Female Composers, Composers of Color Featured in DSO 2022-23 Season
Composers of color, women, and living composers will all be featured in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s new season, which will also include favorites such as Stravinsky’s “Firebird,” Beethoven’s Eighth Symphony, and Mahler’s “Resurrection” Symphony.
Unveiled on Tuesday, the 2022-23 season of the DSO’s PVS Classical and PNC Pops series will feature 10 programs led by Music Director Jader Bignamini. Of these, at least three are new works that the DSO has commissioned or co-commissioned from composers Michael Abels, Jessie Montgomery and Carlos Simon. Simon’s work will be a world premiere trombone concerto with DSO principal trombone Kenneth Thompkins.
“Detroit has long been a city of outstanding musical innovation,” Bignamini said in a press release. “Our orchestra carries on this legacy by bringing to the stage masterpieces of the concert repertoire, as well as lesser known works from voices that should be heard more often and new works from some of today’s most exciting composers. today. I look forward to bringing these new concerts to life with our amazing DSO musicians for our wonderful audience.
The new season, which begins September 30, marks Bignamini’s second full season with the DSO. It will also include lesser-known works such as the Knight of St. George’s Second Symphony, Dora Pejačević’s Symphony in F Sharp Minor, and Florence Price’s First Symphony, as well as orchestral works such as Beethoven’s Eighth Symphony.” Also sprach Zarathustra” by Strauss and The Fourth Symphony by Tchaikovsky.
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“Few things allow us to live the moment better than the collective experience of a concert,” DSO President and CEO Erik Rönmark said in a press release. “Hearing great music performed by our exceptional musicians at DSO, under the inspirational guidance of Music Director Jader Bignamini, creates space for us to pause amidst the uncertainties of the world, to reflect on who we are, and to connect to our common humanity. The 2022-2023 DSO season features a wide range of composers and styles, as well as talented conductors and guest soloists from around the world, and we look forward to audiences joining us in this trip.
In total, the DSO will perform 14 works by living composers during its season, including two world premieres and six works commissioned by the DSO.
Of the six works commissioned, at least three are by black composers. Montgomery is a New York-based violinist, composer, and music teacher who performs and gives workshops across the country and abroad. Abels is an American film score composer, best known for the score to Jordan Peele’s Oscar-winning film, “Get Out.”
And Simon is from Atlanta, Georgia, whose music ranges from concert music for large and small ensembles to film scores with influences from jazz, gospel and neo-romanticism, according to his website. Simon holds a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.
Guest soloists for the 2022-23 season will include pianists Emanuel Ax, Alexander Gavrylyuk, Isata Kanneh-Mason, George Li and Daniil Trifonov; cellist Kian Soltani; violinists María Dueñas and Anne Akiko Meyers; soprano Janai Brugger; and mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges.
The DSO’s 2022-23 PNC Pops series, meanwhile, will feature a medley of music favorites, including tributes to ABBA, Elton John and Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin.
DSO Pops Principal Conductor Jeff Tyzik will lead three programs: “Prohibition,” a multimedia musical journey through the ages with music channeling Rudy Vallée, Josephine Baker, Kurt Weill and King Oliver; “Sci-Fi Spectacular: Star Wars, Star Trek, and Beyond!” featuring music from iconic sci-fi film scores; and “Twist & Shout: The Music of the Beatles”, which will celebrate the Beatles in America.
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