City Slang: DSO heads to Florida

Nov 13, 2013 at 9:32 am

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra is heading to the warm climate of Florida for the winter thanks to a $400,000 grant from the GM Foundation.

According to the press release, “The Orchestra, led by Music Director Leonard Slatkin, will perform with Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Gold Medalist Olga Kern and Grammy Award-winning violinist Hilary Hahn during a tour of Southern Florida that will take place from February 25 to March 4, 2014. Slatkin and the orchestra previously toured Florida in 2010 with acclaimed cellist Sol Gabetta.”

“Touring, domestic or otherwise, is an imperative part of sharing this orchestra’s art with a broad and diverse audience,” said Slatkin. “Thanks to the generosity of the GM Foundation, the DSO will be on the road for the third time in a year. We’re really looking forward to seeing our friends in Florida again.”

“The GM Foundation is committed to showcasing the best of Detroit to stakeholders across the country,” said GM Foundation President Vivian Pickard. “The DSO is one of the city’s finest jewels and this tour will build upon Detroit’s national reputation of having the finest musicians and live entertainment.”

Performances will include Gould’s Spirituals for Orchestra in celebration of the composer’s 100th birthday, Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 1 (featuring Olga Kern), Brahms’ Violin Concerto (featuring Hilary Hahn), Brahms’ Symphony No. 4,Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5, Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini (featuring Olga Kern), and three pieces by Ravel: Mother Goose Suite, Pavane for a Dead Princess and Bolero.

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