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The DSO's Mozart Festival: A Homecoming of Wonderful Music

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 01.28.2017 | Detroit
Patrick O'Connor

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra is in the middle of its February festival, a mostly annual program where all of the concerts focus on one composer for ...

Detroit Symphony Orchestra Set to Perform The Music of David Bowie, Guest Conductor Brent Havens Talks of Orchestrating the Works of this Musical Genius

Kelly Frazier | Posted 06.06.2016 | Detroit
Kelly Frazier

David Bowie was one of those figures that we all felt like was immortal, something beyond just a regular human. He lived life outside of the social bo...

Hip-Hop, Electronic Soul Influenced Producer Taylor McFerrin Set to Play at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra's Mix @ The Max

Kelly Frazier | Posted 04.11.2016 | Detroit
Kelly Frazier

Coming from a life in which music has always been surrounding him, especially when you father is Bobby McFerrin, its no surprise that Taylor McFerrin ...

Detroit Symphony Orchestra Hosts Brahms Festival, DSO Music Director Leonard Slatkin Shares His Thoughts on Composer's Innovative Legacy

Kelly Frazier | Posted 02.09.2017 | Detroit
Kelly Frazier

Johannes Brahms is a 19th century German composer that wrote for piano, chamber ensembles, and symphony orchestras who was known as much of a traditio...

A Lesson for All

Leonard Slatkin | Posted 10.02.2016 | Arts
Leonard Slatkin

Usually, the first rehearsal for a new season is a straightforward affair. We make announcements, introduce new musicians and staff and get our collective chops together. Such was not the case in Detroit on a sunny Thursday morning.

World Renown Violinist Karen Gomyo to Perform Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 5 With the Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Kelly Frazier | Posted 05.20.2015 | Detroit
Kelly Frazier

If you really open yourself up to it, Mozart's music is anything but that. It's timeless, it's full of emotion, and it has everything to do with how we as humans feel, even today. In a world where most music burns heavy and burns out quickly, the flame of Mozart's music still burns as warmly as it did when he first wrote it.

Detroit Symphony Orchestra Celebrates the Life and Music of Russian Composer Tchaikovsky With Three Week Festival

Kelly Frazier | Posted 04.13.2015 | Detroit
Kelly Frazier

In tackling the life and times of Tchaikovsky, the DSO is really trying to do more than just play his music, but really dig deep into what made this man tick and why his music continues to be so relevant even today.

Where Has Curiosity Gone?

Leonard Slatkin | Posted 11.19.2014 | Arts
Leonard Slatkin

During the summer months, music festivals abound all over the globe. Some are fully professional and others are distinguished by their educational activities.

In Space, No One Can Hear You Play

Leonard Slatkin | Posted 08.13.2014 | Arts
Leonard Slatkin

Sam: "Stacy. My name is Sam Factotum, and I represent several artists who are interested in performing out of this world. I understand that there is fierce competition for who will be the first."

Where Did Our Musical Legacy Go?

Leonard Slatkin | Posted 05.18.2014 | Arts
Leonard Slatkin

While I was looking at not only the artists, but the programing as well, an astonishing statistic jumped out at me.

The Listener as Participant

Leonard Slatkin | Posted 04.30.2014 | Arts
Leonard Slatkin

Should other orchestras attempt this? That is up to them, but certainly each and every ensemble must find new ways to reach the public these days.

That Other Musical Minority

Leonard Slatkin | Posted 03.11.2014 | Arts
Leonard Slatkin

Virtually no American orchestras were engaging guest conductors from our own country under the age of 45. For the most part, aside from a few assistant conductorships, the younger generation of maestri is primarily limited to musicians from other countries. And at that, 45 may not be considered so young.

Orchestra Moving to the Internet

Leonard Slatkin | Posted 01.26.2014 | Arts
Leonard Slatkin

One method in particular has been a boon for us: Internet broadcasting of virtually all of our subscription concerts.

Lights, Camera, Music!

Leonard Slatkin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Leonard Slatkin

It would seem that after decades of derision, film scores are finally beginning to take their place as true descendants of opera, and they are now appreciated by not only film fans but concertgoers as well.

Regional Commerce

Leonard Slatkin | Posted 11.27.2013 | Arts
Leonard Slatkin

Words are wonderful and confusing things. On one hand they attempt to clarify our thoughts, but on the other, they lead us to yet more words that muddy up the water.

Making Stone Soup: How to Really Make Collaborative Innovation Work Where You Work

Jeff DeGraff | Posted 10.20.2013 | Business
Jeff DeGraff

An innovation only exists for a very brief moment before it goes sour like old soup. As with a chef trying new recipes, practice precedes mastery. The more you cook the better the dish.

Star-Spangled Baton?

Leonard Slatkin | Posted 07.18.2013 | Arts
Leonard Slatkin

No sooner had the announcement been made that Latvian conductor Andris Nelsons would become the new maestro for the Boston Symphony than some commentators started in on the perennial question, "Why do Americans rarely get a top flight music directorship in the United States?"

How Do You Get to Carnegie Hall?

Leonard Slatkin | Posted 07.03.2013 | Arts
Leonard Slatkin

On the corner of 57th and 7th Avenue sits the most famous concert hall in the world. No less a figure than when Tchaikovsky led the first performances in 1891.

Home, Sweet Homes

Leonard Slatkin | Posted 06.09.2013 | Arts
Leonard Slatkin

Lyon is the city that I have called my second home for the past two years. Being music director with two orchestras requires a very good set of plans and an even better understanding of the airlines. It also means that I must balance my roles in both Detroit and France.

Zombieland: American Orchestras Face Scary Future

David Beem | Posted 12.22.2012 | Arts
David Beem

These are heady times for the League of American Orchestras and their ilk. Hardly a week goes by without another orchestra lockout or strike. If ever the musicians needed an industry watchdog, it's today.

Rust Belt Bar.. Detroit Positive Doc.. Illegal Panhandling.. Strays Euthanasia Rate.. Veggie Delight

Rana Florida | Posted 10.27.2012 | Detroit
Rana Florida

Yes, Detroit has a lot of things that aren't in its favor. But there's so much more positive than negative, from great universities and walkable neighborhoods, to cultural and natural amenities, the city and surrounding region have a lot to offer.

Moments in Love: Detroit

Dominic Arellano | Posted 07.24.2012 | Detroit
Dominic Arellano

Over the next few days, people from around the globe will fill Detroit and Hart Plaza for three days, taking over the city with many genres of electronic music.

DSO Recruits 24-year-old Conductor From Across The Atlantic

Posted 03.05.2012 | Detroit

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra's new assistant conductor is making a 4,500-mile move to pump some new life into the city's classical music scene. T...

Kid Rock Teams Up With A Symphony

Posted 04.28.2012 | Home

The Associated Press DETROIT -- Rapper-rocker Kid Rock is teaming up with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra for a one-night benefit concert. The De...

Sewer Gas Explosion Shocks Detroit's Orchestra Hall Workers, Neighbors

The Huffington Post | David Sands | Posted 02.13.2012 | Detroit

A pair of explosions near Orchestra Hall Sunday morning had manhole covers flying and neighbors talking. A first blast occurred about 8:10 a.m. Sun...