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DSO will conclude 2017 Neighborhood Concert Series with performances conducted by Paul Watkins

Violinist Leila Josefowicz will be featured soloist

Detroit, (June 15, 2017) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s (DSO) 2017 William Davidson Neighborhood Series will conclude next week with three performances at venues across Metro Detroit. The concerts, conducted by Paul Watkins (Artistic Director of the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival of Detroit), will include Haydn’s Symphony No. 102, Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto, and Schumann’s Symphony No. 3, “Rhenish.”

Violinist and MacArthur Fellow Leila Josefowicz will be featured soloist on the Stravinsky concerto, a profound piece that experiments with the role of the solo instrument in the concerto form.

The performances will take place Thursday, June 22 at 7:30 p.m. in Southfield (at Congregation Shaarey Zedek), Friday, June 23 at 8 p.m. in Clinton Township (at Macomb Center for the Performing Arts), and Sunday, June 25 at 3 p.m. in Beverly Hills (at Seligman Performing Arts Center).

These performances conclude this year’s William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series. The 2018 William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series will be announced later this week.

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.

About Paul Watkins

Acclaimed for his inspirational performances and eloquent musicianship, Paul Watkins enjoys a distinguished career as concerto soloist, chamber musician, and conductor. Born in 1970, he studied with William Pleeth, Melissa Phelps, and Johannes Goritzki, and at the age of 20 was appointed Principal Cellist of the BBC Symphony Orchestra. He performs regularly with all the major British orchestras including the London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, Philharmonia, and City of Birmingham Symphony. He has made seven concerto appearances at the BBC Proms, most recently in a performance of the Lutoslawski Cello Concerto with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Thomas Adès and recorded live by BBC Radio 3.

Watkins maintains a busy career as a conductor and became the first ever Music Director of the English Chamber Orchestra in 2009, following two successful years as Associate Conductor. He also served as Principal Guest Conductor of the Ulster Orchestra from 2009 to 2012. Since winning the 2002 Leeds Conducting Competition, he has conducted all the major British orchestras and several groups in Europe, Australia, the United States, and Asia. In 2006 he made his opera debut conducting a critically praised new production of Poulenc’s La Voix Humaine for Opera North. Recent highlights include his debuts with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra and Royal Northern Sinfonia, and a tour of Norway with the English Chamber Orchestra.

Watkins currently serves as Artistic Director of the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival of Detroit.


Conductor Paul Watkins (left), violinist Leila Josefowicz (right). Click here to view hi-res versions of these images.

About Leila Josefowicz

Leila Josefowicz’s passionate advocacy of contemporary music for the violin is reflected in her diverse programs and enthusiasm to perform new works. In 2008 she was awarded a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship, joining prominent scientists, writers, and musicians who have made unique contributions to contemporary life.

Josefowicz has performed with most of the world’s leading orchestras, including the London Symphony, Orquesta Nacional de España, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and many others. Concerti have been written for her by composers including John Adams, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Colin Matthews, and Steven Mackey.

Josefowicz has released several recordings, notably for Deutsche Grammophon, Philips/Universal, and Warner Classics, and was featured on Touch Press’ acclaimed iPad app The Orchestra. Her latest recording, Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Violin Concerto with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and conducted by the composer, was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2014.

Ticket Information

Tickets for Haydn’s True Miracle 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 True Miracle 

Paul Watkins, conductor

Leila Josefowicz, violin

Thursday, June 22 at 7:30 p.m. at Congregation Shaarey Zedek (Southfield, MI)

Friday, June 23 at 8 p.m. at Macomb Center for the Performing Arts (Clinton Twp., MI)

Sunday, June 25 at 3 p.m. at Seligman Performing Arts Center (Beverly Hills, MI)


Symphony No. 102 in B-flat major

  Largo – Vivace


  Menuet:  Allegro



Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major (1961 version)


  Aria I

  Aria II


  Leila Josefowicz, violin


Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, Op. 97 "Rhenish"


  Scherzo: Sehr mässig

  Nicht schnell



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. In July 2017, the DSO will embark on its first international tour in 16 years, making its debut in China and first visit to 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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