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A New Era: The Max M. Fisher Music Center

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra entered a new era on October 11, 2003 with the opening of The Max M. Fisher Music Center. “The Max” became a new music center complex combining the restored and modernized Orchestra Hall (the Orchestra's home once again since 1989) and a 135,000-square-foot facility that includes The Music Box  (a 450-seat second performance hall with variable configurations), the Jacob Bernard Pincus Music Education Center (which supports the DSO’s Civic Youth Ensembles and other educational activities), and additional performance, backstage, administrative, and rental spaces.

Directly behind The Max is the Detroit School of Arts, completed in 2005. This magnet public high school and broadcast technology complex also features the home of WRCJ 90.9 FM, Detroit’s classical and jazz music station managed by Detroit Public Television.

The opening of The Max sparked the development of Woodward Avenue and Detroit's Midtown neighborhood that continues today.  New commercial, residential, educational and cultural facilities are opening all around The Max at a pace unrivaled in modern Detroit history.

As The Max ushered in a new era, it also marked the end of another: acclaimed and jovial Estonian conductor Neeme Järvi, Music Director of the DSO since 1990, stepped down from his post at the end of 2005. Esteemed conductor Leonard Slatkin, called "America’s Music Director" by The Los Angeles Times, became the DSO’s 12th Music Director in 2008 and conductor, trumpeter, and arranger Jeff Tyzik was appointed Principal Pops Conductor in 2012.

While the DSO's home remains at The Max and in Orchestra Hall, its commitment to accessibility brings it to venues all across southeast Michigan through its Neighborhood Residency Initiative and to music lovers worldwide via the free Live from Orchestra Hall webcast series at dso.org/live, the only such offering by any orchestra on the planet.