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DSO at Interlochen

Saturday, July 22, 2023—7:30pm

Saturday, July 22, 2023—7:30pm
2 hours

Experience the music of three beloved ballets as the Detroit Symphony Orchestra returns to Interlochen. Under the baton of Music Director Jader Bignamini, the DSO will perform Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake Suite, Igor Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite, and selections from Act III of Giuseppe Verdi’s Macbeth.

The DSO at Interlochen is supported by Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, Joanne Danto & Arnold Weingarden, Mr. & Mrs. Arn Tellem, Drs. David & Bernadine Wu, and one donor who wishes to remain anonymous. Additional support is provided by James A. Bannan, Dr. & Mrs. Charles G. Colombo, Dr. & Mrs. A. Bradley Eisenbrey, Mary Ann & Robert Gorlin, Mr. Michael Kuhne, Dr. Susan & Mr. Stephen Molina, William & Lauren Piontkowski, Ms. Joyce E. Scafe, Bob & Donna Schaerer, David Szymbroski & Marilyn Sicklesteel, Tom & Laura Trudeau, Mr. James G. Vella, Peter & Carol Walters, and Ms. Tiffany Weathersbee.


Ballet Music from Act III of Macbeth
Suite from Swan Lake, Op. 20a
Suite from The Firebird [1919 version]


Jader Bignamini


Jader Bignamini was introduced as the 18th music director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in January 2020, commencing with the 2020-2021 season. He kicked off his tenure as DSO Music Director with the launch of DSO Digital Concerts in September 2020, conducting works by Copland, Puccini, Tchaikovsky, and Saint-Georges. His infectious passion and artistic excellence set the tone for the season ahead, creating extraordinary music and establishing a close relationship with the orchestra. A jazz aficionado, he has immersed himself in Detroit’s rich jazz culture and the influences of American music.

In December, Bignamini returned to Detroit to lead a triumphant performance of Jessie Montgomery’s Starburst, Strauss’s Concerto for Oboe and Small Orchestra, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, “Eroica.” He returned again in May 2021 to conduct four programs including performances with violinist Midori and pianist Orli Shaham.

A native of Crema, Italy, Bignamini studied at the Piacenza Music Conservatory and began his career as a musician (clarinet) with Orchestra Sinfonica La Verdi in Milan, later serving as the group’s resident conductor. Captivated by the operatic arias of legends like Mahler and Tchaikovsky, Jader explored their complexity and power, puzzling out the role that each instrument played in creating a larger-than-life sound. When he conducted his first professional concert at the age of 28, it didn’t feel like a departure, but an arrival.

In the years since, Bignamini has conducted some of the world’s most acclaimed orchestras and opera companies in venues across the globe including working with Riccardo Chailly on concerts of Mahler’s Eighth Symphony in 2013 and his concert debut at La Scala in 2015 for the opening season of La Verdi Orchestra. Recent highlights include debuts with the Houston, Dallas, and Minnesota symphonies; Osaka Philharmonic and Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo; with the Metropolitan Opera, Vienna State Opera, and Dutch National Opera (Madama Butterfly); Bayerische Staatsoper (La Traviata); I Puritani in Montpellier for the Festival of Radio France; Traviata in Tokyo directed by Sofia Coppola; return engagements with Oper Frankfurt (La forza del destino) and Santa Fe Opera (La Bohème); Manon Lescaut at the Bolshoi; Traviata, Madama Butterfly, and Turandot at Arena of Verona; Il Trovatoreand Aida at Rome’s Teatro dell’Opera; Madama Butterfly, I Puritani, and Manon Lescaut at Teatro Massimo in Palermo; Simon Boccanegra and La Forza del Destino at the Verdi Festival in Parma; Ciro in Babilonia at Rossini Opera Festival and La Bohème, Madama Butterfly, and Elisir d’amore at La Fenice in Venice.

When Bignamini leads an orchestra in symphonic repertoire, he conducts without a score, preferring to make direct eye contact with the musicians. He conducts from the heart, forging a profound connection with his musicians that shines through both onstage and off. He both embodies and exudes the excellence and enthusiasm that has long distinguished the DSO’s artistry.



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