40th Anniversary Gala Concert

Sunday, November 11, 2012 • 3 p.m., Macomb Center for the Performing Arts

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orchestraDon’t miss the excitement of our 2012 opening concert, celebrating 40 years of the Warren Symphony Orchestra!  To honor his decades of dedication to WSO, Conductor Emeritus David Daniels returns to lead the symphony in Johannes Brahms’ Tragic Overture.  Music Director Gregory Cunningham conducts the World Premiere of On Greenstone Island, a work from the pen of award-winning Michigan composer Terry Herald, commissioned by the Warren Symphony on the occasion of its 40th anniversary.

This exciting and memorable concert then culminates with a masterpiece celebrating its own anniversary: 75 years since its premiere—Carl Orff’s poetic and powerful Carmina Burana, with special guests baritone Stephen Lancaster; tenor Drake Dantzler;  soprano Tara Sievers-Hunt; Detroit Concert Choir, Gordon Nelson, Artistic Director; Cantata Academy Chorale, Susan Catanese, Music Director; and Macomb Childrens Chorus, Jeffrey Zurkan, Director

  • Tragic Overture – Johannes Brahms, guest-conducted by David Daniels

Listen to the album – Brahms: Tragic Overture Op.81/Song of Destiny Op.54/Symphony No.3, Claudio Abbado (Conductor) Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Deutsche Grammophon

  • On Greenstone Island – Terry Herald (World Premiere)
  • Carmina Burana -Carl Orff, with Detroit Concert Choir, Cantata Academy Chorale and Macomb Children’s Chorus

Listen to the album – Carl Orff: Carmina Burana, Eugen Jochum (Conductor), Deutschen Opern Berlin, Deutsche Grammophon

 Sample music selections by David Kidger, PhD, Associate Professor of Musicology, Oakland University




“Symphonic Reprise:  A 40-Year Endeavor in 30 Minutes”,



post-concert discussion Sponsored by Charles Schwab

After the concert, join Conductor Emeritus David Daniels and founding member Kingsley Sears at a free post-concert event as they reflect on WSO’s rich, 40-year history.  This entertaining and nostalgic event will immediately follow the concert and will include refreshments and a cash bar.




Learn more about our special guests at their websites:

Terry Herald Terry Herald Stephen LancasterStephen Lancaster Drake DantzlerDrake Dantzler
 Tara SieversTara Sievers David Daniels,David Daniels, Conductor Emeritus
Conductor Emeritus
Detroit Concert ChoirDetroit Concert Choir Cantata AcademyCantata Academy Chorale Macomb Children's ChorusMacomb Children’s Chorus


The WSO performs a wide variety of orchestral works, including many of the symphonic repertoire’s most acclaimed and highly regarded compositions. We present guest artists and guest ensembles of both regional and international renown.

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