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  • Chamber Winds

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    Members of the DSO’s winds and brass perform works for woodwind quintet featuring Barber’s Summer Music and Jeff Scott’s Startin’ Sumthin’.

  • Terence Blanchard

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    Erb Jazz Chair Terence Blanchard is no stranger to the Orchestra Hall stage. With more than 30 albums to his credit, Blanchard is a six-time Grammy Award winner and has received Oscar and Golden Globe nods. Blanchard curates an evening of music to celebrate International Jazz Day.

  • Brahms’ Second Serenade

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    Following in the traditions of composers known for their iconic symphonies, such as Mozart and Beethoven, Brahms composed his serenades as studies on the path to what would become his own great offerings to the symphonic form. Made up of five movements – helping anyone who may mistake it for a tr...

  • The Music of Queen

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    “We Are the Champions” to “Another One Bites the Dust,” the music of Queen bridged the gap between rock ‘n’ roll and orchestral music and led the way among the mega-bands of the 70s. Brody Dolyniuk channels the distinct vocals of Freddy Mercury for a “Bohemian Rhapsody” of hit after chart-smashi...

  • Regina Carter & Xavier Davis

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    Hailed as the foremost jazz violinist of her generation, Detroit native and MacArthur “genius” fellow Regina Carter returns to Orchestra Hall for an intimate duo set with accomplished jazz pianist and MSU professor Xavier Davis. Enjoy this live performance safely from the comfort of your home.

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  • Yoga + Live Music: Techno Edition

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    Practice yoga to techno music from the comfort of home! Detroit Yoga Lab founder Naomi Gold leads a virtual yoga session from Sosnick Courtyard, accessible to all skill levels, accompanied by Detroit Techno DJ Kyle Hall and keyboardist Jonathan Dixon. Experience the talent of Detroit artists and ...

  • Mozart Piano Concerto No. 25

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    Sometimes music takes a while to sink in. Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 25 wasn’t heard again for nearly 150 years after the composer died. Now it’s recognized as groundbreaking and among the greatest masterworks of all time.

  • DSO Digital Concerts

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  • Vivaldi's Gloria

    Enjoy this encore presentation of the April 27, 2019 program conducted by Nicholas McGegan featuring Vivaldi's choral masterpiece Gloria plus the composer's Concerto Grosso, RV 565. Please Note: This week’s new DSO Digital Concerts with Dmitry Sinkovsky have been postponed due to a positive COVID...

  • Avi Avital Plays Vivaldi and Clyne

    Program:

    VIVALDI Concerto for Strings, RV 114

    ANNA CLYNE Concerto for Mandolin and Strings, "Three Sisters"
    VIVALDI Concerto for Mandolin, RV 425

    Artists:
    Nicholas McGegan, Conductor
    Avi Avital, Mandolin

  • Ragtime Kings – Part II

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    Audience favorite Byron Stripling joins Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik in a “tour de force” program showcasing the music of George Gershwin, ragtime masters Scott Joplin and Jelly Roll Morton, and more!

  • Ragtime Kings – Part I

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    Audience favorite Byron Stripling joins Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik in a “tour de force” program showcasing the music of George Gershwin, ragtime masters Scott Joplin and Jelly Roll Morton, and more!

  • Nagano Conducts Schubert

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    Renowned for interpretations of clarity, elegance, and intelligence, conductor Kent Nagano leads the DSO in a performance of Schubert’s fifth symphony, written during a time when the composer was captivated by the works of Mozart. Japanese composer Toshio Hosokawa’s opera Stilles Meer was his res...

  • Beethoven & DBR

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    Jader Bignamini welcomes pianist Orli Shaham to join the DSO for a performance of Beethoven’s second piano concerto on a program including a new work by acclaimed composer and violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain.

  • Jader Conducts Mendelssohn

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    When one of the Romantic era’s most popular composers takes a tour of Scotland, chances are it will inspire the creation of a new symphony. Just is the case with Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 3, with an opening theme that was first sketched as he visited ruins of the chapel where Mary was crowned Qu...

  • Peter & The Wolf

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    Join the DSO on a musical adventure with Peter and his animal friends in Prokofiev’s timeless classic, Peter and the Wolf.

  • Jader & Midori

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    The DSO welcomes Midori, a visionary artist, activist, and educator, to Orchestra Hall. She joins DSO Music Director Jader Bignamini to perform Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto. The concerto’s memorable opening melody would not let Mendelssohn rest until he had committed it to paper.

  • Haydn’s London Symphony

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    DSO Music Director Jader Bignami leads the DSO in a program featuring two works of Austrian composers that found their inspiration far from home. Schubert composed two overtures “In the Italian Style” as he looked to evoke the music of Rossini, while Haydn’s final symphony was the culmination of ...

  • Dvořák Piano Quintet No. 2

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    Pianist Shai Wosner joins musicians of the DSO in an intimate chamber setting for music of Antonin Dvořák. Legends, originally composed for piano duet, is a series of ten smaller works that set a reflective mood, arranged here for piano, clarinet, and viola. His second piano quintet was originall...

  • Saint-Georges' Second

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    Saint-Georges, born Joseph Bologne, was the son of a French plantation owner and his African slave, who rose to prominence in 18th-century France as a champion fencer, violinist, composer, and conductor.

  • Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony

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    Originally composed as a string quartet, Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony was born out if personal crisis, as he reluctantly joined the Communist Party. While officially dedicated in memory of victims of “fascism and war,” he privately confessed he composed it in memory of himself, fearing otherwi...

  • Amazing Grace

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    Leonard Slatkin leads the DSO in a program of twentieth-century American and British composers.

  • Slatkin Returns

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    DSO Music Director Laureate Leonard Slatkin returns to lead the DSO in a program of folk-infused works. William Grant Still, often referred to as the “dean of African American composers” drew from throughout the western hemisphere to compose his folk suites, while Ginastera’s Concerto for Strings...

  • Classical Roots: JLCO with Wynton Marsalis

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    The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis returns to perform with the DSO, clarinetist Anthony McGill, and conductor William Eddins. This Classical Roots Celebration concert will feature Marsalis’s own composition "Meeelaan" featuring DSO Acting Principal Bassoon Michael Ke Ma, St...

  • JLCO with Wynton Marsalis

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    Performing with former DSO Erb Jazz Chair Wynton Marsalis, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra makes its long-awaited return to Orchestra Hall. Please note: The DSO does not appear on this program.

  • Lortie Plays Schumann

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    Pianist Louis Lortie returns to Detroit to perform Robert Schumann’s Piano Concerto, first performed by his wife Clara and featuring a tender melody that spells out the letters of her name. Before that, hear Rossini’s bombastic Overture to La scala di seta.

  • Cloudscapes

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    Picture the clouds rolling high above Woodward Avenue as you listen to Lachlan Skipworth’s Avem asperitas, a soundscape that tells of a storm that will never quite arrive. Alberto Ginastera shines a spotlight on each section of the orchestra in the Variaciones concertantes, all while evoking the ...

  • Broadway Then and Now – Part II (“Now”)

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    For over a century, Broadway has been the place to be for the latest showstoppers and hit musicals. Hear the best of Broadway’s “then” and “now” in this two-part musical journey from the Golden age through today!

  • Broadway Then and Now – Part I (“Then”)

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    For over a century, Broadway has been the place to be for the latest showstoppers and hit musicals. Hear the best of Broadway’s “then” and “now” in this two-part musical journey from the Golden age through today!

  • Mozart Violin Concerto No. 2

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    Kahchun Wong makes his DSO debut conducting a program that features the DSO’s Acting Concertmaster Kimberly Kaloyanides Kennedy in a performance of Mozart’s Second Violin Concerto.

  • Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony

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    Orchestra Hall veteran John Storgårds returns to the stage to conduct his Finnish compatriot Magnus Lindberg’s Souvenir, followed by Sergei Prokofiev’s “Classical Symphony,” an ode to Mozart and Haydn.

  • The Sum of Our Parts

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    Composer Tania Leon draws upon her ancestry mixed in French, Spanish, Chinese, African, and Cuban musical heritages, bringing that variety of parts together in her work Indigena, while Baiba Skride performs the first of a two-part set of Mozart violin concertos during this week.

  • Mozart’s Jupiter

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    Nicknamed “Jupiter” for opening chords that reminded listeners of thunderbolts, Mozart’s final symphony is among the greatest in classical music. Armenian-Venezuelan conductor Domingo Hindoyan leads a performance of Mozart’s Symphony No. 41 along with music of Puerto Rican-born composer Robert Si...

  • PNC Pops: Nothin’ but the Blues Part II

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    The Blues is at the heart and soul of nearly every form of music in the past 100 years. Featuring the stunning vocals of Shayna Steele, join the DSO in a tribute to musical legends including Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Ma Rainey, Louis Armstrong and more.

  • PNC Pops: Nothin’ but the Blues Part I

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    The Blues is at the heart and soul of nearly every form of music in the past 100 years. Featuring the stunning vocals of Shayna Steele, join the DSO in a tribute to musical legends including Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Ma Rainey, Louis Armstrong and more.

  • Brahms for Six

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    Principals from the DSO’s string sections perform Brahms’s rich and inventive second sextet. Please note: Originally scheduled guest violinist James Ehnes is unable to perform in tonight’s concert.

  • Brandendburg No. 6

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    The viola section takes center stage for Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 as DSO Principal and Assistant Principal Violas Eric Nowlin and James VanValkenburg lead their colleagues in this instrumental masterwork of the baroque era. Then, we hear English composer Anna Clyne’s Stride, named for th...

  • Encore: Ehnes Plays Mendelssohn

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    Please note: Originally scheduled guest violinist James Ehnes is unable to perform in tonight’s concert. In its place, enjoy this encore performance of Ehnes performing Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto with the DSO and conductor Juanjo Mena from December 2019.

  • Mozart's "Prague" Symphony

    Conductor Andrew Grams leads Mozart’s beloved Symphony No. 38, known as the “Prague” symphony after the city where it was premiered in 1787. Please note: Originally scheduled conductor Hannu Lintu is unable to appear with the DSO due to family circumstances.

  • Schubert’s First Symphony

    American conductor Andrew Grams returns to lead the DSO in a performance of Schubert’s Symphony No. 1, composed when he was just 16 years old while still in school, studying the works of Mozart and Haydn. Please note: originally scheduled conductor Hannu Lintu is unable to travel to Detroit for t...

  • The First Romantics

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    French composer Étienne Méhul stands in the history books as the first composer to be labeled a “Romantic”. His first symphony was written in the same year as Beethoven’s fifth, and shares a similar dramatic style. It would be revived thirty years later by Felix Mendelssohn, another figure of the...

  • Mozart Piano Concerto No. 20

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    Mozart composed his Piano Concerto No. 20 at the height of his popularity. It was heralded at its premiere and would become a favorite of audiences and composers, including Beethoven, who featured the work within his personal repertoire.

  • Family Film Favorites!

    Lions and superheroes and mermaids, oh my!  Discover how music brings beloved characters from the stage and screen to life!

  • Rock 'n Roll Radio

    From timeless classics to contemporary favorites, join the DSO on a journey across the airwaves for some of radio’s greatest hits!

  • Jazz from Detroit: Virtual Music Marathon

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    Join us for a one-of-a-kind virtual music marathon that celebrates Detroit's landmark jazz legacy hosted by Mark Stryker, award-winning arts reporter and author of Jazz from Detroit. This five-hour online festival experience will feature performances by and interviews with star-studded lineup inc...

  • Fabian Almazan + DSO String Quartet: Encore

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    Join us for an encore presentation of a global music collaboration! Cuban-born jazz pianist and composer Fabian Almazan and his ensemble join forces with a DSO String Quartet to perform Almazan’s composition Alcanza, a vibrant multi-movement suite that fuses jazz and contemporary classical chambe...

  • Cyrus Chestnut Trio: A Charlie Brown Christmas

    The holidays don’t officially arrive until you hear Vince Guaraldi’s classic score from A Charlie Brown Christmas. Virtuosic and playful, pianist Cyrus Chestnut infuses these classic charts with his soulful sound. Hear all your favorites: "Linus and Lucy," "Christmas Time is Here," "O Tannenbaum,...

  • Poetry Showcase: This Woman’s Work

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    Spoken word artist La Shaun Phoenix Moore hosts a virtual evening featuring a showcase of Detroit’s finest poets, followed by a special musical performance by New York-based singer, award-winning songwriter & actor Lulu Fall accompanied by Detroit guitarist Sasha Kashperko.

  • Fabian Almazan + DSO String Quartet

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    Cuban-born jazz pianist and composer Fabian Almazan joins forces with a DSO String Quartet to perform his composition Alcanza, an exciting multi-movement suite that fuses jazz and contemporary classical chamber music.

  • Runnicles Conducts Britten

    Famed Scottish conductor Donald Runnicles leads the DSO in a program including Britten’s tribute to his teacher that brought him international attention, and Carlos Simon’s An Elegy: Cry from the Grave, a haunting dedication to those murdered by oppressive powers.

    CARLOS SIMON
    An Elegy: A Cry fr...

  • Halloween Spooktacular

    Join the DSO and the amazing acrobats of Troupe Vertigo for symphonic tricks, treats, and spooky surprises as we kick off another exciting season of Family programming. Our annual costume contest will continue online and is sure to get you in the Halloween spirit—it’s fun for the whole family!

  • Primal Message

    Violist-composer Nokuthula Ngwenyama writes "music of bold, mesmerizing character," including her captivating viola quintet Primal Message, heard here in the world premiere of its orchestral version. Dvořák's lively and enchanting Serenade for Strings remains one of his most popular orchestral wo...

  • Jennifer Koh Plays Tyshawn Sorey

    Jennifer Koh's world premiere of Chris Cerrone's Violin Concerto was a highlight of the DSO's 17-18 season. She returns for a new work by Tyshawn Sorey, praised for creating immersive sound worlds that defy categorization. Florence Price’s arrangement of Spirituals for string quartet are equal pa...

  • DSO Soloist Showcase

    Enjoy a collection of archived performances including works by Mozart, Bernstein, and Bach with featured DSO soloists Ralph Skiano (Principal Clarinet), Scott Strong (Horn), and Hannah Hammel (Principal Flute).

    Please note: The originally scheduled live chamber music program has been postponed d...

  • Schubert's "Trout"

    Pianist Marc-André Hamelin makes his return to Orchestra Hall for Schubert’s “Trout” Quintet. This unusual instrumentation of piano, violin, viola, cello, and bass leaves room for the piano to shine with stunning melodies, some taken directly from Schubert’s deep catalogue of vocal music.

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  • PNC Pops: Ballet to Ballroom!

    Dance through the decades and waltz around the world as the DSO treats you to a night on the town! With a special appearance by a dazzling duo of champion dancers from the renowned Dance New York studio, you'll enjoy a musical tour with stops at the ballet, the hottest night clubs, bustling ballr...

  • PNC Pops: Cinematic Strings

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    The DSO’s sparkling strings are featured in this exciting program highlighting themes from favorite TV shows, blockbuster films, and more!

  • The Soldier's Tale

    Transport yourself to turn-of-the-century France for these two works of Ravel and Stravinsky conducted by Enrique Mazzola. The serene Pavane for a Dead Princess transitions perfectly into the biting and militaristic Soldier’s Tale, the story of a soldier who trades his violin to a shadowy figure ...

  • Mozart Piano Concerto No. 23

    Pianist Inon Barnatan steps onto the Orchestra Hall stage for Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23, a non-stop whirlwind of sweet melodies. Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll was written as a birthday present for his wife Cosima, performed through her window as she awoke in their villa overlooking Lake Lucerne. ...

  • Jader Conducts Beethoven

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    DSO Music Director Jader Bignamini returns for the “Eroica,” Beethoven’s monumental Third Symphony. From the very first notes, Beethoven turns the idea of the symphony on its head, presenting the wide range of emotions and characters that would come to define orchestral music for the next century...

  • PNC Pops: Home for the Holidays

    Celebrate the season with Detroit’s favorite holiday musical tradition. DSO audience favorite Thomas Wilkins leads a heartwarming program of carols and classics – and yes, Virginia, there will be a Santa Claus!