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British Virtuoso Has U.S. Orchestra Debut

March 15, 2003

DETROIT (AP) _ Daniel Hope has played the violin in great music halls around the globe, including the United States.

The 28-year-old British virtuoso, however, has never before performed with an American orchestra.

Hope made his U.S. orchestral debut Friday with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra with a performance of Japanese conductor Toru Takemitsu’s concerto, ``Far Calls, Coming, Far!″

``They have a huge reputation certainly in England and all of Europe,″ Hope said of the DSO and its work with principal conductor Neeme Jarvi. ``They’re known as one of the leading American orchestras.″

Hope also was enthusiastic about debuting in Detroit because of the DSO’s penchant for performing works of modern composers. It’s a goal of his to introduce audiences to new music of the classical genre, like the work of Takemitsu.

``He is definitely the violinist for my generation _ the 20s-30s crowd,″ said Kendra Whitlock, the Detroit Symphony’s director of pops and specials. ``He is the youngest guy to be invited to play with the Beaux Arts Trio, which is very prestigious.″

The Beaux Arts Trio is a prominent chamber music group founded in 1954. It consists of a violinist, a pianist and a cellist.

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On the Net:

Daniel Hope Web site: http://www.danielhope.com

Detroit Symphony Orchestra Web site:

http://www.detroitsymphony.org

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