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The 2019 DSO Holiday Gift Guide

We think gift giving should make you feel good, and purchases that support local artists, companies, and your Detroit Symphony Orchestra can accomplish just that! From Sfumato small-batch incense, hand-blended in Detroit, to the gift of time spent with family, items found at the Shop @ The Max, the Shapero Lounge, and the Box Office are bound to make you smile when it's time to get out the wrapping paper.

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The Gift of Music

Music is a powerful gift: it can transport, entertain, amuse, and heal. Give the gift of experiencing Detroit's world-class symphony orchestra and know your purchase helps fortify the DSO's 132-year legacy.

Visit the Box Office or head to DSO.org/choose to select three or more concerts from the DSO’s Classical, PNC Pops, Paradise Jazz, Young People’s Family Concerts, or William Davidson Neighborhood series — as well as select Cube events  and receive best available seats for $25 each*! The same number of tickets must be purchased for each concert in your group of three or more concerts to qualify for this offer. Combine your favorite concerts and create your own custom package, such as:

Thursday Classical: Carmina BuranaDvořák’s New World SymphonyBeethoven’s Violin Concerto

PNC Pops Fridays: The Vinyl YearsFrom Broadway to HollywoodMusic and Magic

Paradise Jazz Series: The Music of Louis ArmstrongPJS20 with Terence BlanchardDianne Reeves and Beleza Brazil

One from each series: Classical, Debussy and Ravel • Paradise Jazz, A night of Duos • PNC Pops, Summer Blockbusters

*Not available for previously purchased tickets. Includes concerts January-June 2020 only. Excludes box seats, DSO Presents, and Other Presenters. Exchange value of $25 per ticket vs. single ticket pricing plus applicable exchange fees. Programs, prices, and artists are subject to change.

Gift certificates in any denomination are also available through the DSO Box Office, and can be used toward the Classical, PNC Pops, Paradise Jazz, Young People's Family Concerts, or William Davidson Neighborhood, or programming in The Cube. Purchase at the Box Office window or over the phone at: 313.576.5111. We're happy to mail certificates to your home or to the recipient's!

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Epiphany Studio

Light is bouncing off delicate, color-saturated glass in the Woodward Avenue windows of the Shapero Lounge, where Epiphany—a collaborative glass blowing studio— has been showing and selling work throughout the year.

epiphany studio is helmed by artisan April Wagner. Born in Muskegon, April is a natural artist whose interest in form, color, and line were apparent since early childhood. Her discovery of glass blowing in college laid the foundation for her successful career:

“I was in love with ceramics, but then I tried glassblowing and realized I never wanted to work in clay again, I’d found the thing I wanted to do for the rest of my life.”

The Shapero Lounge can be accessed directly from Woodward Avenue at Parsons St., or via the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center during events. The store generally offers weekend hours in conjunction with DSO events. For hours on specific days, visit Epiphany here

Sfumato Centennial Incense

The Detroit-based fragrance company Sfumato has created a custom incense to help commemorate our centennial year.

Much like music, incense can transform a space and elicit distant memories. Made from frankincense resin and natural wood powder, Sfumato's custom, small-batch incense is hand-blended in Detroit and intended to evoke the holiday season.

The wife-and-husband team behind Sfumato have made a name for themselves by valuing learning and curiosity. These values make them a perfect collaborator for the DSO's annual NextGen Mysterium event, where they pair scent and cocktails with music performed by DSO musicians to explore how the senses intertwine. 

Sfumato's Centennial Incense can be purchased at Shop @ The Max, and the brand's retail shop is just two blocks from the DSO, and melds into the fragrant cocktail bar Castalia in the evening. The shop offers their signature all-natural unisex fragrance and incense, as well as essential oils and books on flavor, scent, and the science of perception.

Pewabic Centennial Tile

The world-renowned Detroit ceramic studio Pewabic has created a limited-edition Orchestra Hall tile in honor of the hall's 100th birthday! Founded in 1903, tiles from Pewabic grace many of the city’s historic landmarks, including the Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit Public Library, Belle Isle Aquarium, the Cranbrook School campus, and the Guardian building.

The perfect size for a stocking  yet packed with history and meaning  your tile comes in the classic Pewabic embossed box, signifying something wonderful is about to be opened. These works of art are only available at The Shop @ The Max. 

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Illustrations by DetroitGT

The man behind DetroitGT, Christopher Gorski, is a lifetime Detroiter and self-described car nut, who studied at the acclaimed College for Creative Studies. His Orchestra Hall illustration is part of a series of "Icon" prints.

“The Renaissance Center could be viewed in the distance from Ford Road just a block from my childhood home in Dearborn Heights. I would stand in the turn lane with six lanes of traffic whizzing by and feel the pride of this city...This work honors Detroit and it's special places, buildings, and history.”


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The Gift of History

A 150-page, lavishly illustrated coffee table book written by former Detroit Free Press music critic and arts reporter Mark Stryker, Destiny traces 100 years of Orchestra Hall, home of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Stryker takes readers behind the scenes of the building of the hall and the DSO’s first Golden Age under music director Ossip Gabrilowitsch. The book then explores the Paradise Theatre years from 1941-51, the fight to save the hall from demolition by musicians and civic supporters, the restoration and return of the DSO to its historic home, the creation of the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, and what may lie ahead for one of the world’s great concert halls. Along the way, the book explores the magic of Orchestra Hall's acoustics, sheds light on little-known corners of the building's history, and shows how Orchestra Hall, the DSO, and Detroit all share the same destiny. 

Available in The Shop @ The Max as a sleek soft cover, or gold-embossed linen hard cover. 

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You may have sat next to Jackie and Kevin Kolpasky in Orchestra Hall, with an open bag of MichiGummies in your hand, without realizing they are the creators of the flavorful Shurms candies sold in the William Davidson Atrium for concert snacking.

A PNC Pops subscriber for two seasons, Kevin recalls the fun of attending Christmas Pops concerts as a child in the 1970's, and is thrilled that Shurms Candy might become part of your own symphony memories.

Shaped like the mitten state, MichiGummies are infused with flavors like world-famous Michigan cherry. While the gummies won't make your winter warmer, they do promise to bring the taste of summers up north into your stockings.

The colorful packaging of MichiGummies never fails to draw patrons over when they enter the Shop @ The Max!

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The Gift of Membership

Soundcard Membership
Our student memberships are a great way to give the gift of music to the student or young person in your life. Soundcard memberships are available for students of all ages and grade levels, from kindergarten to graduate school!

For $25 year per year, unlock:
• Unlimited concerts: redeem up to one complimentary ticket to almost any DSO Classical, PNC Pops, Paradise Jazz, or William Davidson Neighborhood Concert series performance.  Click here to learn how to redeem tickets.
• Access to the best seats: when you redeem your tickets to concerts, you get the best available seats. From the balcony to the main floor, the choice is yours. Note that some concerts may have limited seating options and seating is at the discretion of the Box Office.
• Companion tickets: for each concert you attend using your membership, bring up to two guests with you for $5 per guest. Make sure you reserve your ticket first, then purchase your companion tickets over the phone or at the Box Office.

NextGen Membership
Our NextGen membership is perfect for the young professional in your life who wants to enjoy music and the opportunity to network with others passionate about the future of the DSO.  

For $40 year per year, unlock:
• Discounted tickets: access $10 tickets to more than 100 concerts during the season (up to two tickets per concert)
• Exclusive events: invitations to purchase tickets to NextGen Plus exclusive events
• Leadership opportunities: an invitation to join the NextGen Committee

To purchase a Soundcard or NextGen membership as a gift: call the Box Office at 313.576.5111 and provide our staff with the gift recipient's name and address. 

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Everything but the Kitchen Sink...

William Morris & Co. lotions, cosmetics bags, and paper-goods printed with the company's heralded designs. Peninsulas candles and mugs featuring the Berkley-based boutique's holiday take on Diego Rivera's Detroit Industry Murals. Carhartt beanies and baseball caps to keep you warm, embroidered with the DSO logo. A carnival of whimsical, colorfully painted animal-theme toys from Parisian company Djeco. Locally sourced, vintage rings carved in Detroit in the 1970's, and intricate metal jewelry no one else will be wearing. All this and more can be found at the DSO's Shop @ The Max.

Shop @ The Max is open on event days only, beginning two hours prior to every performance and during intermission. The store can be accessed via the William Davidson Atrium within the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center. DSO loyalty card holders receive 10% off their entire purchase!

*All items available in the Shop @ The Max unless otherwise indicated

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