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DSO announces new Music Director

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

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The Detroit Symphony Orchestra has named Jader Bignamini as its new Music Director, succeeding Leonard Slatkin and beginning with the DSO's 2020-2021 Classical series this fall.

Bignamini -- who will be conducting this weekend's performances of at Orchestra Hall -- is the 18th Music Director in the DSO's 132-year history. He first took the podium in front of the DSO during the spring of 2018, when he substituted for an ailing Slatkin to lead the orchestra through Puccini's Turnadot. Bignamini also conducted the DSO during October performances of Mahler's Fourth Symphony.

"There was certainly a feeling of...love at first sight," Bignamini said in a statement. "It has been such a pleasure and a privilege to discover, in the two years since that first experience, that the connection I felt that day with...the DSO was not just a momentary spark -- it is something very real and very exciting.

"I hope and expect that it will be the inspiration to not just good music, but special music for many years to come. I also look forward to discovering all that Detroit has to offer. This is such an honor, and I am profoundly grateful to be a part of this iconic institution."

A native of Crema, Italy, Bignamini, 43, has been playing music since he was nine years old, starting with woodwinds. He studied at the Piacenza Music Conservatory and has conducted orchestras in Dallas, Houston, Toronto, Vienna, Tokyo, and more. Bignamini, who's married and has two children, is also a jazz aficionado and amateur chef.

DSO President and CEO Anne Parson said that Bignamini "combines vision, passion and musicianship with an infectious personality. Jader both embodies and exudes enthusiasm and authenticity, and he has an inspiring vision for building on the legacy of the DSO, this city and its community."

Bignamini's debut as DSO Music Director will be Sept. 24-26 with the Dvorak Cello Concerto.

More details can be found at dso.org.

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