Conductor Ankush Kumar Bahl steps in for Gábor Takács-Nagy in upcoming DSO performances, June 27, 28, & 30

Detroit, (June 19, 2019) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) today announced that conductor Ankush Kumar Bahl will step in for Gábor Takács-Nagy in a program on the William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series next week.

Bahl will conduct the DSO and featured soloist Shai Wosner in “Mozart’s ‘Little’ G Minor,” a program including Mozart’s Symphony No. 25 and Piano Concerto No. 21 as well as Schumann’s Symphony No. 4.

The concerts will take place:

  • Thursday, June 27 at 7:30 p.m. at Congregation Shaarey Zedek in Southfield
  • Friday, June 28 at 8 p.m. at Macomb Center for the Performing Arts in Clinton Township
  • Sunday, June 30 at 3 p.m. at Seligman Performing Arts Center (on the campus of Detroit Country Day School) in Beverly Hills

Learn more about the William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series and purchase tickets at

About Ankush Kumar Bahl

Ankush Kumar Bahl previously served as assistant conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra and is a frequent cover conductor for the New York Philharmonic and Jaap van Zweden. A protégé of Kurt Masur, Bahl served as Masur’s assistant conductor at the Orchestre National de France, the Royal Concertgebouw, and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra.

Bahl has appeared with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Virginia Symphony, Richmond Symphony, Thunder Bay Symphony, Orchestre National de France, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Mexico, and the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington D.C. In February 2013, Bahl stepped in on short notice for Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos in a subscription performance with the NSO that concluded with Respighi’s Pines of Rome.

American-born and of Indian descent, Bahl is native of the San Francisco Bay Area and graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and Manhattan School of Music. In recent years, Bahl has been a frequent collaborator with jazz legend Wayne Shorter, leading Shorter’s quartet in concerts of his orchestral music at both the Kennedy Center and the Detroit Free Jazz Festival.

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.