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Classical Roots

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Orchestra Hall
Friday, March 2, 2018 – 10:45 AM
Saturday, March 3, 2018 – 8:00 PM
This program will be live webcast Saturday, March 3
at 8:00 pm EDT (GMT-4) on dso.org/live.
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Concert Description

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s annual celebration of African-American contributions to classical music.

For more information about the Classical Roots Celebration Dinner & Dessert Afterglow packages, please visit dso.org/classicalroots.

Please click here to view a digital version of the program book insert, which includes a complete choir roster and text for both Lift Every Voice and Sing and Undine Smith Moore’s Scenes from the Life of a Martyr.


Joseph Young, conductor  
Brazeal Dennard Chorale, chorus   Bio

Founded in 1972 by the late Brazeal Dennard, the Brazeal Dennard Chorale is currently led by Alice McAllister Tillman. The Chorale has been a part of the Classcial Roots Celebration since its inception. 

Learn more at www.brazealdennard.org


Issachah Savage, tenor   
Joshua Williams, horn   
Janice Chandler-Eteme, soprano   Bio

Ms. Chandler-Eteme first gained international prominence as a favorite soloist of Robert Shaw.  She has continued to work with many distinguished conductors in the years since, including Christoph von Dohnányi, Charles Dutoit, Claus Peter Flor, Carlos Kalmar, Yakov Kreizberg, Raymond Leppard, Christof Perick, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Vladimir Spivakov, Edo de Waart and Hugh Wolff, to name just a few.  She has been guest soloist with the Los Angeles and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestras; Boston, NHK (Japan), Vancouver, Phoenix, Kansas City and Santa Rosa Symphonies; Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Rochester Philharmonics; and Philadelphia Orchestra.  Festival invitations include Bard, Grant Park, Aspen, Chautauqua, Prague Autumn and Blossom.  Ms. Chandler-Eteme's recordings include an inspirational solo disc (Devotions), and the Dvorák Te Deum with Zdenek Mácal and the New Jersey Symphony, She holds degrees from Oakwood College and Indiana University and has studied with Virginia Zeani, Margaret Harshaw, Ginger Beazley and Todd Duncan.

40th Anniversary Celebration Choir, chorus   
Olivia Johnson, mezzo soprano   
George Shirley, narrator   


JOHNSON Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing  
MOZART Horn Concerto No. 4  
JOHANN STRAUSS JR. Overture to Die Fledermaus  
MOORE Scenes from The Life of a Martyr