DSO concert series to perform at Berman Center

By: Eric Czarnik | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published December 11, 2012

WEST BLOOMFIELD — A familiar pillar of Michigan’s music establishment will be coming to a neighborhood near you during the first half of 2013.

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra will debut its Neighborhood Concert Series at the Berman Center of the Performing Arts in West Bloomfield on four dates, from Jan. 24-May 16.

The Berman Center’s managing director, Elaine (Hendriks) Smith, said in an email that she was proud to host the DSO. She also said the outreach program will be convenient for locals who might not otherwise be able to hear the orchestra musicians’ talent downtown.

“The Neighborhood Series allows the community to experience the finest in music from the DSO without having to go downtown, especially during the winter months,” she said.

Visitors to the the DSO’s Jan. 24 Berman opener will hear Stravinsky’s Dumbarton Oaks, Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 1, Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 and Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings. Tito Munoz will conduct, and Gabriel Cabezas will play cello.

February’s performance will play Schubert’s Six German Dances, Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante, Respighi’s Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite No. 1 and Haydn’s Symphony No. 96, “Miracle.”  Conductor Gerard Schwarz will lead, Kimberly Kaloyanides Kennedy will play violin and James VanValkenburg will play viola.

In April, guests may hear Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Serenade No. 6, “Serenata Notturna,” as well as Leopold Mozart’s Trombone Concerto. In addition, the DSO will present Handel’s Suite in D Major from Water Music and Haydn’s Symphony No. 44, “Mourning.” The conductor will be Christopher Warren-Green, and Kenneth Thompkins will play trombone.

Lastly, the May show will feature Mendelssohn’s Octet, Elgar’s Serenade for Strings and Mozart’s Symphony No. 35, “Haffner.” Cho-Liang Lin is listed as both conductor and violinist.

According to DSO music director Leonard Slatkin, the orchestra is part of Detroit’s renaissance and a community asset. The neighborhood performance residencies are designed to bring this culture to other places in southeastern Michigan, he said.

“It’s really more about accessibility and getting to know the orchestra,” Slatkin said in an emailed statement. “I think the long term is that we develop a new base of listeners. The idea is to reach people by coming directly to them.”

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra will stage its Neighborhood Concert Series Jan. 24, Feb. 28, April 11 and May 16 at the Berman Center for the Performing Arts, 6600 W. Maple Road, in West Bloomfield. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m.

To learn more about the Berman, visit www.theberman.org or call (248) 661-1900. Purchase tickets for the DSO’s Berman appearances at (313) 576-5111.