DSO welcomes conductor Enrique Mazzolla and violinist Baiba Skride for program of Schumann and Shostakovich, December 1-3

December 3 performance webcast for free at dso.org and via Facebook Live as part of DSO’s Live from Orchestra Hall series

December 5 Chamber Recital: Holiday Flute Quartet with DSO musicians at First Christian Reformed Church of Detroit

Tickets on sale now at dso.org

Detroit, (November 9, 2022) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will welcome conductor Enrique Mazzolla and violinist Baiba Skride to Orchestra Hall for a program of works by Dmitri Shostakovich and Robert Schumann. The three concerts will take place December 1-3 at Orchestra Hall as part of the PVS Classical Series.

The program will open with Schumann’s Overture to Genoveva and close with the composer’s Symphony No. 3, “Rhenish,” a stately and enigmatic celebration of the Rhineland that features a moving brass chorale inspired by the cathedral at Cologne. Between, Skride, who has been lauded by The New York Times for her “impetuous energy and impressive precision,” is featured soloist in Shostakovich’s pensive Violin Concerto No. 2.

One hour prior to each concert, DSO musicians and hosts of the Between 2 Stands podcast Abraham Feder (Assistant Principal Cello), Andrés Pichardo-Rosenthal (Assistant Principal Percussion), and Scott Strong (horn) will lead a pre-concert talk in Orchestra Hall lasting for 30 minutes.

The following week, a flute quartet comprised of DSO flutists Hannah Hammel Maser, Sharon Sparrow, Amanda Blaikie, and Shantanique Moore will perform a chamber recital on December 5 at 7 p.m. at the First Christian Reformed Church of Detroit. This recital will include arrangements of holiday favorites including “The Holly and the Ivy,” “Comfort and Joy,” “Corelli's Christmas Concerto,” “Spanish Carol: a la Nanita Nana,” “We Three Kings,” “Deck the Halls,” and “What Child Is This.”

Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto & Schumann will take place Thursday, December 1 at 7:30 p.m., Friday, December 2 at 8 p.m., and Saturday, December 3 at 8 p.m. at Orchestra Hall.

The December 3 performance will also be webcast for free at dso.org and via Facebook Live as part of the DSO’s Live from Orchestra Hall series.

Tickets for Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto & Schumann start at $25 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.

The December 5 chamber performance is free to all Neighborhood Series subscribers. Single tickets are also available and start at $15, with $10 tickets available for students.

2022-2023 SEASON DSO SAFETY POLICIES: The DSO no longer requires audiences to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test to attend performances. Masks are optional although strongly recommended at DSO performances, particularly when Wayne County and surrounding communities are in the high or "red" category as defined by the CDC. The DSO asks audience members to do their part to create a safe environment for everyone and encourages those who are not feeling well to stay home.

The title sponsor of the DSO’s Classical Series is PVS Chemicals, Inc. DSO Live is presented by Ford Motor Company Fund and made possible by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Digital programming is produced from the Al Glancy Control Room. The William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series is made possible by a generous grant from the William Davidson Foundation. WRCJ 90.9 FM also supports the series.


PVS Classical Series
Thursday, December 1 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, December 2 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, December 3 at 8 p.m.
Orchestra Hall
Enrique Mazzolla, conductor
Baiba Skride, violin
Baiba Skride, lauded by The New York Times for her “impetuous energy and impressive precision,” is the soloist in a work that churns with brooding pensiveness before launching into a furious finale. Schumann’s glorious celebration of the Rhineland is by turns stately and enigmatic, and features a moving brass chorale inspired by the cathedral at Cologne.
ROBERT SCHUMANN Overture to Genoveva
ROBERT SCHUMANN Symphony No. 3, “Rhenish”


Chamber Recital
Monday, December 5 at 7 p.m. at First Christian Reformed Church of Detroit (1444 Maryland Street, Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230)
Hannah Hammel Maser, flute
Sharon Sparrow, flute
Amanda Blaikie, flute
Shantanique Moore, flute
The flutes of the DSO come together to perform arrangements of holiday favorites, including "The Holly and the Ivy," "Comfort and Joy," Corelli's Christmas Concerto, "Spanish Carol: a la Nanita Nana," "We Three Kings," "Deck the Halls," "What Child Is This," and more!


About Enrique Mazzolla
Renowned as an expert interpreter and cham- pion of bel canto opera, and a specialist in French repertoire and early Verdi, Italian conductor Enrique Mazzola is in demand worldwide as both an operatic and symphonic conductor. He is Music Director at Lyric Opera of Chicago and Principal Guest Conductor at Deutsche Oper Berlin. In May 2022, Mazzolla was named the first ever Conductor in Residence at the Bregenzer Festspiele, underlining his close relation- ship with the Festival, having made his Bregenz debut in 2016 for an orchestral concert. From 2012 to 2019, Mazzola served as Artistic & Music Director of the Orchestre National d’Île de France. Reflecting his significant contribution to musical life in France, he was made a Chevalier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres in October 2018.

Plans for the 2022-23 season with Lyric Opera of Chicago include productions of Verdi’s Ernani and Don Carlos, Rossini’s Le comte Ory ,and a gala performance for the Chicago premiere of Kevin Puts’s The Brightness of Light with Renée Fleming and Rod Gilfry. This season will also see return engagements with the Orchestre National de France, Detroit Symphony, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. On the operatic stage, Mazzolla will return to Opernhaus Zurich (Roberto Devereux), Dutch National Opera (Maria Stuarda), Deutsche Oper Berlin (Massenet’s Hérodiade in concert), and the Bregenzer Festival (Madama Butterfly & Ernani).

An accomplished interpreter of contemporary music, he has commissioned and premiered several works with Orchestre National d’Ile de France and has led many other premieres with major European orchestras.

About Baiba Skride
Baiba Skride’s natural approach to music-making has endeared her to many of today’s most important conductors and orchestras. She performs regularly with orchestras including the Berliner Philharmoniker, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Concertgebouworkest, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Orchestre de Paris, London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and NHK Symphony Orchestra.

Highlights of the 2022-23 season include Shostakovich’s violin concerto No. 2, which she will perform and record on the Deutsche Grammophon label with Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the UK premiere of Victoria Borisova-Ollas’s violin concerto A Portrait of a Lady by Swan Lake with Cristian Măcelaru and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and Gubaidulina’s Offertorium with the NHK Symphony Orchestra.

Skride is an internationally sought-after chamber musician and commits to the long-established duo with her sister, Lauma Skride. She is one of the founding members of the Skride Quartet.

Skride’s latest album, Violin Unlimited, was released in May 2022. She plays the Yfrah Neaman Stradivarius, kindly on loan by the Neaman family through the Beare’s International Violin Society. 

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 Oscar-nominated trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard holds the Fred A. 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 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 live radio broadcast of a concert and continues today with the groundbreaking Live from Orchestra Hall series of free webcasts, 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.