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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 [...]

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Symphony honoring St. Augustine’s 450th debuts

Conductor Michelle Merrill and members of the St. Augustine Music Festival Orchestra applaud composer Piotr Szewczyk after the first public performance of  his “St. Augustine Suite.”   ‘St. Augustine Suite for Chamber Orchestra’ funded by Kickstarter campaign Author: Steve Patrick, Managing editor of digital content, Published On: Jun 28 2015 11:38:54 AM EDT   Updated On: Jun [...]

“St Augustine Suite” by Piotr Szewczyk Astonishes In Its Beauty

June 28, 2015 Original posting here. The “St Augustine Suite” by Piotr Szewczyk was performed for the first time on June 27th, 2015, at the Cathedral Basilica in the City of St Augustine. The suite was commissioned by the festival to commemorate the 450th anniversary of St Augustine. The large cathedral was packed to the [...]

DSO’s Live Webcast Spins Musical Tales for Students

May 14, 2015 Pat Batcheller Senior News Editor & WDET Host, Morning Edition Listen to the broadcast here   The Detroit Symphony Orchestra‘s first classroom edition of its free webcast series reached almost 50,000 students nationwide last fall. The second such performance is scheduled for Thursday morning live from Orchestra Hall. Assistant Conductor Michelle Merrill tells WDET’s Pat Batcheller [...]

DIA hosts DSO for Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo-themed “The Keeper and the Dove”

Monday, March 30, 2015 Pamela Marcil 313-833-7899 Original posting found here.   (Detroit)—The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will present “The Keeper and the Dove,” a work for soprano and chamber orchestra, at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) on April 8 at 7 p.m. at the DIA’s Detroit Film Theatre. Tickets are $20 for [...]

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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 [...]

Classical music: Top 10 performances of 2014

Scott Cantrell Classical Music Critic Dallas Morning News 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 [...]