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2017 Heroes Gala emblem

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra will honor philanthropists Mandell L. and Madeleine H. Berman at its seventh annual Heroes Gala on Saturday, June 10, 2017.

Bill and Madge Berman have been DSO supporters for more than 60 years, contributing immeasurably to the vibrancy of the orchestra as well as to the broader Detroit community, with an impact that is felt throughout the region and across the world.

The Heroes Gala and Benefit Concert is our opportunity to honor the remarkable men and women who impact the vision, values, and success of the DSO and our community. Proceeds from the event will support the DSO's commitment to transforming the lives of children and youth across our region through music education.

For more on the remarkable contributions the Berman’s have made to the DSO and the broader community through their philanthropy and voluntary service, please see this press release.


Saturday, June 10, 2017 
at the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center

6 PM — Red carpet arrivals and cocktails

7 PM — DSO Heroes Benefit Concert

8:30 PM — Formal Dinner

10 PM — Gala Afterglow

The celebration will include a gourmet dinner, dessert reception, late-night dancing, and other special activities, all taking place at the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center. Black Tie attire.

Levels of Support

2017 Heroes Gala emblem

*Concert-only tickets are available for $19-$68


About the Heroes Gala

The DSO founded the Heroes Gala in 2010 in honor of the remarkable men and women who impact the vision, values, and success of the organization. Previous honorees are:
• 2010: Jim Nicholson, President and CEO of PVS Chemicals Inc.
• 2012: Lloyd Reuss, former President of the General Motors Corp
• 2013: Barbara Van Dusen, beloved supporter of the arts in Detroit
• 2014: Dan Gilbert, Founder and Chairman of Rock Ventures together with Matt Cullen, President and Chief Executive Officer of Rock Ventures LLC
• 2015: The Davidson/Gerson Family, prolific Detroit philanthropists and supporters of the DSO’s William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series
• 2016: John A. & Marlene L. Boll, John A. & Marlene L. Boll Foundation

Proceeds from this year's event will support the DSO's commitment to transforming the lives of children and youth across our region through music education. The DSO’s Wu Family Academy for Learning and Engagement is proud to serve thousands of area youth each season through weekend youth ensemble training, educational concerts in Orchestra Hall, and in-school programming. Now, thanks to the bi-annual Live From Orchestra Hall: Classroom Edition webcast series supported by the Mandell L. and Madeleine H. Berman Foundation, tens of thousands of students in Detroit and across the U.S. can experience a live orchestra concert from their own classroom. 

For more information or to get involved, please contact Jacqueline Garner at 313.576.5120 or jgarner@dso.org.