Archive for June, 2011


DETROIT, (June 29, 2011) – Today, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) and Music Director Leonard Slatkin announced the appointment of Kimberly Ann Kaloyanides Kennedy as acting concertmaster for the 2011 – 2012 season.  Kennedy has served as a member of the DSO’s violin section since 1998 and has been the associate concertmaster since 2003.

“I felt that it was important, as we move forward, to have a perspective on the role of the concertmaster and their relationship to the orchestra,” said music director Leonard Slatkin. “Kim is a seasoned veteran of the DSO and I am confident in her ability to bear the lion’s share of the work this coming season.” READ MORE

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DSO 2011 Spring Season Shatters Sales and Fundraising Expectations

Reaching audience of 40,456

Raising more than $3M in gifts and pledges

First American orchestra to broadcast a series of live concerts via HD webcasts

DETROIT, (June 24, 2011) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) announced today that it reached an audience of 40,456, achieving its spring revenue goal of $456,000, during its abbreviated 2011 Spring Season and raised $3,018,000 in gifts and pledges during the 8-week season that began April 9 and concluded June 5. The DSO reached an audience three times larger than expected and processed twenty times the number of tickets traditionally processed for the two-month time period between April and June. Annual Fund giving from individuals was also up 100% over the same period last year. READ MORE

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Missy Mazzoli Named Winner of Annual Elaine Lebenbom Memorial Award for Female Composers




Lebenbom Award Continues in Spirit of Recognizing

New Orchestral Works by Women


            DETROIT, (June 2, 2011) –Missy Mazzoli, has been awarded the fifth annual Elaine Lebenbom Memorial Award for Female Composers from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO).  Mazzoli, who was chosen from applicants worldwide, will compose a new work that will be given its premiere in the 2012-13 season. In addition to concerts presenting her work, Mazzoli will receive a $10,000 prize and a one-month residency at the Ucross Foundation, an artist’s retreat in northern Wyoming.

            “I was thrilled and shocked to receive the news that I had won the Elaine Lebenbom Award. I love Detroit and for years have been looking for an excuse to do a project there.  I am very excited to be a part of the Detroit Symphony family at this exciting time,” said Missy Mazzoli. READ MORE

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DSO Board of Directors Renews Contract for President & CEO Anne Parsons Through 2014

DETROIT, (June 4, 2011) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) announced today that its Board of Directors ratified the renewal of President and CEO Anne Parsons’ contract for another three years through 2014.

“Anne has everything the DSO needs at this critical point in its history and we are honored that she has decided to continue to lead the organization toward its collective pursuit of a viable and successful future,” said Chairman of the Board, Stanley Frankel. “Not only is she an industry veteran of 30-plus years with proven expertise in navigating challenging economic climates, she a crusader for the arts with deep connections within the national funding community. She is distinguished by her tenacious spirit, ingenuity and charismatic leadership style that have contributed numerous valuable talent acquisitions to the DSO Board and staff. We are grateful and thankful for her commitment to the DSO for another three years.” READ MORE

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