Grant one of 832 Art Works grants totaling $23.3 million in funding nationwide

DETROIT, (November 27, 2012)— National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Rocco Landesman announced today that the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) is one of 832 non-profit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. The DSO is recommended for a $75,000 grant to support performances of a complete cycle of Beethoven symphonies and related educational activities.

February 2013 will mark the DSO’s first Beethoven Festival in 35 years. The entire month will be dedicated to performing all nine Beethoven symphonies, along with other important symphonic and chamber works. Performances will take place at historic Orchestra Hall as well as in a variety of metro Detroit neighborhood venues, immersing the region of Southeast Michigan in the work of a master who has no doubt touched the lives of everyone, classical music fan or not.

“I’m proud to announce these 832 grants to the American public including the DSO’s Beethoven Festival,” said Chairman Landesman. “These projects offer extraordinary examples of creativity in our country, including the creation of new work, innovative ways of engaging audiences, and exemplary education programs.”

“The DSO’s Beethoven Festival allows us to look at this body of works in an intensive and comprehensive way. In addition to the performances of the symphonies, there will be ancillary events including symposia, chamber recitals and a presentation of the 32 piano sonatas,” said DSO Music Director Leonard Slatkin. “We are proud that the NEA has joined us in making this event possible.”

In March 2012, the NEA received 1,509 eligible applications for Art Works requesting more than $74 million in funding. The 832 recommended NEA grants total $22.3 million, span 13 artistic disciplines and fields, and focus primarily on the creation of work and presentation of both new and existing works for the benefit of American audiences. Applications were reviewed by panels of outside experts convened by NEA staff and each project was judged on its artistic excellence and artistic merit.

For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA website at arts.gov.

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. In 2011, the DSO launched its Live from Orchestra Hall HD webcast series, becoming the first orchestra in the world to live stream its full season of classical concerts for free via web and mobile devices. The DSO performance schedule 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. For more information visit dso.org


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