Detroit Symphony Orchestra: “Home For The Holidays” – Orchestra Hall, Detroit 12-17-2011
Ring in the 2011 holiday season with our newly posted videos from the excellent Detroit Symphony Orchestra “Home For The Holidays” concert at Orchestra Hall, while bearing in mind that no video can equal seeing it live and in person. Featured pieces include: 1) a unique arrangement of Mykola Leontovych’s Christmas classic, “Carol of the Bells”, featuring the DSO Musical Director’s son, Daniel Slatkin, on piano, 2) a Ralph Greaves’ adaptation of Ralph Vaughn Williams’ arrangement of ‘Greensleeves’ aka “Fantasia on Greensleeves”, 3) a selection from Christopher Rouse’s ‘Karolju’, featuring the Bloomfield Hills Andover High School Choir and the Grosse Pointe South High School Singers, and 4) a condensed arrangement from Tchaikovsky’s ‘Nutcracker Suite’.
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. The Hall would play host to classical masters like Rubinstein, Horowitz, Casals and Rachmaninoff in its early years, 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