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Got to be there: DSO will host New Year’s Eve Bash and concert featuring The Music of Michael Jackson

Orchestra, vocalist, and full rock band will pay tribute to the King of Pop

Pre- and post-concert Bash will include drinks, afterparty, and more; concert-only tickets also available

Evening will be televised and live-streamed worldwide by Detroit Public Television

Detroit, (Nov. 30, 2017) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will ring in 2018 with The Music of Michael Jackson, an orchestral celebration of one of the greatest entertainers to ever live. Conductor/arranger Brent Havens will lead the DSO and a full rock band fronted by vocalist James Delisco for a program that includes Jackson Five hits like “I Want You Back” as well as MJ solo classics: “Billie Jean,” “Smooth Criminal,” “Bad,” and many more.

The DSO will also host a New Year’s Eve Bash of pre- and post-concert events, including dinner, drinks, and a late-night afterparty. Tickets to the Bash (available at multiple levels) include entry to the concert, and concert-only tickets are also available.

The celebration takes place Sunday, December 31 at the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center in Midtown Detroit.

Pre-concert Bash activities—including access to the P.Y.T. Lounge and dinners in the Man in the Mirror Lounge and Thriller Lair—begin at 8 p.m.

The concert begins at 10 p.m. and will conclude just after midnight, with a countdown and confetti drop to mark the New Year.

Post-concert Bash activities, including a dance party, breakfast buffet, and signature cocktail bar, begin after the concert and will conclude at 2 a.m.

With support from the Stanley and Judith Frankel Family Foundation, the concert will be televised and live-streamed online by Detroit Public Television (DPTV).

Ticket Information

Concert-only tickets begin at $50.

Bash tickets begin at $125 and include a variety of benefits at different levels.

Please visit dso.org/nye or call the Box Office at (313) 576-5111 to purchase tickets and learn more about Bash benefits and levels. Tickets are also available in-person at the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center (3711 Woodward Avenue, Detroit).

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