Jader Bignamini

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra announced the continuation of the artistic partnership of Music Director Jader Bignamini and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra with a five-year extension of Bignamini’s contract through the end of the 2030–31 season.

The DSO and the 47-year-old Italian Bignamini also announced plans for their first recording together—Wynton Marsalis’s Blues Symphony—recorded live in Orchestra Hall, December 1–3, 2023, to be released by the Pentatone label.

Currently in the fourth season of his initial six-year contract, Jader Bignamini was introduced as the DSO’s 18th music director in January 2020.

DSO leadership announced positive financial results for the year, including an eleventh consecutive annual operating surplus as well as growth of its endowment by $4 million to end FY23 at $75.3 million. The endowment campaign, co-chaired by DSO Board Chair Emeritus Phillip Wm. Fisher and Director Danny Kaufman, celebrated new endowment commitments over the past decade of $104 million, including $11.1 million in FY23.

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