DSO Musicians announce 5 February Concerts

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Detroit—The musicians of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra have announced five concerts for February. Those will follow their next concert, Saturday, January 22, 8 pm, which will be videocast live over the internet.

Two of the concerts introduce a new series, the musicians of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in concert together with students in a high school music program—the first, Tuesday, February 8, with L’Anse Creuse North High School students at John Armstrong Performing Arts Center in Clinton Township; the second, Wednesday, February 16 , with Groves High School students in Beverly Hills.

The musicians’ first February concert, “Pituch Plays Mozart,” will be Saturday, February 5, 8 pm, at Kirk in the Hills (1340 West Long Lake Road, Bloomfield Hills), with David Mairs conducting and DSO Principal Horn Karl Pituch soloist in Mozart’s Horn Concerto No. 2 in E-flat major, K.417. Also on the program: Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048 and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 90, the Italian Symphony.

The February 8 program with L’Anse Creuse High School North students at the John Armstrong Performing Arts Center (24600 Frederick Pankow Blvd., Clinton Township) will feature the L’Anse Creuse Select Ensemble under Choral Director Evey Simon, with pianist Charlotte Beach. On the program: Pachelbel’s Canon in D major, Faure’s Sanctus and In Paradisum from the Requiem, and Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony.

The second in the In Concert Together series, with Beverly Hills’ Grove High School students, will feature the students, conducted by Paul L. Sawyer, in Mvt. 1 of the Brandenburg Concerto No.3, Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings, Mvt. 3, Elegie, and Holst’s St. Paul’s Suite, Finale “The Dargason.”

The DSO musicians, conducted by Christopher Confessore, will perform Barber’s Violin Concerto, Mvt. 1 (with Groves High School student Margaret Starr as soloist); and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67.

Next, on Sunday, February 20, 7:30 pm, will be “Tocco Plays Rachmaninoff” at St. Hugo (2215 Opdyke Road, Bloomfield Hills), with James Tocco playing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2. Also on the program: Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade. The concert will be conducted by Mr. Confessore.

Closing February’s concerts, Sunday the 26th, 8 pm, will be the Cut Time Players at First Presbyterian Church of Royal Oak (529 Hendrie Blvd.). In honor of Black History Month, the chamber music ensemble founded by DSO bassist and 2010 Kresge Artist Fellow Rick Robinson and seven colleagues, will play selections from Scott Joplin, Duke Ellington, Antonin Dvorak, Grant Still, Adolphus Hailstork, and Robinson in a Classical Roots concert.

The conductors, soloists, musicians, and stage crews will be donating their services to support the DSO’s musicians, who are in the 16th week of their strike to save the internationally renowned orchestra from being turned by management into a second class orchestra.

Tickets are $25 for general admission, $35 for preferred seating, and $50 for premium seating for the “Pituch Plays Mozart” and “Tocco Plays Rachmaninoff” concerts; $20 for general admission and $50 for premium seating for the Cut Time Players concert; $25 for general admission and $50 for premium seating for the L’Anse Creuse concert; and $20 for general admission and $50 for premium seating for the Groves concert. Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.detroitsymphonymusicians.org or at the door pending availability.

For more information about the musicians, visit: www.detroitsymphonymusicians.org


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  • Laroy Johnson

    This is great community outreach. Keep up the good work of spreading the music of dso to all areas of the D!

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