Mexican conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto (Music Director of the Louisiana Philharmonic and the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Mexico) makes his exciting DSO debut with a program inspired by his Latino heritage, and French violinist Alexandra Soumm returns in a performance of Leonard Bernstein's lyrical, elegant Serenade.
Saturday, May 13
Los Angeles: 05:00 PM
Detroit, New York, Toronto: 08:00 PM
Sunday, May 14
London: 01:00 AM
Paris, Brussels, Berlin, Madrid, Rome: 02:00 AM
Moscow, Kiev, Jerusalem, Athens: 03:00 AM
Beijing: 08:00 AM
Tokyo: 09:00 AM
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Arturo Márquez (b. 1950)
♪ Danzón No.2 (1994)
Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)
♪ Serenade (after Plato's Symposium) (1954)
Alexandra Soumm, violin
Manuel de Falla (1876-1946)
♪ El sombrero de tres picos (The Three-Cornered Hat) (1919)
Catalina Cuervo, soprano
Gerónimo Giménez (1854-1923)
♪ Intermezzo from La Boda de Luis Alonso (1897)
Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Carlos Miguel Prieto
Live from Orchestra Hall, Max M. Fisher Music Center, Detroit
Saturday, May 13, 2017, 8:00 PM EDT (UTC-4)
Sunday, May 14, 2017, 03:00 AM EEST (UTC+3)
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Alexandra Soumm is a French violinist born in Moscow. She started to learn the violin with her father at the age of five and gave her first concert two years later in the Ukraine. In 2000, she entered the Vienna Conservatory and the Graz University of Music in the class of the eminent pedagogue Boris Kuschnir. She made her debut at the Vienna Konzerthaus in 2002 after winning the Grand Prize of the Vienna Conservatory Competition. Following her triumph at the 2004 Eurovision Competition for young musicians in Lucerne, she was awarded the Herbert von Karajan Scholarship of the Karajan Centrum in Vienna.
Alexandra has appeared with many leading orchestras in France, including the Beethoven concerto with the Orchestre National de Lyon and Michel Plasson, the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse with Tugan Sokhiev, the Orchestre National de Montpellier with Juraj Valcuha, the Orchestre National d'Ile de France with Enrique Mazzola and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice with Frédéric Lodéon. Alexandra's debut with the Orchestre de Paris and Neeme Järvi came in 2009 when she performed the Bruch concerto at the Salle Pleyel in Paris. She subsequently returned to the orchestra in January 2011.
Recent highlights in Alexandra's diary include the Glazunov concerto with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Alexander Lazerev as well as Göteborgs Symfoniker and John Storgård, Lalo Symphonie Espagnol with Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra and Lionel Bringuier and the Beethoven concerto with the National Philharmonic of Russia and Vladimir Spivakov. With the Israel Philharmonic, she has played the first Paganini concerto with Yoel Levi and Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Mozart Concerto No.3 with Herbert Blomstedt. In 2011, she made debuts with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra (Sibelius) and the NHK Symphony Orchestra (Mendelssohn).
Alexandra regularly appears at international festivals such as Verbier, Schleswig-Holstein, Strasbourg, St Denis, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Deauville, Dubrovnik, Menton, Montpellier, Besancon, Montreux-Vevey, the Martha Argerich Festival in Lugano and the Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad.
Since joining BBC Radio 3's New Generation Artists scheme at the beginning of the 2010-2011 season, Alexandra has worked with most of the BBC ensembles. Highlights in her 2011-2012 season include the Tchaikovsky concerto with the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra and Thomas Søndergård, the Mendelssohn concerto with the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra and Gilbert Varga as well as the Zurich Chamber Orchestra and Muhai Tang, a recital at the Auditorium du Louvre and returns to the Verbier and Gstaad festivals.
In the spring of 2008 Alexandra's debut recording of the Bruch and Paganini concertos was released on the Claves label. Le Monde de la Musique described her interpretation as "displaying a passionate and lyrical personality". Her second disc with Claves, a recording of the violin sonatas by Grieg with David Kadouch, was released in spring 2010.
The violin Alexandra plays on is made by Giovanni Baptista Guadagnini in Turin c.1785 and is known as the "ex-Kavakos". The loan of the instrument has kindly been arranged through Florian Leonhard Fine Violins, London.
Known as the "Fiery Soprano", Colombian-born Catalina Cuervo holds the distinction of having performed the most performances of Piazzolla's "Maria de Buenos Aires".
Catalina Cuervo has performed the role of "Maria" for numerous prestigious companies including Florida Grand Opera, Cincinnati Opera, and Syracuse Opera to name a few. Following her debut as "Maria" in Chicago, Catalina performed at venues and festivals including "Chicago Dance Festival" and "Latino Music Festival" together with Kaia Quartet and the acclaimed tango show "This is Tango".
Recently, Catalina Cuervo did her debut in Detroit with much success as Frida Kahlo in the opera "Frida" with Michigan Opera Theater. This opera gave her a huge following in the state of Michigan and ended with all sold out shows and triumphant reviews, one even calling "Frida" best Opera of the 2015 season.
As a consequence, Catalina was named one of the 5 most successful Colombian Sopranos in the Opera World by the Ministry of Culture of Colombia.
Other recent roles include Adriana in the Zarzuela "Los Gavilanes", and Hanna in the operetta "The Merry Widow" with La Fundacion Manzur in Bogota, Colombia. Before that Amapola in the Zarzuela "La Leyenda del Beso" and the role of Musetta in "La Boheme" with La Fundación Prolirica in Medellin. "Magda" in Puccini's La Rondine and as cover to "Alinda" in Cavalli's "Giasone" for the Chicago Opera Theater.
Catalina Cuervo was a finalist at the Neue Stimmen International Singing Competition in Germany and won the Graduate Division of the Chicago Area for the Classical Singer Competition as well as being a finalist in NY for the same.
Besides singing, Catalina Cuervo is also a successful model, fitness enthusiast and Belly Dancer.
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