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Women Rock at the DSO: Jeff Tyzik returns to lead symphonic shows celebrating outstanding rock singers and songwriters, April 20-22

PNC Pops Series concerts feature Tyzik’s own arrangements of music by Aretha, Joan, Janis, Tina, and more

Detroit, (April 12, 2018) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) welcomes Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik back to the podium to lead Women Rock: a symphonic celebration of female rock and pop stars, including singers and songwriters like Pat Benatar, Aretha Franklin, Joan Jett, Janis Joplin, Carole King, Tina Turner, and more, and featuring original arrangements by Tyzik.

Tyzik and the DSO will be joined by featured vocalists Shayna Steele, Cassidy Catanzaro, and Katrina Rose.

The concerts will take place Friday, April 20 at 10:45 a.m., Saturday, April 21 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, April 22 at 3 p.m. at Orchestra Hall, within Midtown Detroit’s Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center.

Thanks to the generous support of PNC Bank, the DSO’s pops programming has a new title: the PNC Pops Series. “PNC has a long history of support for the DSO and many other vital arts and culture organizations in the region,” said Ric DeVore, PNC regional president for Detroit and Southeast Michigan. “At PNC, we recognize that access to quality arts experiences enriches lives and builds stronger and more vibrant communities.”

Additional support for the PNC Pops Series is provided by Masco Corporation Foundation and Greektown Casino-Hotel. Saturday evening’s performance is also sponsored by Creative Benefits Solutions.

About Jeff Tyzik

Grammy Award-winner Jeff Tyzik is one of America’s most innovative and sought-after pops conductors. Tyzik is recognized for his brilliant arrangements, original programming, and engaging rapport with audiences of all ages. In addition to his role as Principal Pops Conductor of the DSO, Tyzik holds The Dot and Paul Mason Principal Pops Conductor’s Podium at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and also serves as principal pops conductor of the Oregon Symphony, Florida Orchestra, and Rochester Philharmonic — a post he has held for 23 seasons.

Frequently invited as a guest conduc­tor, Tyzik has appeared with the Boston Pops, Cincinnati Pops, Milwaukee Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Royal Scottish National Orchestra. In May 2007, the Harmonia Mundi label released his recording of works by Gershwin with pianist Jon Nakamatsu and the RPO, which stayed in the Top 10 on the Billboard classical chart for over three months. Alex Ross of the New Yorker called it “one of the snappiest Gershwin discs in years.”

Committed to performing music of all genres, Tyzik has collaborated with such diverse artists as Megan Hilty, Chris Botti, Matthew Morrison, Wynonna Judd, Tony Bennett, Art Garfunkel, Dawn Upshaw, Marilyn Horne, Arturo Sandoval, The Chieftains, Mark O’Connor, Doc Severinsen, and John Pizzarelli. He has created numerous original programs that include the great­est music from jazz and classical to Motown, Broadway, film, dance, Latin, and swing. Tyzik holds Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the Eastman School of Music.

About Shayna Steele

Schooled in jazz by her Godfather and gospel by her choir director (the Grammy-nominated Michael McElroy), Shayna Steele’s first musical stint was an appearance on Ed McMahon’s Star Search when she was 15 years old. Later on she moved to New York to find her sound, and by chance found herself collaborating with the English electronic musician Moby—first on his 2005 album Hotel and again on the 2007 single “Extreme Ways” and 2008 album Last Night.

Since then, she’s collaborated with countless artists—George Clinton, Bette Midler, John Legend, Snarky Puppy, Queen Latifah, Rihanna, and many more—and released her own music, beginning with I’ll Be Anything, a collaboration with longtime friend David Cook. With rave reviews from every corner of the world, she’s packed her schedule: touring with her band, appearing on TV (from late night shows to the Grammy Awards), performing on Broadway, and giving private lessons to the next generation of singers.

About Cassidy Catanzaro

A singer, songwriter, model, actress, and activist, Cassidy Catanzaro first rose to prominence as co-founder and lead singer of the band Antigone Rising from 1999 through 2008. Since then, she’s collaborated with a huge variety of musicians—the Rolling Stones, Rob Thomas, O.A.R., Greg Allman, and others—and written songs for even more, including Demi Lovato.

Her latest solo release is Cassidy and The Music, also the name she currently performs under. In addition to her busy musical schedule, Cassidy is an ardent supporter of environmental justice, women’s issues, and LGBTQ causes. She has also modeled for Seven Jeans, both in print and on television, and secured acting roles in films, commercials, and a variety of theater groups in Los Angeles.

About Katrina Rose

Born in bluegrass country of North Carolina, Katrina Rose grew up singing in the church choir and practicing rock riffs in her bedroom. She moved to New York and wowed producers at an open call for Hairspray the musical, and before long she was touring as the lead, Tracy Turnblad.

Most recently, Rose was a fan favorite on NBC’s The Voice season 13, battling her way into the Knockouts and working with both Miley Cyrus and Jennifer Hudson as coaches. Rose’s Broadway and Off-Broadway credits include Rent, Jerry Springer: The Opera, and BloodSong of Love; she has appeared on several recordings, including T2R: The Songs of Joe Iconis, Rock & Roll Jamboree, and Kerrigan & Lowdermilk LIVE.

Ticket Information

Tickets for Women Rock begin at $24 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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Ben Breuninger
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