Detroit Symphony Announces 2015-16 Season Lineup, with World Premieres by Six American Composers, including Tod Machover’s Crowd-Sourced “Symphony in D”; Highlights Under Music Director Leonard Slatkin Include a Winter Brahms Festival Featuring the Composer’s Complete Orchestral Repertoire (#Brahmsfest), Nigel Kennedy’s Return to the U.S., “Salome” in Concert, and More

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Detroit Symphony Announces 2015-16 Season Lineup, with World Premieres by Six American Composers, including Tod Machover’s Crowd-Sourced “Symphony in D”  

Highlights Under Music Director Leonard Slatkin Include a Winter Brahms Festival Featuring the Composer’s Complete Orchestral Repertoire (#Brahmsfest), Nigel Kennedy’s Return to the U.S., “Salome” in Concert, and More 

 

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) announced programming today for its 2015-16 Classical, Pops, and Young People’s Family Subscription Series at Detroit’s Max M. Fisher Music Center. The Classical Season features world premieres by six American composers, including Tod Machover’s collaborative work for the city of Detroit, Symphony in D, and the U.S. Premiere of Nico Muhly’s first Viola Concerto. The DSO’s third annual winter festival focuses on Brahms with performances of the composer’s complete orchestral works under the baton of Music Director Leonard Slatkin. The season opens with Jean-Yves Thibaudet playing Gershwin, and closes with a concert performance of Richard Strauss’s Salome, with Lise Lindstrom in the title role. The DSO’s “Live From Orchestra Hall” webcast series will return for its fifth full season, offering a free broadcast of each classical program at dso.org/live. Also for the fifth season in a row, the DSO is not increasing Classical Season ticket prices.

 

2015-16 marks the eighth season of a partnership between the DSO and Music Director Leonard Slatkin − who has extended his commitment to the orchestra through 2017 − that has fostered the DSO’s triumphant return to Carnegie Hall, the launch of the “Live From Orchestra Hall” webcast series which now reaches 500,000 viewers worldwide, and the advent of digital recordings on the DSO’s in-house label. The orchestra also recently announced its second consecutive budget surplus, the expansion of its pioneering Neighborhood Concert Series and Neighborhood Residency Initiative through a $3.75 million multi-year commitment from the William Davidson Foundation, the extension of its educational initiatives with a multi-million dollar grant to create the Wu Family Academy, and the commissioning of Machover’s crowd-sourced Symphony in D, in partnership with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

 

Continuing the tradition begun in February 2014 with the incredibly successful Beethoven Festival, next season’s Brahms Festival (#Brahmsfest) will be the third DSO Winter Music Festival. (The current season’s festival takes place next month and spotlights Tchaikovsky.) Unlike the outpouring of orchestral repertoire by many of his peers, Brahms composed only 13 works for orchestra, and the DSO will perform them all during the festival.

 

WORLD, AMERICAN AND DSO PREMIERES

Reflecting the DSO’s commitment to American music, amplified by the advocacy of its Music Director, the DSO’s 2015-16 season features six world premieres by American composers, with works by Mohammed Fairouz, Music Alive Composer in Residence Gabriela Lena Frank, Aaron Jay Kernis, Tod Machover, Sarah Kirkland Snider, and Leonard Slatkin himself. Additionally, violist Nadia Sirota will give the United States premiere of Nico Muhly’s Viola Concerto (Oct 23-25).

  • Tod Machover’s Symphony in D featuring sound submissions from the people of Detroit, will receive its World Premiere on November 20-21, making the DSO the first U.S. orchestra to work with Machover on his “city symphony” series of works based on what the citizens of a city believe their home sounds like.
  • On December 5-6, the DSO will give the World Premiere of Leonard Slatkin’s Kinah, an elegy written in honor of his parents, longtime members of the Hollywood String Quartet. Slatkin’s father would have turned 100 this coming December.
  • Mohammed Fairouz’s Cello Concerto will receive its World Premiere on January 16, infused with the young composer’s signature Middle Eastern influences.
  • The DSO will give the World Premiere of American composer Aaron Jay Kernis’s Flute Concerto on January 21-23 with Marina Piccinini as soloist.
  • •           The seventh winner of the Elaine Lebenbom Memorial Competition for Female Composers, Sarah Kirkland Snider, will come to Detroit April 14-16 for the World Premiere of a work yet unnamed.
  • On May 26-27, the DSO will give the World Premiere of a work by DSO Music Alive Composer in Residence Gabriela Lena Frank. The work is not yet titled.

GUEST ARTISTS & CLASSICAL DEBUTS

Leonard Slatkin will conduct the orchestra in 15 of 26 classical concert programs during the 2015-16 season, including the entirety of the February Brahms Festival, and the World Premiere of his own composition, Kinah.  During the other weeks, the DSO will welcome back guest conductors Hans Graf, Andrew Grams, Thomas Dausgaard, Giancarlo Guerrero, Peter Oundjian, Sir Andrew Davis, and Bobby McFerrin. Making their DSO subscription debuts are conductors Fabien Gabel, Case Scaglione, Nathalie Stutzmann, Nikolaj Znaider, and DSO Assistant Conductor Michelle Merrill.

 

Audience favorites returning as soloists include Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Hélène Grimaud, Joshua Bell and, in a long-anticipated return to the United States, Nigel Kennedy. Members of the orchestra featured in solo turns are Concertmaster Yoonshin Song, Principal Bassist Kevin Brown, Principal Trumpeter Hunter Eberly, Principal Clarinetist Ralph Skiano and the DSO’s new Principal Cellist Wei Yu, who recently left the New York Philharmonic for Detroit.

 

Soloists making their DSO debuts are violinists Simone Porter and Baiba Skride, the young American violist Nadia Sirota, Israeli cellist Maya Beiser, German-Japanese cellist Danjulo Ishizaka, Macedonian pianist Simon Trpceski, rising French pianist Lise de la Salle, sopranos Lise Lindstrom and Melissa Citro, mezzo-soprano Jane Henschel, tenor Chris Merritt, and baritone Daniel Sutin.

 

RECORDINGS 

The DSO continues its project with the NAXOS label to release direct-to-digital releases of every John Williams concerto, starring DSO principal musicians. DSO Principal Trumpet Hunter Eberly will record Williams’ Trumpet Concerto, a DSO premiere. The DSO will also record Copland’s Symphony No. 3 (Oct 23-25) for future release, featuring Copland’s original ending, which Leonard Bernstein talked the composer out of using in the final published version. This will be the first recording of that passage.

 

ABOUT THE DSO

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

 

Subscriptions can be purchased by visiting dso.org or calling the DSO’s Box Office at 313-576-5111. Students of any age can attend any Classical, Jazz or Pops Orchestra Hall concert free all season long by purchasing a Soundcard for $25. More information is available at dso.org/soundcard.

 

A chronological listing of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s 2015-16 Classical concerts follows. To read the DSO’s full 2015-16 Season news release, including programming for Pops, Young People’s Family Concerts, “DSO Presents” special series, and subscription pricing, click here.

 

Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s 2015-16 Classical Concerts 

All concerts take place at Orchestra Hall at the Max M. Fisher Music Center in Detroit, MI.

The DSO Classical Series is sponsored by PVS Chemicals Inc.

Programs and artists are subject to change.

 

Friday, Oct 2, 2015 at 8 p.m.

Saturday, Oct 3, 2015 at 8 p.m. webcast

Opening Weekend – Thibaudet plays Gershwin!

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano

BERLIOZ Roman Carnival Overture

GERSHWIN Piano Concerto in F

DRUCKMAN Mirage

STRAUSS Der Rosenkavalier Suite

 

Thursday, Oct 15, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct 16, 2015 at 8 p.m. webcast

Saturday, Oct 17, 2015 at 8 p.m.

Beethoven’s Seventh

Hans Graf, conductor

Ingrid Fliter, piano

PROKOFIEV Classical Symphony

MENDELSSOHN Piano Concerto No. 1

BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 7

 

Friday, Oct 23, 2015 at 10:45 a.m.

Saturday, Oct 24, 2015 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, Oct 25, 2015 at 3 p.m. webcast

Mozart’s “A Little Night Music”

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Nadia Sirota, viola

MOZART Eine Kleine Nachtmusik

NICO MUHLY Viola Concerto (U.S. Premiere)

COPLAND Symphony No. 3

 

Friday, Nov 6, 2015 at 8 p.m.

Saturday, Nov 7, 2015 at 8 p.m. webcast

Romantic Schumann

Andrew Grams, conductor

Simone Porter, violin

WILLIAM BOLCOM Commedia for “Almost” 18th Century Orchestra

BRUCH Violin Concerto

SCHUMANN Symphony No. 2

 

Thursday, Nov 12, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Nov 13, 2015 at 10:45 a.m.

Saturday, Nov 14, 2015 at 8 p.m. webcast

Debussy’s sensuous “La Mer”

Fabien Gabel, conductor

Yoonshin Song, violin

BORODIN Prince Igor Overture

KHACHATURIAN Violin Concerto

DUKAS Sorcerer’s Apprentice

DEBUSSY La mer

 

Friday, Nov 20, 2015 at 10:45 a.m.

Saturday, Nov 21, 2015 at 8 p.m. webcast

Symphony in D—For Detroit. By Detroit.

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Wei Yu, cello

RESPIGHI Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite II

TOD MACHOVER Symphony in D (World Premiere)

DVORÁK Cello Concerto

 

Saturday, Dec 5, 2015 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, Dec 6, 2015 at 3 p.m. webcast

Slatkin conducts Mahler’s “Resurrection”  

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Melissa Citro, soprano

Kelley O’Connor, mezzo-soprano

LEONARD SLATKIN Kinah (World Premiere)

MAHLER Symphony No. 2

 

Thursday, Dec 10, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Dec 11, 2015 at 10:45 a.m. webcast

Mozart & Beethoven

Case Scaglione, conductor

Augustin Hadelich, violin

MOZART Symphony No. 25

SHOSTAKOVICH Violin Sonata No. 1

BEETHOVEN Coriolan Overture

HAYDN Symphony No. 94

 

Saturday, Dec 12, 2015 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, Dec 13, 2015 at 3 p.m.

Nathalie Stutzmann conducts Handel’s “Messiah”

Nathalie Stutzmann, conductor

HANDEL Messiah

 

Saturday, Jan 16, 2016 at 8 p.m. webcast

Mozart’s “Prague” Symphony

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Maya Beiser, cello

DVORÁK Serenade for Winds

ELGAR Serenade for Strings

MOHAMMED FAIROUZ Cello Concerto (World Premiere)

MOZART Symphony No. 38

 

Thursday, Jan 21, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan 22, 2016 at 10:45 a.m. webcast

Saturday, Jan 23, 2016 at 8 p.m.

Slatkin conducts Bolero!

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Hunter Eberly, trumpet

Marina Piccinini, flute

BIZET Suite from Carmen

JOHN WILLIAMS Trumpet Concerto

AARON JAY KERNIS Flute Concerto (World Premiere)

RAVEL Boléro

 

Friday, Jan 29, 2016 at 10:45 a.m. webcast

Saturday, Jan 30, 2016 at 8 p.m.

Tchaikovsky with Znaider

Nikolaj Znaider, conductor, violin

MOZART Violin Concerto No. 1

MENDELSSOHN A Midsummer Night’s Dream

TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 4

 

Thursday, Feb 11, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb 12, 2016 at 8 p.m. webcast

Brahms Festival:

Symphony No. 4 / Violin Concerto

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Baiba Skride, violin

BRAHMS 3 Hungarian Dances

BRAHMS Violin Concerto

BRAHMS Symphony No. 4

 

Saturday, Feb 13, 2016 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, Feb 14, 2016 at 3 p.m. webcast

Brahms Festival:

Symphony No. 3 / Double Concerto

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Baiba Skride, violin

Danjulo Ishizaka, cello

BRAHMS Tragic Overture

BRAHMS Concerto for Violin and Cello

BRAHMS Symphony No. 3

 

Friday, Feb 19, 2016 at 10:45 a.m. webcast & 8 p.m.

Brahms Festival:

Symphony No. 1 / Second Serenade

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

BRAHMS Academic Festival Overture

BRAHMS Serenade No. 2

BRAHMS Symphony No. 1

 

Saturday, Feb 20, 2016 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, Feb 21, 2016 at 3 p.m. webcast

Brahms Festival:

Symphony No. 2 / First Serenade

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

BRAHMS Serenade No. 1

BRAHMS Symphony No. 2

 

Thursday, Feb 25, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb 26, 2016 at 10:45 a.m. webcast

Brahms Festival:

First Piano Concerto with Grimaud

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Hélène Grimaud, piano

BRAHMS Piano Quartet in G minor (arr. Schoenberg)

BRAHMS Piano Concerto No. 1

 

Saturday, Feb 27, 2016 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, Feb 28, 2016 at 3 p.m. webcast

Brahms Festival:

Second Piano Concerto with Grimaud

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Hélène Grimaud, piano

Ralph Skiano, clarinet

BRAHMS Variations on a Theme by Haydn

BRAHMS Sonata in F minor for Clarinet and Orchestra (arr. Berio)

BRAHMS Piano Concerto No. 2

 

Saturday, March 5 at 8 p.m. webcast

Classical Roots:

Bobby McFerrin!

Bobby McFerrin, conductor, vocals

Program TBD

 

Friday, March 18, 2016 at 10:45 a.m. webcast

Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 8 p.m.

Trpceski plays:

Virtuoso Liszt

Thomas Dausgaard, conductor

Simon Trpceski, piano

NIELSEN Helios Overture

LISZT Piano Concerto No. 2

SIBELIUS Symphony No. 1

 

Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 8 p.m. webcast

Beethoven’s “Pastoral”

Michelle Merrill, conductor

Kevin Brown, double bass

DVORÁK Carnival Overture

PISTON Ballet Suite from The Incredible Flutist

VANHAL Double Bass Concerto

BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 6

 

Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, April 15, 2016 at 10:45 a.m.

Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 8 p.m. webcast

Ravishing Rachmaninoff

Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor

Lise de la Salle, piano

SARAH KIRKLAND SNIDER Lebenbom Premiere, title TBA (World Premiere)

RACHMANINOFF Piano Concerto No. 1

STRAVINSKY Petruskha 

 

Friday, April 22, 2016 at 10:45 a.m.

Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, April 24, 2016 at 3 p.m. webcast

The Planets

Peter Oundjian, conductor

Vadim Gluzman, violin

MOZART Overture to Don Giovanni

SHOSTAKOVICH Violin Concerto No. 2

HOLST The Planets

 

Friday, May 6, 2016 at 8 p.m.

Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 8 p.m. webcast

Nigel Kennedy 

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Nigel Kennedy, violin

SCHUMANN Manfred Overture

  1. SCHUMAN Symphony No. 3

ELGAR Violin Concerto

 

Friday, May 20, 2016 at 10:45 a.m.

Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 3 p.m. webcast

Jeremy Denk plays

Beethoven’s “Emperor”

Sir Andrew Davis, conductor

Jeremy Denk, piano

DELIUS On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring

STENHAMMER Serenade

BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 5

 

Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, May 27, 2016 at 8 p.m. webcast

Joshua Bell

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Joshua Bell, violin

GABRIELA LENA FRANK Premiere (World Premiere)

LALO Symphonie espagnole

PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 5

 

Friday, June 3, 2016 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 3 p.m. webcast

Opera in Concert – Strauss’ sizzling Salome

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Lise Lindstrom, soprano

Chris Merritt, tenor

Jane Henschel, mezzo-soprano

Daniel Sutin, baritone

Scott Ramsay, tenor

STRAUSS Salome

 

 

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