- On-demand DSO Replay archive is now free; DSO offers digital concerts and educational content every week through Watch Parties on Facebook
- Learn more at dso.org/keepplaying | #keepthemusicplaying
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra today announced further changes to its upcoming schedule through Sunday, June 21, due to restrictions on gatherings and events as recommended by the State of Michigan, Governor Gretchen Whitmer, and public health officials to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The DSO had previously cancelled or rescheduled concerts through May 10. See below for the new list of concert updates through June 21 and information for ticket holders.
The cancellations include the remaining concerts in the 2019-2020 Classical and PNC Pops series, as well as the annual Heroes Gala and Benefit Concert on June 20. The DSO, together with our partners, continues to assess the possibility of offering popular summer programming – including performances at Greenfield Village and Edsel and Eleanor Ford House – and will carefully monitor the public health situation and make decisions based on the safety and comfort of patrons, musicians, and staff.
The DSO can’t wait to welcome audiences back to Orchestra Hall, but in the meantime the orchestra is offering a variety of initiatives that aim to share world-class music with fans in Detroit and around the world. These include:
- Weekly Watch Parties: past DSO concerts streamed on Facebook Live, where fans can comment and interact in real time and connect with DSO musicians (who act as hosts). Three Watch Parties are scheduled for each week – two Classical Series performances and one Educational Concert Series performance.
- DSO Replay, the on-demand video archive of past Live from Orchestra Hall webcasts, is now free. Access HD video of more than 200 works going back to the 2016-2017 season on any device, and set up a free account to unlock playlists and other features.
- #playonyourporch: at 6 p.m. daily, the DSO invites musicians everywhere to perform from their front porch (or balcony, or backyard, or living room) and tag @detroitsymphony on Instagram. We’ll share the videos on our Instagram Story, where they’re likely to be featured with clips from DSO musicians and fans from around the world!
- The DSO continues to identify unique and meaningful opportunities to bring music directly to people’s homes as they practice social distancing. Some examples include: the DSO cello section’s recording of Bach’s Cello Suite No. 3 one musician at a time; a web-based version of the popular Om @ The Max yoga series dubbed Om @ Home; and video lessons from Civic Youth Ensembles instructors to help music students keep practicing.
Learn more at dso.org/keepplaying.
DSO patrons and the entire Detroit community are encouraged to consider the role music plays in their lives and support the DSO with a gift of any amount at dso.org/donate. Ticket holders for cancelled concerts can donate the cost of their tickets back to the DSO or exchange for a gift card to be used for a future performance; these actions help the DSO – a community-supported orchestra – navigate the ongoing impact of the coronavirus crisis.
List of Cancelled and Rescheduled Events
The following performances and events from May 11 through June 21 are cancelled or rescheduled:
- May 13 and 14: Educational Concert Series “Nature and Music” in Orchestra Hall – Cancelled
- May 14, 15, 16, and 17: William Davidson Neighborhood Concerts in West Bloomfield, Plymouth, Bloomfield Hills, and Grosse Pointe – Cancelled
- May 15, 16, and 17: PNC Pops Series “Prohibition” in Orchestra Hall – Cancelled
- May 21, 22, and 23: Joshua Bell Returns! in Orchestra Hall – Cancelled
- May 28: Mysterium IV “Through the Looking Glass” at The Max – Cancelled
- May 29, 30, and 31: Stravinsky & Bartók in Orchestra Hall – Cancelled
- May 30: Salsa Dance Party in The Cube – Rescheduled to August 14
- May 31: Om @ The Max in The Cube – Rescheduled, new date to be announced
- June 4, 5, and 6: Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in Orchestra Hall – Cancelled
- June 5: Poetry Slam / Unplugged in The Cube – Rescheduled to August 7 (previously rescheduled from April 24)
- June 7: Paradise Jazz Series with Dianne Reeves & Beleza Brazil in Orchestra Hall – Rescheduled, new date to be announced
- June 8: DSO Piano Trio Chamber Recital at Church of the Divine Child in Dearborn – Cancelled
- June 10: PNC Pops Series “The Doo Wop Project” in Orchestra Hall – Cancelled
- June 11: Patron Open Rehearsal “Summer Blockbusters” in Orchestra Hall – Cancelled
- June 12, 13, and 14: PNC Pops Series “Summer Blockbusters” in Orchestra Hall – Cancelled
- June 18, 19, and 21: William Davidson Neighborhood Concerts in Southfield, Monroe, and Beverly Hills – Cancelled
- June 20: DSO Heroes Gala and Benefit Concert at The Max – Cancelled
In addition, all Civic Youth Ensembles and Detroit Community Ensembles rehearsals have been suspended for the remainder of the season. CYE auditions for next season, originally scheduled for May 16-20, will be held online. See dso.org/cyeauditions for more information.
Check dso.org/coronavirus for the latest information as well as the full list of concerts that have been cancelled or rescheduled.
All ticket holders will be contacted via email with their options for donating tickets, gift certificates, and refunds. Ticket holders should contact the DSO up to 14 days after their scheduled performance date if they would like a refund, or by June 30, 2020 if they would like to exchange their tickets for a gift certificate that can be used for future performances. New dates for rescheduled concerts, including those in previous updates, will be announced as soon as possible, and tickets for rescheduled concerts will be honored on the new dates.