DSO's William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series continues with performances at seven Metro Detroit venues this February and March

- Dmitry Sinkovsky will conduct and appear as soloist on program including Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons

- David Danzmayr leads program that includes J. Strauss II’s “On the Beautiful Blue Danube” and Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto with featured soloist Blake Pouliot

Detroit, (February 25, 2019) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) returns to seven Metro Detroit venues as the William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series continues.

The next two programs in the series take place four weekends apart at community venues in Southfield, Clinton Township, Beverly Hills, West Bloomfield, Plymouth, Bloomfield Hills, and Grosse Pointe. The DSO and talented guest artists will perform repertoire designed specifically for the Series.

During the first weekend, Dmitry Sinkovsky will serve as conductor-soloist on a program that includes Geminiani’s Concerto Grosso in D minor, Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, Hasse’s Grave and Fugue in G minor, and selected arias by Handel. Sinkovsky will conduct and perform as a solo violinist and countertenor.

The concerts will take place:

  •  Thursday, February 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the Berman Center for the Performing Arts in West Bloomfield
  •  Friday, March 1 at 8 p.m. at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Plymouth
  •  Saturday, March 2 at 8 p.m. at Kirk in the Hills Presbyterian Church in Bloomfield Hills
  •  Sunday, March 3 at 3 p.m. at Our Lady Star of the Sea in Grosse Pointe

Later in March, David Danzmayr will conduct the DSO and violinist Blake Pouliot on a program including Webern’s Langsamer Satz, Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto (with Pouliot as featured soloist), Schubert’s “Unfinished” Symphony No. 8, and Johann Strauss II’s “On the Beautiful Blue Danube.”

The concerts will take place:

  •  Thursday, January March 28 at 7:30 p.m. at Congregation Shaarey Zedek in Southfield
  •  Friday, March 29 at 8 p.m. at Macomb Center for the Performing Arts in Clinton Township
  •  Sunday, March 31 at 3 p.m. at Seligman Performing Arts Center (on the campus of Detroit Country Day School) in Beverly Hills

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 March 28 performance in Southfield and the March 29 performance in Clinton Township. See below for more information about the ticket discount. Discounts are also available for concerts throughout the 2018-2019 Season in Orchestra Hall, including several Friday evening PNC Pops Series concerts and every Friday morning Classical Series Coffee Concert. 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.

About Dmitry Sinkovsky

Dmitry Sinkovsky is a celebrated violinist, singer, and conductor. In his many musical appearances, Sinkovsky effectively reflects one of the main ideas of the Baroque period: using the instrument as if it were the voice of a singer and using the voice as if it were a perfect instrument.

Sinkovsky studied violin with Alexander Kirov at the Moscow Conservatory and conducting with Tomislav Facini at Zagreb Music Academy. His interest in earlier repertoire and his friendship with Baroque specialist Maria Leonhardt steered him towards a career concentrating on historical performance practice. In 2007, he began pursuing professional singing as well; his nuanced countertenor range has won acclaim performing works by Handel, Gluck, Bach, Vivaldi, and others.

Sinkovsky served as guest conductor of Il Complesso Barocco in 2012 and 2013, and since his debut on the podium he has performing extensively in Europe, Asia, Australia, and North America. He heads the ensemble La Voce Strumentale, which he founded in Moscow in 2011. Sinkovsky maintains an exclusive contract with the Naïve label. His debut recording on the label, a 2013 disc on which he is both soloist and conductor, was awarded a Diapason d’Or. His most recent recording is 2017’s Bach in Black with La Voce Strumentale.

About David Danzmayr

David Danzmayr currently serves as chief conductor of the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra and music director of the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra in Columbus. He previously served as music director of the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra for four seasons, earning acclaim for both his programming and conducting prowess.

Danzmayr has had the privilege of conducting top ensembles all over the world, including the Bamberg Symphony, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, Salzberg Chamber Philharmonic, San Diego Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and many others. He enjoys a special relationship with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, with whom he previously served as assistant conductor.

Danzmayr studied at the University Mozarteum in Salzberg, where he switched from piano to conducting and studied with Dennis Russell Davies. He continued his studies at the Sibelius Academy. Danzmayr’s other teachers and mentors include Stephane Deneve, Carlos Kalmar, Sir Andrew Davies, Pierre Boulez, and Detroit Symphony Orchestra Music Director Emeritus Neeme Järvi.

About Blake Pouliot

Canadian violinist Blake Pouliot is Grand Prize winner of the 2016 Orchestra Symphonique de Montréal Manulife Competition and a quickly rising star in North America. He made his Montreal Symphony debut in February 2017, earning glowing reviews, and released his debut recording later that year on the Analekta label.

Pouliot has appeared as a soloist with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Ottawa’s National Arts Center Orchestra, Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra, Pacific Symphony, Bulgaria’s Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, and others. He made his solo orchestral debut with the Toronto Trinity Chamber Orchestra at age 11, and in summer 2017 he traveled across South America as a soloist with the YOA Orchestra of the Americas and conductors Carlos Miguel Prieto and Paolo Bortolameolli.

A featured performer on CBC Radio Canada on numerous occasions, Mr. Pouliot has received several honors in Canada, including the Canada Council for the Arts’s Michael Measure Prize. In 2012 he performed a private recital for Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Pouliot performs on the 1729 Guarneri del Gesù, on generous loan from the Canada Council for the Arts Musical Instrument Bank as First Laureate of their 2015 Competition.

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 March 28 concert in Southfield and the March 29 concert in Clinton Township. 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

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons

Thursday, February 28 at 7:30 p.m.
at the Berman Center for the Performing Arts (West Bloomfield, MI)

Friday, March 1 at 8 p.m.
at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church (Plymouth, MI)

Saturday, March 2 at 8 p.m.
at Kirk in the Hills Presbyterian Church (Bloomfield Hills, MI)

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

Dmitry Sinkovsky, conductor, violin, and countertenor

GEMINIANI: Concerto Grosso in D minor (La folia)

VIVALDI: The Four Seasons

HASSE: Grave and Fugue in G minor

HANDEL: “Dove sei, amato bene?” from Rodelinda, "Furibondo Spira Il Vento" from Partenope


Schubert and Blue Danube

Thursday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m.
at Congregation Shaarey Zedek (Southfield, MI)

Friday, March 29 at 8 p.m.
at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts (Clinton Township, MI)

Sunday, March 31 at 3 p.m.
at Seligman Performing Arts Center (on the campus of the Detroit Country Day School, Beverly Hills, MI)

David Danzmayr, conductor

Blake Pouliot, violin

WEBERN: Langsamer Satz (arr. Schwarz)

MENDELSSOHN: Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64 (Blake Pouliot, violin)

SCHUBERT: Symphony No. 8, “Unfinished”

J. STRAUSS II: On the Beautiful Blue Danube

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.