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Eleven Conductors Awarded the 2016 Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award

The Solti Foundation U.S. today announced the largest number of recipients to receive a Solti Foundation Career Assistance Award by the organization in one year, surpassing last year’s nine awards and bringing the number of such grants given by the Foundation in its twelve year history to 46. This year’s recipients hold positions throughout the [...]

Concert Review: Detroit Symphony Orchestra/Michelle Merrill – Carnival Overture, Incredible Flutist, Pastoral Symphony – Kevin Brown plays Vanhal’s Concerto for Double Bass [live webcast]

Colin Anderson Classical Source April 4, 2016 Link to article here   For the third time of asking with this programme, if the first in Orchestra Hall (the previous two were Neighborhood Series Concerts), assistant Michelle Merrill has this week made her “Classical season” conducting debut with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Merrill (her married name) [...]

Concert Review: A conductor and bassist take first star turns with DSO

Mark Stryker Detroit Free Press Staff Writer 4:15 p.m. EDT April 1, 2016 Link to article here There were two impressive debuts at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Thursday night concert at Congregation Shaarey Zedek in Southfield. Both were by young musicians from within the DSO family. Principal bassist Kevin Brown played his first concerto with the ensemble, and assistant [...]

Assistant conductor and principal bassist debut at DSO

Michael Hodges Detroit News Fine Arts Writer 10:21pm EDT March 31, 2016 Link to article here Two members of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra are making their debuts in the classical series this weekend, a jump into the big leagues that’s a resume builder and a landmark professional accomplishment. Assistant conductor Michelle Merrill and principal bass [...]

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra never looked so good, provides laughs on April Fools Day

WXYZ Detroit POSTED: 9:34 AM, Apr 1, 2016 UPDATED: 9:53 AM, Apr 1, 2016 Link to article here (WXYZ) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra never looked so good. Who needs traditional concert tails when you could sport Carhartt bib overalls? DSO is setting aside its 129-year outfit history to partner with a fellow Detroit institution for a [...]

DSO’s Michelle Merrill: Conducting is a collaboration

Mark Stryker Detroit Free Press Staff Writer 12:05 a.m. EDT March 30, 2016 Link to article here   This is a big week for Michelle Merrill, the 32-year-old assistant conductor of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. The Texas native is in her second season with the DSO, and she has led the orchestra through innumerable young people’s concerts. She also [...]

Classical piece commemorating St. Augustine airs nationwide on NPR’s Performance Today

Posted: December 11, 2015 – 12:25pm  |  Updated: December 14, 2015 – 10:48am Link to article here Link to show on NPR’s Performance Today here hjkh The St. Augustine Music Festival’s orchestral present to the city for its 450th anniversary will be heard nationwide Monday on “Performance Today,” America’s most popular classical music radio program. “St. Augustine Suite for [...]

Who We’re Watching: 3 Cultural Organization Leaders to Watch

Hour Detroit / July 2015 / Who We’re Watching Published: June 22, 2015 Original posting here. People watching is always a fascinating pastime. So who are the personalities metro Detroiters are talking about? Who’s new in town or new on the job? Which social activists/organizations continue to fight the good fight? Who do we follow, [...]

DSO presents ‘Star Wars’ music beneath the stars

George Bulanda Special to The Detroit News 5:35 p.m. EDT July 9, 2015 Original posting here. Ardent “Star Wars” music fans won’t have to travel to a galaxy very far away when the Detroit Symphony Orchestra performs selections from the six films Sunday at Meadow Brook Music Festival. The outdoor venue, the former summer home [...]

DSO returns to Greenfield Village: Cue cannons and fireworks

Mark Stryker, Detroit Free Press 9:52 a.m. EDT, July 2, 2015 Link to article here. Last year, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra drew audiences of nearly 30,000 for its annual “Salute to America” concerts at Greenfield Village. Clearly, the formula for these concerts, now in their 23rd year, is working. Don’t expect any major changes this [...]