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The Detroit Symphony Orchestra is in the middle of its February festival, a mostly annual program where all of the concerts focus on one composer for about two weeks. It's Mozart's turn this year, and last night featured three of his concertos. The real treat last night was where all the soloists came from. As is the case for many of the DSO festivals, its own members are the featured soloists in the concertos, and they didn't disappoint. Kimberly Kaloyanides Kennedy and His-Xin Wu were the first soloists, in the Concertone for Two Violins. (No one is quite certain why it's called a concertone, but we're talking Mozart here, so we're letting that go.) Their performance was ebullient. A concerto for two soloists is successful only if they work closely together to exchange the themes and harmonies of the melody. Ms. Kennedy and Mr. Wu are so used to playing together, their confidence in one another allowed them to give a masterful, seamless performance that took each other's playing to a remarkable level with confidence, warmth, and joy.
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Detroit Symphony Orchestra and its musicians say a new three-year contract has been ratified months before the current contract expires.The symphony announced Tuesday that its the second time an
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Encouragingly, Robinson says, though, "l travel all over the world and I guarantee you that, as far as I'm concerned, America is it . We live in the greatest country in the world... so to be a part of a celebration that is [acknowledging] that fact, I'm very proud to do it." The founder and frontman of "The Miracles," Robinson was born to a poor family in Detroit's North End area but went on to achieve worldwide acclaim as an award-winning singer, songwriter, producer and record executive. He served as Motown's Vice President from the mid-'60s until 1988 and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. MORE BELOW... Tom Bergeron ("Dancing with the Stars") will return to host the Capitol Fourth concert, which -- in addition to Robinson -- will feature performances by Kenny Loggins, Gavin DeGraw, Cassadee Pope, Sutton Foster and the cast of the Broadway musical, "On Your Feet!" all accompanied by the National Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of conductor Jack Everly.
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David Bowie was one of those figures that we all felt like was immortal, something beyond just a regular human. He lived life outside of the social bounds of gender, sexuality, understanding, and love. He transcended the ideals of life, using music, film, fashion, and simply his heart to change the world, and on January 10th of 2016, David Bowie left this plain of existence, but left us with so much than we could have ever ask of him. On July 10th at the Meadow Book Amphitheatre in Rochester Hills, Michigan, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, led by guest conductor Brent Havens, will perform The Music Of David Bowie , a one-night show celebrating the wonders of this legendary music artist. Havens has previously arranged/conducted a whole series of rock symphonies across the nation including the works of Led Zeppelin, The Doors, Pink Floyd, Eagles, Queen, Michael Jackson, The Who, Whitney Houston, The Rolling Stones, and U2, along with writing music for other orchestras, featured films, and television.
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Coming from a life in which music has always been surrounding him, especially when you father is Bobby McFerrin, its no surprise that Taylor McFerrin has a certain touch with his music that not only digs deep into all sorts of musical influences, but also pushes the boundaries of how you can produce and perform it. In 2014, Taylor McFerrin released his debut full-length album Early Riser on Flying Lotus's Brainfeeder label; a perfect home for the ascetic and freedom McFerrin creates with his music. Recently, I was able to chat with Taylor McFerrin before he hits the road for a string of Spring tour dates that starts off in here in Detroit with a performance in conjunction with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra's Mix @ The Max event on Tuesday, April 12th, and we talked about his live show, beat boxing, and how he connected with Brainfeeder. You're coming to Detroit for this performance in conjunction with the DSO with drummer Marcus Gilmore, what should we expect for the performance? Marcus is on a lot of tracks on my last album Early Riser and we've been working together pretty closely on my new one, so it's going to be mix of tunes from that record.
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Johannes Brahms is a 19th century German composer that wrote for piano, chamber ensembles, and symphony orchestras who was known as much of a traditionist as he was an innovator. Brahms composed from the heart, music wasn't just something that he did, it was his spiritual center, and the place that truly brought life within him. Brahms composed by taking from the past but seeing how he put his own twist on it and be ahead of the curve with his innovations. The works of Johannes Brahms are the subject of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra's annual Winter Music Festival program. For three weeks in February, the DSO will showcase the classic compositions of Brahms, which includes the entire orchestral repertoire, including his four symphonies, two monumental piano concerti, his sole violin concerto, Luciano Berio arrangement of his Sonata for Clarinet and Orchestra and many other masterpieces.
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And, oh, how that matters. Green Bay is a community-based and a community-owned team. The city of Green Bay has approximately 100,000 residents, so it's only about three times the size of Beverly Hills. It's by far the smallest city in the United States with a major sports team. And there is a reason for that. It's Community. It's history. It's tradition. It's respect for the game. It's respect for the fans. The fans of St. Louis are now heartbroken and bitter, just as many of the Los Angeles fans were over two decades ago, when the Rams and the Raiders simultaneously deserted their fan bases. For the fans, a love of the game and their team is about loyalty; for the owners it's a means to maximizing profit. Yet the effects on a community can be devastating. In Ken Burns's epic documentary, "Baseball," writer George Plimpton, who trained with the Detroit Lions as a quarterback, remarks: "There's a theologian, Michael Novak, who says that a community is better off losing its opera house or its symphony orchestra or its church - here's a theologian speaking - than its ball team.
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