Conductor and Music Director
Welcome to the International Symphony Orchestra’s 2016-2017 Season; filled with inspiring and exhilarating performances. From the familiar to the exotic, we will take great pleasure in presenting some of the greatest music ever written…and some hidden gems as well!
We begin with Beethoven’s monumental Fifth Symphony coupled with his sublime Fourth Piano Concerto, featuring the brilliant DSO pianist, Robert Conway. Merry Mozart and the renowned 20th century Canadian composer Healey Willan, will round out our gala opener.
In December, a special treat will be in store as the orchestra and our International Symphony Singers première Fantasia, a sublime work by Canadian composer, Ronald Royer. The highly- celebrated Toronto baritone, Andrew Tees, will serenade you with glorious excerpts from Handel’s The Messiah, combined with other traditional selections.
Come January, I can’t think of a better way to warm the cockles of your heart than by joining us for our annual Celtic Celebration. Rant Maggie Rant proudly returns with some fresh new ballads, along with poignant songs of yore. Add dancers, and bagpipes, for an extravagant evening of high-energy entertainment.
February will bring a potpourri of delicious delights, selected to tantalize both musical connoisseurs and casual listeners alike. Savour de Falla’s colourful suite from The Three-Cornered Hat, Chabrier’s fiery España plus, sample a bit of Vaughan Williams and Offenbach for a taste of English and French. Canadian composer Maxime Goulet, sets a charming musical table with his decadent suite of Symphonic Chocolates. Also on the menu, the outstanding Detroit saxophonist, Matthew Younglove will dazzle you with his virtuosic renderings of Milhaud’s Scaramouche and the Glazunov Saxophone Concerto.
Heralding spring, we will present Mozart’s youthfully vibrant Haffner Symphony and John Estacio’s piquant Spring’s Promise, as well as a variety of choral treasures performed by our Symphony Singers and the stunning Emily Douglass.
“Out of this World” certainly describes our final concert of the season, as the orchestra presents selections from Holst’s, The Planets. Other- worldly delights will include Estacio’s brilliant Frenergy and John Williams’ Themes from E.T. Trumpeter Aaron Hodgson, will dazzle one and all in the dramatic Concerto for Trumpet by Arutunian.
The ISO is a powerful artistic voice in our bridged communities, and as you can see, our 16-17 Season offers “something for everyone”…. so please join us for all of our wonderful concerts. It just won’t be the same without you!
A native of Windsor, Ontario, Douglas Bianchi holds a Bachelor of Music from Wayne State University and a Master’s Degree in Conducting from Oakland University. Prior to his position as an Associate Professor of Music for the past fifteen years at Wayne State, Douglas Bianchi taught in the public school sector, during which time he earned the title of “Teacher of the Year” (1987). His extensive conducting experience includes work in orchestral, choral, symphonic band, chamber, ballet, and musical theatre genres.
Orchestras he has led include: the Southfield Symphony; Lake St. Clair Symphony; Royal Oak Symphony; the Warren Symphony; the Wayne State Symphony, as well as international guest conducting collaborations with the Pleven Philharmonic Orchestra; considered one of the finest orchestras in Bulgaria, and the Otsu Philharmonic Orchestra of Japan. Maestro Bianchi also directed the highly regarded Warren Concert Band for twenty-five years.
During a sabbatical from the University, Maestro Bianchi took the opportunity to write a textbook for advanced conducting courses, and as an enthusiastic composer, whose works have been performed by a number of ensembles, he is a member of the Society of Composers, Inc.