<March 2019>


DSO's William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series continues with music of Mozart, Shostakovich, and more at seven Metro Detroit venues

Conductor-violinist Thomas Zehetmair will lead the DSO in West Bloomfield, Plymouth, Bloomfield Hills, and Grosse Pointe, March 8-11

Conductor Alexander Prior and cellist Andreas Brantelid will join the symphony in Southfield, Clinton Township, and Beverly Hills, March 15, 16, and 18

Detroit, (March 1, 2018) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) returns to seven Metro Detroit venues as the 2018 William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series continues.

Thomas Zehetmair will conduct the DSO in a program that includes Bach’s Violin Concerto No. 2 (on which he will also be featured soloist), Rebel’s Les Éléments, and Mozart’s Minuet in C Major and Symphony No. 38, “Prague.”

The concerts take place Thursday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m. in West Bloomfield (at the Berman Center for the Performing Arts), Friday, March 9 at 8 p.m. in Plymouth (at Plymouth First United Methodist Church), Saturday, March 10 at 8 p.m. in Bloomfield Hills (at Kirk in the Hills Presbyterian Church), and Sunday, March 11 at 3 p.m. in Grosse Pointe (at Our Lady Star of the Sea).

Please note that the performance in Plymouth will take place at Plymouth First United Methodist Church. Due to a scheduling conflict, the regular Plymouth venue—Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church—is unable to accommodate the concert. Neighborhood concerts in Plymouth will return to Our Lady of Good Counsel after this weekend’s performances.

The following weekend, 25-year-old conductor Alexander Prior leads a program titled “A Scandinavian State of Mind,” featuring Swedish-Danish cellist Andreas Brantelid and music by Scandinavian and Russian composers: Sibelius’ En Saga, Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1 (with Brantelid), and Nielsen’s Symphony No. 2, “The Four Temperaments.”

The concerts take place Thursday, March 15 at 7:30 p.m. in Southfield (at Congregation Shaarey Zedek), Friday, March 16 at 8 p.m. in Clinton Township (at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts), and Sunday, March 18 at 3 p.m. in Beverly Hills (at Seligman Performing Arts Center, on the campus of Detroit Country Day School). Performances in Southfield and Clinton Township are supported by Chemical Bank.

The William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series is made possible by a generous grant from the William Davidson Foundation. The program is supported in part by a generous grant from the American Orchestras’ Futures Fund, a program of the League of American Orchestras made possible by funding from the Ann & Gordon Getty Foundation. WRCJ 90.9 FM also supports the Series.

Renamed in 2014 in honor of philanthropist William Davidson, the William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series brings even more opportunities for Metro Detroiters to experience the DSO close to home. In October 2017 the William Davidson Foundation made a $15 million gift of support to the DSO—one of the orchestra’s largest ever—including continued sponsorship of the Series.

About Thomas Zehetmair

Thomas Zehetmair skillfully blends a range of musical interests, and enjoys widespread acclaim as a violinist, conductor, and chamber musician. He currently serves as Artistic Partner of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Principal Conductor of the Musikkollegium Winterthur in Switzerland.

Zehetmair is Conductor Laureate of the Royal Northern Sinfonia, after a celebrated tenure as principal conductor there beginning in 2002. His numerous recordings with the orchestra include music by Brahms, Schumann, Sibelius, and more. As a conductor, he has also released albums with the Musikkollegium Winterthur and Orchestre de Chambre de Paris.

Meanwhile, Zehetmair is a sought-after violinist among leading international orchestras. He has recorded a striking amount of repertoire for violin, and many of his releases have earned multiple awards. Highlights include B. A. Zimmermann’s Violin Concerto with the WDR Sinfonieorchester under Heinz Holliger, a recording of Elgar’s Violin Concerto with the Hallé Orchestra Manchester under Sir Mark Elder, and Mozart’s Violin Concertos with the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century under Frans Brüggen.

Zehetmair is also the founding member of the Zehetmair Quartet, with which he was awarded the Paul Hindemith Prize by the City of Hanau in November 2014 in recognition of outstanding musical achievement. Zehetmair’s awards and accolades also include the certificate of honour by the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, the Karl Böhm Interpretation Prize by the federated state of Styria, and honorary doctorates at the University of Music Franz Liszt in Germany and Newcastle University in the United Kingdom.

About Alexander Prior

Alexander Prior, 25, currently serves as Chief Conductor of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.

He has had the pleasure of conducting symphonies across North American and abroad, including the New World Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, NDR Sinfonieorchester, Spanish Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra, and many others.

Also committed to the opera stage, Prior has led Carmen with the Royal Danish Opera, La Traviata with Oper Leipzig and the Gewandhaus Orchestra and at the Romanian National Opera, Mirandolinawith the Bayerische Staatsoper, and others. His debut with the Braunschweig Staatstheater led to a continued relationship and a re-invitation to premiere a new production of Rigoletto in the 2015/16 season.

Prior is also an accomplished composer. The Edmonton Symphony recently premiered his latest work, Putl'lt, a large symphonic piece inspired by the eponymous Nuxálk word meaning “everything belongs to those generations that are not yet born.” Other works include Distant Calls for voice and piano quintet; Elegy in Memory of Ligeti for cello and piano; Horizons: An American Crescendo for four soloists and orchestra, premiered by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Prior’s direction at the Barbican Centre; Symphony No. 4, Gogol, commissioned by the cultural committee of St. Petersburg for the St. Petersburg State Academic Symphony Orchestra and Choir; Symphony No. 6, premiered by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra; and the triple concerto That Which Must Remain Unspoken for piano, violin and cello, commissioned by the City of Hong Kong Chamber Orchestra.

A graduate of the St. Petersburg Conservatory, Prior was a James Levine Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center and was awarded a Conducting Fellowship at the Aspen Music Festival. He previously served as Assistant Conductor of the Seattle Symphony.

About Andreas Brantelid

Andreas Brantelid is one of the most sought-after artists in Scandinavia, and he has performed with major orchestras in that region and across the world: the Royal Danish Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Tonhalle Orchester Zurich, Yomiyuri Nippon Symphony, and many others.

Among the musicians who inspired and strongly influenced Brantelid are pianist Bengt Forsberg and violinist Nils-Erik Sparf, both of whom he has played with since 2002 in different chamber music formats. Brantelid has also collaborated with artists such as Daniel Barenboim, Gidon Kremer, Joshua Bell, Vadim Repin, Nikolaj Znaider, Lawrence Power, and Paul Badura-Skoda. Recently he formed a trio with German violinist Veronika Eberle and Israeli pianist Shai Wosner. He is a member of the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society.

Brantelid’s debut disc of the Tchaikovsky, Schumann, and Saint-Saëns cello concertos with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra was released by EMI in 2008, followed by a several albums with music by Chopin, Grieg, and others. His latest album, released in 2016, includes Fauré's complete works for cello and piano.

Brantelid won first prizes in the 2006 Eurovison Young Musicians Competition and 2007 International Paulo Cello Competition and, in subsequent years, received music awards and fellowships including the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship in 2008, the BBC’s New Generation Artist 2008-2011, The European Concert Hall Organization “Rising Star” tour in the 2008/09 season, and the 2015 Carl Nielsen Prize.

Brantelid plays the 1707 “Boni-Hegar” Stradivarius, which has been made available to him by the generous support of Norwegian art collector Christen Sveaas.

Ticket Information

Tickets for all William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series performances are $25 for adults and $10 for children and students, and can be purchased online at dso.org/neighborhood.

Tickets can also be purchased by calling (313) 576-5111 or in-person at the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center Box Office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit).

Please note: tickets will not be sold online past 8 p.m. the night prior to each performance, but will still be available for purchase at each venue on the days of the concerts.

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

Mozart’s “Prague” Symphony

Thursday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m.

at the Berman Center for the Performing Arts (West Bloomfield, MI)

Friday, March 9 at 8 p.m.

at Plymouth First United Methodist Church (Plymouth, MI)

Saturday, March 10 at 8 p.m.

at Kirk in the Hills Presbyterian Church (Bloomfield Hills, MI)

Sunday, March 11 at 3 p.m.

at Our Lady Star of the Sea (Grosse Pointe, MI)

Thomas Zehetmair, conductor and violin

BACH: Violin Concerto No. 2 in E major, BWV 1042

  Thomas Zehetmair, violin

REBEL: Les Éléments

MOZART: Minuet in C major, K. 338f [409]

MOZART: Symphony No. 38 in D major, K. 504, “Prague”


A Scandinavian State of Mind

Thursday, March 15 at 7:30 p.m.

at Congregation Shaarey Zedek (Southfield, MI)

Friday, March 16 at 8 p.m.

at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts (Clinton Township, MI)

Sunday, March 18 at 3 p.m.

at Seligman Performing Arts Center (on the campus of the Detroit Country Day School, Beverly Hills, MI)

Alexander Prior, conductor

Andreas Brantelid, cello

SIBELIUS: En Saga, Op. 9

SHOSTAKOVICH: Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major, Op. 107

  Andreas Brantelid, cello

NIELSEN: Symphony No. 2, Op. 16, “The Four Temperaments”

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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