ORCHESTRA HALL SINGLE TICKETS ON SALE NOW

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Previous subscription sales result in many sold-out sections

DETROIT, (August 18, 2013) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) has announced that single tickets for all Orchestra Hall concerts in the 2014-15 season go on sale today beginning with online and box office sales at 9 a.m. This includes Classical, Pops and Paradise Jazz Series; Civic Youth Ensembles; Young People’s Family Concerts; Tiny Tots and DSO Presents. Patrons should look for a special bonus offer every day this week when buying tickets to three or more Classical, Pops, Jazz and DSO Presents concerts. Single tickets can be purchased at the all-new dso.org, via the free DSO to Go mobile app, in-person at the Max M. Fisher Music Center Box Office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit), or by calling (313) 576-5111.

In consideration of strong subscription sales for the upcoming season, the DSO suggests patrons interested in purchasing single concert tickets do so quickly. The Box Level is sold out for many performances, and the Main Floor retains only limited availability on Friday morning and Sunday afternoon concerts. Among the concerts expected to sell out quickly are Opening Weekend with Sarah Chang, December’s Home for the Holidays featuring DSO Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik conducting and Midori and Mahler leading up to the season finale.

If buying tickets in-person, be aware of traffic changes on Woodward Avenue due to M-1 Rail construction. Coming from the north, take Cass Avenue and park in the DSO parking structure on Parsons Street. Coming from the east, take John R. Street to Alexandrine Street West, then take Cass Avenue and park in the DSO parking structure on Parsons Street. Parking will be validated for up to one hour from Monday, August 18-Friday, August 22 for those visiting Orchestra Hall to purchase tickets. READ MORE



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DSO’S NEW SLEEK WEBSITE ADVANCES DIGITAL ACCESSIBILITY

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 BUCKS NATIONAL TREND WITH THIRD CONSECUTIVE SEASON OF SUBSCRIPTION GROWTH

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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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