DSO performs original work by Music Director Leonard Slatkin

Nov 20, 2014

Detroit Symphony Orchestra Music Director Leonard Slatkin.
Credit Donald Dietz / Detroit Symphony Orchestra

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra celebrates a first this weekend: It will perform an original piece by its very own music director, Grammy-winner Leonard Slatkin.  

"The subtitle is concertino grosso, so already one can sense that there's humor in this: a concertino usually being thought of as being a small concerto, and grosso meaning large," he says.

Though a first with the DSO, Slatkin has composed for other orchestras before.

"All along it's been a part of my life, although I've never really advertised it as such," he says.

The piece is called "Endgames," and features solos from some instruments that don't usually get the 

"Endgames" has some unusual instrumentation, including solos for contra bassoon, piccolo and bass clarinet. That means a front-and-center role for Interlochen alumna and DSO clarinetist Shannon Orme.Credit Detroit Symphony OrchestraEdit | Remove

  spotlight: woodwinds like the piccolo, contrabassoon, and bass clarinet.

"Endgames," debuts Thursday evening in Detroit, and by live webcast Friday morning at 10:45. It’s part of a concert titled “Gershwin in Paris.”