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FIVE DSO PRINCIPAL SOLOISTS DAZZLING DEBUTS & LEGENDARY RETURNS ‘SYMPHONY IN D’ WORLD PREMIERE WINTER BRAHMS FESTIVAL YOUR DETROIT SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA.

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CONTENTS SEASON AT A GLANCE 4 FULL SEASON LINEUP 6 #DSOLIVE WEBCASTS 35

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SEASON AT A GLANCE It is always a joy to announce a new season and unveil the exciting programs we have been planning for months. As usual, our soloist roster is outstanding. We will welcome to the stage such audience favorites as Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Hélène Grimaud, Joshua Bell and, in a long-anticipated return to the United States, Nigel Kennedy. In addition, five principal members of the orchestra get solo turns. Returning guest conductors include Hans Graf, Andrew Grams, Thomas Dausgaard, Giancarlo Guerrero, Peter Oundjian, Sir Andrew Davis and Bobby McFerrin. Making their classical subscription debuts are conductors Fabien Gabel, Case Scaglione, Nikolaj Znaider and DSO Assistant Conductor Michelle Merrill. There are large-scale events too, with Mahler’s Second Symphony and a concert presentation of Strauss’s Salome topping the list. Moreover, we will perform beloved masterpieces throughout the season, including Beethoven’s sixth and seventh symphonies, Debussy’s La Mer, Handel’s Messiah and Ravel’s Boléro. These are just a sampling of the treats we have in store for you next season. 4


DSO SOLOISTS Five principal musicians of the orchestra are featured soloists this season: Concertmaster Yoonshin Song, Principal Bass Kevin Brown, Principal Trumpet Hunter Eberly, Principal Clarinet Ralph Skiano, and our new Principal Cello Wei Yu.

A SYMPHONY FOR DETROIT. BY DETROIT. What does Detroit sound like? The DSO and composer Tod Machover from the MIT Media Lab will ask every Detroiter that question in the coming year, as they work with the community to create a collaborative symphony with sound submissions and conceptual contributions from the public. Learn more at SymphonyInD.com.

CELEBRATING JOHANNES BRAHMS Our 2016 Brahms Festival will be the DSO’s third threeweek winter music mini-festival, performing virtually every work written by the masterful composer for orchestra. 5


Leonard Slaktin Music Director Neeme J채rvi Music Director Emeritus Michelle Merrill Assistant Conductor Gabriela Lena Frank Composer in Residence

Presented by PVS Chemicals, Inc.

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OCTOBER 2 & 3, 2015

THIBAUDET PLAYS GERSHWIN Leonard Slatkin conductor Jean-Yves Thibaudet piano BERLIOZ Roman Carnival Overture GERSHWIN Concerto in F DRUCKMAN Mirage STRAUSS Der Rosenkavalier Suite

Leonard Slatkin

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OCTOBER 15 - 17, 2015

BEETHOVEN’S SEVENTH Hans Graf conductor Ingrid Fliter piano PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 1, “Classical” MENDELSSOHN Piano Concerto No. 1 BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 7

Hans Graf

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OCTOBER 23 - 25, 2015

“A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC” Leonard Slatkin conductor Nadia Sirota viola MOZART Eine Kleine Nachtmusik NICO MUHLY Viola Concerto (US Premiere) COPLAND Symphony No. 3

> WATCH & LISTEN

Composer Nico Muhly and violist Nadia Sirota craft a new concerto together.

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Andrew Grams

NOVEMBER 6 & 7, 2015

ROMANTIC SCHUMANN Andrew Grams conductor Simone Porter violin WILLIAM BOLCOM Commedia for [Almost] 18th Century Orchestra BRUCH Violin Concerto No. 1 SCHUMANN Symphony No. 2

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NOVEMBER 12 - 14, 2015

YOONSHIN SONG & LA MER Fabien Gabel conductor Yoonshin Song violin BORODIN Prince Igor Overture KHACHATURIAN Violin Concerto DUKAS The Sorcerer’s Apprentice DEBUSSY La mer

Fabien Gabel

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NOVEMBER 20 & 21, 2015

‘SYMPHONY IN D’ Leonard Slatkin conductor Wei Yu cello RESPIGHI Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite II TOD MACHOVER Symphony in D (World Premiere) DVOŘÁK Cello Concerto

Wei Yu

> WATCH & LISTEN

Discover Tod Machover’s symphony for Detroit. By Detroit. 13


Melissa Citro

DECEMBER 5 & 6, 2015

MAHLER’S “RESURRECTION” Leonard Slatkin conductor Melissa Citro soprano Kelley O’Connor mezzo-soprano LEONARD SLATKIN Kinah (World Premiere) MAHLER Symphony No. 2, “Resurrection” 14


Case Scaglione

DECEMBER 10 & 11, 2015

MOZART & BEETHOVEN Case Scaglione conductor Augustin Hadelich violin MOZART Symphony No. 25 SHOSTAKOVICH (ARR. ZINMAN/PUSHKAREV) Violin Sonata No. 1 BEETHOVEN Coriolan Overture HAYDN Symphony No. 94, “Surprise”

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JANUARY 16, 2016

MOZART’S “PRAGUE” SYMPHONY Leonard Slatkin conductor Maya Beiser cello DVOŘÁK Serenade for Winds ELGAR Serenade for Strings MOHAMMED FAIROUZ Cello Concerto (World Premiere) MOZART Symphony No. 38, “Prague”

> WATCH & LISTEN

Meet composer Mohammed Fairouz in a BBC World News feature.

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JANUARY 21 - 23, 2016

SLATKIN CONDUCTS BOLÉRO Leonard Slatkin conductor Hunter Eberly trumpet Marina Piccinini flute BIZET Suite from Carmen JOHN WILLIAMS Trumpet Concerto AARON JAY KERNIS Flute Concerto (World Premiere) RAVEL Boléro

Marina Piccinini

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JANUARY 29 & 30, 2016

ZNAIDER LEADS TCHAIKOVSKY Nicolaj Znaider conductor and violin MOZART Violin Concerto No. 1 MENDELSSOHN A Midsummer Night’s Dream TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 4

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FEBRUARY 11 & 12, 2016

BRAHMS VIOLIN CONCERTO Leonard Slatkin conductor Baiba Skride violin BRAHMS Three Hungarian Dances BRAHMS Violin Concerto BRAHMS Symphony No. 4 20


FEBRUARY 13 & 14, 2016

BRAHMS’ THIRD SYMPHONY Leonard Slatkin conductor Baiba Skride violin Danjulo Ishizaka cello BRAHMS Tragic Overture BRAHMS Double Concerto for violin and cello BRAHMS Symphony No. 3

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FEBRUARY 19, 2016

BRAHMS’ FIRST SYMPHONY Leonard Slatkin conductor BRAHMS Academic Festival Overture BRAHMS Serenade No. 2 BRAHMS Symphony No. 1

FEBRUARY 20 & 21, 2016

BRAHMS’ SECOND SYMPHONY Leonard Slatkin conductor BRAHMS Serenade No. 1 BRAHMS Symphony No. 2

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> WATCH & LISTEN

Concertmaster Yoonshin Song performs Brahms’ Violin Concerto in an encore webcast.

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FEBRUARY 25 & 26, 2016

BRAHMS PIANO CONCERTO NO. 1 Leonard Slatkin conductor Hélène Grimaud piano BRAHMS Piano Quartet in G minor (arr. Schoenberg) BRAHMS Piano Concerto No. 1

FEBRUARY 27 & 28, 2016

BRAHMS PIANO CONCERTO NO. 2 Leonard Slatkin conductor Ralph Skiano clarinet Hélène Grimaud piano BRAHMS Variations on a Theme by Haydn BRAHMS (ARR. BERIO) Sonata in F minor for Clarinet and Orchestra BRAHMS Piano Concerto No. 2

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Ralph Skiano


> WATCH & LISTEN

Hélène Grimaud shares her love of Brahms’ piano concerti on her new recording. 25


MARCH 5, 2016

37TH ANNUAL CLASSICAL ROOTS WITH JESSYE NORMAN

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MARCH 18 & 19, 2016

TRPČESKI PLAYS LISZT Thomas Dausgaard conductor Simon Trpčeski piano NIELSEN Helios Overture LISZT Piano Concerto No. 2 SIBELIUS Symphony No. 1

Thomas Dausgaard

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APRIL 2, 2016

BEETHOVEN’S “PASTORAL” Michelle Merrill conductor Kevin Brown double bass DVOŘÁK Carnival Overture PISTON Ballet Suite from The Incredible Flutist VANHAL Double Bass Concerto BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 6, “Pastoral”

Michelle Merrill

> WATCH & LISTEN

Maestro Slatkin introduces new assistant conductor Michelle Merrill.

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APRIL 14 - 16, 2016

RAVISHING RACHMANINOFF Giancarlo Guerrero conductor Lise de la Salle piano SARAH KIRKLAND SNIDER Lebenbom World Premiere TBA RACHMANINOFF Piano Concerto No. 1 STRAVINSKY Petrushka

Giancarlo Guerrero

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Vadim Gluzman

APRIL 22 - 24, 2016

THE PLANETS Peter Oundjian conductor Vadim Gluzman violin MOZART Overture to Don Giovanni SHOSTAKOVICH Violin Concerto No. 2 HOLST The Planets

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MAY 6 & 7, 2016

LEGENDARY NIGEL KENNEDY Leonard Slatkin conductor Nigel Kennedy violin SCHUMANN Manfred Overture W. SCHUMAN Symphony No. 3 ELGAR Violin Concerto

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Sir Andrew Davis

MAY 20 - 22, 2016

BEETHOVEN’S “EMPEROR” Sir Andrew Davis conductor Jeremy Denk piano DELIUS On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring STENHAMMAR Serenade BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor”

> WATCH & LISTEN

Jeremy Denk and Joshua Bell perform and present together at Google’s New York office.

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MAY 26 & 27, 2016

JOSHUA BELL RETURNS Leonard Slatkin conductor Joshua Bell violin GABRIELA LENA FRANK World Premiere TBA LALO Symphonie espagnole PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 5

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JUNE 3 & 5, 2016

STRAUSS’ SEDUCTIVE SALOME Leonard Slatkin conductor Lise Lindstrom soprano Jane Henschel mezzo-soprano Chris Merritt tenor Scott Ramsay tenor Daniel Sutin baritone STRAUSS Salome — Opera in Concert

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