(DETROIT, April 28, 2014) — Tickets are now on sale for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s (DSO) summer season, which will include the orchestra’s first appearance at Stony Creek Metropark in four years. Tickets will go on sale May 10 for a rare appearance at Meadow Brook Music Festival to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the DSO’s first performance at the venue that was built 1964 as the orchestra’s summer home.

Summer favorites will return including “Salute to America” concerts at Greenfield Village and the DSO’s fifth annual appearance at the historic Edsel & Eleanor Ford House. Other presentations include an appearance by the Indigo Girls, a special concert honoring the centenary of Eastern Michigan’s Pease Auditorium, as well as fresh Mix @ The Max presentations at the Max M. Fisher Music Center.


Unless otherwise noted, tickets to the below concerts may be purchased at the Max M. Fisher Music Center box office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit); by calling (313) 576-5111; online at; or via the free DSO to Go mobile app. For group discount information (10 people or more), please contact Chuck Dyer at (313) 576-5130 or

See below for a full schedule of events:

DSO at Stony Creek Metropark

The DSO kicks off the summer season on Saturday, June 21 with their long-awaited return to Stony Creek Metropark for a scenic lakeside concert followed by a spectacular fireworks display! Cleveland Orchestra Assistant Conductor Brett Mitchell will lead the orchestra in “An American Celebration,” a program of classics by American masters (Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, John Williams) and the music of composers who were inspired by the people and culture of the USA (Tchaikovsky, Saint-Saëns, Dvořák). This will include a special performance of Saint-Saëns’ Havanaise by DSO Associate Concertmaster Kimberly Kaloyanides Kennedy. The performance will begin at 8:30 p.m. with grounds opening at 6 p.m.

One of America’s most exciting and promising young conductors, Brett Mitchell currently serves as Assistant Conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra and Music Director of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra. Mitchell made his Severance Hall subscription debut with The Cleveland Orchestra in back-to-back concerts—with two different programs—in March 2014, stepping in for Franz Welser-Möst on just two hours’ notice. Mitchell is also currently in his fourth season as music director of Michigan’s Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra, which has shattered 75-year-old attendance records and achieved its first two sellouts during his tenure.

Tickets for DSO at Stony Creek range from $12-$20 with advance-purchase Premium tickets available for $50 (includes reserved parking and shuttle to concert area). Children 4 and under are free.

Salute to America concerts at Greenfield Village

The 22nd Annual Salute to America concerts will take place on Wednesday, July 2-Saturday, July 5 at 8:30 p.m. Bring the family to Greenfield Village in Dearborn and enjoy an evening of fireworks and patriotic music. Guest conductor Bob Bernhardt will conduct the Orchestra through four performances of Independence Day favorites like Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, the Salute to the Armed Forces and a special appearance by the U.S. Army Field Band’s Concert Band and Soldiers’ Chorus. Performances are located in the Walnut Grove Historic District of Greenfield Village and begin at 8:30 p.m. with grounds opening at 6 p.m. for pre-concert entertainment. Food and beverages will be available for purchase and concert attendees are welcome to bring chairs and blankets to the concerts.

The Henry Ford is America’s premier history destination with five distinct attractions including Greenfield Village which offers 300 years of American history with access to 83 authentic, historic structures, including the courthouse where Abraham Lincoln practiced law, the Wright brothers’ cycle shop, Thomas Edison’s Menlo Park laboratory and much more.

With more than three decades of experience as a Music Director, conductor of Pops, and in the Opera pit, Louisville Orchestra Principal Pops Conductor Bob Bernhardt continues to bring his unique combination of easy style, infectious enthusiasm and wonderful musicianship to the city and orchestra he loves. Now in his 32nd season with the LO, and 17th as Principal Pops Conductor, he accepted the post of Assistant Conductor in 1981 and has worked with the Louisville Orchestra in every season since. He is concurrently Principal Pops Conductor of the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera, where he previously spent 19 seasons as Music Director, and now is in his 22nd year with the company. He is also Artist-in-Residence at Lee University.

Tickets for Salute to America at Greenfield Village range from $15-$60 and can be purchased at The Henry Ford, 20900 Oakwood Blvd; by calling 313-982-6001; or online at For group discount information (10 people or more), please contact Chuck Dyer at (313) 576-5130 or

DSO at Ford House

The DSO’s fifth annual appearance at the majestic Edsel & Eleanor Ford House places the Orchestra on the grounds of the elegant Grosse Pointe Shores estate, serenading audiences beside Lake St. Clair as the sun sets over the historic home. The two-concert series, with newly-appointed New York Philharmonic Assistant Conductor Courtney Lewis conducting, opens on Friday, July 11 with, “A Night Out with the Boys: Featuring the music of Nat ‘King’ Cole, Frank Sinatra, Stevie Wonder and more!,” starring jazz vocalist Dee Daniels.

The following evening, “Symphonic Fireworks” features compositions from around the globe: Barber’s Overture to the School for Scandal (USA), Massanet’s “Meditation” from Thais (France) featuring DSO violinist Hai-Xin Wu, Elgar’s In the South (UK), Mozart’s Overture to The Marriage of Figaro (Austria), Dvořák’s Slavonic Dance (Czech Republic), Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 (Norway) and Tchaikovsky’s Waltz from Eugene Onegin (Russia).

Concerts take place on Friday, July 11 and Saturday, July 12 at 8 p.m. with a thrilling fireworks finale at 9:30 p.m.

The grounds of Ford House will open at 6 p.m. to allow attendees the opportunity to explore the gardens, stroll along the lake and Bird Island – a small peninsula on the premises that is a well-known stopping place for migratory birds and enjoy pre-concert music performed by area students.

With clear artistic vision, subtle musicality, and innovative programming, Courtney Lewis has established himself as one of his generation’s most talented conductors. Recently appointed as Assistant Conductor of the New York Philharmonic, a position he will assume in the 2014/15 season, Lewis has served as Associate Conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra, making his subscription debut in the 2011/12 season, and as a Dudamel Fellow with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, making his debut in the fall of 2011. A passionate advocate of music education, Courtney Lewis is the founder and music director of Boston’s acclaimed Discovery Ensemble, a chamber orchestra dedicated not only to giving concerts of contemporary and established repertoire at the highest level of musical and technical excellence, but also bringing live music into the least privileged parts of Boston with workshops in local schools.

Since 1978, Ford House has been inspiring visitors from all over the world through interpretive tours, lectures, exhibits, classes, special events and programs. The historic estate engages visitors through exploration of its unique connections to art, design, history and the environment while celebrating family traditions and community relationships.  For more information about Ford House, go to or call (313) 884-4222. Ford House is located at 1100 Lake Shore Road in Grosse Pointe Shores.

Tickets for Detroit Symphony@Ford House are priced $12-50, with limited advance-purchase VIP tickets available for $50-$175. To purchase VIP tickets, contact Ford House at (313) 453-2031. For more details, visit Children 4 and under are free.

DSO at Meadow Brook Music Festival

On July 24 at 7:30 p.m. the DSO will make its long-awaited return to Meadow Brook Music Festival to commemorate the anniversary of the orchestra’s first performance there 50 years ago when the venue was built as the DSO’s summer home in 1964. Joined by a superstar soloist (to be revealed at a later date), tickets for this open-air concert experience will do on sale Saturday, May 10 at 10 a.m.

Last year the DSO and Palace Sports and Entertainment, the entity that programs Meadow Brook, collaborated on a presentation of Yo-Yo Ma’s Goat Rodeo Sessions. This year’s concert continues the collaboration between these two organizations in Meadow Brook’s idyllic setting.

All other summer season events are as follows:

Mix @ The Max: Eastern Bloc Party!

June 24 at 7 p.m. in The Music Box at the Max M. Fisher Music Center

Known simply as “Krakauer” to his fervent following, groundbreaking clarinetist David Krakauer has taken his art beyond traditional virtuosity and made it his mission to transform the music of his Eastern European Jewish heritage into something uniquely contemporary. Joined by a DSO string quartet and the talented young James Simonson on bass, David will fuse new music, improvisation, folk music and funk to create a feverish, high-energy, and truly original program.

General Admission; $15 in advance; $25 at the door; $49 VIP reserved seating with complimentary beverage

Romeo and Juliet

June 26 at 7:30 p.m. at Congregation Shaarey Zedek (27375 Bell Road)

June 29 at 3 p.m. at Seligman Performing Arts Center on the Detroit Country Day School Campus (22305 W. 13 Mile Road)

Led by famed American conductor JoAnn Falletta, the DSO performs Prokofiev’s iconic Romeo & Juliet and Roussel’s Bacchus and Ariane, Suite No. 2. “Clarinette Extraordinaire” David Krakauer will perform George Tsontakis’ Anasa: Concerto for Clarinet.

General Admission; $25 adult; $10 children under 18 and students

DSO at Pease Auditorium

Friday, June 27 at 8 pm at Pease Auditorium 494 College Place, Ypsilanti, 48197

Acclaimed American conductor JoAnn Falletta, Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, will lead the DSO in a special performance celebrating the centenary of Eastern Michigan University’s Pease Auditorium, where the DSO also played one of the venue’s very first concerts in 1914. The program will feature Prokofiev’s iconic Romeo & Juliet, as well as famed clarinetist David Krakauer performing George Tsontakis’ Anasa: Concerto for Clarinet.

General Admission; $25 adult; $10 children under 18 and students

Om @ The Max

Monday, June 30 at 6:30 p.m. in The Music Box at the Max M. Fisher Music Center

Since the first two Om @ The Max classes sold out weeks before the events, Yoga Shelter instructor and DSO Librarian Ethan Allen is back to lead a group yoga session during a tranquil and inspiring DSO chamber music performance. Stick around after your practice to recharge with delicious food and unique blends from a fully stocked juice bar.

General Admission; $25 per person

Indigo Girls with the DSO

Thursday, July 10 at 7:30 p.m. in Orchestra Hall

Amy Ray and Emily Saliers are the Indigo Girls, music’s emotionally charged Grammy winning folk duo. Don’t miss them in a rare, powerful performance with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Guest conductor Christopher Confessore will lead the orchestral accompaniment of “Galileo,” “Love of Our Lives,” and many more iconic hits.

$30 Upper Balcony; $45 Mid Balcony; $55 Main Floor B; $60 Dress Circle; $70 Main Floor A; $80 Box

Concert of Colors

July 13 at 3:30 p.m. in Orchestra Hall

The DSO will perform with special guest Thornetta Davis and the Thornetta Davis Band on Sunday, July 13 3:30 p.m. at Orchestra Hall as part of the 22nd Annual Concert of Colors, Detroit’s free annual diversity music festival. The program, conducted by John McLaughlin Williams will also feature a selection composed by the conductor, Duke Ellington and Moncayo’s Huapango.


Mozart and Schubert

July 17 at 7:30 p.m. at Berman Center for the Performing Arts on the Eugene & Marcia Applebaum Jewish Community Campus (6600 W. Maple Road)

July 18 at 10:45 a.m. at Ford Community and Performing Arts Center (15801 Michigan Ave.)

July 19 at 8 p.m. at Kirk in the Hills Presbyterian Church (1340 W. Long Lake Road)

July 20 at 3 Grosse Pointe Memorial Church (16 Lake Shore Drive)

DSO Principal Trumpet Hunter Eberly will star in four neighborhood performances of Telemann’s Trumpet Concerto. Guest Conductor Christopher Warren-Green will lead the orchestra in Rossini’s Overture to L’italiana in Algeri, Mozart’s Divertimento and Schubert’s Symphony No. 5.

General Admission; $25 adult; $10 children under 18 and students

Mix @ The Max: The Future of Folk

July 22 at 7 p.m. in The Music Box at the Max M. Fisher Music Center

Acclaimed violinist Jeremy Kittel curates an unforgettable evening of genre-bending repertoire with the brightest up-and-coming stars in folk, jazz and classical music.  The all-star cast includes some of the industry’s freshest faces: vocalist Aoife O’Donovan, Grammy-nominated guitarist Julian Lage, Punch Brothers bassist Paul Kowert and DSO Assistant Conductor Teddy Abrams on piano.

General Admission; $15 in advance; $25 at the door; $49 VIP reserved seating with complimentary beverage

About the DSO:

Hailed by The New York Times as “cutting edge,” the internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra, 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.  Acclaimed conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik serves as Principal Pops Conductor while celebrated trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard holds the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair. 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 within 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 or download the free DSO to Go mobile app.


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