The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) returns to Orchestra Hall with the first performance of the 2009-10 season’s classical concerts featuring Music Director Leonard Slatkin at the podium and world-renowned violinist Midori center stage in Midori Plays Sibelius. Performances take place on Fri., Sept. 11 at 8 p.m. and Sat., Sept. 12 at 8:30 p.m. in Orchestra Hall.
The program, sponsored in part by Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn, features Dvořák’s Carnival Overture, violinist Midori in Sibelius’ Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, and to kick off the season’s exploration of American music, Copland’s Symphony No. 3, the final in a trilogy of significant American symphonies produced by the composer.
Internationally renowned conductor Leonard Slatkin began his critically-acclaimed tenure as Music Director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in the 2008-09 season. Additionally, he became Principal Guest Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in 2008-09. He completed his 12th and final season as Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra in June of 2008, and finished his three-year commitment as Music Advisor to the Nashville Symphony Orchestra this past June. Slatkin continues as Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Throughout the world, Slatkin’s performances have been distinguished by imaginative programming and highly praised interpretations of both the standard and contemporary symphonic repertoire. Additionally, he is well-known for his arts advocacy work on behalf of music education.
Highlights of his 2009-10 season include guest engagements with such prestigious orchestras as the Vienna Symphony, Orchestre National de Lyon and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He will lead several world premieres with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and appears on the podiums of the Metropolitan Opera and Santa Fe Opera.
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