Asia Tour 2017 marks DSO’s first international tour in 16 years; guest soloists include pianist Makoto Ozone and violinist Akiko Suwanai in Japan, and cellist Trey Lee in China

Free Detroit send-off concert at Orchestra Hall on July 9 at 3 p.m.

Follow the DSO on the road throughout July at #DSOAsia2017

Detroit, (June 27, 2017) – On Tuesday, July 11, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) departs on its historic Asia Tour 2017, a trip that will include the orchestra’s debut performances in China and its first visit to Japan in 19 years. Music Director Leonard Slatkin will conduct the DSO in eleven concerts from July 14 to 29, 2017, from Tokyo to Shanghai, marking his first overseas tour with the orchestra and the DSO’s first international tour since Europe in October 2001. The DSO’s Asia Tour 2017 will launch with a free hometown send-off concert in Detroit on Sunday, July 9 at 3:00 p.m. that will be webcast online through the Live from Orchestra Hall series.

“It brings me great pleasure to be able to perform with the wonderful musicians of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in Japan and China,” said DSO Music Director Leonard Slatkin. “The DSO’s webcast series has engaged a global online audience for six years, and we are now eager to play live for many people who have become fans by watching us on their screens. We are proud of our reputation as a bold and forward-thinking orchestra, and we will always aim to be friendly and engaged with all of our audiences, both at home and abroad, while maintaining the utmost artistic excellence.”

“Music is a universal language that inspires collaboration,” said DSO President and CEO Anne Parsons. “With this tour, the DSO is providing unique opportunities for partnership and intersection between the arts, tourism, business, community, and education sectors. The DSO is particularly honored to bring the positive message of Michigan as a premier destination for creative and business achievement, and we hope that this tour stimulates ongoing exchange and cooperation between the great city of Detroit and all the communities where we perform. We thank our tour sponsors for their engagement and support of this vision.”

Lead support for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Asia Tour 2017 is provided by the William Davidson Foundation and Ford Motor Company and Ford Motor Company Fund.

Major support is provided by General Motors, Princeton Management and Lamont Street Partners, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, and Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

Friend support is provided by Little Caesars Enterprises, Inc., Toyota, Shinola, The Applebaum Family Foundation, Deloitte, Lear, Oakland County Economic Development Corporation, Aisin Group, Delphi Automotive, and Denso. Community support is provided by the Barbara Frankel and Ronald Michalak, Detroit Chinese Business Association, Japan Business Society of Detroit, Michigan China Innovation Center, and Michigan State University.

“Bill Davidson was a long-time supporter of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. He wanted the orchestra to travel and represent the best of Michigan and its cultural institutions,” says Ralph J. Gerson, a member of the William Davidson Foundation’s executive committee and an officer of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. “In keeping with his vision, the William Davidson Foundation is pleased to support the symphony’s tour of Asia. China and Japan are of increasing importance to our community, economically and culturally. We are delighted residents of these countries will have the opportunity to enjoy our outstanding symphony just as we do.”

“The DSO is more than a collection of talented musicians. They are cultural ambassadors for our entire region,” said Jim Vella, President, Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services. “We are proud to build on our long history of supporting the orchestra by enabling new audiences to share in the joy of a DSO performance.”

“As longstanding supporters of the DSO, we know firsthand of the rich cultural history the orchestra shares with its audiences and we’re proud to once again help expand the audience abroad,” said Jackie Parker, Director of Corporate Giving, General Motors.

The DSO is grateful for the leadership of its Board of Directors on Asia Tour 2017, in particular Chairman Mark A. Davidoff and Asia Tour Chairman Arthur C. (Bud) Liebler. The DSO would also like to thank additional leadership from its Asia Tour Steering Committee: Consul General Mitsuhiro Wada and Public Relations Officer Mizuki Eguchi of the Consulate-General of Japan in Detroit; Consul General Hong Lei and Consul for Cultural Affairs Min Zhang of the Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of China in Chicago; Milan Stevanovich, Vice President, Global Strategy, of the Detroit China Business Association; Jerry Xu, President of the Detroit Chinese Learning Foundation; Takashi Omitsu, Corporate Executive Advisor for IMRA; Jim Forger, Dean of the College of Music at Michigan State University; Brian Connors, Executive Director of the Michigan-China Innovation Center; Shirley Young of Shirley Young Associates, LLC, and senior adviser to General Motors Asia Pacific; John Bracey, Executive Director of the State of Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs; and Ralph Gerson, Board Member, William Davidson Foundation.

The DSO thanks its tour organizers for their ongoing guidance: Masahide Kajimoto, Sylvie Bouchard, Uliana Khamkheeva, and Jörn Tews at Kajimoto Music for Japan and June Shillman and Black Cats Production Company for China.

DSO Asia Tour 2017
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra will launch its Asia Tour 2017 with a free hometown send-off concert in Orchestra Hall on Sunday, July 9 at 3 p.m. to say thank you to its supporters and fans in the Detroit community. The performance, led by Music Director Leonard Slatkin, will feature repertoire to be performed on the tour: Cindy McTee’s Double Play, Korngold’s Violin Concerto with guest soloist Akiko Suwanai, and Copland’s Symphony No. 3 (recently released as a recording with the composer’s Three Latin American Sketches on the Naxos label).

The July 9 send-off concert will also be webcast for free via the DSO’s Live from Orchestra Hall series presented by the Ford Motor Company Fund and made possible by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. DSO fans can view the webcasts anywhere, on any device, at dso.org/live.

The DSO will then depart from Detroit Metro Airport on Tuesday, July 11, arriving in Tokyo, Japan the following day. While in Japan, the DSO will perform at Seitoku University in Chiba on July 14, Toyota City on July 15, and Osaka on July 16. The DSO then returns to Tokyo for a concert on July 17 and performance as part of the International Music Festival NIPPON on July 19. The Japan leg of the DSO’s tour concludes in Fukui on July 20. Guest soloists in Japan will be pianist Makoto Ozone and violinist Akiko Suwanai.

The DSO will then fly from Japan to China for five concerts, performing in Suzhou on July 22, Wuhan on July 23, Changsha on July 25, and Chongqing on July 27, before concluding the tour with a performance in Shanghai at the Oriental Arts Center on July 29. The guest soloist in China be cellist Trey Lee. The DSO will return to Detroit from Shanghai on Sunday, July 30.

Music to be performed on tour will include several American works that Slatkin and the DSO have highlighted in recent seasons. Full repertoire for the concerts in Japan will be: Copland’s Symphony No. 3, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue (featuring Ozone), Korngold’s Violin Concerto and Takemitsu’s Far calls, coming far! (both featuring Suwanai), Barber’s Adagio for Strings, Bernstein’s Candide Overture, and Cindy McTee’s Double Play. In China, repertoire will be Chinese composer Wang Liping’s The Dream of the Red Chamber Capriccio for Cello and Orchestra (arr. Alfred Wong and Trey Lee, with Lee as soloist), as well as Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 and Bernstein’s Candide Overture.

Follow the DSO on tour throughout the month on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, using #DSOAsia2017.


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