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Chinese New Year concert at Orchestra Hall to feature the Zhejiang Symphony Orchestra and DSO Principal Cello Wei Yu, February 19

Concert is general admission and tickets are pay-what-you-can

Detroit, (February 6, 2017) – In celebration of Chinese New Year, the internationally acclaimed Zhejiang Symphony Orchestra will make their Detroit debut with a one-night-only Chinese New Year concert in Orchestra Hall, home of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO). Conducted by Zhang Yi, the orchestra will perform popular and traditional Chinese works as well as classical music selections, including Tchaikovsky’s Andante Cantabile for Cello and Strings with DSO Principal Cello Wei Yu.

The concert takes place Monday, February 19 at 7:30 p.m.  Doors open at 6 p.m., and preconcert activities including Chinese calligraphy, kung fu, and yo-yo demonstrations will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the William Davidson Atrium, in collaboration with members of the local Chinese community including the American Chinese School of Greater Detroit and the Michigan New Century Chinese School.

The concert is general admission and all seating is first-come, first-served. Tickets are available on a pay-what-you-can basis, with five options ranging from $1 to $50. See below for more ticket information.

The event is sponsored by MGM Grand Detroit and Michigan China Innovation Center. The DSO wishes to thank Consul General Hong Lei of the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Chicago for his office’s continued partnership and support.

Please note: the DSO does not appear on this performance.

About the Zhejiang Symphony Orchestra

The Zhejiang Symphony Orchestra was founded in 2009, but has a history that stretches back more than 50 years when it was known as the Orchestra of Zhejiang Song and Dance Theater. Drawing on the profound culture of Zhejiang province, the orchestra performs classical works while maintaining a strong connection to folk traditions. The Zhejiang Symphony Orchestra has composed and performed several pieces with local and regional characteristics, including “Shan Hai Jing,” “A Dream of Boudoir,” and “Partridges Flying.”

The orchestra has toured China and performed in countries around the world, including South Korea, Japan, France, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Spain, Algeria, Brazil, and elsewhere. Their current tour marks their U.S. debut.

The Zhejiang Symphony Orchestra is conducted by Mr. Zhang Yi.

About Wei Yu

Wei Yu (Principal Cello, James C. Gordon Chair) made his DSO subscription debut in November 2015, performing Dvořák’s Cello Concerto under the baton of Leonard Slatkin. Before joining the DSO, Yu was a member of the New York Philharmonic for seven seasons.

An avid chamber musician, Yu has been invited to the Marlboro and Ravinia music festivals, and has collaborated with a wide range of musicians: cellist David Soyer, pianists Richard Goode and Menahem Pressler, violinists Midori and Pinchas Zukerman, and members of the Guarneri and Juilliard Quartets. As a member of the New York Philharmonic Ensembles, he makes regular appearances at Merkin Concert Hall.

In the summers of 1998 through 2000, Yu participated in the Morningside Music Bridge program at Mount Royal University in Calgary. He subsequently enrolled in the University’s Gifted Youth program under the tutelage of John Kadz and is currently on the faculty of the Morningside Music Bridge program. He has given cello master classes at universities and festivals in the United States, Canada, and China.

Born in Shanghai, Yu began studying the cello at age 4 and made his concerto debut at age 11, performing Elgar’s Cello Concerto with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. He received his B.M. from North Park University in Chicago and M.M. from the Juilliard School. His principal teachers include Mei-Juan Liu, John Kadz, Hans Jørgen Jensen, and David Soyer. He performs on the 1778 “Ex-Soyer” Gagliano cello, on generous loan from the Marlboro Music Festival.

Ticket Information

Tickets for Chinese New Year with the Zhejiang Symphony Orchestra are available at dso.org, by calling (313) 576-5111, or in-person at the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center Box Office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit).

Ticket pricing is pay-what-you-can, with five options ranging from $1 to $50 per ticket.

All tickets grant patrons general admission to Orchestra Hall, meaning no seats may be reserved and that all seating is first-come, first-served. Please contact the Box Office with questions about accommodating patrons who require special seating.

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