DSO returns to the neighborhoods for concert program with music by Dvorak and Piazzolla
Chamber recital at Planterra Conservatory also planned
Detroit, (March 8, 2017) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s (DSO) 2017 William Davidson Neighborhood Series continues next week with three performances of Dvořák’s “New World” Symphony and Piazzolla’s The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires. The concert program also includes Mendelssohn’s Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Manuel López-Gómez will conduct the concerts, which feature DSO Concertmaster Yoonshin Song (Katherine Tuck Chair) as featured soloist on the Piazzolla piece.
The performances take place Thursday, March 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Southfield (at Congregation Shaarey Zedek), Friday, March 17 at 8 p.m. in Clinton Township (at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts), and Sunday, March 19 at 3 p.m. in Beverly Hills (at Seligman Performing Arts Center).
DSO musicians will also perform a chamber recital on Tuesday, March 14 at 7 p.m. at Planterra Conservatory in Bloomfield Township. This intimate concert will feature music by Mozart, François Devienne, Johan Halvorsen, Heitor Villa-Lobos, and Christopher Caliendo in one of Metro Detroit’s most unique and beautiful settings.
The William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series is made possible by a generous grant from the William Davidson Foundation and the support of WRCJ 90.9 FM. Renamed in 2014 in honor of philanthropist William Davidson, the William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series allows Metro Detroiters to experience the DSO close to home.
Yoonshin Song (left), Manuel López-Gómez (right). Click here to view hi-res versions of these photos.
About Manuel López-Gómez
Conductor Manuel López-Gómez is taking the musical world by storm as one of the most exciting talents to emerge from Venezuela’s internationally renowned music program, “El Sistema.” Following hugely successful debuts with the National Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, and Gothenburg Symphony, López-Gómez is increasingly recognized as a guest conductor of visionary and inspiring capabilities.
López-Gómez began his musical life in violin, piano, chamber music, and composition. He performed in the violin section of the Simon Bolivar Orchestra for many years, where his talent for conducting was noticed early on and nurtured by his mentor José Antonio Abreu.
Active also in opera, Manuel conducted the world-debut of the recently orchestrated opera Atahualpa by Carlo Enrico Pasta in Lima, Perú, where he shortly returned to conduct a production of Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette. In the summer of 2015, he conducted a production of Il Viaggio a Reims at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, Italy.
In October 2014, Manuel assembled and conducted an orchestra of various El Sistema musicians for a televised performance at the UN General Assembly in New York City, with Lang Lang as soloist.
About Yoonshin Song
Yoonshin Song was born in South Korea, where she began her musical studies at age five. Making her solo debut with the Seoul Philharmonic at age 11, she has since built a successful performing career throughout Korea, the United States, and Europe.
Song has earned many prestigious prizes throughout her career, including top prize awards in the Wieniawski (Poland), Lipizer (Italy), and Henry Marteau (Germany), and Stradivarius (United States) international violin competitions. She is also a recipient of the David G. Whitecomb Foundation Award and the Korean Minister of Culture’s Award.
As a soloist, Song has performed with many orchestras around the world, including the Houston Symphony, Utah Symphony, P. Constantinescu Philharmonic Orchestra, Bayreuth Festival Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, KBS Philharmonic Orchestra, and Korean Baroque Chamber Orchestra. She has also performed as both a soloist and chamber musician at the Marlboro, Verbier, Deer Valley, and Aspen music festivals, as well as the Perlman Music Program, Miyazaki Chamber Music Festival, and Bayreuth Festival.
Song completed her graduate studies under the tutelage of Donald Weilerstein at the New England Conservatory, and completed the Artist Diploma and Professional Study programs at Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with Robert Mann and Glenn Dicterow.
Song has been the Concertmaster of the DSO since 2012 and has enjoyed close collaborations with guest artists including Gil Shaham, Joshua Bell, and Jamie Laredo, among others. In addition to her duties with the DSO, she also teaches at the University of Michigan. She currently plays on a 1707 Vincenzo Rugeri violin on loan to her by a generous sponsor in Michigan.
Tickets for Dvořák’s “New World” Symphony are $25 for adults and $10 for children and students, and can be purchased online at dso.org/neighborhood. Please note: tickets for the Sunday, March 19 performance in Beverly Hills are sold out.
Tickets for the Chamber Recital at Planterra are $15 for adults and $10 for children and students, and can be purchased online at dso.org/chamber.
Tickets can also be purchased by calling (313) 576-5111 or in-person at the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center Box Office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit).
Tickets will not be sold online past 8 p.m. the night prior to each performance, but will still be available for purchase at each venue on the days of the concerts.
Dvořák’s “New World” Symphony
Manuel López-Gómez, conductor
Yoonshin Song, violin
Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. at Congregation Shaarey Zedek (Southfield, MI)
Friday, March 17, 2017 at 8 p.m. at Macomb Center for the Performing Arts (Clinton Twp., MI)
Sunday, March 19, 2017 at 3 p.m. at Seligman Performing Arts Center (campus of Detroit Country Day School, Beverly Hills, MI)
Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Op. 21
(arr. Leonid Desyatnikov)
The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires
Otoño Porteño (Buenos Aires Autumn)
Invierno Porteño (Buenos Aires Winter)
Primavera Porteña (Buenos Aires Spring)
Verano Porteño (Buenos Aires Summer)
Yoonshin Song, violin
Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95, [old No. 5] “From the New World”
Adagio - Allegro molto
Allegro con fuoco
A DSO Chamber Recital
Jeffery Zook, flute
Sheryl Hwangbo, violin
Hang Su, viola
David LeDoux, cello
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 7 p.m. at Planterra Conservatory (Bloomfield Twp., MI)
Flute Quartet in D Major, K. 285
Duo No. 1 for Flute and Viola
Passacaglia (after Handel)
The Jet Whistle
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.