<October 2018>



DSO celebrates Leonard Slatkin’s 10th anniversary as Music Director with wide-ranging programs, including:   

Eight world premieres, seven of which will be conducted by Slatkin 

A winter French Festival, with music by Ravel, Saint-Saëns, Milhaud, Poulenc, Satie, Berlioz, and more, featuring violinist Renaud Capuçon and pianists Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, George Li, and Michelle and Christina Naughton  

Opening Weekend performances with guest soloist Olga Kern in Barber’s Piano Concerto

Season finale performances of Puccini’s opera Turandot in concert

Every classical program continues to be webcast for free on Live from Orchestra Hall series

Detroit, (Jan. 29, 2017) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) today announced its 2017-2018 Season Classical and Pops series. Music Director Leonard Slatkin will open the DSO’s Classical Season on Thursday, October 12, 2017, with a weekend of performances in Orchestra Hall featuring acclaimed pianist Olga Kern in Samuel Barber’s Piano Concerto. The 2017-2018 Season marks Slatkin’s tenth anniversary season as DSO Music Director—a remarkable ten years of visionary, artistic accomplishment—after which he will become the DSO’s Music Director Laureate, in which he will program, prepare, and conduct four concert weeks during each classical season and advise on artistic matters, personnel, and artistic titled positions.

The Classical Season includes 13 concert programs in 11 weeks conducted by Slatkin, including a French Festival from February 8-24, 2018 (the DSO’s fifth Winter Music Festival, and the first to be dedicated to a country rather than a composer), eight world premieres by young composers (seven works by American composers, each conducted by Slatkin), a season finale concert presentation of Puccini’s opera Turandot, and more.

A wealth of guest artists will also appear with the orchestra, including conductors Fabien Gabel, Giancarlo Guerrero, Hannu Lintu, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, and Juraj Valčuha; pianists Seong-Jin Cho (First Prize, 2015 Chopin Competition), Stephen Hough, Louis Lortie, and Daniil Trifonov (performing his own concerto); violinists Ray Chen, Augustin Hadelich, Stefan Jackiw; and many others.

DSO Music Director Leonard Slatkin said about the 2017-2018 season, “For my final season as music director of the DSO, it will be my pleasure to lead eleven weeks of subscription concerts at Orchestra Hall. Instead of focusing on one composer for our Winter Festival, we will explore the variety of music, song, and dance that inhabits the French soul. In addition to outstanding soloists, both from within and outside the DSO, we will conclude my tenure with that grandest of all operas, Puccini’s Turandot. As an advocate for American composers, I am also conducting seven world premieres, including six written by past and present students of composers I have championed throughout my career.”

The Classical Season features eight world premieres in total, including six concert openers commissioned by the DSO and conducted by Slatkin from Conor Brown (studied with Joan Tower), Loren Loiacono (studied with Steven Stucky), Joshua Cerdenia (studied with Christopher Rouse), Steven Bryant (studied with Cindy McTee), Roshanne Etezady (studied with William Bolcom), and Jared Miller (studied with John Corigliano).

“I wanted to continue to champion American composers, but in a different way,” said Slatkin. “So, I wrote and called different composers whose works I have championed over the years. Rather than asking them to write pieces for me, I thought it would be interesting to commission works from their students, either past or current. Introducing these fresh, new voices to the orchestra and audience will give us a glimpse into what America’s concert music scene will look and sound like years from now.”

Slatkin also conducts the world premiere of Chris Cerrone’s Violin Concerto, a DSO commission, with guest soloist Jennifer Koh. The eighth DSO world premiere of the season is Many, Yet One by Swedish composer and DSO Elaine Lebenbom Memorial Award recipient Britta Byström, which will be conducted by James Gaffigan.   

The DSO also announced today its exciting 2017-2018 Pops Season, which will bring favorites from Broadway, film and TV, rock, jazz, country, and more to the Orchestra Hall stage. Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik will lead three Pops Series programs: Women Rock, a celebration of extraordinary female rock, pop, and soul artists from Carole King and Janis Joplin to Tina Turner; Ella & Louis, a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald (in honor of Ella’s centennial year) and Louis Armstrong; and Home For The Holidays, Detroit’s favorite family holiday tradition. Associate Conductor Michelle Merrill will conduct three Pops Series programs devoted to music from Disney films, the Harry Potter series, and doo wop music. Other Pops Series concerts will feature music by the rock bandQueen, from the Nashville Songbook, and from the Star Wars and Star Trek franchises.

The 2017-2018 Paradise Jazz Series will kick off on Friday, October 20 with 13-year-old jazz prodigy and Grammy Award nominee Joey Alexander making his highly-anticipated Detroit debut in Orchestra Hall. The remaining Paradise Jazz Series concerts and the DSO’s Young People’s Family Concerts will be announced in February. The 2017-2018 William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series will be announced in the summer.

The 2017-2018 Season will take place after an exciting summer, during which the DSO will embark on a historic three-week tour of Asia, July 14-29, including its debut performances in China and its first visit to Japan in 19 years. The summer will also include the DSO’s return to Greenfield Village for the annual Salute to America Independence Day concert weekend, as well as William Davidson Neighborhood Series Concerts, special performances at Ford House and Meadow Brook Amphitheatre, chamber recitals, and more.

Subscriptions are on sale now for all 2017-2018 Classical and Pops Series. Patrons may purchase subscriptions at dso.org, by calling the Box Office at 313.576.5111, or in person at the Max. M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center (3711 Woodward Avenue, Detroit). See below for more information about subscription options and prices. Single tickets will be available for purchase at a later date.

A complete series of Live from Orchestra Hall webcasts will return for the seventh full season, offering free, live broadcasts of each Classical program at dso.org/live and via Facebook Live. Dates marked with an asterisk (*) in the listing below denote webcast concerts.

The DSO Classical Series is generously sponsored by PVS Chemicals, Inc. The DSO Pops Series is presented by Masco Corporation Foundation and Greektown Casino-Hotel.

Please see below for a complete listing of concerts in the Classical and Pops Series.

For more information, visit: dso.org/classical and dso.org/pops.


French Festival, February 8 – 24, 2018 

Following festivals devoted to Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Brahms, and Mozart, the DSO’s fifth Winter Music Festival will this time focus on a country, with a French Festival of music and culture. The DSO’s connections to French repertoire are well established, stretching back to Paul Paray’s tenure as Music Director from 1951-1962 and captured on their classic recordings together for the Mercury Living Presence label.

Festival events will take place from February 8 to 24, 2018. DSO Music Director Leonard Slatkin, who himself has a deep connection to the music of France and its people, currently serving as Orchestre National de Lyon’s music director, conducts the DSO in six imaginative programs in Orchestra Hall:

· An all-Ravel program to include the Piano Concerto in G and Piano Concerto for the Left Hand with guest soloist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (Feb 8, 9)

· An all Saint-Saëns program to include Piano Concerto No. 2 with guest soloist George Li and Symphony No. 3 (Feb 10, 11)

· An “exchange program” of a sort, to feature not only American composer George Gershwin’s evocation of the French capital, An American in Paris, but also Darius Milhaud’s follow-up, A Frenchman in New York, as well as Milhaud’s Suite française and Poulenc’s Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra with guest soloists Michelle and Christina Naughton (Feb 16)

· Two well-known works often heard in concerts for children—Dukas’ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals (with the Naughtons)—paired with Satie’s kaleidoscopic Gymnopédies Nos. 1 and 3 (in the Debussy orchestrations) and Offenbach’s Gaîté Pariesienne, complete with can-can dancers live on stage! (Feb 17, 18)

· Two Debussy masterworks, La mer and Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, are presented with Saint-Saëns’ Violin Concerto No. 3 with guest soloist Renaud Capuçon and Henri Rabaud’s Procession Nocturne (Feb 22, 23)

· Renaud Capuçon returns for the U.S. premiere of Yan Maresz’ orchestration of Ravel’s Violin Sonata, as well as the composer’s Tzigane. Also featured is contemporary French composer Guillaume Conneson’s Supernova. Slatkin closes the festival leading the DSO in Berlioz’ thrilling Symphonie fantastique. (Feb 23, 24)

Additional French Festival events to take place outside Orchestra Hall are to be announced.

Major Symphonic Works 

The DSO will perform several major selections from the symphonic repertoire, featuring key guest artists and DSO soloists alike. The lineup includes:

Barber: Piano Concerto

Bartók: Violin Concerto No. 2

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3

Beethoven: Symphony No. 3, “Eroica”

Beethoven: Symphony No. 7

Berlioz: Harold in Italy

Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique

Brahms: Symphony No. 2

Britten: Violin Concerto

Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1

Debussy: La mer

Debussy: Nocturnes

Dukas: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Elgar: Cello Concerto

Elgar: Symphony No. 2

Franck: Le Chausseur Maudit

Gershwin: An American in Paris

Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 1

Mahler: Symphony No. 9

Milhaud: A Frenchman in New York

Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto No. 2

Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3

Offenbach: Gaîté Parisienne

Poulenc: Concerto for Two Pianos

Puccini: Turandot (opera in concert)

Rabaud: Procession Nocturne

Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances

Rautavaara: Cantus Arcticus

Ravel: Pavane for a Dead Princess

Ravel: Piano Concerto in G

Ravel: Piano Concerto for Left Hand

Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé Suite No.2

Ravel: Violin Sonata (arr. orchestra)

Ravel: Tzigane

Ravel: La valse

Saint-Saëns: Danse Macabre

Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto No. 2

Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3

Saint-Saëns: The Carnival of the Animals

Saint-Saëns: Violin Concerto No. 3

Satie: Gymnopédies Nos. 1 and 3

Schumann: Symphony No. 1, “Spring”

Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No. 1

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10

Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No. 1

Sibelius: Symphony No. 7

R. Strauss: Burleske in D minor

R. Strauss: Don Juan

R. Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks

Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring

Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6

Wagner: Siegfried Idyll

Wagner/Maazel: Ring Without Words

Classical Series Guest Conductors and Soloists

The DSO continues to attract top artistic talent from around the world. The following conductors and soloists will appear with the orchestra in the 2017-2018 Season.

Artists marked with an asterisk (*) will be making their DSO conducting or solo debut.

Cellist Nicolas Altstaedt*

Violinist Renaud Capuçon

Violinist Ray Chen

Violinist Karen Gomyo

Violinist Augustin Hadelich

Violinist Stefan Jackiw

Violinist Jennifer Koh

Pianist Saleem Abboud Ashkar*

Pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet*

Pianist Bertrand Chamayou*

Pianist Seong-Jin Cho*

Pianist Stephen Hough

Pianist Olga Kern

Pianist George Li*

Pianist Louis Lortie

Pianists Michelle and Christina Naughton*

Pianist Daniil Trifonov

Conductor Fabien Gabel

Conductor James Gaffigan

Conductor Giancarlo Guerrero

Conductor Hannu Lintu

Conductor Jukka-Pekka Saraste

Conductor John Storgårds

Conductor Juraj Valčuha*

Conductor Mark Wigglesworth

Conductor Joseph Young*

Conductor Nikolaj Znaider

DSO musicians who will be featured soloists include Concertmaster Yoonshin Song (Katherine Tuck Chair) in Bartók’s Violin Concerto No. 2, Principal Viola Eric Nowlin (Julie and Ed Levy, Jr. Chair) in Berlioz’s Harold in Italy, and Principal Cello Wei Yu (James C. Gordon Chair) in Elgar’s Cello Concerto.

Subscription Options and Prices

Subscription packages for Classical and Pops series are on sale now, and all Classical and most Pops subscription prices remain unchanged from the 2016-2017 Season. The deadline to renew for all existing subscribers is March 20. Classical Season subscriptions are sold in groups of 6, 7, 9, 12, 17, and 21 concerts, beginning at just $75. For more information visit dso.org/classical.

Pops Season subscriptions are sold in groups of 8 concerts, beginning at just $133. For more information visit dso.org/pops.

Patrons aged 37 or under are eligible for a 37eleven Membership. Membership costs $37 and unlocks special pricing for select classical, jazz, pops, Neighborhood, and Mix @ The Max concerts: up to two tickets, anywhere in the hall, for just $11 each, plus perks like free drinks and exclusive meet-and-greet events. Learn more at dso.org/3711.

Students of any age can attend most Classical, Pops, Paradise Jazz, and William Davidson Neighborhood concerts for free all season long by purchasing a Soundcard for $25. Some restrictions apply. Learn more at dso.org/soundcard.

Subscriptions can be purchased at dso.org, by calling the Box Office at 313.576.5111, or in person at the Max. M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center (3711 Woodward Avenue, Detroit)

About Leonard Slatkin

Internationally acclaimed conductor Leonard Slatkin is Music Director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) and the Orchestre National de Lyon (ONL). He also maintains a rigorous schedule of guest conducting and is active as a composer, author, and educator.

Slatkin’s more than 100 recordings have garnered seven Grammy awards and 64 nominations. His recent Naxos recordings include works by Saint-Saëns, Ravel, and Berlioz (with the ONL) and music by Copland, Rachmaninoff, Borzova, McTee, and John Williams (with the DSO). In addition, he has recorded the complete Brahms, Beethoven, and Tchaikovsky symphonies with the DSO (available online as digital downloads).

A recipient of the prestigious National Medal of Arts, Slatkin also holds the rank of Chevalier in the French Legion of Honor. He has received Austria’s Decoration of Honor in Silver, the League of American Orchestras’ Gold Baton Award, and the 2013 ASCAP Deems Taylor Special Recognition Award for his book, Conducting Business.

Slatkin has conducted virtually all of the leading orchestras in the world. As Music Director, he has held posts with the New Orleans, St. Louis, and National symphony orchestras, and he was Chief Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra. He has served as Principal Guest Conductor of London’s Philharmonia and Royal Philharmonic, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, and the Minnesota Orchestra. For more information, visit leonardslatkin.com.

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 Kid Rock. 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 now reaches tens of thousands of children with the new Classroom Edition expansion. Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall within the Max M. & 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. For more information visit dso.org.



2017-2018 Classical Series

All concerts at Orchestra Hall within the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center.

Programs and artists subject to change.

Programs marked with an asterisk (*) will be webcast for free at dso.org/live via the Live from Orchestra Hall series and on Facebook Live.


Thursday, October 12, 2017, at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, October 13, 2017, at 8 p.m.

Saturday, October 14, 2017, at 8 p.m. *

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Olga Kern, piano

Conor Brown:  World Premiere

Barber:  Piano Concerto

Beethoven:  Symphony No. 3, “Eroica”



Friday, October 20, 2017, at 10:45 a.m.

Saturday, October 21, 2017, at 8 p.m. *

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Wei Yu, cello

Eric Nowlin, viola

Loren Loiacono:  World Premiere

Elgar:  Cello Concerto in E minor

Berlioz:   Harold in Italy


Saturday, November 4, 2017, at 8 p.m.

Sunday, November 5, 2017, at 3 p.m. *

Juraj Valčuha, conductor

Stefan Jackiw, violin

Liadov:  The Enchanted Lake

Korngold:  Violin Concerto

Rachmaninoff:  Symphonic Dances



Thursday, November 9, 2017, at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, November 10, 2017 at 8 p.m. *

Saturday, November 11, 2017, at 8 p.m.

Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor

Daniil Trifonov, piano

Tchaikovsky:  Overture to Romeo & Juliet

Daniil Trifonov:  Piano Concerto

Mendelssohn:  Symphony No. 3



Saturday, November 18, 2017, at 8 p.m.

Sunday, November 19, 2017, at 3 p.m. *

Fabien Gabel, conductor

Bertrand Chamayou, piano

R. Strauss:  Don Juan

R. Strauss:  Burleske

Brahms:  Symphony No. 2



Thursday, November 30, 2017, at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, December 1, 2017, at 8 p.m.

Saturday, December 2, 2017, at 8 p.m. *

Mark Wigglesworth, conductor

Karen Gomyo, violin

Tchaikovsky:  Violin Concerto in D major

Shostakovich:  Symphony No. 10



Saturday, December 9, 2017, at 8 p.m.

Sunday, December 10, 2017, at 3 p.m. *

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Joshua Cerdenia:  World Premiere

Mahler:  Symphony No. 9



Saturday, January 6, 2018, at 8 p.m.

Sunday, January 7, 2018, at 3 p.m. *

James Gaffigan, conductor

Stephen Hough, piano

Britta Byström:  Many, Yet One (World Premiere)

Liszt:  Piano Concerto No. 1

Wagner:  Ring Without Words



Friday, January 26, 2018, at 8 p.m.

Saturday, January 27, 2018, at 8 p.m. *

Nikolaj Znaider, conductor

Saleem Abboud Ashkar, piano

Mendelssohn:  Piano Concerto No. 2

Elgar:  Symphony No. 2



Thursday, February 8, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. 

Friday, February 9, 2018, at 10:45 a.m. *

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, piano

Ravel:  Alborada del Gracioso

Ravel:  Pavane for a Dead Princess

Ravel;  Piano Concerto in G major

Ravel;  Piano Concerto for the Left Hand

Ravel;  Daphnis et Chloé Suite No. 2



Saturday, February 10, 2018, at 8 p.m.

Sunday, February 11, 2018, at 3 p.m. *

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

George Li, piano

Saint-Saëns:  Marche Heroique

Saint-Saëns:  Danse Macabre

Saint-Saëns:  Piano Concerto No. 2

Saint-Saëns:  Symphony No. 3 “Organ”



Friday, February 16, 2018, at 10:45 a.m.

Friday, February 16, 2018, at 8 p.m. *

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Michelle and Christina Naughton, piano

Milhaud:  Suite française

Poulenc:  Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra

Milhaud:  A Frenchman in New York

Gershwin:  An American in Paris



Saturday, February 17, 2018, at 8 p.m. 

Sunday, February 18, 2018, at 3 p.m. *

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Michelle and Christina Naughton, piano

Dukas:  The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Saint-Saëns:  Carnival of the Animals

Satie:  Gymnopédies Nos. 1 and 3

Offenbach:  Gaîté Parisienne



Thursday, February 22, 2018, at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, February 23, 2018, at 10:45 a.m. *

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Renaud Capuçon, violin

Rabaud:  Procession Nocturne

Saint-Saëns:  Violin Concerto No. 3

Debussy:  Prelude to The Afternoon of a Faun

Debussy:  La Mer



Friday, February 23, 2018, at 8 p.m.

Saturday, February 24, 2018, at 8 p.m. *

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Renaud Capuçon, violin

Guillaume Connesson:  Supernova

Ravel:  Violin Sonata

Ravel:  Tzigane

Berlioz:   Symphonie Fantastique



Friday, March 2, 2018, at 10:45 a.m. (Concert)

Saturday, March 3, 2018, at 8 p.m. (Concert & Celebration) *

Joseph Young, conductor

Guest artists and program to be announced



Friday, March 23, 2018, at 10:45 a.m.

Friday, March 23, 2018, at 8 p.m.

Saturday, March 24, 2018, at 8 p.m. *

Jukka-Pekka Saraste, conductor

Augustin Hadelich, violin

Britten:  Violin Concerto

Beethoven:  Symphony No. 7



Friday, April 6, 2018, at 10:45 a.m.

Friday, April 6, 2018, at 8 p.m.

Saturday, April 7, 2018, at 8 p.m. *

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Yoonshin Song, violin

Steven Bryant:  World Premiere

Bartók:  Violin Concerto No. 2

Wagner:  Siegfried Idyll

Strauss:  Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks



Thursday, April 12, 2018, at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, April 13, 2018, at 10:45 a.m. *

Saturday, April 14, 2018, at 8 p.m.

Hannu Lintu, conductor

Ray Chen, violin

Shostakovich:  Violin Concerto No. 1

Schumann:  Symphony No. 1



Saturday, April 28, 2018, at 8 p.m.

Sunday, April 29, 2018, at 3 p.m. *

Fabien Gabel, conductor

Nicolas Altstaedt, cello

UMS Choral Union

Franck:  Le Chausseur Maudit

Dutilleux:  Tout un monde lointain...

Debussy:  Nocturnes

Ravel:  La valse



Thursday, May 3, 2018, at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, May 4, 2018, at 10:45 a.m.

Saturday, May 5, 2018, at 8 p.m. *

John Storgårds, conductor

Louis Lortie, piano

Nielsen:  A Fantasy Journey to the Faroes

Beethoven:  Piano Concerto No. 3

Rautavaara:  Cantus Arcticus

Sibelius:  Symphony No. 7



Friday, May 25, 2018, at 10:45 a.m.

Saturday, May 26, 2018, at 8 p.m. *

Sunday, May 27, 2018, at 3 p.m.

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Jennifer Koh, violin

Roshanne Etezady:  World Premiere

Chris Cerrone:  Violin Concerto (World Premiere)

Tchaikovsky:  Symphony No. 6



Thursday, May 31, 2018, at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, June 1 2018, at 10:45 a.m. *

Saturday, June 2, 2018, at 8 p.m.

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Seong-Jin Cho, piano

Jared Miller:  World Premiere

Chopin:  Piano Concerto No. 1

Stravinsky:  The Rite of Spring



In partnership with Michigan Opera Theatre

Friday, June 8, 2018, at 8 p.m.

Sunday, June 10, 2018, at 3 p.m. *

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Othalie Graham, soprano

Guanqun Yu, soprano

Jonathan Burton, tenor

Hao Jiang Tian, bass

Puccini: Turandot (opera in concert)


2017-2018 Pops Series

All concerts at Orchestra Hall within the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center.

Programs and artists subject to change.


Friday, October 6, 2017, at 10:45 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Saturday, October 7, 2017, at 8 p.m.

Sunday, October 8, 2017, at 3 p.m.

Jeff Tyzik, conductor

Byron Stripling, vocals and trumpet

Carmen Bradford, vocals

Take a journey through the most famous hits recorded by two of jazz’s greatest legends, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong. From “Love is Here to Stay” and “What a Wonderful World” to highlights from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, relive one of the most memorable collaborations in music history.



Friday, October 27, 2017, at 10:45 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Saturday, October 28, 2017, at 8 p.m.

Sunday, October 29, 2017, at 3 p.m.

Stuart Chafetz, conductor

Travel to new worlds, distant galaxies, and back to the future with music from your favorite sci-fi movies, including Star Wars, Star Trek, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and more!



Saturday, November 25, 2017, at 8 p.m.

Sunday, November 26, 2017, at 3 p.m.

Brent Havens, conductor

Brody Dolyniuk, vocals

The DSO and a full rock band channel the distinct sound of Freddie Mercury and the music of 70s mega-band Queen, with a “Bohemian Rhapsody” of hits including “We Are the Champions”
 and “Another One Bites the Dust.” They will rock you!



Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

Constantine Kitsopoulos, conductor

Enjoy one of the most beloved holiday films of all time projected on a giant screen in stunning High Definition accompanied by the Detroit Symphony live in the splendor of Orchestra Hall. John Hughes' charming and hilarious story about family…John Williams' captivating score…and the young Macaulay Culkin who captured the hearts of audiences worldwide. This is not a Pops Series concert. Renewing subscribers have the opportunity to purchase single tickets to this special DSO Presents event before public on-sale dates. 



Friday, December 15, 2017, at 10:45 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Saturday, December 16, 2017, at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Sunday, December 17, 2017, at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Jeff Tyzik, conductor

Denzal Sinclaire, vocals

Share Detroit’s favorite holiday musical tradition with family and friends and thrill to the spectacle of the season. DSO Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik leads a sparkling celebration with carols and classics that sells out year after year—and yes, Virginia, there will be a Santa Claus!



Friday, January 19, 2018, at 10:45 a.m.

Saturday, January 20, 2018, at 8 p.m.

Jim Gray, conductor

Mandy Barnett, vocals

With her stunning voice and charismatic stage presence, acclaimed entertainer Mandy Barnett revisits the greatest country and pop standards to come out of Music City. The celebrated star of Always…Patsy Cline, Mandy pays tribute to the songs that made Nashville famous.



Sunday, January 28, 2018, at 3 p.m.

Robert Bernhardt, conductor

Kimberly Kaloyanides Kennedy, violin

Robert Bernhardt leads the DSO in an afternoon honoring the showmanship of Arthur Fielder and the beloved tradition of American pops. Enjoy the favorites that drew record audiences, from Sousa to sizzling showpieces, classic film scores to the best of Broadway, and much, much more!



Friday, March 9, 2018, at 10:45 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Saturday, March 10, 2018, at 8 p.m.

Sunday, March 11, 2018, at 3 p.m.

Andy Einhorn, conductor

Scott Coulter, vocals/host

Jessica Handy, vocals

Kelli Rabke, vocals

John Boswell, vocals/piano

You’ll find musical hits behind every Broadway blockbuster. An acclaimed cast of Broadway artists perform show-stopping songs you love from the great musicals, including Wicked, The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, and The Lion King. It’s the ultimate show-tune extravaganza!



Tuesday, April 3, 2018, at 7:30 p.m.

Michelle Merrill, conductor

Presentation authorized by Disney Concerts © Disney

Join the DSO, conducted by Michelle Merrill, for a magical journey into storytelling and music as only the timeless tales of Disney can evoke. Brought to life by the talents of four Broadway caliber singers and featuring high resolution Animated Feature Film sequences, Disney In Concert Tale as Old as Time explores iconic moments, plot twists, and feats of daring heroics from Frozen, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, Tangled, The Lion King, and many more. This musical celebration is certain to remind the young and young at heart that through the magical storytelling of Disney, wishes can be made on stars, hope is eternal, and love conquers all.



Friday, April 20, 2018, at 10:45 a.m.

Saturday, April 21, 2018, at 8 p.m.

Sunday, April 22, 2018, at 3 p.m.

Jeff Tyzik, conductor

Vocalists to be announced

The DSO and Jeff Tyzik pay homage to Carole King, Tina Turner, Janis Joplin, Pat Benatar, and the women of rock with hit songs like “Proud Mary,” “Piece of My Heart,” “Hit Me With Your Best Shot,” “You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman,” and more!



Friday, May 18, 2018, at 10:45 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Saturday, May 19, 2018, at 8 p.m.

Sunday, May 20, 2018, at 3 p.m.       

Michelle Merrill, conductor

Follow the evolution of Doo Wop from tight harmonies sung on street corners to today’s biggest hits. Stars of Broadway’s Jersey Boys and Motown: The Musical harmonize classics from The Crests, The Flamingos, and The Temptations all the way to Michael Jackson and Adele.



Wednesday, June 13, 2018, at 7:30 p.m.

Michelle Merrill, condutor

Experience the magic of Harry Potter through the music that brought the movies to life as Orchestra Hall fills with the sounds of Hogwarts and the wizarding world. The DSO performs iconic scores, from John Williams’ music for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone through the beloved series.



Friday, June 15, 2018, at 10:45 a.m.

Saturday, June 16, 2018, at 8 p.m.

Sunday, June 17 2018, at 3 p.m.

Steven Reineke, conductor

Nicole Parker, singer/comedian

The DSO relives hit TV themes from M*A*S*H*, Downton Abbey, Hawaii Five-O, The Munsters, Game of Thrones, I Dream of Jeannie, Seinfeld, and more. Plus, a salute to variety show icons Carol Burnett and Judy Garland, celebrity impressions, and even an on-stage game show.



For Press Inquiries, please contact:

Ben Breuninger
Public Relations Coordinator
bbreuninger@dso.org | 313.576.5196