Program features iconic classic rock hits and ballads from Hollywood blockbusters including Back to the Future, Rocketman, Rock of Ages, A Star is Born, and Grease
Tickets on sale now at dso.org
Detroit, (March 29, 2023) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will continue its PNC Pops Series at Orchestra Hall with Hollywood Rocks on April 21-22 conducted by Stuart Chafetz and featuring acclaimed vocalists Julie Reiber and Bryce Ryness. In this program, the DSO rolls out the red carpet of classic rock hits and ballads that power up the big screen of Hollywood. The program will include cherished music from Elvis, Queen, The Beatles, The Who, and memorable Hollywood films Back to the Future, Rocketman, Grease, Rock of Ages, and A Star is Born.
Hollywood Rocks will take place on Friday, April 21 at 10:45 a.m. and 8 p.m. and Saturday, April 22 at 8 p.m. at Orchestra Hall.
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.
Tickets for these performances start at $19 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 PNC Pops Series is PNC Bank.
PNC Pops Series
Friday, April 21 at 10:45 a.m. and 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 22 at 8 p.m.
Stuart Chafetz, conductor
Julie Reiber, vocalist
Bryce Ryness, vocalist
Lights, Camera, Rock! The DSO rolls out the red carpet of classic rock hits and ballads that power up the big screen of Hollywood. Sing along to cherished music from Elvis, Queen, The Beatles, The Who, and memorable Hollywood films Back to the Future, Rocketman, Grease, Rock of Ages, and A Star is Born.
About Stuart Chafetz
Stuart Chafetz is the Principal Pops Conductor of the Columbus Symphony and the newly appointed Principal Pops Conductor of the Chautauqua and Marin symphonies. Chafetz, a conductor celebrated for his dynamic and engaging podium presence, is increasingly in demand with orchestras across the continent. This season, he will be on the podium with Detroit, Houston, Milwaukee, Naples, Philly Pops, Cincinnati Pops, and Pittsburgh. He enjoys a special relationship with The Phoenix Symphony where he leads multiple programs annually.
He previously held posts as resident conductor of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and associate conductor of the Louisville Orchestra. As principal timpanist of the Honolulu Symphony for twenty years, Chafetz would also conduct the annual Nutcracker performances with Ballet Hawaii and principals from the American Ballet Theatre. It was during that time that Chafetz led numerous concerts with the Maui Symphony and Pops. He has led numerous Spring Ballet performances at the world-renowned Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.
In the summers, Chafetz spends his time at the Chautauqua Institution, where he conducts the annual Fourth of July and Opera Pops.
Chafetz makes his home near San Francisco, CA, with his wife Ann Krinitsky. He holds a bachelor’s degree in music performance from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati and a master’s degree from the Eastman School of Music.
About Julie Reiber
Julie Reiber’s versatility allows her to play a wide range of roles and sing in many styles. Classically trained with a BFA in vocal performance and a minor in acting from Western Washington University, Reiber has the ability to perform a variety of roles including Maureen in the National Tour of RENT, Rose Stopnick in Tony Kushner’s Caroline or Change at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, MN, and Betty Haynes in the classic White Christmas at the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia, PA. Other favorite regional performances include the quirky, outlandish Connie Bradshaw in the World Premiere performance of Tales of the City at A.C.T. in San Francisco singing the music of the Scissor Sisters, as well as Cathy in Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years at the Berkshire Theatre Festival, Turn Back O Man in Godspell at the Paper Mill Playhouse, and Amneris in AIDA (Henry Award Best Supporting Actress) at The Arvada Center.
Reiber has performed as a soloist with symphonies across the world including the Korean Symphony in the Olympic Hall in Seoul, Korea. She also wowed audiences with her stunning rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner at Dodgers Stadium.
As a singer/songwriter, Reiber has conceived and performed numerous solo shows in New York, but her greatest solo achievement to date is releasing her debut solo album, Love Travels, in April of 2012. Recorded at the legendary Avatar Studios, the album is a fusion of Broadway, pop, folk, and R&B/soul.
About Bryce Ryness
Bryce Ryness began his professional career in a seemingly inauspicious way—as a business major at the University of Southern California and member of the collegiate acappella group The SoCal VoCals. Since then, he has enjoyed a multi-decade career boasting five Broadway shows, twelve television appearances, seven Off- Broadway shows, three cast albums, two personal albums, and playing more than 50 cities on two different national tours.
On Broadway, he garnered critical acclaim as Miss Trunchbull in the record-breaking, final company of Matilda, and has performed in HAIR (2009 Tony Award-winning revival; Woof, Drama Desk nominated), First Date, Leap of Faith, Legally Blonde: The Musical, Peter Pan Live!, It Could Be Worse, and Shades of Blue. His Off- Broadway productions include HAIR, Crossing Brooklyn, Sleeping Beauty Wakes, and Floyd Collins.
As a vocalist, he has been featured as principal soloist with the Boston Pops, Houston Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Hollywood Bowl, and others.
About the DSO
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.