The Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Leonard Slatkin Announce Free Community Week With Five Free Concerts

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DETROIT, (September 16, 2011) – As the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) pursues its goal of becoming the most accessible orchestra on the planet, the DSO and Music Director Leonard Slatkin are pleased to present five free concerts through DSO Community Week from September 29-October 2, just one week before the 2011/12 season officially opens. Concert performances will occur at locations in Troy, Ypsilanti, Woodhaven and Detroit, culminating in a special open house performance at Orchestra Hall. DSO Community Week is made possible by the DTE Energy Foundation. Although tickets are free to all performances, in most cases reservations are required as space is limited. (See the listing below of concert locations which includes information on reserving tickets.)

“The DTE Energy Foundation is proud to partner with one of our state’s finest institutions to expand the DSO’s reach beyond Downtown,” said Fred Shell, DTE Energy Foundation. “This program will enrich the lives of music lovers, and as a bonus, build lasting relationships between the DSO and communities throughout Southeastern Michigan.”

These complimentary concerts are a way to simultaneously say “thank you” to those patrons who are making the DSO a community-supported orchestra and share the orchestra’s magnificent sound. Free community concerts were one of Maestro Slatkin’s first initiatives when he began his tenure with the DSO in 2008, which is why he will be at the orchestra’s helm for all five performances.

“When we think outside the box, as we continue to celebrate our home at Orchestra Hall, we’re not only broadening our audience base by geographic area, but also making it easier for anyone to experience live, classical music,” said Maestro Slatkin.

Concert repertoire will include classical favorites such as selections from Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 “From the New World,” Weber’s Overture to Oberon, Dukas’ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, and selections from Rodgers’ & Hammerstein’s Sound of Music.

Concert Schedule and Repertoire

Thursday, September 29 at The Somerset Collection North, Troy, 7:30 p.m.
(No reservations required.)

Rossini Finale from William Tell Overture
Beethoven Allegro (excerpts) from Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op 67
Tchaikovsky Dance of the Mirlitons from Nutcracker
Anderson Bugler’s Holiday
Ellington Duke Ellington Fantasy
Rodgers and Hammerstein selections from The Sound of Music
Sousa Stars and Stripes

Friday, September 30 at Perfecting Praise Church, 7616 E. Nevada, Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
For Tickets: (313) 365-3787

Wagner Overture to Die Meistersinger
Beethoven Allegro from Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op 67
Dvořák Largo from Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 “From the New World”
Weber Overture to Oberon
Ellington Duke Ellington Fantasy
Rodgers and Hammerstein Selections from The Sound of Music

Saturday, October 1, at Pease Auditorium, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, 8 p.m.
Tickets available at EMU Convocation center, 799 N. Hewitt, beginning September 21
Sunday, October 2, Orchestra Hall, Max M. Fisher Music Center, 3711 Woodward Ave., 3 p.m.
For Tickets: (313) 576-5111
Tuesday, October 4, Woodhaven High School, 24787 Van Horn Road, Woodhaven, 7:30 p.m.
For tickets: (734) 789-2342

Wagner Overture to Die Meistersinger
Beethoven Allegro from Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op 67
Dvořák Largo from Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 “From the New World”
Weber Overture to Oberon
Dukas The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Rodgers and Hammerstein selections from The Sound of Music

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 www.dso.org

About Leonard Slatkin

A native of Los Angeles, Leonard Slatkin began his critically-acclaimed tenure as Music Director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in September of 2008. In addition to his post at the DSO, he was recently named Music Director of the Orchestre National de Lyon (ONL) in France, beginning with the 2011-12 season. In addition, Slatkin continues to serve as Principal Guest Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, a post that began in the fall of 2008.
Throughout his career, Mr. 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 concerts 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.

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2 Responses to “The Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Leonard Slatkin Announce Free Community Week With Five Free Concerts”

  1. I would like to secure 6 tickets for tomorrow afternoon’s symhpony at Orchestra Hall 9/2/11 @ 3pm. Any way to obtain confirmation online?

  2. avatar Rachelle Rivers on October 7th, 2011 at 10:44 am

    I attended the performance at Perfecting Church on September 30th and I absolutely loved it. I appreciate your reaching out to the community and providing a cash strapped community a rare opportunity to enjoy one of the finer things in life.

    I want to know how do you chose your host locations and what are the requirements of the host location.

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