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Classical Roots Celebration

Classical Roots Celebration

Saturday, March 7—5:30pm

Saturday, March 7—5:30pm
Orchestra Hall
6 hours and 30 minutes

42nd Annual Arthur L. Johnson-Honorable Damon Jerome Keith
Classical Roots Celebration

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.

Event Schedule & Tickets
(Black Tie)

5:30pm | Seated Dinner – Peter D. & Julie F. Cummings Cube
8:00pm | Classical Roots Concert – Orchestra Hall

Artists
Thomas Wilkins, conductor
André Watts, piano
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Brazeal Dennard Chorale
     Alice McAllister Tillman, artistic director

Program includes
John Rosamond Johnson
Lift Every Voice and Sing

Nkeiru Okoye
Black Bottom (World Premiere)

Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 73, "Emperor"
     I. Allegro
     II. Adagio un poco mosso
     III. Rondo: Allegro
     André Watts, piano

10:30pm | Dessert & Dancing Afterglow – William Davidson Atrium and Peter D. & Julie F. Cummings Cube

Celebration Packages are available by calling 313.576.5449. Concert-only tickets are available for purchase here.

Celebration Ticket Levels

RUBY $750 (limited availability)
FMV $450
Includes: Recognition on electronic event signage; Opportunity for Meet & Greet with guest artist or honoree; Priority seating at Celebration dinner; Box Level seating for 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

BENEFACTOR $500
FMV $275
Includes: Priority seating at Celebration dinner; Premier Main Floor seating in rows A – H for Classical Roots concert; Access to Herman and Sharon Frankel Donor Lounge during Intermission; Dessert and Dancing Afterglow; Recognition in commemorative program; Valet Parking

PATRON $250
FMV $200
Includes: Reserved seating at Celebration dinner; Main Floor seating in rows J - N for Classical Roots Concert; Dessert and Dancing Afterglow; Valet Parking

YOUNG FRIENDS $85
FMV $75
Includes: Dress Circle seating for Classical Roots Concert; Dessert and Dancing Afterglow; Valet Parking

2020 SPONSORSHIP PACKAGES

Presenting Sponsor - $50,000
- Recognition as Presenting Sponsor on invitation and promotional materials*
- Your logo projected on event signage and 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 promotional materials*
- Recognition as a Celebration Sponsor on event signage and 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 promotional materials*
- Recognition as a Supporting Sponsor on all event signage and 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 promotional materials*
- Recognition as Fellowship Sponsor on all event signage and 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 6
- 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

At the 42nd Annual Arthur L. Johnson-Honorable Damon Jerome Keith Classical Roots Celebration, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra will honor Chacona Baugh, a longtime DSO supporter, former member of the orchestra’s Board of Directors, and architect and benefactor of the Classical Roots mission, and André Watts, one of the world’s most celebrated pianists and a distinguished professor at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

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. 

Former resident conductor Thomas Wilkins conducts the program, which includes the World Premiere of Black Bottom, an original commissioned work by Nkeiru Okoye, and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 73, "Emperor", featuring honoree André Watts on piano.

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.

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