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Conductor Cristian Măcelaru will lead DSO for concerts featuring violinist James Ehnes, May 26-28

Program includes Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2 and film composer James Newton Howard’s Concerto for Violin

Detroit, (May 18, 2017) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will welcome conductor Cristian Măcelaru and violinist James Ehnes for a weekend of concerts at Orchestra Hall. The performances will include Fauré’s Pavane, film composer James Newton Howard’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, and Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2. Ehnes will be the featured soloist on the James Newton Howard concerto.

The concerts will take place Friday, May 26 at 10:45 a.m., Saturday, May 27 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, May 28 at 3 p.m. at Orchestra Hall, within Midtown Detroit’s Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center.

The Saturday 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.


Conductor Cristian Măcelaru (left) and violinist James Ehnes (right). Click here to view hi-res versions of these images.

About Cristian Măcelaru

Winner of the 2014 Solti Conducting Award and newly appointed as Music Director and Conductor of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, Cristian Măcelaru has established himself as one of the fast-rising stars of the conducting world. Currently Conductor-in-Residence of the Philadelphia Orchestra, he made his Philadelphia Orchestra subscription debut in April 2013 and continues to conduct them annually on subscription programs and other special concerts.

Măcelaru has worked with many of the world’s leading symphonies, including the National Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Bayerischen Rundfunk Symphonieorchester, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic, and many others. He has appeared at the Ravinia Festival, Hollywood Bowl, Wolf Trap Festival, Aspen Music Festival, and Lincoln Center, among others. Also a keen opera conductor, he made his Cincinnati Opera debut in highly acclaimed performances of Il Trovatore and led the U.S. premiere of Colin Matthews’s Turning Point with the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra as part of the Tanglewood Contemporary Music Festival.

Măcelaru formerly held the position of Resident Conductor at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, where he was Music Director of the Campanile Orchestra, Assistant Conductor to Larry Rachleff, and Conductor for the Opera Department.  A proponent of music education, he has served as a conductor with the Houston Youth Symphony, where he also conceptualized and created a successful chamber music program. As Founder and Artistic Director of the Crisalis Music Project, Mr. Măcelaru spearheaded a program in which young musicians perform in a variety of settings, side-by-side with established artists. He currently resides in Philadelphia with his wife Cheryl and children Beniamin and Maria.

About James Ehnes

Violinist James Ehnes has performed in over 35 countries on five continents, appearing regularly in the world’s great concert halls and with many celebrated orchestras and conductors. He currently holds artist residencies with the Melbourne Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, l’Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, and the Scotia Festival. His recordings have been honored with many international awards and prizes, including a Grammy, a Gramophone Award, and 11 Juno Awards.

Ehnes, born in Brandon, Manitoba, began violin studies at the age of four, and at age nine became a protégé of the noted Canadian violinist Francis Chaplin. He studied with Sally Thomas at the Meadowmount School of Music and from 1993 to 1997 at The Juilliard School, winning the Peter Mennin Prize for Outstanding Achievement and Leadership in Music upon his graduation. Ehnes first gained national recognition in 1987 as winner of the Grand Prize in Strings at the Canadian Music Competition. The following year he won the First Prize in Strings at the Canadian Music Festival, the youngest musician ever to do so. At age 13, he made his major orchestral solo debut with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal.

He has won numerous awards and prizes, including the first-ever Ivan Galamian Memorial Award, the Canada Council for the Arts’ Virginia Parker Prize, and a 2005 Avery Fisher Career Grant. In 2010 the Governor General of Canada appointed Ehnes a Member of the Order of Canada, and in 2013 he was named an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music, limited to a select group of 300 living distinguished musicians.

Ehnes plays the “Marsick” Stradivarius of 1715. He currently lives in Florida with his family.

Ticket Information

Tickets for Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2 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).

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.


Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2 

Cristian Măcelaru, conductor

James Ehnes, violin

Friday, May 26 at 10:45 a.m. at Orchestra Hall

Saturday, May 27 at 8 p.m. at Orchestra Hall

Sunday, May 28 at 3 p.m. at Orchestra Hall


  Pavane, Op. 50


  Concerto for Violin and Orchestra

  James Ehnes, violin


  Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27

  Largo - Allegro moderato

  Allegro molto


  Allegro vivace

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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