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Detroit Symphony Orchestra announces 2018-2019 Season

Leonard Slatkin returns as Music Director Laureate to open and close the season as well as lead a three-week festival of American music

DSO’s American Festival to feature music by Leonard Bernstein, John Williams, Aaron Copland, George Gershwin, Samuel Barber, Joan Tower, Steve Reich, Philip Glass, John Luther Adams, and more

Classical Opening Weekend performances with violinist Gil Shaham are October 5-7, with the PNC Pops Opening Weekend — “A Symphonic Tribute to Motown” — led by Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik from October 12-14

Every classical program webcast for free on Live from Orchestra Hall series in its eighth year

Detroit, (Jan. 26, 2018) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) today announced the 2018-2019 Season of its Classical and PNC Pops Series. Leonard Slatkin, currently in his 10th and final year as DSO music director, returns as Music Director Laureate to open the Classical Season on Friday, October 5, 2018, with a weekend of performances in Orchestra Hall featuring acclaimed violinist Gil Shaham. Maestro Slatkin will return twice more during the season, leading the DSO’s three-week American Festival in February and closing the season in June with pianist Makoto Ozone, the featured soloist on the DSO’s tour of Japan last summer.

“Many storylines and common threads come together over the course of the DSO’s 2018-2019 season,” said Erik Rönmark, DSO Vice President and General Manager. “The orchestra and Leonard Slatkin both have deserved reputations going back many decades for  outstanding performances of American music and music by living composers. The new season brings both to the foreground, centered around our American Festival but also branching out over the entire year to feature twenty-six American works and music by twelve living composers including five women. In our Classical Series, we are thrilled to introduce our audiences to several artists making their DSO debuts as well as welcome back returning favorites. We are also pleased to welcome back Jeff Tyzik as our Principal Pops Conductor, who leads three new programs in our PNC Pops Series including ones devoted to the music of Motown and the Beatles.”  

The DSO’s American Festival, the orchestra’s sixth annual winter music festival, will take place from February 8-24, 2019, and feature six programs in two performances of each conducted by Slatkin. Highlights include two programs with pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet (in Bernstein’s Symphony No. 2 “The Age of Anxiety” and Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F), Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess: Concert Version for two singers and chorus, an all-John Williams program including selections of his film music, a world premiere by composer Kristin Kuster, and a festival closing program titled Maximum Minimal with music by Steve Reich, Philip Glass, and John Luther Adams (the Pulitzer Prize-winning Become Ocean).

The American Festival will highlight DSO musicians as soloists, including Principal Cello Wei Yu (Bernstein’s Three Meditations from “MASS”), Principal Oboe Alexander Kinmonth (John Williams’s Oboe Concerto), Associate Concertmaster Kimberly Kaloyanides Kennedy (Barber’s Violin Concerto), percussionists Joseph Becker (Principal) and Andrés Pichardo-Rosenthal (Assistant Principal) (Steve Reich’s Clapping Music), and timpanists Jeremy Epp (Principal) and James Ritchie (Assistant Principal) (Philip Glass’s Concerto Fantasy for Two Timpanists and Orchestra).

DSO musicians will also be featured soloists in other programs during the new season: Concertmaster Yoonshin Song (Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5), Principal Trumpet Hunter Eberly (Tomasi’s Concerto for Trumpet), and horn players Karl Pituch (Principal Horn) and Johanna Yarbrough (Haydn’s Concerto for Two Horns in E-flat Major).          

The Classical Season includes 23 concert programs in 20 weeks conducted by Slatkin and acclaimed guest conductors, including Kent Nagano (making his DSO debut), Ludovic Morlot, Mark Wigglesworth, Nikolaj Znaider, Simone Young (making her DSO debut), Fabien Gabel, Cristian Măcelaru, Karina Canellakis, John Storgårds, Carlos Miguel Prieto, and others in a wide variety of symphonic repertoire both old and new.

Highlights include the fifth symphonies of Beethoven, Mahler, Prokofiev, and Sibelius; Stravinsky’s Firebird; Bruckner’s Symphony No. 3; Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 8; Elgar’s Enigma Variations; and Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra, as well as new music by Daníel Bjarnason, Anna Clyne, Andrew Norman, and Juliet Palmer. Clyne’s Mandolin Concerto, “Three Sisters,” will feature mandolinist Avi Avital on an otherwise all-Vivaldi program conducted by Nicholas McGegan and capped with a performance of the composer’s choral masterpiece Gloria with countertenor David Daniels and soprano Sherezade Panthaki.

Other guest soloists during the 2018-2019 season will be pianist Emanuel Ax (Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1), violinist Christian Tetzlaff (Brahms’s Violin Concerto), cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras (work to be announced), pianist Hélène Grimaud (Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4), and pianist Kirill Gerstein (Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 2); among many others. See below for complete details.

Additionally, the DSO announced its wide-ranging 2018-2019 PNC Pops Season, which will bring favorites from Broadway, film and TV, rock, jazz, and more to the Orchestra Hall stage. Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik will lead three PNC Pops Series programs: Dancing in the Street: A Symphonic Tribute to Motown in the season opener; Heroes & Villains, featuring music from Superman and Batman to King Kong and Jaws; and Revolution: The Beatles Symphonic Experience, with restorative arrangements by Tyzik of the original recordings for singers and orchestra.

Also in the new PNC Pops Season: Cirque de la Symphonie returns to the DSO with aerial acrobats choreographed to live music; Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II, featuring Looney Tunes classics; Home For The Holidays, Detroit’s favorite family holiday tradition; a tribute to Vegas & The Rat Pack; The Wonderful Music of Oz, featuring music from the classic movie musical and other songs influenced by it, from Wicked to Elton John; and Brass Transit: The Music of Chicago, featuring all the band’s iconic hits; and much more. See below for complete details.

Subscriptions are on sale now for the 2018-2019 Classical and PNC Pops Series, and most subscription prices remain unchanged from last season. 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 eighth 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 title sponsor of the DSO’s PNC Pops Series is PNC Bank, and the series is presented by Masco Corporation Foundation with additional support from Greektown Casino-Hotel.

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

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

The Paradise Jazz Series and the DSO’s Young People’s Family Concerts will be announced in the coming weeks. The 2018-2019 William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series will be announced in the summer.

American Festival, February 8 – 24, 2019

The DSO’s sixth annual winter music festival will celebrate the legacy of American composers, drawing upon Music Director Laureate Leonard Slatkin’s celebrated understanding of the American tradition and repertoire. Three weeks of Orchestra Hall concerts will feature major works as well as several pieces by living composers. Programs are as follows:

American Panorama: A stirring, one-of-a-kind vision of America from Leonard Bernstein, Three Meditations from “MASS” features DSO Principal Cello Wei Yu and sets the stage for a musical travelogue of the USA by the DSO: Joan Tower’s Sequoia, Ferde Grofé’s Grand Canyon Suite, Virgil Thomson’s The Plow that Broke the Plains Suite, and Morton Gould’s Star Spangled Overture. (Feb. 8)

A John Williams Celebration: DSO Principal Oboe Alexander Kinmonth is soloist in Williams’s Oboe Concerto on a program that also features selections from the composer’s film music including The Book Thief. (Feb. 9-10)

Appalachian Spring: Adagios by Cindy McTee and Samuel Barber (the Adagio for Strings) precede core American symphonic works by Leonard Bernstein (Symphony No. 2, “The Age of Anxiety” with guest pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet) and Aaron Copland (Suite from Appalachian Spring). (Feb. 14-15)

Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess: This all-Gershwin program includes the Piano Concerto in F with guest soloist Jean-Yves Thibaudet and the composer’s iconic opera Porgy and Bess: Concert Version. Singers and chorus are to be announced. (Feb. 16)

West Side Story: DSO Associate Concertmaster Kimberly Kaloyanides Kennedy is soloist for Barber’s Violin Concerto, on a program featuring selections from Bernstein’s West Side Story (singers to be announced), a world premiere DSO commission by Kristin Kuster, and John Cage’s notorious 4’33”. (Feb. 21-22)

Maximum Minimal: The DSO’s American Festival goes out with a bang: DSO Principal Percussion Joseph Becker and Assistant Principal Percussion Andrés Pichardo-Rosenthal perform Steve Reich’s minimalist classic Clapping Music, plus Principal Timpani Jeremy Epp and Assistant Principal Timpani James Ritchie are soloists for Philip Glass’s Concerto Fantasy for Two Timpanists and Orchestra, and the DSO performs John Luther Adams’s acclaimed Become Ocean, winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Music. (Feb. 23-24)

There will also be a variety of events in The Cube and throughout the community to invite all Detroiters to experience the American Festival—more details to be announced at a later date.

Major Symphonic Works

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

Barber: Adagio for Strings

Barber: Violin Concerto

Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4

Beethoven: Symphony No. 5

Bernstein: Symphony No. 2

Brahms: Violin Concerto

Brahms: Symphony No. 4

Bruckner: Symphony No. 3

Copland: Suite, Appalachian Spring

Dvořák: Symphony No. 8

Elgar: Enigma Variations

Gershwin: Piano Concerto in F

Gershwin: Porgy and Bess

Grieg: Piano Concerto

Haydn: Concerto for 2 Horns

Mahler: Symphony No. 5

Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 5

Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 1

Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3

Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5

Rachmaninoff: Paganini Variations

Schumann: Piano Concerto

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 8

Sibelius: Violin Concerto

Sibelius: Symphony No. 5

Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier

Stravinsky: The Firebird Suite

Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 2

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4

Vivaldi: Concerto Grosso in D Minor

Vivaldi: Concerto for Mandolin

Vivaldi: Gloria

Music by Living Composers

The DSO will perform several works by living composers during the season, including:

John Luther Adams: Become Ocean

Daníel Bjarnason: Violin Concerto

Anna Clyne: Concerto for Mandolin, “Three Sisters”

Sebastian Currier: Divisions

Philip Glass: Concerto Fantasy for Two Timpanists and Orchestra

Kristin Kuster: New work (premiere)

Cindy McTee: Adagio for String Orchestra

Andrew Norman: Play

Juliet Palmer: New work (premiere)

Steve Reich: Clapping Music

Joan Tower: Sequoia

John Williams: Oboe Concerto, The Book Thief, film music 

Classical Series Guest Conductors and Soloists

The DSO continues to attract top artistic talent from around the world. The following guest conductors and soloists will appear with the orchestra in the 2018-2019 Season.

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

Violinist Pekka Kuusisto

Violinist Simone Lamsma *

Violinist Gil Shaham

Violinist Christian Tetzlaff

Cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras *

Pianist Emanuel Ax

Pianist Kirill Gerstein

Pianist Hélène Grimaud

Pianist Víkingur Ólafsson *

Pianist Makoto Ozone

Pianist Beatrice Rana

Pianist Lise de la Salle

Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet

Mandolinist Avi Avital *

Countertenor David Daniels *

Soprano Sherezade Panthaki *

Conductor Karina Canellakis

Conductor Fabien Gabel

Conductor Ben Glassberg *

Conductor Cristian Măcelaru

Conductor Nicholas McGegan

Conductor Ludovic Morlot

Conductor Kent Nagano *

Conductor Rafael Payare *

Conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto

Conductor Santtu-Matias Rouvali *

Conductor John Storgårds

Conductor Mark Wigglesworth

Conductor Simone Young *

Conductor Nikolaj Znaider

DSO musicians who will be featured soloists include Joseph Becker, Hunter Eberly, Jeremy Epp, Kimberly Kaloyanides Kennedy, Alexander Kinmonth, Andrés Pichardo-Rosenthal, Karl Pituch, James Ritchie, Yoonshin Song, Johanna Yarbrough, and Wei Yu.

Subscription Options and Prices

Subscription packages for the Classical and PNC Pops Series are on sale now. The deadline to renew for all existing subscribers is March 26. Classical 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.

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

Learn about DSO NextGen, a DSO ticket membership program and volunteer committee for young professionals, at dso.org/nextgen. NextGen members pay $40 annually to unlock $10 tickets to more than 100 concerts throughout the season, as well as access to exclusive pre- and post-concert events.

Students of any age can attend unlimited Classical, PNC Pops, Paradise Jazz, and William Davidson Neighborhood Series concerts by purchasing a Soundcard for $25 annually. Learn more at dso.org/soundcard. (Some restrictions apply.)

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 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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COMPLETE CONCERT LISTINGS

2018-2019 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.

OPENING WEEKEND: GIL SHAHAM AND ENIGMA

Friday, October 5, 2018 at 8 p.m.

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

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

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Gil Shaham, violin

  Erb: The Seventh Trumpet

  Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major, Op. 19

  Elgar: Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36, “Enigma”

THE FIREBIRD

Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, October 19, 2018 at 10:45 a.m. *

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

Fabien Gabel, conductor

Hunter Eberly, trumpet

  Tchaikovsky: The Tempest, Op. 18

  Tomasi: Concerto for Trumpet

  Stravinsky: Song of the Nightingale

  Stravinsky: The Firebird Suite (1919)

GRIEG PIANO CONCERTO

Friday, October 26, 2018 at 10:45 a.m.

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

Santtu-Matias Rouvali, conductor

Víkingur Ólafsson, piano 

  Sibelius: Lemminkäinen’s Return

  Grieg: Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 16 

  Sibelius: Symphony No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 82

EMANUEL AX PLAYS BEETHOVEN

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

Friday, November 9, 2018 at 8 p.m. *

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

Cristian Măcelaru, conductor

Emanuel Ax, piano

Program to include:

  Beethoven:Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15 

  Andrew Norman: Play

TCHAIKOVSKY SYMPHONY NO. 4

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

Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 8 p.m. *

Sunday, November 18, 2018 at 3 p.m.

John Storgårds, conductor

Pekka Kuusisto, violin

  Antheil:  Over the Plains

  Daníel Bjarnason: Violin Concerto

  Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36

BEETHOVEN’S FIFTH

Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, December 7, 2018 at 10:45 a.m. *

Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 8 p.m.

Carlos Miguel Prieto, conductor

Christian Tetzlaff, violin

Program to include:

  Brahms: Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 77

  Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

STRAUSS: DER ROSENKAVALIER

Friday, December 14, 2018 at 10:45 a.m.

Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 8 p.m. *

Nikolaj Znaider, conductor

Jean-Guihen Queyras, cello

Program to include:

  R. Strauss: Suite from Der Rosenkavalier

  R. Strauss: "Dance of the Seven Veils” from Salome

SHOSTAKOVICH 8

Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, January 27, 2019 at 3 p.m. *

Karina Canellakis, conductor

Lise de la Salle, piano

  Schumann: Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 54

  Shostakovich: Symphony No. 8 in C minor, Op. 65

AMERICAN FESTIVAL: AMERICAN PANORAMA

Friday, February 8, 2019 at 10:45 a.m.

Friday, February 8, 2019 at 8 p.m. *

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Wei Yu, cello

  Gould: Star Spangled Overture

  Joan Tower: Sequoia

  Bernstein: Three Meditations from Mass

  Thomson: Suite from The Plow that Broke the Plains

  Grofé: Grand Canyon Suite

AMERICAN FESTIVAL: A JOHN WILLIAMS CELEBRATION

Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 8 p.m. 

Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 3 p.m. *

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Alexander Kinmonth, oboe

  John Williams: The Book Thief

  John Williams:Concerto for Oboe 

  Additional film music to be announced

AMERICAN FESTIVAL: APPALACHIAN SPRING

Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, February 15, 2019 at 10:45 a.m. *

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano

  Cindy McTee: Adagio for String Orchestra 

  Bernstein: Symphony No. 2, “The Age of Anxiety” 

  Barber: Adagio for Strings

  Copland: Suite from Appalachian Spring

AMERICAN FESTIVAL: GERSHWIN’S PORGY & BESS

Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, February 17, 2019 at 3 p.m. *

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano

Other artists to be announced

  Gershwin: Gershwiniana (arr. Rob Mathes)

  Gershwin: Piano Concerto in F

  Gershwin:  Porgy & Bess: Concert Version (arr. Robert Russell Bennett)

AMERICAN FESTIVAL: WEST SIDE STORY

Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. 

Friday, February 22, 2019 at 8 p.m. *

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Kimberly Kaloyanides Kennedy, violin

Other artists to be announced

  Kristin Kuster: World Premiere 

  Cage: 4’33”

  Barber: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 14

  Bernstein: Selections from West Side Story

AMERICAN FESTIVAL: MAXIMUM MINIMAL

Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, February 24, 2019 at 3 p.m. *

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Joseph Becker, percussion

Andrés Pichardo-Rosenthal, percussion

Jeremy Epp, timpani

James Ritchie, timpani

  Steve Reich: Clapping Music

  Philip Glass: Concerto Fantasy for Two Timpanists & Orchestra

  John Luther Adams: Become Ocean

41ST ANNUAL CLASSICAL ROOTS CONCERT & CELEBRATION

Friday, March 8, 2019 at 10:45 a.m. (Concert)

Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 8 p.m. (Concert & Celebration) *

Guest artists and program to be announced

MAHLER SYMPHONY NO. 5

Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, March 15, 2019 at 8 p.m.

Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 8 p.m. *

Rafael Payare, conductor

Yoonshin Song, violin

  Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K. 219

  Mahler: Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp minor

SIBELIUS VIOLIN CONCERTO

Friday, March 22, 2019 at 10:45 a.m.

Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 8 p.m. *

Mark Wigglesworth, conductor

Simone Lamsma, violin

Program to include:

Sibelius: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D minor, Op. 47

Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 5 in D major

BEETHOVEN’S PIANO CONCERTO NO. 4

Friday, April 12, 2019 at 10:45 a.m.

Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 8 p.m. *

Sunday, April 14, 2019 at 3 p.m.

Ludovic Morlot, conductor

Hélène Grimaud, piano

  Sebastian Currier: Divisions

  Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58

  Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5 in B-flat major, Op. 100

VIVALDI’S GLORIA

Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, April 26, 2019 at 8 p.m.

Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 8 p.m. *

Nicholas McGegan, conductor

Avi Avital, mandolin

David Daniels, countertenor

Sherezade Panthaki, soprano

  Vivaldi: Concerto for Strings in C major, RV 114 

  Anna Clyne: Concerto for Mandolin, “Three Sisters” 

  Vivaldi: Concerto for Mandolin in C major, RV 425 

  Vivaldi: Concerto Grosso in D minor, Op. 3, No. 11, RV 565

  Vivaldi: Gloria, RV 589

TCHAIKOVSKY’S PIANO CONCERTO NO. 2

Friday, May 3, 2019 at 10:45 a.m.

Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 3 p.m. *

Ben Glassberg, conductor

Kirill Gerstein, piano

  Walton: Suite from Henry V

  Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 2 in G major, Op. 44

  Dvořák: Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88

NAGANO CONDUCTS BRUCKNER

Friday, May 24, 2019 at 8 p.m.

Saturday, May 25, 2019 at 8 p.m. *

Kent Nagano, conductor

Beatrice Rana, piano

  Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 26

  Bruckner: Symphony No. 3 in D minor

BRAHMS SYMPHONY NO. 4

Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, June 31, 2019 at 10:45 a.m. *

Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 8 p.m.

Simone Young, conductor

Karl Pituch, horn

Johanna Yarbrough, horn

  Webern: Passacaglia, Op. 1

  Haydn: Concerto for Two Horns in E-flat major

  Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98 

SEASON FINALE: RACHMANINOFF’S PAGANINI VARIATIONS

Friday, June 7, 2019 at 8 p.m.

Saturday, June 8, 2019 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, June 9, 2019 at 3 p.m. *

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Makoto Ozone, piano

  Juliet Palmer: New Work

  Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43

  Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra

2018-2019 PNC Pops Series

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

Programs and artists subject to change.

DANCING IN THE STREET: A SYMPHONIC TRIBUTE TO MOTOWN

Friday, October 12, 2018 at 10:45 a.m.

Friday, October 12, 2018 at 8 p.m.

Saturday October 13, 2018 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, October 14, 2018 at 3 p.m.

Jeff Tyzik, conductor

It was the music made in Detroit that called out as an invitation across the nation. Celebrate Motown and artists like Marvin Gaye, The Four Tops, Martha Reeves, Diana Ross, and The Temptations with a program of smash hits, including “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “Dancing In The Street,” “My Girl,” and more.

This concert is not affiliated or associated with Motown Records.

CIRQUE DE LA SYMPHONIE

Friday, November 2, 2018 at 10:45 a.m.

Friday, November 2, 2018 at 8 p.m.

Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, November 4, 2018 at 3 p.m.

Sean O’Loughlin, conductor

Back by popular demand, it’s Cirque de la Symphonie! Orchestra Hall will once again be the setting for aerial acrobats, gravity-defying feats, contortionists, strong men, jugglers, and more, choreographed to live music performed by the DSO.

BUGS BUNNY AT THE SYMPHONY II

Friday, November 30, 2018 at 10:45 a.m.

Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, December 2, 2018 at 3 p.m.

George Daugherty, conductor

Celebrate the world’s most beloved Looney Tunes and their legendary stars projected on the big screen with original scores played live. Conductor and co-creator George Daugherty leads the DSO for acclaimed classics like What’s Opera, Doc? and The Rabbit of Seville, plus special guest stars Tom and Jerry!

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Friday, December 21, 2018 at 10:45 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Saturday, December 22, 2018 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Sunday, December 23, 2018 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Lawrence Loh, conductor

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

VEGAS & THE RAT PACK

Friday, January 18, 2019 at 10:45 a.m.

Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, January 20, 2019 at 3 p.m.

Matt Catingub, conductor, piano & vocals

Steve Moretti, drums & vocals

Anita Hall, vocals

They brought “cool” to the Vegas strip, and casinos that could add Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis, Jr. to their marquee enjoyed floods of wealthy high rollers and nightly fortunes. Place your bets on the songs and music immortalized by the original Rat Pack, as well as contemporaries including Nat King Cole, Rosemary Clooney, and more.

HEROES & VILLAINS

Friday, March 1, 2019 at 10:45 a.m.

Friday, March 1, 2019 at 8 p.m.

Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, March 3, 2019 at 3 p.m.

Jeff Tyzik, conductor

From Superman to Batman, Robin Hood to Zorro, or King Kong to Jaws: in film, every noble hero and evil villain has the same trusty sidekick…great music! Featuring hits from the golden age of cinema to today’s blockbusters, enjoy the breathtaking scores that have brought timeless characters to life.

80s REWIND

Friday, April 5, 2019 at 8 p.m.

Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 8 p.m.

Stuart Chafetz, conductor

Nicole Parker, vocalist

Aaron Finley, vocalist

We’re like totally celebrating one of the decadent decades of music—the 80s! Relive soft rock, glam, and pop hits from icons like George Michael, Robert Palmer, Michael Jackson, Mr. Mister, and more.

CLASSIC BROADWAY

Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 3 p.m.

Stuart Chafetz, conductor

Lisa Vroman and Doug LaBreque, vocalists

Porter, Gershwin, Berlin, Hamlisch, Lloyd Webber: these are the names that built Broadway, one beautiful melody and unforgettable lyric at a time. Known for their starring roles in Phantom of the Opera, and favorites of Pops audiences across the nation, Lisa Vroman and Doug La Breque share classic songs from Broadway’s Golden Age and beyond.

REVOLUTION: THE BEATLES SYMPHONIC EXPERIENCE

Friday, May 17, 2019 at 10:45 a.m.

Friday, May 17, 2019 at 8 p.m.

Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 3 p.m.

Jeff Tyzik, conductor

REVOLUTION is a symphonic journey through the history of the Beatles at Abbey Road, told through the Fab Four’s #1 hits and Jeff Tyzik’s restorative arrangements of the original recordings for singers and orchestra.

BRASS TRANSIT: THE MUSIC OF CHICAGO

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

Robert Bernhardt, conductor

In this tribute, Brass Transit embodies the distinct sound of rock ’n’ roll, iconic melodies, and unforgettable horns that launched the band Chicago to stardom. Together with the DSO, they perform all the hits, including “Saturday In The Park”, “25 or 6 to 4”, and “You’re the Inspiration.”

THE WONDERFUL MUSIC OF OZ

Friday, June 14, 2019 at 10:45 a.m.

Friday, June 14, 2019 at 8 p.m.

Saturday, June 15, 2019 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, June 16, 2019 at 3 p.m.

Andrés Franco, conductor

Scott Coulter, vocalist & host

Kelli Rabke, vocalist

Blaine Krauss, vocalist

John Boswell, piano & vocalist

Defy gravity and follow the yellow brick road on a musical journey over the rainbow. From Wicked to Elton John, relive the music inspired by Frank Baum’s classic novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, in one magical concert event.

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Ben Breuninger
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