Free seat reservations available online now
Detroit, (August 6, 2019) – For the ninth consecutive year, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will perform four free community concerts to kick off its new season at venues across Metro Detroit, presented by DTE Energy Foundation.
The DSO’s 2019-2020 Season, which gets underway in October, marks the centennial of historic Orchestra Hall and the 20th anniversary of the Paradise Jazz Series, named for the legacy of the Paradise Theatre (the jazz and blues venue that Orchestra Hall became from 1941-1951).
Conductor Jacob Joyce will lead the orchestra in a program that honors the Orchestra Hall centennial and the history of the Paradise Theatre.
This year’s concerts will take place in:
- DETROIT on Friday, September 20 at 10:45 a.m. at Greater Grace Temple
- MONROE on Friday, September 20 at 8 p.m. at Meyer Theater (on the campus of Monroe County Community College)
- EAST CHINA on Saturday, September 21 at 8 p.m. at East China Performing Arts Center
- DEARBORN on Sunday, September 22 at 3 p.m. at Ford Community & Performing Arts Center
Here is the concert’s program:
Overture to Russlan and Ludmilla
Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64
Valse: Allegro moderato
Overture to Die Zauberflöte, K. 620 (The Magic Flute)
Suite No. 1 from Peer Gynt, Op. 46
I. Morning Mood
III. Anitra’s Dance
Suite No. 1 from Carmen
Prelude and Aragonaise
(Arr. Ralph Hermann)
Duke Ellington Fantasy
Main Theme from Star Wars
For more than 50 years the DTE Energy Foundation, the philanthropic arm of DTE Energy, has supported the DSO and its cultural programs, and the Foundation is proud to once again help the Orchestra bring music to diverse communities throughout Southeast Michigan. In the spring of 2016, the DTE Energy Foundation awarded the DSO with a three-year grant to continue offering these free community concerts each fall. It also includes endowment support for music education, senior citizen outreach, and additional community engagement programming.
“The DTE Energy Foundation is proud to bring the extraordinary talent of the DSO to communities across southeast Michigan,” said Lynette Dowler, president of the DTE Energy Foundation. “This is a wonderful opportunity to experience a world-class orchestra in a community setting.”
“The DSO loves connecting with audiences in and around Detroit throughout the year, and we love when new communities invite us to perform in their neighborhoods,” said DSO President and CEO Anne Parsons. “As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of Orchestra Hall, our magnificent home in midtown Detroit, the DSO remains committed to venturing outside our four walls and being an active participant in the life of our city and region, beginning with these free concerts that launch our season each year. We are grateful to the DTE Energy Foundation for this partnership that promotes and enables opportunities for accessibility.”
While the concerts are free admission, a seat reservation is required for entry. Seats can be reserved now at dso.org.
All concerts are general admission (no seats will be assigned), and all seating is first-come, first-served. All concert venues are handicap accessible.