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Detroit, (December xx, 2022) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will welcome conductor Tabita Berglund and cellist Edgar Moreau to Orchestra Hall for a program of works by Jean Sibelius and Sergei Prokofiev. The three concerts will take place January 19-21 at Orchestra Hall as part of the PVS Classical Series.
The program will open with Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s Metacosmos, which seeks to balance the beauty and chaos of nature. Next, French cellist Edgar Moreau—praised by Gramophone for his “commanding presence” and “robust, singing tone”—is featured soloist in Sergei Prokofiev’s virtuosic and expressive Sinfonia concertante for Cello & Orchestra. The program concludes with iconic Finnish composer Jean Sibelius’s Symphony No. 1, which sweeps listeners away in a tide of sound.
Sibelius’ First Symphony and Prokofiev will take place Thursday, January 19 at 7:30 p.m., Friday, January 20 at 10:45 a.m., and Saturday, January 21 at 8 p.m. at Orchestra Hall.
Tickets for Sibelius’ First Symphony and Prokofiev 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.
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.
SIBELIUS’ FIRST SYMPHONY AND PROKOFIEV
PVS Classical Series
Thursday, January 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, January 20 at 10:45 a.m.
Saturday, January 21 at 8 p.m.
Tabita Berglund, conductor
Edgar Moreau, cello
Experience Nordic marvels—Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir seeks to balance the beauty and chaos of nature on a knife’s edge, and Finnish icon Jean Sibelius nearly sweeps the listener away in a tide of sound. In between is Prokofiev’s supremely virtuosic and profoundly expressive masterpiece for cello and orchestra, played by the young French cellist Edgar Moreau—praised by Gramophone for his “commanding presence” and “robust, singing tone.”
ANNA THORVALDSDOTTIR Metacosmos
SERGEI PROKOFIEV Sinfonia concertante for Cello & Orchestra
JEAN SIBELIUS Symphony No. 1
About Tabita Berglund
Hailed as “one of Europe’s greatest promises” (Helsingin Sanomat), Tabita Berglund is one of today’s most exciting, talented young conductors who is fast gaining a reputation for her alert, charismatic and inspiring style which elicits “exceptional music-making” (The Arts Desk). Berglund is currently Principal Guest Conductor of the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra, appointed to this post following her debut engagement with the orchestra in 2020.
Highlights of 2022-2023 include Berglund’s London debut with the Philharmonia (Royal Festival Hall), US debut/subscription concerts with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and German debut/season-opening concerts with the Sinfonieorchester Wuppertal. Berglund also makes her debut with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Malmö Symphony Orchestra, and Orquesta Sinfonica de RTVE in Madrid, while return visits include the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Finnish Radio Symphony, and Bergen Philharmonic orchestras as well as her fourth guest appearance each with the Hallé and Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
2022-2023 also marks the second season of Berglund’s tenure with the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra – KSO repertoire and soloist highlights include Mahler’s Symphony No.1, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.6 and cellist Tanja Tetzlaff, while across the season Berglund also joins forces with Truls Mørk, Edgar Moreau, Stephen Hough, and Randall Goosby, among others, with repertoire by Beethoven and Schubert through to composers such as Lutoslawski, Nordheim, Thorvaldsdottir, and Tabakova. Looking further ahead, future opera activity includes a revival production of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, while recent engagements include Berglund’s Austrian and French debuts with the Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich and Orchestre National de Lille, respectively, as well as appearances with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife, Luzerner Sinfonieorchester, Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Trondheim Symfoniorkester, Norwegian National Opera Orchestra, Orquesta Ciudad de Granada, and Tapiola Sinfonietta, among others.
Berglund graduated in 2019 from the Orchestral Conducting Masters course at the Norwegian Academy of Music, where she studied under Professor Ole Kristian Ruud. She originally trained as a cellist and studied to Master’s degree level under Truls Mørk, performing regularly with the Oslo and Bergen Philharmonic orchestras as well as the Trondheim Soloists before conducting became her main focus in 2015. She was the 2018 – 2020 star of the Talent Norway programme and is a past recipient of the Gstaad Conducting Academy’s Neeme Järvi Prize. Berglund’s debut CD, on which she conducts the Oslo Philharmonic with violinist Sonoko Miriam Welde, was released in 2021 (LAWO) and subsequently nominated for a Norwegian Grammy Award (Spellemann) in the 2022 Classical Music category.
About Edgar Moreau
The cellist Edgar Moreau won First Prize in the 2014 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and was awarded six Special Prizes after capturing, at the age of 17, Second Prize and the Prize for the Best Performance of the Commissioned Work at the International Tchaikovsky Competition held in Moscow in July 2011 under the chairmanship of Valery Gergiev. At the Rostropovitch Cello Competition in Paris in 2009, he received the Prize for the Most Promising Contestant.
Born in 1994, Moreau began playing the cello at the age of four. He studied with Philippe Muller at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris and later continued at the Kronberg Academy under the guidance of Frans Helmerson. At the age of 11 he made his debut with the Teatro Regio Orchestra in Torino, playing Dvořák’s Cello Concerto.
Edgar Moreau regularly performs in prestigious halls including Carnegie Hall, Berlin Philharmonie, Vienna Musikverein and Konzerthaus, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Hollywood Bowl, Paris Philharmonie, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, Seoul Arts Center, Geneva Victoria Hall, Barcelona Palau de la Musica Catalana, Scala de Milano, La Fenice Venezia, and Wigmore Hall. He is frequently invited to notable festivals including Verbier, Salzburg, Gstaad, Montreux, Hamburg, Edinburgh, Saint-Denis, Menton, Colmar, Lugano, and the Martha Argerich Festival.
Moreau performs with world-renowned orchestras such as the Roma Santa Cecilia Orchestra, Filarmonica della Scala, London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Montreal Symphony, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, Luzern Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre National de France, Saint Petersburg Philharmonic, Simon Bolivar Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. He has collaborated with acclaimed conductors including Gustavo Dudamel, Valery Gergiev, Francois-Xavier Roth, Tugan Sokhiev, Manfred Honeck, Lahav Shani, Mikko Franck, Jakub Hrusa, Alain Altinoglu, Pablo-Heras Casado, Susanna Mälkki Vasily Petrenko, Jukka- Pekka Saraste, and Lionel Bringuier.
A particularly passionate chamber musician, Moreau collaborates with artists such as Martha Argerich, Yo-Yo Ma, Renaud Capuçon, Khatia Buniatishvili, Daniil Trifonov, Nicholas Angelich, Andras Schiff, Emmanuel Pahud, Sergei Babayan, Lisa Batiashvili, Julian Rachlin, Alexey Volodin, Bertrand Chamayou, and David Kadouch, as well as his sister Raphaëlle and brothers David and Jérémie.
An Erato exclusive artist, Moreau released his debut album Play in 2014 with pianist Pierre-Yves Hodique. His follow-up, Giovincello, featured baroque concertos with the ensemble Il Pomo d'Oro and Riccardo Minasi and won an ECHO Klassik Award in 2016. He has also recorded Debussy's sonatas and trios and a duo album with David Kadouch with works by Franck, Poulenc, Strohl, and De la Tombelle. His latest release is a recording of Gulda and Offenbach concertos with Les Forces Majeures and Raphaël Merlin.
Moreau is a recipient of many musical awards, the Academie Maurice Ravel Prize 2011, the Banque Populaire Foundation, “Classic Revelation” by France’s Adami, French-Speaking Public Radios Young Musician Prize 2013, “New Talent of the Year 2013” and “Instrumental Soloist of the Year 2015” awards from the French Victoires de la Musique (French Grammies), and was named an Echo Rising Star in 2017.
Moreau plays on a David Tecchler cello from 1711. His bow was made by Dominique Peccatte.
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.