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Classical Roots: Beethoven's "Emperor" Concerto

Friday, March 6 — Saturday, March 7

Friday, March 6 — Saturday, March 7
Orchestra Hall
2 hours

André Watts has had to withdraw from this program due to tendinitis in his right wrist and elbow. The DSO thanks pianist Terrence Wilson for stepping in on short notice to perform Beethoven’s "Emperor" Concerto.

The DSO’s annual celebration of African-American contributions to classical music will be conducted by former resident conductor Thomas Wilkins and feature the world premiere of Black Bottom, a new work by Nkeiru Okoye about the historic African-American neighborhood in Detroit.

Also featured will be pianist Terrence Wilson in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, "Emperor," and an appearance by the Brazeal Dennard Chorale, who have performed at every Classical Roots concert since 1978.

Black Bottom is commissioned by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra for Classical Roots as part of the centennial of Orchestra Hall with a grant from The Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.

Program to Include

Johnson
Lift Every Voice and Sing
Nkeiru Okoye
Voices Shouting Out
Nkeiru Okoye
Black Bottom (World Premiere)
Beethoven
Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 73, "Emperor"

Artists

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    Thomas Wilkins

    conductor

  • Artwork for Terrence Wilson

    Terrence Wilson

    piano

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    Brazeal Dennard Chorale*

  • Artwork for Nkeiru Okoye

    Nkeiru Okoye

    composer

  • Artwork for Alice McAllister Tillman

    Alice McAllister Tillman

    artistic director

  • Artwork for Sumayya Ali

    Sumayya Ali

    soprano

  • Artwork for Charlotte Small-Chestnut

    Charlotte Small-Chestnut

    mezzo-soprano

  • Artwork for Vincent Davis

    Vincent Davis

    tenor

  • Artwork for Markel Reed

    Markel Reed

    baritone

Thomas Wilkins

conductor

Terrence Wilson

piano

Brazeal Dennard Chorale*

Nkeiru Okoye

composer

Alice McAllister Tillman

artistic director

Sumayya Ali

soprano

Charlotte Small-Chestnut

mezzo-soprano

Vincent Davis

tenor

Markel Reed

baritone

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Flexing a performance style that’s equal parts maestro and master of ceremonies, Wilkins tells thoughtful stories about the music he’s conducting. ”

Los Angeles Times
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3711 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI
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