Detroit Symphony Orchestra guest conductor John Storgårds will lead them through Holst’s The Planets on Friday, May 3 and Saturday, May 4, featuring Women of the MSU Chorale and State Singers. The program will also include Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 featuring pianist, Rafal Blechacz and the DSO premiere of Ligeti’s Lontano.
They say, “The performance will be webcast to a global audience on Saturday, May 4 at 8 p.m. via the DSO’s “Live from Orchestra Hall” series. Log on to dso.org/live to view the concert from your computer or mobile device anywhere in the world.
All patrons are invited to enjoy a free pre-concert presentation one hour prior to each performance by The Detroit Civic Chamber Dorati Quintet and DSO Assistant Conductor, Teddy Abrams performing Ligeti’s Six Bagatelles.
Born in 1985 in Nak?o nad Noteci?, Poland, Rafal Blechacz began his piano studies at age five, and continued his musical education at the Artur Rubinstein State School of Music in Bydgoszcz. In May 2007, he graduated from the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz, and has since won many prestigious prizes and awards at music festivals and competitions in Poland and worldwide. In July 2010, he received the prestigious Premio Internazionale Accademia Musicale Chigiana (Siena, Italy), awarded annually by an international jury of music critics to young musicians for superb artistic achievements. Presently, Mr. Blechacz records with Deutsche Grammophon, and has achieved Platinum Record status for his complete Chopin Preludes.
John Storgårds is the Chief Conductor of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, and was recently announced as the Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra for the20 12/2013 season. John Storgårds is one of Finland's exceptional artists and has taken the classical music world by storm in recent decades. He has a dual career as a conductor and violin virtuoso, and is widely recognized for his creative flair for programming and commitment to contemporary music. He additionally holds the title of Artistic Director of the Chamber Orchestra of Lapland, giving some of Europe's most imaginative concerts north of the Arctic Circle.