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Classical 101

Detroit Symphony and Charles Ives at Carnegie Hall

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra will perform all four of the symphonies of American composer Charles Ives in Carnegie Hall. Leonard Slatkin will conduct.   The program is, however, still over a year away.  The concert is scheduled for May 13, 2013, as part of the Spring for Music Festival. The festival series will include five other American orchestras:  The Baltimore Symphony, where Marin Alsop is Music Director, The Buffalo Philharmonic, led by JoAnn Falletta, and the Albany, Oregon, and National Symphony orchestras.  Slatkin's choice of Charles Ives is an interesting one considering the range of Ives' symphonies, from the traditional early First Symphony, and more individual Second, to the increasingly more progressive Third and Fourth Symphonies.  The conductor stated that he hopes to develop a "signature sound that is uniquely Detroit." Given some of the orchestra's problems recently, including the drawn out six-month strike last year, its good to see that it may get back into the swing of things with some good public exposure.  The last time the Detroit Symphony played Carnegie Hall was 17 years ago when Neemi Jarvi led the ensemble in better days. The orchestra has a rich history performing American composers, including Ives, and Neemi Jarvi made some fine recordings with them when he was Music director.  I couldn't find them playing Ives, but here they are in another work by Charles Whitefield Chadwick: http://youtu.be/fqf8fi-235g Here is music from Ives' Third Symphony, The Camp Meeting but performed by the New York Philharmonic: http://youtu.be/6do0DRA-i8I