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Thursday, April 16, 2015 – 7:30 PM
Friday, April 17, 2015 – 10:45 AM
Saturday, April 18, 2015 – 8:00 PM

Concert Description

Join Leonard Slatkin and the DSO in worldly travels of song and dance to the music of Ravel and Ginastera, accompanied by associate concertmaster Kimberly Kaloyanides Kennedy, rising young French mezzo-soprano Isabelle Druet, and multi-talented classical and jazz pianist Simon Mulligan.

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Artists

Leonard Slatkin, conductor  Bio

Internationally renowned conductor Leonard Slatkin began his tenure as Music Director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in 2008. In addition, Maestro Slatkin is the Music Director of the Orchestre National de Lyon, a position he has held since 2011. He is highly regarded for his historic leadership of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra from 1979 to 1996 and his tenure as Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra from 1996 to 2008. He has also served as Chief Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and held Principal Guest Conductor positions with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Philharmonia Orchestra and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

Learn more at leonardslatkin.com

Kimberly Kaloyanides Kennedy, violin   Bio

Kimberly Ann Kaloyanides Kennedy won her coveted position as a violinist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra at the age of 22. In 2003, Kennedy further realized her dream when she became Associate Concertmaster until being appointed Acting Concertmaster in 2011.

Kimberly enjoys performing chamber music regularly around Michigan with the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings, Cuttime Players, Cuttime Sinfonica, on series such as Chamber Music North, Fairlane Concert Guild, Pro Mozart, Classical Brunch in Birmingham and the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival.

Isabelle Druet, mezzo soprano   
Simon Mulligan, piano   Bio

British pianist Simon Mulligan has been described by The Times of London as ‘the most abundantly gifted of pianists’, by Yehudi Menuhin as ‘one of the finest pianists I have ever had the pleasure of performing with’ and by Herbie Hancock as ‘phenomenal’. Mulligan performs and records internationally as a soloist and chamber musician. Following his début with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Mulligan has given concerts and made recordings with the BBC Symphony under Leonard Slatkin, English Symphony Orchestra (Boughton), Warsaw Sinfonia (Menuhin), Hong Kong Philharmonic (Atherton), Malaysian Philharmonic, and the Royal National Scottish Orchestra (Serebrier) to name a few.

 

Mulligan made his first compact disc under the direction of Yehudi Menuhin, which led to a seven-year collaboration and friendship, culminating in what was to be Lord Menuhin's final concert in Düsseldorf. Since then, recording highlights include Piano for Sony Classical, featuring Mullligan’s arrangements, compositions, and adaptations for piano and orchestra. Mulligan has also made compact discs for Universal, Decca, Nimbus and Naxos. His recording The Piano Music of Alexis Weissenberg for Nimbus, includes spontaneous improvisations recorded in the presence of the composer. His première recording of Ned Rorem’s second piano concerto with José Serebrier and the Royal National Scottish Orchestra for Naxos was Gramophone magazine’s ‘Editor’s Choice.’

As a chamber musician, Mulligan collaborates with many notable artists. Mulligan was just nineteen when he began worldwide tours with ‘cellist Lynn Harrell. He soon began recital tours with violinist Joshua Bell, performing at every major international venue as well as a live broadcasts for Lincoln Center and the Grammy Awards. Mulligan has performed for President Barack Obama, Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family, and he has performed with artists as varied as Dame Shirley Bassey, Branford Marsalis, Liza Minnelli, Van Morrison, and Sting.

Alongside an extensive solo repertoire and almost sixty concertos, Mulligan’s focus on contemporary music has led to first performances of works by Hans Werner Henze, James MacMillan, Paul Moravec, Tobias Picker, Mark Anthony Turnage and Alexis Weissenberg. Mulligan’s passion for composition, arranging, and improvisation has featured in numerous publications including Downbeat, JazzTimes, International Pianist, and Gramophone. He enjoyed a close collaboration and friendship with film composer Michael Kamen, and is a soloist on Kamen’s album The New Moon in the Old Moon’s Arms (for Decca), with the BBC Symphony conducted by Leonard Slatkin. He also collaborated with Kamen and is a featured soloist on the soundtrack to HBO’s award-winning television series Band of Brothers, produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks. As a passionate jazz pianist, he gives concerts with his London quartet and New York trio.

Highlights of next season include the release of a Beethoven album, performances at Colombia’s Mozart Festival and concerto appearances with Leonard Slatkin and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

 

A Music Scholar of St Paul's School in London, Mulligan studied under Alexander Kelly at the Royal Academy of Music and Jacques Rouvier in Paris; he also studied Beethoven at the personal invitation of Alfred Brendel. Mulligan won a scholarship to the International Piano Academy at Italy’s Lake Como where he began his studies under Alexis Weissenberg, a dear friend and mentor until his recent passing. Mulligan was one of the youngest recipients to be awarded the prestigious Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Music for his musical achievements. He additionally counts among his mentors Charles Rosen and Murray Perahia.

Program

SCHUMANN Symphony No. 1, "Spring"  
RAVEL Overture de Féerie from Shéhérazade  
GINASTERA Piano Concerto No. 1  
GINASTERA Pampeana No. 1 for Violin and String Orchestra  
RAVEL Two Hebraic Melodies  
RAVEL Shéhérazade  
GINASTERA Four Dances from Estancia