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Classical Roots Celebration

Saturday, March 5, 2022—8:00pm

Saturday, March 5, 2022—8:00pm
Orchestra Hall
2 hours

The 44th Classical Roots concert and 21st anniversary Celebration recognizes the accomplishments of two remarkable individuals: Dr. Glenda Price, community leader, DSO Director, and advocate for education, health care, and the arts. And in memoriam, Michael Morgan, arts advocate and accomplished music director.

Since 1978, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Classical Roots concerts have increased the awareness of the significant contributions that African American composers and musicians have made to classical music. The Arthur L. Johnson – Honorable Damon Jerome Keith Classical Roots Celebration held in conjunction with the concerts since 2001, supports the Classical Roots mission. Funds raised through the Celebration provide increased opportunities for African Americans in classical music through DSO programs like the African American Orchestra Fellowship and African American Composer Residency.

Evening Schedule

21st Classical Roots Celebration

With safety as our top priority, this year we will be offering a hybrid experience including a home-delivered dinner and wine along with options for either an in-person concert experience or Live from Orchestra Hall streamed concert to enjoy from the comfort of one’s home

44th Annual Classical Roots Concert – 8:00pm

Artists
Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
William Eddins, conductor

Brazeal Dennard Chorale
Alice McAllister Tillman, artistic director

Program Highlights

John Rosamond Johnson    Lift Every Voice and Sing

Selections TBA    Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

Wynton Marsalis    Symphony No.3, "Swing Symphony"

For more information about this event please contact Ali Huber or (313) 576-5449. Concert-only tickets are available to purchase HERE.

Celebration Tickets

RUBY $1,500 (limited availability) FMV $560
Includes: Two VIP tickets to Classical Roots in-person concert or live virtual stream
Premier Box Level seating
Recognition on digital event signage
Recognition in commemorative program
VIP amenity box: "Gala in a box" – floral arrangement, candles, and more!
Three course meal for two by Forte Belanger, one bottle of wine and one bottle of champagne
Valet Parking

BENEFACTOR $500 FMV $375
Includes: Two tickets to Classical Roots in-person concert or live virtual stream
Premier Main Floor seating
Recognition in commemorative program
Amenity box: Three course meal for two by Forte Belanger and a bottle of wine
Valet Parking

PATRON $325 FMV $270
Includes: Two tickets to Classical Roots in-person concert or live virtual stream
Premier Main Floor and Mid-Balcony seating
Amenity Box: Appetizers for two by Forte Belanger and a bottle of wine
Valet Parking

FRIEND $150 FMV $115
Includes: One ticket to Classical Roots in-person concert or live virtual stream
Premier Mid-Balcony and Main Floor B seating
Amenity Box
Valet Parking

CONCERT-ONLY TICKET $50 FMV $25
Includes: One ticket to Classical Roots in-person concert or live virtual stream
Main Floor B seating

We regret that we are unable to guarantee exact seating locations for the Classical Roots concert.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Celebration Sponsor $40,000 (tickets for 16)
Recognition as Celebration Sponsor on digital and print promotions*; Your logo projected on digital screens throughout the evening; Opportunity for remarks during Concert program; Verbal recognition as Presenting Sponsor at Classical Roots Concert; Opportunity for meet and greet with guest artist or honoree; Prominent full-page ad in commemorative program; Box Level Seating for 16 at Classical Roots Concert; Dinner and Amenity Box for 10 (can be delivered up to 5 homes); Valet Parking

Supporting Sponsor $25,000 (tickets for 10)
Recognition as Supporting Sponsor on digital and print promotions*; Your logo projected on digital screens throughout the evening; Verbal recognition as Supporting Sponsor at Classical Roots Concert; Prominent full-page ad in commemorative program; Box Level Seating for 10 at Classical Roots Concert; Dinner and Amenity Box for 10 (can be delivered up to 5 homes); Valet Parking

Fellowship Sponsor $15,000 (tickets for 8)
Recognition as Fellowship Sponsor on digital and print promotions*; Your logo projected on digital screens throughout the evening; Full-page ad in commemorative program; Box Level Seating for 8 at Classical Roots Concert; Dinner and Amenity Box for 8 (can be delivered up to 4 homes); Valet Parking

Guest Artist/Soloist Sponsor $10,000 (tickets for 6)
Recognition as Guest Artist/Soloist Sponsor on digital and print promotions*; Your logo projected on digital screens throughout the evening; Full-page ad in commemorative program; Premier Main Floor Seating for 6 at Classical Roots Concert; Dinner and Amenity Box for 6 (can be delivered up to 3 homes); Valet Parking

Community Engagement Sponsor $5,000 (reservation for 4)
Recognition as Community Engagement Sponsor on digital and print promotions*; Half-full-page ad in commemorative program; Premier Main Floor Level Seating for 4 at Classical Roots Concert; Dinner and Amenity Box for 4 (can be delivered up to 2 homes); Valet Parking

Education Sponsor $3,500 (tickets for 2)
Support for a class of Detroit students to attend the Coffee Concert on March 4, 2022
Recognition as Education Outreach Sponsor on digital and print promotions*; Quarter-page ad in commemorative program; Premier Main Floor Seating for 2 at Classical Roots Concert; Dinner and Amenity Box for 2 (can be delivered up to 1 homes); Valet Parking

Sponsorship Commitments must be received by Friday, February 11, 2022 to be included in the Commemorative Program.

About Classical Roots

The mission of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Arthur L. Johnson-Honorable Damon Jerome Keith Classical Roots Celebration is to increase awareness of the contributions of African-American composers and musicians through performance and recordings and to support opportunities for African-Americans in classical music though the DSO’s African-American Composer Residency, Emerging Composer Program, and African-American Fellowship. The annual Celebration honors African-American composers, musicians and educators for lifetime achievement and raises funds to support the DOS’s African-American music and musician development programs.

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 initiative 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.

44 Years of Classical Roots

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