DSO ADDS BRAZILIAN FLAIR TO CLASSICAL FARE AT FORD HOUSE CONCERTS
(DETROIT, June 20, 2012) —The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) and Edsel & Eleanor Ford Houses’s (Ford House) third annual collaboration places the Orchestra on the grounds of the elegant Grosse Pointe Shores estate, serenading audiences as the sun sets over Lake Saint Clair. The two-concert series begins with a “Bossa Nova” themed evening of Brazilian music, featuring accordionist and bandoneonist Julien Labro, Brazilian singer and guitarist Paulinho Garcia and other special guests as they perform music from South America featuring such standards as “The Girl from Ipanema” and Piazzolla's “Adios Nonino.” A classical program will follow, featuring such favorites as excerpts from Bizet’s Carmen Suite and Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain. Concerts take place on Friday, July 13 and Saturday, July 14 at 7:30 p.m. with a thrilling fireworks finale at 9:30 p.m. Conductor Carolyn Kuan will join the DSO both evenings.
The grounds of Ford House will open at 6 p.m. to allow attendees the opportunity to explore the gardens, stroll along the lake and Bird Island – a small peninsula on the premises that is a well-known stopping place for migratory birds and enjoy pre-concert music performed by area students
Carolyn Kuan is increasingly recognized as one of the most exciting, innovative and outstanding conductors of her generation.Newly appointed the 10th Music Director of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Kuan’s recent North America engagements have included concerts with the Baltimore, San Francisco, Detroit, Seattle, Milwaukee, North Carolina, and Toledo symphonies; the Florida and Louisville orchestras; the New York City Ballet; and the New York City Opera. Recent international engagements have included concerts with the Bournemouth Symphony, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Hong Kong Philharmonic, and Orquesta Sinfónica de Yucatán. In her debut album to be released in January 2012, Kuan conducts the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra for the Naxos label.
Julien Labro is one of the foremost international accordion and bandoneon players in both the classical and jazz worlds. Labro has toured extensively throughout the United States and Europe, and has performed in France, Italy, Slovenia, Andorra, Portugal, Germany, Croatia, Finland, Sweden, and Switzerland. Stateside, he has been a guest artist with numerous symphonies and chamber ensembles including the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, A Far Cry chamber orchestra, the Grosse Pointe Symphony, the Birmingham-Bloomfield Symphony and the Michigan Pops Orchestra. Labro also performed at the International Finnish Accordion Festival, and the International Las Vegas Accordion Convention, where he was featured with accordion legends Dick Contino and Art Van Damme. With a Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies and in Music Composition, Labro has performed at numerous jazz venues and festivals. His performance with the "Hot Club of Detroit" garnered numerous critical acclaims and prizes like "Best Jazz Traditional Group" at the Detroit Music Awards 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2011. Labro is an arranger for several professional ensembles including the Ensemble Vivant of Toronto, the conductorless Boston-based chamber orchestra A Far Cry and Curtis On Tour from the Curtis Institute of Music faculty of Philadelphia.
Guitar-vocalist Paulinho Garcia was born in Brazil and presently lives in Chicago, Ill. Although Paulinho has been a passionate musician for more than 50 years it wasn't until the early 1990s that guitar became his main instrument. As a teenager he began on drums, and casually picked up bass when an amateur band needed a bass player at the last minute. Bass remained his main instrument for many years as he developed his career in Brazil. Completely self-taught, Paulinho became well-known in his hometown as a jingle composer, arranger, and performed with various band for radio and television. Paulinho has been part of the world's jazz scene since he moved to the USA in 1979. To date, he has released 16 albums with plans to release one more by the end of this year. In addition to his thriving discography, Paulinho was named Chicago's Best Jazz Entertainer in 2001 for his work with the jazz duo Two for Brazil, 2010 Person of the Year by the Brazil Club, and Chicago Tribune's Chicagoan of the year in Jazz in 2010. His 50 years of Bossa Nova concert at the Chicago Millennium Park on July 24th, 2008, alongside Joao Donato brought a record audience of 12,000 people and in December of the same year he shared the Esplanade Hall stage in Singapore with Jeremy Monteiro and Toots Tielemans for a sold out audience of 1,600 people.
Tickets for Detroit Symphony at Ford House
are priced $12-25, with limited advance-purchase preferred seating at $50 and VIP tickets $175. Pre-paid parking is available for $5. To purchase, contact the Max M. Fisher Music Center Box Office at 3711 Woodward Ave., call 313.576.5111 or visit www.dso.org. For group discount information (10 people or more), please contact Chuck Dyer at (313) 576-5130 or email@example.com. To purchase VIP tickets, contact Ford House at
(313) 453-2031. Concerts will be canceled in the case of rain or severe weather conditions. For more details, visit www.dso.org/fordhouse
About the DSO:
The internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the fourth-oldest symphony orchestra in the United States, is known for trailblazing performances, visionary maestros, collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists, and an unwavering commitment to Detroit. 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 performance schedule that includes Classical, Pops, Jazz, Young People’s, Neighborhood 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. In April 2011, the DSO launched Live from Orchestra Hall, an unprecedented webcast series that makes DSO concerts available for free on the web and mobile devices. On May 10, 2013, the DSO will return to Carnegie Hall with Maestro Slatkin to perform all four Ives symphonies in one evening. For more information, visit www.dso.org
About the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House:
Since 1978, Ford Househas been inspiring visitors from all over the world through interpretive tours, lectures, exhibits, classes, special events and programs. The historic estate engages visitors through exploration of its unique connections to art, design, history and the environment while celebrating family traditions and community relationships. For more information about Ford House, go to www.fordhouse.org
or call (313) 884-4222. Ford House is located at 1100 Lake Shore Road in Grosse Pointe