<November 2018>

Beethoven's Ninth!

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Orchestra Hall
Thursday, May 18, 2017 – 7:30 PM
Friday, May 19, 2017 – 8:00 PM
Saturday, May 20, 2017 – 8:00 PM
Sunday, May 21, 2017 – 3:00 PM
This program will be live webcast Friday, May 19
at 8:00 pm EST (GMT-5) on dso.org/live.
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Concert Description

From its powerful opening passage to the triumphant "Ode to Joy" with full choir, experience Beethoven's iconic Ninth Symphony with Leonard Slatkin and the DSO. The program also presents the first DSO performances of Grammy Award winning American composer John Corigliano's Mr. Tambourine Man, setting original music to seven poems by Bob Dylan and featuring the return of soprano Hila Plitmann (star of David Del Tredici's Final Alice, 2012).

Texts for the works by Corigliano and Beethoven can be found here.

ConcerTalk 5/18 at 6:30 PM; 5/19 at 7 PM; 5/20 at 7 PM; & 5/21 at 2 PM: Get the most out of each Classical concert with informal presentations in Orchestra Hall one hour before the performance begins. Enjoy special guests, lectures, or performances that illuminate the program and provide a behind-the-scenes look at the art of making music! This occasion will feature a talk with Kai West, an advanced student with the University of Michigan’s Gershwin Initiative.


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

Hila Plitmann, soprano   Bio

Grammy award-winning soprano Hila Plitmann is a glittering jewel on the international music scene, known worldwide for her astonishing musicianship, light and beautiful voice, and the ability to perform challenging new works.

Born and raised in Jerusalem, Hila received both her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees, with high honors, from the Juilliard School of Music, and has been awarded the coveted Sony ES Prize for her outstanding contribution to the vocal arts.

Hila currently lives in London with her husband (composer, Eric Whitacre) and their son. She has a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do.

Rachelle Durkin, soprano   
Abigail Nims, mezzo soprano   
Sean Panikkar, tenor   
Peixin Chen, bass   
UMS Choral Union, chorus   


JOHN CORIGLIANO Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems of Bob Dylan (DSO premiere)  
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 9, "Choral"