DSO performs Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto, Sibelius's First Symphony, and new music by Julia Wolfe, November 7-9

- Conductor Dalia Stasevska makes Detroit debut in program featuring pianist Simon Trpčeski

- November 9 concert will be webcast for free at dso.org/live and via Facebook Live

Detroit, (October 24, 2019) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) Classical Series continues as conductor Dalia Stasevska makes her Detroit debut and pianist Simon Trpčeski returns to perform at Orchestra Hall.

The program begins with the Detroit premiere of a new work by Julia WolfeFountain of Youth, which the DSO co-commissioned as part of a consortium of orchestras. “My [personal] fountain of youth is music,” Wolfe explains, “and in this case I offer the orchestra a sassy, rhythmic, high energy swim.”

Trpčeski is featured soloist on Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1, and the program concludes with Sibelius’s Symphony No. 1.

The concerts take place Thursday, November 7 at 7:30 p.m., Friday, November 8 at 10:45 a.m., and Saturday, November 9 at 8 p.m. at Orchestra Hall, within Midtown Detroit’s Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center.

Watch Live around the world: the Saturday, November 9 concert will be webcast for free at dso.org/live 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.

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.

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 7:30 p.m. performance on Thursday, October 17. See below for more information about the ticket discount. The FCA Foundation and the DSO thank our veterans and active military members for their service.

Throughout the 2019-2020 season, the DSO will celebrate Orchestra Hall’s 100th anniversary with special programming and events, a commemorative book written by former Detroit Free Press music critic Mark Stryker, a documentary series produced by Detroit Pusblic Television, a two-site exhibition created in collaboration with the Detroit Historical Society and Museum, and more. Learn more about the centennial at dso.org/centennial/

The DSO would like to thank the Honorable Avern Cohn and Lois Cohn, Bernard and Eleanor Robertson, Aaron and Carolynn Frankel, DTE Energy Foundation, Ford Motor Company Fund, and Varnum LLP for their leadership support of Orchestra Hall’s centennial, and all Centennial Club members who generously contributed.

The DSO Classical Series is generously sponsored by PVS Chemicals, Inc.

About Orchestra Hall

Built for the DSO at the request of then-music director Ossip Gabrilowitsch during the summer of 1919, Orchestra Hall was designed by noted theater architect C. Howard Crane (who also designed Detroit’s Fox Theatre and the current Detroit Opera House) and is renowned for its historic beauty and perfect acoustics. After the hall’s opening on October 23, 1919, the DSO entered a twenty-year golden age, which included its Carnegie Hall debut, its first records for RCA Victor, and making history as the first orchestra to perform a live radio broadcast concert, on February 10, 1922, from Orchestra Hall. 

When the DSO left for the larger Masonic Auditorium in 1939, Orchestra Hall took on a new life as the Paradise Theatre from 1941–1951, serving as Detroit’s premier venue for jazz, blues, and R&B. The hall was then long-dormant and nearly demolished in 1970 to make way for a fast-food burger chain, before a group of musicians and civic leaders rallied to save it from the wrecking ball and raise money to restore it over the course of 20 years. The DSO returned to a refurbished Orchestra Hall in 1989 and expanded its footprint in 2003 with the opening of the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center.

About Dalia Stasevska

Dalia Stasevska was appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra in July 2019. She has built a reputation for conducting a wide range of music, from core orchestral repertoire to contemporary music; but her chief passion remains opera. She made her debut at Norske Opera with Lucia di Lammermoor and will return this season for Madam Butterfly. She has also appeared with Kungliga Opera Stockholm, Opéra de Toulon, and the Finnish National Opera. In 2018, she earned great acclaim for Höstsonaten at the Baltic Sea Festival in Stockholm, featuring Anne-Sofie von Otter.

On the concert stage, Stasevska is a regular with the Oslo Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Symphony, Trondheim Symfoniorkester, and Lahti Symphony. Highlights this season include debuts with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, Luzerner Sinfonieorchester, and Barcelona Symphony Orchestra. She will also embark on a tour to Australia to conduct the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. 

Stasevska is a champion of young musicians and is the founder and Artistic Director of the Kamarikesä Festival in Helsinki.

Born in Kiev, Ukraine into a Finnish-Ukrainian family of painters, she was educated as a violinist and composer at the Tampere Conservatoire and the Sibelius Academy. Her teachers include Jorma Panula, Leif Segerstam, Hannu Lintu, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Susanna Mälkki, Mikko Franck, and Sakari Oramo.

About Simon Trpčeski

Simon Trpčeski is a Macedonian pianist known for his impeccable technique and delicate expression.

Trpčeski has performed with the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, and many others. As a soloist in the United Kingdom, he frequently features with the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, and Hallé Orchestra. Elsewhere, he has performed with the Hong Kong Philharmonic and Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and toured with the New Zealand Symphony. Festival appearances include Verbier, Aspen Music Festival, and BBC Proms.

He enjoys frequent collaborations with Daniel Müller-Schott, Marin Alsop, Lionel Bringuier, Thomas Dausgaard, Gustavo Dudamel, Jakob Hrůša, Vladimir Jurowski, Susanna Mälkki, and others.

He has recorded prolifically to widespread acclaim and has been recognized with Diapason d'Or and Gramophone accolades. His most recent recording for Onyx Classics features Prokofiev’s Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 3.

Trpčeski is praised for strengthening the cultural image of his homeland. With support from KulturOp — Macedonia’s leading cultural and arts organization — and the Ministry of Culture, he works regularly with young musicians to cultivate the country’s next generation of talent. In 2017, he debuted Makedonissimo, a folk-based collaboration with Pande Shahov celebrating the music, culture, and people of Macedonia. He also holds a Presidential Order of Merit and was the first-ever recipient of the title “National Artist of Macedonia.”

Born in 1979, Trpčeski is a graduate of the School of Music at the University of St. Cyril and St. Methodius in Skopje, Macedonia, where he studied with Boris Romanov.

Ticket Information

Tickets for Tchaikovsky’s First Concerto begin at $15 and can be purchased at dso.org, 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 jsabatella@dso.org.

Veterans, active military, and their families may use the code HEROES1920 to unlock $10 tickets for the 7:30 p.m. performance on Thursday, November 7 and the 10:45 a.m. performance on Friday, November 8. The code can be used at dso.org or by calling the Box Office at (313) 576-5111.

Performance Details

Thursday, November 7 at 7:30 p.m. EST
Friday, November 8 at 10:45 a.m. EST
Saturday, November 9 at 8 p.m. EST

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

Dalia Stasevska, conductor
Simon Trpčeski, piano

JULIA WOLFE: Fountain of Youth

TCHAIKOVSKY: Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23 (Simon Trpčeski, piano)

SIBELIUS: Symphony No. 1 in E minor, Op. 39

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.