Monthly Archives: May 2011

Open Letter from Emmanuelle

This is a letter that Emmanuelle read to her colleagues when she announced her decision to join the Dallas Symphony. She has graciously allowed us to publish it here for our members, who are so very saddened by this news.

If you would like to send Emma a farewell message you can write to her at:

info@SaveOurSymphony.info

or by clicking HERE.

We will forward the messages to Emmanuelle and publish them on this site.

All of us here at SOS wish Emmanuelle the very best in this new and exciting chapter of her life!

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Dear DSO musicians,

My soul and every fiber of my being belongs here, on this stage, amongst you, part of you, part of your past, present and future. I would like to acknowledge a debt of gratitude, to everyone who nurtured my path and still does so everyday toward becoming a more skilled orchestral musician.
To every musician who has been here 30, 40 and plus years, and to all the ones who have already departed, I wish to thank you for fostering, encouraging, and teaching me. I thank you for the vast wealth of knowledge and the traditions that this orchestra, and only this orchestra could have passed along. I would like to particularly thank Geoff Applegate for whom I would not have become the orchestral player I am now, he surely has to be the best principal second violinist in the world!
I wish to thank also former Concertmaster Gordon Staples who helped support a smooth transition into my first year, offering guidance every steps of the way. Next to thank are my wonderful stand partners, first the calm, skilled and talented Joe Goldman, again very patient and supportive during the “green” years of my life, I wish to apologize to him for everything I did not know. Then the sweet and passionate John Hughes, followed by the magnificent Laura Rowe, whom I have always called “my rock”, so steadfast and calm, I miss you here very much. Also Hai-Xin Wu who through his refined musicianship thought me how to play Mozart symphonies and piano concertos, and then last but not least, the ultra-talented, god-gifted Kim Kaloyanides Kennedy, who gives so much of herself, in order to continually blend, match, support, and elevate me. As I have worked with other orchestras lately, having to now do the “blending” with players around me, I realize that I haven’t thank you enough Kim for all these years of sublime partnership.

Next, I wish to express gratitude to the musicians of Save Orchestra Hall movement of the 70′s and 80′s, without whom we would not be here today, on the stage of this magnificent Orchestra Hall. It has been a revelation for me to finally view the 70′s video, posted on our MDSO website, of the musicians walking in a circle as the wrecking ball lurks somewhere near. I had heard the story many times, but had never visualized it before.
I would also like to offer a lifetime of gratitude to all past NCs who had vision, strength, courage, talent and dedication, to believe in and uphold this great orchestra. You taught be how to be a dedicated member of AFM.
I would also like to thank past and present members of management and Board who have continually showed kindness and understanding.
Not least is Norris, whom I consider a brother, for whom the fifth paragraph of the press release is dedicated. He and I joined the DSO the same month of the same year. I thank you, Norris and all your team, for protecting and keeping me safe, not only here but also during some of our touring. I will miss you.
Comes to mind next are the smooth, skilled, tireless, and fantastically devoted stage crew, Frank, Larry, Matt and Micky, as well as the extras, who deserve more than our thanks for seamlessly handling all of us, I don’t know of any other orchestras with a stage crew as magnificent as you guys!

To conclude, I wish both of our DSOs fantastic years of great symphonic music and much longevity during these turbulent times.
Music is always timeless,
Best wishes always,
Emmanuelle

Our readers respond:

A magnificent letter from a magnificent musician – and person. Thank you for these many wonderful years.
~ Carole Keller

Ms. Boisvert: I am deeply saddened (and shocked!) that you are leaving out beloved DSO. However things change in one’s life and I realize that you are doing what is best for you and your amazing career. Congratulations and best wishes for your new life in Dallas!
~ Rita Kerr

Has it really been 23 years since she replaced Gordon Staples? Wow, time flies when the music is great. Thank you, Ms. Boisvert, for your leadership of the DSO and all the beautiful music you have given us. I’m so glad I heard your performance of the Beethoven Romances last week. Best wishes to you and your family in Dallas
~ Joan Berndt

A beautiful letter that embodies what it is to be a high-level orchestral musician …
~ Suzanne Bilyeu

I had the great fortune of speaking one-on-one with Emmanuelle during the intermission at last Saturday’s concert. Pure charm and grace. I have always been stirred by Emmanuelle’s emotion conveyed through her craft. My heart is broken again… by another departure from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. I commend Ms Boisvert for the difficult decision that was before her but applaud her decision to continue to share her remarkable gift in a more conducive atmosphere. We will miss you Emmanuelle.
~ Brian Patek

We will certainly miss you – the radiance in your playing and your radiant face when you play. Congratulations! Dallas’ gain is truly our loss.
~ Jenn K

A tearful good-bye. We cannot thank you enough for your singularly beautiful music, your presence and your integrity. To us the Detroit Symphony will not be the same without you. We wish you all the best!
~Phil and Hanna Clampitt

What a blow to all music lovers in Michigan to see you go, Ms. Boisvert. From your impeccable musical roots at Curtis and with Cleveland to your masterful presentation of the solo literature, we looked forward each year to hearing and watching you perform at Orchestra Hall. It is sadly telling, it seems, that you have not expressed any feelings about your current MD, only about ones past. Could there be more to this story than disappointment solely with orchestra management? Whatever the case, your professionalism was fully on display this past Sunday when you so passionately collaborated with M. Slatkin in the two Beethoven Romances. We will be sad to see you leave but equally proud to have had you in our musical lives. Ave atque vale!
~Robert Glassman and Jennie Lieberman

Dear Friends,

I cannot adequately express my thanks to Emmanuelle Boisvert, departing concertmaster of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, for her artistry and good will.

For example, I recall a performance by the Detroit Symphony of Verdi’s “Requiem” some years ago. Ms. Boisvert’s setting forth of the violin solo in that work was far the best that I have heard in decades of concert-going.

May Ms. Boisvert’s association with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra bring her self-fulfillment and happiness.

Further, I cannot adequately voice my concern about the situation that has occasioned Ms. Boisvert’s departure from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

May the orchestra survive the overwhelming loss of Ms. Boisvert and other distinguished musicians.

May the orchestra’s board and management sincerely express thanks to Ms. Boisvert for her meritorious service and demonstrate to the orchestra and the community that supports it an honest commitment to the secure future of this world-renowned ensemble.
~James Toy MSW

 

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Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Click here for the website of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra!

The internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the fourth-oldest symphony orchestra in the United States, is known for trailblazing performances, visionary maestros and collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists. Esteemed conductor Leonard Slatkin, called “America’s Music Director” by the Los Angeles Times, became the 12th Music Director of the DSO during the 2008-09 season. The DSO offers a year-round performance schedule that includes classical, pops, jazz, young people’s concerts and festivals. The DSO makes its home in historic Orchestra Hall, one of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, and actively pursues a mission to impact and serve the community through music.

The number to the DSO Box Office is 313-576-5111

Click HERE to go directly to the DSO Calendar of Events

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Join the SOS Core Group at DSO concerts:

Please consider joining us! We gather near the Top of the Grand Stairway before the concerts, during intermission and afterward to meet with you, enjoy a cocktail and discuss ways in which SOS can support classical music in Detroit! Added bonus – DSO Musicians tend to hang around us!

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Join the SOS Core Group at the Following Concerts!

The SOS Core Group will be attending the following DSO concerts. Please consider joining us, we are eager to meet you face to face!

We will gather before the concerts, during intermission and afterward to meet with you have some fun and discuss ways in which SOS can support classical music in Detroit!

Added bonus – DSO Musicians tend to hang around us!

Get your tickets soon, these concerts are filling up quickly. Follow the links to purchase your tickets online, or call the DSO Box Office at 313-576-5111

Hollywood Blockbusters
Friday June 3, 8:00 PM
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Spring Season at Orchestra Hall comes to a spectacular conclusion as Jeff Tyzik leads music from Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters! Five decades of hits! “James Bond”, “Jaws”, “Superman” and “Star Wars”. The best musical moments from Hollywood’s hottest hits!

19th Annual Salute to America
June 30 – July 1,2,3 – 6:00 pm
Celebrate America with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra at Greenfield Village for an evening of music under the stars. Bring your picnic and hear musical Americana, topped off with Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” and a fireworks finale! DSO subscribers and members of The Henry Ford receive discount admission.

DSO at the Ford House
July 8,9 – 8:30 pm
The DSO performs at the historic Ford House – join us for two magical evenings of music on the lakeside lawn, with the backdrop of the magnificent Ford House literally setting the stage. Each performance will be followed by a thrilling fireworks finale.

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Lilit Danielyan Says Good-Bye

lilitcopyLilit Danielyan, an eleven-year veteran of the Detroit Symphony’s violin section is saying good-bye after winning an audition to join the Dallas Symphony. She will be joining DSO’s Concertmaster, Emmanuelle Boisvert, and Principal Timpanist, Brian Jones, who previously announced their departures for Dallas.

Born in Yerevan, Armenia, in 1975, Lilit’s talent for music was recognized at a very early age. When she was just 12, she made her professional debut with the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra, performing Saint-Saens’s Violin Concerto No. 3 and, as a student, won numerous awards including Second Prize at the Soviet Youth Violin Competition in Odessa, Ukraine, in 1989 and First Prize at the International Mozart Competition in Belgium in 1991. Following an intense period of study in London and the United States, Lilit joined the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in 2000.

A Message from Lilit Danielyan:

Music is the universal language of the heart. Music, in all its variety, speaks to and is understood intuitively by every person on this planet. As a member of Detroit Symphony’s violin section, I helped each week to bring music to life on the magnificent stage of Orchestra Hall. It is this music that gathers our beloved audiences together, no matter their nationality or mother tongue, to listen, enjoy and experience a deep inner resonance as our music touches them in a way that the spoken word cannot.

Please know that the Detroit Symphony Orchestra is doing its very best to keep the heart of Detroit alive at home, through its many performances, and away, when on tour or being broadcast.

Dear Audience Members, You have been wonderful in your support of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Please be there to help the musicians of the DSO continue their work of bringing spectacular classical music performances in the spirit of beauty, harmony, kindness and goodness to Michigan and the world.

My Dear Colleagues, Thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart for the many years of friendship and wonderful memories. I will cherish them. Although I have decided to move to Dallas to continue my career, I am ever so proud to have been part of this orchestra performing alongside each of you, where I was privileged to share my gift of making music at the highest possible level.

We, in turn, wish Lilit God’s speed as she and her husband, Grigor Poghosyan, and their two children, Shackay and Arman, embark on a new voyage. We will surely miss you all.

—The Musicians of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra

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DSO Concertmaster Resigns

Read the article on John Guinn’s Blog

DSO Concertmaster Resigns

by johnrockneguinn on May 26, 2011

Detroit Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Emmanuelle Boisvert’s departure to become associate concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony is a major blow to our orchestra, its patrons and the cultural health of southeastern lower Michigan.

Do the faulty DSO managers, along with those dangerously naive board members who continue to support them, realize just how serious Boisvert’s departure is?

For this is not simply the case of a gifted violinist flitting about from one ensemble to another. Boisvert has been Detroit’s concertmaster for 23 years. She came on board at the ripe young age of 25, the first female to hold the concertmaster’s position in a major American orchestra.

She leaves for a lesser position in Dallas trailing a glorious legacy. Not only has her solo work been consistently superb, her intense artistic personality has had a major impact on the unique sonic character of Detroit’s orchestra.

Boisvert has said that she had planned to stay in Detroit for her entire career. What lured her to Dallas, she says, is simple: the Dallas orchestra’s commitment to classical music, the intrinsic respect offered to the musicians and the emphasis placed on communication and teamwork at all levels.

What a sad indictment of the current workings of the Detroit orchestra’s board and management! What a severe wound to the struggling, post-strike musicians who are trying to maintain the health and character of their ensemble!

In a statement sent to DSO board and staff members today, executive director Anne Parsons wrote that the information about Boisvert’s departure “was released to the press directly by the Orchestra, with some of us learning about Emmanuelle’s decision at this morning’s Executive Committee meeting, from her musician peers who sit on that committee.”

Wonder why.

The fact is, orchestra is losing its major individual lynchpin. Adieu, Emmanuelle! We will miss you mightily!

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Plus ça change…

By Frank Almond
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By now most everyone has heard about the latest developments in Detroit. My first reaction was one of shock and surprise; the surprise lessened considerably after I thought it through a little more. In fact, I found myself wondering why she hadn’t bailed out sooner. But nobody should misconstrue what’s happened- a major loss for the orchestra at a precarious time, and a definitive vote of no confidence from one of its most prominent and visible musicians.

I don’t know Emmanuelle Boisvert very well, only peripherally during our time as “co-concertmasters” in Seattle, more recently through some informal email exchanges, and of course from her excellent reputation. On the surface, it might seem odd that the CM from Detroit would up and leave after 23 years for an associate position in Dallas, a group with a traditionally smaller budget and perhaps less historical cachet. But I also played in Dallas several times this year as CM (the orchestra had many guests this season), and there are a lot or compelling things happening there. Attention Mr. Woodcock/Teachout/ other Chicken Little charter members: the Dallas Symphony has it going on.

As I can attest, and as Ms. Boisvert noted in her eloquent statement, the Dallas orchestra currently functions in an atmosphere of respect, ambition, financial stability, and an upward artistic trajectory. Jaap van Zweden has big plans, and despite some recent leadership changes on the admin side, things are moving in a notably positive direction. Contrast this with the catastrophic events in Detroit over the last year coupled with their current habitual inertia and the Board’s evident refusal to make the necessary leadership adjustments at the top, and a large middle finger is not unexpected from any musician.

Consider the colossally tepid statement from the Detroit board chair, Stanley Frankel:

“The DSO learned of this disappointing loss just this morning. We thank Emmanuelle Boisvert for her many years of dedicated service and artistic excellence and wish her much happiness and success in her future endeavors with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

Retaining and attracting top talent remains a priority for the DSO at every level and under the leadership of our Music Director Leonard Slatkin, the DSO will continue to achieve tremendous artistic success while building a sustainable and viable business model going forward.”

Huh? 23 years as Concertmaster, and that’s it? Incidentally, the silence from Executive Director Anne Parsons was notable, as was the absence of a comment from Music Director Leonard Slatkin (in my opinion he’s about the only beacon of hope left around there).

I have news for Mr. Frankel, the Board, Ms. Parsons, and other subscribers to the absurd notion that top musicians can be easily and quickly replaced without substantially damaging the brand name and artistic quality: that won’t happen.

A great ensemble (or business, or team) is dependent on well-developed and sophisticated working relationships that can take years to refine. Further, musicians who stay for decades develop deep roots in the community, which benefits everyone. At this point Detroit has very little chance of attracting anything close to experienced “top talent”, especially for the position of Concertmaster. Of course there are legions of kids coming out of music schools who will play beautifully. Over a period of years (yes, years), some will be hired to replace departing musicians from this season. With rare exceptions they will be stand-ins; proxies for experienced artists that made the orchestra what it was for all those years before the strike.

My sense is that Ms. Boisvert will not be the last veteran musician to depart Detroit over the next several months; time will tell. Beyond the strike-ending settlement, I suppose one can hope that the Board will eventually realize what other changes are necessary to stop both the hemorrhaging of talent and the Detroit Symphony’s race to the bottom.

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Drew McManus – Reading Between The Lines In Detroit

Reading Between The Lines In Detroit
May 26, 2011 | Drew McManus

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Following the news that Detroit Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Emmanuelle Boisvert decided to leave her position for an associate concertmaster position at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony issues a brief statement from board chair, Stanley Frankel. Frankel’s statement could perhaps best be described as profoundly indifferent…

“The DSO learned of this disappointing loss just this morning. We thank Emmanuelle Boisvert for her many years of dedicated service and artistic excellence and wish her much happiness and success in her future endeavors with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

Retaining and attracting top talent remains a priority for the DSO at every level and under the leadership of our Music Director Leonard Slatkin, the DSO will continue to achieve tremendous artistic success while building a sustainable and viable business model going forward.”

The obligatory “retraining top talent remains a priority” phrase certainly has a hollow ring to it in light of the fact that losing a concertmaster, the primary artistic member next to the music director, to an orchestra with a traditionally smaller budget is an intense event. Make no mistake, this is a profound blow to the Detroit Symphony. It delivers exponentially more punch when said concertmaster left for a position that is considered a step down.

If you run Frankel’s message through a spin filter, it might come across something like this: So long as Leonard sticks around we don’t care who leaves and the more high price salaries we can get rid of, the better. Don’t expect a bon voyage party and don’t bother cleaning out your locker, we’ll send* your things along to your new address.

If there is any doubt behind Boisvert’s motivation, it will be washed away with the following passage from her press statement.

“This winter I performed with the Dallas Symphony on several occasions and marveled at their organization’s commitment to classical music, the intrinsic respect offered to musicians by the administration and esteemed Music Director, Jaap van Zweden, and the emphasis they place on communication and teamwork at all levels. I had planned to stay in Detroit for my entire career, but Dallas presented me with an opportunity I simply couldn’t refuse.”

In case you didn’t catch the message in the Grand Canyon size gaps between the lines, then allow me: I’m leaving because I can’t stand working for our current board and administrative executive leadership. Sticking around to make things better from the inside out is neither sustainable nor viable. I don’t care that my new gig is a step down in status (and perhaps pay), but the thought of working for this leadership team is so impalpable I took the first reasonable offer to come my way from a group that isn’t a fire to the frying pan that is the new Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

In case anyone was wondering whether or not Detroit Symphony musicians were capable of getting out of Dodge post-haste in the face of the “oversupply of musicians” and/or “lack of openings” arguments, Boisvert’s defection should pretty much put a railroad spike size nail into that coffin.

*C.O.D, parcel post.

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DSO’S CONCERTMASTER, EMMANUELLE BOISVERT, SAYS GOODBYE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 5/25/11
DSO’S CONCERTMASTER, EMMANUELLE BOISVERT, SAYS GOODBYE

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Detroit – Emmanuelle Boisvert, Concertmaster of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra for twenty-three years, will be moving to another DSO to continue her career. Emmanuelle has accepted an Associate Concertmaster position with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra beginning September 2011.
Ms. Boisvert joined the Detroit Symphony at the age of 25, becoming the first woman to win the concertmaster position at a major American orchestra and, for more than two decades, has led DSO musicians with consummate professionalism and dedication. During Emmanuelle’s tenure, the violin section maintained and intensified its deep sonority and virtuosity, and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra matured into one the most respected major orchestras in the United States.
“When I arrived Detroit in 1988,” said Emmanuelle, “ I was quite young – just beginning my career, really. After graduating from Curtis, I freelanced in Philadelphia and subsequently joined the Cleveland Orchestra under the direction of Christoph von Dohnanyi. Two years later the Detroit Symphony and its Music Director Gunter Herbig presented me with the performance opportunity of a lifetime – the chance to lead a great orchestra. To this day, I remain grateful for their decision to place such trust in me.”
She continued, “It has been a privilege for me to work with my colleagues and to make spectacular music both live and recorded with Maestro Neeme Javi in our magnificent home — Orchestra Hall. I have been the fortunate recipient, through veteran musicians in the orchestra, of the wisdom of such DSO Music Directors as Paul Paray and Antal Dorati. I have also enjoyed sharing the duties of selecting new, amazingly talented musicians for the orchestra with the goal of ensuring highest quality in classical music performances for Detroit and Michigan for many years to come.”
“On the personal side,” she said, “The great City of Detroit and it residents have taught me to be patient, loving, kindhearted, devoted, strong, and tenacious – the qualities also possessed by my three children, who were all born in Detroit.”
“This winter I performed with the Dallas Symphony on several occasions and marveled at their organization’s commitment to classical music, the intrinsic respect offered to musicians by the administration and esteemed Music Director, Jaap van Zweden, and the emphasis they place on communication and teamwork at all levels. I had planned to stay in Detroit for my entire career, but Dallas presented me with an opportunity I simply couldn’t refuse. Making the decision to leave Detroit has been heart wrenching,” said Emmanuelle.
Geoffrey Applegate, DSO’s Principal Second Violin, added, “Emma will be distraught at leaving her colleagues. We are a very close-knit team on-stage and our success is due in large part to our intricate working relationship. This Friday will mark Emma’s final performance as Concertmaster with us in Orchestra Hall and we will make it a very special concert for her — she has been the heart of our orchestra for a long time and we will miss her terribly. We wish her nothing but the best in her future endeavors.”
Emmanuelle will be joining Brian Jones, DSO’s Principal Timpanist, who also is departing for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra at the end of this season.

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CONTACT: Linton Bodwin, MDSO Committee Chairman 248-227-3367 (cell) or 248-642-3384 (home), limelakeman@comcast.net

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Hyla versicolor vs Detroit Symphony Orchestra!

A few summers ago, one of the DSO evening concerts Hanna and I attended at Meadow Brook lingers in my memory because of an unusual event. My memory of this concert is selective. I recall that Thomas Wilkins conducted, and that the weather was problematic. We had purchased lawn tickets. The rainstorm held off during most of the first half of the concert, which as I recall featured a piano soloist (who, or what he played, I can’t remember). Then the thunder and lightning and rain came, and many of us scurried as quickly as we could from the lawn to seats inside the pavilion–there were plenty of unoccupied seats there–where, with a roof over our heads, we stayed relatively dry. By the time intermission ended, the worst of the storm had passed. Dvorak’s Eighth Symphony, which deserves more performances than it usually gets, was scheduled for the second half. Shortly after the first movement began, the very loud trill of a tree frog (the frog is quite small, but it has a very loud voice), up in the rafters of the pavilion, began accompanying the music of Dvorak coming from the orchestra! After the first movement ended, Maestro Wilkins turned to the audience and remarked: “And he didn’t even buy a ticket!” Laughter and applause. The frog eventually lost interest, apparently, and maybe moved on, but the delightful music of Dvorak continued. I like to think that Dvorak himself, had he been present, would have enjoyed the spectacle of having his 8th Symphony accompanied by a frog!

That’s not quite all of the story. A generally favorable review of the concert, by Mark Stryker, appeared in the Detroit Free Press a couple of days later. But what I (as a biologist) knew to be a gray tree frog (Hyla versicolor*, I think; there is a closely related species that it can be confused with) was, to Mr. Stryker’s ears, “a pigeon.” His great knowledge and love of classical music was not accompanied by an equal knowledge of the music of the natural world. I was sufficiently exercised by the error that I wrote a letter to the Free Press to point it out. Sadly, they never printed my letter. Most of those who heard the concert probably believe, to this day–if they read the review and didn’t know better–that the creature who joined in with the music of Dvorak that night at Meadow Brook was a pigeon. Now all of you who read this will know the TRUTH!

Phil

* Try Google to learn more about the gray tree frog, Hyla versicolor.

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Karl Paulnack Welcome address

Below is an excerpt from a welcome address given to parents of incoming students at the Boston Conservatory on September 1, 2004, by Dr. Karl Paulnack, director of Music Division.

One of my parents’ deepest fears, I suspect, is that society would not properly value me as a musician, that I wouldn’t be appreciated. I had very good grades in high school, I was good in science and math, and they imagined that as a doctor or a research chemist or an engineer, I might be more appreciated than I would be as a musician. I still remember my mother’s remark when I announced my decision to apply to music school—she said, “you’re wasting your SAT scores!” On some level, I think, my parents were not sure themselves what the value of music was, what its purpose was. And they loved music: they listened to classical music all the time. They just weren’t really clear about its function. So let me talk about that a little bit, because we live in a society that puts music in the “arts and entertainment” section of the newspaper, and serious music, the kind your kids are about to engage in, has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with entertainment, in fact it’s the opposite of entertainment. Let me talk a little bit about music, and how it works…

Click HERE for a link to the entire article on The Boston Conservatory.edu

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Ignite The Soul!

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Who says kids don’t appreciate classical music?

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And another thing!

And another thing:  I live in Birmingham. It takes me 20 minutes to zip down 696/75 to sail on the beautiful Detroit River. I’ve been known to make it to my son’s home in Cork Town in 12 minutes if I’m late for a gathering! What’s all this” too far away” stuff?

I’ve been known to take 45 minutes traveling to Commerce Township and other places out in “pick-a-lake” Michigan (Waterford and beyond), and no one complains about that!

My son-in-law is a 15 year veteran of the Detroit Police Force and he worries about my safety more in the burbs than in The D! I LOVE DETROIT! More on this later!

~ Judy

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Steinway Piano Gallery Concert

I spent a lovely evening at Steinway Piano gallery of Detroit in Commerce Township last night, listening to four Fab DSO musicians and four Fab friends of theirs play a concert, and as usual I sat right up close!

I met several DSO supporters for some good chats as well as a few of those “Orchestra Hall is too far away” folks that I was able prod into getting tickets for this weeks event at The Hall!

Boy will they be glad they went! Too far – huh? Cleveland is too far which is why we are soooo happy to have OUR orchestra back in OUR Orchestra Hall!

Scott Harrison from DSO management was also on hand, with his casual easy manner, to promote upcoming DSO concerts!

There’s just nothing like the music when played by the best. Nothing. And Cleveland is “too far”!

~ Judy

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Bach on Bamboo in the forest

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Free All-Beethoven Webcast This Friday

Live from Orchestra Hall
Free All-Beethoven Webcast This Friday

 

Live from Orchestra Hall
www.dso.org/live 

Fri., May 20, 10:45 AM
Thu., May 26, 7:30 PM

Tune into www.dso.org/live this Friday, May 20 at 10:45 AM to watch Live from Orchestra Hall, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s new series of live HD webcasts, and enjoy the DSO with pristine sound and video. 

Friday’s concert is an all-Beethoven program featuring the Third Symphony (“Eroica”) and the Violin Romances with DSO Concertmaster Emmanuelle Boisvert as soloist.  Music Director Leonard Slatkin conducts.

Join us prior to the concert, at 10 AM, for the live announcement of the 2011-2012 season with Music Director Leonard Slatkin and special guests.

This program is generously underwritten by Phillip Wm. Fisher and is produced in collaboration with Detroit Public Television.

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The Low Down, Alex Hanna and friends

The Low Down, a concert highlighting the deep appeal of the double bass. The DCWS Nightnotes series takes place in the intimate atmosphere of Hagopian World of Rugs in Birmingham. A reception begins at 8 PM with the music starting at 8:30 PM.

Click here for more information

Presented by Detroit Chamber Winds

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SOS Volunteers step up to help at Will Call

SOS members Bev, Barry and Sophia helping out at the DSO Will Call table at Sunday’s concert.

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Olga Kern plays Tchaikovsky in Dearborn

Click HERE to purchase tickets online.

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Emmanuelle in Concert at Seligman!

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