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DSO's William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series continues with music of Brahms and Dvořák in Southfield, Clinton Township, and Beverly Hills

Conductor Christoph König and violinist Veronika Eberle will join the DSO for three concerts, June 21, 22, and 24

Detroit, (June 13, 2018) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) returns to venues across Metro Detroit as the 2018 William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series continues. Christoph König will conduct the DSO in a program that includes Boris Blacher’s Variations on a Theme of Paganini, Dvořák’s Violin Concerto in A minor (with featured soloist Veronika Eberle), and Brahms’ Symphony No. 4.

The concerts take place Thursday, June 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Southfield (at Congregation Shaarey Zedek), Friday, June 22 at 8 p.m. in Clinton Township (at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts), and Sunday, June 24 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 final set of concerts in the 2017-2018 William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series, conducted by DSO Associate Conductor Michelle Merrill, will take place July 19-22.

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 Christoph König

Christoph König currently serves as principal conductor and music director of the Solistes Européens, Luxembourg, with whom he has performed at the Cologne Philharmonie and Schleswig- Holstein Music Festival. He previously served as principal conductor of the Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música, assistant conductor/Korrepetiteur at the Dresden Opera/Sächsische Staatskapelle, and erster kapellmeister at the Opera in Bonn.

As a guest conductor, König has appeared with the Orchestre de Paris, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Danish National Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and many others. Also comfortable on the opera stage, König has led Die Zauberflöte and Il Turco in Italia at Zurich Opera, Die Entführung aus dem Serail at the Teatro Real in Madrid, Don Giovanni at the Staatsoper Stuttgart, and Die Zauberflöte and Rigoletto at Deutsche Oper Berlin.

König’s discography includes music by Melcer with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; Beethoven symphonies with the Malmö Symphony Orchestra; Schoenberg, Prokofiev, and Sibelius with the Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música; and Mozart, Wagner, Prokofiev, and Beethoven with the Solistes Européens.

König was born in Dresden, where he sang in the celebrated Dresdner Kreuzchor. He studied conducting, piano, and singing at the Dresdner Musikhochschule.

About Veronika Eberle

Veronika Eberle is praised for the poise and maturity of her musicianship and has performed with many of the world’s leading orchestras, conductors, and festivals. She first rose to international prominence in 2006 at the age of 16, when Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker invited her to perform Beethoven’s Violin Concerto at the Salzburg Easter Festival.

Since then, she has reunited with Maestro Rattle to appear with the London Symphony Orchestra and has also performed with the New York Philharmonic, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, Bamberger Symphoniker, NHK Symphony, and others. Highlights of Eberle’s 2017-2018 season include debut concerts with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, tours of Australia and Japan, and concerts with the Hamburg Opera for the revival of Alban Berg’s Lulu.

Born in Donauwörth (in southern Germany), Eberle began violin lessons at six years old and became a junior student at the Richard Strauss Konservatorium with Olga Voitova four years later. After studying privately with Christoph Poppen for a year, she joined the Hochschule in Munich, where she studied with Ana Chumachenco from 2001-2012.

Eberle plays the “Dragonetti” Stradivarius (1700), on generous loan from the Nippon Music Foundation.

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

Brahms & Dvořák

Thursday, June 21 at 7:30 p.m.

at Congregation Shaarey Zedek (Southfield, MI)

Friday, June 22 at 8 p.m.

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

Sunday, June 24 at 3 p.m.

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

Christoph König, conductor

Veronika Eberle, violin

BLACHER

  Variations on a Theme of Niccolò Paganini

DVOŘÁK

  Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in A minor, Op. 53

  Veronika Eberle, violin

BRAHMS

  Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98

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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