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News Release from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra

DSO News Release

DSO Contact:

Gabrielle Poshadlo
Patron Communications and Public Relations Manager
Detroit Symphony Orchestra
[email protected]


DETROIT, (April 17, 2014) – Led by conductor Thierry Fischer, French-Canadian pianist Louis Lortie will join the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) in performing Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1, a piece first performed in the composer’s native Poland shortly before he moved to Paris. Coupled with Debussy’s Prelude toAfternoon of the Faun and and selections from Berlioz’s Romeo and Juliette, Fischer will lead the orchestra through a program inspired by Lortie’s French-Canadian roots.

The Concerts will take place on Thursday May 01 at 7:30 p.m.Friday May 02 at 10:45 a.m.;and Saturday May 03 at 8:00 p.m.

The Friday, May 2, 10:45 a.m. performance will be webcast live to a global audience via the DSO’s Live From Orchestra Hall series of HD webcasts.


Thierry Fischer recently renewed his contract as Music Director of the Utah Symphony Orchestra, where he has revitalized the music-making, enthralling players and audiences by his vibrancy, commitment and energy. His hallmarks are a lightness of touch and transparency of texture, allowing room for vivid characterization. He has a keen stylistic sense, and where appropriate uses natural brass and baroque timpani.

Fischer was Principal Conductor of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales from 2006-2012, returning in 2013 and beyond. A busy guesting career has taken him to orchestras as diverse as the Philharmonia, Czech Philharmonic, Orchestre National de Lyon and more. In 2013/14 he makes his debut with the Oslo Philharmonic for Honegger and Poulenc, returns to the Orchestre National de Bordeaux to conduct Shostakovich 10 in their new auditorium, and conducts the Oregon, Detroit and Pacific symphonies.

Fischer started out as Principal Flute in Hamburg and at the Zurich Opera. His conducting career began in his 30′s when he replaced an ailing colleague, subsequently directing his first few concerts with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe where he was Principal Flute under Claudio Abbado. He spent his apprentice years in Holland, and became Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Ulster Orchestra 2001-6. He was Chief Conductor of the Nagoya Philharmonic 2008-2011, making his Suntory Hall debut in Tokyo in May 2010, and is now Honorary Guest Conductor.


French-Canadian pianist Louis Lortie has performed complete Beethoven sonata cycles at London’s Wigmore Hall, Berlin’s Philharmonie, and the Sala Grande del Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi in Milan.

Lortie celebrated the bicentenary of Liszt’s birth in 2011 by performing the complete Années de pèlerinage at international music capitals and festivals, and he returns to Carnegie Hall in 2014 to perform it there.

In 2013-2014 Lortie tours Australia, Hong Kong and Taiwan, and returns to the BBC Proms, the orchestras of St. Louis, Atlanta, Dallas, Vancouver, Detroit, and more and performs recitals in the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall, to name a few.

He has made more than 30 recordings for the Chandos label, covering repertoire from Mozart to Stravinsky, including a set of the complete Beethoven sonatas and the complete Liszt’s Années de pèlerinage. His recording of the Lutosławski Piano Concerto and Paganini Variations with Edward Gardner and the BBC Symphony was released last year, as well as his latest Chopin album. Future recording include a disc of Liszt’s transcriptions.


Tickets to Lorie Plays Chopin begin at $15 and may be purchased at the Max M. Fisher Music Center box office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit); by calling (313) 576-5111; or online at dso.org. Detroit residents may reserve a ticket for $15 each in any section, excluding the box level, within two weeks of the performance. A valid photo ID with a Detroit address is required. For group discount information (10 people or more), please contact Chuck Dyer at (313) 576-5130 or [email protected].


Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Thierry Fischerconductor

Louis Lortiepiano

Thurs., May 01 at 7:30 p.m.

Fri., May 02 at 10:45 a.m.

Sat., May 03 at 8 p.m.

DEBUSSY Prélude à l’Après-midi d’un faune
CHOPIN Piano Concerto No.1 in E minor, Op.11

I. Allegro maestoso

II. Romanze

III. Rondo

                        Louis Lortie, piano

BERLIOZ Roméo et Juliette, Dramatic Symphony, Op. 17 [Romeo and Juliet]  [complete]

Act I: Introduction


Act II: Romeo Alone

Night Scene

Queen Mab Scherzo

Act III. Juliet’s Funeral March

Romeo at the Tomb of the Capulets



The internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra, which celebrated its 125th anniversary in December 2012, 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 12thMusic Director of the DSO during the 2008-09.  Acclaimed conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik serves as Principal Pops Conductor while celebrated trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard holds the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair. The DSO’s performance schedule includes Classical, Pops, Jazz, Young People’s, Neighborhood concerts, and collaborations with chart-topping musicians from Smokey Robinson to Kid Rock. A commitment to broadcast innovation began in 1922 when the DSO became the first orchestra in the world to present a radio broadcast and continues today with the free Live from Orchestra Hall webcast series. Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall and 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 dso.org or download the free DSO to Go mobile app.


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