MARCH 2017Read more
That was the oft-quoted word that characterized my very first trip to the U.S. with an orchestra from another land. February was devoted to the ONL, with a week in Lyon and then a two-week, eight-concert trip to the States.
Taking a full symphony orchestra on a lengthy trip is, literally, always risky business. The promoters in most cities do not want to pay the full fee, and much of the burden falls on the orchestra itself in terms of dealing with the fiscal consequences. But the final result, if most everything goes as planned, can turn out to be a boon for not only the organization, but also the city it represents.
Leonard Slatkin’s Conducting School, Lesson Five: Putting the Two Hands TogetherRead more
February 15, 2017
Leonard Slatkin has released the fifth installment in his Conducting School. This month’s video combines techniques demonstrated in previous lessons to show how the conductor uses both hands to communicate tempo and dynamics to the orchestra simultaneously.
Leonard Slatkin Brings the Orchestre National de Lyon to AmericaRead more
February 8, 2017
Beginning February 18, the Orchestre National de Lyon, “probably the most refined ensemble of the world” (The Guardian), tours the United States for the first time since 2003, playing concerts with music director Leonard Slatkin on a six-city tour.
FEBRUARY 2017Read more
Is there a point in music when the phrase “too much of a good thing” applies? Certainly not when it comes to Mozart. The great Austrian was the focus of our Winter Music Festival, previously inhabited by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Brahms. But there was also a week when the DSO played out in the neighborhoods, and that is where we start this month’s entry.
For the past six seasons, a great deal of time has been spent performing in outlying communities, away from the grandeur of Orchestra Hall. There remain members of the public who either are unable to travel from the suburbs or still harbor apprehension about coming downtown. Over the course of our series, many of these people have been so taken by the orchestra that they have indeed started to visit The Max again.
The Right to Be YourselfRead more
Normally at this time, I post a monthly recap of musical events that have taken place, and that entry will appear during the second week of February. But something occurred over this past weekend that compels me to write something off-topic.
It was Saturday in the late morning, as I was driving to Orchestra Hall and listening to the radio, that I first learned of the newly instituted immigration rules that have been put into place. All I could think about was that a little over a hundred years ago, both sides of my family came to Ellis Island seeking refuge from the horrors that were sweeping Russia. Their dream was to come to the States for political, social and religious freedom. Lady Liberty welcomed them with no tears.
Detroit Symphony Orchestra Announces 2017-18 SeasonRead more
January 29, 2017
Subscriptions are now on sale for the DSO’s 2017-18 season, a celebration of Leonard Slatkin’s 10th anniversary as music director. The classical series features eight world premieres, a French festival highlighting the music of Ravel, Saint-Saëns, Berlioz and more, and Puccini’s Turandot in concert.
Detroit Symphony Orchestra Introduces Mozart Festival Mascot, “Wolfie”Read more
January 18, 2017
This year’s mascot, “Wolfie,” shows up too early for the DSO’s Mozart Festival, so he makes the most of his time by shredding the piano in Orchestra Hall and taking requests from some old festival friends.
Leonard Slatkin’s Conducting School, Lesson Four: What to Do with the Left HandRead more
January 15, 2017
Building on previous lessons about the basic beat patterns in 2, 3, and 4, this month’s installment of Leonard Slatkin’s Conducting School is all about the left hand.
DSO Presents Three-Week Mozart FestivalRead more
January 9, 2017
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s fourth annual Winter Music Festival will be a three-week celebration of Mozart’s masterpieces and influence. The festival kicks off on Thursday, January 19, and concludes on Sunday, February 5. Mozart Festival is anchored by DSO performances of six different programs conducted by Music Director Leonard Slatkin.
Violinist Cho-Liang Lin Joins Slatkin for the DSO Neighborhood SeriesRead more
January 7, 2017
Music Director Leonard Slatkin and violinist Cho-Liang Lin will present a program of Brahms, Lalo Schifrin, Smetana, and Mendelssohn as part of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series, bringing world-class orchestral music to venues across Metro Detroit.