classical music http://michiganradio.org en Yo Yo Ma playing with Detroit kids might make your heart melt http://michiganradio.org/post/yo-yo-ma-playing-detroit-kids-might-make-your-heart-melt <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/144204203&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Cellist&nbsp;Yo&nbsp;Yo&nbsp;Ma and a few other renowned artists were in Detroit this week, working with some very young musicians.</p><p>"Can we say 'Tchaikovsky'?"</p><p>"Tchaikovsky!" screamed a classroom of&nbsp;obedient&nbsp;fourth graders. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Kate Wells 17197 at http://michiganradio.org Yo Yo Ma playing with Detroit kids might make your heart melt How diversity can help Michigan arts organizations http://michiganradio.org/post/how-diversity-can-help-michigan-arts-organizations <p>Gabriela Frank is probably not what comes to mind when you think of a contemporary classical music composer. &nbsp;For starters, she considers herself a hippie.</p><p> “I was born in the 1970s in Berkeley, California, during the Vietnam protests," says Frank. "My dad was a nice Jewish boy from the Bronx who married a Peruvian woman from the coast. I’m also a woman and I have a hearing loss, so technically I’m disabled as well.”</p><p></p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Kyle Norris 17029 at http://michiganradio.org How diversity can help Michigan arts organizations After 42 years, the hero of Detroit's Opera steps aside http://michiganradio.org/post/after-42-years-hero-detroits-opera-steps-aside <div><p>The man who helped turn the Michigan Opera Theatre into one of Detroit's most prestigious arts centers, is stepping aside as general director after 42 years.</p><p>David DiChiera is an institution in Detroit: he started the Opera in 1971 and he's been running it ever since.</p><p>And it's thanks to his fundraising efforts that Detroit even still HAS an Opera, given how hard the recession hit the arts.</p><p>Now DiChiera is 78, has prostate cancer, and is bringing in a new president and&nbsp; CEO to run the financial side.</p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 20:24:04 +0000 Kate Wells 15601 at http://michiganradio.org After 42 years, the hero of Detroit's Opera steps aside The University of Michigan was selected for the 'Gershwin Initiative' http://michiganradio.org/post/university-michigan-was-selected-gershwin-initiative <p>That's George Gershwin himself at the piano, playing his 1924 composition "Rhapsody in Blue."</p><p>As important as George Gershwin and his brother Ira are to the history of American music, there has never been a definitive edition of their joint body of work.</p><p>That is about to change.</p><p>The entire music world sat up and took great notice of the announcement that the Gershwin family and the University of Michigan have formed a partnership called "The Gershwin Initiative" that will ultimately bring Gershwin's music to students and audiences around the world.</p><p>Mark Clague is Associate Professor of Musicology at the U of M School of Music, Theatre and Dance, and he will be the editor-in-chief of the George and Ira Gershwin Critical Edition. He joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 20:02:00 +0000 Stateside Staff 14925 at http://michiganradio.org The University of Michigan was selected for the 'Gershwin Initiative' Stateside for Monday, October 21st, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-monday-october-21st-2013 <p>There's a labor shortage in West Michigan. Construction jobs are going unfilled. We look at what that means for the housing industry and the economy as a whole.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">And, after this weekend's loss to the Boston Red Sox, Tigers Manager Jim Leyland announced he's stepping down today.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We found out more about the man who led the Tigers to win the last three AL Central Division titles.</span></p><p>Also,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">George and Ira&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gershwin</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;are important figures in the history of American music, but there has never been a definitive edition of their joint body of work, but now the&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gershwin</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;family is teaming up with the University of Michigan to change that.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We spoke to the editor-in-chief of the George and Ira&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gershwin</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Critical Edition to find out more.</span></p><p>First on the show, <span style="line-height: 1.5;">Bridge Magazine is taking a close look at the challenges Michigan faces as we try to improve our education system.</span> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 19:37:31 +0000 Stateside Staff 14928 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Monday, October 21st, 2013 The Detroit Symphony Orchestra plays Carnegie Hall http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-symphony-orchestra-plays-carnegie-hall <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s been 17 years since the Detroit Symphony Orchestra has graced the stage of one of the most famous concert halls in the world - Carnegie Hall.</span></p><p>So it was big news for Michigan’s cultural scene when the DSO became one of the symphony orchestras chosen for the 2013 "Spring for Music." It's one week, five orchestras, and six concerts at Carnegie Hall.<br>&nbsp;<br>The DSO will perform two separate programs - one on May 9th, the second on May 10th.<br>&nbsp;<br>The music director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Maestro Leonard Slatkin, joined us from New York City today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em> Tue, 07 May 2013 21:11:59 +0000 Stateside Staff 12454 at http://michiganradio.org The Detroit Symphony Orchestra plays Carnegie Hall Songs From Studio East: A classical revolution http://michiganradio.org/post/classical-revolution <p></p><p>Rick Robinson is a bassist, arranger, composer and artistic director of Cut Time. John McLaughlin Williams is a violinist and Grammy award winning conductor.</p><p>Both musicians are part of Classical Revolution Detroit. Their mission is to take classical music to the people, whether in bars, clubs, or cafes, to demystify classical. The group will celebrate its second anniversary at The Majestic in Detroit Sunday December 16, from 7 to 10 pm. Go <a href="http://www.cuttime.com/">here</a> for more information.</p><p>Here's a video of Rick and John performing a Beethoven Duo, in Studio East. <em>Check back for more videos of the performance soon.</em></p><p>http://youtu.be/oIZ6CVSbwmE</p><p> Fri, 14 Dec 2012 23:17:36 +0000 Mercedes Mejia & Jennifer White 10386 at http://michiganradio.org Songs From Studio East: A classical revolution Music partnership blossoming between New York's Lincoln Center and Grand Rapids http://michiganradio.org/post/music-partnership-blossoming-between-new-yorks-lincoln-center-and-grand-rapids <p>The Chamber Music Society of the Lincoln Center in New York City is partnering with a music center in Grand Rapids.</p><p>The prestigious center in New York will produce at least three concerts at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.scmc-online.org/">St. Cecilia Music Center</a> beginning this year. St. Cecilia Music Center was created 130 year ago in downtown Grand Rapids.</p> Wed, 01 Feb 2012 00:45:12 +0000 Lindsey Smith 6029 at http://michiganradio.org Music partnership blossoming between New York's Lincoln Center and Grand Rapids Artpod: Aretha Franklin is looking for next big opera star http://michiganradio.org/post/artpod-aretha-franklin-looking-next-big-opera-star <p>We kick of the first <a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/artpod">Artpod </a>of 2012 with an appearance by none other than the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin.</p><p>I interviewed Franklin last month about her <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/attn-young-classical-singers-aretha-franklin-wants-hear-you">search for the next great opera star</a>. That&#39;s right, opera star. Franklin wants to get in on the singing contest circuit, and she&#39;s turning her searchlight on the world of classical music.</p> Thu, 05 Jan 2012 02:48:41 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 5645 at http://michiganradio.org Artpod: Aretha Franklin is looking for next big opera star Attn young, classical singers: Aretha Franklin wants to hear from you http://michiganradio.org/post/attn-young-classical-singers-aretha-franklin-wants-hear-you <p>As&nbsp;we&nbsp;<a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/aretha-franklin-wants-find-next-great-opera-star">reported&nbsp;earlier this week</a>,&nbsp;Aretha Franklin is searching for the next great opera singer. If you&#39;re 18-40 years old and classically trained, the Queen of Soul wants to hear from you:</p><p>&quot;Some of the older classical singers like Jessye Norman, and Leontyne [Price],&nbsp;Barbara Hendricks...they are retiring, they&rsquo;re not singing anymore, and I&rsquo;d like to see some younger singers come along and take their place,&quot; explains Franklin.</p> Fri, 09 Dec 2011 17:29:23 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 5320 at http://michiganradio.org Attn young, classical singers: Aretha Franklin wants to hear from you Aretha Franklin wants to find the next great opera star http://michiganradio.org/post/aretha-franklin-wants-find-next-great-opera-star <p>Calling all opera singers: <a href="http://www.aretha-franklin.com/">Aretha Franklin</a> wants to hear from you.</p><p>The Queen of Soul says she wants to find the next <a href="http://www.kennedy-center.org/explorer/artists/?entity_id=3781">Jessye Norman</a> or <a href="http://www.barbarahendricks.com/home.htm">Barbara Hendricks</a>:</p><p>&quot;Some of the older classical singers have retired and they&rsquo;re not singing anymore, and I&rsquo;d like to see some younger singers come along and take their place.&quot;</p> Mon, 05 Dec 2011 21:55:40 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 5256 at http://michiganradio.org Aretha Franklin wants to find the next great opera star Contract allows GR Symphony “to focus on making music” http://michiganradio.org/post/contract-allows-gr-symphony-%E2%80%9C-focus-making-music%E2%80%9D <p>The Grand Rapids Symphony <a href="http://www.grsymphony.org/press/grand-rapids-symphony-and-musicians-agree-four-year-contract">has reached a labor agreement </a>with its 80 musicians. The deal comes after several months of intense contract negotiations.&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;Someone counted that we had 29 meetings during the summer,&rdquo; said Peter Kjome, Grand Rapids Symphony President and CEO.</p> Fri, 16 Sep 2011 17:34:11 +0000 Lindsey Smith 4183 at http://michiganradio.org Contract allows GR Symphony “to focus on making music” Sphinx founder Aaron Dworkin to serve on National Council of the Arts http://michiganradio.org/post/sphinx-founder-aaron-dworkin-serve-national-council-arts <p>Aaron Dworkin, founder of&nbsp; the Detroit-based <a href="http://www.sphinxmusic.org/">Sphinx Organization</a>, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve on the National Council on the Arts. Dworkin is President Obama&#39;s first appointment to the Council.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.nea.gov/about/NCA/About_NCA.html">National Council on the Arts</a> advises the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, currently Rocco Landsman, about policies and programs.</p><p>Dworkin founded the Sphinx Organization in 1996 with the goal of &quot;building diversity in classical music.&quot;</p> Wed, 10 Aug 2011 21:45:35 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 3694 at http://michiganradio.org Sphinx founder Aaron Dworkin to serve on National Council of the Arts Detroit Symphony extends CEO's contract http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-symphony-extends-ceos-contract <p>The Detroit Symphony Orchestra will keep its executive director for the next few years.&nbsp; The DSO announced this afternoon&nbsp;that its Board of Directors renewed CEO Ann Parsons&rsquo; contract through 2014.&nbsp;</p><p>Parsons led the Detroit Symphony through the recent dispute with its unions that shutdown the DSO for much of the past year.&nbsp; The six month strike came to an end after musicians agreed to a 25%&nbsp;cut in pay.&nbsp;</p><p>In hopes of luring back its fans, the DSO is cutting ticket prices for the upcoming symphony season.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 03 Jun 2011 21:02:26 +0000 Steve Carmody 2750 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit Symphony extends CEO's contract DSO announces its 2011-2012 season http://michiganradio.org/post/dso-announces-its-2011-2012-season <p>The <a href="http://detroitsymphony.com/">Detroit Symphony Orchestra</a> announced its 2011-2012 season today.&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/detroit-symphony-orchestra-rehersals-begin-today">The DSO is trying to recover from a contract dispute</a> between its management and musicians that scuttled much of the 2010-2011 season.&nbsp;&nbsp; The DSO is late in announcing its 2011-2012 season plans.&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/detroit-symphony-announce-2011-12-season-week">A Chicago based arts consultant</a> says the late announcement will p Fri, 20 May 2011 16:23:34 +0000 Steve Carmody 2589 at http://michiganradio.org DSO announces its 2011-2012 season Detroit Symphony to announce 2011-12 season this week http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-symphony-announce-2011-12-season-week <p>The <a href="http://www.dso.org/">Detroit Symphony Orchestra</a> will announce its 2011-12 season on Friday, May 20. Most orchestras <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/fate-detroit-symphonys-2011-12-season-still-unknown">announced</a> their seasons months ago, but the DSO had to postpone its plans because of a six-month musicians&rsquo; <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/detroit-symphony-orchestra-strike-has-officially-ended">strike</a>.</p> Sun, 15 May 2011 19:23:03 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 2502 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit Symphony to announce 2011-12 season this week Detroit Symphony musicians return to stage, first time since strike http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-symphony-musicians-return-stage-first-time-strike <p><a href="http://dso.org">The Detroit Symphony Orchestra musicians</a> returned to the stage today for a rehearsal - their first since they went on strike last October.</p><p>The orchestra is rehearsing for <a href="http://www.dso.org/page.aspx?page_id=703">two concerts</a> this weekend, both of which sold out almost instantly. <a href="http://www.leonardslatkin.com/">Leonard Slatkin</a>, the DSO&rsquo;s music director, says it helped that the tickets were free. He says &quot;the real test is going to come next season when we try to see if we can sustain the positive energy that&#39;s been a result of this settlement.&quot;</p><p>Leonard Slatkin, who was uncharacteristically quiet during the strike, says he&rsquo;s very excited to be back. He says as the DSO moves forward, it will have a bigger and stronger presence not only in Detroit, but in the suburbs, too:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;Another plus of the strike is more people that didn&rsquo;t know about us, know about us! We were in the news all the time, and we need to capitalize on that. An orchestra is an institution that only appeals to a relatively small percentage of a given population in any city; now we at least have a recognizable name.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>Slatkin says people will begin to the see the &quot;hand-print&quot; of what the new model for the orchestra will be as we move into the Spring season, and he says &quot;no decisions will be taken without the complete consent of the orchestra.&quot; Thu, 07 Apr 2011 19:19:25 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 1963 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit Symphony musicians return to stage, first time since strike Detroit Symphony may face "steep" hills once strike is resolved http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-symphony-may-face-steep-hills-once-strike-resolved <p>The <a href="http://dso.org">Detroit Symphony Orchestra</a> musicians strike may be nearing its end, but there&rsquo;s still a lot of work that needs to be done to get things back on track at Orchestra Hall.</p><p>For starters, the organization has to figure out how to overcome some &lsquo;image&rsquo; problems that come with a six-month strike.</p><p>Elizabeth Weigandt is a DSO spokeswoman. She says it hasn&rsquo;t been pretty to watch the strike unfold, and some patrons may not be happy with how things were handled over the last six months, but &quot;we&#39;re hoping that as we get back to making music for them, doing what they love, they will be able to let go of what&rsquo;s happened, just as we will, and move on to an even better future.&quot;</p><p>Then there&#39;s the music. Nearly all of the current season has been lost to the strike, and the summer season was threatened as well. But Weigandt says the summer season is back on and she doesn&rsquo;t think the<a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/fate-detroit-symphonys-2011-12-season-still-unknown"> 2011-12 season</a> will be delayed:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;Obviously we have to move quickly to get the word out about what next season will be, but we do have a lot of interest. We will probably make the announcement as soon as we can. I would say within the next couple weeks.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>Neither side has released details about the proposed contract. Tue, 05 Apr 2011 20:36:15 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 1924 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit Symphony may face "steep" hills once strike is resolved Fate of Detroit Symphony's 2011-12 season still unknown http://michiganradio.org/post/fate-detroit-symphonys-2011-12-season-still-unknown <p>The <a href="http://dso.org">Detroit Symphony Orchestra</a> musicians strike is now in its 26<sup>th</sup> week and the remainder of the season has been canceled.</p><p>The <a href="http://nyphil.org/">New York Philharmonic</a>, the <a href="http://cso.org/">Chicago Symphony Orchestra</a>, the <a href="http://cincinnatisymphony.org/Home.php">Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra</a>, and many other orchestras around the country have announced their 2011-12 orchestra season, and tickets are already on sale.</p><p>The Detroit Symphony Orchestra has not been able to announce its upcoming season because of the current musicians&#39; strike.</p><p><a href="http://www.music.umich.edu/departments/musicology/MarkClague.htm">Mark Clague</a> says that&rsquo;s too bad because season subscriptions are an orchestra&rsquo;s bread and butter. Mon, 28 Mar 2011 15:27:07 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 1814 at http://michiganradio.org Fate of Detroit Symphony's 2011-12 season still unknown Future of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra still up in the air http://michiganradio.org/post/future-detroit-symphony-orchestra-still-air <p><a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/striking-detroit-symphony-orchestra-musicians-offer-return-work">Detroit Symphony Orchestra</a> musicians said last week they would return to the stage if management <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/striking-detroit-symphony-orchestra-musicians-offer-return-work">agreed to binding arbitration</a>. But management has yet to agree&hellip;so the musicians are still on strike.</p><p>Roland Zullo is a labor specialist at the <a href="http://umich.edu">University of Michigan</a>. He says binding arbitration is all about persuasion; which side can best convince a panel of the merits of their bargaining proposals:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;If management looked at their proposal carefully, weighed it against what&rsquo;s happening elsewhere in the industry and saw that they were on weak ground, they might refuse arbitration.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>Zullo says it would &quot;be good for the public&quot; for management to accept binding arbitration &quot;and get the Detroit Symphony Orchestra back up and operating again.&quot;</p><p>In a statement, a DSO spokeswoman said management proposed several ways to return the musicians to work. Tue, 08 Mar 2011 21:18:24 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 1551 at http://michiganradio.org Future of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra still up in the air