AVAILABLE NOW: KERRY TURNER HORN CONCERTO ALBUM, RECORDED LIVE AT ORCHESTRA HALL

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DSO Principal Horn Karl Pituch is featured soloist

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Detroit, (July 15, 2016) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s (DSO) live recording of Kerry Turner’s Concerto for Low Horn & Chamber Orchestra is now available as a digital album. The Concerto was recorded by the DSO on their house label “Live From Orchestra Hall,” conducted by Music Director Leonard Slatkin and featuring Principal Horn Karl Pituch.

The album is available on iTunes, the Amazon Digital Music store, and all other major download and streaming services. The performance was recorded at Orchestra Hall on May 24, 2013, and the album was produced and mastered for iTunes by Grammy Award-winning engineer Blanton Alspaugh.

Concerto for Low Horn & Chamber Orchestra was commissioned in 1995 by the Tonhalle Orchester of Zürich and consists of four movements. The Concerto was intended to show off not only the extreme low register of the instrument but the performer’s virtuosic ability in the range. In the words of the soloist Karl Pituch, “this fabulous piece deserves to be heard!”

About Karl Pituch

Karl Pituch was named Principal Horn of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in 2000. Before joining the DSO, Pituch was Associate Principal Horn with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Principal Horn with the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra, the Jacksonville Symphony and the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra. He served as a guest Principal Horn for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Chautauqua Festival Orchestra and the Grand Teton Festival Orchestra. Pituch can be heard on many recordings with the Dallas, San Francisco and Honolulu Symphony Orchestras.

Pituch was the grand prize winner at the 1989 American Solo Horn Competition and has been a finalist at many other solo competitions. As a soloist, Pituch has performed with orchestras in Japan, Hawaii, Colorado, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Ohio, Florida and Michigan. He has been a frequent guest artist at numerous horn conferences and has served as a judge in the American Horn Competition. An active chamber musician, Pituch was a member of the Spring Wind Quintet for 11 years and participated in chamber music festivals in Marlboro, Vermont; Crested Butte, Colorado; Kapalua, Maui; Kazusa, Japan and Freden, Germany (with the American Horn Quartet).

Pituch earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Toledo where he studied with Mary Kihslinger. He also studied with Froydis Wekre of the Oslo Philharmonic and Dale Clevenger of the Chicago Symphony. For seven years, he was the horn instructor at the University of Hawaii.

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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SUBSCRIPTIONS AVAILABLE NOW FOR DSO’S 2017 NEIGHBORHOOD CONCERTS

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William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series bring DSO performances to 7 Metro Detroit venues; four-concert subscriptions start at $75

Detroit, (July 14, 2016) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s (DSO) William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series brings the superior artistry of the DSO beyond the walls of Orchestra Hall. The Series allows fans to experience the DSO, guest conductors, and special performers in West Bloomfield, Southfield, Beverly Hills, Canton, Bloomfield Hills, Grosse Pointe, and Clinton Township.

General admission subscriptions are now available for the 2017 William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series. Four-concert packages are $75 for Southfield and West Bloomfield Township and $100 for Beverly Hills, Bloomfield Hills, Canton, Clinton Township, 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. and Marjorie S. 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 2016-17 season marks the sixth year of the William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series. Audiences will see Music Director Leonard Slatkin on the podium, and highlights such as DSO Principal Cello Wei Yu performing Haydn’s first Cello Concerto, conductor Manuel López-Gómez leading Dvořák’s “New World” Symphony, the DSO premiere of Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín, and a concert featuring virtuoso violinist Cho-Liang Lin and the world premiere of a new work by DSO Music Alive Composer-in-Residence Gabriela Lena Frank.

Performances are scheduled beginning January 5, 2017 through June 25, 2017. A donation of $25 or more to the DSO’s Annual Fund waives all subscription fees. The William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series is made possible by a generous grant from the William Davidson Foundation and the support of WRCJ 90.9 FM. Renamed in 2014 in honor of philanthropist William Davidson, the William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series brings even more opportunities for Metro Detroiters to experience the magic of the Symphony close to home.

Neighborhood Concert Series Dates & Locations:

A complete listing including conductors, featured musicians, and programs is also available at www.dso.org/neighborhood.

Southfield Neighborhood Concert Series – Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.

Congregation Shaarey Zedek

27375 Bell Rd.

Southfield, MI

 

West Bloomfield Neighborhood Concert Series – Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.

Berman Center for the Performing Arts

6600 W. Maple Rd.

West Bloomfield Township, MI

 

Clinton Township Neighborhood Concert Series – Fridays at 8 p.m.

Macomb Center for the Performing Arts

44575 Garfield Rd.

Clinton Township, MI

Sponsored by St. John Providence

 

Canton Neighborhood Concert Series – Fridays at 8 p.m.

The Village Theater at Cherry Hill

50400 Cherry Hill Rd.

Canton, MI

 

Bloomfield Hills Neighborhood Concert Series – Saturdays at 8 p.m.

Kirk in the Hills Presbyterian Church

1340 W. Long Lake Rd.

Bloomfield Hills, MI

 

Grosse Pointe Neighborhood Concert Series – Sundays at 3 p.m.

Our Lady Star of the Sea

467 Fairford Rd.

Grosse Pointe Woods, MI

 

Beverly Hills Neighborhood Concert Series – Sundays at 3 p.m.

Seligman Performing Arts Center

on the Detroit Country Day School campus

22305 W. 13 Mile Rd.

Beverly Hills, MI

 

Neighborhood Concert Series Programs:

BEETHOVEN AND SCHUBERT

Thu., Jan. 5 in West Bloomfield

Fri., Jan. 6 in Canton

Sat., Jan. 7 in Bloomfield Hills

Sun., Jan. 8 in Grosse Pointe

Daniel Blendulf, conductor

Benjamin Beilman, violin

STRAVINSKY—   Eight Instrumental Overtures

BEETHOVEN—   Violin Romance No. 2

SCHUBERT—   Rondo in A major for Violin and Strings

POULENC—   Sinfonietta

 

VIRTUOSITY OF CHO-LIANG LIN

Thu., Jan. 12 in Southfield

Fri., Jan. 13 in Clinton Township

Sun., Jan. 15 in Beverly Hills

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Cho-Liang Lin, violin

GABRIELA LENA FRANK—   World Premiere

SCHIFRIN—   Tangos Concertantes

MENDELSSOHN—   Symphony No. 5 “Reformation”

 

MENDELSSOHN’S “ITALIAN” SYMPHONY

Thu., Feb. 23 in West Bloomfield

Fri., Feb. 24 in Canton

Sat., Feb. 25 in Bloomfield Hills

Sun., Feb. 26 in Grosse Pointe

Elim Chan, conductor

Michael Ma, bassoon

HUMMEL—   Bassoon Concerto

MENDELSSOHN—   Symphony No. 4 “Italian”

Additional programming to be announced.

 

DVOŘÁK’S “NEW WORLD” SYMPHONY

Thu., Mar. 16 in Southfield

Fri., Mar. 17 in Clinton Township

Sun., Mar. 19 in Beverly Hills

Manuel López-Gómez, conductor

Yoonshin Song, violin

DVOŘÁK—   Symphony No. 9 “New World”

PIAZZOLLA—   Four Seasons

Additional programming to be announced.

 

HAYDN’S FIRST CELLO CONCERTO

Thu., Apr. 27 in West Bloomfield

Fri., Apr. 28 in Canton

Sat., Apr. 29 in Bloomfield Hills

Sun., Apr. 30 in Grosse Pointe

Lio Kuokman, conductor

Wei Yu, cello

HAYDN—   Cello Concerto No. 1

GOUNOD—   Petite Symphonie

BARTÓK—   Divertimento

Additional programming to be announced.

 

THE DEFIANT REQUIEM

Thu., May 4 in Southfield

Murry Sidlin, conductor

Jennifer Check, soprano

Ann McMahon Quintero, mezzo soprano

Issachah Savage, tenor

Nathan Stark, bass

VERDI—   Requiem

Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín (DSO Premiere)

 

SEDUCTIVE SHOWPIECES

Fri., May 12 in Clinton Township

Sun., May 14 in Beverly Hills

Carlos Miguel Prieto, conductor

Alexandra Soumm, violin

MÁRQUEZ—   Danzón No. 2

BERNSTEIN—   Serenade

deFALLA—   Three-Cornered Hat

GIMÉNEZ—   Intermezzo from La Boda de Luis Alonso

 

BACH & HAYDN

Thu., Jun. 15 in West Bloomfield

Fri., Jun. 16 in Canton

Sat., Jun. 17 in Bloomfield Hills

Sun., Jun. 18 in Grosse Pointe

Andrés Cárdenes, conductor and violin

BOCCHERINI—   Symphony No. 25

BACH—   Brandenburg Concerto No. 5

HAYDN—   Symphony No. 101

 

NEIGHBORHOOD CONCERT SERIES FINALE

Thu., Jun. 22 in Southfield

Fri., Jun. 23 in Clinton Township

Sun., Jun. 25 in Beverly Hills

Paul Watkins, conductor

A collaboration between the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor Paul Watkins.

Additional programming for this performance to be announced this fall.

 

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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KARINA CANELLAKIS TO LEAD DSO NEIGHBORHOOD CHAMBER ORCHESTRA FOR BEETHOVEN’S FIRST SYMPHONY

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Soprano Jessica Rivera will join DSO for final Neighborhood Series concerts of the season

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Detroit, (July 13, 2016) – Celebrated young conductor Karina Canellakis will lead a chamber group of Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) musicians in four performances of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1. The program also includes Stravinsky’s “Dumbarton Oaks” Concerto and Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915, with the group joined by soprano Jessica Rivera. The performances are the last of the 2015-16 season in the DSO’s William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series.

Performances will take place on Thu., Jul. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at The Berman Center for the Performing Arts in West Bloomfield, Fri., Jul. 22 at 8 p.m. at the Village Theater in Canton, Sat., Jul. 23 at 8 p.m. at Kirk in the Hills Presbyterian Church in West Bloomfield, and Sun., Jul. 24 at 3 p.m. at Our Lady Star of the Sea in Grosse Pointe Woods.

About Karina Canellakis

Already known to many in the classical music world for her virtuoso violin playing, Karina Canellakis was initially encouraged to pursue conducting by her mentor Sir Simon Rattle while she was playing regularly in the Berlin Philharmonic for two years as a member of their Orchester-Akademie. In addition to appearing as soloist with various North American orchestras, she subsequently played regularly in the Chicago Symphony for over three years, and appeared on several occasions as guest concertmaster of the Bergen Philharmonic in Norway. She spent many summers performing at the Marlboro Music Festival, and her approach to conducting is firmly rooted in her detailed and dedicated experience as a chamber musician.

Canellakis is the winner of the 2016 Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award, a recipient of a 2015 Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award, the winner of the 2013 Taki Concordia Conducting Fellowship, and was a conducting fellow at the Boston Symphony’s Tanglewood Music Center for the summer of 2014. She made her European conducting debut last June with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe at the Styriarte Festival in Graz, Austria, replacing the late Nikolaus Harnoncourt, and was re-invited to Graz this summer. Currently in her second season as Assistant Conductor of the Dallas Symphony, she will conclude her tenure at the end of the 2015-16 season.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree in violin from the Curtis Institute of Music and a Master’s degree in orchestral conducting from The Juilliard School, where she was the recipient of the Charles Schiff Award for Excellence in Orchestral Conducting, the American Conductors Award, and the Bruno Walter Memorial Scholarship. In addition to Rattle and Zweden, her most prominent mentors are Alan Gilbert and Fabio Luisi.

About Jessica Rivera

Possessing a voice praised by the San Francisco Chronicle for its “effortless precision and tonal luster,” soprano Jessica Rivera has participated in unique artistic collaborations with many of today’s most celebrated composers, including John Adams, Gabriela Lena Frank, Osvaldo Golijov, Jonathan Leshnoff, and Nico Muhly. She has worked with such esteemed conductors as Bernard Haitink, Sir Simon Rattle, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Robert Spano, and Michael Tilson Thomas.

Rivera’s 2015-16 season features performances of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Giancarlo Guerrero and the Nashville Symphony, excerpts from Canteloube’s Chants d’Auvergne with Josep Caballé-Domenech and the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, a pops concert with Richard Kaufman and the Pacific Symphony, Strauss’ Four Last Songs with Richard Sowers and the Anderson Symphony Orchestra, Joshua Roman’s song cycle “we do it to one another” with Town Hall Seattle, Strauss’ Orchesterlieder with Johannes Stert and the Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa in Lisbon, and more.

Rivera was heralded in the world premiere of John Adams’ opera A Flowering Tree, singing the role of Kumudha, in a production directed by Peter Sellars as part of the New Crowned Hope Festival in Vienna. She made her European operatic debut as Kitty Oppenheimer in Peter Sellars’s acclaimed production of John Adams’s Doctor Atomic with the Netherlands Opera, a role that also served for her debuts at the Lyric Opera of Chicago and Finnish National Opera, and she joined the roster of the Metropolitan Opera for its new production of Doctor Atomic under the direction of Alan Gilbert.

Ticket Information

Tickets for Beethoven’s First Symphony are $25 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

Beethoven’s First Symphony

Karina Canellakis, conductor

Jessica Rivera, soprano

Thursday, Jul. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in The Berman Center for the Performing Arts

Friday, Jul. 22 at 8 p.m. in Village Theater at Cherry Hill

Saturday, Jul. 23 at 8 p.m. in Kirk in the Hills Presbyterian Church

Sunday, Jul. 24 at 3 p.m. in Our Lady Star of the Sea

STRAVINSKY—

  • Concerto for Chamber Orchestra in E-flat major, “Dumbarton Oaks”
    • I. Tempo giusto
    • II. Allegretto
    • III. Con moto                                                             

BARBER—

  • Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Op. 24

Jessica Rivera, soprano

BEETHOVEN—

  • Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21
    • I. Adagio molto – Allegro con brio
    • II. Andante cantabile con moto
    • III. Menuetto: Allegro molto e vivace
    • IV. Finale: Adagio – Allegro molto e vivace

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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PIANIST LOUIS SCHWIZGEBEL TO JOIN DSO IN WILLIAM DAVIDSON NEIGHBORHOOD CONCERT SERIES

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Program includes Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 at three Metro Detroit venues

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Detroit, (July 11, 2016) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s (DSO) William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series continues with three performances featuring pianist Louis Schwizgebel. The program, conducted by LA Philharmonic Associate Conductor Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, includes Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Performances will take place on Thu., Jul. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at Congregation Shaarey Zedek in Southfield, Fri., Jul. 15 at 8 p.m. at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts in Clinton Township, and Sun., Jul. 17 at 3 p.m. at the Seligman Performing Arts Center in Beverly Hills.

About Louis Schwizgebel

Born in Geneva in 1987, Swiss-Chinese pianist Louis Schwizgebel has been described as an “insightful musician” by the New York Times and “already one of the great masters of the piano” by Res Musica. At the age of seventeen he won the Geneva International Music Competition and, two years later, the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York. In 2012 he won second prize at the Leeds International Piano Competition and was a BBC New Generation Artist from 2013-2015.

Schwizgebel has performed with many orchestras across the globe including the London Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, City of Birmingham Symphony, Wiener Symphoniker, Orchestre National de Lyon, Nagoya, Macao and Shanghai Philharmonic orchestras, and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. He performs regularly in his native Switzerland, both in recital and with the symphony and chamber orchestras; he has played at all the major festivals including Progetto Martha Argerich, Menuhin Festival Gstaad and Verbier Festival. In 2014 he made his BBC Proms debut, and recent recital highlights include performances at London’s Wigmore Hall, Fribourg International Piano Series, Munich’s Herkulesaal, and with violinist Benjamin Beilman his debut at the Berlin Philharmonie.

Schwizgebel records for Aparté; his recording of Beethoven’s First and Second Piano Concertos with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Thierry Fischer received critical acclaim. His solo disc, Poems, which features works by Ravel, Liszt, Holliger, and Schubert was given four stars by Germany’s Fono Forum. His recording of Saint-Saens’s Piano Concertos Nos 2 and 5 with the BBC Symphony Orchestra was released in autumn 2015, with Radio Classique selecting it as ‘Disc du Jour.’

Schwizgebel studied with Brigitte Meyer in Lausanne and Pascal Devoyon in Berlin, and then later at the Juilliard School with Emanuel Ax and Robert McDonald, and at London’s Royal Academy of Music with Pascal Nemirovski.

About Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla

At the age of 29, conductor Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla has already enjoyed meaningful and lasting relationships with top orchestras all over the world. Notably, Gražinytė-Tyla was named Music Director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in February 2016. She made her debut with the orchestra in July 2015 and returned in January 2016. In becoming the Music Director, Gražinytė-Tyla follows in the footsteps of Sir Simon Rattle, Sakari Oramo, and Andris Nelsons.

Gražinytė-Tyla was a Dudamel Fellow with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in the 2012/2013 season, she became Assistant Conductor with the orchestra in 2014, and was promoted to Associate Conductor for the 2016/2017 season. Winner of the 2012 prestigious Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award, she subsequently made her debut with the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra in a symphonic concert at the Salzburger Festspiele. Gražinytė-Tyla is serving as the Music Director of the Salzburg Landestheater from 2015 until 2017.

Gražinytė-Tyla was discovered by the German Conducting Forum in April 2009, and was one of the revelations of the 2009 Kurt Masur Conducting Seminar in Bonn, Germany, on “The Art of Conducting Beethoven.” A native of Vilnius, Lithuania, she was born into a musical family. Before pursuing her studies at the Music Conservatory in Zurich, she studied at the Music Conservatory Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy in Leipzig and at the Music Conservatory in Bologna, Italy. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in choral and orchestral conducting from the University of Music and Fine Arts, Graz, Austria.

About the William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series

Since its launch in 2011, the William Davidson Neighborhood Concert 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.

Ticket Information

Tickets for Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto 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

Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto

Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, conductor

Louis Schwizgebel, piano

Thu., Jul. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at Congregation Shaarey Zedek (Southfield, MI)

Fri., Jul. 15 at 8 p.m. at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts (Clinton Township, MI)

Sun., Jul. 17 at 3 p.m. at the Seligman Performing Arts Center (Beverly Hills, MI)

SERKSNYTE:

  • De Profundis

BEETHOVEN:

  • Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15
    • I. Allegro con brio
    • II. Largo
    • III. Rondo: Allegro

TCHAIKOVSKY:

  • Suite from The Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66
    • 1. Introduction
    • 2. Pas de quatre (ACT III.)
      • 2a. Introduction
      • 2b. La Fee-Or (Variation I)
      • 2c. La Fee-Argent (Variation II)
      • 2d. La Fee-Saphir (Variation III)
      • 2e. La Fee-Daiamant (Variation IV)
      • 2f. Coda
    • 3. Finale (ACT I.)
    • 7. Panorama (ACT II.)
    • 8. Entr’acte symphonique (Le Sommeil) et Scene (ACT II.)
    • 9. Finale (ACT II.)
    • 10. Valse (ACT I.)

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 24TH ANNUAL SALUTE TO AMERICA BEST-ATTENDED EVER

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Independence Day tradition a huge success; thanks to sponsors and collaborators

Detroit, (July 8, 2016) – Last weekend’s Salute to America concerts at Greenfield Village, performed by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) and The United States Army Field Band Concert Band & Soldiers’ Chorus, were the most successful in the event’s 24-year history.

Over 26,000 guests visited historic Greenfield Village on the campus of the Henry Ford Museum for the four Independence Day concerts, which took place on Thu., Jun. 30, Fri., Jul. 1, Sat., Jul. 2, and Sun., Jul. 3. The DSO, led by conductor, actor, and Detroit native Damon Gupton, shared the stage with The United States Army Field Band Concert Band & Soldiers’ Chorus, led by conductor and commander Lieutenant Colonel Jim Keene. The program featured patriotic songs, Hollywood classics, and everyone’s favorite finale—Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, accompanied by real cannons and followed by fireworks.

The DSO would like to thank the Salute to America sponsors, Ford Motor Company and Bank of America, as well as the events’ official media sponsor, WWJ Newsradio. Additionally, the DSO extends its gratitude to The Henry Ford Museum, The United States Army Field Band Concert Band & Soldiers’ Chorus, 1st Michigan Colonial Fife and Drum Corps, the cannoneers of the historic Loomis Battery, Maestro Gupton, Lieutenant Colonel Keene, and the thousands of families who make Salute to America such a significant Independence Day tradition.

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.

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VOTING NOW OPEN IN #DTEPOWERSDSO VENUE COMPETITON

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Partnership between Orchestra and DTE Energy Foundation brings concerts to community-selected venues across southeast Michigan

Detroit, (July 7, 2016) – Back by popular demand, the #DTEPowersDSO venue competition allows Southeast Michiganders to select the locations for four free Detroit Symphony Orchestra concerts this fall. The DSO received dozens of nominations, and voting is now open at dso.org/DTEPowersDSO! The seven venue finalists are as follows:

Anchor Bay High School (Fair Haven)

L’anse Creuse John R. Armstrong Performing Arts Center (Clinton Twp.)

Clarkston High School (Clarkston)

Ford Community & Performing Arts Center (Dearborn)

Greater Grace Temple (Detroit)

Heinz C. Prechter Educational and Performing Arts Center (Taylor)

MCCC La-Z-Boy Center/Meyer Theatre (Monroe)

The four free concerts will take place Fri., Sep. 23, Sat., Sep. 24, and Sun., Sep. 25, 2016, conducted by DSO Assistant Conductor Michelle Merrill. Voting is open through Wed., Jul. 20.

For 50 years the DTE Energy Foundation has supported the DSO and its cultural programs, and this will be the fifth year that the Foundation has helped the Orchestra bring music to diverse and underserved communities throughout Southeast Michigan. “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.”

About the DTE Energy Foundation

Energy is critical to our quality of life and economic progress. DTE Energy is relied upon 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days of the year to produce, acquire and deliver that energy, whether from traditional sources or from renewable and alternative technologies. That makes us, in a sense, a company that never sleeps.

At DTE Energy we believe that we have a greater responsibility. We believe that being part of a community means being involved in the fabric of that community. It means being a force for growth and prosperity in the communities that we serve. The DTE Energy Foundation, the charitable arm of DTE Energy, is integral to that mission. The Foundation can be contacted by phone at (313) 235-9271.

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 PAY TRIBUTE TO DAVID BOWIE WITH CONCERT AT MEADOW BROOK AMPHITHEATRE THIS WEEKEND

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Arranger Brent Havens returns to Detroit to conduct DSO and accompanying rock band

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Detroit, (July 5, 2016) – Six months following the death of the rock legend, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will perform The Music of David Bowie at Meadow Brook Amphitheatre. The Orchestra, led by guest conductor Brent Havens, will take guests on a symphonic odyssey that explores the incredible range of David Bowie’s musical genius. A full rock band, fronted by vocalist/guitarist Brady Dolyniuk, will accompany the Orchestra. The one-night-only concert will take place on Sun., Jul. 10 at 7:30 p.m.

“My concept for The Music of David Bowie was to take the music as close to the originals as we could and then add some colors to enhance what Bowie had done,” says Havens. “The wonderful thing with an orchestra is that you have an entire palette to call upon.  The band is reproducing what Bowie did on the albums, verbatim, and then having an orchestra behind the band gives the music a richness, a whole different feel, a whole different sense of power.”

The Music of David Bowie with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra at Meadow Brook Amphitheatre is part of the Belle Tire Concert Series.

About Brent Havens

Berklee-trained arranger/conductor Brent Havens has written music for orchestras, feature films and virtually every kind of television. His TV work includes movies for networks such as ABC, CBS and ABC Family Channel Network, 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 Birth-day Party Finale attended by over 150,000 fans. He has worked with some of the world’s greatest orchestras—including the Royal Philharmonic in London, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Houston Symphony, the Atlanta Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, the Dallas Symphony, the Fort Worth Symphony, the Nashville Symphony, the Buffalo Philharmonic and countless others. In 2013 Havens conducted the Malaysian Philharmonic for the Music of Michael Jackson show and returned to Kuala Lumpur in 2014 with the Music of Led Zeppelin and in 2015 with the Music of Queen.

Havens recently completed the score for the film Quo Vadis, a Premier Pictures remake of the 1956 gladiator film. In 2013 he worked with the Baltimore Symphony and the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens to arrange and produce the music for the Thanksgiving Day halftime show between the Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers, adapting both classical music and rock songs into a single four-minute show. Havens is Arranger/Guest Conductor for twelve symphonic rock programs: the Music of Led Zeppelin, the Music of the Doors, the Music of Pink Floyd, the Music of the Eagles, the Music of Queen, the Music of Michael Jackson, the Music of The Who, The Music of Whitney Houston, the Music of The Rolling Stones, the Music of U2 and most recently the Music of Journey! Havens also premiered a full orchestral show for Lou Gramm, The Voice of Foreigner with Lou singing out front.

About Brody Dolyniuk

Brody Dolyniuk remembers mimicking voices even as a child, listening to old records and tapes. He is a gifted, 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.

His first professional gigs were at piano bars in several U.S. cities, where he learned to charm audiences and expand his musical repertoire. With a longing to perform the music of the many rock bands that inspired him, Brody assembled Yellow Brick Road, unquestionably Las Vegas’ most successful classic rock band. Since 1997, YBR has been re-shaping the casino entertainment scene by bringing a rock concert atmosphere to showrooms previously reserved for Top-40-style lounge acts. Along the way, Brody has made numerous radio and TV appearances and earned a spot in the finals of two national singing competitions, and even self-produced several large rock production-style shows utilizing multi-media, lasers, comedy and special effects.

In 2007, Brody lent his vocal talents by singing several tracks on the mega-hit video game Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, and has already done several more for the new Konami game Rock Revolution. In addition to Bowie, Brody provides lead vocals for the Music of Queen, The Who, the Rolling Stones, U2, and Journey. He is also developing his own production, called Symphonic Rockshow. Now residing in Southern California, Brody continues to tour, as well as perform as a producer and session musician.

Ticket Information

Tickets for The Music of David Bowie at Meadow Brook Ampitheatre are $75, $55, $35 and $25 in the pavilion, $20 on the lawn, and four-packs at $60 on the lawn. All tickets are available for purchase at dso.org, in-person at the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center Box Office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit 48201) or by calling (313) 576-5111.

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 GIVE 7TH ANNUAL SUMMER PERFORMANCES AT FORD HOUSE

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Two-concert series includes one night of pops, one night of classical

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Detroit, (July 1, 2016) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) returns to the majestic Edsel & Eleanor Ford House for a two-concert series conducted by former DSO Assistant Conductor Teddy Abrams. For two nights the Orchestra will play 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 first concert, titled “Broadway Hits & More!” will star vocal duo Will and Anthony Nunziata. The second concert, “An American Symphonic Celebration,” is a program inspired by the beauty and wonder of America—including pieces from Bernstein, John Williams, Dvořák, and more.

Concerts take place on Fri., Jul. 8, and Sat., Jul. 9 at 8 p.m. with a thrilling fireworks finale each night 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.

Major support for the performances is provided by Beaumont and Fifth Third Bank. The fireworks presentations are made possible by support from the Cotton Family.

About Teddy Abrams

An unusually versatile musician, Teddy Abrams is a widely acclaimed conductor, as well as an established pianist, clarinetist, and composer.  Music Director of the Louisville Orchestra and Music Director and Conductor of the Britt Classical Festival, he also serves as Resident Conductor of the MAV Symphony Orchestra in Budapest, which he first conducted in 2011. He served as Assistant Conductor of the Detroit Symphony from 2012-2014.

From 2008 to 2011 Abrams was the Conducting Fellow and Assistant Conductor of the New World Symphony (NWS) and conducted many performances, including subscription concerts and numerous other full and chamber orchestra events.  Abrams has conducted the NWS in Miami Beach, Washington, D.C. and at Carnegie Hall, and recently returned to conduct the NWS on subscription with Joshua Bell as soloist.

Abrams studied conducting with Michael Tilson Thomas, Otto-Werner Mueller and Ford Lallerstedt at the Curtis Institute of Music, and with David Zinman at the Aspen Music Festival; he was the youngest conducting student ever accepted at both institutions. Abrams is also an award-winning composer and a passionate educator—he has taught at numerous schools throughout the United States. Teddy was a proud member of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra for seven seasons, and graduated from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with a Bachelor of Music, having studied piano with Paul Hersh.

About Will & Anthony Nunziata

Singers, songwriters, actors, creators, improv comedians and advocates of arts in education—Will & Anthony Nunziata are the Brooklyn-born, classically trained singing and comedy brother duo who sing fresh takes of timeless songs from pop, adult contemporary music, Broadway, Italy, and beyond.

The brothers have brought their distinct take on classic and contemporary songs from performing arts centers and theaters to headlining symphony concerts with orchestras including the Detroit Symphony, Cleveland Pops Orchestra, Colorado Symphony, Lancaster Symphony, Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, Firelands Symphony Orchestra, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, and upcoming Carnegie Hall debut with The New York Pops Orchestra.

From Singapore to San Francisco, Will & Anthony have created and performed tailored private concerts for countless corporate, private, and gala events all around the world. They have been featured recently on NPR, The Entertainment Weekly Sirius Radio show, The Rachael Ray Show, NBC’s Columbus Day Parade, and on ABC’s Good Morning America. In the fashion world, the brothers have modeled and been styled by Carmen Marc Valvo, Hermes U.S. and Hermes Toronto, Elie Tahari, b Michael America, and Nick Graham. Will & Anthony have trained in improv comedy with the Upright Citizens Brigade in New York City.

Born in Brooklyn, the brothers, along with their younger sister Annie, were raised just north of New York City in Pelham Manor, NY. Music continues to constantly play in the home of their parents, Fran and Joe. Sinatra, Ella, Sammy Davis, Jr., Streisand, Dean Martin, Pavarotti, Billy Joel, gospel—this was the soundtrack of Will & Anthony’s childhood. Today, their musical mission is to keep “America’s classical music” feeling fresh and new.

Ticket Information

Tickets to The DSO at Ford House start at $20 for adults and $12 for children. Tickets 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.

Performances

Broadway Hits & More!

Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Teddy Abrams, conductor

Will & Anthony Nunziata, guest vocalists

Friday, July 8 at 8 p.m.

Program to be announced from stage

Fireworks presentation following program

An American Symphonic Celebration

Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Teddy Abrams, conductor

Saturday, July 9 at 8 p.m.

MENDELSSOHN—  “Wedding March” from Four Pieces from A Midsummer Night’s Dream

BERNSTEIN—  Symphonic Dances from West Side Story

  • Prologue
  • “Somewhere”
  • Scherzo
  • Mambo
  • Cha Cha
  • Meeting Scene
  • “Cool” Fugue
  • Rumble
  • Finale

COPLAND—  “Hoe Down” from Rodeo

TEDDY ABRAMS—  Fiddling

MASON BATES—  “Ford’s Farm, 1896” from Alternative Energy for orchestra & electronica

DVOŘÁK—  Symphony No. 9 in E minor, “From the New World”

  • Adagio – Allegro molto

JOHN WILLIAMS—  The Cowboys Overture

Fireworks presentation following program

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 Ford House

Breathtaking landscape, exquisite art, design and architecture, classic automobiles, Ford Family history and memories. These are just some of the treasures visitors encounter at Edsel & Eleanor Ford House—the ideal place to experience the lifestyle of one of America’s most important industrial families.

Automotive pioneer Edsel Ford and his wife Eleanor built their home in the late 1920s as a place to raise their young family. The house, its contents and grounds are a magnificent reflection of the Fords’ desire to connect art and design in their daily lives.

Today, Ford House is open to the public as a place of inspiration and discovery. A guided tour of the majestic home gives an up-close look at the rooms, art and furnishings. An exploratory walk on the sprawling estate’s 87 acres provides the opportunity to discover trees, flowers, birds and other wildlife. A stop by the historic garage allows guests to marvel at the classic automobiles and the opportunity to design a classic car at the interactive design table. A lakeside bench provides a peaceful respite and the chance to relax and watch the boats go by.

Whatever experience you choose, we hope you are inspired by, and engaged in, the environment around you. For more information, call (313) 884-4222 or visit fordhouse.org.

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TICKETS NOW ON SALE FOR BEN FOLDS, HOME ALONE, AND CASABLANCA WITH THE DSO

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Casablanca a new DSO program; Ben Folds returns for second year and Home Alone for third

Detroit, (June 29, 2016) – As of 11 a.m., patrons may purchase tickets for three exciting Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) concerts. Ben Folds with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra returns to Orchestra Hall after a sellout performance in 2014; the hugely popular concert accompaniment of the film Home Alone is back by popular demand for the third year in a row; and the DSO is thrilled to announce Casablanca with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, a Valentine’s Day concert accompanying a screening of one of the greatest films of all time.

Tickets are available for purchase at dso.org, via the free DSO to Go mobile app, in-person at the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center Box Office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit), or by calling (313) 576-5111. For group discount information (10 people or more), please contact DeRon Wilson at (313) 576-5130 or dwilson@dso.org.

 

Ben Folds with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Multi-Platinum-selling singer/songwriter Ben Folds joins the Detroit Symphony Orchestra for a very special evening of music in Orchestra Hall.  Ben’s smash hits as you’ve never experienced them before—with live orchestra—plus a movement from his piano concerto! The one-night-only performance takes place Sun., Dec. 4, 2016 at 7 p.m. in Orchestra Hall.

Home Alone with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Leave the microwave popcorn at home and enjoy one of the most beloved holiday films of all time projected on a giant screen in stunning high definition, accompanied by the DSO in the splendor of Orchestra Hall! John Hughes’ charming and hilarious story about family…John Williams’ captivating score…and the young Macaulay Culkin, who captured the hearts of audiences worldwide. A treat for the entire family! Constantine Kitsopoulos conducts this fan favorite for the third year in a row. The one-night-only performance takes place Wed., Dec. 14, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. in Orchestra Hall.

Casablanca with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with your special someone and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra for a special screening of Casablanca. The 1942 American romantic film tells the dramatic story of a man torn between love and virtue, and features iconic performances by Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, and Paul Henreid. The full-feature evening will feature Max Steiner’s Oscar-nominated score played live by your Detroit Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Constantine Kitsopoulos! Here’s looking at you, kid. The one-night-only performance takes place Tue., Feb. 14, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in Orchestra Hall.

 

DSO Box Office Hours

The Box Office is currently operating under summer hours: Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and two hours prior to each scheduled concert through intermission.

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

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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)

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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.

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