DSO’S NEIGHBORHOOD CONCERT SERIES RECEIVES GENEROUS GRANT, NEW NAME IN HONOR OF WILLIAM DAVIDSON

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DSO musicians to perform pop up concerts at community hubs throughout neighborhoods

DETROIT, (September 16, 2014) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) has received a $3.75 million grant from the William Davidson Foundation in support of its popular Neighborhood Concert Series, which has experienced sold out concerts since its launch in 2011 with six metro Detroit performance residencies. The grant will support the series of concerts throughout metro Detroit, as well as additional activities outside of Orchestra Hall, over the next three years.

The DSO is proud to rename the concert series the William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series in honor of philanthropist William Davidson, former president and CEO of Guardian Industries Corp. Davidson shared a long-lasting relationship with the DSO and his generous support helped to strengthen the organization in many ways, including support of the DSO’s domestic and international tours.

“Bill Davidson had a passion for connecting communities through the presentation of DSO concerts, using us as eager ambassadors for all that is great about the city of Detroit,” said Anne Parsons, DSO President and CEO. “He inspired us to create the Neighborhood Concert Series as a way to increase our reach and provide greater accessibility. We thank everyone at the William Davidson Foundation for their outstanding and continuous support and for allowing us to recognize Bill by renaming the series in his honor.”

Since its inception, the series has grown from six venues to seven, and now celebrates subscription bases in Beverly Hills, Bloomfield Hills, Canton, Dearborn, Grosse Pointe, Southfield and West Bloomfield Township. In addition to traditional concerts, the Neighborhood Residency Initiative allows musicians to perform in intimate settings for suburban audiences. Throughout the season, DSO musicians perform in metro Detroit schools, hospitals, libraries, places of worship and myriad other unexpected places.

To celebrate the announcement, DSO musicians will perform three pop up performances Sat., September 20 in the three regions of the neighborhood concerts covering north, east and west metro Detroit. This will include performances throughout the day at the Plymouth Farmer’s Market, Somerset Collection and Twelve Oaks Mall from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

In addition, DSO will extend its Soundcard all-access student pass beyond Classical, Pops and Jazz concerts to include the William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series. Students can purchase a $25 Soundcard and receive free access to concerts with a valid student ID.

At the pop up performances on Sept. 20, interested students and their families can learn more about becoming a Soundcard member. Visit dso.org/soundcard for more information as well. READ MORE



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DSO RECRUITS CAMPAIGN DIRECTOR TO LEAD ‘GENERATION DEFINING’ oneDSO ENDOWMENT INITIATIVE

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DETROIT, (September 8, 2014) Following an 8-month, nationwide search, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) has hired Julie Byczynski as its Campaign Director, who will lead the organization in a generation defining endowment campaign.  She began her duties this week, relocating from Ottawa where she served the National Arts Centre Foundation as their Associate Director of Major Gifts, Sponsorship and Special Events.

As oneDSO Campaign Director, Julie will work with the Senior Director of Advancement, President & CEO, Executive Vice President, Campaign Co-Chairs, Campaign Cabinet & Staff to lead, direct, manage and support the Campaign for a DSO Renaissance. Her role will be a careful balance of executive leadership of the campaign and hands-on fundraising, engaging with DSO leaders, donors, patrons, prospects and friends to help secure an artistically distinguished, fiscally sustainable future for the DSO.

“I am thrilled that Julie has accepted our invitation to join the DSO team,” said Paul W. Hogle, the DSO Executive Vice President. “Julie comes with an extraordinary set of experiences that will be a valuable addition to the DSO team. We are so happy that she and her husband are moving here to Detroit.”

About Julie Byczynski

A Windsor native, Byczynski is an intuitive fundraiser with 14 years of fundraising experience for the performing arts and social benefit sectors, a sign of her passionate and articulate advocacy for the arts with an international perspective. From 2002-2005 and then again from 2009 until 2014, Julie served the National Arts Centre (NAC) Foundation in Ottawa, Ontario where she completed her tenure as a senior member of the fundraising team. Her areas of responsibility included Major Gifts, Corporate Sponsorship/Donations and Special Events program. In addition to leading a team of three development officers, she personally managed a portfolio of approximately 100 individuals, companies and foundations.

During 2005-2009, Julie served the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon, England as their Campaign Manager/Senior Major Gifts Manager — a key member of the capital campaign team for the RSC’s £112.8 million transformation.  Julie shared responsibility for two principle objectives: to secure £42 million in private donations and to permanently increase the fundraising capacity of the organization. Over time, she took on major gift accounts as well as led the planning and implementation of their public fundraising appeal. In addition, she worked with the Development Director and US-based consultants to develop a fundraising strategy for a five year, $25 million US fundraising campaign, as well as oversaw the Company’s relationship with RSC America.

Julie began her fundraising career working as a Campaign Associate for the United Jewish Appeal in Ottawa, Ontario and has taught fundraising at the University of Ottawa and served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario.

Julie Byczynski may be reached at jbyczynski@dso.org.

About the DSO:

Hailed by The New York Times as “cutting edge,” the internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra, is known for trailblazing performances, visionary maestros, collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists, and an unwavering commitment to Detroit. Esteemed conductor Leonard Slatkin, called “America’s Music Director” by the Los Angeles Times, became the 12th Music Director of the DSO during the 2008-09.  Acclaimed conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik serves as Principal Pops Conductor while celebrated trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard holds the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair. The DSO’s performance schedule includes Classical, Pops, Jazz, Young People’s, Neighborhood concerts, and collaborations with chart-topping musicians from Smokey Robinson to Kid Rock. A commitment to broadcast innovation began in 1922 when the DSO became the first orchestra in the world to present a radio broadcast and continues today with the free Live from Orchestra Hall webcast series. Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall within the Max M. Fisher Music Center, one of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, the DSO actively pursues a mission to impact and serve the community through music. For more information visit dso.org or download the free DSO to Go mobile app.

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DSO’S POPS SEASON OPENS WITH ‘LET’S DANCE’ AND MAXCAST DURING DLECTRICITY

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DETROIT, (September 4, 2014) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will open its Pops season with “Let’s Dance” conducted by Jeff Tyzik featuring tango, tap and ballroom dancers who will electrify this celebration of the art of dance. The Pops opening weekend concert also marks the DSO’s return to DLECTRICITY through a MaxCast live video projection of the Pops performance onto the Carpenter Building on Woodward Avenue.

Let’s Dance will be performed live in Orchestra Hall on Fri., September 26 at 10:45 a.m. and 8 p.m., as well as Sat., September 27 at 8 p.m. and Sun., September 28 at 3 p.m. The 8 p.m. performances on Friday and Saturday will be video projected onto the façade of the Carpenter Building on Woodward Avenue as the performance happens live in Orchestra Hall. Those attending DLECTRICITY are encouraged to bring a lawn chair and enjoy this performance outside.

Tyzik’s exciting Let’s Dance program features American Idol season nine finalist Michael Lynche, vocalist Julie Jo Hughes and a stellar cast of swing, tango, ballroom and tap dancers. The program opens with Leonard Bernstein’s Overture to West Side Story adapted by Maurice Peress and includes Bizet’s Bohemian Dance from Carmen Suite No. 2, Offenbach’s Can Can from Orpheus in the Underworld, Saint- Saëns’ “Bacchanale” from Samson and Delilah, as well as several pieces arranged by Tyzik.

Following the performance, footage from previous classical concerts will be projected until midnight onto the Carpenter Building.

“Our state-of-the art robotic camera system in Orchestra Hall typically broadcasts performances live across the world. We’re bringing that experience from the small screens of phones, tablets and computers to the big screen on Woodward Avenue, right here in Midtown on the Carpenter Building,” said Scott Harrison, DSO Executive Producer of Digital Media. “There’s no better way to celebrate the opening weekend of our Pops season than by making this larger-than-life performance accessible to our entire local community.”

The MaxCast is made possible by a generous gift from Phillip and Lauren Fisher. Additional DLECTRICITY activities are made possible with the support of Princeton Enterprises and Marc Schwartz.

“We’re so excited that thousands of people will be able to enjoy a free, live performance of the DSO projected from The Max onto the Carpenter Building, at the southern gateway to our event,” said Marc Schwartz, Chairman of DLECTRICITY. “This will be one of the great highlights of Midtown’s nighttime festival of light and art.”

The Music Box within the Max M. Fisher Music Center will also be buzzing throughout the festival with a Chamber Music Society presentation of the Cavani String Quartet with poet Mwatabu Okantah on Fri., September 26 at 8 p.m. and Mix @ The Max on Sat., September 27 at 9 p.m. featuring the Fifth House Ensemble. The Max’s front façade will also shine a spotlight on a special sculpture installation.

For the duration of DLECTRICITY, the Max M. Fisher Music Center will offer paid parking at its garage on Parsons Street, as well as concessions and public restrooms. READ MORE



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DSO KICKS OFF FRESH DETROIT SOUNDS @ THE MAX WITH LOCAL MUSICIANS

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Patrons purchasing tickets to all four fall festival concerts receive free voucher to upcoming Mix @ The Max concert of their choosing

DETROIT, (August 28, 2014) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will present Fresh Detroit Sounds @ The Max this fall, a unique collection of concerts spotlighting new music performed by local artists. Three out of four artists performing September through October are based in Detroit.

Fresh Detroit Sounds @ The Max launches with Strange Beautiful Music VII featuring New Music Detroit, a contemporary music collective comprised of young, highly accomplished area musicians. The music marathon will present sounds ranging from contemporary chamber music and European folk to experimental electronics and noise improvisation in the Music Box on Saturday, September 13 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. My Brightest Diamond brings Detroit native Shara Worden, who will celebrate the release of her newest album This Is My Hand, in the Music Box on Friday, September 19 at 8 p.m. Electronic artist and Detroit native Shigeto brings his beat-driven, richly textured sound design to the stage for Mix @ the Max on Thursday, October 23 at 10 p.m.

Chicago-based Fifth House Ensemble returns to Detroit for Mix @ The Max on Saturday, September 27 at 9 p.m., presenting a multi-media narrative chamber music collaboration featuring work of Chicago graphic novelist Ezra Claytan Daniels for Black Violet, Act II: The Great Exodus of the Tamed. This concert marks the return of Fifth House Ensemble to Detroit following their performance of Black Violet, Act I: The Leagues of Despair during the 2012-2013 season. This year’s concert coincides with the  DLECTRICITY festival, a two-night blitz of temporary outdoor art installations using light as a medium in Midtown.

Tickets are available to each concert, ranging from $10 to $25. Patrons purchasing tickets to all four concerts will receive a free voucher to attend an upcoming Mix @ The Max event of their choosing this season. More ticket pricing details for each event are below. READ MORE



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DSO RECEIVES ANONYMOUS $250K MATCHING GIFT, 100% OF DSO STAFF CONTRIBUTES

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Completion of match positions orchestra for second consecutive balanced budget

DETROIT, (August 27, 2014) – A week prior to the end of the 2014 fiscal year (August 31), the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) has received an anonymous $250,000 matching gift, which will match dollar for dollar all gifts received by noon on Tuesday, Sept. 2. The completion of the match will ensure the DSO’s annual fund goal is met, thus positioning the organization for its second consecutive balanced budget year.

For the first time in recent history, 100 percent of the DSO staff voluntarily made annual fund gifts, contributing more than $40,000 toward the match. With an annual fund donor base of more than 10,000, this final push has the potential to put that number over 11,000, a critical mass not reached since in over a decade.

These results are in line with Blueprint: 2023, the DSO’s 10-year plan for achieving sustainability announced at the 2012 annual meeting. In December 2013, the DSO announced the achievement of its first balanced budget since 2007.

Patrons may make a gift at dso.org under the support tab, or by calling 313.576.5111.

About The DSO

Hailed by The New York Times as “cutting edge,” the internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra, is known for trailblazing performances, visionary maestros, collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists, and an unwavering commitment to Detroit. Esteemed conductor Leonard Slatkin, called “America’s Music Director” by the Los Angeles Times, became the 12th Music Director of the DSO during the 2008-09.  Acclaimed conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik serves as Principal Pops Conductor while celebrated trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard holds the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair. The DSO’s performance schedule includes Classical, Pops, Jazz, Young People’s, Neighborhood concerts, and collaborations with chart-topping musicians from Smokey Robinson to Kid Rock. A commitment to broadcast innovation began in 1922 when the DSO became the first orchestra in the world to present a radio broadcast and continues today with the free Live from Orchestra Hall webcast series. Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall within the Max M. Fisher Music Center, one of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, the DSO actively pursues a mission to impact and serve the community through music. For more information visit dso.org or download the free DSO to Go mobile app.

 

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ORCHESTRA HALL SINGLE TICKETS ON SALE NOW

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Previous subscription sales result in many sold-out sections

DETROIT, (August 18, 2013) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) has announced that single tickets for all Orchestra Hall concerts in the 2014-15 season go on sale today beginning with online and box office sales at 9 a.m. This includes Classical, Pops and Paradise Jazz Series; Civic Youth Ensembles; Young People’s Family Concerts; Tiny Tots and DSO Presents. Patrons should look for a special bonus offer every day this week when buying tickets to three or more Classical, Pops, Jazz and DSO Presents concerts. Single tickets can be purchased at the all-new dso.org, via the free DSO to Go mobile app, in-person at the Max M. Fisher Music Center Box Office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit), or by calling (313) 576-5111.

In consideration of strong subscription sales for the upcoming season, the DSO suggests patrons interested in purchasing single concert tickets do so quickly. The Box Level is sold out for many performances, and the Main Floor retains only limited availability on Friday morning and Sunday afternoon concerts. Among the concerts expected to sell out quickly are Opening Weekend with Sarah Chang, December’s Home for the Holidays featuring DSO Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik conducting and Midori and Mahler leading up to the season finale.

If buying tickets in-person, be aware of traffic changes on Woodward Avenue due to M-1 Rail construction. Coming from the north, take Cass Avenue and park in the DSO parking structure on Parsons Street. Coming from the east, take John R. Street to Alexandrine Street West, then take Cass Avenue and park in the DSO parking structure on Parsons Street. Parking will be validated for up to one hour from Monday, August 18-Friday, August 22 for those visiting Orchestra Hall to purchase tickets. READ MORE



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DSO’S NEW SLEEK WEBSITE ADVANCES DIGITAL ACCESSIBILITY

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Redesign focuses on customized user experience and simplified navigation

DETROIT, (August 11, 2014) – The most accessible orchestra on the planet just got easier to connect with online. The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) announced the launch of its newly redesigned website, with an elegant web presence and user-friendly experience. DSO’s various members will now have a customized experience, making it simpler to access benefits online.

“We want our patrons to have access to great DSO content anytime, anywhere, from any device,” said Eric Woodhams, DSO Digital Media Director. “The new website complements our robust ‘DSO to Go’ mobile platform with a beautiful and responsive desktop and tablet solution. Everything from simplified navigation, to ticket reservations, to making an Annual Fund gift has been designed for ease of use and with the needs of various patrons in mind.”

DSO’s philanthropic leadership group giving $2,500 or more, the Governing Members, has unique privileges when logged in to the site. Ticket fees are waived when purchasing online, the interface changes to an executive-like design scheme and users will have access to a Governing Members’ only section that serves as a central hub for exclusive event invitations, updates and digital publications. Starting this week as part of the DSO’s Patron Courtesy Week, Governing Members and donors at the Friend Premier level (giving $1,500 or more) may log in for early access to purchase single tickets a week before the general public.

For the first time, DSO’s Soundcard All-Access Student Pass holders and young professionals with 37eleven memberships can redeem tickets online at free or discounted membership prices. After login, members are welcomed by a personalized greeting, a custom site look and feel and an improved, searchable events calendar that highlights performances eligible for applicable member prices.

The new website was created by local metro Detroit Internet services firm Media Genesis, which works with more than 300 companies and nonprofit organizations, including Chrysler, the Girl Scouts, SEE Eyewear, The Whitney and Focus: HOPE.

“The DSO has created a new audience through the process of innovation on the web,” said Antoine Dubeauclard, President at Media Genesis. “We now have thousands of listeners all around the world and at every concert listening on different devices. As we look at the audience increase and the global reach, it’s hard not to be proud that we’re making this Detroit sound resonate worldwide. It’s great to be working with an organization that embraces adaptation and then thrives because of it.”

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DSO, DPTV RING IN 2015 WITH TELEVISED NYE CONCERT, GALA

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Jazz trumpet legend Byron Stripling, organist Bobby Floyd to join orchestra for evening

of jazz standards, classical favorites

DETROIT, (July 29, 2014) – For the first time in its 127-year history, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will ring in 2015 with a televised black tie New Year extravaganza at the Max M. Fisher Music Center (3711 Woodward Ave.) on December 31, 2014 in partnership with Detroit Public Television (DPTV). Led by DSO Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik, the orchestra will perform a swinging combination of jazz standards like “Sweet Georgia Brown” and “Ain’t Misbehavin’” featuring jazz trumpet legend Byron Stripling and organist Bobby Floyd, as well as light classical selections by Strauss and Smetana. Guests will be invited to sing along with a full orchestral performance of Auld Lang Syne, making the audience literally part of the show.

To celebrate, DSO box office personnel will be in Campus Martius today from noon-2 p.m. selling NYE concert-only tickets under a shower of faux snow. Patrons over 21will receive a free personal-sized bottle of champagne with the purchase of a ticket.

The New Year’s Eve festivities will begin at 8 p.m. on December 31 when revelers will don provided party favors and make their way through the Atrium stocked with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and cigars on the terrace. DPTV’s telecast will begin at 10 p.m. as the concert commences in historic Orchestra Hall. The NYE party will continue following the concert with a choice of traditional dance band, Jazz lounge and dance club atmospheres throughout The Max.

Tickets to the concert only range from $40-$50 and are on sale now, and gala packages (includes party favors and access to pre-concert cocktail reception and post-concert party) start at $250 and will go on sale later this summer. For tickets, visit dso.org, via the DSO to Go mobile app or by calling the Max M. Fisher Music Center Box Office at (313) 576-5111. Major funding for this DSO New Year’s event and the DPTV telecast is provided by the Stanley and Judith Frankel Family Foundation.

About the DSO:

Hailed by The New York Times as “cutting edge,” the internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra, is known for trailblazing performances, visionary maestros, collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists, and an unwavering commitment to Detroit. Esteemed conductor Leonard Slatkin, called “America’s Music Director” by the Los Angeles Times, became the 12th Music Director of the DSO during the 2008-09.  Acclaimed conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik serves as Principal Pops Conductor while celebrated trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard holds the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair. The DSO’s performance schedule includes Classical, Pops, Jazz, Young People’s, Neighborhood concerts, and collaborations with chart-topping musicians from Smokey Robinson to Kid Rock. A commitment to broadcast innovation began in 1922 when the DSO became the first orchestra in the world to present a radio broadcast and continues today with the free Live from Orchestra Hall webcast series. Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall within the Max M. Fisher Music Center, one of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, the DSO actively pursues a mission to impact and serve the community through music. For more information visit dso.org or download the free DSO to Go mobile app.

About DPTV:

Detroit Public Television (DPTV)-WTVS-TV is the non-commercial, viewer-supported PBS member station serving the nation’s 11th largest television market, with 1.5 million weekly viewers in Southeast Michigan and 1.2 million weekly viewers across Canada. DPTV is a leader in programming related to health and the environment, public affairs, arts and culture and children. It is also a leading national producer and distributor of programming for Public Television, and winner of a 2012 Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia Award, as well as the only dual PBS licensee / entertainment label in the country, operating as DPTV Media.  For more information, visit www.dptv.org

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DSO’S CIVIC JAZZ ORCHESTRA TO PERFORM NATIONAL ANTHEM AT TIGERS GAME

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DETROIT, (July 16, 2014) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s (DSO) Civic Jazz Orchestra has been selected  to perform the National Anthem at the Tigers game Sunday, July 20 at 1 p.m.

Civic Jazz Orchestra Director Kris Johnson, a local prominent performer, composer, arranger and educator, has been chosen to throw the first pitch. Johnson tours with Count Basie Orchestra and has served as an artist in residence at Troy High School for more than five years. He also lectures at the Ohio State University, teaching jazz trumpet, jazz composition, and jazz theory, as well as directing the Art Blakey Jazz Combo. READ MORE



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DSO ANNOUNCES FOURTH NEIGHBORHOOD SEASON IN EIGHT METRO DETROIT VENUES

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Subscriptions start at only $75 for four concerts in your back yard

Grosse Pointe series moves to new venue

DETROIT, (July 14, 2014) – As of 11 a.m. today, subscriptions are on sale for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) Neighborhood Concert Series in Beverly Hills, Bloomfield Hills, Canton, Dearborn, Grosse Pointe, Macomb, Southfield and West Bloomfield Township. Subscriptions purchased before July 25 will receive a free ticket to an Orchestra Hall concert this fall. Grosse Pointe patrons should note that the neighborhood concerts in 2015 will be moved to a new location, Our Lady Star of the Sea (467 Fairford Road, Grosse Pointe Woods).

General admission subscriptions are $75 for Dearborn, Southfield and West Bloomfield Township and $100 for Beverly Hills, Bloomfield Hills, Canton and Grosse Pointe. Subscriptions can be purchased online at dso.org/neighborhood, by phone at (313) 576-5111 or in-person at the Max M. Fisher Music Center Box Office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit).

Featuring repertoire from select Orchestra Hall concerts as well as selections prepared especially for the neighborhoods, the 2014-15 season marks the fourth year for the Neighborhood Concert Series. Audiences will see Music Director Leonard Slatkin on the podium, Principal Horn Karl Pituch performing Punto’s Horn Concerto 5, Principal Flute David Buck performing Nielsen’s Flute Concerto and Principal Clarinet Ralph Skiano performing Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto. Guest soloists include Nicolas Dautricourt, violin; Stefan Jackiw, violin; Andrew von Oeyen, piano; and Andrés Cardenes, conductor and violin.

In Dearborn, a special performance on Fri., June 19 at 7 p.m. will feature an evening of chamber music. Details for this event will be announced in the fall.

This season also offers a standalone performance in Macomb at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts on Fri., June 26 at 8 p.m., with general admission individual tickets priced at $25 and $10 for children and students.

Individual tickets for all neighborhood concerts will be $25 and will go on sale November 10, 2014.

Performances are scheduled beginning January 8, 2015 through July 19, 2015. A $25 donation to the DSO’s Annual Fund waives all fees. The Neighborhood Concert Series is made possible by a generous gift from the William Davidson Foundation and the support of WRCJ 90.9 FM. READ MORE



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