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Harold in Italy

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Orchestra Hall
Friday, October 20, 2017 – 10:45 AM
Saturday, October 21, 2017 – 8:00 PM
This program will be live webcast Saturday, October 21
at 8:00 pm EDT (GMT-4) on dso.org/live.
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Concert Description

Paganini dismissed early sketches of Berlioz’s Harold in Italy as unsuitable for the celebrated virtuoso. After hearing the final work years later, he pulled the composer on stage and knelt before him in front of a cheering audience. On a program with your DSO Principal musicians as featured soloists, Eric Nowlin performs the music depicting the melancholy traveler Harold, and Wei Yu (shown left) returns as a soloist for Elgar’s Cello Concerto.

ConcerTalk 10/21 at 7 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 iteration features an interview with Composer Loren Loiacono.


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

Wei Yu, cello   
Eric Nowlin, viola   


LOREN LOIACONO World Premiere: Smothered by Sky  
ELGAR Cello Concerto  
BERLIOZ Harold in Italy