<September 2014>

For 35 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.



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.


Special Guest Artist, Kathleen Battle

Kathleen Battle’s soaring voice has carried her to the heights of the classical music world. The range of the five-time Grammy winner’s repertoire spans three centuries from the Baroque era to contemporary works, which she performs with symphony orchestras and in recital halls around the world. Perhaps what distinguishes this luminous soprano most is her almost magical ability to create an unwavering bond with audiences through a voice that is “…without qualification, one of the very few most beautiful in the world” (The Washington Post).

Learn more at cami.com.


Evening Schedule

Valet Parking  •  Black Tie

5:30 pm         
Strolling Dinner
8 pm   Performance in Orchestra Hall
Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Leonard Slatkin, conductor
Kathleen Battle, soprano
Brazeal Dennard Chorale
10:30 pm   Dessert & Dancing Afterglow



Celebration Tickets

Online Celebration Ticket sales are now closed. Please call Karly Sherwood at 313.576.5088 to reserve.


Benefactor - $600 (Fair Market Value: $175)
Strolling Dinner
Preferred Seating for Classical Roots Concert
Dessert and Dancing Afterglow

Patron - $175 (Fair Market Value: $150)
Strolling Dinner
Classical Roots Concert
Dessert and Dancing Afterglow

Young Friends - $75 (for ages 40 & under)
Classical Roots Concert
Dessert and Dancing Afterglow


Underwriter Sponsor - $6,000
Reserved Seating for 10 at the Strolling Dinner and Afterglow
Premier Seating for 10 at the Classical Roots Concert
Recognition in Program and on Event Signage as Underwriter Sponsor
Stage Recognition during Classical Roots Concert

Patron Sponsor - $3,600
Six tickets for Strolling Dinner and Afterglow
Preferred Seating for 6 at the Classical Roots Concert
Recognition in Program and on Event Signage as Patron Sponsor

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 313.576.5100.