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

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DSO to perform free concerts at five community venues this fall

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.

“The Wayne educational community continues to work in difficult times to strengthen the quality of life in the community and to enhance cultural awareness,” said Gregory J. Baracy, Superintendent, City of Wayne in his letter of endorsement for Wayne Memorial High School. “Bringing the prestigious DSO to the City of Wayne would be a great teaching example of how continuous practice leads to excellence in performance by the orchestra, which in turn, recognizes and shares its achievements with our hard-working community.”

There was an overwhelming volume of feedback from the public, which helped influence the selection committee’s decision. Dso.org/dtemusic, which has profiled each eligible venue since June 5, received nearly 5,000 notes from community members in support of their favorite venue, and immediately became the DSO’s most frequently-viewed page with over 9,000 visitors.

“We are thrilled with the public response to the DSO and DTE Energy Foundation’s initiative to make classical music as accessible as possible,” said selection committee member Mike Chriss, DTE Energy Director- Corporate and Governmental Affairs. “We are grateful for the opportunity to remind the neighboring communities that Detroit’s gems are available to them, too.”

This is the second consecutive year that DTE Energy Foundation has generously sponsored free DSO community concerts. This first series of concerts in the 2012-2013 season are focused on providing access to the DSO in remote metro Detroit communities. Eligibility for selection was based on a group of logistical criteria along with strong evidence of community support (criteria are outlined fully at www.dso.org/dtemusic).

All eligible nominees will receive the opportunity to engage with the DSO during the 2012-13 season through other programming such as chamber music performances, senior engagement concerts, school visits, hospital performances, or library visits. Further details will be available at www.dso.org/dtemusic throughout the season.

The DSO continues to serve its immediate community through collaborations with local schools, the Detroit Rush program (which provides a $20 ticket to any classical or jazz concert at Orchestra Hall for Detroit residents) and new initiatives such as a partnership with Detroit Medical Center Children’s Hospital providing musical therapy to patients.

The selection panel consisted of Mike Chriss, DTE Energy Director- Corporate and Governmental Affairs; Kareem George, Managing Director of Community Programs; Maud Lyon, executive director of The Cultural Alliance of Southeast Michigan; Dr. Kenneth Thompson, Assistant Dean of the College of Musical Arts at Bowling Green State University; and Bob Williams, DSO Principal Bassoon.

A schedule of the DTE Energy Foundation Presents DSO in your Community concerts is as follows:

Wednesday, September 19, 8 p.m. – Mt. Clemens High School (Macomb County)

Thursday, September 20, 8 p.m. – Clarkston High School (Oakland County)

Friday, September 21, 8 p.m. – Anchor Bay High School (St. Clair County)

Saturday, September 22, 8 p.m. – Wayne Memorial High School (Wayne County)

Sunday, September 23, 3 p.m. – Pioneer High School (Washtenaw County – Ann Arbor)

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 www.dso.org

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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6 Responses to “‘DTE Energy Foundation Presents DSO in your Community’ venues announced”

  1. avatar Laura Machida on June 25th, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    Thank you s much. THis will be wonderful for all of our community. What a generous gift. I hope many friends and family and children will attend. Many thanks, Laura Machida

  2. The Clarkston community welcomes the DSO to extraordinary possibilities! With gratitude we will be there.

  3. I wish to thank DTE and the DSO for making these concerts available to the community. They will truly enrich the areas where they perform.
    We in Brighton are very disappointed that we were not chosen but hopefully we will be able to try again in the future.

  4. Anchor Bay Schools, Anchor Bay Stars, The Anchor Bay Community Foundation, The City of New Baltimore, and the Township of Chesterfield are thrilled with the DSO’s decision to perform at Anchor Bay High School’s – Performing Arts Center. We welcome the DSO and look forward to all that will attend this wonderful event. Thanks again for choosing Anchor Bay!!!

  5. avatar Wendy Correll on July 25th, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    What a wonderful opportunity for Washtenaw County residents to enjoy classical music performed by the prestigious Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Thank you!

  6. @ Betty Gottschalk

    I know it is a long drive but I would like to invite and welcome you out to Anchor Bay to see the DSO. We would love to have you as our guest.

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