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Critic’s Choice: Scott Cantrell’s Classical Music Highlights

Art & Seek | Anne Bothwell | December 30, 2014 9:55 AM Click here for original posting and audio.   Our Critic’s Choice series continues with Scott Cantrell, classical music critic for The Dallas Morning News.  He shares highlights from his annual Top 10 list. Excerpts and highlights from our conversation: Highlights from the DSO [...]

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Classical music: Top 10 performances of 2014

Scott Cantrell Classical Music Critic Dallas Morning News scantrell@dallasnews.com Published: 23 December 2014 06:07 PM Updated: 23 December 2014 06:07 PM Link to article here Classical-music programming in the area remains too unimaginative, but some of our core groups continue to advance in quality and sophistication. Dallas Symphony Orchestra musicians complain about music director Jaap [...]

DSO live streams concerts to 40,000 kids

9:20 pm Wed November 12, 2014 Michigan Radio Kate Wells Link to article here Between 40,000 and 50,000 classroom kids watched a live high-definition web stream of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra today, according to the DSO. The symphony says it’s the first concert of its kind, reaching kids across Detroit and Michigan. Paul Hogle is [...]

The Washington Post: Detroit Symphony launches 1st educational webcast

Associated Press November 12 at 4:30 PM link to article here DETROIT — The Detroit Symphony Orchestra took a tour of more than 400 schools Wednesday in its hometown and beyond, but the road trip was a virtual one. Orchestra officials launched the first in a series of educational webcasts with two back-to-back performances that [...]

Under the Big Top: Jacksonville Symphony Performs at Artwalk

Under the Big Top: Jacksonville Symphony Performs at Artwalk

Guest conductor Michelle Merrill leads the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra during First Wednesday Art Walk at Hemming Park Wednesday night, November 5, 2014 in Jacksonville, Florida. Photographs by Will Dickey and James Crichlow. View full galleries here and here.

Full symphony playing two concerts at ‘Musical Masquerade’ Art Walk

Jacksonville Daily Record Tuesday, November 4, 11:06 AM EST Max Marbut, Staff Writer mmarbut@jaxdailyrecord.com Link to article here Art, culture and music will be celebrated in historic style Wednesday in Hemming Park when Downtown Vision presents “Musical Masquerade,” the 11th anniversary edition of Art Walk. Mayor Alvin Brown’s office is scheduled to proclaim Wednesday “Arts [...]

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WDET 101.9 FM: Meeting Michelle Merrill

Detroit Symphony Orchestra Hires New Assistant Conductor: Meeting Michelle Merrill October 31, 2014 By Travis Wright http://wdet.org/news/story/detroit-symphony-orchestra-michelle-merrill/ The Detroit Symphony Orchestra has kicked-off its 2014 season, and as patrons make their way to the Max to take in the best classical music the region has to offer, they might see some new faces. Michelle Merrill [...]

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Meadows Music Alumna Michelle Merrill Named Assistant Conductor of Detroit Symphony

Conducting ensembles and the Meadows Symphony while at SMU provided valuable experience October 23, 2014 by Victoria Winkelman link to article here Michelle Merrill (B.M. in Music Education and B.M. in Saxophone Performance, ’06, and M.M. in Music Education and M.M. in Orchestral Conducting, ’12), has been named assistant conductor of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra [...]

Press Release: DSO SELECTS NEW ASSISTANT CONDUCTOR

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 Michelle Merrill to relocate from Jacksonville, conduct DSO in November DETROIT, (October 21, 2014) – Following a nationwide search, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) has selected Michelle Merrill, 30, as Assistant Conductor. She will relocate to Detroit from Jacksonville, Fla. where she guest conducts the Jacksonville Symphony, in addition to her [...]

Dallas Morning News Artsblog: SMU alum Merrill to be Detroit Symphony assistant conductor

Scott Cantrell/Classical Music Critic scantrell@dallasnews.com 6:20 pm on October 21, 2014 | Permalink Michelle Merrill, a conducting protégée of Paul Phillips at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, has been named assistant conductor of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Merrill gave a most impressive performance last March as a late replacement for Phillips in Shostakovich’s fearsomely [...]