Quatrophenia: Michael Quatro plots his triumphant return

June 12, 2014
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Quatrophenia: Michael Quatro plots his triumphant return

  You never know who you’ll run into on the bus. On any given Thursday, you might see Jimmy Storm. Joumana K. Fake Skunk Baxter. Last week, we marked the birth of Detroit’s glycerine queen, Suzi Quatro. The very next day we were headed downtown on the 610 when we ran into big brother...
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Tickets for Steven Spielberg, John Williams summer concert sell out in 15 minutes

April 14, 2014
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In case you haven’t heard, two of the biggest names in film, Steven Spielberg and John Williams, are collaborating to put on a benefit concert for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra this summer. In case you wanted to go- well, you’re too damn late. The DSO says tickets to the June 14 concert were snapped...
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City Slang: Detroit Symphony Orchestra to take National Anthem to Detroit Tigers

March 3, 2014
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City Slang: Detroit Symphony Orchestra to take National Anthem to Detroit Tigers

DSO musical director Leonard Slatkin will take a brass ensemble to Florida for spring training on Monday afternoon, March 3. A press release states, “Slatkin, who is in Florida on tour with the DSO in West Palm Beach, Miami, Vero Beach, Sarasota and Naples, is famed for his love of both teams. During his...
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City Slang: DSO and EarShot launches New Music Readings for African-American Composers

February 18, 2014
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City Slang: DSO and EarShot launches New Music Readings for African-American Composers

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra has announced that it will launching the first-ever New Music Readings for African-American Composers by the DSO, in conjunction with EarShot (a nationwide network of readings and composer-development programs administered by New York-based new music-focused American Composers Orchestra). Four African-American composers will participate in this year’s readings: Jonathan Bailey Holland...
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City Slang: Grammy-winning trumpeter returning to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra

February 11, 2014
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City Slang: Grammy-winning trumpeter returning to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra

The DSO has announced that five-time Grammy winning trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard will return as the Jazz Creative Director Chair next season. According to a press release, “e’s programmed an all-star 2014-15 Paradise Jazz Series season beginning with the virtuosic vocalist Dianne Reeves, followed by appearances by the legendary Count Basie Orchestra, award-winning...
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Watch the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Flash Mob the Canton IKEA

January 28, 2014
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If you haven’t yet seen the footage of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra flash mobbing the Canton IKEA with “Ode to Joy,” do give it a watch. All we can say is bravo, sirs and ladies, bravo.
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City Slang: DSO to pay tribute to Led Zeppelin

January 7, 2014
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City Slang: DSO to pay tribute to Led Zeppelin

On Friday, January 17 and Saturday, January 18, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra will pay tribute to British hard rock legends Led Zeppelin. Brent Havens will be the conductor and Randy Jackson the vocalist. We’re guessing that’s not the Randy Jackson of the Jacksons, or even of America Idol. They say, “The rock. The sound....
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City Slang: Live yoga at the DSO

December 26, 2013
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City Slang: Live yoga at the DSO

Sometimes, the weirdest stories are the best. The Detroit Symphony Orchestra has announced that, as part of its wildly popular Mix @ the Max series, there will be a chamber music yoga class on Sunday, January 26 at 10 a.m. They say, “oga Shelter instructor and DSO Librarian Ethan Allen will lead the first...
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City Slang: DSO heads to Florida

November 13, 2013
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City Slang: DSO heads to Florida

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra is heading to the warm climate of Florida for the winter thanks to a $400,000 grant from the GM Foundation. According to the press release, “The Orchestra, led by Music Director Leonard Slatkin, will perform with Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Gold Medalist Olga Kern and Grammy Award-winning violinist Hilary...
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City Slang: DSO’s Teddy Abrams selected as Louisville Orchestra music director

October 30, 2013
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City Slang: DSO’s Teddy Abrams selected as Louisville Orchestra music director

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s assistant conductor Teddy Abrams as been selected by the Louisville Orchestra to be their new music director. This news comes just a day following Abrams classical subscription debut with the DSO. “My time in Detroit has been a vital part of my development as a conductor. I am very fortunate...
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