<September 2018>


Great Scott! DSO will present screening of 'Back to the Future' with orchestra playing the score live

Constantine Kitsopolous will conduct

Detroit, (September 28, 2017) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will present a one-night-only movie experience like no other: a screening of the 1985 film Back to the Future in high definition, with the orchestra playing Alan Silvestri’s iconic score live. Directed by Robert Zemeckis, the film tells the story of Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox), a teenager who accidentally travels in time to 1955 and must find his way back to the ’80s with the help of rogue scientist Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd).

The concert takes place Wednesday, October 4 at 7:30 p.m. at Orchestra Hall, within Midtown Detroit’s Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center. Constantine Kitsopolous will conduct.

Guests can also experience the Detroit Time Machine, an authentic DeLorean DMC-12 customized to match the time machine built by Doc Brown in the movie—flux capacitor and all! The car, owned by Roseville native Mike Bilski, will be on display in the atrium of The Max.

About Constantine Kitsopolous

Constantine Kitsopoulos has made a name for himself as a conductor whose musical experiences comfortably span the worlds of opera, symphony, musical theatre, and film with live orchestra. He regularly conducts in such venues as Carnegie Hall, David Geffen Hall, and Royal Albert Hall, and has served as music director/conductor for musical theatre productions on Broadway. 

The 2017-18 Season marks Kitsopoulos' eighth as music director of the Festival of the Arts BOCA, where he has worked with such artists as Itzhak Perlman, Sarah Chang, the Russian National Orchestra, and many others. He was artistic director of the OK Mozart Festival from 2013-15, and spent eight years as music director of the Queens Symphony Orchestra. Kitsopoulos founded Chatham Opera in 2005 and recently became General Director of the New York Grand Opera. With those two companies he is developing a series of semi-staged opera productions to be presented in the summer of 2019.

Highlights of recent seasons include appearances with the New York Philharmonic, Calgary Philharmonic, National Arts Centre Orchestra, New York Pops, and the symphony orchestras of Baltimore, Colorado, Detroit, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, Toledo, San Antonio, and San Francisco.

Also in demand as a theater conductor, both on Broadway and nationwide, Kitsopoulos has been music director and conductor of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella on Broadway and of the Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical revival featuring Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis, which ran until September 2012. He is co-composer of a new music theatre piece called Temple, based on the life of Temple Grandin, and is in the process of composing a new opera, with a libretto by Evangelia Kingsley, entitled Holy Week.

Kitsopoulos studied conducting with Gustav Meier, Sergiu Comissiona, Semyon Bychkov, and his principal teacher, Vincent La Selva.

Ticket Information

Tickets for Back to the Future in Concert begin at $40 and can be purchased at dso.org, by calling (313) 576-5111, or in-person at the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center Box Office (3711 Woodward Ave., 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.

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 embarked 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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