Sept. 23-26: “The Planets”
Composer Gustav Holst’s fascination with astrology was the inspiration for this orchestral showpiece; its themes have been “borrowed” for countless movie sound tracks. “The Planets” takes listeners on an evocative astrological journey. Miguel Harth-Bedoya, conductor; Katerina Karneus, mezzo-soprano; Women of the Detroit Concert Choir.
Oct. 1-Oct. 3: Invitation to the Dance
From sensual gypsy music to rustic peasant dances, Maestro Järvi’s dance-themed program features Beethoven’s rhythmic and thrilling Seventh Symphony. Neeme Järvi, conductor.
Oct. 14-Dec. 5: Late Nite Catechism II
This is a sequel to the Late Nite Catechism”comedy that enjoyed a three-year stage run. Late Nite Catechism II is a satire of Catholic culture.
Oct. 14: Jazz Club
Two evening performances debut the new jazz series hosted, in collaboration with Rodney Whitaker and the MSU Professors of Jazz in the Max M. Fisher Music Center’s Allesee Hall.
Oct. 21-23: Beethoven’s “Immortal Beloved”
Ironically, Beethoven wrote this witty and carefree symphony while consumed by an intensely passionate yet hopelessly doomed love affair. By the time he completed the piece, Beethoven had given up his only true love, his mysterious “immortal beloved.” Roberto Abbado, conductor, David Shifrin, clarinet.
Oct. 29: Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra
Direct from Jazz at Lincoln Center, 18 of the hottest Latin jazz artists today, led by Arturo O’Farrill (son of pioneering bandleader Chico O’Farrill), perform a night of classics in the Afro-Latin jazz tradition.
Oct. 29-31: Sister Act I: Piano
Hailed by Pianist magazine as “the most famous and awesomely gifted of piano duos,” the striking Labéque sisters will thrill audiences with Mahler’s unforgettable First Symphony, filled with childlike songs and joyous sounds of nature. Roberto Abbado, conductor, Katia and Marielle Labèque, pianos.
Nov. 4-7: Sister Act II: Strings
Returning home to Detroit for a special limited appearance together, Ani and Ida Kavafian display their distinctive styles in Britten’s deeply expressive Double Concerto. Jeffrey Kahane, conductor, Ani Kavafian, violin, Ida Kavafian, viola.
Nov. 5: Herbie Hancock: “Gershwin’s World”
The Grammy and Academy Award-winning jazz composer and pianist Herbie Hancock joins the DSO to celebrate the great composers of the 20th century, including George & Ira Gershwin, Duke Ellington and Hoagy Carmichael. Thomas Wilkins, conductor.
Nov. 17-20: Perlman Salutes Tchaikovsky
Legendary musician Itzhak Perlman brings his masterful interpretation and artistic insight to the DSO’s performance of Tchaikovsky’s emotionally passionate and tragic final work, Symphony No. 6, “Pathétique.”