DSO's 2019 William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series kicks off with performances at seven Metro Detroit venues

- Ken-David Masur will conduct program including Tchaikovsky’s “Little Russian” Symphony and featuring cellist Edgar Moreau

- DSO Principal Cello Wei Yu is featured soloist on program conducted by Pablo Rus Broseta, which includes Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2

- Venue change for one performance in Plymouth: concert will now be held at First United Methodist Church

Detroit, (January 3, 2019) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) returns to seven Metro Detroit venues as the 2019 William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series gets underway.

Over two consecutive weekends, the symphony will appear at community venues in Southfield, Clinton Township, Beverly Hills, West Bloomfield, Plymouth, Bloomfield Hills, and Grosse Pointe, performing concert programs designed specifically for the Series.

Please note: due to a scheduling conflict, the Friday, January 18 concert in Plymouth will now be held at Plymouth First United Methodist Church (45201 N Territorial Rd). Neighborhood Series concerts in Plymouth will return to their regular venue, Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church, for the remainder of the 2019 Neighborhood Series. Patrons have been notified of the change.

During the first weekend, Ken-David Masur will conduct the DSO in a program that includes Glinka’s Overture to Russlan and Ludmilla, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 2 (the “Little Russian”), and Dvořák’s Cello Concerto (with featured soloist Edgar Moreau). The performances mark the DSO debuts of both Masur (recently appointed music director of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra) and Moreau.

The concerts will take place:

 - Thursday, January 10 at 7:30 p.m. at Congregation Shaarey Zedek in Southfield

 - Friday, January 11 at 8 p.m. at Macomb Center for the Performing Arts in Clinton Township

 - Sunday, January 13 at 3 p.m. at Seligman Performing Arts Center (on the campus of Detroit Country Day School) in Beverly Hills

During the second weekend, Principal Cello Wei Yu (James C. Gordon Chair) will be featured soloist on Saint-Saëns’s Cello Concerto, conducted by Pablo Rus Broseta. Broseta, making his DSO debut, will also lead the orchestra on Stravinsky’s String Concerto in D and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2.

The concerts will take place:

 - Thursday, January 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the Berman Center for the Performing Arts in West Bloomfield

 - Friday, January 18 at 8 p.m. at Plymouth First United Methodist Church in Plymouth

 - Saturday, January 19 at 8 p.m. at Kirk in the Hills Presbyterian Church in Bloomfield Hills

 - Sunday, January 20 at 3 p.m. at Our Lady Star of the Sea in Grosse Pointe

An hour prior to each performance, DSO Acting Assistant Conductor Yaniv Segal will present a pre-concert lecture about the program. These talks are supported in part by a generous grant from the American Orchestras’ Futures Fund, a program of the League of American Orchestras made possible by funding from the Ann & Gordon Getty Foundation.

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.

About Ken-David Masur

Ken-David Masur, son of famed conductor Kurt Masur, was recently named the seventh music director of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and will begin serving in that role at the start of the 2019-2020 season. He currently serves as associate conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and principal guest conductor of the Munich Symphony.

Masur has led many eminent orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, l’Orchestre National de France, the National Philharmonic of Russia, and others. He and his wife Melinda Lee Masur are founders and artistic directors of the Chelsea Music Festival, an annual two-week multimedia presentation of music, art, and cuisine in New York now in its tenth season.

Masur’s discography includes a recent recording with the English Chamber Orchestra and violinist Fanny Clamagirand, an acclaimed disc with the Stavanger Symphony, and a producer credit on the Latin Grammy-nominated album Salon Buenos Aires. As founding music director of the Bach Society Orchestra and Chorus at Columbia University, Masur also toured Germany and released a critically acclaimed album of symphonies and cantatas by W.F. Bach, C.P.E. Bach, and J.S. Bach.

About Edgar Moreau

French cellist Edgar Moreau began playing the cello at age four, and by 11 he was giving concerts with major orchestras in Europe. He won Second Prize in Russia’s formidable Tchaikovsky Competition at 17, and was named a top young talent by France’s Les Victoires de la Musique in 2013. Moreau has performed with a variety of distinguished musicians, including Valery Gergiev, András Schiff, Yuri Bashmet, Gustavo Dudamel, Renaud Capuçon, Khatia Buniatishvili, Gérard Caussé, and the Talich Quartet.

Moreau released his debut album in 2014 on Erato with pianist Pierre-Yves Hodique: Play is a collection of short pieces and encores from Popper, Paganini, Chopin, Saint-Saëns, Fauré, Dvořák, Massenet, Schubert, Poulenc, and Tchaikovsky, among others. His follow-up album, Giovincello, presents 18th century cello concertos recorded with the Italian Baroque ensemble Il Pomo d’Oro.

Moreau studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris and the Kronberg Academy in Frankfurt.

About Pablo Rus Broseta

Pablo Rus Broseta is associate conductor of the Seattle Symphony and music director of the Jove Orquestra de la Generalitat Valenciana. He is rapidly building a wide-ranging repertoire from Handel to John Adams, with a focus on the great symphonic repertoire.

In 2014, Rus Broseta led a joint performance of the SWR Symphonieorchester and the Ensemble Modern at the Musica Festival in Strasbourg. He has since appeared with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Buenos Aires, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica de Radio Televisión Española, Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, and Bochumer Symphoniker. He has appeared at numerous music festivals including the Klangspuren Schwaz, Transart Festival Bolzano, Ensems Festival Valencia, and the Cresc…Festival Frankfurt. He has worked closely with composers including Wolfgang Rihm, Hans Zender, Johannes Maria Staud, Thomas Adès, Philippe Manoury, Magnus Lindberg, Martin Matalon, Francisco Coll, and Luca Francesconi.

Rus Broseta studied composition and saxophone at the Conservatory of his native Valencia, with further studies in conducting in Lyon, at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, and Universität der Künste Berlin. He has previously served as assistant conductor of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège, the Dutch National Opera Academy, and the Jove Orquestra de la Generalitat Valenciana prior to taking on his current role. In 2011, he founded the Spanish chamber orchestra Grup Mixtour, which he still directs today.

About Wei Yu

Wei Yu made his DSO subscription debut in November 2015, performing Dvořák’s Cello Concerto under the baton of Leonard Slatkin. Before joining the DSO, Yu was a member of the New York Philharmonic for seven seasons.

An avid chamber musician, Yu has been invited to the Marlboro and Ravinia music festivals, and has collaborated with a wide range of musicians: cellist David Soyer, pianists Richard Goode and Menahem Pressler, violinists Midori and Pinchas Zukerman, and members of the Guarneri and Juilliard Quartets. As a member of the New York Philharmonic Ensembles, he makes regular appearances at Merkin Concert Hall.

In the summers of 1998 through 2000, Yu participated in the Morningside Music Bridge program at Mount Royal University in Calgary. He subsequently enrolled in the University’s Gifted Youth program under the tutelage of John Kadz and is currently on the faculty of the Morningside Music Bridge program. He has given cello master classes at universities and festivals in the United States, Canada, and China.

Born in Shanghai, Yu began studying the cello at age 4 and made his concerto debut at age 11, performing Elgar’s Cello Concerto with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. He received his bachelor’s degree from North Park University in Chicago and his master’s degree from the Juilliard School. His principal teachers include Mei-Juan Liu, John Kadz, Hans Jørgen Jensen, and David Soyer.

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.

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

Tchaikovsky’s “Little Russian”

Thursday, January 10 at 7:30 p.m.
at Congregation Shaarey Zedek (Southfield, MI)

Friday, January 11 at 8 p.m.
at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts (Clinton Township, MI)

Sunday, January 13 at 3 p.m.
at Seligman Performing Arts Center (on the campus of the Detroit Country Day School, Beverly Hills, MI)

Ken-David Masur, conductor
Edgar Moreau, cello


  Overture to Russlan and Ludmilla


  Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Op. 17, “Little Russian”


  Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in B minor, Op. 104

  Edgar Moreau, cello


Beethoven Symphony No. 2

Thursday, January 17 at 7:30 p.m.
at the Berman Center for the Performing Arts (West Bloomfield, MI)

Friday, January 18 at 8 p.m.
at Plymouth First United Methodist Church (Plymouth, MI)

Saturday, January 19 at 8 p.m.
at Kirk in the Hills Presbyterian Church (Bloomfield Hills, MI)

Sunday, January 20 at 3 p.m.
at Our Lady Star of the Sea (Grosse Pointe, MI)

Pablo Rus Broseta, conductor
Wei Yu, cello


  Concerto in D (Basel Concerto)


  Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 33

  Wei Yu, cello


  Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36

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.