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OSO to kick off 2022-23 season on Oct. 2 with ‘Danza del Sol’ by Kevin Day

Soloists Andrew Pelletier, Carrie Banfield-Taplin, David Denniston, and Tammy Kosinski will also perform

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OSO to kick off 2022-23 season on October 2 with ‘Danza del Sol’ by Kevin Day
OSO to kick off 2022-23 season on October 2 with ‘Danza del Sol’ by Kevin Day
Dr. Gregory Cunningham, music director of the OSO and professor of orchestral and wind conducting at OU.

The Oakland Symphony Orchestra’s 2022-23 season kicks off at 3 p.m. on Sunday, October 2 with Danza del Sol by Kevin Day. A recent nominee for the 2022 Pulitzer Prize, Day's music often "intersects the worlds of jazz, minimalism, Latin music, fusion and contemporary classical idioms."

Danza del Sol, with its propulsive, syncopated rhythms and colorful orchestration is an innovative, high-energy and audience-friendly 21st century orchestral fanfare,” said Dr. Gregory Cunningham, music director of the OSO and professor of orchestral and wind conducting at OU.

The musicians of the OSO will then share the stage with the members of the Detroit Opera horn section for a thrilling performance of Robert Schumann's Konzertstück for Four Horns and Orchestra, op. 86. 

A virtuosic showpiece for not one, but four horn soloists, the Konzertstück is a rare opportunity to showcase the exceptional combined skills of a horn quartet. Soloists for the afternoon are Andrew Pelletier, Carrie Banfield-Taplin, David Denniston (OU faculty), and Tammy Kosinski.

The concert will conclude with a formidable orchestration of Johannes Brahms' Piano Quartet in g minor, op. 25, completed by Arnold Schoenberg in 1937. Commissioned by Otto Klemperer while he was serving as music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Schoenberg's scoring for this work retains many of the conservative orchestration characteristics of Brahms as a symphonist.

“However, instead of relying on the virtuosity of a single pianist, as in the original chamber work, Schoenberg ‘spreads the wealth’ amongst all members of the orchestra to create a supercharged orchestral tour-de-force,” Cunningham said.

The concert is being held at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, located at 44575 Garfield Road in Clinton Township, Mich.

Tickets are $22 general and $12 for students, and can be purchased online at https://www.etix.com/ticket/v/23246.

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