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Thank You for a Successful Community Support Month!

November was Community Support Month, and nearly 1,500 generous donors gave almost $900,000 to the DSO!

As a community-supported orchestra, your contributions are vitally important as we make music more accessible and enjoyable to hundreds of thousands of people annually. Your leadership opens the door to educational experiences and meaningful partnerships that forge powerful connections, presenting DSO musicians in popular and intimate settings so we can continue building community with music. Your gift still makes a difference at any time of year...

Make a gift today at dso.org/donate.


Great music doesn't just happen on stage...

It starts with COMMUNITY...

Classical Roots Celebration Touches Young Lives with Your SupportYour Community Supported Orchestra in Action

For 37 years, support like yours has allowed the DSO to host its Classical Roots concert, highlighting African American contributions to classical music and perpetuating our African American Fellowship program.

This year's event impacted the most young people in its history, with double the amount of people under 40 attending compared to the previous year. One particular group of Cass Technical High School students from the Women of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program experienced Classical Roots for the first time with the opportunity to meet Cass Tech alumnus and Classical Roots honoree Joseph Striplin, the DSO's first African American musician.

Read more about how this experience impacted one Cass Tech senior and learn how this year's event broke the record for the highest-grossing Classical Roots Celebration, thanks to your generous support!

 

Joe Striplin CR award


It starts with EDUCATION...

First Season of DSO's Classroom Edition Webcast Reaches 100,000 Students

This spring, the DSO's educational expansion of its free HD webcast series, Live from Orchestra Hall: Classroom Edition, reached a record audience of nearly 60,000 students, bringing viewership for the debut season to over 100,000 students.

The DSO could fill Orchestra Hall 50 times with that many students! Click here to find out how your support helped these students in Detroit and nationwide experience classical music.

 

Cooke Elementary


It starts with ACCESSIBILITY...

DSO Invites Students with Special Needs to First Rehearsal

When a disabled audience member cried out with joy and an audience member objected during a philharmonic concert in Sweden, it sparked an international conversation about how orchestras can make their performances more accessible.

To address this issue, the DSO opened its first rehearsal of the season to students from the Glen Peters School of the Macomb Intermediate School District in memory of Nathan Suida, who passed away at DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan in June.

The support of thousands of donors makes experiences like this possible. Read more of Slatkin’s thoughts on this heartwarming experience on our Tumblr page.

 

Special needs rehearsal

...It all starts with YOU!

Join our community of more than 10,000 supporters! An Annual Fund gift to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra is your vote of confidence in the DSO's critical role in the community. Make an annual fund gift now.