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2018 Heroes Gala emblem

Saturday, June 23, 2018 
at the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra will honor philanthropists Penny and Harold Blumenstein and Music Director Leonard Slatkin at its eighth annual Heroes Gala.

Penny and Harold Blumenstein have been DSO supporters for decades, and the transformational Penny and Harold Blumenstein Future Audiences Fund makes it possible for students, teachers, and chaperones at any school within Detroit city limits to attend DSO Educational Concert Series performances for just $1. Penny remembers attending DSO performances when she herself was a student in Detroit public schools, and the Blumensteins’ generosity enables classical music to continue to be a part of Detroit children’s lives. Penny Blumenstein was a member of the DSO Board of Directors beginning in 2002 and became a Board of Trustees member in 2013.

Leonard Slatkin, in his tenth and final season as DSO Music Director, has energetically helmed the orchestra as it entered a new era of artistic excellence and international prominence. United under the banner of being the most accessible orchestra in the world, Slatkin and the DSO have taken on new and groundbreaking initiatives, including the free webcast series Live from Orchestra Hall, the annual Winter Music Festival, and the Soundcard student ticket program. During Slatkin’s tenure, the DSO has also released acclaimed and Grammy-nominated recordings, embarked on an historic tour of Japan and China, played Carnegie Hall, expanded the orchestra’s educational offerings, and strengthened its community engagement and connection with audiences.

In December 2017, Slatkin and his wife Cindy McTee established the Cindy and Leonard Slatkin Emerging Artists Fund, a $100,000 commitment to the DSO endowment that will provide support for up-and-coming artists to perform with the orchestra each season. After the 2017-2018 Season, Slatkin will continue to advise on all artistic matters in the new role of Music Director Laureate.

Proceeds from the eighth annual Heroes Gala will support the DSO’s commitment to transforming the lives of young people through music education. Guest artists and program will be announced in the coming weeks.

This black tie evening includes:
6 PM Red Carpet Arrivals & Cocktails – The William Davidson Atrium
7 PM DSO Heroes Benefit Concert – Orchestra Hall
8:30 PM Formal Dinner – The Peter D. and Julie F. Cummings Cube
10 PM Gala AfterGlow – The William Davidson Atrium

2018 Levels of Support

Proceeds from the 2018 Heroes Gala will support the Detroit Symphony Orchestra's commitment to
transforming the lives of children and youth across our region through music education.

For more information, please contact Jacqueline Garner at 313.576.5120 or jgarner@dso.org.

About the Heroes Gala

The DSO founded the Heroes Gala in 2010 in honor of the remarkable men and women who impact the vision, values, and success of the organization. Previous honorees are:
• 2010: James B. Nicholson, DSO Chairman Emeritus and President and CEO of PVS Chemicals Inc.
• 2012: Lloyd Reuss, DSO Director Emeritus and former President of General Motors Corporation
• 2013: Barbara Van Dusen, DSO Director Emeritus and beloved supporter of the arts in Detroit
• 2014: Dan Gilbert, Founder and Chairman of Rock Ventures together with Matt Cullen, President and Chief Executive Officer of Rock Ventures LLC
• 2015: The Davidson/Gerson Family, prolific Detroit philanthropists and supporters of the DSO’s William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series
• 2016: John A. Boll, DSO Director Emeritus and former Chairman and CEO of Chateau Properties & Marlene L. Boll, former Radio City Rockette and active DSO Volunteer
• 2017: Mandell and Madeleine (Bill and Madge) Berman, each longtime DSO board members and steadfast supporters of the orchestra’s education programs

Proceeds from this year's event will support the DSO's commitment to transforming the lives of children and youth across our region through music education. The DSO’s Wu Family Academy for Learning and Engagement is proud to serve thousands of area youth each season through weekend youth ensemble training, educational concerts in Orchestra Hall, and in-school programming.