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The Detroit Symphony's Return

 

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the New York Philharmonic playing repertoire almost everybody's heard before, like Brahms' First and Tchaikovsky's Sixth.

To celebrate the Frieze Memorial Organ, the instrument around which Hill was designed, the UMS is bringing in three different organists to perform works by four different composers for organ and orchestra in January. The works range from the very well known--Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor arranged by Leopold Stokowski--to the much less known--Samuel "Adagio for Strings" Barber's Toccata Festiva, Aram "Sabre Dance" Khachaturian's Symphony No. 3--to the virtually unknown--James MacMillan's Tu es Petrus.

But while celebrating is all well and good, the key to the January 13 concert isn't the soloists or the repertoire. It's the orchestra and conductor. No matter how fine the organists or how interesting the pieces, the fact that the orchestra is the Detroit Symphony and the conductor is Leonard Slatkin is crucial to the concert's success.

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