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DSO returns to Meadow Brook Amphitheatre to perform The Music of Prince, joined by vocalist and full rock band

August 25 concert will be conducted by Brent Havens

Detroit, (August 10, 2017) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO), back home from the 2017 Asia Tour, will present a one-night-only concert at Meadow Brook Amphitheatre in Rochester Hills later this month.

The Music of Prince is a symphonic tribute to the late rock and R&B virtuoso. Conducted by Brent Havens and featuring a full rock band fronted by guitarist and vocalist Marshall Charloff, the DSO will tackle a variety of funky purple hits: “Little Red Corvette,” “1999,” “Raspberry Beret,” and more.

The concert takes place Friday, August 25 at 8 p.m. at Meadow Brook Amphitheatre (234 Festival Drive, Rochester, MI).

The DSO previously presented The Music of Prince, with Havens and Charloff, at the 2016 New Year’s Eve Bash at the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center.

About Brent Havens

Berklee-trained arranger/conductor Brent Havens has written music for orchestras, feature films, and virtually every kind of television. His TV work includes movies for networks such as ABC, CBS, and ABC Family Channel Network, commercials, sports music for networks such as ESPN, and even cartoons. Havens has also worked with the Doobie Brothers and the Milwaukee Symphony, arranging and conducting the combined group for Harley Davidson’s 100th Anniversary Birthday Party Finale attended by over 150,000 fans.

Havens has worked with some of the world’s greatest orchestras—including the Royal Philharmonic in London, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, Nashville Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, and countless others. In 2013 Havens conducted the Malaysian Philharmonic for The Music of Michael Jackson, and he returned to Kuala Lumpur in 2014 with The Music of Led Zeppelin and 2015 with The Music of Queen. Havens recently completed the score for Quo Vadis, a Premier Pictures remake of the 1956 gladiator film. In 2013 he worked with the Baltimore Symphony and the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens to arrange and produce the music for the Thanksgiving Day halftime show between the Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers, adapting both classical music and rock songs into a single four minute show.

Havens is Arranger/Guest Conductor for 15 symphonic rock programs, celebrating the music of Led Zeppelin, The Doors, Pink Floyd, The Eagles, Michael Jackson, U2, Journey, Elton John, David Bowie, and many others. He also premiered a full orchestral show for Lou Gramm, the voice of Foreigner, with Lou singing out front.

Ticket Information

Tickets for The Music of Prince begin at $20 for the general admission lawn and $25 for assigned pavilion seating.

Tickets can be purchased at ticketmaster.com or by calling the Palace Entertainment box office at (248) 377-0154.

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 ardent commitment to Detroit. As a community-supported orchestra, generous giving by individuals and institutions at all levels drives the continued success and growth of the institution. Esteemed conductor Leonard Slatkin, called “America’s Music Director” by the Los Angeles Times, became the DSO’s 12th Music Director, endowed by the Kresge Foundation, in 2008. 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. With growing attendance and unwavering philanthropic support from the Detroit community, the DSO’s performance schedule includes Classical, Pops, Jazz, Young People’s, and Neighborhood concerts, and collaborations with high profile artists from Steven Spielberg to Ben Folds and Lang Lang. In July 2017, the DSO embarked on its first international tour in 16 years, making its debut in China and first visit to Japan in 19 years. 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, which also reaches tens of thousands of children with the Classroom Edition expansion. Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall within the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, one of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, the DSO actively pursues a mission to embrace and inspire individuals, families, and communities through unsurpassed musical experiences.


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