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Season Finale:Tosca in Concert

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Orchestra Hall
Friday, May 29, 2015 – 8:00 PM
Sunday, May 31, 2015 – 3:00 PM

Concert Description

Our 2014-15 Classical season ends with the DSO's first ever performance of Puccini's masterwork opera in concert, starring world-renowned soprano Patricia Racette, great American tenor James Valenti, and internationally-acclaimed American bass Raymond Aceto. Music Director Leonard Slatkin and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra are proudly joined on stage by the UMS Choral Union, under the direction of Jerry Blackstone.

*Due to complications from a lingering illness, Eric Owens, who was originally cast to sing the role of Scarpia regretfully had to withdraw from this performance. Raymond Aceto has graciously stepped in to perform in his place.


Friday, May 29 at 7 PM and Sunday, May 31 at 2 PM
DSO Assistant Conductor Michelle Merrill will speak about the program.


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

Raymond Aceto, bass   
Tyler Zimmerman, bass-baritone   
Abraham Frank, boy soprano   
Patricia Racette, soprano   
James Valenti, tenor   
Tyler Simpson, bass-baritone   
Corey Crider, baritone   
Christopher Bozeka, tenor   
Christopher Besch, bass-baritone   
UMS Choral Union, chorus   
Michigan State University Children's Choir, children's choir