Part of the Farm Bureau Insurance Classics at Wharton Center Series

Source: Bob Hoffman, Wharton Center for Performing Arts

East Lansing, Mich. - The Detroit Symphony Orchestra with Leonard Slatkin, Conductor, returns to Wharton Center's Cobb Great Hall for a special concert on Thursday, October 7 featuring violinist Sarah Chang. The evening program includes:  William Schuman's American Festival Overture; Max Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26 with Sarah Chang on violin and Hector Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique, Op. 14.
The concert also features a preview dinner in the Christman Lounge with special guest speaker Leonard Slatkin who will give insight into the evening's concert.  The prelude dinner is an additional $35.00 per person and begins two hours prior to the performance. Tickets for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra with Leonard Slatkin, conductor & Sarah Chang on violin, along with the preview dinner are on sale at the Auto-Owners Insurance Ticket Office at Wharton Center, online at or by calling 1-800-WHARTON.
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra is the most widely heard orchestra in the country with 450,000 people listening annually in classical, pops, jazz, holiday festival, educational, Young People's concerts and more.
Music director Leonard Slatkin is called "America's Music Director" by the Los Angeles Times, and is one of America's greatest conductors, with an equally brilliant international reputation, making him a household name among music lovers around the world. During his distinguished career, he has led all of the world's finest orchestras and opera companies, developing deep relationships with many of them. In the United States, he regularly conducts the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Philadelphia Orchestra.
In Europe, his engagements include the l'Orchestre Philharmonique in Paris, the Berlin Philharmonic and the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. In addition to his post at the DSO, Maestro Slatkin was recently appointed the new Music Director of the Orchestre National de Lyon for the 2011-12 season and serves as the Principal Guest Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Slatkin has made more than 100 recordings with various ensembles around the world. These have garnered over 64 Grammy nominations, of which Slatkin received the award seven times. Slatkin is also the recipient of many honors recognizing his dedicated advocacy on behalf of music and music education. He is the founder and director of the National Conducting Institute, an advanced career development program for rising conductors.
Violinist Sarah Chang is recognized the world over as one of classical music's most captivating and gifted performers. One of the most remarkable violinists of any generation, she has matured into a young artist whose musical insight, technical virtuosity, and emotional range continue to astonish. Appearing in the music capitals of Asia, Europe and the Americas, she has collaborated with most major orchestras. Sarah Chang was named by Newsweek as one of the Twenty Top Women on leadership and she was honored to be named as a Young Global Leader for 2008 by the World Economic Forum (WEF) for her professional achievements, commitment to society and potential in shaping the future of the world.
Date/Time:     Thursday, October 7, 2010
                        7:30 p.m. ? Cobb Great Hall
Tickets:          $50.00, $35.00, $20.00
                        *Prelude dinner ticket $35.00/limited supply
Ticket Office:
                         517.432.2000 or 1.800.WHARTON

The media sponsor of the 2010-2011 Farm Bureau Insurance Classics at Wharton Center Series is WKAR 90.5 fm.  The Farm Bureau Insurance Classics at Wharton Center's presentation of Detroit Symphony Orchestra with Leonard Slatkin, Music Director & Sara Chang on violin is generously sponsored by Comprehensive Psychological Services, Loomis, Ewert, Parsley, Davis & Gotting, P.C. and Physicians Health Plan of mid-Michigan.