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DSO Adds Brazilian Flair to Classical Fare at Ford House Concerts

(DETROIT, June 26, 2012) —The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) and Edsel & Eleanor Ford House’s (Ford House) third annual collaboration places the Orchestra on the grounds of the elegant Grosse Pointe Shores estate, serenading audiences as the sun sets over Lake Saint Clair. The two-concert series begins with a “Bossa Nova” themed evening of Brazilian music, featuring accordionist and bandoneonist Julien Labro, Brazilian singer and guitarist Paulinho Garcia and other special guests as they perform music from South America featuring such standards as “The Girl from Ipanema” and Piazzolla’s “Adios Nonino.” A classical program will follow, featuring such favorites as excerpts from Bizet’s Carmen Suite and Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain. Concerts take place on Friday, July 13 and Saturday, July 14 at 7:30 p.m. with a thrilling fireworks finale at 9:30 p.m. Conductor Carolyn Kuan will join the DSO both evenings. READ MORE

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‘DTE Energy Foundation Presents DSO in your Community’ venues announced

DSO to perform free concerts at five community venues this

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Detroit, (June 25, 2012) – After receiving nearly 100 nominees, a selection committee of five community members (from the civic, corporate and education sectors) has selected five venues to host a free Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) concert in the fall. Anchor Bay High School in St. Clair County, Clarkston High School in Oakland County, Mt. Clemens High School in Macomb County, Pioneer High School in Washtenaw County, and Wayne Memorial High School in Wayne County will host DTE Energy Foundation Presents the DSO in Your Community concerts. READ MORE

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DSO and The Henry Ford celebrate 20th Anniversary of Salute to America concerts in Greenfield Village

Senator Carl Levin will narrate “The Lincoln Portrait” and DSO Music Director Leonard Slatkin

makes his Salute to America debut

(DETROIT, June 25, 2012) — The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) and The Henry Ford will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Salute to America concerts in Greenfield Village June 30, July 1 and July 3-4 with two very special guests.

In an inspiring gesture of patriotism and philanthropy, Senator Carl Levin will join the DSO to narrate Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait” on July 4. Anthony Lucas, historic presenter with Greenfield Village, will narrate the piece at performances on June 30 and July 1 & 3. READ MORE

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‘Live from Orchestra Hall’ webcasts make Detroit Symphony Orchestra among the most ‘attended orchestras’ in America

Orchestra Hall, neighborhood, and digital audiences exceed 200,000

DETROIT, (June 21, 2012) – Attendance numbers for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s (DSO) 2011-12 season rank the fourth-oldest American orchestra among the most highly-attended orchestras in the nation. Classical season attendance shattered expectations while the inaugural seasons of the Neighborhood Concert Series and “Live from Orchestra Hall” series of HD webcasts catapulted the DSO’s audience over 200,000. This positions the DSO among Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco in terms of classical audience. Detroit’s series of digital initiatives contributed to the DSO’s 2011-12 local and global audience achievements. READ MORE

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DSO continues Mix @ The Max with local guitar duo ‘Sin Hielo’

DETROIT, (June 18, 2012) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) announced today that it will continue its new Mix @ The Max series with “Sin Hielo” on Thursday, August 9 at 7 p.m. Sin Hielo, a pairing of metro

Detroit electric and acoustic guitarists Wayne Gerard and Sean Blackman, combines Detroit’s grit and modern jazz with the heaviness of Flamenco and rock to form a Detroit jazz world music hybrid. Rick Beamon will accompany on percussion as well as other special guest performers. READ MORE

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DSO Second Annual Heroes Gala surpasses fundraising goal

DETROIT, (June 12, 2012) – As some 1,500 Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) fans gathered in Orchestra Hall Saturday evening to honor DSO board member Lloyd Reuss, the generous support of DSO patrons resulted in more than $600,000 in giving for the evening. The gala proceeds, which surpassed the event’s fundraising goal, contribute to the DSO’s annual fund. The DSO founded the Heroes Gala in honor of the remarkable men and women who impact the vision, values, and success of the organization.

Following a special concert dedicated to Reuss, guests enjoyed dinner in The Music Box, serenaded by a Spanish guitarist and dancing in the Atrium. The host committee for the event was led by a group of prominent metro Detroit community members including Jim Nicholson, Stanley Frankel, Mark Reuss, and Peter Remington. To

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DSO Opens Its Gala Concert to the Community

Detroit, (June 4, 2012) – As a thank you to the community that has shown the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) its unwavering support this season, the organization is opening its second annual Heroes Gala concert to the public, free of charge. Join the DSO in celebrating a wildly successful season at a concert honoring Lloyd Reuss, DSO Officer-At-Large and long-time Detroit philanthropist, on Saturday, June 9 at 7 p.m. The DSO founded the Heroes Gala in honor of the remarkable men and women who impact the vision, values, and success of the DSO. READ MORE

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DSO Raises More Than $1.5 Million During Second Community Support Month

“Let’s Build A Community” Theme Resonates with Detroit Audiences

(DETROIT, June 4, 2012) — Last Thursday, May 31, officially closed the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s (DSO) second Community Support Month initiative, a campaign which generated more than $1.5 million in donations to the 2011-12 Annual Fund. As the first concert-based fundraising initiative in DSO history, the program’s inaugural year (including the first Community Support Month in November 2011) earned a total of over $2.3 million from 2,150 new donors. READ MORE

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DSO Pops Welcomes Legendary Singer, Songwriter Neil Sedaka

Detroit, (May 31, 2012) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO), welcomes legendary singer and songwriter Neil Sedaka to the stage as he performs many of his smashing hits including “Calendar Girl,” “Breaking Up Is Hard to Do,” “Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen,” “Oh! Carol” and “Next Door to an Angel” which dominated the radio airwaves in the early 1960s and defined a generation. The DSO will be led by guest conductor Dick Palombi for this special tribute performance. In addition, guest conductor Ken Lam will lead the orchestra in Cole Porter’s Begin the Beguine from “Jubilee” and Duke Ellington’s Fantasy, along Sedaka’s Joie de vivre. This Pops Series performance will take place at Orchestra Hall on Friday, June 15 at 10:45 a.m., Saturday, June 16 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, June 17 at 3 p.m. READ MORE

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