Detroit Symphony Orchestra Performs Orff’s “Carmina Burana”, 2-1-2014
Three months of hindsight now compel us to share here with you, our adoring public, a devastating mid-winter performance by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra of Carl Orff’s grandiose cantata, “Carmina Burana“, featuring the UMS Choral Union and Ann Arbor Youth Chorale:
Over the course of his distinguished careeer, DSO Conductor and Music Director Leonard Slatkin has produced over 100 recordings with the likes of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington D.C., the Saint Louis Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic, garnering 7 Grammy awards and 64 nominations.
I Love Detroit Michigan considers Orchestra Hall, at 3711 Woodward Avenue, to be as much a part of any DSO performance as the orchestra itself. Designed by Detroit’s preeminent theatre architect, C. Howard Crane, and completed in 1919, this beautiful and historic venue was constructed as the original home of the DSO, with world class acoustics as pleasing to the ear as its lavish Beaux-Arts interior is to the eye.
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In its early years the Hall would play host to classical masters like Rubinstein, Horowitz, Casals and Rachmaninoff, but in 1939 the DSO moved to larger facilities. In ’41 the hall was reborn as the legendary Paradise Theater, featuring performances by nearly every major Jazz star of the era: Charlie Parker, Cab Calloway, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Lena Horne, Dizzy Gillespie, Billie Holliday, Duke Ellington, and Detroit’s own Jackie Wilson, just to name a few. By late 1970 Orchestra Hall was vacant, deteriorating and scheduled for demolition, but the “Save Orchestra Hall” Movement, led by DSO bassoonist Paul Ganson, would score a major victory for historical preservation in the city of Detroit. A 20-year, $6.8 million renovation followed, and in 1989 the DSO would at last return to its original home. ~I♥DM