Deadline extended to nominate your community for a free DSO concert


Detroit, (May 21, 2012) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO), in partnership with the DTE Energy Foundation, is happy to announce that the deadline to nominate a venue in your community for a free “DTE Energy Foundation Presents, The DSO in your Community” concert next season has been extended. The Deadline for nominations, previously scheduled for today, is now May 31, 2012 at 5 p.m.

About DTE Energy Foundation Presents, The DSO in your Community
Venues, organizations, schools, places of worship, community centers, etc. are invited to nominate themselves to host a free community concert by the DSO.

Nominations are due by 5 p.m. Thursday, May 31. Beginning June 5, the public will be able to view the nominations online and post supporting comments. Venues to receive performances will be selected by a panel of distinguished professionals including Michael Chriss, Director of Regional Relations, DTE; Kareem George, Managing Director of Community Programs, DSO; Maud Lyon, President, Cultural Alliance of Southeast Michigan; Kenneth Wayne Thompson, Assistant Dean, College of Musical Arts, Bowling Green State University; Robert Williams, Principal Bassoon, DSO.
For more information or to submit a nomination, go to Venues selected to host the concerts will be announced on June 18. Concerts will be held September 19-22.
One nominee will receive a full DSO residency during the 2012-13 season: programming such as chamber music performance, senior engagement concert, school visit, hospital performance, library visit, etc in addition to the free community concert. Additionally, DSO will make best efforts to engage every nominee during the 2012-2013 season with some musical offering.
Eligibility for selection will be based on the following criteria (outlined fully at

• Venue within a 45-mile radius of Orchestra Hall (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit).
• Venue appropriate to accommodate a full orchestra with a stage/performance area minimum 50’ x 40’
• Fully accessible venue meeting all ADA requirements, including ample and convenient parking
• Venue/facility donated for the free DSO community concert
• Audience capacity of 400+ and secured by the nominee
• Compelling narrative – how would a free DSO community concert impact your community? (150 words or less)
• Ability to co-promote the event
• Up to four (4) letters of support representing diverse cross sections of the community (community/civic leaders, business leaders, students, community members at large)
Those wishing to nominate a venue in their community should visit for full details and instructions.

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, collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists, and an unwavering commitment to Detroit. 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, Neighborhood 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. In April 2011, the DSO launched Live from Orchestra Hall, an unprecedented webcast series that makes DSO concerts available for free on the web and mobile devices. On May 10, 2013, the DSO will return to Carnegie Hall with Maestro Slatkin to perform all four Ives symphonies in one evening. For more information visit
About the DTE Energy Foundation
The DTE Energy Foundation is the philanthropic arm of DTE Energy, continuing the legacy of community support and involvement of its principal operating subsidiaries, Detroit Edison and MichCon. The Foundation directs its contributions and involvement to support initiatives dedicated to developing the human and economic potential of the communities it serves. The DTE Energy Foundation is funded fully by the shareholders of DTE Energy.

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7 Responses to “Deadline extended to nominate your community for a free DSO concert”

  1. Pioneer’s Schreiber Auditorium holds 1600 (and is ADA compliant).
    The Pioneer Music Department has been recognized no less then 5 times as one of the top 7 Music Departments in the country; Twice (2006 & 2011) as the “National GRAMMY Signature School”, signifying us the finest music department in the U.S.. We have successfully organized the ensuing celebration concerts that went with each those awards.
    We have hosted concert performances by both the United States Marine Corps “President’s Own” Band from Washington D.C., and the United States Navy Band from Washington D.C.,
    There are three parent support organizations dedicated to the assisting of the Bands, Choirs and Orchestras of Pioneer High School. These organizations all but guaranteeing enough logistical support for this concert to be a rousing success with both attendance and promotion.

  2. Please bring one concert out toward White Lake Michigan. You could use Milford High School or Lakeland High School Auditorium. We live a good ways away from Detroit and would love to hear your good music played in our vicinity. R.L.W.

  3. avatar Walter Kristy on May 31st, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    I nominate The Village of Pinckney as a site for a DSO concert. We have a great concert hall.

  4. avatar Karen Beaubien on June 5th, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    Monroe would be a great place for a concert. MCCC’s La-Z-Boy Center is a great venue for the concert.

  5. I would like to support St. Peter, Macomb as a site for the DSO to perform. St. Peter has wonderful acoustics and would provide an venue in Northern Macomb.

  6. avatar Lori Huffmaster on June 21st, 2012 at 7:00 am

    Trenton would be honored to host the DSO! We’re a community with a strong love for music. It shows in our schools,and the talent in our marching,jazz,and concert band. We have a strong gifted music department in both jr.high & high school. Our city also supports DYPAC,(downriver youth performing arts center).which also shows its love for music and the arts. We would just be so proud to host,please come to Trenton. My family and I have a particular love,our son. Who plays with Trentons marching,jazz,&concert band,and also sits with the Dearborn youth symphony orcastra . Has hopes to sit with theDSO IN THE FUTURE.

  7. The La-Z-Boy Center in Monroe Mi would be a perfect spot to see my favorite musicians play! It would be worth the musicians time to play in our community!

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