May 12-15: Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and Hannah Lash’s In Hopes of Finding the Sun

May 20-22: Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G with Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Strauss’s Don Quixote, and Carlos Simon’s Fate Now Conquers

June 10-12: Wynton Marsalis’s Herald, Holler and Hallelujah! and Blues Symphony, plus Barber’s Violin Concerto with Gil Shaham

Bignamini also conducts The DSO in Concert for Anne Parsons on May 17 and Heroes Gala on June 18

May 14, May 21, and June 11 concerts will be webcast for free at dso.org and on Facebook as part of DSO’s  Live from Orchestra Hall series; May 20 concert broadcast and streamed live on 90.9 WRCJ in Detroit and network of stations across Michigan

Tickets on sale now at dso.org


Detroit, (May 3, 2022) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will close its 2021-2022 season with three spectacular programs conducted by Music Director Jader Bignamini at Orchestra Hall. Bignamini will also conduct The DSO in Concert for Anne Parsons, the orchestra’s late President Emeritus, on May 17, and its annual Heroes Gala on June 18.

From May 12-15, Bignamini will conduct Beethoven’s iconic Symphony No. 9, famous for its heart-swelling “Ode to Joy” in the final movement. The program also features the DSO premiere of Hannah Lash’s In Hopes of Finding the Sun, written as a companion piece to Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. The choir for both works will include artists from local groups Opera MODO and Audivi. Featured soloists are soprano Ailyn Pérezmezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke, tenor Saimir Pirgu, and bass Luiz-Ottavio Faria. The concerts will take place Thursday, May 12 at 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 13 at 8 p.m., Saturday, May 14 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, May 15 at 3 p.m.

From May 20-22, pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet joins Bignamini for Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G, inspired by the composer’s tour of North America, where he first became smitten with the sounds of jazz. DSO Principals Eric Nowlin (viola) and Wei Yu (cello) take the spotlight in Richard Strauss’s Don Quixote, a tone poem portraying the adventures of the “ingenious” man from La Mancha. The program also includes Carlos Simon’s Fate Now Conquers, inspired by a notebook entry by Ludwig van Beethoven. The concerts will take place on Friday, May 20 at 10:45 a.m., Saturday, May 21 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, May 22 at 3 p.m.

In June, Bignamini and the DSO welcome back acclaimed violinist Gil Shaham for a performance of Barber’s Violin Concerto, Op. 14, on a program that also features two works by acclaimed musician, composer, and bandleader Wynton Marsalis: his Herald, Holler and Hallelujah! (DSO co-commission) and Blues Symphony. The concerts will take place Friday, June 10 at 8 p.m., Saturday, June 11 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, June 12 at 3 p.m.

In addition to these PVS Classical Series performances, Bignamini will conduct a free concert to celebrate the life of late President Emeritus Anne Parsons on May 17 at 6 p.m. at Orchestra Hall. The program will feature orchestral and chamber music that holds a special connection to Anne and will also be webcast on dso.org. The musicians of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra are generously donating their services for this performance. Parsons, who passed away on March 28 following a courageous battle with cancer, served as the DSO’s President and CEO for more than 17 years, leading with grace, courage, and conviction. To learn more about her legacy and explore giving a tribute gift to the DSO in her memory, please visit dso.org/rememberinganne.

Bignamini will also conduct the tenth Heroes Gala and Benefit Concert on June 18. The event will honor community philanthropists Linda Dresner and Ed Levy, with proceeds to support the DSO’s commitment to transforming the lives of young people through music education. The program will feature Grammy Award-winning violinist Hilary Hahn and will include Pablo de Sarasate’s Carmen Fantasy with Hahn, Gioachino Rossini’s Overture to Semiramide, Amilcare Ponchielli’s “Dance of the Hours” from La Gioconda, Camille Saint-Saëns’s “Bacchanale” from Samson and Delilah, and Jeronimo Gimenez’s Intermezzo from La Boda de Luis Alonso.

The May 14, May 21, and June 11 concerts will be webcast for free at dso.org and via Facebook Live as part of the DSO’s Live from Orchestra Hall series. The May 20 concert will be broadcast and streamed live on 90.9 WRCJ in Detroit and a network of stations across Michigan.

To protect the health and well-being of our patrons, musicians, and staff, our safety policies include vaccine or test requirements for all guests and contactless e-ticketing. Visit dso.org/safetyplan for more information.

Tickets for the PVS Classical Series performances start at $15 and can be purchased at dso.org or by calling the Box Office at 313.576.5111, open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets for The DSO in Concert for Anne Parsons are free, but must be reserved in advance.

The title sponsor of the DSO’s Classical Series is PVS Chemicals, Inc. DSO Live is presented by Ford Motor Company Fund and made possible by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Digital programming is produced from the Al Glancy Control Room.

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BIGNAMINI CONDUCTS BEETHOVEN 9
PVS Classical Series
Thursday, May 12 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, May 13 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, May 14 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, May 15 at 3 p.m.
Jader Bignamini, conductor
Opera MODO & Audivi, choir
Ailyn Pérez, soprano
Sasha Cooke, mezzo-soprano
Saimir Pirgu, tenor
Luiz-Ottavio Faria, bass
Perhaps the most iconic piece of classical music ever written—especially its heart-swelling “Ode to Joy”—Beethoven’s influential Ninth Symphony celebrates brotherhood, forgiveness, and the quest for peace. Jader Bignamini conducts this bucket list symphony, a sheer joy to experience in a live orchestral setting.
HANNAH LASH In Hopes of Finding the Sun
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125

THE DSO IN CONCERT FOR ANNE PARSONS
Tuesday, May 17 at 6 p.m.
Jader Bignamini, conductor
The DSO celebrates the life of President Emeritus Anne Parsons with a free concert for the DSO family and the community. The program, conducted by Music Director Jader Bignamini, will feature orchestral and chamber music that holds a special connection to Anne. The musicians of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra are generously donating their services for this performance.
Anne Parsons, who passed away on March 28 following a courageous battle with cancer, served as the DSO’s President and CEO for more than 17 years, leading with grace, courage, and conviction. To learn more about her legacy and explore giving a tribute gift to the DSO in her memory, please visit dso.org/rememberinganne.

THIBAUDET: RAVEL’S PIANO CONCERTO IN G
PVS Classical Series
Friday, May 20 at 10:45 a.m.
Saturday, May 21 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, May 22 at 3 p.m.
Jader Bignamini, conductor
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano
Eric Nowlin, viola
Wei Yu, cello
Jean-Yves Thibaudet joins Jader Bignamini to perform Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G, inspired by the composer’s tour of North America, where he first became smitten with the sounds of jazz. DSO Principals Eric Nowlin and Wei Yu take the spotlight in Richard Strauss’s Don Quixote, a tone poem portraying the adventures of the “ingenious” man from La Mancha.
CARLOS SIMON Fate Now Conquers
MAURICE RAVEL Concerto in G major for Piano and Orchestra
RICHARD STRAUSS Don Quixote, Op. 35

GIL SHAHAM RETURNS
PVS Classical Series
Friday, June 10 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, June 11 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, June 12 at 3 p.m.
Jader Bignamini, conductor
Gil Shaham, violin
Beloved by audiences across the globe, violinist Gil Shaham returns to Detroit to join DSO Music Director Jader Bignamini to perform Barber’s Violin Concerto on a program also featuring two works by internationally acclaimed musician, composer, and bandleader Wynton Marsalis: his Herald, Holler and Hallelujah! and Blues Symphony.
WYNTON MARSALIS Herald, Holler and Hallelujah!
SAMUEL BARBER Violin Concerto, Op. 14
WYNTON MARSALIS Blues Symphony