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DSO’S NEW SLEEK WEBSITE ADVANCES DIGITAL ACCESSIBILITY

Redesign focuses on customized user experience and simplified navigation

DETROIT, (August 11, 2014) – The most accessible orchestra on the planet just got easier to connect with online. The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) announced the launch of its newly redesigned website, with an elegant web presence and user-friendly experience. DSO’s various members will now have a customized experience, making it simpler to access benefits online.

“We want our patrons to have access to great DSO content anytime, anywhere, from any device,” said Eric Woodhams, DSO Digital Media Director. “The new website complements our robust ‘DSO to Go’ mobile platform with a beautiful and responsive desktop and tablet solution. Everything from simplified navigation, to ticket reservations, to making an Annual Fund gift has been designed for ease of use and with the needs of various patrons in mind.”

DSO’s philanthropic leadership group giving $2,500 or more, the Governing Members, has unique privileges when logged in to the site. Ticket fees are waived when purchasing online, the interface changes to an executive-like design scheme and users will have access to a Governing Members’ only section that serves as a central hub for exclusive event invitations, updates and digital publications. Starting this week as part of the DSO’s Patron Courtesy Week, Governing Members and donors at the Friend Premier level (giving $1,500 or more) may log in for early access to purchase single tickets a week before the general public.

For the first time, DSO’s Soundcard All-Access Student Pass holders and young professionals with 37eleven memberships can redeem tickets online at free or discounted membership prices. After login, members are welcomed by a personalized greeting, a custom site look and feel and an improved, searchable events calendar that highlights performances eligible for applicable member prices.

The new website was created by local metro Detroit Internet services firm Media Genesis, which works with more than 300 companies and nonprofit organizations, including Chrysler, the Girl Scouts, SEE Eyewear, The Whitney and Focus: HOPE.

“The DSO has created a new audience through the process of innovation on the web,” said Antoine Dubeauclard, President at Media Genesis. “We now have thousands of listeners all around the world and at every concert listening on different devices. As we look at the audience increase and the global reach, it’s hard not to be proud that we’re making this Detroit sound resonate worldwide. It’s great to be working with an organization that embraces adaptation and then thrives because of it.”

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DSO, DPTV RING IN 2015 WITH TELEVISED NYE CONCERT, GALA

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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DSO’S CIVIC JAZZ ORCHESTRA TO PERFORM NATIONAL ANTHEM AT TIGERS GAME

DETROIT, (July 16, 2014) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s (DSO) Civic Jazz Orchestra has been selected  to perform the National Anthem at the Tigers game Sunday, July 20 at 1 p.m.

Civic Jazz Orchestra Director Kris Johnson, a local prominent performer, composer, arranger and educator, has been chosen to throw the first pitch. Johnson tours with Count Basie Orchestra and has served as an artist in residence at Troy High School for more than five years. He also lectures at the Ohio State University, teaching jazz trumpet, jazz composition, and jazz theory, as well as directing the Art Blakey Jazz Combo. READ MORE



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DSO ANNOUNCES FOURTH NEIGHBORHOOD SEASON IN EIGHT METRO DETROIT VENUES

Subscriptions start at only $75 for four concerts in your back yard

Grosse Pointe series moves to new venue

DETROIT, (July 14, 2014) – As of 11 a.m. today, subscriptions are on sale for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) Neighborhood Concert Series in Beverly Hills, Bloomfield Hills, Canton, Dearborn, Grosse Pointe, Macomb, Southfield and West Bloomfield Township. Subscriptions purchased before July 25 will receive a free ticket to an Orchestra Hall concert this fall. Grosse Pointe patrons should note that the neighborhood concerts in 2015 will be moved to a new location, Our Lady Star of the Sea (467 Fairford Road, Grosse Pointe Woods).

General admission subscriptions are $75 for Dearborn, Southfield and West Bloomfield Township and $100 for Beverly Hills, Bloomfield Hills, Canton and Grosse Pointe. Subscriptions can be purchased online at dso.org/neighborhood, by phone at (313) 576-5111 or in-person at the Max M. Fisher Music Center Box Office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit).

Featuring repertoire from select Orchestra Hall concerts as well as selections prepared especially for the neighborhoods, the 2014-15 season marks the fourth year for the Neighborhood Concert Series. Audiences will see Music Director Leonard Slatkin on the podium, Principal Horn Karl Pituch performing Punto’s Horn Concerto 5, Principal Flute David Buck performing Nielsen’s Flute Concerto and Principal Clarinet Ralph Skiano performing Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto. Guest soloists include Nicolas Dautricourt, violin; Stefan Jackiw, violin; Andrew von Oeyen, piano; and Andrés Cardenes, conductor and violin.

In Dearborn, a special performance on Fri., June 19 at 7 p.m. will feature an evening of chamber music. Details for this event will be announced in the fall.

This season also offers a standalone performance in Macomb at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts on Fri., June 26 at 8 p.m., with general admission individual tickets priced at $25 and $10 for children and students.

Individual tickets for all neighborhood concerts will be $25 and will go on sale November 10, 2014.

Performances are scheduled beginning January 8, 2015 through July 19, 2015. A $25 donation to the DSO’s Annual Fund waives all fees. The Neighborhood Concert Series is made possible by a generous gift from the William Davidson Foundation and the support of WRCJ 90.9 FM. READ MORE



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VENUES ANNOUNCED FOR FREE DSO COMMUNITY CONCERTS PRESENTED BY DTE ENERGY FOUNDATION

Tickets available now for performances in Brighton, Detroit, Garden City and

Lake Orion in October

Detroit, (July 8, 2014) – Following a review of 15 compelling finalists, four venues have been selected for free Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) concerts in October. The 5-person panel considered dozens of letters of support from community members, hundreds of online comments and some 14,000 votes from the pool of nominees. Brighton Center for the Performing Arts in Livingston County, Garden City High School in Wayne County, Greater Grace Temple in Wayne County and Lake Orion High School in Oakland County will host DTE Energy Foundation Presents the DSO in Your Community concerts.

“The nomination process is really a fun and creative way to engage our communities while exposing thousands of individuals to the DSO experience,” said Faye Nelson, vice president of Public Affairs for DTE Energy and president of the DTE Energy Foundation. “The Foundation’s long-time partnership with the DSO is part of a broader commitment to support the cultural institutions that entertain and inspire the customers we serve.”

While the concerts are free admission, a ticket is required for entry. Tickets are available now at dso.org, via the DSO to Go mobile app, by phone at 313.576.5111 or in person at the Max M. Fisher Music Center Box Office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit.)

Dso.org/dtepowersdso, which profiled each eligible venue, received nearly 14,000 votes from community members in support of their favorite venue. This incredible feedback was taken into account by the selection committee as they chose the four final venues. More than 60 notes of support were also received in support of the nominated venues.

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

Garden City High School – Wednesday, October 1 at 7:30 p.m.

Lake Orion High School – Thursday, October 2 at 7:30 p.m.

Greater Grace Temple – Friday, October 3 at 10:45 a.m.

Brighton Center for the Performing Arts – Sunday, October 5 at 3 p.m.

Autumn, a 10-year-old resident of Garden City, wrote the following in support of her town receiving a concert: “I think the DSO coming and doing a free concert would be a very nice thing and bring us closer not only as a community but as a family, because that is what we are in Garden City.”

This is the fourth consecutive year that DTE Energy Foundation has generously sponsored free DSO community concerts. Eligibility for selection was based on a group of logistical criteria along with strong evidence of community support.

The DSO continues to serve its immediate community through collaborations with local schools, a partnership with Detroit Medical Center Children’s Hospital of Michigan providing music therapy to patients, the Detroit Rush program (which provides a $20 ticket to any classical or jazz concert at Orchestra Hall for Detroit residents), among many other events around Detroit.

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 revered 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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DSO’S PRINCIPAL TRUMPET TO STAR IN FOUR NEIGHBORHOOD CONCERTS

DETROIT, (July 8, 2014) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s (DSO) Principal Trumpet Hunter Eberly will star in four neighborhood performances of one of his personal favorites, Telemann’s Trumpet Concerto. For Mozart & Schubert, 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.

Mozart & Schubert will be performed first on Thurs., July 17 at 7:30 p.m. at The Berman Center for the Performing Arts in West Bloomfield Township. Performances will follow Fri., July 18 at 10:45 a.m. at Ford Community & Performing Arts Center in Dearborn; Sat., July 19 at 8 p.m. at Kirk in the Hills Presbyterian Church in Bloomfield Hills and Sun., July 20 at 3 p.m. at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church.

Eberly and the Telemann work share a personal history. His wife, Kim, chose to walk down the aisle to the first movement, Adagio, on their wedding day in 2011, as they both had a strong affinity for the piece. Kim also plays the trumpet and met Hunter while they were both studying music at Grand Valley State University. READ MORE



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DSO PERFORMS NEIGHBORHOOD CONCERT AT PEASE’S 100TH ANNIVERSARY

DETROIT, (June 24, 2014) –  In celebration of Eastern Michigan University’s 100th anniversary of Pease Auditorium, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra will perform a concert featuring acclaimed American conductor JoAnn Falletta and famed clarinetist David Krakauer.

“Clarinet Extraordinaire” Krakauer will perform George Tsontakis’ Anasa: Concerto for Clarinet. The concert opens with Debussy’s Petite Suite and closes with Prokofiev’s iconic Romeo & Juliet. The Ypsilanti concert will take place at 8 p.m. on Friday, June 27 at EMU’s Pease Auditorium.

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DSO RETURNS TO GREENFIELD VILLAGE FOR 22nd ANNUAL SALUTE TO AMERICA CONCERTS

United States Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus to join the orchestra onstage

DETROIT, (June 17, 2014) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will return to Greenfield Village at The Henry Ford for the 22nd Annual Salute to America concerts, a classic family friendly Independence Day celebration. Four nights of performances led by special guest conductor Bob Bernhardt will take place on the lawn at Dearborn’s historic Greenfield Village on July 2, 3, 4 and 5with gates opening at 6 p.m. and concerts to commence at 8:30 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to gather their blankets, picnic and lawn chairs to enjoy favorites such as The Star Spangled Banner, Armed Forces Salute and other patriotic favorites. A fireworks display will close the program, timed to accompany Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. READ MORE



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DSO FILLS TWO PRINCIPAL POSITIONS IN ONE WEEKEND

DETROIT, (June 5, 2014) – Following its Season Finale on Saturday, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) invited two new musicians to fill principal positions within the orchestra, ending a successful hiring season with a total of eight new additions to the DSO roster.

Ralph Skiano, 34, currently Principal Clarinet of the Richmond Symphony, has been offered the Principal Clarinet position, succeeding Theodore Oien who held the position for 26 years and will also retire on July 31. Minnesota native Kevin Brown, 27, who graduated from Rice University in 2013 and is a regular guest musician with major orchestras nationwide, has been offered the position of Principal Bass, vacated by Alexander Hanna, now Principal Bass of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, in 2012.

“It’s a true honor to be invited to join Maestro Slatkin and the legendary Detroit Symphony Orchestra,” said Skiano. “To play with these amazing musicians in this beautiful hall is absolutely thrilling and a dream come true.”

“I’m absolutely thrilled to be joining the DSO,” said Brown. “I’ve always felt connected to the Midwest, and I have had nothing but wonderful experiences meeting and making music with all of my new colleagues here in Detroit. I feel very fortunate to have landed in a place where I feel at home musically, geographically and personally.”

The finalists, who both performed their trial week on last week’s program featuring Mahler’s Third Symphony, were selected from a pool of some 190 candidates who came to Detroit from around the world to take these two auditions.

Pending individual contract negotiations, the two musicians will officially join the orchestra for the 2014-2015 season.

“We are thrilled that these outstanding musicians have been added to the DSO roster,” said DSO Music Director Leonard Slatkin. “Each brings a combination of outstanding solo playing, leadership abilities and rapport with their new colleagues. This brings the number of new hires this past season to eight. I look forward to many years of great music making with all of them.”

Jeremy Epp, who accepted the position of Principal Timpani earlier in 2014 and begins officially in the fall, also performed with the orchestra this weekend. Scott Strong accepted the position of Third Horn earlier this season also performed with the DSO this weekend and will officially begin his position in the fall. A Principal Cello finalist, who is currently a member of the New York Philharmonic, will perform a trial week in the fall.

With these hires, the DSO has brought on 22 new musicians since the orchestra’s return to the stage in 2011. The other new arrivals include nine violins, Assistant Principal Cello, two section cellos, Third and Fourth Horn, Principal Trumpet, English Horn, Principal Flute, Principal Percussion, Principal Timpani and Yoonshin Song, concertmaster.

The DSO will host Assistant Principal Percussion finals later this month, and plans to hold eight auditions during the 2014-15 season.

Roster of other new musicians hired since 2011

Joseph Becker, Principal Percussion

David Buck, Principal Flute

Hunter Eberly, Principal Trumpet

Jeremy Epp, Principal Timpani

Monica Fosnaugh, English horn

Will Haapaniemi, violin

Hae Jeong Heidi Han, violin

Sheryl Hwangbo, violin

Dahae Kim, Assistant Principal Cello

Rachel Harding Klaus, violin

David LeDoux, cello

Peter McCaffrey, cello

Alexandros Sakarellos, violin

Yoonshin Song, Concertmaster

Scott Strong, Third Horn

Jiamin Wang, violin

Jennifer Wey, violin

Johanna Yarbrough, Fourth Horn

Jing Zhang, violin

Mingzhao Zhou, violin

About Ralph Skiano

Ralph Skiano was appointed principal clarinetist of the Richmond Symphony in 2002 and in 2006, principal clarinetist of the Des Moines Metro Opera.  In addition, he also performs with the Richmond Ballet and the Virginia Opera. Other orchestral appearances have included the Cincinnati Symphony, the Nashville Symphony, the Virginia Symphony, the Kentucky Symphony, and the Washington Opera. 

Ralph has been involved in numerous music festivals, including the Tanglewood Music Center and the Britt Festival in Southern Oregon, and has been featured as a soloist with ensembles in the United States, France, Germany, and Switzerland.   In 2010, Ralph was a guest artist at the Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium, and he will be appearing this summer at the International Clarinet Association convention in a performance of Debussy’s Premiere Rhapsodie with the Baton Rouge Symphony.  He is a founding member and director of the Atlantic Chamber Ensemble in Virginia and is also a part of the Fessenden Chamber Ensemble in Washington DC, along with members of the National Symphony and the Washington Opera. Some summers, he can be heard performing opera on the beautiful French island of Belle Ile en Mer.

Under the guidance of Richard Hawley, Ralph completed his BM at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in 2002.

About Kevin Brown

Minnesota native Kevin Brown began playing the double bass at age three. He has since gone on to perform with esteemed ensembles across the United States and Europe, in a burgeoning career that now leads him back home to the Midwest as principal bassist of the DSO.

Mr. Brown began his collegiate studies with Peter Lloyd at the University of Minnesota, but ultimately completed his Bachelors and Masters degrees at Rice University as a student of renowned pedagogue Paul Ellison. Upon completing his degrees he went on to work with David Moore at the University of Southern California.

While a student at Rice, Brown performed extensively with the Houston Symphony, and joined them on tours to New York and Moscow. In 2009 he won the International Society of Bassists Orchestral Competition, which earned him a week in the bass section of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and in 2011 he was selected to give a solo performance at the Kennedy Center as part of their Conservatory Project. Before his appointment to the DSO, Brown also appeared as guest principal bass of the Atlanta Symphony.

Mr. Brown has spent many of his summers performing at celebrated music festivals both nationally and abroad, including Tanglewood, Schleswig-Holstein, and Le Domaine Forget in Quebec. His keen interest in Baroque music, too, led him to pursue study of historical performance practice at the Accademia di Musica Antica in Brunico, Italy, the International Summer School of Early Music in Valitice, Czech Republic, and with private tutors in Vienna, Austria.

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DSO BUCKS NATIONAL TREND WITH THIRD CONSECUTIVE SEASON OF SUBSCRIPTION GROWTH

DETROIT (June 2, 2014) – While reported national trends reveal waning orchestra subscription rates and a greater reliance on single ticket sales, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) finished its 2013-14 season this weekend with its third consecutive year of subscription growth across all product lines.

Subscription levels—the number of subscription units sold—rose across all five product lines (Classical, Pops, Jazz, Family and Neighborhood) with the number of classical subscriptions alone climbing by 24.7 percent since the 2011-12 season. Maintaining the “patron-minded pricing” structure adopted in 2011, these results were achieved without any price increases whatsoever.

Classical season attendance in Orchestra Hall, sold-out Neighborhood Concert Series performances and “Live from Orchestra Hall” HD webcasts have positioned the DSO ahead of every American orchestra for having the largest audience for classical subscription concerts, reported at 2013 Annual Meeting as 400,000.

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 revered 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.

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