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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.

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

TBD


Celebration Tickets

Please call Karly Sherwood at 313.576.5088 to reserve.

Individuals 

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


Exclusive Sponsorships

Presenting Sponsor - $30,000 SOLD OUT

  • Branding and opportunity for remarks at Pre-Classical Roots Sponsor Events
  • Opportunity for on-stage remarks during Classical Roots Concert
  • Verbal recognition of sponsorhip 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 

Reception Sponsor - $15,000 

  • Opportunity for remarks during Strolling Dinner reception
  • Your logo projected during Strolling Dinner reception
  • Full-page ad in commemorative program
  • Recognition as Reception Sponsor on Event signage
  • Reserved seating for ten at Strolling Dinner
  • Premier Seating for ten at Classical Roots Concert
  • Admission for ten to Afterglow
  • Opportunity to provide a favor for guests
  • Valet parking

Afterglow Sponsor - $15,000 

  • Opportunity for remarks during Afterglow
  • Your logo projected during Afterglow
  • Full-page ad in commemorative program
  • Recognition as Afterglow Sponsor on Event signage
  • Reserved seating for ten at Strolling Dinner
  • Premier Seating for ten at Classical Roots Concert
  • Admission for ten to Afterglow
  • Opportunity to provide a favor for guests
  • Valet parking


Celebration Sponsorships

Premier Sponsor - $10,000

  • Stage recognition during Classical Roots Concert
  • Full page ad in commemorative program and recognition as Premier Sponsor
  • Resered seating for ten at the Strolling Dinner
  • Premier seating for ten at Classical Roots concert
  • Admission for ten to Afterglow
  • Valet parking

Underwriter Sponsor - $6,000 

  • Half page ad in commemorative program and recognition as Underwriter Sponsor
  • Reserved seating for ten at the Strolling Dinner
  • Preferred Seating for ten at Classical Roots concert
  • Admission for ten to Afterglow
  • Valet parking

Patron Sponsor - $3,600 

  • Quarter page ad in commemorative program and recognition as Patron Sponsor
  • Tickets for six to the Strolling Dinner
  • Preferred Seating for six at Classical Roots concert
  • Admission for six to Afterglow
  • Valet Parking

Education and Community Engagement Sponsorships

Help bring the mission of the Classical Roots Celebration to the greater Detroit community!

Community Engagement Sponsor - $6,000

Exclusive Sponsorship of 2015 Classical Roots Community Engagement Events

  • Recognition at Classical Roots Community Engagement events: Chamber Recitals, Church and Community Center visits, and more
  • Opportunity to provide input on venue selection for Community Engagement events
  • Half page ad in commemorative program and recognition as Chamber Recital Sponsor
  • Tickets for four to the Strolling Dinner and Afterglow
  • Preferred Seating for four at Classical Roots concert
  • Valet parking

Education Outreach Sponsor - $2,500 

Each Sponsor enables two or more underserved classes to attend the day-time Classical Roots Performance on March 6

  • In-hall recognition as Education Outreach Sponsor at March 6 performance
  • Quarter page ad in commemoratie program and recognition as an Education Outreach Sponsor
  • Tickets for two to 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 313.576.5088.