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DSO goes to the movies with “A Night at the Academy Awards” Concert Program

Orchestra will perform works from Avatar, The Lord of the Rings, Titanic, and more

Detroit, (February 15, 2017) – Just in time for the 89th Academy Awards, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will team up with guest conductor Lawrence Loh for a concert program highlighting the beloved scores of Oscar-winning films: from West Side Story to Star Wars and beyond. DSO Associate Concertmaster Kimberly Kaloyanides Kennedy (Alan and Marianne Schwartz and Jean Shapero/Shapero Foundation Chair) is a featured violinist, and the orchestra will be joined by the Oakland University Chorale (directed by Michael Mitchell).

The concerts will take place during Oscar weekend: Friday, February 24 at 10:45 a.m. and 8 p.m., Saturday, February 25 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, February 26 at 3 p.m. at Orchestra Hall, within Midtown Detroit’s Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center.

These Pops Series performances are generously sponsored by Masco Corporation Foundation, with additional support from Greektown Casino-Hotel.


Conductor Lawrence Loh (left), featured violinist Kimberly Kaloyanides Kennedy (right). Click to download these images.

About Lawrence Loh

Lawrence Loh is the inaugural Music Director of Symphoria, founded by former members of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra. He also holds the position of Music Director of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic and was recently named Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Syracuse Opera. In 2015, he concluded a decade-long association with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, promoted from Assistant to Associate and later Resident Conductor. While in Pittsburgh, Lawrence Loh was also the Music Director of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Having a particular affinity for pops programming, Loh has been engaged for repeat performances with Chris Botti, Idina Menzel, Ann Hampton Callaway, the Texas Tenors, and more. He has assisted John Williams on multiple occasions and conducted numerous sold out John Williams tribute concerts. He is particularly adept at conducting concerts synchronizing live orchestral music with film, and has led Pixar in Concert, Disney in Concert, Wizard of Oz, and Singin’ in the Rain shows around the world.

Loh received his Artist Diploma in Orchestral Conducting from Yale School of Music, earning the Eleazar de Carvalho Prize, given to the most outstanding conductor in the Yale graduating class. He received further training at the world-renowned Aspen Music Festival and School. He received his MM in Choral Conducting from Indiana University while also studying clarinet with Howard Klug and voice with Roy Samuelsen. He began the DMA program in Opera and Instrumental Conducting at IU before transferring to Yale. His received his BA and Certificate of Management Studies from the University of Rochester.

Loh was born in southern California to Korean parents and raised in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He and his wife Jennifer have a son, Charlie, and a daughter, Hilary.

About Kimberly Kaloyanides Kennedy

Kimberly Ann Kaloyanides Kennedy won her coveted position as a violinist with the DSO in 1998, at the age of 22. In 2003 Kennedy became Associate Concertmaster.

Raised in Dayton, OH, Kennedy began learning the violin at age 5. She pursued her studies at Brevard Music Center and Interlochen Arts Camp as the Governor’s Scholar for the state of Ohio. She continued her studies at the Sarasota Music Festival, spent four summers at the Aspen Music Festival on fellowship (as Associate Concertmaster of the Chamber Orchestra), spent three years at the Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton, and finally landed at the University of Michigan as a student of Paul Kantor.

Kennedy won several prizes in competitions around the country, including the Grand Prize in the National MTNA competition and first prize in the Greek Women’s National Competition in Chicago. She was one of the few Americans invited to the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis in 1998.

Kennedy enjoys performing chamber music regularly around Michigan with various groups, including the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings, at festivals and on series including Chamber Music North, Fairlane Concert Guild, Pro Mozart, and the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival.

Kennedy is passionate about serving others through her music, both at church and around the community. She is married to Bryan Kennedy, second horn of the DSO, with whom she has two children.

Ticket Information

Tickets for A Night at the Academy Awards begin at $19 and can be purchased at dso.org, by calling (313) 576-5111, or in person at the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center (3711 Woodward Avenue, Detroit).

For group ticket information (groups of 10 or more), contact Group Sales Manager James Sabatella at jsabatella@dso.org or (313) 576-5130.

About the DSO

Hailed by The New York Times as “cutting edge,” the internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra is known for trailblazing performances, visionary maestros, collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists, and an ardent commitment to Detroit. As a community-supported orchestra, generous giving by individuals and institutions at all levels drives the continued success and growth of the institution. Esteemed conductor Leonard Slatkin, called “America’s Music Director” by the Los Angeles Times, became the DSO’s 12th Music Director, endowed by the Kresge Foundation, in 2008. 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. With growing attendance and unwavering philanthropic support from the Detroit community, the DSO’s performance schedule includes Classical, Pops, Jazz, Young People’s, and Neighborhood concerts, and collaborations with high profile artists from Steven Spielberg to Ben Folds and Lang Lang. The DSO recently announced its 2017 Asia Tour, the orchestra’s first-ever tour of China and their first of Japan in 19 years. 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, which also reaches tens of thousands of children with the Classroom Edition expansion. Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall within the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, one of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, the DSO actively pursues a mission to embrace and inspire individuals, families, and communities through unsurpassed musical experiences.


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