Carlos Miguel Prieto conducts Beethoven's Fifth Symphony and Brahms's Violin Concerto with featured soloist Christian Tetzlaff, December 6-8

- December 7 concert will be webcast for free at 

Detroit, (November 19, 2018) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) welcomes back Carlos Miguel Prieto—recently named Musical America’s Conductor of the Year—for performances of two of the most beloved works in the classical repertoire: Brahms’s Violin Concerto with acclaimed soloist Christian Tetzlaff and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, which begins with one of the most recognizable passages in all of music.

The concerts take place Thursday, December 6 at 7:30 p.m., Friday, December 7 at 10:45 a.m., and Saturday, December 8 at 8 p.m. at Orchestra Hall, within Midtown Detroit’s Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center.

One hour prior to each performance, guests are invited to enjoy an informative onstage Concert Talk about the program. These lectures and discussions will be made available for later viewing on the DSO’s YouTube channel.

Watch Live around the world: the Friday morning concert will be webcast for free and via Facebook Live, as part of the DSO’s groundbreaking Live from Orchestra Hall series. The series is presented by Ford Motor Company Fund and made possible by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Thanks to a generous grant from the FCA Foundation, the charitable arm of North American automaker FCA US, the DSO welcomes military veterans, active military, and their families to access discounted tickets for the 10:45 a.m. performance on Friday, December 7. See below for more information about the ticket discount. Discounts are available for 19 concerts throughout the 2018-2019 Season, including six Friday evening PNC Pops Series concerts and every Friday morning Classical Series Coffee Concert. The FCA Foundation and the DSO thank our veterans and active military members for their service.

The DSO Classical Series is generously sponsored by PVS Chemicals, Inc. Additional support for these concerts is provided by Beaumont Health.

About Carlos Miguel Prieto

Carlos Miguel Prieto was born into a musical family of Spanish and French descent in Mexico City. He is recognized as a highly influential cultural leader in Mexico and has served as Music Director of the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de México—the country’s most prominent orchestra—since 2007. The following year he was appointed Music Director of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería, which performs a two-month long series of summer programs in Mexico City. In the United States, Prieto has served as Music Director of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra since 2006.

As a guest conductor, Prieto has led many of North America’s top orchestras, including the Cleveland Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and others; he enjoys a particularly close and successful relationship with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Since 2002, alongside Gustavo Dudamel, Prieto has conducted the Youth Orchestra of the Americas, which draws young musicians from the entire American continent. A staunch proponent of music education, Prieto served as Principal Conductor of the YOA from its inception until 2011, when he was appointed Music Director.

Prieto is renowned for championing Latin American music and has conducted over 100 world premieres of works by Mexican and American composers, many of which were commissioned by him. His extensive discography includes several releases for Naxos and Sony, as well as a recent album of works by Bruch, Beethoven, and Mendelssohn with violinist Philippe Quint and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería (on Avanticlassic). An earlier recording with Quint and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería, a 2009 Naxos release including Korngold’s Violin Concerto, earned a Grammy Award nomination. In 2013, Prieto released a 12-DVD set of live recordings of the complete Mahler symphonies as part of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería’s 35th anniversary season.

A graduate of Princeton and Harvard universities, Prieto studied conducting with Jorge Mester, Enrique Diemecke, Charles Bruck, and Michael Jinbo.

About Christian Tetzlaff

Christian Tetzlaff is one of the most sought-after violinists of his generation, celebrated for reinterpreting familiar works and drawing attention to forgotten masterpieces—including Joseph Joachim’s Violin Concerto, of which Tetzlaff is regarded as the leading champion. Tetzlaff has served residencies with many prominent orchestras and festivals, including the Berliner Philharmoniker and Carnegie Hall’s Perspective series; he is currently Artist-in-Residence of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and Dresdner Philharmonie.

This season, in addition to appearing with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Tetzlaff will tour with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra under Michael Tilson Thomas, return to Tanglewood with Thomas Adès, and perform with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Münchner Philharmoniker, and other top orchestras.

Tetzlaff founded a string quartet in 1994, and each year he embarks on at least one tour with the group; during the 2018-2019 Season, the Tetzlaff Quartet will perform at the Gewandhaus Leipzig and the Pierre-Boulez-Saal Berlin. The Quartet received the Diapason d’or in 2015 for their recording of Mendelssohn’s String Quartet Op. 13 and Alban Berg’s Lyric Suite. That same year, Tetzlaff’s trio with his sister Tanja Tetzlaff and pianist Lars Vogt was nominated for a Grammy Award for their recording of Brahms’ Piano Trios. Tetzlaff’s discography as a solo musician and orchestra featured soloist has also earned him great acclaim and several awards.

Tetzlaff was born in Hamburg. He studied with Uwe-Martin Haiberg at the Musikhochschule Lübeck and later with Walter Levin at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He plays a violin made by the German violin maker Peter Greiner and teaches regularly at the Kronberg Academy.

Ticket Information

Tickets for Beethoven’s Fifth begin at $15 and can be purchased at, by calling (313) 576-5111, or in-person at the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center Box Office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit).

Groups of 10 or more can save up to 30% on the price of a single ticket for most DSO concerts. For more information, contact Group Sales Manager Jim Sabatella at (313) 576-5130 or

Veterans, active military, and their families may use the code HEROES1819 to unlock $10 tickets for the Friday, November 16 concert. The code can be used at or by calling the Box Office at (313) 576-5111.

Performance Details

Thursday, December 6 at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, December 7 at 10:45 a.m.

Saturday, December 8 at 8 p.m.

Orchestra Hall at the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center

Carlos Miguel Prieto, conductor

Christian Tetzlaff, violin


  Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major, Op. 77

  Christian Tetzlaff, violin


  Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

About the DSO

The most accessible orchestra on the planet, the acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra is known for trailblazing performances, collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists, and a deep connection to its city. As a community-supported orchestra, generous giving by individuals and institutions at all levels drives the continued success and growth of the institution. Conductor Leonard Slatkin, who recently concluded an acclaimed decade-long tenure at the helm, now serves as the DSO’s Music Director Laureate, endowed by the Kresge Foundation. Celebrated conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik is the orchestra’s Principal Pops Conductor, while the outstanding trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard holds the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair. Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall within the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, the DSO offers a performance schedule that features Classical, PNC Pops, Paradise Jazz, and Young People’s Family Concert series. One of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, Orchestra Hall will celebrate its centennial in 2019-2020. In addition, the DSO presents the William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series in seven metro area venues, as well as a robust schedule of eclectic multi-genre performances in its mid-size venue The Cube, constructed and curated with support from Peter D. & Julie F. Cummings. A dedication to broadcast innovation began in 1922, when the DSO became the first orchestra in the world to present a radio broadcast and continues today with the free Live from Orchestra Hall webcast series, which also reaches tens of thousands of children with the Classroom Edition expansion. With growing attendance and unwavering philanthropic support from the people of Detroit, the DSO actively pursues a mission to embrace and inspire individuals, families, and communities through unsurpassed musical experiences.