Jazz trumpet legend Byron Stripling, organist Bobby Floyd to join orchestra for evening

of jazz standards, classical favorites

DETROIT, (July 29, 2014) – For the first time in its 127-year history, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will ring in 2015 with a televised black tie New Year extravaganza at the Max M. Fisher Music Center (3711 Woodward Ave.) on December 31, 2014 in partnership with Detroit Public Television (DPTV). Led by DSO Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik, the orchestra will perform a swinging combination of jazz standards like “Sweet Georgia Brown” and “Ain’t Misbehavin’” featuring jazz trumpet legend Byron Stripling and organist Bobby Floyd, as well as light classical selections by Strauss and Smetana. Guests will be invited to sing along with a full orchestral performance of Auld Lang Syne, making the audience literally part of the show.

To celebrate, DSO box office personnel will be in Campus Martius today from noon-2 p.m. selling NYE concert-only tickets under a shower of faux snow. Patrons over 21will receive a free personal-sized bottle of champagne with the purchase of a ticket.

The New Year’s Eve festivities will begin at 8 p.m. on December 31 when revelers will don provided party favors and make their way through the Atrium stocked with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and cigars on the terrace. DPTV’s telecast will begin at 10 p.m. as the concert commences in historic Orchestra Hall. The NYE party will continue following the concert with a choice of traditional dance band, Jazz lounge and dance club atmospheres throughout The Max.

Tickets to the concert only range from $40-$50 and are on sale now, and gala packages (includes party favors and access to pre-concert cocktail reception and post-concert party) start at $250 and will go on sale later this summer. For tickets, visit dso.org, via the DSO to Go mobile app or by calling the Max M. Fisher Music Center Box Office at (313) 576-5111. Major funding for this DSO New Year’s event and the DPTV telecast is provided by the Stanley and Judith Frankel Family Foundation.

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 dso.org or download the free DSO to Go mobile app.

About DPTV:

Detroit Public Television (DPTV)-WTVS-TV is the non-commercial, viewer-supported PBS member station serving the nation’s 11th largest television market, with 1.5 million weekly viewers in Southeast Michigan and 1.2 million weekly viewers across Canada. DPTV is a leader in programming related to health and the environment, public affairs, arts and culture and children. It is also a leading national producer and distributor of programming for Public Television, and winner of a 2012 Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia Award, as well as the only dual PBS licensee / entertainment label in the country, operating as DPTV Media.  For more information, visit www.dptv.org

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