Detroit, (July 25, 2013) –The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will present four FREE concerts this fall at Lakeview High School in St. Clair Shores, Greater Grace Temple in Detroit, Heinz C. Prechter Educational and Performing Arts Center in Taylor, and Clawson High School in Clawson. These concerts represent a multi-year sponsorship from the DTE Energy Foundation.

Last summer, the DSO and the DTE Energy Foundation asked the public to nominate their community venues to receive a free DSO concert, to which there was an overwhelming response. While nearly 100 venues were nominated, with nearly 5,000 notes of support from community members, the DSO could only choose five last season. In order to build upon that enthusiasm, venues from that pool of communities were incorporated into the series this year.

“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 Mike Chriss, DTE Energy Director- Corporate and Governmental Affairs. “We are grateful for the opportunity to help share the artistic excellence of the DSO with the surrounding metropolitan communities.”

Eligibility for selection of these venues was based on a group of logistical criteria along with strong evidence of community support (criteria are outlined fully at dso.org/dtemusic).

The DSO continues to serve its immediate community through collaborations with local schools, the Detroit Rush program (which provides a $15 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.

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

Wednesday, September 25, 7:30 p.m. – Lakeview High School (St. Clair Shores, Macomb County)

Thursday, September 26, 7:30 p.m. – Greater Grace Temple (Detroit, Wayne County)

Friday, September 27, 8 p.m. – Heinz C. Prechter Educational and Performing Arts Center at Wayne County Community College Downriver (Taylor, Wayne County)

Sunday, September 29, 3 p.m. – Clawson High School (Clawson, Oakland County)

Tickets are available now at the DSO box office (3711 Woodward Ave.) and at dso.org/dtemusic.

About the DSO:

The internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra, which celebrated its 125th anniversary in December 2012, 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 and acclaimed conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik was appointed Principal Pops Conductor in November 2012. The DSO’s performance schedule includes Classical, Pops, Jazz, Young People’s, Neighborhood concerts, and collaborations with chart-topping musicians from Smokey Robinson to Kid Rock.  A commitment to broadcast innovation began in 1922 when the DSO became the first orchestra in the world to present a radio broadcast and continues today with the free Live from Orchestra Hall webcast series.  Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall at the Max M. Fisher Music Center, one of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, the DSO actively pursues a mission to impact and serve the community through music.  For more information visit dso.org or download the free DSO to Go mobile app.

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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