DSO musicians will perform free, socially distant outdoor chamber recitals at Sosnick Courtyard, Dequindre Cut, and more this August

- “Summer Sessions: DSO Outdoors” brings small groups of musicians together to perform live for limited-capacity audiences

- Other venues include the Detroit Riverfront Conversancy’s Robert C. Valade Park and Gabriel Richard Park

- Masks, social distancing, temperature checks, and other health and safety measures will be enforced

Detroit, (July 20, 2020) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) is excited to announce “Summer Sessions: DSO Outdoors,” a series of free, outdoor, socially distant performances with small groups of musicians and limited-capacity audiences this August.

Musicians from the DSO will perform on Wednesday evenings at Sosnick Courtyard (51 Parsons Street), the outdoor community space adjacent to the orchestra’s Midtown campus, the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center. In partnership with the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, DSO musicians will also perform on Sunday afternoons at three community venues: Robert C. Valade Park, the Dequindre Cut Freight Yard, and Gabriel Richard Park.

See below or visit dso.org/summer for a complete list of performances.

Health and safety measures will be strictly enforced to ensure the safety of patrons, musicians, and DSO staff at all events. These include a requirement to wear masks covering the nose and mouth, social distancing, temperature checks upon entry at Sosnick Courtyard, and limited audience sizes in accordance with the statewide mandate that outdoor events do not exceed 100 attendees.

All events are free; no-charge ticket reservations are required for performances in Sosnick Courtyard, and registration is encouraged for performances at Detroit Riverfront Conservancy venues. Additionally, reserved VIP seating near the stage is available for the Sosnick Courtyard performances at a cost of $100 (for 2 people) or $200 (for 4 people).

All events are general admission and seating will not be provided (except for paid VIP seating at Sosnick Courtyard); patrons are encouraged to bring their own chairs and blankets.

Visit dso.org/summer to reserve tickets or register.

Summer Sessions: DSO Outdoors – All Events

Wednesday, August 5 at 7 p.m.
Sosnick Courtyard (51 Parsons Street)

Sunday, August 9 at 12 p.m.
Robert C. Valade Park (2670 Atwater Street)

Wednesday, August 12 at 7 p.m.
Sosnick Courtyard (51 Parsons Street)

Sunday, August 16 at 12 p.m.
Dequindre Cut Freight Yard (Dequindre Cut, south of Wilkins Street)

Wednesday, August 19 at 7 p.m.
Sosnick Courtyard (51 Parsons Street)

Sunday, August 23 at 12 p.m.
Gabriel Richard Park (7130 East Jefferson Avenue)

Wednesday, August 26 at 7 p.m.
Sosnick Courtyard (51 Parsons Street)

Learn more at dso.org/summer.

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 organization. In January 2020, Italian conductor Jader Bignamini was named the DSO’s next music director to commence with the 2020-2021 season. Conductor Leonard Slatkin, who concluded a decade-long tenure at the helm in 2018, 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 the world’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, Orchestra Hall celebrates its centennial in 2019-2020. In addition, the DSO presents the William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series in eight 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.