For 36 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.
On Saturday, June 14, 2014 the DSO honored Detroit luminaries Dan Gilbert and Matt Cullen at the fourth annual Heroes Gala Dinner, raising more than $1 million for the DSO.
New Year's Eve '15
For the first time in its 127-year history, the DSO will ring in 2015 with a televised black tie New Year extravaganza in partnership with Detroit Public Television! Led by DSO Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik, the orchestra will perform a swinging combination of jazz standards and light classical selections. When the clock strikes midnight, guests are invited to sing along with a full orchestral performance of Auld Lang Syne!