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Thursday, January 4, 2024 (Ann Arbor, MI) — On Friday, January 26, 2024, the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra (A2SO) will perform in Detroit for the first time in their 95-year history. The concert will take place at 8 PM amid the Sphinx Organization’s 2024 SphinxConnect conference in Detroit, and will celebrate the two organizations’ shared history as well as feature Sphinx artists. Critical support for this venture will be supplied by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) and the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan.

The winner of the 2022 Solti Conducting Award and first recipient of Asian descent, A2SO Music Director Earl Lee will direct the concert at Detroit’s Orchestra Hall, home of the DSO. Cellist and 2023 Sphinx Organization Medal of Excellence awardee Tommy Mesa will perform Joseph Haydn’s spirited and evergreen Cello Concerto No. 1, and fellow Medal of Excellence winner and Leonard Bernstein Award recipient Jessie Montgomery’s Divided for Cello and String Orchestra will also feature on the program. The remainder of the concert will showcase two of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s most beloved works, the Overture to his opera The Marriage of Figaro and his Symphony No. 41, nicknamed the “Jupiter” Symphony.

The program will repeat at The Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor the following day (January 27), with both performances benefiting from support by the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan. Additional funding is supplied by a grant from the Michigan Arts and Culture Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

For A2SO Music Director Earl Lee, the concert offers an opportunity to collaborate with artists from the Sphinx Organization: “The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra has a long and illustrious partnership with Sphinx, dating back to our involvement in Sphinx’s inaugural competition in 1997. I’m excited to partner with Tommy [Mesa] to perform one of Haydn’s most instantly recognizable works, as well as feature Jessie [Montgomery’s] incisive and thought-provoking work for cello and orchestra — a poignant response to social and political unrest.”

“Our Detroit performance is a momentous occasion for the Symphony,” remarks A2SO Executive Director Sarah Calderini. “This opportunity expands our reach, broadens our audience, and brings our mission to more listeners than ever. We’re set to reinvigorate our partnership and commitment with Sphinx, all in an incredible setting thanks to the deeply felt support of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.”

Tickets to the concert can be booked at www.a2so.org/mozart-jupiter, and discounts are available for students and kids.

Concert details:
Mozart’s Symphony No. 41 “Jupiter”
Friday, January 26, 2024 (8 PM) — Orchestra Hall (Detroit)
Saturday, January 27, 2024 (8 PM) — The Michigan Theater (Ann Arbor)

Tommy Mesa, cello
Earl Lee, conductor and Music Director

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Overture to The Marriage of Figaro
Joseph Haydn: Cello Concerto No. 1
Jessie Montgomery: Divided
Mozart: Symphony No. 41 “Jupiter”

Tickets: www.a2so.org/mozart-jupiter