Principal Trumpet Hunter Eberly will be featured soloist on upcoming DSO program conducted by Fabien Gabel, October 18-20

- October 19 concert—also featuring Stravinsky’s Firebird—will be webcast for free at 

Detroit, (September 27, 2018) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will welcome conductor Fabien Gabel back to Orchestra Hall for a program that includes Tchaikovsky’s Tempest Fantasy-Overture, Henri Tomasi’s trumpet concerto, and Stravinsky’s Song of the Nightingale and FirebirdSuite. Principal Trumpet Hunter Eberly (Lee and Floy Barthel Chair) will be the featured soloist on the Tomasi concerto.

The program is particularly literary: Tchaikovksy’s Tempest is based on the Shakespeare play of the same name, and both Stravinsky pieces are inspired by fairy tales and folklore. The Tomasi concerto, meanwhile, is one of the most celebrated and more difficult pieces to perform in the trumpet repertoire, and a rare opportunity to hear this instrument featured in the concert hall.

The concerts take place Thursday, October 18 at 7:30 p.m., Friday, October 19 at 10:45 a.m., and Saturday, October 20 at 8 p.m. at Orchestra Hall, within Midtown Detroit’s Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center.

One hour prior to the Thursday and Saturday night performances, guests are invited to enjoy an informative onstage Concert Talk about the program, hosted by Acting Assistant Conductor Yaniv Segal. These lectures and discussions will be made available for later viewing on the DSO’s YouTube channel.

Watch Live around the world: the Friday, October 19 concert will be webcast for free and via Facebook Live, as part of the DSO’s groundbreaking Live from Orchestra Hall series. The series is presented by Ford Motor Company Fund and made possible by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

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 Friday, October 19 performance. See below for more information about the ticket discount. Discounts are available for 19 concerts throughout the 2018-2019 Season, including six 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 DSO Classical Series is generously sponsored by PVS Chemicals, Inc.

About Fabien Gabel

Recognized inter­nationally as one of the stars of the new generation, Fabien Gabel is a regular guest of major orchestras in Europe, North America, and Asia. He has served as music director of the Quebec Symphony Orchestra since September 2013, and was recently appointed music director of the Orchestre Français des Jeunes (French Youth Orchestra).

Gabel has conducted leading orches­tras around the world, including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester in Hamburg, the DSO Berlin, Staatskappelle Dresden, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, Orchestra dell’Accademia Santa Cecilia di Roma, and the Seoul Philharmonic, among others. His rapidly-expanding U.S. presence has seen him leading the Cleveland Orchestra, Houston Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, San Diego Symphony Orchestra and more.

Gabel first attracted international attention in 2004 after winning the Donatella Flick Competition in London, which subsequently led to his appoint­ment as the London Symphony Orchestra’s assistant conductor for the 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons. Since then, the LSO has engaged him regularly as a guest conductor. He made his pro­fessional conducting debut in 2003 with the Orchestre National de France.

Born to a musical family in Paris, Gabel began studying trumpet at the age of six, honing his skills at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, which awarded him a First Prize in trumpet in 1996, and later at the Musik Hochschule of Karlsruhe. In 2002 he pursued his interest in conduct­ing at the Aspen Summer Music Festival, where he studied with David Zinman, who invited him to appear as a guest conductor at the Festival in 2009.

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 The Firebird begin at $15 and can be purchased at, by calling (313) 576-5111, or in-person at the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center Box Office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit).

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

Veterans, active military, and their families may use the code HEROES1819 to unlock $10 tickets for the Friday, October 19 concert. The code can be used at or by calling the Box Office at (313) 576-5111.

Performance Details

Thursday, October 18 at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, October 19 at 10:45 a.m.

Saturday, October 20 at 8 p.m.

Orchestra Hall at the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center

Fabien Gabel, conductor

Hunter Eberly, trumpet


  The Tempest Fantasy-Overture


  Concerto in C for Trumpet and Orchestra,

  Hunter Eberly, trumpet


  Le chant du rossignol (The Song of the Nightingale)

  Suite from The Firebird [1919 Revision]

About the DSO

Hailed by the New York Times as “cutting edge,” the internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra is known for trailblazing performances, visionary maestros, collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists, and an ardent commitment to Detroit. As a community-supported orchestra, generous giving by individuals and institutions at all levels drives the continued success and growth of the institution. Esteemed conductor Leonard Slatkin, called “America’s Music Director” by the Los Angeles Times, became the DSO’s 12th Music Director, endowed by the Kresge Foundation, in 2008. The 2017-2018 Season marked Slatkin’s tenth and final year in the role, and in 2018-2019 he returns as Music Director Laureate. Acclaimed conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik serves as Principal Pops Conductor, while celebrated trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard holds the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair. With growing attendance and unwavering philanthropic support from the Detroit community, the DSO’s performance schedule includes Classical, Pops, Jazz, Young People’s, and Neighborhood concerts, and collaborations with high profile artists from Steven Spielberg to Ben Folds and Lang Lang. In July 2017, the DSO embarked on its first international tour in 16 years, making its debut in China and first visit to Japan in 19 years. A commitment 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. Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall within the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, one of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, the DSO actively pursues a mission to embrace and inspire individuals, families, and communities through unsurpassed musical experiences.