Detroit Symphony Orchestra http://michiganradio.org en Steven Spielberg to join Detroit Symphony for benefit http://michiganradio.org/post/steven-spielberg-join-detroit-symphony-benefit <p>DETROIT – Director Steven Spielberg and composer John Williams will join the Detroit Symphony Orchestra for a special benefit concert on June 14.</p><p>Williams will conduct the&nbsp;DSO&nbsp;as it performs selections from some of his most popular scores, including "Star Wars," "Harry Potter," "Jaws," "E.T.," "Indiana Jones," "Schindler's List" and more.</p><p>Spielberg will join Williams to host the second half of the evening. He'll present selections from his decades-long artistic collaboration with Williams, including selected film clips projected on an oversized screen above the orchestra.</p><p>Tickets will be available starting April 14 for the concert, which will benefit the Detroit Symphony. Both Spielberg and Williams are donating their services for the event.</p><p>Williams last conducted the&nbsp;DSO&nbsp;in 2008.</p><p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 20:34:02 +0000 The Associated Press 16607 at http://michiganradio.org Steven Spielberg to join Detroit Symphony for benefit Stateside for Tuesday, May 7th, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-tuesday-may-7th-2013 <p>On today's show: The U.S. Senate seat is open in Michigan come 2014. It's just sitting there for the taking. So, just who will take over the job opening after Carl Levin's retirement?</p><p>We'll speak with Congressman Gary Peters - Democrat - who has announced that he wants the job - and, we'll speak with a Republican strategist about why Republicans have yet to jump in the race. Just what does it mean for the GOP's chances if a candidate takes too long to announce?<br><br>And, then, later in the hour: a conversation with the music director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra: Maestro Leonard Slatkin. He's in New York as the DSO plays Carnegie Hall.<br><br>But first we go to Lansing where we've been following a bill that's working its way through the State Legislature.<br><br>The legislation would require people getting welfare benefits to pass a drug test in order to receive those benefits. The substance abuse screening would be required if there's "reasonable suspicion" that the person is using illegal drugs.</p><p>State Representative Jeff Farrington (R-Utica) sponsored the bill in the House. He says the government should not pay for people's drug habits. Wed, 08 May 2013 21:05:05 +0000 Stateside Staff 12450 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Tuesday, May 7th, 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 The Detroit Symphony Orchestra revival through community outreach http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-symphony-orchestra-revival-through-community-outreach-0 <p></p><p>The Great Recession presented a challenge to virtually every business and organization in Michigan.</p><p>During that time, it was either change the way you've always done things, or risk being swallowed up by the crumbling economy.<br><br>The Detroit Three automakers rose to the challenge and today, they're alive and thriving. And so did one of the state's cultural jewels: The Detroit Symphony Orchestra.</p><p>We recently spoke with DSO executive Vice President Paul Hogle and with Maestro Slatkin and it's clear that the mood is upbeat and optimistic at Orchestra Hall.</p><p>It was only two years when the Orchestra was amidst a very bitter musicians' strike ended. Since then good vibrations have been felt amongst the rank &amp; file.</p><p>The DSO has been using various kinds of community outreach and increasing it's web presence.</p><p>It has been getting the brand out there all around the area and the world without spending a lot of money. It is setting an example that many other arts organizations and non-profits from around the state can learn from.<br><br>Daniel Howes made the DSO the centerpiece of<a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130418/OPINION03/304180367/Howes--Detroit-Symphony-Orchestra-finds-key-to-revival-by-engaging-community"> his column today in the Detroit News</a>. We spoke with him&nbsp; to hear about the successes of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.</p><p>Listen to the full interview above. Thu, 18 Apr 2013 22:30:13 +0000 Stateside Staff 12202 at http://michiganradio.org The Detroit Symphony Orchestra revival through community outreach How to keep the Detroit Symphony Orchestra relevant http://michiganradio.org/post/how-keep-detroit-symphony-orchestra-relevant <p>The Detroit Symphony Orchestra has just wrapped up its Beethoven Festival to great acclaim and great ticket sales.</p><p>For the finale, they played Beethoven's Ninth Symphony in D-Minor.</p><p>The DSO streamed that final concert in hi-def over the internet. It's a clear sign that the DSO is finding new ways to reach more people to become a true 21st Century Orchestra and to become "the most accessible orchestra on the planet."<br><br>Just what does it take to keep the DSO thriving, and to make it a more "sustainable" business?</p><p>Paul Hogle is the man who has been tasked with that challenge. He's the Executive Vice President of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and he joined us today in the studio.</p><p><em>To listen to the full interview, click the audio above.</em><br><br><span lang="EN"> Wed, 06 Mar 2013 22:28:09 +0000 Stateside Staff 11559 at http://michiganradio.org How to keep the Detroit Symphony Orchestra relevant Stateside: Conducting the Detroit Symphony Orchestra http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-conducting-detroit-symphony-orchestra <p>The sounds of Beethoven have been ringing through Detroit's Orchestra Hall.<br>&nbsp;<br>Starting tonight and running through the weekend, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra tops off its Beethoven Festival in magnificent style: with Beethoven's Symphony Number 9 in D-Minor.<br>&nbsp;<br>These performances are the culmination of three weekends' worth of Beethoven.</p><p>Music Director Leonard Slatkin has been leading the DSO through all nine of Beethoven's Symphonies.</p><p>It's worth noting that it has been 36 years since the DSO served up all nine symphonies in one complete "serving", if you will.<br>&nbsp;<br>Maestro Leonard Slatkin joined us to talk about Beethoven's 9th and what it takes to be a maestro.</p><p><em>You can listen to the full Stateside interview above</em>.</p><p> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 22:21:58 +0000 Stateside Staff 11350 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: Conducting the Detroit Symphony Orchestra DSO hosts Kid Rock Saturday http://michiganradio.org/post/dso-hosts-kid-rock-saturday <p>The Detroit Symphony Orchestra will accompany Kid Rock in a benefit concert. The orchestra is carrying a 54-million dollar debt. The goal of the event is to raise 1-million dollars for the orchestra. That money will be used for community outreach and education efforts. The concert will be at the Fox Theater Saturday night. Paul Hogle is the Executive Vice President of the DSO. He says while the DSO has faced struggles, he&#39;s optimistic of the orchestra&#39;s future.</p> Fri, 11 May 2012 19:19:27 +0000 Mercedes Mejia 7437 at http://michiganradio.org DSO hosts Kid Rock Saturday Terence Blanchard to lead Detroit Symphony series http://michiganradio.org/post/terence-blanchard-lead-detroit-symphony-series <p>DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Symphony Orchestra has tapped jazz trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard to oversee its jazz series.</p><p>The orchestra announced Tuesday Blanchard will curate acts for the Paradise Jazz Series and contribute to community education. The five-time Grammy winner is serving as the Fred A. &amp; Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Chair.</p><p>Orchestra officials say Blanchard will make special guest appearances, serve as a host and at times perform with featured artists. His first appearance at Orchestra Hall in his role will be May 4 for a tribute to the musical relationship between jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie and Cuban percussionist Chano Pozo.</p><p>The Paradise Jazz Series is named for the Paradise Theatre, the name of Orchestra Hall during the 1940s after the symphony left and it temporarily closed. Tue, 20 Mar 2012 17:36:55 +0000 The Associated Press 6708 at http://michiganradio.org Terence Blanchard to lead Detroit Symphony series George Takei "makes it so" at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra this weekend http://michiganradio.org/post/george-takei-makes-it-so-detroit-symphony-orchestra-weekend <p><span class="hasCaption">4,887 &quot;likes&quot; and 217 &quot;shares&quot; on Facebook</span></p><p><span class="hasCaption">Those are the numbers you get when you&#39;re the helmsman of the Starship Enterprise, and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra hopes that will translate into tickets this weekend.</span></p><p><span class="hasCaption">George Takei, a.k.a &quot;Mr. Sulu&quot; will be performing with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra tonight and this weekend.</span></p><p>From Takei&#39;s <a href="http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=397521166944009&amp;set=a.223098324386295.105971.205344452828349&amp;type=1&amp;ref=nf">Facebook page</a>:</p><blockquote><p><span class="hasCaption">In my dressing room with stellar soprano Kristen Plumley at Friday&#39;s sci-fi concert by Detroit Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jack Everly. We&#39;re also doing concerts on Saturday eve and Sunday afternoon. If you&#39;re in the Detroit area, please join us at Orchestra Hall!</span></p></blockquote><p><span class="hasCaption">Here&#39;s a description of the <a href="http://www.dso.org/ShowEventsView.aspx?id=3152">DSO</a>&#39;s Sci-Fi Spectacular show:</span></p><blockquote><p><span id="ctl00_ContentPlaceHolder_DescriptionLB">Renowned pops conductor Jack Everly brings an out of this world production featuring music from <i>Star Wars, Star Trek, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The Day the Earth Stood Still</i> and more. Complete with an appearance by Mr. Sulu himself, George Takei!</span> Fri, 09 Mar 2012 21:04:32 +0000 Mark Brush 6575 at http://michiganradio.org George Takei "makes it so" at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra this weekend Kid Rock to headline benefit concert for Detroit Symphony Orchestra http://michiganradio.org/post/kid-rock-headline-benefit-concert-detroit-symphony-orchestra <p>An unlikely musical guest will headline a one-night-only concert in May to benefit the <a href="http://dso.org">Detroit Symphony Orchestra</a>.</p><p>Michigan musician and rapper <a href="http://www.kidrock.com/">Kid Rock</a> will headline the fundraising concert. The goal is to raise $1 million for the DSO; the orchestra faces a deficit of more than a $2 million this year.</p> Mon, 27 Feb 2012 21:22:41 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 6390 at http://michiganradio.org Kid Rock to headline benefit concert for Detroit Symphony Orchestra Detroit Symphony to host summer camp for metro Detroit teens http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-symphony-host-summer-camp-metro-detroit-teens <p><a href="http://www.dso.org/">Detroit Symphony Orchestra</a> musicians will share their expertise with metro Detroit teenagers at a new summer music camp.</p><p>The six-day camp is part of the DSO&#39;s new <a href="http://blog.dso.org/2012/02/mdso-dso-sos-announce-summer-program-for-metro-detroit-youth/">Avanti Summer MusicFest</a>, and is open to musicians ages 14 - 18.</p><p><a href="http://www.dso.org/page.aspx?page_id=371">Shelley Heron</a> is an oboist with the orchestra, and she&rsquo;ll be one of the instructors. Heron has taught at similar camps in Canada for decades. She says &quot;the biggest thrill is hearing them the first day and wondering, oh my gosh how are we ever going to get these kids to produce a concert at the end of the week? And then a little miracle happens.&quot;</p><p>In addition to master classes and workshops, the campers will perform side by side with DSO musicians on stage at Orchestra Hall.</p><p>There are no auditions for the camp; the first 140 students to apply will be accepted.&nbsp; It costs $300 to attend the camp, but Heron says &quot;we have raised financial aid funds in order to help those students who otherwise wouldn&rsquo;t be able to participate in an activity like this.&quot; Financial aid is available on a first come, first serve basis. Mon, 20 Feb 2012 20:00:22 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 6289 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit Symphony to host summer camp for metro Detroit teens Max Fisher Music Center to reopen after explosion http://michiganradio.org/post/max-fisher-music-center-reopen-after-explosion <p>DETROIT (AP) - The Max Fisher Music Center will reopen for business after Orchestra Hall was damaged in a weekend methane gas explosion that sent several manhole covers flying into the air.</p><p>The Detroit Symphony Orchestra says the Music Center will be open for business at 9 a.m. Tuesday and all events and concerts will resume as scheduled.</p><p>DSO officials say damage from the Sunday morning blast triggered by an underground cable failure was contained to a basement restroom of the original Orchestra Hall structure just north of downtown.</p><p>No injuries were reported.</p><p>The explosion forced Sunday&#39;s Sphinx 15 Finals Competition to be moved to the University of Michigan.</p><p>Tickets for Friday evening&#39;s Paradise Jazz Concert featuring Gretchen Parlato and Vijay Iyer, and this weekend&#39;s concerts featuring piano virtuoso Emanuel Ax, remain available. Tue, 14 Feb 2012 15:12:03 +0000 The Associated Press 6205 at http://michiganradio.org Max Fisher Music Center to reopen after explosion Detroit Symphony Orchestra offers free webcasts of concerts http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-symphony-orchestra-offers-free-webcasts-concerts <p>The Detroit Symphony Orchestra is offering <a href="http://www.dso.org/WebcastSchedule.aspx">enhanced webcasts</a> of its concerts this season.</p><p>A &quot;<a href="http://www.dso.org/ShowEventsView.aspx?id=3107">Live from Orchestra Hall</a>&quot; webcast will be held tomorrow night January 28, beginning at 7:50 p.m. Participants have to register before watching.</p><p>More from the Associated Press:</p><blockquote><p>The Detroit Symphony Orchestra is introducing a new webcast player designed to make online concert viewers feel as if they&#39;re in Orchestra Hall.</p><p>More than 30,000 people from over 40 countries are expected to view Saturday&#39;s high-definition &quot;Live from Orchestra Hall&quot; webcast.</p><p>The DSO says it&#39;s the only U.S. orchestra to offer a free series of webcasts.</p><p>The Symphony says the webcast player &quot;mimics the actual interior&quot; of Orchestra Hall. Dimming controls allow the virtual viewer to adjust lighting.</p><p>Saturday&#39;s webcast will feature a performance of Mozart&#39;s Horn Concerto No. 4.</p><p>The piece will be highlighted on a live repertoire tracker, and live program notes will post below the viewing window with trivia about the piece and the artists.</p></blockquote><p>Here&#39;s a promotional video from the DSO about it&#39;s webcasts:</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&amp;v=CsggQQ5_MFM Fri, 27 Jan 2012 20:33:50 +0000 Mark Brush 5978 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit Symphony Orchestra offers free webcasts of concerts A look back: Michigan Radio's arts and culture coverage http://michiganradio.org/post/look-back-michigan-radios-arts-and-culture-coverage <p>As part of Michigan Radio&#39;s end-of-year look back at some of the more notable stories, here&#39;s a collection of 2011 arts and culture stories that we feel deserve another look: Wed, 21 Dec 2011 19:53:21 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 5441 at http://michiganradio.org A look back: Michigan Radio's arts and culture coverage Detroit Symphony offers $20 tickets to city residents http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-symphony-offers-20-tickets-city-residents <p>Good news for classical music fans who live in Detroit. Detroit residents can now buy tickets to any <a href="http://dso.org">Detroit Symphony Orchestra</a> classical or jazz concert this season for $20.</p><p>Paul Hogle is executive vice president of the DSO. He says the new <a href="http://blog.dso.org/2011/10/breaking-news-dso-offers-exclusive-pricing-to-detroiters/">Detroit Rush Initiative</a> is one way the orchestra can &quot;connect more deeply&quot; to the city.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 17 Oct 2011 20:44:18 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 4610 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit Symphony offers $20 tickets to city residents Detroit Symphony's new season starts this weekend http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-symphonys-new-season-starts-weekend <p>The <a href="http://www.detroitsymphony.com/">Detroit Symphony Orchestra</a>&rsquo;s new season officially starts this weekend.</p><p>DSO executive vice president Paul Hogle says ticket sales for the orchestra&rsquo;s 2011-12 season are going pretty well as of right now. That&#39;s good news for an organization that lost around $1.8 million last year due to a six-month <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-symphony-orchestra-strike-has-officially-ended">musician&rsquo;s strike</a>.</p> Mon, 03 Oct 2011 14:09:14 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 4408 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit Symphony's new season starts this weekend Ford Auditorium to come down this Friday http://michiganradio.org/post/ford-auditorium-come-down-friday <p>10,000 buildings by the end of his first term in 2013</p><p>That&#39;s how many buildings Detroit Mayor Bing wants to bring down.</p><p>This Friday, the city says one of the 10,000 will be a big one - Ford Auditorium, former home of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.</p><p>From <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2011/07/demolition_of_ford_auditorium.html">MLive</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Ford Auditorium&#39;s date with the wrecking ball has been set for Friday afternoon, according to a release from the city of Detroit.<br /><br />Earlier this week, <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2011/06/team_works_to_save_historic_pi.html">workers removed the pipe organ</a> from the 55-year-old structure with a then-undetermined demolition date. Mayor Dave Bing will make some brief remarks at 11 a.m. before demolition begins.</p></blockquote><p>Here&#39;s a look inside the Auditorium from WXYZ:</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TcDhTXojsfk Thu, 07 Jul 2011 21:06:59 +0000 Mark Brush 3197 at http://michiganradio.org Ford Auditorium to come down this Friday 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