<February 2016>


(including M1 construction traffic updates)

What to wear? Construction traffic on Woodward? Don't worry...we've got you covered!

As construction of the much-anticipated M-1 Rail continues, an extra 15 minutes for travel time is recommended when coming into Midtown, as well as using Cass Avenue, instead of Woodward Avenue, when possible.

Woodward will remain open through the construction period, although from time to time cross streets may be closed. Complete closures are restricted to the downtown section of the rail line. Work has commenced on the southbound track between Temple and Canfield streets, shifting traffic to the northbound side of Woodward. There is one northbound, one southbound and one turn lane open on this stretch.


FROM THE NORTH: Exit I-75 at Mack Ave. Take Mack to Cass Ave. and make a right. Take Cass to Parsons and make a right. The DSO parking garage will be on your right. Please Note: Warren Ave. is closed at Woodward.

FROM THE SOUTH: Exit I-75 at Grand River and follow the service drive to Cass Ave. Make a left on Cass and follow to Parsons where you will make a right. The DSO parking garage will be on your right.

FROM THE WEST: Take I-94W to the Lodge (M-10) South and take the first exit, Forest/Warren. At the top of the ramp make a left on Forest and proceed to Cass Ave. Turn right on Cass and proceed to Parsons Street. Make a left on Parsons and the DSO parking garage will be on your right.

FROM THE EAST: (via I-94) Follow I-94W to the I-75S and take the Mack Ave. exit. Take Mack to Cass Ave. and make a right. Take Cass to Parsons and make a right. The DSO parking garage will be on your right. 


Valet parking is available for most concerts for only $12. The vehicle drop-off for cash valet is in a new location this season to provide convenience for patrons during construction of the M-1 Rail. The cash valet drop-off will be moved from Woodward Avenue in front of the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center to Parsons Street, near the corner of Woodward Avenue, just south of Orchestra Hall.

Please Note: Cash Valet parking is not available for Coffee Concerts.


Donor valet is for our most generous patrons, those who give $7,500 or more annually, and providing those patrons with a convenient valet parking alternative during M-1 Rail construction is a priority. To accommodate donors during construction, donor valet parking drop-off will be moved from Parsons Street to the stage door of Orchestra Hall, behind the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center. Donors can enter the alley behind the building from Selden Street to drop off their vehicles for valet services. After entering the building through the stage door, donors will be directed to Orchestra Hall. By hosting donor valet parking at the stage door, patrons will be able to access DSO concerts directly from Cass Avenue, avoiding the congestion on Woodward Avenue. 

Valet pick-up following the concerts will also be just outside of the stage door. Donors can then exit the same way they entered, on Selden Street.


Self-parking is available for $7 in the Orchestra Place Parking Deck located on Parsons just south of the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center. Handicap parking is also available.

Please Note: Parking in the Orchestra Place Parking Deck is extremely limited during the day and will become full before the start of Coffee Concerts.

Other Parking Options: To avoid congestion around Orchestra Hall, consider parking at the Woodward Gardens parking Deck (entrance to deck is on Alexandrine between Woodward and Cass). Please note that the surface lot directly across from Orchestra Hall is closed.

Driving Directions

From the East:
Take I-94 West to Woodward exit (215C). Proceed south on Woodward Avenue.

From the West:
Take I-94 East to the Woodward/John R exit (215C. Proceed south on John R to Warren, turn right. Make a left to go south on Cass and a left to enter Parsons. Or take I-96 east to the Lodge (M-10) north. Exit at Forest/Warren, follow Forest east to Cass, turn right and turn left to enter Parsons.

From the North:
Take I-75 south to the Mack Rd. exit. Go west on Mack to past Woodward to Cass Avenue and turn right. Then turn right onto Parsons. Or take the Lodge (M-10) south to the Forest/Warren exit. Take Forest east to Cass and turn right, then left on Parsons.

From the South:
Take I-75 north to the Mack Rd. exit. Proceed west on Mack past Woodward to Cass Avenue, turn right. Turn right to enter Parsons.


Valet Parking is available for most concerts off Parsons Street for only $12.  Parking is available for $7 in the Orchestra Place Parking Structure located on Parsons just south of The Max.  Handicap parking is available.

Parking for Friday morning Coffee Concerts is available in the parking deck.

Shuttle Services

The DSO offers shuttle bus service to Coffee Concerts from select locations for $12. Please call 313.576.5130 for information or download an application.


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Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center
3711 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI  48201

Seating & Frequently Asked Questions


Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center

Orchestra Hall
Level 1: Main Floor A & B
Level 2: Box Level and Paradise Lounge
Level 3: Dress Circle
Level 4: Mid & Upper Balconies

Can I exchange my ticket for another ticket to a different concert?
If you cannot attend a concert or wish to see a performance in another series, you can take advantage of our liberal exchange policy and exchange your tickets in person, by fax, or by mail (additional cost for seating upgrades; exchanges may be limited on some performances). Exchanges must be made only for tickets to another subscription concert within the same season, and are subject to availability. All exchanges must be made in person, by mail or fax 313.576.5109.

The actual ticket(s) must be returned to the DSO Box Office no later than 24 hours prior to the concert date.

Do you provide discounted tickets to groups?
Yes! Special rates are available for groups of 10 or more. Please call 313.576.5130 for details.

What do I if I've misplaced my tickets?

If subscription tickets are lost, call the Box Office at 313.576.5111. The DSO will verify the purchase through its records. Subscribers may then pick up an entry pass at the box office prior to the concert. These passes cannot be exchanged. The lost ticket policy does not apply to tickets already exchanged.

Can I buy a gift certificate to be used for an upcoming event?
Gift certificates are available in any denomination, and may be used toward he purchase of a DSO concert ticket. Stop by the Orchestra Hall box office or call 313.576.5111.

Can I donate my unused ticket(s)?
Ticket holders unable to use or exchange their tickets are encouraged to call the Orchestra Hall Box Office at 313.576.5111. The value of each ticket can be used as a tax-deductible contribution. The DSO will issue ticket holders a tax receipt for the amount they paid for the ticket(s). When calling the above number, you will be required to provide all ticket return information, including patron number, and the DSO will process and mail a receipt. Patron numbers are located on the bottom of all subscription tickets..

Where are my seats located?
A seating map of Orchestra Hall is located to the right. For any further questions regarding your seats please contact the Box Office at 313.576.5111.

Is the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center handicapped accessible?
Yes. Parking is available in the Orchestra Place Parking Deck for patrons with handicap permits. There are elevators, barrier-free restrooms and accessible seating in all areas. Security personnel are available at the entrances to assist handicapped patrons in and out of their vehicles.

For the hearing impaired, hearing assistance devices are available. Please see an usher prior to the performance.

When should I applaud during a classical concert?
Please hold applause until the conductor faces the audience. Traditionally, applause is held until the end of a piece of music. Composers create a work as a whole, which is often made up of several movements. It is best not to disrupt the continuity of the music by applauding between movements.

Is there a dress code?
There is no dress code for concerts at Orchestra Hall. Concertgoers usually dress in suits, vests, sweaters, skirts, khakis, slacks, everything! Formal attire such as tuxedos and evening gowns is not required at DSO concerts. Most people only wear formal clothing to our Gala and other special events.

Can I leave my cell phone on during a concert?
Cellular phones, pagers and alarm watches should be turned off while in the hall. Patrons should ask for the House Manager to report an emergency during a concert, or to make special arrangements to receive emergency phone calls during a concert.

The DSO appreciates the audience’s cooperation in avoiding any extraneous sounds during the concerts. The hall microphones used to record the orchestra are extremely sensitive and will even record the sound of a wristwatch chime.

Can I bring my child to an evening concert?
Children are welcome to attend all classical, pops, jazz, special events and holiday concerts at Orchestra Hall and the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, provided that they are supervised by an adult. Every child must have a ticket.

Children of all ages are welcome at Young People's and Tiny Tots concerts. Every child must have a ticket to these performances. Please, no babes in arms or strollers.

If I arrive late to a concert, will I be seated immediately?
The DSO makes every attempt to begin concerts on time. In deference to the comfort and listening pleasure of the audience in the hall, latecomers will not be seated until after the conclusion of the first work on the program, and there will be no seating break during any work. Patrons who leave the hall before or during a work will not be reseated until after the work is completed. Your usher will alert you as soon as it is possible to be seated. House lights are dimmed to indicate that the concert is about to begin. Latecomers will be able to watch the performance on closed-circuit television from the atrium.

How can I find out if a concert has been canceled due to inclement weather?M
To find out if a scheduled DSO performance has been canceled due to inclement weather, hazardous roads, power outages and the like, check the DSO on Facebook or Twitter, call the box office at 313.576.5111, or tune in to WJR 760 AM and WWJ 950 AM for updates.

Do you permit smoking in the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center?
The DSO is pleased to offer a smoke-free environment at the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center. Smoking is not permitted anywhere inside the hall. Patrons who wish to smoke must do so outside the building. An outdoor patio is also available on the second level.

How do I make a financial contribution to the symphony?
Thank you for your generosity and for supporting great music in Detroit! You may make a gift amount of your choice to the DSO's Annual Fund online.

Can I do volunteer work for the DSO or at the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center M. Fisher Music Center?
Yes! To volunteer for fund-raising projects and other exciting events, contact the Volunteer Council at 313.576.5154. To volunteer as an usher at the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, contact info@dso.org.  .

Do you have a lost and found?
Please see the House Manager or call Security at 313.576.5199 during Monday to Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM.

Can I rent Orchestra Hall or the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center for a wedding, corporate event or other occasion?
The elegant Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center suites a variety of events. For information on renting the facility or hosting a performance, please call 313.576.5050.

Can I hire DSO musicians to perform at my wedding?
Some of our musicians do perform at weddings and other special functions. Please contact Orchestra Personnel Manager Heather Hart at hhart@dso.org.

My great grandfather played with the symphony in the 1920s. Do you have any information about him?
Many of the symphony's archival records were lost over the years or reside in other depositories, such as the Burton Historical Library at the Detroit Public Library and the Reuther Archives at Wayne State University. The DSO now has an official archive room in the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center. It will be several months until the archival records are processed and organized in the new facility. We may have information such as past orchestra rosters and photographs that show your relative performed with the symphony. Please contact info@dso.org.

I'm a big fan of Leonard Slatkin. How can I find out more about him?

Be sure to visit Leonard's own web site at leonardslatkin.com.

How can I place an ad in Performance Magazine?
Performance is published by the DSO and Design Scholar. To advertise in Performance, visit dsomag.com or email Linda Longe at linda@designscholar.com.