DSO plans return to Orchestra Hall with new director Jader Bignamini

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra is headed back home.
The orchestra and new music director Jader Bignamini will take the Orchestra Hall stage Sept. 10 for a program of classical music – first in a series of Thursday and Friday night performances to be streamed live through year’s end.
For now, there will be no audiences present, though the DSO says limited tickets may become available at some point, pending Michigan health guidelines.
Most of the repertoire is for chamber-sized orchestras and smaller ensembles, allowing musicians to be socially distanced onstage.
The Orchestra Hall concerts at the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center will be the DSO’s first there since March, when the century-old venue was closed amid the pandemic.
Bignamini, whose appointment was announced in January, will also conduct concerts on Sept. 11, 17 and 18, returning Dec. 10 and 11 – his originally scheduled official debut.
A new online program, DSO Digital Concerts, is being launched by the organization, long regarded as a pioneer in the world of orchestral video and streaming. DSO Replay, an archive of past streams, will remain free, but the DSO is discontinuing the free live webcasts it had launched during the shutdown.
The programming announced today also includes four weeks of pops concerts, along with performance of works by 10 Black classical and contemporary composers. Some previously scheduled programs, including the Paradise Jazz Series, Young People’s Family Concert Series and others, are still on albeit with new dates.
(All events take place at 7:30 p.m. at Orchestra Hall unless otherwise noted.)
CLASSICAL 1
Jader Bignamini, conductor
Program A (Thursday, September 10)


JADER: A NEW SEASON BEGINS
COPLAND: Fanfare for the Common Man


GABRIELI: Canzon in echo duodecimi toni


R. STRAUSS: Serenade in E-flat major, Op. 7


PHILIP HERBERT: Elegy: In Memoriam – Stephen Lawrence


MORRICONE: Gabriel’s Oboe
Program B (Friday, September 11)


JADER: PUCCINI AND DVOŘÁK


PUCCINI: I Crisantemi


DVOŘÁK: Serenade for Wind Instruments, Op. 44
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CLASSICAL 2
Jader Bignamini, conductor
Program A (Thursday, September 17)


JADER: TCHAIKOVSKY SERENADE FOR STRINGS


TCHAIKOVSKY: Serenade for Strings in C major, Op. 48
Program B (Friday, September 18 at 5:30 p.m.)


JADER: SAINT-GEORGES’ FIRST SYMPHONY


WALKER: Lyric for Strings


STILL: Serenade for Orchestra


CHEVALIER DE SAINT-GEORGES: Symphony No. 1 in G major
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CLASSICAL 3
Matthias Pintscher, conductor


Wei Yu, cello
Program A (Thursday, September 24)


WEI YU PLAYS HAYDN


HAYDN: Cello Concerto No. 2 in D major
Wei Yu, cello


STRAVINSKY: Concerto for Chamber Orchestra, “Dumbarton Oaks”
Program B (Friday, September 25)


ISLANDS ON STAGE


BACH: Brandenburg Concerto No. 5, BWV 1050.2
TAKEMITSU: Archipelago S.
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CLASSICAL 4
Leonard Slatkin, conductor [Thursday only]


Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano [Friday only]
Program A (Thursday, October 1)


SLATKIN SERENADES


Adolphus HAILSTORK: Baroque Suite
PURCELL (arr. BRITTEN): Chacony in G minor
PENDERECKI: Serenade for String Orchestra
MOZART: Serenade No. 6 in D major for Two Small Orchestras, K. 239, “Serenatta notturna”
Program B (Friday, October 2)


THIBAUDET RETURNS


FRANCK: Piano Quintet in F minor
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PNC POPS 1
Steven Reineke, conductor [Thursday Only]


Tony DeSare, piano & vocals
Ed Decker, guitar
Dylan Shamat, bass
Michael Klopp, drums
Program A (Thursday, October 8)


SINATRA & BEYOND
Program B (Friday, October 9)


TONY DESARE’S SONG DIARIES LIVE
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CLASSICAL 5
Program A (Thursday, October 15)


BEETHOVEN FOR SEVEN


BEETHOVEN: Septet in E-flat major, Op. 20
Program B (Friday, October 16)


DSO CHAMBER ENSEMBLES
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CLASSICAL 6
Donald Runnicles, conductor


Jacquelyn Stucker, soprano [Friday only]
Program A (Thursday, October 22)


RUNNICLES CONDUCTS BRITTEN


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