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Classical Roots logo

Honoring Jessye Norman and the late Dr. Silas Norman, Jr.

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For 37 years, the Classical Roots concert has celebrated African-American contributions to classical music.  In 2000, the black-tie Celebration benefit was founded to honor select African-American composers, musicians, and educators for lifetime achievement and raise funds to support the DSO’s African-American music and musician development programs.

We hope that you will join us for this important celebration of African-Americans in classical music.  For more information, please call 313.576.5100.


Mission

The mission of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Classical Roots Celebration is to increase awareness of the contributions of African-American composers and musicians through performance and recordings and to support increased opportunities for African-Americans in classical music through the DSO’s African-American Composer Residency, Emerging Composer Program, and African-American Fellowship.

African-American Education & Outreach Programs

The DSO has for years been at the forefront of the movement to celebrate the contributions of African-American composers, nurture the talents of young African-American classical musicians, and increase access and opportunity for younger African-Americans who might never otherwise experience the magic of classical music.  The African-American Fellowship Program addresses the shortage of African-Americans in professional orchestras by offering a yearlong fellowship with the DSO to one selected musician.  Past DSO fellows have gone on to win positions in orchestras across the United States, including the DSO’s principal trombone, Kenneth Thompkins.

Evening Schedule

Saturday, March 5, 2016

5:30 PM — Strolling Dinner in the Music Box

8 PM — Classical Roots Concert in Orchestra Hall
This year, guest conductor Roderick Cox leads NEA Jazz Master Branford Marsalis and soprano Laquita Mitchell in paying tribute to Jessye Norman and the late Dr. Silas Norman Jr , with a program featuring Gershwin, Marsalis' own composition, and more.

Artists
Roderick Cox, conductor
Branford Marsalis, alto saxophone
Laquita Mitchell, soprano
Brazeal Dennard Chorale, chorus
Alice McAlister Tillman, Artist Director and soprano

Program
JOHNSON Lift Every Voice and Sing
PANION Here We Are
DVORÁK American Suite in A Major
STRAUSS Four Last Songs
WILLIAMS Escapades
MARSALIS The Bard Lachrymose
GERSHWIN Catfish Row: Suite from Porgy and Bess

10:30 PM — Dessert and Dancing Afterglow in the First Floor Atrium and the Music Box


Celebration Tickets

Benefactor - $500
(Fair Market Value: $225)
Strolling Dinner
Classical Roots Concert (Box Level or best available)
Dessert and Dancing Afterglow
Recognition in Event Program and on event sinage as Benefactor
Valet Parking 

Patron - $175
(Fair Market Value: $150)
Strolling Dinner
Classical Roots Concert (Main Floor seating or best available)
Dessert and Dancing Afterglow
Valet Parking 

Young Friends (for ages 40 & under) - $75
(Fair Market Value: $75)
Classical Roots Concert
Dessert and Dancing Afterglow

Gala Tickets

Tickets to the Classical Roots Celebration are still available! Please call 313.576.5120.

Concert-Only Tickets

Exclusive Sponsorships

Presenting Sponsor - $30,000

• Admission for six to the Benefactor Party at the Manoogian Mansion on January 27, 2016
• Branding and opportunity for remarks at Pre-Classical Roots Sponsor Events
• Opportunity for on-stage remarks during Classical Roots Concert
• Verbal recognition of sponsorship at Classical Roots Concert and Celebration
• Your logo projected throughout the entire evening
• Back cover ad in commemorative program
• Recognition as Presenting Sponsor on Event signage
• Reserved seating for twenty at Strolling Dinner
• Premier seating for twenty at Classical Roots Concert
• Admission for twenty to Afterglow
• Opportunity to provide a favor for guests
• Valet parking

Benefactor Sponsor - $20,000 (2 remain available)

• Admission for four to the Benefactor Party at the Manoogian Mansion on January 27, 2016
• Opportunity for remarks during Strolling Dinner reception
• Logo placement throughout the evening
• Full-page ad in commemorative program
• Recognition as Benefactor Sponsor on Event signage
• Reserved seating for sixteen at Strolling Dinner
• Premier Seating for sixteen at Classical Roots Concert
• Admission for sixteen to Afterglow
• Opportunity to provide a favor for guests
• Valet parking


Celebration Sponsorships

Supporting Sponsor- $10,000 (4 remain available)

• Admission for two to the Benefactor Party at the Manoogian Mansion on January 27, 2016
• Opportunity for remarks during Strolling Dinner reception
• Logo placement throughout the evening
• Full-page ad in commemorative program
• Recognition as Supporting Sponsor on Event signage
• Reserved seating for ten at Strolling Dinner
• Preferred seating for ten at Classical Roots Concert
• Admission for ten to Afterglow
• Opportunity to provide a favor for guests
• Valet parking


Mission and Community Sponsorships
Help bring the mission of the Classical Roots Celebration to the greater Detroit community!

African-American Fellowship Sponsor - $7,500
The Fellowship Program is a two-year residency designed to enhance the career development of African-American orchestral musicians.

• Recognition in all education materials through August 2016
• Half page ad in commemorative program and recognition as an African-American Fellowship Sponsor
• Recognition as African-American Fellowship Sponsor on event signage
• Tickets for six to Strolling Dinner and Afterglow
• Preferred Seating for six at Classical Roots concert
• Valet parking

Community Partnership Sponsor - $2,500
Support of 2016 Classical Roots Community Engagment Events

• Quarter page ad in commemorative program and recognition as Community Partnership Sponsor
• Tickets for two to the Strolling Dinner and Afterglow
• Preferred Seating for two at Classical Roots concert
• Valet parking


We hope you will join us for this important celebration of African-Americans in Classical Music!
For more information about sponsorships or to make a reservation, please call 313.576.5115.