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2019 Heroes Gala emblem


Saturday, June 22 at the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra will honor Mort Harris at its ninth annual Heroes Gala.

Mort Harris and his late wife Brigitte have supported the DSO for decades, including tenure on the Board of Directors and recognition as Directors Emeriti. After his service as a bomber pilot in World War II (for which he was inducted as Chevalier of the French Legion of Honour), Mort attended Wayne State University and later co-founded American Axle & Manufacturing. His philanthropy has touched countless lives in Metro Detroit, through support of Wayne State University, Henry Ford Health System, and others.

The 2019 Heroes Gala Benefit Concert will feature actor and singer Leslie Odom, Jr. performing with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Best known for originating the role of Aaron Burr in the Broadway sensation Hamilton, for which he won a Tony Award and a Grammy Award, Leslie Odom Jr. has also appeared on Broadway in Rent and Leap of Faith, on TV in the NBC series Smash, on film in Red Tails and the 2017 adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express, and on two solo jazz albums released by S-Curve Records.

Gala patrons can purchase tickets by calling Jenni Clark at 313.576.5449.

This black tie evening includes:
5 PM - Red Carpet Arrivals & Cocktails—The William Davidson Atrium

6 PM - Formal Dinner—The Peter D. and Julie F. Cummings Cube

8 PM - DSO Heroes Benefit Concert—Orchestra Hall: "An Evening with Leslie Odom, Jr."
Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Damon Gupton, conductor

10 PM - Gala After Glow—The Peter D. and Julie F. Cummings Cube


2018 Levels of Support

Our Mission:
Proceeds from the 2019 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 Jenni Clark at 313.576.5449 or jclark@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 Emerita and beloved supporter of the arts in Detroit
• 2014: Dan Gilbert, Founder and Chairman of Rock Ventures together with Matt Cullen, Principal 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
• 2018: Penny and Harold Blumenstein, each longtime DSO supporters who established the Penny and Harold Blumenstein Future Audiences Fund, together with Leonard Slatkin, Music Director Laureate, who established the Cindy and Leonard Slatkin Emerging Artists Fund

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.

Honorary Patrons:
Judy & Stanley Frankel
Ann & Jim Nicholson

Honorary Chairs:
The Harris Family Children and Grandchildren
Linda Dresner Levy & Edward C. Levy
Sandy Morrison
Gwen & Evan Weiner

Host Committee:
Mona & Richard Alonzo
Marcia Applebaum
Pamela Applebaum & Gaal Karp
Jan & John Bernick
Penny & Harold Blumenstein
Marlene & John Boll
Gwen & Dick Bowlby
Sally & Charles Bradley
Lois & Avern Cohn
Karen & Matt Cullen
Julie & Peter Cummings
Sandy & James Danto
Gail Danto & Art Roffey
Joanne Danto & Arnold Weingarden
Maureen & Jerry D’Avanzo
Margie Dunn & Mark Davidoff
Gretchen & Ethan Davidson
Leslie C. Devereaux
Eugene & Elaine C. Driker
Margo & Jim Farber
Lauren & Phillip Fisher
Madeline & Sidney Forbes
Barbara Frankel & Ronald Michalak
Sharon & Herman Frankel
Mary Anne & Gene Gargaro Jr.
Erica & Ralph Gerson
Dorothy D. Gerson
Kari & Rob Gillette
Mary Ann & Robert Gorlin


Host Committee Cont'd:

Nancy & James Grosfeld
Michele Hodges
Ric & Carola Huttenlocher
Ellen D. Kahn
Danialle & Peter Karmanos, Jr.
Mary Kramer & William Volz
Bonnie Larson
Cathy & Wright Lassiter
Dana & Jim Lentini
Nicole & Matt Lester
Sandy Levin
Nancy & Bud Liebler
Florine Mark
Lydia Michael
Lois & Gene Miller
Faye & Al Nelson
Sylvia & David Nelson
Mariam C. Noland & James A. Kelly
Anne Parsons & Donald Dietz
Bobbi & Stephen Polk
Gretchen & Keith Pretty
Maurcine & Lloyd Reuss
Bernard & Eleanor Robertson
Laura & Seth Romine
Carol Ann & Warren Rose
Peggy & Mark Saffer
Alex & Salvador Salort-Pons
Nancy Schlicting & Pam Theisen
Marc Schwartz & Emily Camiener
Jane & Larry Sherman
Cindy McTee & Leonard Slatkin
Shirley & Hank Stancato
Doris Tong & Teck Soo
Barbara C. Van Dusen
Anne Wilczak Kurtis T. Wilder
Jacqueline & Roy Wilson
David & Bernadine Wu

Committee in formation. To join the committee, call Jenni Clark at 313.576.5449.