Detroit Symphony Orchestra Helps Promote Musical Diversity With Free Performance at Concert of Colors


DETROIT, (July 2, 2010) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will join the roster of the 18th annual Concert of Colors, metro Detroit’s free diversity-themed music festival, with returning artists, conductor Tito Muñoz and virtuoso musician Simon Shaheen on Sun., July 18 at 3:45 p.m. at Orchestra Hall.

One of the most significant Arab performers and composers of his generation, Simon Shaheen’s work incorporates and reflects a rich legacy of Arabic music while embracing diverse styles ranging from jazz to Western classical. Internationally acclaimed for his mastery of the oud and violin, Shaheen returns to perform his composition commissioned by the DSO, Concerto No. 1 for Oud and Orchestra.

Conductor Tito Muñoz is currently Assistant Conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra, appointed by Franz Welser-Möst in April 2007, and a League of American Orchestras

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Conducting Fellow. He previously served as Assistant Conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. An alumnus of the National Conducting Institute, Muñoz made his professional conducting debut in 2006 with the National Symphony Orchestra.

Designed to celebrate the many ethnic and cultural groups that comprise metro Detroit, the Concert of Colors is produced in partnership by the Arab American National Museum, New Detroit, the DSO and ACCESS (Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services).

All Concert of Colors performances are free and open to the public. Reserved box seating at the Main Stage is available throughout the festival for concertgoers who would like to become a Concert of Colors “Groupie,” an exclusive opportunity that also includes a private “meet the artists” reception and a limited-edition Groupie tee shirt. Individual Groupies pay $60; a Couple of Groupies is $100. Call 313.624.0205 or visit for groupie registration. For complete schedule information, breaking festival news and a free download of the 2010 Concert of Colors poster call 313.624.0215 or visit Free seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis with no advance registration necessary.


Concert of Colors

Tito Muñoz, conductor; Simon Shaheen, oud

Orchestra Hall

Sun., July 18 at 3:45 p.m.

Sponsor: Concert of Colors is made possible in part by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

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