; 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. Children 4 and under are free.

DSO at Ford House

Former DSO Assistant Conductor and Music Director of the Louisville Orchestra Teddy Abrams will return to the podium for the DSO’s seventh annual appearance at the majestic Edsel & Eleanor Ford House. The two-concert series places the Orchestra on the grounds of the elegant Grosse Pointe Shores estate, serenading audiences beside Lake St. Clair as the sun sets over the historic home. The series will open on Friday, July 8 with “Broadway Hits & More!” starring vocal duo Will and Anthony Nunziata.

Enjoy “An American Symphonic Celebration” the following evening, as the DSO performs music inspired by the beauty and wonder of America—including pieces from Bernstein, John Williams, Dvořák, and more.

Concerts take place on Friday, July 8 and Saturday, July 9 at 8 p.m. with a thrilling fireworks finale at 9:30 p.m.

The grounds of Ford House will open at 6 p.m. to allow attendees the opportunity to explore the gardens, stroll along the lake, and visit Bird Island—a small peninsula on the premises that is a well-known stopping place for migratory birds. Guests can also enjoy pre-concert music performed by area students.

An unusually versatile musician and former Assistant Conductor of the DSO, Teddy Abrams is a widely acclaimed pianist, clarinetist, composer, and conductor.  He currently serves as Music Director of the Louisville Orchestra and Music Director and Conductor of the Britt Classical Festival. Abrams is also Resident Conductor of the MAV Symphony Orchestra in Budapest, which he first conducted in 2011.

Since 1978, Ford House has been inspiring visitors from all over the world through interpretive tours, lectures, exhibits, classes, special events and programs. The historic estate engages visitors through exploration of its unique connections to art, design, history, and the environment, while celebrating family traditions and community relationships.  For more information about Ford House, visit fordhouse.org or call (313) 884-4222. Ford House is located at 1100 Lake Shore Road in Grosse Pointe Shores.

Sponsorship support provided by Beaumont and Fifth Third Bank. Fireworks made possible through the generous support of The Cotton Family. Additional support provided by: The Nicholson Family, Ford Motor Company Fund, George R. & Elise M. Fink Foundation, The Ellis Family, Comerica, and Crest Lincoln.

DSO at Ford House Tickets:

Tickets for Detroit Symphony@Ford House are priced $12-50, with limited advance-purchase VIP tickets available for $200. To purchase VIP tickets, contact Ford House at (313) 884-4222. For more details, visit dso.org/summer. Children 4 and under are free.

 

Chamber Music with a View

Tue., Jun. 7 at 7 p.m.; Grosse Pointe War Memorial (32 Lake Shore Rd., Grosse Pointe Farms)

DSO musicians Sharon Sparrow, flute; Monica Fosnaugh, oboe; Shannon Orme, oboe; Michael Ma, bassoon; and David Everson, horn will perform a recital of woodwind quintet classics in one of Metro Detroit’s most sumptuous lakeside destinations. This concert is sponsored by DTE Energy.

 

The Music of U2

Wed., Jun. 8 at 7:30 p.m.; Orchestra Hall

With more than 150 million records sold and 22 Grammy Awards—more than any other band in history—U2 has been dominating the rock world for 40 years. Hear Orchestra Hall rattle and hum as the DSO performs a one-night-only tribute to U2, directed by Brent Havens and featuring the vocals of Brody Dolyniuk.

 

John Williams Favorites and More

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.; Orchestra Hall

The music of John Williams transports us to new worlds beyond our imagination. Be there as Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik leads the DSO in a program of John Williams favorites, including Superman, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Harry Potter, E.T., and Star Wars.

 

SFJAZZ Collective

Fri., Jun. 17 at 8 p.m.; Orchestra Hall

The SFJAZZ Collective is an all-star award-winning jazz ensemble comprising eight of the finest jazz performers/composers of our day. After exploring the work of John Coltrane, Horace Silver, and Stevie Wonder, the Collective now takes on the material of Michael Jackson, the King of Pop. Come and see “Blame it on the Boogie,” “Workin’ Day And Night,” and plenty of surprises!

 

Heroes Gala Honoring John A. and Marlene L. Boll: An Evening with Megan Hilty

Fri., Jun. 18; Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s sixth annual Heroes Gala and Benefit Concert is our opportunity to honor the remarkable men and women who impact the vision, values, and success of the DSO and our community. This year, we pay special tribute to John and Marlene Boll for more than 30 years of support. As homage to Marlene’s former career as a member of The Rockettes, the benefit concert will star Broadway and television sensation Megan Hilty performing selections from her role as Ivy Lynn in the hit series Smash, as well showstoppers from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and other Broadway favorites!

For decades, John and Marlene have generously given back to our community through their volunteer service and their philanthropy. Their support of the arts, education and health services has touched nearly every corner of Southeast Michigan and beyond. The DSO is especially grateful for John and Marlene’s longstanding support of our orchestra, and their unwavering commitment to improving the lives of others. Proceeds from the event will support the DSO’s commitment to transforming the lives of children and youth across our region through music education.

Please visit dso.org/heroes for more information. Gala packages, which include exclusive concert seating, dinner, and dancing, are available for purchase now by contacting Jacqueline Garner at (313) 576-5120 or jgarner@dso.org. Concert-only tickets are also available and on sale now.

 

Three of a Kind

Tue., Jun. 28 at 7 p.m.; Belle Isle Casino (1 Sunset Dr., Detroit)

DSO musicians Jeffery Zook, Sheryl Hwangbo and Peter McCaffrey perform beautiful works for flute and strings on Belle Isle, one of Michigan’s most elegant locations. This concert is sponsored by DTE Energy.

Visitors to Belle Isle must have a Michigan Recreation Passport or day pass. For more information, please call (517) 284-7275, email DNR-RecreationPassport@michigan.gov, or visit http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-153-10365_55798—,00.html.

 

The Music of David Bowie

Sun., Jul. 10 at 7:30 p.m.; Meadow Brook Amphitheatre (3554 Walton Blvd., Rochester Hills)

Six months after the death of the rock and roll legend, the DSO will perform The Music of David Bowie at Meadow Brook Amphitheatre. Led by guest conductor Brent Havens and accompanied by a full rock band, the DSO will take you on a one-night-only symphonic odyssey that explores the incredible range of David Bowie’s musical genius.

 

Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto

Thu., Jul. 14 at 7:30 p.m.; Congregation Shaarey Zedek (27375 Bell Rd., Southfield)
Fri., Jul. 15 at 8 p.m.; Macomb Center for the Performing Arts (44575 Garfield Rd., Clinton Twp.)
Sun., Jul. 17 at 3 p.m.; Seligman Performing Arts Center (22305 W. 13 Mile Rd., Beverly Hills)

Swiss pianist Louis Schwizgebel-Wang joins the DSO in a performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, directed by Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla.

 

Beethoven’s First Symphony

Thu., Jul. 21 at 7:30 p.m.; Berman Center for the Performing Arts (6600 W. Maple Rd., West Bloomfield)
Fri., Jul. 22 at 8 p.m.; Village Theater (50400 Cherry Hill Rd., Canton)
Sat., Jul. 23 at 8 p.m.; Kirk in the Hills Presbyterian Church (1340 W. Long Lake Rd., Bloomfield Hills)
Sun., Jul. 24 at 3 p.m.; Our Lady Star of the Sea (467 Fairford Rd., Grosse Pointe Woods)

Karina Canellakis leads the DSO’s Neighborhood Chamber Orchestra in a performance of Beethoven’s inventive First Symphony. The group will also perform Stravinsky’s “Dumbarton Oaks” Chamber Concerto in E-flat, and soprano Jessica Rivera will join for Samuel Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915.

 

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.

 

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