<November 2018>


DSO welcomes conductor Mark Wigglesworth and violinist Karen Gomyo for concerts featuring music by Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich, November 30 – December 2

All-Russian program includes Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10

Detroit, (November 21, 2017) – Conductor Mark Wigglesworth and violinist Karen Gomyo will join the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) for concerts featuring Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10. Gomyo will be the featured soloist on the Tchaikovsky concerto.

The concerts take place Thursday, November 30 at 7:30 p.m., Friday, December 1 at 8 p.m., and Saturday, December 2 at 8 p.m. at Orchestra Hall, within Midtown Detroit’s Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center.

The Saturday evening concert will be webcast for free at dso.org/live and via Facebook Live, as part of the DSO’s groundbreaking Live from Orchestra Hall series. The series is presented by Ford Motor Company Fund and made possible by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

One hour prior to each performance, patrons are invited to enjoy a pre-concert interview with new DSO wind musicians on the Orchestra Hall stage.

Soundcard is the DSO’s student discount membership, and this weekend of concerts will be the first of three Soundcard “sampler” weekends. During these weekends, students interested in Soundcard can attend concerts for just $5, and pay the remaining $20 to join the program afterwards. Additionally, companions of members—including parents or other non-student attendees ineligible for the Soundcard membership—can pay just $5 to attend sampler weekend concerts rather than purchasing full-price tickets.

Learn more about Soundcard or purchase a membership at dso.org/soundcard, or contact the DSO Box Office at (313) 576-5111. Soundcard is supported by a generous grant from General Motors.

The DSO Classical Series is generously sponsored by PVS Chemicals, Inc.


Conductor Mark Wigglesworth (L) and violinist Karen Gomyo (R). Click here to view hi-res versions of these images.

About Mark Wigglesworth

Olivier Award-winning conductor Mark Wigglesworth is one of the outstanding musicians of his generation, as much at home in the opera house as the concert hall. Recognized for his masterly interpretations, his highly detailed performances combine a finely considered architectural structure with great sophistication and beauty. Through a broad repertoire ranging from Mozart to Boulez, he has forged enduring relationships with many orchestras and opera houses throughout the world.

Wigglesworth has enjoyed a long relationship with English National Opera, and operatic engagements elsewhere include London’s Royal Opera House, New York’s Metropolitan Opera, the Bavarian State Opera, Semperoper Dresden, Teatro Real, The Netherlands Opera, La Monnaie, Welsh National Opera, Glyndebourne, and Opera Australia. On the concert platform, highlights include performances with the Berlin Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw, London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony, Sydney Symphony, and many others.

His recordings include a critically acclaimed complete cycle of the Shostakovich Symphonies with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Mahler’s Sixth and Tenth symphonies with the Melbourne Symphony, a disc of English music with the Sydney Symphony, Britten’s Peter Grimes with Glyndebourne, and the Brahms Piano Concertos with Stephen Hough. He has written articles for The Guardian and The Independent, made a six-part TV series for the BBC entitled Everything to Play For, and held positions as Associate Conductor of the BBC Symphony, Principal Guest Conductor of the Swedish Radio Symphony, Music Director of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, and most recently Music Director of English National Opera. From 2018 he will be the Principal Guest Conductor of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.

About Karen Gomyo

Born in Tokyo and growing up in Montréal and New York, violinist Karen Gomyo recently made Berlin her home. A commanding and intense performer, she has performed with top orchestras around the world: the Danish National Symphony, Orchestre Symphonique de Radio France, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, National Arts Centre Orchestra Ottawa, New Zealand Symphony (with whom she will tour in the 2017-18 Season), and many others.

Strongly committed to contemporary works, Gomyo performed the North American premiere of Matthias Pintscher’s Concerto No. 2 Mar’eh with the composer conducting the National Symphony Orchestra, as well as Peteris Vasks’ Vox Amoris with the Lapland Chamber Orchestra conducted by John Storgårds. Her chamber music collaborators have included the late Heinrich Schiff, Christian Poltéra, Alisa Weilerstein, Leif Ove Andsnes, Olli Mustonen, Kathryn Stott, Christian Ihle Hadland, Antoine Tamestit, Isabelle Van Keulen, and Lawrence Power.

Gomyo is also deeply interested in the Nuevo Tango music of Astor Piazzolla, and performs with Piazzolla’s longtime pianist and tango legend Pablo Ziegler and his partners Hector del Curto, Claudio Ragazzi, and Pedro Giraudo.

NHK Japan recently produced a documentary film produced by NHK Japan about Antonio Stradivarius titled The Mysteries of the Supreme Violin, in which Gomyo is featured as host, narrator, and violinist. She plays on the “Aurora, ex-Foulis” Stradivarius violin of 1703 that was bought for her exclusive use by a private sponsor.

Ticket Information

Regular tickets for Russian Portraits begin at $15 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.

Performance Details

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

Friday, December 1 at 8 p.m.

Saturday, December 2 at 8 p.m.

Orchestra Hall at the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center

Mark Wigglesworth, conductor

Karen Gomyo, violin


  Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major, Op. 35

  Karen Gomyo, violin


  Symphony No. 10 in E minor, Op. 93

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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