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Saxophonist Branford Marsalis, conductor Andrey Boreyko will join DSO for concert program featuring music inspired by Romeo and Juliet

Marsalis will perform new saxophone concerto by Gabriel Prokofiev, grandson of Sergei Prokofiev—whose ballet music from Romeo & Juliet is also on the program

Detroit, (March 16, 2017) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will welcome saxophonist Branford Marsalis for a concert program that includes Berlioz’s “Love Scene” from the choral symphony Roméo et Juliette, selections from Sergei Prokofiev’s ballet Romeo and Juliet, and a new saxophone concerto by Gabriel Prokofiev, grandson of Sergei.

Andrey Boreyko will conduct. Gabriel Prokofiev, celebrated for both classical compositions and his contributions to electronic music, describes the saxophone concerto as a “journey” for the instrument, which is typically associated with jazz. “The saxophone has incredible expressive potential and is deserving of many more concertos and classical works,” he adds. The concerto was written for Branford Marsalis, who is the featured soloist on this concert program.

The performances will take place Friday, March 24, 2017 at 10:45 a.m. and 8 p.m., and Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 8 p.m. in Orchestra Hall, within Midtown Detroit’s Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center.

The Friday evening performance will be webcast for free via the DSO’s Live from Orchestra Hall series, presented by the Ford Motor Company Fund and made possible by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. DSO fans can view the webcasts anywhere, on any device, at dso.org/live.

These Classical Series performances are generously sponsored by PVS Chemicals.

Marsalis will return to Orchestra Hall in May for a Paradise Jazz Series concert with his quartet, also featuring vocalist Kurt Elling.

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Conductor Andrey Boreyko (left), saxophonist Branford Marsalis (right). Click here to view hi-res versions of these images.

About Andrey Boreyko

Andrey Boreyko has been Music Director of Orchestre National de Belgique since September 2012, expanding its activities nationally and internationally and balancing traditional repertoire with innovative, diverse programming which includes a number of commissions from around the world with new works from Georgia (Gia Kancheli), Turkey (Fazil Say), and Belgium (Frederik Neyrinck). In September 2014 Boreyko began his tenure as Music Director of the Naples Philharmonic in Florida, and he also holds the position of Principal Guest Conductor of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Euskadi.

Much sought-after as a guest conductor, he has worked with the New York and Los Angeles philharmonics, The Cleveland and Philadelphia orchestras, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, and the Toronto, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, Detroit, Baltimore, and Pittsburgh symphony orchestras.

Notable amongst Boreyko’s discography with the Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR (with whom he was Principal Guest Conductor) are Pärt's Lamentate and Silvestrov’s Symphony No. 6 (both for ECM records) and the premiere recording of his original version of the Suite from Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk for Hänssler Classics. He has also recorded Tchaikovsky’s Manfred Symphony with the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker and Lutosławski’s Chain 2 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic for Yarling Records. With the Orchestre National de Belgique, Boreyko continues his extensive recording project of the complete Shostakovich symphonies, having already recorded Nos.1, 4, 6, 9, and 15.

About Branford Marsalis

From his early acclaim as a saxophonist bringing new energy and new audiences to the jazz art, Branford Marsalis has refined and expanded his talents and his horizons as a musician, composer, bandleader, and educator—a 21st century mainstay of artistic excellence.

Marsalis grew up in the rich musical environment of New Orleans as the oldest son of pianist and educator Ellis Marsalis. He and his siblings Wynton, Delfeayo, and Jason were all drawn to music from young ages. A growing fascination with jazz as he entered college gave him the basic tools to obtain his first major jobs, with trumpet legend Clark Terry and alongside Wynton in Art Blakey’s legendary Jazz Messengers. When the brothers left to form the Wynton Marsalis Quintet, the world of uncompromising acoustic jazz was invigorated. Branford formed his own quartet in 1986, and, with a few minor interruptions in the early years, has sustained the unit as his primary means of expression.

Marsalis has not confined his music to the jazz quartet context, however—Classical music inhabits a growing portion of his musical universe.  A frequent soloist with classical ensembles, Marsalis has become increasingly sought-after as a featured soloist with such acclaimed orchestras as the Chicago, Detroit, Düsseldorf, and North Carolina symphonies and the Boston Pops, with a growing repertoire that includes compositions by Debussy, Glazunov, Ibert, Mahler, Milhaud, Rorem, and Vaughn Williams.

Some might gauge Marsalis’s success by his numerous awards, including three Grammys and (together with his father and brothers) his citation as a Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts. To Branford, however, these are only way stations along what continues to be one of the most fascinating and rewarding journeys in the world of music. 

Ticket Information

Tickets for Romeo and Juliet, Plus Branford Marsalis begin at $15 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).

Performance

Romeo and Juliet, Plus Branford Marsalis 

Andrey Boreyko, conductor

Branford Marsalis, saxophone

Fri., March 24 at 10:45 a.m. and 8 p.m. in Orchestra Hall

Sat., March 25 at 8 p.m. in Orchestra Hall

BERLIOZ

  “Love Scene” from Romeo et Juliette Op. 17

GABRIEL PROKOFIEV

  Concerto for Saxophone and Orchestra

  Largo - Molto pesante (alla hip-hop)

  Scherzo

  Largo mesto

  Allegro mechanico

  Branford Marsalis, alto saxophone

PROKOFIEV (Compiled Andrey Boreyko)

  Selections from Romeo & Juliet

  Montagues and Capulets

  Morning Dance

  Romeo at the Fountain

  The Child Juliet

  Masks

  Romeo and Juliet

  Death of Tybalt

  Romeo and Juliet Before Parting

  Pater Lorenzo

  The Death of Juliet

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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