<August 2016>

Opening Weekend Joshua Bell

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Orchestra Hall
Friday, September 28 – 8:00 PM
Saturday, September 29 – 8:00 PM
Sunday, September 30 – 3:00 PM


Leonard Slatkin, conductor  Bio

Internationally acclaimed American conductor Leonard Slatkin began his appointment as Music Director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in September of 2008. He was recently named Music Director of the Orchestre National de Lyon (ONL), France, beginning with the 2011-12 season. In addition, Mr. Slatkin continues to serve as Principal Guest Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, a post that began in the fall of 2008.

Learn more at www.leonardslatkin.com.

Joshua Bell, violin   Bio

Performing on the 1713 Gibson ex Huberman Stradivarius violin, Joshua Bell has enchanted audiences worldwide with his breathtaking virtuosity and tone of rare beauty. Often referred to as the poet of the violin, Bell is the recipient of the Avery Fisher Prize and is the newly named Music Director of The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. Bell regularly performs with various American and European orchestras, and presently records exclusively for Sony Classical, a MASTERWORKS label.

Sasha Cooke, mezzo soprano   Bio

Most recently acclaimed for her portrayal as Kitty Oppenheimer in the Metropolitan Opera premiere of John Adams’s Doctor Atomic, American mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke is highly regarded for her performances with leading conductors and orchestras around the country and the world.  Ms. Cooke has débuted with Leonard Slatkin and the Lyon Symphony, Jiří Bělohlávek and the Boston Symphony, and the Hong Kong Philharmonic among others. In 2010, Sasha Cooke was awarded First Place and the American Prize in the José Iturbi International Music Competition, Top Prize in the Gerda Lissner Competition, and the Kennedy Center’s Marian Anderson Award.


BERNSTEIN Overture to Candide  
BERNSTEIN Divertimento for Orchestra  
BERNSTEIN Symphony No. 1, "Jeremiah"