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Introducing the PNC Pops Series – DSO’s Pops programming now sponsored by PNC Bank

Single tickets for the 2017-18 PNC Pops Series on sale now

Detroit, (August 30, 2017) – Thanks to the generous support of PNC Bank, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s (DSO) pops programming has a new title: the PNC Pops Series.

“PNC has a long history of support for the DSO and many other vital arts and culture organizations in the region,” said Ric DeVore, PNC regional president for Detroit and Southeast Michigan. “At PNC, we recognize that access to quality arts experiences enriches lives and builds stronger and more vibrant communities.”

“The DSO and PNC Bank have forged a strong partnership going back nearly 30 years to the restoration of Orchestra Hall in the 1980s,” said Anne Parsons, president and CEO of the DSO. “This new commitment by PNC to support the presentation of popular orchestral music on the Orchestra Hall stage is a welcomed extension to our recent collaboration to offer live music experiences to Detroit school children.  We are absolutely thrilled and honored to rename our Pops Series to recognize PNC’s leadership impact on our mission and in our community.”

 “The DSO is one of America’s greatest orchestras, and I have been thrilled to make music with the incredible DSO musicians for the past fifteen years,” says Jeff Tyzik, DSO principal pops conductor. “It’s an honor to be in a city where a company like PNC recognizes and is enthusiastic about investing in artistic excellence.”

Since 2013, PNC has generously supported the DSO’s Educational Concert Series, providing access for underserved youth to attend concerts at Orchestra Hall. In addition, the PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group (www.pnc.com), provides funding for “Grow Up Great with the DSO,” delivering in-school music education provided by DSO musicians to early childhood classrooms throughout the city of Detroit.

Tickets are on sale now for all 2017-18 PNC Pops Series programs. See below for a complete concert lineup and additional information about purchasing tickets.

The 2017-18 PNC Pops Series

Tickets for all PNC Pops Series performances begin at just $19. Tickets can be purchased at dso.org, by calling (313) 576-5111, or in-person at the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center Box Office (3711 Woodward Avenue, Detroit).

All concerts take place at Orchestra Hall, within the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center.

Learn more about the PNC Pops Series at dso.org/pops.

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Ella & Louis

Friday, October 6, 2017, at 10:45 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Saturday, October 7, 2017, at 8 p.m.

Sunday, October 8, 2017, at 3 p.m.

Jeff Tyzik, conductor

Byron Stripling, vocals and trumpet

Carmen Bradford, vocals

Take a journey through the most famous hits recorded by two of jazz’s greatest legends, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong. From “Love is Here to Stay” and “What a Wonderful World” to highlights from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, relive one of the most memorable collaborations in music history.

Sci-Fi Spectacular: Star Wars, Star Trek, and Beyond!

Friday, October 27, 2017, at 10:45 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Saturday, October 28, 2017, at 8 p.m.

Sunday, October 29, 2017, at 3 p.m.

Stuart Chafetz, conductor

Travel to new worlds, distant galaxies, and back to the future with music from your favorite sci-fi movies, including Star Wars, Star Trek, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and more!

The Music of Queen

Saturday, November 25, 2017, at 8 p.m.

Sunday, November 26, 2017, at 3 p.m.

Brent Havens, conductor

Brody Dolyniuk, vocals

The DSO and a full rock band channel the distinct sound of Freddie Mercury and the music of 70s mega-band Queen, with a “Bohemian Rhapsody” of hits including “We Are the Champions”
 and “Another One Bites the Dust.” They will rock you!

Home for the Holidays

Friday, December 15, 2017, at 10:45 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Saturday, December 16, 2017, at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Sunday, December 17, 2017, at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Jeff Tyzik, conductor

Denzal Sinclaire, vocals

Share Detroit’s favorite holiday musical tradition with family and friends and thrill to the spectacle of the season. DSO Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik leads a sparkling celebration with carols and classics that sells out year after year—and yes, Virginia, there will be a Santa Claus!

The Nashville Songbook

Friday, January 19, 2018, at 10:45 a.m.

Saturday, January 20, 2018, at 8 p.m.

Jim Gray, conductor

Mandy Barnett, vocals

With her stunning voice and charismatic stage presence, acclaimed entertainer Mandy Barnett revisits the greatest country and pop standards to come out of Music City. The celebrated star of Always…Patsy Cline, Mandy pays tribute to the songs that made Nashville famous.

Positively Pops: A Tribute to Arthur Fiedler

Sunday, January 28, 2018, at 3 p.m.

Robert Bernhardt, conductor

Kimberly Kaloyanides Kennedy, violin

Robert Bernhardt leads the DSO in an afternoon honoring the showmanship of Arthur Fielder and the beloved tradition of American pops. Enjoy the favorites that drew record audiences, from Sousa to sizzling showpieces, classic film scores to the best of Broadway, and much, much more!

Blockbuster Broadway

Friday, March 9, 2018, at 10:45 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Saturday, March 10, 2018, at 8 p.m.

Sunday, March 11, 2018, at 3 p.m.

Andy Einhorn, conductor

Scott Coulter, vocals/host

Jessica Handy, vocals

Kelli Rabke, vocals

John Boswell, vocals/piano

You’ll find musical hits behind every Broadway blockbuster. An acclaimed cast of Broadway artists perform show-stopping songs you love from the great musicals, including Wicked, The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, and The Lion King. It’s the ultimate show-tune extravaganza!

Disney in Concert: Tale as Old as Time

Tuesday, April 3, 2018, at 7:30 p.m.

Michelle Merrill, conductor

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Join the DSO, conducted by Michelle Merrill, for a magical journey into storytelling and music as only the timeless tales of Disney can evoke. Brought to life by the talents of four Broadway caliber singers and featuring high resolution Animated Feature Film sequences, Disney In Concert Tale as Old as Time explores iconic moments, plot twists, and feats of daring heroics from Frozen, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, Tangled, The Lion King, and many more. This musical celebration is certain to remind the young and young at heart that through the magical storytelling of Disney, wishes can be made on stars, hope is eternal, and love conquers all.

Women Rock

Friday, April 20, 2018, at 10:45 a.m.

Saturday, April 21, 2018, at 8 p.m.

Sunday, April 22, 2018, at 3 p.m.

Jeff Tyzik, conductor

Vocalists to be announced

The DSO and Jeff Tyzik pay homage to Carole King, Tina Turner, Janis Joplin, Pat Benatar, and the women of rock with hit songs like “Proud Mary,” “Piece of My Heart,” “Hit Me With Your Best Shot,” “You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman,” and more!

The Doo Wop Project

Friday, May 18, 2018, at 10:45 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Saturday, May 19, 2018, at 8 p.m.

Sunday, May 20, 2018, at 3 p.m.       

Michelle Merrill, conductor

Follow the evolution of Doo Wop from tight harmonies sung on street corners to today’s biggest hits. Stars of Broadway’s Jersey Boys and Motown: The Musical harmonize classics from The Crests, The Flamingos, and The Temptations all the way to Michael Jackson and Adele.

The Magical Music of Harry Potter

Wednesday, June 13, 2018, at 7:30 p.m.

Michelle Merrill, condutor

Experience the magic of Harry Potter through the music that brought the movies to life as Orchestra Hall fills with the sounds of Hogwarts and the wizarding world. The DSO performs iconic scores, from John Williams’ music for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone through the beloved series.

Hollywood Hits

Friday, June 15, 2018, at 10:45 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Saturday, June 16, 2018, at 8 p.m.

Sunday, June 17 2018, at 3 p.m.

Brian Byrne, conductor

Kelly Levesque, vocalist

Golden Globe nominated composer, conductor, and pianist Brian Bryne brings a treasure chest of Hollywood film music to the stage, including hits from John Williams, the James Bond films, The Pink Panther, House of Cards, and others, along with clips from several films. Brian’s multi-faceted talent and inside connection to today’s Hollywood film industry make this an evening to remember.

About PNC Bank

PNC Bank, National Association, is a member of the PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC). PNC is one of the largest diversified financial services institutions in the United States, organized around its customers and communities for strong relationships and local delivery of retail and business banking including a full range of lending products; specialized services for corporations and government entities, including corporate banking, real estate finance and asset-based lending; wealth management and asset management. For information about PNC, visit www.pnc.com.

About the DSO

Hailed by The New York Times as “cutting edge,” the internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra is known for trailblazing performances, visionary maestros, collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists, and an ardent commitment to Detroit. As a community-supported orchestra, generous giving by individuals and institutions at all levels drives the continued success and growth of the institution. Esteemed conductor Leonard Slatkin, called “America’s Music Director” by the Los Angeles Times, became the DSO’s 12th Music Director, endowed by the Kresge Foundation, in 2008. Acclaimed conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik serves as Principal Pops Conductor, while celebrated trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard holds the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair. With growing attendance and unwavering philanthropic support from the Detroit community, the DSO’s performance schedule includes Classical, Pops, Jazz, Young People’s, and Neighborhood concerts, and collaborations with high profile artists from Steven Spielberg to Ben Folds and Lang Lang. In July 2017, the DSO embarked on its first international tour in 16 years, making its debut in China and first visit to Japan in 19 years. A commitment to broadcast innovation began in 1922, when the DSO became the first orchestra in the world to present a radio broadcast, and continues today with the free Live from Orchestra Hall webcast series, which also reaches tens of thousands of children with the Classroom Edition expansion. Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall within the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, one of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, the DSO actively pursues a mission to embrace and inspire individuals, families, and communities through unsurpassed musical experiences.


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