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Orchestra Hall


Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Orchestra Hall at the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center
3711 Woodward Avenue Detroit, MI 48201

With construction of the QLine now complete, drop-off on Woodward Avenue is no longer permitted. Please use the designated drop-off on Selden Street (between Woodward and Cass Avenues), where DSO staff can escort patrons to Orchestra Hall.

For evening concerts, the intersection of Woodward Avenue and Parsons Street will be closed. Please use Cass Avenue to approach the Orchestra Place Parking Deck.


The QLine is a streetcar that operates on 3.3 miles of track on Woodward Avenue, connecting Detroit’s Downtown, Midtown, and New Center neighborhoods. There are northbound and southbound QLine stops at the corners of Mack and Woodward Avenues, one block south of the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, meaning patrons can ride the streetcar to and from all events at The Max.

A single QLine fare (good for 3 hours) costs $1.50. Seniors, disabled riders, and Medicare cardholders are eligible for a reduced fare priced at $0.75. 24-hour, monthly, and yearly passes are also available, for $3, $30, and $285, respectively.

Tickets can be purchased at vending machines at all QLine stations, on any device at qlinedetroit.com, on the QLine Detroit mobile app, and in-person at the Penske Technical Center at 7520 Woodward Avenue. Cash ticket purchases can be made on the streetcar.

QLine hours of operation are:
     Monday through Thursday: 6am – 11pm
     Friday: 6am – 12am
     Saturday: 8am – 12am
     Sunday: 8am – 8pm

All QLine stations and cars are handicap accessible. Strollers and bicycles can also be accommodated.

Please note: the QLine runs directly in front of The Max, on tracks built in the lane closest to the sidewalk. Parking or standing in this lane is a safety hazard and will result in a fine. Patron drop-off on Woodward Avenue is no longer permitted.

Please use the designated drop-off on Selden Street (between Woodward and Cass Avenues), where DSO security can escort patrons to Orchestra Hall.

For evening concerts, the intersection of Woodward Avenue and Parsons Street will be closed. Please use Cass Avenue to approach the Orchestra Place Parking Deck.

For more information about the QLine, visit qlinedetroit.com.


Patron drop-off is now located on Selden Street near Woodward. The QLINE streetcars have arrived and drop-off on Woodward is no longer permitted. The best route is to take Cass Avenue to Selden Street.

Valet parking is available for most concerts for only $14. The vehicle drop-off for cash valet is located on Parsons Street, just south of the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center. Approach Parsons Street using Cass. Please Note: Cash Valet parking is not available for Coffee (10:45 AM) Concerts.

Donor valet is for our most generous patrons—those who give $7,500 or more annually—and provides those patrons with convenient parking. Donor valet parking drop-off is at the stage door of Orchestra Hall, behind the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center. Donors should enter the alley behind the building from Selden Street to drop off their vehicles for valet services. After entering the building through the stage door, donors will be directed to Orchestra Hall. Donor valet pick-up following the concerts will also be just outside of the stage door. Donors can then exit the same way they entered, on Selden Street.

Self-parking is available for $10 in the Orchestra Place Parking Deck located on Parsons Street just south of the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center. Handicap parking is also available. Please Note: Parking in the Orchestra Place Parking Deck is extremely limited during the day and will become full before the start of Coffee Concerts. Cash and major credit cards are accepted at the Orchestra Place Parking Deck.

Other Parking Options: To avoid congestion around Orchestra Hall, consider parking at the Woodward Gardens Parking Deck (entrance to deck is on Alexandrine Street between Woodward Avenue and Cass Avenue).


Our facility includes elevators, barrier-free restrooms, and accessible seating on both the main floor and balcony. Our parking structure offers ample handicap parking and valet service is offered for many concerts. Ushers and security personnel are trained to provide additional assistance to those patrons who have accessibility issues.

Additionally, hearing-impaired patrons have access to a new WiFi-enabled Sennheiser MobileConnect system for hearing assistance during concerts. Patrons are welcome to download the Sennheiser MobileConnect App on their personal Bluetooth devices or request a complimentary device available at the Patron Services Desk. Headphones are also available at the Patron Services Desk for patron use with personal or complimentary devices.

Made possible the Michigan Ear Institute, the Sennheiser Mobile Connect system streams audio content via WiFi live and in clear quality directly to your device. MobileConnect consists of a streaming server and a specific wireless LAN router. The system provides a closed network that users can connect to from their smartphone. The selected audio data are transferred to the device via the MobileConnect multi-channel app, thus enabling users to play the content conveniently through headphones. Simply download and install the MobileConnect App, connect to MobileConnect WiFi (available only in Orchestra Hall), use the "Personal Hearing Assistant" to adjust your sound, and enjoy!


The DSO offers shuttle bus service to Coffee Concerts from select locations for $15. Please call 313.576.5111 for information, or click here for details.


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Seating & Frequently Asked Questions


Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center

Orchestra Hall
Level 1: Main Floor A & B
Level 2: Box Level and Paradise Lounge
Level 3: Dress Circle
Level 4: Mid & Upper Balconies

Can I exchange my ticket for another ticket to a different concert?
If you cannot attend a concert or wish to see a performance in another series, you can take advantage of our liberal exchange policy and exchange your tickets in person, by fax, or by mail (additional cost for seating upgrades; exchanges may be limited on some performances). Exchanges must be made only for tickets to another subscription concert within the same season, and are subject to availability. All exchanges must be made in person, by mail or fax 313.576.5109.

The actual ticket(s) must be returned to the DSO Box Office no later than 24 hours prior to the concert date.

Do you provide discounted tickets to groups?
Yes! Special rates are available for groups of 10 or more. Please call 313.576.5130 for details.

What do I if I've misplaced my tickets?

If subscription tickets are lost, call the Box Office at 313.576.5111. The DSO will verify the purchase through its records. Subscribers may then pick up an entry pass at the box office prior to the concert. These passes cannot be exchanged. The lost ticket policy does not apply to tickets already exchanged.

Can I buy a gift certificate to be used for an upcoming event?
Gift certificates are available in any denomination, and may be used toward he purchase of a DSO concert ticket. Stop by the Orchestra Hall box office or call 313.576.5111.

Are tickets refundable?
No, tickets are not refundable.

Can I donate my unused ticket(s)?
Ticket holders unable to use or exchange their tickets are encouraged to call the Orchestra Hall Box Office at 313.576.5111. The value of each ticket can be used as a tax-deductible contribution. The DSO will issue ticket holders a tax receipt for the amount they paid for the ticket(s). When calling the above number, you will be required to provide all ticket return information, including patron number, and the DSO will process and mail a receipt. Patron numbers are located on the bottom of all subscription tickets..

Where are my seats located?
A seating map of Orchestra Hall is located to the right. For any further questions regarding your seats please contact the Box Office at 313.576.5111.

Is the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center handicapped accessible?
Yes. Parking is available in the Orchestra Place Parking Deck for patrons with handicap permits. There are elevators, barrier-free restrooms and accessible seating in all areas. Security personnel are available at the entrances to assist handicapped patrons in and out of their vehicles.

For the hearing impaired, hearing assistance devices are available. Please see an usher prior to the performance.

When should I applaud during a classical concert?
Please hold applause until the conductor faces the audience. Traditionally, applause is held until the end of a piece of music. Composers create a work as a whole, which is often made up of several movements. It is best not to disrupt the continuity of the music by applauding between movements.

Is there a dress code?
There is no dress code for concerts at Orchestra Hall. Concertgoers usually dress in suits, vests, sweaters, skirts, khakis, slacks, everything! Formal attire such as tuxedos and evening gowns is not required at DSO concerts. Most people only wear formal clothing to our Gala and other special events.

Can I leave my cell phone on during a concert?c
Cellular phones, pagers and alarm watches should be turned off while in the hall. Patrons should ask for the House Manager to report an emergency during a concert, or to make special arrangements to receive emergency phone calls during a concert.

The DSO appreciates the audience’s cooperation in avoiding any extraneous sounds during the concerts. The hall microphones used to record the orchestra are extremely sensitive and will even record the sound of a wristwatch chime.

Can I bring my child to an evening concert?
Children are welcome to attend all classical, pops, jazz, special events and holiday concerts at Orchestra Hall and the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, provided that they are supervised by an adult. Every child must have a ticket.

Children of all ages are welcome at Young People's and Tiny Tots concerts. Every child must have a ticket to these performances. Please, no babes in arms or strollers.

If I arrive late to a concert, will I be seated immediately?
The DSO makes every attempt to begin concerts on time. In deference to the comfort and listening pleasure of the audience in the hall, latecomers will not be seated until after the conclusion of the first work on the program, and there will be no seating break during any work. Patrons who leave the hall before or during a work will not be reseated until after the work is completed. Your usher will alert you as soon as it is possible to be seated. House lights are dimmed to indicate that the concert is about to begin. Latecomers will be able to watch the performance on closed-circuit television from the atrium.

How can I find out if a concert has been canceled due to inclement weather?
The DSO rarely cancels an indoor performance due to inclement weather. To confirm if your concert is still taking place, please call the Box Office at 313.576.5111. Facebook and Twitter will carry news of cancellations as well.

Do you permit smoking in the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center?
The DSO is pleased to offer a smoke-free environment at the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center. Smoking is not permitted anywhere inside the hall. Patrons who wish to smoke must do so outside the building. An outdoor patio is also available on the second level.

How do I make a financial contribution to the symphony?
Thank you for your generosity and for supporting great music in Detroit! You may make a gift amount of your choice to the DSO's Annual Fund online.

Can I do volunteer work for the DSO or at the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center M. Fisher Music Center?
Yes! To volunteer for fund-raising projects and other exciting events, contact the Volunteer Council at 313.576.5154. To volunteer as an usher at the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, contact info@dso.org.  .

Do you have a lost and found?
Please see the House Manager or call Security at 313.576.5199 during Monday to Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM.

Can I rent Orchestra Hall or the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center for a wedding, corporate event or other occasion?
The elegant Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center suites a variety of events. For information on renting the facility or hosting a performance, please call 313.576.5050.

Can I hire DSO musicians to perform at my wedding?
Some of our musicians do perform at weddings and other special functions. Please contact Orchestra Personnel Manager Heather Hart at hhart@dso.org.

My great grandfather played with the symphony in the 1920s. Do you have any information about him?
Many of the symphony's archival records were lost over the years or reside in other depositories, such as the Burton Historical Library at the Detroit Public Library and the Reuther Archives at Wayne State University. The DSO now has an official archive room in the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center. It will be several months until the archival records are processed and organized in the new facility. We may have information such as past orchestra rosters and photographs that show your relative performed with the symphony. Please contact info@dso.org.

I'm a big fan of Leonard Slatkin. How can I find out more about him?

Be sure to visit Leonard's own web site at leonardslatkin.com.

How can I place an ad in Performance Magazine?
Performance is published by the DSO. To advertise in Performance, email Tom Putters at tom@echopublications.com.