Detroit Symphony Orchestra to play free concert at Pioneer High; tickets available Aug. 27
The concerts, presented by the DTE Energy Foundation, will take place at five metro Detroit venues, selected from a pool of nearly 100 venues nominated this summer to receive a DSO concert. The venues are: Pioneer High School in Washtenaw County; Anchor Bay High School in St. Clair County; Clarkston High School in Oakland County; Mt. Clemens High School in Macomb County; and Wayne Memorial High School in Wayne.
Attendees will be eligible for an exclusive $99 subscription offer, which includes six great concerts in the best available seats. For just $99, subscribers will enjoy The Romance of Rachmaninoff (October 19-21), Rodeo! (November 9-11), The Nutcracker! (December 13-14), Elgar’s “Enigma” (January 19-20), Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto (February 2) and Classical Roots (March 8-9). Box office personnel will be onsite to assist with purchase and seating.
A schedule of the DTE Energy Foundation Presents DSO in your Community concerts is as follows:
Wednesday, Sept. 19, 7:30 p.m. - Mt. Clemens High School, 155 Cass Ave., Mt. Clemens
Thursday, September 20, 7:30 p.m. - Clarkston High School, 6595 Waldon Road, Clarkston
Friday, September 21, 8 p.m. - Anchor Bay High School, 6319 County Line Road, Ira
Saturday, September 22, 8 p.m. - Wayne Memorial High School, 3001 4th St., Wayne
Sunday, September 23, 3 p.m. - Pioneer High School, 601 W. Stadium Blvd., Ann Arbor
The venues were selected by a panel of community members, influenced by an overwhelming volume of feedback from the public. Dso.org/dtemusic, which has profiled each eligible venue since June 5, received nearly 5,000 notes from community members in support of their favorite venue, and immediately became the DSO’s most frequently-viewed page, with over 9,000 visitors.
This is the second consecutive year that DTE Energy Foundation has sponsored free DSO community concerts. This first series of concerts in the 2012-2013 season are focused on providing access to the DSO in remote metro Detroit communities. Eligibility for selection was based on a group of logistical criteria along with strong evidence of community support (criteria are outlined fully at www.dso.org/dtemusic).
All eligible nominees will receive the opportunity to engage with the DSO during the 2012-13 season through other programming such as chamber music performances, senior engagement concerts, school visits, hospital performances, or library visits. Further details will be available at dso.org/dtemusic throughout the season.
The DSO continues to serve its immediate community through collaborations with local schools, the Detroit Rush program (which provides a $20 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.
The selection panel consisted of Mike Chriss, DTE Energy Director, corporate and governmental affairs; Kareem George, DSO managing director of community programs; Maud Lyon, executive director of The Cultural Alliance of Southeast Michigan; Dr. Kenneth Thompson, assistant dean of the College of Musical Arts at Bowling Green State University; and Bob Williams, DSO principal bassoon.
About the DSO:
The internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the fourth-oldest symphony orchestra in the United States, 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. The DSO offers a performance schedule that includes Classical, Pops, Jazz, Young People’s, Neighborhood concerts and festivals. The DSO makes its home in historic Orchestra Hall, one of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, and actively pursues a mission to impact and serve the community through music. In April 2011, the DSO launched Live from Orchestra Hall, an unprecedented webcast series that makes DSO concerts available for free on the web and mobile devices. On May 10, 2013, the DSO will return to Carnegie Hall with Maestro Slatkin to perform all four Ives symphonies in one evening. For more information visit dso.org
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.