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DTE Energy Foundation powers four free DSO Community Concerts this fall - in Detroit, Waterford, Monroe, and Sterling Heights, September 20, 22-23

Free seat reservations available online now

Detroit, (August 10, 2018) – For the eighth consecutive year, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will perform four free community concerts to kick off its new season at venues across Metro Detroit, presented by DTE Energy Foundation. All four concerts will be conducted by Yaniv Segal and feature classical and pops favorites by Copland, Mozart, Rossini, and John Williams. 

This year’s concerts will take place in:

DETROIT on Thursday, September 20 at 10:45 a.m. at Greater Grace Temple

 WATERFORD on Thursday, September 20 at 7:30 p.m. at Waterford Kettering High School

MONROE on Saturday, September 22 at 8 p.m. at Meyer Theater (on the campus of Monroe County Community College)

STERLING HEIGHTS on Sunday, September 23 at 3 p.m. at Sterling Heights High School

“The DSO is dedicated to connecting with communities in and around Detroit throughout the year, and these free concerts that launch our season have become a great way to demonstrate that commitment” said DSO President and CEO Anne Parsons. “We are grateful to the DTE Energy Foundation for this partnership that promotes and enables unique opportunities for accessibility and we deeply value our historic collaboration. As we make the tough choices around the annual selection of host venues, we invite others to join in this support so that more opportunities can be offered to the many areas of our city where we have yet to visit.”

For more than 50 years the DTE Energy Foundation, the philanthropic arm of DTE Energy, has supported the DSO and its cultural programs, and the Foundation is proud to once again help the Orchestra bring music to diverse communities throughout Southeast Michigan. In the spring of 2016, the 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 Community Concert Series is a partnership event that we look forward to sharing with our communities each year to bring local residents, youth, and families together and provide the opportunity to hear a world-class orchestra play in their own backyard,” said Lynette Dowler, president of the DTE Energy Foundation. “By partnering with the DSO, we’re hoping to inspire others to pursue culturally enriching experiences or careers that enhance their quality of life.”

While the concerts are free admission, a seat reservation is required for entry. Seats can be reserved now at dso.org.

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 20 at 10:45 a.m.
Greater Grace Temple
23500 W Seven Mile Rd
Detroit, MI 48219

Thursday, September 20 at 8 p.m.
Waterford Kettering High School
2800 Kettering Dr
Waterford Twp, MI 48329

Saturday, September 22 at 8 p.m.
Meyer Theater at La-Z-Boy Center, Monroe County Community College
1555 S Raisinville Rd
Monroe, MI 48161

Sunday, September 23 at 3 p.m.
Sterling Heights High School
12901 15 Mile Rd
Sterling Heights, MI 48312

Yaniv Segal, conductor


  Fanfare for the Common Man 


  Overture to Don Giovanni, K. 527


  Symphony No.2, Op.2, No.2


  “Infernal Dance” from The Firebird [1919 revision] 


  “Dance of the Comedians” from The Bartered Bride


  The Imperial March (Darth Vader’s Theme) from Star Wars Suite for Orchestra


  Overture to Orpheus in the Underworld


  Finale from Guillaume Tell (William Tell) Overture


  The Stars and Stripes Forever

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 1.3 million natural gas customers in Michigan. In 2017, the DTE Energy Foundation provided $18 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. Visit www.dtefoundation.com for more information.

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