DETROIT SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Leonard Slatkin, music director
Olga Kern, piano
Copland Three Latin American Sketches
Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini
Brahms Symphony No. 4
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1887 and is the fourth-oldest orchestra in the United States, with a proud tradition of trailblazing performances, visionary maestros and collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists.
Leonard Slatkin, hailed by the Los Angeles Times as “America’s Music Director,” became the Detroit Symphony Orchestra‘s 12th music director in 2008, bringing his own international reputation as one of the world’s extraordinary conductors. His musicianship and his passion for educating young people has brought the Detroit Symphony Orchestra into a new era of revitalized performances and community engagement. Under Maestro Slatkin, the orchestra’s innovative, unprecedented webcast series Live from Orchestra Hall since 2011 has brought concerts available for free to millions of music lovers on the Web.
Olga Kern, the striking young Russian Gold Medal winner of the 2001 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition — whose performance of the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3 made her the first woman to achieve this distinction in over 30 years — made her New York City debut in Carnegie's Zankel Hall in May 2004. Eleven days later she returned to New York to play at Carnegie again, this time on the stage of the Isaac Stern Auditorium at the invitation of Carnegie Hall. Kern is a magnetic performer with one of the most prodigious piano techniques of any young pianist.