Detroit Symphony’s 2022-23: Michael Abels, Jessie Montgomery, Carlos Simon, Stravinsky, Beethoven, and more

Posted on: March 16, 2022

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Jader Bignamini in performance.

“Composers of color, women and living composers will all be featured in the new season of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, which will also include … Stravinsky’s ‘Firebird,’ Beethoven’s Eighth Symphony and Mahler’s ‘Resurrection’ Symphony,” writes Maureen Feighan in Tuesday’s (3/15) Detroit News. “Unveiled Tuesday, the 2022-23 season of the DSO’s PVS Classical Series and PNC Pops Series will include 10 programs conducted by Music Director Jader Bignamini. Of those, at least three are new works that the DSO commissioned or co-commissioned from composers Michael Abels, Jessie Montgomery and Carlos Simon. The work by Simon will be a world premiere trombone concerto with DSO Principal Trombone Kenneth Thompkins…. The new season, which begins Sept. 30, marks Bignamini’s second full season with the DSO.” It will include works by Chevalier de Saint-Georges, Dora Pejačević, and Florence Price as well as works by Beethoven, Strauss, and Tchaikovsky. “The DSO will perform 14 works by living composers during its season, which include two world premieres and six DSO-commissioned works. Of the six commissioned works, at least three are by Black composers…. The DSO’s 2022-23 PNC Pops Series … will feature a mix of music favorites…. Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik will lead three programs.”