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DTE Energy Foundation powers four free DSO community concerts this fall – in Dearborn, Detroit, Clawson, and St. Clair Shores

Free seat reservations available now

Concerts will be promoted this Thursday with string quartet pop-up at Kuhnhenn Brewing Company in Warren

Detroit, (September 6, 2017) – For the seventh consecutive year, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will perform four free community concerts this fall at venues across Metro Detroit, presented by DTE Energy Foundation. All four concerts will be conducted by Associate Conductor Michelle Merrill.

This year’s concerts will take place:

  • Thursday, September 28 at 7:30 p.m. at Ford Community & Performing Arts Center in Dearborn
  • Friday, September 29 at 10:45 a.m. at Greater Grace Temple in Detroit
  • Saturday, September 30 at 8 p.m. at Clawson High School in Clawson
  • Sunday, October 1 at 3 p.m. at Lakeview High School in St. Clair Shores

On Thursday, September 7 beginning at 6:30 p.m., a DSO string quartet will promote the concerts with a pop-up performance at Kuhnhenn Brewing Company in Warren.

For 50 years the DTE Energy Foundation has supported the DSO and its cultural programs, and the Foundation is proud to help the Orchestra bring music to diverse and underserved communities throughout Southeast Michigan. In spring 2016, DTE Energy Foundation awarded the DSO with a three-year grant to continue offering these free community concerts each fall. It also includes endowment support for music education, senior citizen outreach and additional community engagement programming.

“The DSO free community concert series provides everyone with the opportunity to experience, appreciate and learn about music from an outstanding symphony orchestra,” said Faye Nelson, vice president at DTE Energy, and board chair and president of the DTE Energy Foundation. “Music and the arts are integral to a strong quality of life. Through the support of this historic cultural institution and its programs, the DTE Energy Foundation is ensuring that people across Southeast Michigan have access to a world-class organization that inspires and infuses our communities with art.”

While the concerts are free admission, a seat reservation is required for entry. Seats can be reserved now 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 Ave., Detroit).

All concerts are general admission (no seats will be assigned), and all seating is first-come, first-served. All concert venues are handicap accessible.

Concert Schedule and Program Details

Thursday, September 28 at 7:30 p.m.

  Ford Community & Performing Arts Center

  15801 Michigan Ave

  Dearborn, MI 48126

Friday, September 29 at 10:45 a.m.

  Greater Grace Temple

  23500 W Seven Mile Rd

  Detroit, MI 48219

Saturday, September 30 at 8 p.m.

  Clawson High School

  101 John M Ave

  Clawson, MI 48017

Sunday, October 1 at 3 p.m.

  Lakeview High School

  21100 E Eleven Mile Rd

  St Clair Shores, MI 48081

Michelle Merrill, conductor


  Overture to Candide

BRAHMS (arr. Albert Parlow)

  Hungarian Dance No. 6 in D major


  “Valse” from Masquerade Suite


  “Saturday Night Waltz” from Rodeo

RODGERS (arr. Robert Russell Bennett)

  Selections from The Sound of Music:

  Do Re Mi

  My Favorite Things

  The Sound of Music

  The Lonely Goatherd


  Climb Every Mountain


  Andante festive


  “Prelude and Mazurka” from Coppelia


  “Blues” from Lenox Avenue


  “Adventures on Earth” from E.T.

About the DTE Energy Foundation

The DTE Energy Foundation is the philanthropic arm of DTE Energy, continuing the legacy of community support and involvement of its electric and natural gas utilities, which serve 2.2 million electric customers in Southeast Michigan and 1.2 million natural gas customers in Michigan. In 2015, the DTE Energy Foundation provided $15 million in grant support to nonprofits throughout the company’s service territories. As one of Michigan's leading corporate citizens, DTE Energy is a force for growth and prosperity in the 450 Michigan communities it serves in a variety of ways, including philanthropy, volunteerism and economic progress. Learn more at dteenergy.com/foundation.

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.


For Press Inquiries, please contact:

Ben Breuninger
Public Relations Coordinator
bbreuninger@dso.org | 313.576.5196