More than 5,000 Attend DSO @ Ford House Concerts for Great Music, Weather & Cheer

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Concerts Exceed Attendance Goal of 3,000

DETROIT, (July 12, 2010) – The shores of Grosse Pointe were alive with beautiful music, families, great weather and cheer on Fri., July 9 and Sat., July 10 as the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Edsel & Eleanor Ford House (Ford House) presented their inaugural collaborative concerts, The DSO at Ford House, on the lakeside terrace of the historic home. More than 5,000 attendees, exceeding an original goal of 3,000, enjoyed the music of Benny Goodman with Dave Bennett and his Sextet on Friday, and popular classical music on Saturday, while enjoying the stunning surroundings of the estate.

“We are so pleased to have brought this wonderful experience to the community,” remarked Kathleen Mullins, president of Ford House. “The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive with words like ‘magical,’ ‘unforgettable,’ and ‘perfect’ being used to describe our guests’ experiences.”

The DSO at Ford House concerts mark an important milestone for Ford House as it expands programming, builds community partnerships and encourages new uses for the historic estate. “When developing our strategic plan, we reached out to the community and something we heard loud and clear was that PEOPLE want to experience live music on the grounds,” added Mullins. “The Detroit Symphony has been an outstanding partner with helping Ford House to make that idea a reality.”

The concept of hosting outdoor concerts at Ford House goes back to the 1920s when the Fords were planning their new home. Landscape architect Jens Jensen, who designed the grounds more than 80 years ago, incorporated clearings whenever possible, to embrace and promote the use of outdoor spaces as places for drama, pageantry and musical performances. Today, concerts at Ford House serve as an example of what many are calling “the new Ford House.”

“These concerts occurred as a result of a model partnership, and represent the realization of a dream to offer value to our communities in a new way in an ideal context and setting,” said Anne Parsons, President and CEO of the DSO. “We are thankful to our staffs,

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donors, patrons, partners, volunteers, musicians and friends who came together to make these concerts a success.”

About Ford House

Since 1978, Ford House has been inspiring visitors from all over the world through interpretive tours, lectures, exhibits, classes, special events and programs. For more information about Ford House, go to www.fordhouse.org or call (313) 884-4222. Ford House is located at 1100 Lake Shore Road in Grosse Pointe Shores, Mich.

About the DSO

The internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the fourth-oldest symphony orchestra in the United States, is known for trailblazing performances, visionary maestros and collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists. 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 season. The DSO offers a year-round performance schedule that includes classical, pops, jazz, young people’s concerts and festivals. The DSO makes its home in historic Orchestra Hall, one of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, and actively pursues a mission to impact and serve the community through music. For more information visit www.detroitsymphony.com.

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