Kid Rock/DSO Fundraiser nets $1 Million


Detroit, (May 15, 2012) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO), in partnership with Kid Rock and Rock Ventures LLC, is thrilled to announce that Saturday’s sold-out fundraiser met its goal to raise $1 million for the DSO.
“Kid Rock’s extraordinary generosity toward his home town is truly inspiring,” said DSO Music Director Leonard Slatkin. “All of us at the DSO are grateful for his generosity and we look forward to sharing our music in the future.”

The $1 million will help put DSO musicians in schools, churches, retirement communities, nursing homes, hospitals, community centers and other gathering places across Southeast Michigan, making classical music accessible to everyone.

“On behalf of Rock Ventures, Quicken Loans and our more than 5,000 Detroit-based team members, we are extremely grateful for the AMAZING community support of the DSO-Kid Rock concert,” said Dan Gilbert, Chairman of Rock Ventures and Quicken Loans. “Not only did we reach our fundraising goal, we also raised awareness of the DSO to a new generation of Detroiters who are critical to the long-term viability of one of Detroit’s cultural gems.”
On Saturday, May 12, 2012, at 8 p.m., Kid Rock, DSO Music Director Leonard Slatkin and the men and women of the DSO took the stage of Detroit’s historic Fox Theatre for a one-night only fundraising concert to raise a critical $1 million for the legendary orchestra. A crowd of 5,000 Kid Rock fans from across the nation and loyal DSO patrons flooded the theatre to observe the world premiere of Kid Rock’s hits arranged with orchestra accompaniment. The orchestrations were done by world-renowned arranger Rob Mathes. The event was originally conceived by Kid Rock and Rock Ventures Founder Dan Gilbert. The event was presented by Rock Ventures, Jimmy John’s, Olympia Entertainment, and Made in Detroit.

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 Rock Ventures LLC
Rock Ventures LLC is an umbrella entity formed to provide operational coordination, guidance, and integration of Dan Gilbert’s portfolio of companies, investments and real estate.

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5 Responses to “Kid Rock/DSO Fundraiser nets $1 Million”

  1. Enjoyed the DSO and Kid on Saturday evening. I suggest making it an annual event. My wife and I will attend each year. Great job.

  2. avatar Peter Callanan on May 16th, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Will there be a recording of the concert available for purchase?

  3. avatar Mary Stelter on May 16th, 2012 at 10:19 am

    Ive seen Kid and the DSO many times before, it was one of the most memorable. Maybe the DSO would like to “Chill in 2013″ with us? :) Thank you , my daughter and I had a wonderful time.

  4. EXCELLENT news for the DSO and the community.

    Much continued success to the DSO and Detroit.

    God Bless

  5. Love the DSO, Love Kid Rock. What a great opportunity to see them perform together. My husband and I enjoyed our evening at the Fox very much!

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