The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) today announced that conductor James Feddeck will step in for Music Director Laureate Leonard Slatkin to lead the DSO Digital Concert on Thursday, October 1 at 7:30 p.m. Slatkin is healthy, but concerned by an increased number of Covid-19 cases in his area and has decided to remain home as a precaution. The program, which is listed below, is unchanged. On Friday, October 2, acclaimed pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet joins DSO musicians to perform Franck’s Piano Quintet in F minor.

Feddeck previously appeared with the DSO on the William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series in January 2016; next Thursday’s performance will mark Feddeck’s Orchestra Hall debut.

A trailblazer in the world of orchestral webcasting since 2011, the DSO launched a new streaming series, DSO Digital Concerts, on September 10, available exclusively on to view both live and on-demand for two weeks. Subscribers and select donors will receive access to all DSO Digital Concerts, with individual tickets available for $12. DSO Replay—the orchestra’s archive of past seasons’ webcasts—will remain free for all at

Born in New York and hailed by the Chicago Tribuneas “A gifted conductor who’s clearly going places,” James Feddeck is a winner of the Solti Conducting Award, the Aspen Conducting Prize, and is a former Assistant Conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra.

Forthcoming engagements this season include debuts with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Weimar, and the Oregon Symphony Orchestra, and return visits to the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Orchestre National de Belgique, Residentie Orkest, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, and Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife.

In recent seasons, Feddeck has also appeared with many other leading European and North American orchestras including the Vienna Radio Symphony, Deutsches Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Orchestre National de France, BBC Symphony, BBC Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Barcelona Symphony, Stockholm Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Hallé Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Detroit Symphony, and the Toronto Symphony.

An accomplished organist, Feddeck has also given recitals throughout Europe and North America. He studied oboe, piano, organ, and conducting at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and was the first recipient of their Outstanding Young Alumni Award.

For a full schedule of DSO Digital Concerts, visit

DSO Digital Concerts: Classical Series Week 4
James Feddeck, conductor [Thursday only]
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano [Friday only]

Program A (Thursday, October 1)

PURCELL (arr. BRITTEN): Chacony in G minor
PENDERECKI: Serenade for String Orchestra
MOZART: Serenade No. 6 in D major for Two Small Orchestras, K. 239, “Serenatta notturna”

Program B (Friday, October 2)

FRANCK: Piano Quintet in F minor

Source: Detroit Symphony Orchestra