The nation's fourth-oldest orchestra, the DSO has been filling Detroit's music halls with top-notch euphony since 1887. By the 1920s, the orchestra came into its own, entering a golden age that saw them hosting such legends as Igor Stravinsky, Richard Strauss, and Sergei Rachmaninoff. After financial difficulties put the outfit's hall in jeopardy, a multi-decade fund-raising effort led to their triumphant return home in 1989. Today, the orchestra remains one of the most recorded symphonies in the country, bringing the classical canon to millions of listeners and giving orchestra members something to blast at family gatherings when their siblings start talking about their jobs.
The Detroit Orchestra Hall has welcomed audiences for over 100 years to enjoy performances presented with sublime acoustic. Since its building in 1919, this historic venue has undergone a drastic restoration. It was completed in 2003 with the new addition of the modern Max M. Fisher Music Center. The Orchestra Hall hosts a variety of events including special holiday concerts, a wonderful jazz series, and special family concerts--perfect for the kids! Walk in, take a seat and observe the lavish atmosphere finished in Beaux-Art décor as you wait to take in the performance. For a meal after the show dine at the divine Paradise Lounge. Taste one of their weekly three course meals created by Le Cordon Bleu-trained executive Chef Michael Polsinelli.
Music director Dr. Gregory Cunningham brings his agile baton-wielding skills to the podium of the Warren Symphony Orchestra for a second year. Teaming up with the Oakland Chorale—Oakland University's elite, competitive touring choral ensemble—the orchestra will usher in the holiday season with a program that awakens cheer in Yuletide lovers and Grinch collaborators alike. Selections from Handel's Messiah send the spirit soaring on famous choruses, and a slew of popular wintery tunes keeps the auditorium cozy as hot cocoa drunk from a hand-knit mitten.
Lauded by the Winnipeg News for their "combination of superb musicality and impressive technique," the members of the Borealis String Quartet have wowed sold-out audiences with their passionate, refined performances of classical compositions. Playing Italian instruments from the 17th and 18th centuries, the young ensemble stirringly interprets works by Raminsh, Mendelssohn, and Beethoven during performances ranging 60–90 minutes before encoring with a rousing rendition of the Macarena. The two violins, viola, and cello weave melodiously within the acoustic haven of Christ Church Cranbrook, an intimate Oakland County venue that has hosted chamber music for more than 50 years. A complimentary candlelight afterglow following the concert allows attendees to personally meet performers and procure autographs on their programs or pocket harpsichords.
Now in its 36th season raising curtains, roofs, and audiences to their feet, the BBSO revives classical works in "From The New World". Under the direction of Conductor Charles Greenwell, ranks of masterly string wizards stage four America-inspired compositions. After pieces by Aaron Copland and Alan Hovhaness, BBSO Young Artist String Competition winner Abigail Elder will take to the spotlight to perform her rendition of William Walton’s Concerto for Viola and Orchestra, mvt. 1 before the show caps off with Antonín Dvořák’s Symphony no. 9 in E Minor, op. 95, From the New World. The symphony is a welcome change of pace from the usual evening ritual of being serenaded by nieces and nephews doing the rodent-bones lawn-fire dance.
From its many violinists to its lone contra bassoonist, the heart of the Macomb Symphony Orchestra is 70 musicians strong. The pulse, however, is Thomas Cook. The conductor of the MSO for nearly 40 years, Cook also serves as its music director, programming evenings that range from the classically sublime to the delightfully unexpected?such as the 2014?2015 season's Music '70s Style. While their size helps them bring dynamic works such as Carmina Burana to life, they don't merely travel in packs. Chamber ensembles, such as string quartets and flute and harp duos, travel throughout the community to brighten weddings, bring classical music to schools, and give spies fitting theme music.