Conductor Lawrence Loh returns to Detroit to lead DSO for "Heroes and Villains: Hollywood Blockbuster Soundtracks," March 1-3

- PNC Pops Series concerts feature music from films with iconic good guys and bad guys—like Superman, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Jaws, and more

Detroit, (February 21, 2019) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) PNC Pops Series continues with a concert program titled Heroes and Villains: Hollywood Blockbuster Soundtracks.

Conductor Lawrence Loh, who wowed audiences at the DSO’s annual Home for the Holidays series in December 2018, returns to Detroit to lead the orchestra in a celebration of iconic films—and more importantly, those films’ classic heroes and villains.

The concerts take place Friday, March 1 at 10:45 a.m. and 8 p.m., Saturday, March 2 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, March 3 at 3 p.m. at Orchestra Hall, within Midtown Detroit’s Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center. 

In 2017, the DSO’s pops programming took on a fresh title: the PNC Pops Series, thanks to the generous support of PNC Bank. “This is a terrific series that showcases both the DSO and a wide variety of popular music, said Ric DeVore, PNC regional president for Detroit and Southeast Michigan. “That combination is sure to put a smile on the faces of everyone who attends the concerts.”

Thanks to a generous grant from the FCA Foundation, the charitable arm of North American automaker FCA US, the DSO welcomes military veterans, active military, and their families to access discounted tickets for the 8 p.m. performance on Friday, March 1. See below for more information about the ticket discount. Discounts are available for 19 concerts throughout the 2018-2019 Season, including six Friday evening PNC Pops Series concerts and every Friday morning Classical Series Coffee Concert. The FCA Foundation and the DSO thank our veterans and active military members for their service.

Additional support for the PNC Pops Series is provided by Masco Corporation Foundation and Greektown Casino-Hotel.

About Lawrence Loh

Lawrence Loh is the inaugural Music Director of Symphoria (Syracuse, NY) and recently-appointed Music Director of the West Virginia Symphony. He concluded his 12-year tenure as Music Director of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic in 2017. In 2015, he concluded a decade-long association with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, where he was promoted from Assistant to Associate and later Resident Conductor. While in Pittsburgh, Lawrence Loh was also the Music Director of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra.

 Having a particular affinity for pops programming, Loh has been engaged for repeat performances with Chris Botti, Idina Menzel, Ann Hampton Callaway, the Texas Tenors, and more. He has assisted John Williams on multiple occasions and conducted numerous sold out John Williams tribute concerts. He is particularly adept at conducting concerts synchronizing live orchestral music with film, and has led Pixar in Concert, Disney in Concert, Wizard of Oz, and Singin’ in the Rain shows around the world.

 Loh received his Artist Diploma in Orchestral Conducting from Yale, his Masters in Choral Conducting from Indiana University, and his BA and Certificate of Management Studies from the University of Rochester. He was born in southern California to Korean parents and raised in Carlisle, PA. He and his wife Jennifer have a son, Charlie, and a daughter, Hilary.

Ticket Information

Tickets for Heroes and Villains: Hollywood Blockbuster Soundtracks begin at $24 and can be purchased at, by calling (313) 576-5111, or in-person at the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center Box Office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit).

Groups of 10 or more can save up to 30% on the price of a single ticket for most DSO concerts. For more information, contact Group Sales Manager Jim Sabatella at (313) 576-5130 or

Veterans, active military, and their families may use the code HEROES1819 to unlock $10 tickets for the 8 p.m. concert on Friday, March 1. The code can be used at or by calling the Box Office at (313) 576-5111.

About the DSO

The most accessible orchestra on the planet, the acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra is known for trailblazing performances, collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists, and a deep connection to its city. As a community-supported orchestra, generous giving by individuals and institutions at all levels drives the continued success and growth of the institution. Conductor Leonard Slatkin, who recently concluded an acclaimed decade-long tenure at the helm, now serves as the DSO’s Music Director Laureate, endowed by the Kresge Foundation. Celebrated conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik is the orchestra’s Principal Pops Conductor, while the outstanding trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard holds the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair. Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall within the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, the DSO offers a performance schedule that features Classical, PNC Pops, Paradise Jazz, and Young People’s Family Concert series. One of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, Orchestra Hall will celebrate its centennial in 2019-2020. In addition, the DSO presents the William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series in seven metro area venues, as well as a robust schedule of eclectic multi-genre performances in its mid-size venue The Cube, constructed and curated with support from Peter D. & Julie F. Cummings. A dedication to broadcast innovation began in 1922, when the DSO became the first orchestra in the world to present a radio broadcast and continues today with the free Live from Orchestra Hall webcast series, which also reaches tens of thousands of children with the Classroom Edition expansion. With growing attendance and unwavering philanthropic support from the people of Detroit, the DSO actively pursues a mission to embrace and inspire individuals, families, and communities through unsurpassed musical experiences.