WSO’s 40th Season

WSO 40th

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Let’s Celebrate!  WSO’s 40th Anniversary Season is a 5-event celebration of the best compositions that history has to offer.  But we’re also looking to the future–our Gala Concert features the world premiere of a piece that commemorates our Ruby Anniversary; this “do-not-miss” event culminates with the epic Carmina Burana.

Mingle with merrymakers and the miser in our holiday special, SCROOGE!  Delight in the splendor that is the Roman Carnival Overture by the famous Berlioz.  Soar with the heavenly sound of United Voices of Detroit.

Inspiration awaits! Join us and lose yourself in the joy of the music.

Purchase your season subscription for these 5 events now

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Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012 – 3 p.m. – Macomb Center for the Performing Arts

  • 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

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



    post-concert discussion  Sponsored by Charles Schwab

Don’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.

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.



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Sunday, December 9, 2012  –  3 p.m. – Macomb Center for the Performing Arts

Holiday Favorites
Scrooge! –
Robert Rodriguez, with George Cordes – acclaimed bass-baritone and Madrigal Chorale, Robert A. Martin, Ph.D., Artistic Director

Listen to concert scenes from Scrooge, University Of Miami Symphony Orchestra & Chorale, Albany Records from the album Forbidden Fire Conductors: Jo-Michael Scheibe, Thomas M. Sleeper

Get in the spirit of the holidays with this annual WSO holiday tradition featuring the sounds of the season!  And in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens’s birth, a chorus of ghosts and holiday revelers from A Christmas Carol come alive in SCROOGE! – a delightful tour de force for bass-baritone, orchestra and chorus. Composer Robert Rodríguez blends traditional carols and London street cries with mischievous winks at Händel, Verdi, and The Beggar’s Opera. Joining the orchestra is renowned operatic soloist, George Cordes, who has earned high praise for his performances in such esteemed world opera houses as The Metropolitan Opera, the New York City Opera, and the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Members from the Madrigal Chorale will add their voices to SCROOGE! and other holiday favorites.  The MC has provided vocal performances for more than a century.

Other highlights of this Holiday Concert will include a seasonal favorite performed by members of the WSO side-by-side with selected area high school orchestral musicians.



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Sunday, March 17, 2013 –  3 p.m. –  Warren Woods Tower High School

Pre-Concert Discussion (2-2:30 p.m.) – Jessica Payette

  • Overture to “The Italian in Algiers” – Rossini

Listen to L’Italiana in Algeri: Overture  Carlo Maria Giulini (Conductor), Philharmonia Orchestra of London, from the album Rossini: Overtures, EMI Classics

  • Serenade No. 2 in D minor , op. 44 – Dvorak

Listen to the movements 1 – 4, Neville Marriner (Conductor), Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, from the the album Dvorak: Serenades Op. 22 & 44, Philips

  • Musica Celestis – Kernis

Listen to Musica Celestis: for string orchestra from the album Aaron Jay Kernis: Second Symphony / Musica Celestis Hugo Wolff (Conductor), City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Phoenix USA

  • Symphony No. 5 in C minor, op. 67 – Beethoven

Listen to the movements 1 – 4 from the album Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 7 / Coriolan & Fidelio Overtures, Fritz Reiner (Conductor), Chicago Symphony Orchestra, RCA / BMG

Kicking off a concert featuring several of the orchestral repertoire’s most cherished and canonized compositions of the past two centuries, the Warren Symphony will perform the famed overture to Giachino Rossini’s first comic opera, “The Italian in Algiers.” Dvorak’s elegant Serenade No. 2 in d minor for wind instruments, a favorite of Johannes Brahms, serves as a wonderful textural contrast to Aaron Jay Kernis’s sublime Musica Celestis, a magnificent work evoking endless hymns of praise. Then, hum along!—Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 in C minor lends its familiar four-note opening motif to the title of this event.

Pre-concert Discussion (2-2:30 p.m.)
Just prior to the concert, join Jessica Payette, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Musicology at Oakland University for a discussion of the program.


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Sunday, April 7, 2013 –  3 p.m. – Macomb Center for the Performing Arts

  • Violin Concerto in E minor, op. 64 – Mendelssohn

Aaron Berofsky  –  solo violinist

Listen to Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op.64  Movements 1 – 3  from the album Tchaikovsky & Mendelssohn Violin Concertos, Itzhak Perlman, Andre Previn (Conductors), London Symphony Orchestra, EMI Classics

  • Roman Carnival Overture, op. 9 – Berlioz

Listen to the Overture “Le carnaval romain”, Op.9, from the Album Berlioz: Great Orchestral Works, Colin Davis (Conductor), London Symphony Orchestra, Philips

  • Symphony No. 3 – Copland

Listen to the movements 1 – 4 from album Copland: Symphony No. 3; Quiet City, Leonard Bernstein (Conductor), New York Philharmonic, Deutsche Grammophon

A superb showpiece for orchestra, energy and flourish abound in Roman Carnival Overture, a brilliant work by French composer Hector Berlioz.  And the season is brought to a dramatic close with Aaron Copland’s bold Third Symphony, a work written to  reflect the euphoric spirit of the country at the end of World War II.  Our season finale features celebrated violinist Aaron Berofsky, who has captivated audiences throughout the United States and abroad, gaining effusive praise in concert halls from Carnegie to Museo de Bellas Artes.

Master class, Saturday April 6, 2013; 3-5 p.m., hosted at Evola Music in Shelby Township.

The day before the concert, WSO presents a master class with violin virtuoso Aaron Berofsky, who will coach previously-selected youth violinists.  The public is welcome to observe this master class.  Though the event is free, registration is required for observers.



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Nina R. Scott, Director

Sunday, May 5, 2013  – 3 p.m. — Warren Woods Community Theater

Glorious Everlasting

WSO sponsors a performance by United Voices of Detroit, a choral ensemble, which has performed at Carnegie Hall and the National Association of Negro Musicians National Convention.  The concert theme, Glorious Everlasting showcases the UVD’s boundless artistry, featuring Classical to Contemporary pieces.




Myrle Hughes, President of the Warren Symphony Board of Directors, comments, “I am very excited to be the President of the Warren Symphony Society for our “Ruby” Anniversary Season.  I am grateful to that group of people who decided to create the Warren Symphony.  As we enter into our 40th year, their legacy endures and the WSO has built a solid reputation as one of the premier regional symphonies in the area.”

Hughes continues, “The Warren Symphony Society Board of Directors is working hard to improve the concert going experience to cultivate our future.  Maestro Cunningham has put together a concert great line-up with something for everyone.  We have also added pre-concert and post-concert events that should add to the concert goers enjoyment.  It’s going to be a great year!

Come join us, and tell all your friends about the great upcoming season.”


Purchase your season subscription for these 5 events now

Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs    NEA

GM Foundation     macomb logo community partner



Program subject to change

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


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