<August 2017>


DSO returns to Metro Detroit neighborhoods for concerts featuring music by Haydn, Elgar, Gounod, and Bartók

Lio Kuokman will conduct; DSO Principal Cello Wei Yu is featured soloist

Detroit, (April 19, 2017) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s (DSO) 2017 William Davidson Neighborhood Series continues next week with four performances of Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 1, Elgar’s Serenade for Strings, Gounod’s Petite symphonie, and Bartók’s Divertimento for String Orchestra.

Lio Kuokman will conduct the concerts. DSO Principal Cello Wei Yu (James C. Gordon Chair) is featured soloist on the Haydn concerto.

The performances will take place Thursday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m. in West Bloomfield (at the Berman Center for the Performing Arts), Friday, April 28 at 8 p.m. in Plymouth (at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church), Saturday, April 29 at 8 p.m. in Bloomfield Hills (at Kirk in the Hills Presbyterian Church), and Sunday, April 30 at 3 p.m. in Grosse Pointe (at Our Lady Star of the Sea).

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.


Conductor Lio Kuokman (left), Principal Cello Wei Yu (right). Click here to view hi-res versions of these images.

About Lio Kuokman

Lio Kuokman was the laureate at the 2014 Svetlanov International Conducting Competition in France. He has served as assistant conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra (the first Chinese conductor in the role) and is currently the orchestra’s Asia Residency Artistic Advisor and Conductor.

Lio regularly collaborates with Musica Viva Hong Kong annually to conduct new production operas, including Carmen, La fille du régiment, Pagliacci, and others. He has participated in numerous music festivals, including the Beijing International Music Festival, Cabrillo New Music Festival, Great Mountain Music Festival (Korea), Hong Kong Arts Festival, and Macao International Music Festival. Also a concert pianist, Lio has performed as a soloist with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Salzburg, Romania Bacau Philharmonic, China National Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, and the Shanghai Symphony.

After graduating from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts with first class honors, Lio continued his studies at the Juilliard School, Curtis Institute of Music, and New England Conservatory. To promote chamber music in Macao, Lio is a founding member and President of the Macao Chamber Music Association. For his contributions to the development of arts and culture, Lio has received a Certificate of Commendation and Medal of Cultural Merit from the governments of Hong Kong and Macao.

About Wei Yu

Wei Yu made his DSO subscription debut in November 2015, performing Dvorak’s Cello Concerto under the baton of Leonard Slatkin. Before joining the DSO, Wei was a member of the New York Philharmonic for seven seasons.

An avid chamber musician, Wei has been invited to the Marlboro and Ravinia music festivals, and has collaborated with a wide range of musicians: cellist David Soyer, pianists Richard Goode and Menahem Pressler, violinists Midori and Pinchas Zukerman, and members of the Guarneri and Juilliard Quartets. As a member of the New York Philharmonic Ensembles, he makes regular appearances at Merkin Concert Hall.

In the summers of 1998 through 2000, Wei participated in the Morningside Music Bridge program at Mount Royal University in Calgary. He subsequently enrolled in the University’s Gifted Youth program under the tutelage of John Kadz and is currently on the faculty of the Morningside Music Bridge program. He has given cello master classes at universities and festivals in the United States, Canada and China.

Born in Shanghai, Wei began studying the cello at age 4 and made his concerto debut at age 11, performing Elgar’s Cello Concerto with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. He received his B.M. from North Park University in Chicago and M.M. from the Juilliard School. His principal teachers include Mei-Juan Liu, John Kadz, Hans Jørgen Jensen, and David Soyer. He performs on the 1778 “Ex-Soyer” Gagliano cello, on generous loan from the Marlboro Music Festival.

Ticket Information

Tickets for Haydn’s First Cello Concerto are $25 for adults and $10 for children and students, and can be purchased online at dso.org/neighborhood.

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).

Please note: 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.

Groups of 10 or more can save up to 30% on the price of a single ticket for most DSO concerts. For more information, contact Group Sales Manager Jim Sabatella at (313) 576-5130 or jsabatella@dso.org.


Haydn’s First Cello Concerto 

Lio Kuokman, conductor

Wei Yu, cello

Thursday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m. at The Berman Center for the Performing Arts (West Bloomfield, MI)

Friday, April 28 at 8 p.m. at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church (Plymouth, MI)

Saturday, April 29 at 8 p.m. at Kirk in the Hills Presbyterian Church (Bloomfield Hills, MI)

Sunday, April 30 at 3 p.m. at Our Lady Star of the Sea (Grosse Pointe, MI)


Serenade in E minor for String Orchestra, Op. 20

  Allegro piacevole




Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in C major, H.VIIb:1



  Allegro molto

  Wei Yu, cello


Petite symphonie for Wind Instruments

  Adagio et Allegretto

  Andante cantabile




Divertimento for String Orchestra

  Allegro non troppo

  Molto adagio

   Allegro assai

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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