- February 18-20: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, music by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, and Alexander Arutiunian’s Trumpet Concerto with DSO Principal Trumpet Hunter Eberly
- February 24-26: Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 in D major, "Titan", including a performance of the “Blumine” movement, and Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major with Randall Goosby
- February 19 and 26 concerts will be webcast for free at dso.org and on Facebook as part of DSO’s Live from Orchestra Hall series; February 18 concert broadcast and streamed live on 90.9 WRCJ in Detroit and network of stations across Michigan
- Also, DSO musicians perform Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 13 at a Chamber Recital on February 23 at The Commons in Detroit
- Tickets on sale now at dso.org
Detroit, (February 11, 2022) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will welcome back Music Director Jader Bignamini to Orchestra Hall on February 18-20 and February 24-26 for two weekends of concerts on the PVS Classical Series, the first with DSO Principal Trumpet Hunter Eberly and the second featuring acclaimed violinist Randall Goosby.
The first weekend features Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, one of his most recognizable works which the composer regarded as one of his best. The program also includes Alexander Arutiunian’s virtuosic Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra with soloist Hunter Eberly (DSO Principal Trumpet) and British composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Symphonic Variations on an African Air, which showcases the composer’s vast sense of harmony, color, and scope of instrumentation.
In week two, Bignamini will lead the DSO in Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 in D major, “Titan”, which set in motion the composer’s legacy as a symphonist with visions of nature, and a finale of thunderbolts and lightening. The DSO will also perform the “Blumine” movement from the piece. Though removed by Mahler prior to finishing the symphony, “Blumine” was rediscovered in the middle of the 20th century. The program also includes Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major with guest violinist Randall Goosby in his DSO debut. Goosby is the youngest ever winner of the Sphinx Concerto Competition and is known for the sensitivity and intensity of his musicianship.
On Wednesday, February 23 at 7 p.m., DSO musicians Jiamin Wang (violin), Alexander Volkov (violin), Mike Chen (viola), and David Ledoux (cello) will perform a Chamber Recital of Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 13 at The Commons (7900 Mack Ave, Detroit, MI 48214). The Commons is a cafe, laundromat, and community space serving Detroit's 48214 community. This performance is free to all Neighborhood Series subscribers. Single tickets are also available and start at $15.
To protect the health and well-being of our patrons, musicians, and staff, our safety policies include mask and vaccine or test requirements for all guests and contactless e-ticketing. Visit dso.org/safetyplan for more information.
Beethoven Symphony No. 7 will take place Friday, February 18 at 10:45 a.m., Saturday, February 19 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, February 20 at 3 p.m. at Orchestra Hall. Mahler's "Titan" will take place Thursday, February 24 at 7:30 p.m., Friday, February 25 at 8 p.m., and Saturday, February 26 at 8 p.m. at Orchestra Hall.
The February 19 and 26 performances will also be webcast for free at dso.org and via Facebook Live as part of the DSO’s Live from Orchestra Hall series. The February 18 concert will be broadcast and streamed live on 90.9 WRCJ in Detroit and a network of stations across Michigan.
Tickets for these performances start at $15 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 and made possible by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Digital programming is produced from the Al Glancy Control Room. The William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series is made possible by a generous grant from the William Davidson Foundation. WRCJ 90.9 FM also supports the series.
PVS Classical Series
Friday, February 18 at 10:45 a.m.
Saturday, February 19 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, February 20 at 3 p.m.
Jader Bignamini, conductor
Hunter Eberly, trumpet
Beethoven regarded his Seventh Symphony as one of his best works. Its first audience enthusiastically welcomed its rhythmic energy and spontaneity. They also instantly demanded an encore of the second movement, a march-like procession among his most recognizable works. British composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor's Symphonic Variations on an African Air showcases his vast sense of harmony, color, and scope of instrumentation in his largest purely orchestral work.
SAMUEL COLERIDGE-TAYLOR Symphonic Variations on an African Air, Op. 63
ALEXANDER ARUTIUNIAN Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92
Wednesday, February 23 at 7 p.m.
Jiamin Wang, violin
Alexander Volkov, violin
Mike Chen, viola
David Ledoux, cello
Experience a program curated and performed by DSO Musicians away from Orchestra Hall. As part of the DSO's community initiatives, audiences experience music in their neighborhoods.
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN String Quartet No. 13, Op. 130
PVS Classical Series
Thursday, February 24 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, February 25 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, February 26 at 8 p.m.
Jader Bignamini, conductor
Randall Goosby, violin
Gustav Mahler carried the symphony from its line of Romantic composers such as Beethoven, Berlioz, and Brahms. His first symphony, aptly named "Titan," set in motion his legacy as a symphonist with visions of nature, and a finale of thunderbolts and lightning. Speaking of titans, violinist Randall Goosby makes his DSO debut performing Mozart's Fifth Violin Concerto. The New York Times raved that in Goosby's Carnegie Hall debut he "exerted a masterly level of control and lavished an exquisite tone…his performance won him a deserved standing ovation for its sheer virtuosity."
GUSTAV MAHLER "Blumine" Movement from Symphony No. 1 in D major
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K. 219
GUSTAV MAHLER Symphony No. 1 in D major, "Titan"
About Hunter Eberly
Principal Trumpet of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (Lee and Floy Barthel Chair), Hunter Eberly has performed as Guest Principal Trumpet with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Cincinnati Symphony, the Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec, the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Grand Rapids Symphony. He has also served as principal trumpet of the Jacksonville Symphony and the Grand Teton Festival Orchestra and has performed and toured with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In addition to classical playing, Eberly enjoys playing many other genres of music. Most notably, he has performed with many Motown’s greatest performers including Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, The 4 Tops, and Mary Wilson of The Supremes.
As a soloist, Eberly has performed numerous times with the DSO, including concerti by Tomasi, Haydn, Arutiunian, and Telemann. His 2016 performances of John Williams’s Trumpet Concerto were recorded on the Naxos label.
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.
A passionate educator, Eberly has served as lecturer at several Michigan universities, and has given masterclasses and recitals at conservatories and universities throughout North America. Eberly maintains a small private teaching studio and regularly coaches college students and young professionals in audition preparation.
Eberly is a Yamaha Performing Artist.
About Randall Goosby
Signed exclusively to Decca Classics in 2020 at the age of 24, American violinist Randall Goosby is acclaimed for the sensitivity and intensity of his musicianship alongside his determination to make music more inclusive and accessible, as well as bringing the music of under-represented composers to light.
June 2021 marked the release of Goosby’s debut album for Decca entitled Roots, a celebration of African American music which explores its evolution from the spiritual through to present-day compositions.
Goosby is an award-winning artist
and musical ambassador who has per- formed with orchestras across the United States. He is deeply passionate about inspiring and serving others through education, social engagement, and outreach activities.
Goosby made his debut with the Jacksonville Symphony at age nine. At age 13, he performed with the New York Philharmonic on a Young People’s Concert at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall and became the youngest recipient ever to win the Sphinx Concerto Competition. He is a recipient of Sphinx’s Isaac Stern Award and of a career advancement grant from the Bagby Foundation. A graduate of the Juilliard School, he continues his studies there, pursuing an Artist Diploma under Itzhak Perlman and Catherine Cho. An active chamber musician, he has spent his summers studying at the Perlman Music Program, Verbier Festival Academy, and Mozarteum Summer Academy among others.
Randall Goosby plays a 1735 Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesu on generous loan from the Stradivari Society.
About Jader Biganmini
Jader Bignamini was introduced as the 18th music director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in January 2020, commencing with the 2020-2021 season. He kicked off his tenure as DSO Music Director with the launch of DSO Digital Concerts in September 2020, conducting works by Copland, Puccini, Tchaikovsky, and Saint-Georges. His infectious passion and artistic excellence set the tone for the season ahead, creating extraordinary music and establishing a close relationship with the orchestra. A jazz aficionado, he has immersed himself in Detroit’s rich jazz culture and the influences of American music.
A native of Crema, Italy, Jader studied at the Piacenza Music Conservatory and began his career as a musician (clarinet) with Orchestra Sinfonica La Verdi in Milan, later serving as the group’s resident conductor. Captivated by the symphonies of greats like Mahler and Tchaikovsky, Jader explored their complexity and power, puzzling out the role that each instrument played in creating a larger-than-life sound. When he conducted his first professional concert at the age of 28, it didn’t feel like a departure, but an arrival.
In the years since, Jader has conducted some of the world’s most acclaimed orchestras and opera companies in venues across the globe including working with Riccardo Chailly on concerts of Mahler’s Eighth Symphony in 2013 and his concert debut at La Scala in 2015 for the opening season of La Verdi Orchestra. Recent highlights include debuts with the Houston, Dallas, and Minnesota symphonies; Osaka Philharmonic and Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo; with the Metropolitan Opera, Vienna State Opera, and Dutch National Opera (Madama Butterfly); Bayerische Staatsoper (La Traviata); I Puritani in Montpellier for the Festival of Radio France; Traviata in Tokyo directed by Sofia Coppola; Andrea Chénier at New National Theatre in Tokyo; Rossini’s Stabat Mater at Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, Italy; Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle at Teatro dell’Opera in Rome; return engagements with Oper Frankfurt (La forza del destino) and Santa Fe Opera (La Bohème); Manon Lescaut at the Bolshoi; Traviata, Madama Butterfly, and Turandot at Arena of Verona; Il Trovatore and Aida at Rome’s Teatro dell’Opera; Madama Butterfly, I Puritani, and Manon Lescaut at Teatro Massimo in Palermo; Simon Boccanegra and La Forza del Destino at the Verdi Festival in Parma; Ciro in Babilonia at Rossini Opera Festival; and La Bohème, Madama Butterfly, and Elisir d’amore at La Fenice in Venice.
When Jader leads an orchestra in symphonic repertoire, he conducts without a score, preferring to make direct eye contact with the musicians. He conducts from the heart, forging a profound connection with his musicians that shines through both onstage and off. He both embodies and exudes the excellence and enthusiasm that has long distinguished the DSO’s artistry.
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. 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 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 eight 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.