The General Motors Foundation and Cadillac are helping pave the way for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra to perform at Carnegie Hall, for the first time in 17 years this May.
The GM Foundation provided a $350,000 grant to the DSO for music education initiatives, including its involvement in the prestigious Spring for Music festival that showcases five symphony orchestras from across North America. The DSO is the first orchestra invited to perform two programs during the event.
In addition to funding from the foundation will transport the musicians and a number of special guests during the week-long festival.
"We are celebrating this trip to Carnegie Hall as a symbol of Detroit’s resilience and withstanding excellence," said Anne Parsons, DSO president and CEO. "We are thrilled that the General Motors Foundation and Cadillac will be by our side as a partner with Leonard Slatkin and the DSO under the spotlight of this important festival."
Over the past decade, the foundation has donated nearly $1.5 million to the DSO to help bring world-class music to the Detroit community and support the musicians who share a passion for the city. The Foundation’s support of Detroit-based nonprofits and cultural institutions over the past decade totals nearly $21.5 million.
"Detroit’s revitalization can be seen in the strength of the DSO, which has long been a beacon and cultural pillar within the city’s arts community," said GM North America President Mark Reuss, vice chairman of the GM Foundation. "Together with Cadillac, we look forward to the DSO’s triumphant return to Carnegie Hall."
Timeline of performances:
May 7th: Prior to the DSO performances in New York City, the public is invited to attend a special sendoff concert on May 7 at the DSO’s Orchestra Hall in Detroit. All tickets are $25.
May 9th: The first performance will feature Kurt Weill’s ballet The Seven Deadly Sins, starring cabaret singer Storm Large on lead vocals. Originally written for Weill’s wife, Lotte Lenya, in collaboration with Bertolt Brecht, the work premiered in Paris in 1933 after Weill fled persecution in his native Germany. It tells the tale of what could be two sisters or a split personality as they set out on a tour of American cities each represented by a different sin. The ballet is a bitter satire on bourgeoisie exploitation. Also on the program are Ravel’s La Valse, and Rachmaninoff’s Caprice Bohemian and Isle of the Dead. Isle of the Dead will appear on the DSO’s third and final CD of Rachmaninoff’s symphonic works to be released on the Naxos label in 2013.
May 10th: The second performance consists of all four Charles Ives symphonies, a debut for the DSO as well as for Carnegie Hall. Music Director Leonard Slatkin chose an immersion into Ives in pursuit of showcasing the strength, sound, ensemble and style that is uniquely Detroit.
Live Broadcasts on WRCJ-FM: Each DSO concert will be broadcast live on Detroit’s 90.9
For more details about the DSO performances at Carnegie Hall, or to reserve tickets, visit dso.org