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Classical Roots 2019


Mission

The mission of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Classical Roots Celebration is to increase awareness of the contributions of African-American composers and musicians through performance and recordings and to support increased opportunities for African-Americans in classical music through the DSO’s African-American Composer Residency, Emerging Composer Program, and African-American Fellowship.

41st Annual Classical Roots Evening Schedule & Tickets

Saturday, March 9, 2019 - BLACK TIE

5:30 PM | Seated Dinner - Peter D. & Julie F. Cummings Cube

8:00 PM | Classical Roots Concert - Orchestra Hall

Artists
André Raphel, conductor
Jacqueline Echols, soprano
Classical Roots Celebration Choir
Dr. Norah Duncan IV,
chorus master
Brazeal Dennard Chorale
Alice McAllister Tillman,
artistic director

Program
JOHN ROSAMOND JOHNSON  Lift Every Voice and Sing
ROBERT A HARRIS
  Gloria for Mixed Choir, Soprano and Orchestra
GEORGE WALKER
  Lyric for Strings
WILLIAM GRANT STILL
  Symphony No. 1, "Afro-American Symphony"
Classical Roots Celebration Choir

10:30 PM | Dessert & Dancing Afterglow - First Floor Atrium and Peter D. & Julie F. Cummings Cube

Celebration Packages are available by calling 313.576.5449.

Concert-only tickets are available for purchase by clicking here.

Individual Ticket Levels

Ruby - $750 (FMV: $450)
Recognition on digital event signage
Opportunity for meet and greet with guest artist or honoree
Priority seating at Celebration dinner
Box Level seating at Classical Roots Concert
Access to Herman and Sharon Frankel Donor Lounge during intermission
Dessert and Dancing Afterglow with reserved seating
Recognition in commemorative program
Opportunity to include a message in commemorative program
Valet Parking

Benefactor - $500 (FMV: $275)
Priority seating at Celebration dinner
Premier Main Floor seating at Classical Roots Concert
Access to Herman and Sharon Frankel Donor Lounge during intermission
Dessert and Dancing Afterglow with reserved seating
Recognition in commemorative program
Valet Parking

Patron - $250 (FMV: $200)
Reserved seating at Celebration dinner
Main Floor Side seating at Classical Roots Concert
Dessert and Dancing Afterglow
Valet Parking

Young Friends - $85 (FMV: $75)
Dress Circle seating at Classical Roots concert
Dessert and Dancing Afterglow
Valet Parking


Sponsorship Packages

Presenting Sponsor - $50,000
- Recognition as Presenting Sponsor on invitation and promotions*
- Recognition as Presenting Sponsor on all event signage
- Your logo projected on digital screens throughout the evening
- Opportunity for remarks during Celebration dinner
- Verbal recognition as Presenting Sponsor at Classical Roots Concert and Celebration dinner
- Opportunity for meet and greet with guest artist or honoree
- Prominent full-page ad in commemorative program
- Priority seating for 24 at Celebration dinner
- Box Level Seating for 24 at Classical Roots Concert
- Admission for 24 to Afterglow with reserved seating
- Valet Parking

Celebration Sponsor - $40,000
- Recognition as Celebration Sponsor on invitation and promotions*
- Recognition as a Celebration Sponsor on all event signage
- Your logo projected on digital screens throughout the evening
- Opportunity for remarks during Celebration dinner
- Verbal recognition as a Celebration Sponsor at Classical Roots Concert and Celebration dinner
- Opportunity for meet and greet with guest artist or honoree
- Prominent full-page ad in commemorative program
- Priority seating for 22 at Celebration dinner
- Box Level Seating for 22 at Classical Roots Concert
- Admission for 22 to Afterglow with reserved seating
- Valet Parking

Supporting Sponsor - $25,000
- Recognition as Supporting Sponsor on invitation and promotions*
- Recognition as a Supporting Sponsor on all event signage
- Your logo projected on digital screens throughout the evening
- Opportunity for remarks during Celebration dinner
- Verbal recognition as a Supporting Sponsor at Classical Roots Concert and Celebration dinner
- Opportunity for meet and greet with guest artist or honoree
- Prominent full-page ad in commemorative program
- Priority seating for 18 at Celebration dinner
- Box Level Seating for 18 at Classical Roots Concert
- Admission for 18 to Afterglow with reserved seating
- Valet Parking

Fellowship Sponsor - $15,000
- Recognition as Fellowship Sponsor on invitation and promotions*
- Recognition as Fellowship Sponsor on all event signage
- Your logo projected on digital screens throughout the evening
- Opportunity for meet and greet with guest artist or honoree
- Full page ad in commemorative program
- Premier seating for 14 at Celebration dinner
- Box Level Seating for 14 at Classical Roots Concert
- Admission for 14 to Afterglow with reserved seating
- Valet Parking

Guest Artist/Soloist Sponsor - $10,000
- Recognition as Soloist Sponsor on invitation*
- Your logo projected on digital screens throughout the evening
- Opportunity for meet and greet with guest artist or honoree
- Full page ad in commemorative program
- Priority seating for 10 at Celebration dinner
- Box Level Seating for 6 and Premier Main Floor seating for 4 Classical Roots Concert
- Admission for 10 to Afterglow with reserved seating
- Valet Parking

Community Engagement Sponsor - $5,000
- Recognition as Community Engagement Sponsor on digital event signage
- Half-page ad in commemorative program
- Priority seating for 6 at Celebration dinner
- Premier Main Floor Seating for 6 at Classical Roots Concert
- Admission for 6 to Afterglow
- Valet Parking

Education Sponsor - $3,500
Each sponsor enables a class of Detroit students to attend the Classical Roots Coffee Concert on Friday, March 8
- Recognition as Education Outreach Sponsor on digital event signage
- Quarter-page ad in commemorative program
- Priority seating for 4 at Celebration dinner
- Premier Main Floor seating for 4 at Classical Roots Concert
- Admission for 4 to Afterglow
- Valet Parking

*Subject to print deadline


About Classical Roots

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra will honor Dr. William F. Pickard, notable Detroit philanthropist and founder of the Arthur L. Johnson Fund for African American Artists, and Dr. Robert A. Harris, respected African-American composer and Professor of Music, at the 41st Annual Classical Roots Celebration. Classical Roots honors African-American composers, musicians and educators for lifetime achievement and raises funds to support the DSO’s African-American music and musician development programs.

André Raphel conducts the program, which includes soprano Jacqueline Echols. The evening will feature honoree Dr. Robert A. Harris’ Gloria. In addition, it will include Lyric for Strings, composed by the DSO Classical Roots Celebration’s first honoree George Walker.

African-American Education & Outreach Programs

The DSO has for years been at the forefront of the movement to celebrate the contributions of African-American composers, nurture the talents of young African-American classical musicians, and increase access and opportunity for younger African-Americans who might never otherwise experience the magic of classical music. The DSO extends the Classical Roots mission beyond the concert hall, with school visits, a chamber recital, and other community events scheduled for the weeks preceding the Celebration.

The African-American Fellowship Program addresses the shortage of African-Americans in professional orchestras by offering a yearlong fellowship with the DSO to one selected musician. Past DSO fellows have gone on to win positions in orchestras across the United States, including the DSO’s principal trombone, Kenneth Thompkins. A new during the 40th anniversary year was the Classical Roots African-American Composer Residency, an initiative that selects a living composer and premiere his or her work in conjunction with Classical Roots.

About the African-American Composer Residency

The residency is granted to a living African-American composer. The selected work(s) will be performed at the Classical Roots Chamber Recital in Detroit, Michigan. The winning composer will receive an honorarium of $500 plus round-trip air travel to Detroit, accommodations for the duration of their stay, ground transportation and a stipend for incidentals.