Detroit Symphony 2015-16 season: six world premieres by American composers

Posted on: January 23, 2015

“A monthlong Brahms festival and six world premieres—including one by Music Director Leonard Slatkin—will define the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s 2015-2016 season, just announced today,” writes Michael Hodges in Thursday’s (1/22) Detroit News. “Other significant orchestral performances in the new season will include Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F (Oct. 2-4), Debussy’s ‘La Mer’ (Nov. 13-14), Ravel’s ‘Boléro’ (Jan. 21-23), Elgar’s Violin concerto No. 5 (May 6-7) and Strauss’s ‘Salome’ (June 3 & 5). Both composer Tod Machover and DSO composer-in-residence Gabriela Lena Frank will premiere works based, at least in part, on the city of Detroit. Machover’s ‘Symphony in D’ takes an intriguingly daring approach, integrating sound clips of the city itself into the musical portrait. Frank is writing an as-yet-untitled piece based in part on her impressions of Detroit…. Slatkin’s elegy to his late father, ‘Kinah,’ will have its world premiere Dec. 5-6. Felix Slatkin, a professional violinist who died in 1963 when his son was just 19, would have been 100 years old in December.” The other commissioned composers are Mohammed Fairouz, Aaron Jay Kernis, and Sarah Kirkland Snider. Each of the season’s classical programs, including the world premieres, will be webcast live.

Posted January 23, 2015

Pictured: Orchestra Hall and Max M. Fisher Music Center, home to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra