DSO's 2018-2019 William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series concludes with performances at seven Metro Detroit venues this June and July

- Gábor Takács-Nagy will conduct a program of Mozart and Schumann with pianist Shai Wosner, June 27, 28, and 30

- DSO Principal Trumpet Hunter Eberly is featured soloist on program conducted by Gemma New, July 18-21

Detroit, (June 5, 2019) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will perform at seven venues across Metro Detroit over two weekends this June and July as the 2018-2019 William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series concludes.

During the first weekend, conductor Gábor Takács-Nagy will be joined by pianist Shai Wosner in a program including Mozart’s Symphony No. 25 and Piano Concerto No. 21 as well as Schumann’s Symphony No. 4.

The concerts will take place:

  • Thursday, June 27 at 7:30 p.m. at Congregation Shaarey Zedek in Southfield
  • Friday, June 28 at 8 p.m. at Macomb Center for the Performing Arts in Clinton Township
  • Sunday, June 30 at 3 p.m. at Seligman Performing Arts Center (on the campus of Detroit Country Day School) in Beverly Hills

During the second weekend, DSO Principal Trumpet Hunter Eberly (Lee and Floy Barthel Chair) will be featured soloist on Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto, conducted by Gemma New. The program also includes Haydn’s Symphony No. 97 and music by Grieg and Mozart.

The concerts will take place:

  • Thursday, July 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the Berman Center for the Performing Arts in West Bloomfield
  • Friday, July 19 at 8 p.m. at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Plymouth
  • Saturday, July 20 at 8 p.m. at Kirk in the Hills Presbyterian Church in Bloomfield Hills
  • Sunday, July 21 at 3 p.m. at Our Lady Star of the Sea in Grosse Pointe

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 June 27 performance in Southfield, June 28 performance in Clinton Township, and July 19 performance in Plymouth. 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.

The William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series is made possible by a generous grant from the William Davidson Foundation. Renamed in 2014 in honor of philanthropist William Davidson, the Series brings even more opportunities for Metro Detroiters to experience the DSO close to home. In October 2017 the William Davidson Foundation made a $15 million gift of support to the DSO—one of the orchestra’s largest ever—including continued sponsorship of the Series. WRCJ 90.9 FM also supports the Series. The Saturday, July 20 concert in Bloomfield Hills is additionally supported by Butzel Long.

About Gábor Takács-Nagy

A native of Budapest, Gábor Takács-Nagy began his musical career as a violinist. In 1979 he won First Prize at the Jeno Hubay Violin Competition, and he was a founding member and leader of the acclaimed Takács Quartet from 1975 to 1992. He later established the Mikrokosmos String Quartet, whose 2009 recording of Bartók’s complete string quartet cycle earned great critical praise. Takács-Nagy is considered today’s foremost champion of Hungarian music, particularly the work of Bartók. In March 2017 he was awarded the prestigious Béla Bartók-Ditta Pásztory Prize.

In 2002 Takács-Nagy turned to conducting. He became music director of the Weinberger Kammerorchestra in 2006 and music director of the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra in 2007. From 2010 to 2012 he was music director of the MAV Symphony Orchestra Budapest, with whom he recorded the world premiere the epic “Bards of Wales” oratorio by Karl Jenkins.

Takács-Nagy is currently music director of Manchester Camerata, principal guest conductor of the Budapest Festival Orchestra, and principal artistic partner of the Irish Chamber Orchestra.

Takács-Nagy is a dedicated and highly sought-after chamber music teacher. He is Professor of String Quartet at the Haute école de musique in Geneva and International Chair in Chamber Music at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. In June 2012 he was awarded honorary membership of the Royal Academy of Music in London.

About Shai Wosner

Shai Wosner is an internationally acclaimed pianist well-known for his broad repertoire—from Beethoven and Schubert to Ligeti and the music of today.

Wosner is a recipient of Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award, an Avery Fisher Career Grant, and a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award. He previously appeared in residence with the BBC as a New Generation Artist, during which he performed frequently with the BBC orchestras and occasionally conducted. He has performed with major orchestras in North America and Europe and is in demand as a recitalist and chamber musician.

Wosner’s numerous recordings on Onyx Classics include the recent Impromptu, which features solo improvisations and miniatures from pianistic composers. Other albums on the label include works by Haydn and Ligeti (with the Danish National Symphony), an all-Schubert solo album, Beethoven’s complete sonatas and variations for cello and piano (with Ralph Kirshbaum), and more.

Wosner was born in Israel and studied piano with Opher Brayer and Emanuel Krasovsky, as well as composition, theory, and improvisation with André Hajdu. He later studied at The Juilliard School with Emanuel Ax.

About Gemma New

New Zealand-born conductor Gemma New is currently music director of Ontario’s Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, resident conductor of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, and music director of the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra. She was recently appointed principal guest conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, a position she will assume in the 2019-2020 Season.

New has appeared with many top symphonies in North America, Europe, and her native New Zealand. These include the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Helsingborgs Symfoniorkester, Malmö Symfoniorkester, Auckland Philharmonia, Christchurch Symphony, and more.

As music director of Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, New recently launched the Intimate and Immersive concert series, creating a closer-to-the-music atmosphere by combining treasures of the orchestra canon, contemporary music, electronic indie music, lighting, and visual art installations. She proudly collaborates with some of the contemporary scene’s top composers, including Zosha di Castri, José Evangelista, Salina Fisher, and Kevin Lau.

New studied at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand and the Peabody Institute in Baltimore. She has held a variety of prestigious fellowships, including a Dudamel Conducting Fellowship with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

About Hunter Eberly

A native of Muskegon, Michigan, Hunter Eberly started playing the trumpet at the age of eight under the tutelage of his mother and continued his studies in high school with Charley Lea of the Grand Rapids Symphony. He attended Grand Valley State University, where he studied with Richard Stoelzel and earned his Bachelor of Music degree. Eberly continued his education at The Colburn School in Los Angeles, studying with James Wilt and earning a Professional Studies Certificate.

Prior to his appointment in Detroit, Eberly served as Principal Trumpet of the Jacksonville Symphony. He has performed as Guest Principal Trumpet with the Cincinnati Symphony, the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra in China. He has also performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Grand Rapids Symphony. Eberly also enjoys playing music outside of the classical genre, and has performed with many of Motown’s greats—including Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, The Four Tops, and Mary Wilson of The Supremes.

Eberly has won several awards, including first prize in the National Trumpet Competition Undergraduate Solo Competition, first prize in the National Trumpet Competition Trumpet Ensemble division, and second prize in the International Trumpet Guild Mock Orchestra Competition. Outside of performing, he maintains a small private teaching studio and regularly coaches college students and young professionals in audition preparation. He has also taught at Michigan State University and Grand Valley State University.

Ticket Information

Tickets for all William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series performances are $25 for adults and $10 for children and students, and can be purchased online at dso.org/neighborhood.

Tickets can also be purchased by calling (313) 576-5111 or in-person at the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center Box Office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit).

Please note: tickets will not be sold online past 8 p.m. the night prior to each performance, but will still be available for purchase at each venue on the days of the concerts.

Veterans, active military, and their families may use the code HEROES1819 to unlock $10 tickets for the June 27 performance in Southfield, June 28 performance in Clinton Township, and July 19 performance in Plymouth. The code can be used at dso.org or by calling the Box Office at (313) 576-5111.

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.

Performance Details

Mozart’s “Little” G Minor

Thursday, June 27 at 7:30 p.m.
at Congregation Shaarey Zedek (Southfield, MI)

Friday, June 28 at 8 p.m.
at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts (Clinton Township, MI)

Sunday, June 30 at 3 p.m.
at Seligman Performing Arts Center (on the campus of the Detroit Country Day School, Beverly Hills, MI)

Gábor Takács-Nagy, conductor
Shai Wosner, piano

MOZART: Symphony No. 25 in G minor, K. 173dB [183]

MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, K. 467 (Shai Wosner, piano)

SCHUMANN: Symphony No. 4 in D minor, Op. 120


Haydn Symphony No. 97

Thursday, July 18 at 7:30 p.m.
at the Berman Center for the Performing Arts (West Bloomfield, MI) 

Friday, July 19 at 8 p.m.
at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church (Plymouth, MI)

Saturday, July 20 at 8 p.m.
at Kirk in the Hills Presbyterian Church (Bloomfield Hills, MI)

Sunday, July 21 at 3 p.m.
at Our Lady Star of the Sea (Grosse Pointe, MI)

Gemma New, conductor
Hunter Eberly, trumpet

GRIEG: Holberg Suite, Op. 40

HAYDN: Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra in E-flat major, H. VIIe:1 (Hunter Eberly, trumpet)

MOZART: Ballet Music from Idomeneo, Rè di Creta, K. 367 (Chaconne and Pas seul)

HAYDN: Symphony No. 97 in C major

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.