September 28, 2018
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra will kick off the 2018-19 Classical Series with concerts welcoming back Music Director Laureate Leonard Slatkin and featuring special guest violinist Gil Shaham.
On the program is American composer Donald Erb’s The Seventh Trumpet, Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1 (with Shaham as featured soloist), and Elgar’s “Enigma” Variations.
The three Opening Weekend concerts take place Friday, October 5 at 8 p.m., Saturday, October 6 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, October 7 at 3 p.m. at Orchestra Hall, within Midtown Detroit’s Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center.
Watch Live around the world: the Sunday, October 7 concert will be webcast for free at dso.org/live and via Facebook Live, as part of the DSO’s groundbreaking Live from Orchestra Hall series. The series is presented by Ford Motor Company Fund and made possible by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
One hour prior to each performance, guests are invited to enjoy an informative onstage Concert Talk about the program hosted by conductor and composer Yaniv Segal. These lectures and discussions will be made available for later viewing on the DSO’s YouTube channel.
The 2017-2018 Season marked Slatkin’s tenth and final year as Music Director, and this past June the DSO honored him with its Heroes Award. In the upcoming 2018-2019 Season he takes on the new role of Music Director Laureate. In addition to conducting Opening Weekend, Slatkin will also lead the season finale in June, as well as six programs during the American Panorama Winter Music Festival in February. He will also continue to advise the DSO on artistic matters.