Breaking News: Detroit Symphony Orchestra to Unveil Newly Arranged Version of Classic Detroit Tigers Fight Song Tonight at The Somerset Collection


DETROIT, (September 29, 2011) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) and music director Leonard Slatkin will unveil a new arrangement of “Go Get ‘Em Tigers,” tonight at The Somerset Collection North in Troy, as an encore to the first 2011-2012 free concert of DSO’s Community Concert Series. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m.

DSO principal librarian Robert Stiles arranged the piece today when Slatkin mentioned wanting to add a fight song to his repertoire this morning on the Paul W. Smith Show, News/Talk 760 WJR. Vocals will be performed by DSO artistic liaison Nicole New.

“Go Get ‘Em Tigers” was the theme song of Detroit’s 1968 championship team, and in 2006, after the Tigers beat the Yankees in the American League Division Series, it was played as players carried manager Jim Leyland off the field.

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 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

About Leonard Slatkin

Internationally acclaimed American conductor Leonard Slatkin began his appointment as Music Director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in September of 2008. In addition to his post at the DSO, August 2011 marked the start of his tenure as Music Director of the Orchestre National de Lyon in France. In addition, Slatkin continues to serve as Principal Guest Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, a post that began in the fall of 2008.

Following a 17-year tenure as Music Director of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Slatkin became Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. in 1996. Other positions in the United States have included Principal Guest Conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra, where he founded their “Sommerfest;” first Music Director of the Cleveland Orchestra’s summer series at the Blossom Music Festival, a post he held for nine years; Principal Guest Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl for three seasons; and additional positions with the New Orleans Philharmonic and the Nashville Symphony Orchestra.

Throughout his career, Slatkin has demonstrated a continuing commitment to arts education and to reaching diverse audiences. He is the founder and director of the National Conducting Institute, and advanced career development program for rising conductors, and founded the Saint Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra. This year, he spearheaded the DSO’s Soundcard initiative, an all-access student pass to every Classical, Pops and Jazz concert at Orchestra Hall, all season long.

Maestro Slatkin’s more than 100 recordings have been recognized with seven Grammy awards and 64 nominations. He has recorded with the DSO, National Symphony Orchestra, Saint Louis Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic.

His engagements for the 2011-2012 season include Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Seoul Philharmonic, NHK Symphony, a tour of Germany with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, and the New World and National Symphony Orchestras in Washington D.C.


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