The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) is thrilled to announce it will perform at Carnegie Hall for the first time in 17 years. The DSO is one of six orchestras that will participate in the third annual Spring For Music festival. On May 10, 2013, the DSO will perform all four Charles Ives Symphonies in one extraordinary three-hour program, becoming the first orchestra to do so for New York audiences.
“We’re taking the Orchestra back to New York at a very special time for the DSO and for Detroit,” said Anne Parsons, DSO president and CEO. “Our appearance at Carnegie Hall is at once a celebration of the thriving Leonard Slatkin/DSO era and Detroit’s renaissance, exemplified by our robust arts and culture scene.”
Spring For Music is a six-day festival that features six major American orchestras, all selected based on the imaginative nature of their proposed programming and how it aligns with the philosophy of each orchestra. The affordable, general admission ticket price, just $25, is designed to make adventurous repertoire available to anyone and everyone. In 2013, the DSO will perform along with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Albany Symphony Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Oregon Symphony and the National Symphony Orchestra.
“We are thrilled to welcome the Detroit Symphony to Spring For Music 2013,” said Spring For Music Artistic Director Thomas W. Morris. “Their program of the four symphonies by Charles Ives embodies perfectly the creativity and innovation in programming that Spring For Music stands for, and represents Leonard Slatkin and his orchestra’s commitment to American music.”
Music Director Leonard Slatkin chose an immersion into Ives in pursuit of showcasing the strength, sound, ensemble and style that is uniquely Detroit. Long known for celebrating American repertoire through recordings and commissions, telling Ives’ biographical story through the consecutive performances of all his symphonic works serves as a tribute to both Slatkin’s affinity for American compositions and Detroit’s longtime acquaintance with the American school. Slatkin, who considers Ives to be one of America’s most progressive composers of his time, imagined the four-symphony program as a way to acquaint the audience with his style.
“For our first trip together to New York, the DSO and I are proud to present a landmark musical event,” said DSO Music Director Leonard Slatkin. “To our knowledge this is the first integral performance of the four symphonies by Charles Ives anywhere. The opportunity to participate in Spring For Music made it possible not only to perform at Carnegie hall, but also to make a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience for our own audiences in Detroit.”
In support of the Orchestra, a Detroit contingent will be accompanying the musicians to New York. For more information about joining us, call 313.576.5147.
Patrons may reserve their ticket now at the Max M. Fisher Music Center box office (3711 Woodward Ave.) or by calling 313.576.5111.