DSO Music Director Laureate Leonard Slatkin returns to Detroit, conducting Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony and two world premieres, October 15 and 16

- Program includes Tchaikovksy’s Fifth Symphony, Samuel Adler’s Mirror Images, and Joseph Schwantner’s Violin Concerto with Yevgeny Kutik

- October 16 concert will be webcast for free at dso.org and on Facebook as part of DSO’s Live from Orchestra Hall series

- Tickets on sale now at dso.org

Detroit, (October 6, 2021) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will welcome Music Director Laureate Leonard Slatkin to Orchestra Hall to conduct three concerts featuring Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony and two world premieres: Samuel Adler’s Mirror Images and Joseph Schwantner’s Violin Concerto with violinst Yevgeny Kutik.

To protect the health and well-being of its patrons, musicians, and staff due to the ongoing pandemic, the DSO has implemented new safety policies including mask and COVID-19 vaccine or test requirements and contactless e-ticketing. Visit dso.org/safetyplan for more information.

The program will include Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 in E minor, a work the composer called “a complete resignation before Fate.” The program also includes two world premieres: Samuel Adler’s Mirror Images and Joseph Schwantner’s Violin Concerto. Mirror Images addresses what Adler calls “the major qualities of our modern energy,” with a fourth movement influenced by Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony. Schwantner’s Violin Concerto will feature Russian-American violinist Yevgeny Kutik, who is known for an old-world sound paired with a modern intellect.

The concerts will take place Friday, October 15 at 10:45 a.m. and 8 p.m. and Saturday, October 16 at 8 p.m. at Orchestra Hall. The October 16 performance will also be webcast for free at dso.org and via Facebook Live as part of the DSO’sLive from Orchestra Hall series.

Tickets for these performances start at $15 and can be purchased at dso.org or by calling the Box Office at 313.576.5111, open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please note the Box Office is currently processing a large backlog of requests due to a technical issue and staffing shortage. The DSO appreciates its patrons’ patience as we work to process all requests.

The title sponsor of the DSO’s Classical Series is PVS Chemicals, Inc. DSO Live is presented by Ford Motor CompanyFund and made possible by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Digital programming is produced from the Al Glancy Control Room.



PVS Classical Series

Friday, October 15 at 10:45 a.m.

Friday, October 15 at 8 p.m.

Saturday, October 16 at 8 p.m.

Orchestra Hall

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Yevgeny Kutik, violin

Music Director Laureate Leonard Slatkin returns to Orchestra Hall to conduct world premieres by two friends, Samuel Adler and Joseph Schwantner, and Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony, a work he called "a complete resignation before Fate."

SAMUEL ADLER Mirror Images (World Premiere)

JOSEPH SCHWANTNER Violin Concerto (World Premiere)

PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64


About Leonard Slatkin

Internationally acclaimed conductor Leonard Slatkin is Music Director Laureate of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO), Directeur Musical Honoraire of the Orchestre National de Lyon (ONL), and Conductor Laureate of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra (SLSO). He maintains a rigorous schedule of guest conducting throughout the world and is active as a composer, author, and educator.

Slatkin has received six Grammy awards and 35 nominations. His latest recording is the world premiere of Alexander Kastalsky’s Requiem for Fallen Brothers commemorating the 100th anniversary of the World War I armistice. Other recent Naxos releases include works by Saint-Saëns, Ravel, and Berlioz (with the ONL) and music by Copland, Rachmaninoff, Borzova, McTee, and John Williams (with the DSO). In addition, he has recorded the complete Brahms, Beethoven, and Tchaikovsky symphonies with the DSO (available online as digital downloads).

The 2021-22 season includes engagements with The Orchestra Now, Manhattan School of Music, SLSO, DSO, ONL, Orquestra Simfònica Illes Balears, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, MÁV Symphony Orchestra in Budapest, Russian National Orchestra in Moscow, Carnegie Mellon University, Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León, Orquesta de València, Bilbao Orkestra Sinfonikoa, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria, Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan, and the Philharmonic Orchestra, Singapore.

A recipient of the prestigious National Medal of Arts, Slatkin also holds the rank of Chevalier in the French Legion of Honor. He has received the Prix Charbonnier from the Federation of Alliances Françaises, Austria’s Decoration of Honor in Silver, the League of American Orchestras’ Gold Baton Award, and the 2013 ASCAP Deems Taylor Special Recognition Award for his debut book, Conducting Business. A second volume, Leading Tones: Reflections on Music, Musicians, and the Music Industry, was published by Amadeus Press in 2017. His latest book, Classical Crossroads: The Path Forward for Music in the 21st Century (2021), is available through Rowman & Littlefield.

Visit leonardslatkin.com for more.


About Yevgeny Kutik

With a “dark-hued tone and razor sharp technique” (The New York Times), Russian-American violinist Yevgeny Kutik has captivated audiences worldwide with an old-world sound that communicates a modern intellect.

A native of Minsk, Belarus, Kutik began violin studies with his mother, Alla Zernitskaya, and immigrated to the US with his family at the age of five. His album Music from the Suitcase (2014, Marquis Classics) debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard Classical chart. His discography also includes these Marquis Classics releases: Meditations on Family (2019), Words Fail (2016), and Sounds of Defiance (2012). His next album, The Death of Juliet and Other Tales, will be released in fall 2021 on Marquis. He has been profiled in The New York Times and NPR’s All Things Considered, and featured on the cover of Strings Magazine.

Kutik made his major orchestral debut in 2003 with Keith Lockhart and The Boston Pops as the First Prize recipient of the Boston Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Competition. He has since performed with orchestras across the US and around the world.

Kutik studied with Zinaida Gilels, Shirley Givens, Roman Totenberg, and Donald Weilerstein, and holds degrees from Boston University and the New England Conservatory.

Visit yevgenykutik.com for more.


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 organization. In January 2020, Italian conductor Jader Bignamini was named the DSO’s next music director to commence with the 2020-2021 season. 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 PVS Classical, PNC Pops, Paradise Jazz, and Young People’s Family Concert series. One of the world’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, Orchestra Hall celebrated its centennial in 2019-2020. In addition, the DSO presents the William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series in eight 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.