DSO welcomes Joana Carneiro to conduct works by Igor Stravinsky, Manuel de Falla, and Mason Bates with cellist Joshua Roman, November 3-5

November 4 performance webcast for free at dso.org, via Facebook Live, and on YouTube as a part of DSO’s Live from Orchestra Hall series

Tickets on sale now at dso.org

Detroit, (October 10, 2023) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will welcome conductor Joana Carneiro to Orchestra Hall on November 3-5 for a program on the PVS Classical Series, which also features celebrated cellist Joshua Roman.

In this program, Roman plays a new concerto by Grammy Award-winning composer Mason Bates, who describes Roman as "beloved by just about everyone who meets him." This collaboration began as a friendship when the two met at the inaugural YouTube Symphony in New York to improvise an electro-acoustic duo at Le Poisson Rouge and resulted in Bates writing a virtuosic concerto for Roman full of surprises—including the use of a guitar pick in the Led Zeppelin-inspired final movement. 

The performance also includes Stravinsky’s Petrushka, an orchestral classic and wild torrent of vivid rhythms and charismatic vignettes, each more colorful than the last. The program opens with Falla's delightful Suite No. 2 from The Three-Cornered Hat, a piece introducing the audience to a hilarious love triangle.

Stravinsky’s Petrushka will take place Friday, November 3 at 8 p.m., Saturday, November 4 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, November 5 at 3 p.m. in Orchestra Hall.

The November 4 performance will be webcast for free at dso.org, via Facebook Live, and on YouTube as part of the DSO’s Live from Orchestra Hall series.

Tickets for these performances start at $19 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 title sponsor of the DSO’s Classical Series is PVS Chemicals, Inc. DSO Live is presented by Ford Motor Company Fund; technology support comes from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Digital programming is produced from the Al Glancy Control Room.


PVS Classical Series
Friday, November 3 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, November 4 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, November 5 at 3 p.m.
Orchestra Hall
Joana Carneiro, conductor
Joshua Roman, cello
Petrushka instantly drops us into another world; Stravinsky's orchestral classic is a wild torrent of vivid rhythms and charismatic vignettes, each more colorful than the last. Falla's delightful Three-Cornered Hat, on the other hand, introduces us to a hilarious love triangle. Celebrated cellist Joshua Roman plays a new concerto by Grammy Award-winning composer Mason Bates, who describes Roman as "beloved by just about everyone who meets him."
MANUEL DE FALLA Suite No. 2 from The Three-Cornered Hat
MASON BATES Cello Concerto


About Joana Carneiro
Acclaimed Portuguese conductor Joana Carneiro is Principal Guest Conductor of the Real Filharmonia de Galicia and Artistic Director of the Estágio Gulbenkian para Orquestra, a post she has held since 2013.

Carneiro was Principal Conductor of the Orquestra Sinfonica Portuguesa at Teatro Sao Carlos in Lisbon from 2014 until January 2022. From 2009 to 2018, she was Music Director of the Berkeley Symphony, succeeding Kent Nagano as only the third music director in the 40-year history of the orchestra. She was also official guest conductor of the Gulbenkian Orchestra from 2006 to 2018.

Carneiro is in high demand for her focus on contemporary music both in the concert hall and on the opera stage. Last season at English National Opera she conducted The Handmaid’s Tale after a highly acclaimed debut in London conducting the world stage premiere of John Adams’s The Gospel According to the Other Mary, directed by Peter Sellars. With the Scottish Opera she conducted Nixon in China, and in Lisbon, Rake's Progress. Other recent opera performances include A Wonderful Town (Royal Danish Opera), Simone’s La Passion (Ojai Festival), Oedipus Rex (Sydney, Helpmann Award for Best Concert by the Symphony Orchestra), and A Flowering Tree (Vienna, Paris, Chicago, Cincinnati, Gothenburg, and Lisbon).

Carneiro’s guest conducting highlights in recent and future seasons include engagements with prominent orchestras around the world, from BBC Symphony and Philharmonia in London, BBC Scottish, and Scottish Chamber, National Symphony Orchestra (Ireland) to Royal Stockholm, Gothenburg, Finnish Radio, Helsinki Philharmonic, Brussels Philharmonic, Castilla y Leon, and La Venice in Europe. Further afield, she has performed with National Arts Centre Orchestra in Canada, Los Angeles Philharmonic in the United States, Hong Kong Philharmonic and Beijing Orchestra in Asia, and Sao Paulo State Symphony in South America.

A native of Lisbon, she began her musical studies as a violist before receiving her conducting degree from the Academia Nacional Superior de Orquestra in Lisbon, where she studied with Jean-Marc Burfin. She then traveled to the United States, where she received her master's degree in orchestral conducting from Northwestern University as a student of Victor Yampolsky and Mallory Thompson, and pursued doctoral studies at the University of Michigan, where she studied with Kenneth Kiesler.

She was a finalist of the prestigious 2002 Maazel-Vilar Conductor’s Competition at Carnegie Hall, then in 2003-2004, she worked with Maestros Kurt Masur and Christoph von Dohnanyi and conducted the London Philharmonic Orchestra, as one of the three conductors chosen for London’s Allianz Cultural Foundation International Conductors Academy. From 2002 to 2005, she served as Assistant Conductor of the LA Chamber Orchestra and as Music Director of the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra of Los Angeles. From 2005 through 2008, she was an American Symphony Orchestra League Conducting Fellow at the Los Angeles Philharmonic, where she worked closely with Esa-Pekka Salonen and led several performances at Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Hollywood Bowl.

Carneiro is the 2010 recipient of the Helen M. Thompson Award, conferred by the League of American Orchestras to recognize and honor music directors of exceptional promise. In 2004, Carneiro was decorated by the President of the Portuguese Republic, Mr. Jorge Sampaio, with the Commendation of the Order of the Infante Dom Henrique.

About Joshua Roman
Joshua Roman is a cellist, accomplished composer, and curator whose performances embrace musical styles from Bach to Radiohead. Before setting off on his unique path as a soloist, Roman was the Seattle Symphony’s principal cellist—a job he began at just 22 years of age and left only two years later. He has since become renowned for his genre-bending repertoire and wide-ranging collaborations. Roman was named a TED Senior Fellow in 2015. His live performance of the complete Six Suites for Solo Cello by J.S. Bach on TED’s Facebook page garnered nearly one million live viewers, with millions more for his Main Stage TED Talks/Performances, including an improvisational performance with Tony-winner/MacArthur Genius Grant recipient Bill T. Jones and East African vocalist Somi.

A Gramophone review of his 2017 recording of Aaron Jay Kernis’s Cello Concerto (written for Roman) proclaimed that "Roman's extraordinary performance combines the expressive control of Casals with the creative individuality and virtuoso flair of Hendrix himself." Recent highlights include performing standard and new concertos with the Colorado, Detroit, Jacksonville, Milwaukee, and San Francisco symphonies. In addition to his other orchestral appearances Roman has collaborated with the JACK, St. Lawrence, and Verona Quartets and brings the same fresh approach to chamber music projects to his own series, Town Music at Town Hall Seattle.

Roman’s adventurous spirit has led to collaborations with artists outside the music community, including creating “On Grace” with Tony Award-nominated actor Anna Deavere Smith. His compositions are inspired by sources such as the poetry of Pulitzer Prize-winner Tracy K. Smith, and the musicians he writes for, such as the JACK Quartet, violinist Vadim Gluzman, and conductor David Danzmayr. Roman’s endeavors outside the concert hall have taken him to Uganda with his violin-playing siblings, where they played chamber music in schools, HIV/AIDS centers, and displacement camps.

About the DSO
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. Led by Music Director Jader Bignamini since 2020, the DSO makes its home at historic Orchestra Hall within the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, offering a performance schedule that features the PVS Classical, PNC Pops, Paradise Jazz, and Young People’s Family Concert series. In addition, the DSO presents the William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series in metro area venues, as well as 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.

Since its first school concerts a century ago, and particularly since the founding of the Civic Youth Ensembles in 1970, the DSO has been a national leader in bringing the benefits of music education to students, teachers, and families in Detroit and surrounding communities. The DSO remains committed to expanding its participation in the growth and well-being of Detroit through programs like its Detroit Neighborhood Initiative—cultural events co-created with community partners and residents—and Detroit Harmony, a promise to provide an instrument and instruction to any student in the city who wants to learn. With unwavering support from the people of Detroit, the DSO actively pursues a mission to impact lives through the power of unforgettable musical experiences.