DSO returns to Meadow Brook, with Joshua Bell

Stephanie Sokol for The Pit

Joshua Bell will perform with the DSO at Meadow Brook Music Festival on Thursday, July 24. Photo/Wikimedia
Joshua Bell will perform with the DSO at Meadow Brook Music Festival on Thursday, July 24. Photo/Wikimedia

After a four year hiatus from performing at Meadow Brook, the DSO returns to the venue this Thursday for a concert with violinist Joshua Bell.

The DSO last performed at Meadow Brook as a full orchestra in 2010. Since then they have presented a couple of other programs like Yo-Yo Ma’s Goat Rodeo, in partnership with the venue, according to Gabrielle Poshlado of the DSO.

“My favorite part of performing at Meadowbrook is that it’s a less formal atmosphere and a great place for families to come to concerts. When they were young, my own children heard a lot of classical music and were introduced to live performances by coming to Meadowbrook. In the outdoor setting, families can be together, and the kids can move around and be a little more fidgety. They can even go to sleep – that’s ok! They’re there and they’re experiencing the orchestra and great music,” Bass player Larry Hutchinson said.

Of course, no outdoor venue can match the great acoustics of our wonderful Orchestra Hall, but Meadow Brook is a natural amphitheater and has great acoustics for an outdoor venue. We love playing there and the orchestra is very excited to be performing there again.”

Michael Stern, who serves as Kansas City Symphony Music Director, will conductor the hour and 27-minute performance. The program includes works by Glinka, Ravel, Stravinsky, Kodaly and Bruch, bringing a variety of classical pieces to the stage.

Known as the “poet of the violin,” Bell, a Bloomington, Indiana native, is one of the world’s most celebrated violinists due to his tone, charisma and virtuosity. He began his musical career at age 4, when he received his first violin. Since then, he has earned awards for his performances, and has more than 40 CDs recorded under Sony Classical.

“We’ve worked with Joshua Bell several times before and the pieces he’s playing are well known to all of us,” Bass player Larry Hutchinson said. “The purpose of the rehearsal, like it is when we work with all great soloists, is to adapt our accompaniment to his interpretation of the music. When all know their jobs, conductor, orchestra and soloist, then it all comes together very quickly. It will be a wonderful performance.”

Tickets to Detroit Symphony Orchestra featuring Joshua Bell go on sale on at 10 a.m. May 10 and are available online at dso.org and palacenet.com, by phone at 313.576.5111 or at the Max M. Fisher Box Office at 3711 Woodward Ave. in Detroit or The Palace Ticket Store and all Ticketmaster locations. Tickets may be also charged by phone to American Express, Discover, Visa and MasterCard by calling 800.745.3000. Lawn seats are $15 and Pavilion seats begin at $25. A limited number of lawn 4-packs will be available for $44.

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