DSO NextGen presents Mysterium III: A multisensory performance experience at The Max, May 23

Detroit, (May 8, 2019) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s (DSO) NextGen membership constituency will present a distinctive and exclusive multi-sensory musical event. Mysterium III: From Darkness into Light is a strolling performance experience meant to stimulate all five senses that features musicians from the DSO.

Now in its third year, Mysterium takes place Thursday, May 23 at 6 p.m. at the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, the DSO’s home in Midtown Detroit.

Guests will enjoy three intimate musical and visual experiences in spaces throughout the building, as well as hors d’oeuvres, signature drinks, and an afterglow. Each of the three spaces—titled Darkness, Everyman, and Transcendence—will blend music, food, and drink with one-of-a-kind experiences in dance, fashion, and design.

Food, beverage, and experiential partners include Castalia at Sfumato, Browndog Creamery, Detroit City Distillery, Grey Ghost, Pete’s Chocolates, Rocco’s Italian Deli, Design Core Detroit, Seamstressbee, and Suttle Dance.

Musical performances by DSO musicians include:

  • A solo performance by clarinetist Jack Walters (PVS Chemicals Inc./Jim and Ann Nicholson Chair).
  • A percussion trio featuring Principal Percussion Joseph Becker (Ruth Roby and Alfred R. Glancy III Chair), Assistant Principal Percussion Andrès Pichardo-Rosenthal (William Cody Knicely Chair), and Assistant Principal Timpani James Ritchie.
  • A string octet featuring Concertmaster Yoonshin Song (Katherine Tuck Chair), Assistant Concertmaster Jennifer Wey Fang, violinist Sheryl Hwangbo, violinist Alexandros Sakarellos (Drs. Doris Tong and Teck Soo Chair), Principal Viola Eric Nowlin (Julie and Ed Levy, Jr. Chair), violist Hang Su, Assistant Principal Cello Abraham Feder (Dorothy and Herbert Graebner Chair), and cellist Peter McCaffrey (Joanne Danto and Arnold Weingarden Chair).

Mysterium is inspired by the unfinished work of the same name by Russian Romantic composer Alexander Scriabin, who was influenced by mysticism and imagined a synesthetic musical experience that would incorporate sensations of touch and smell in addition to sound.

Mysterium is sponsored by Radio.com, JPMorgan Chase, Margo and Jim Farber, Jiehan Alonzo, Honigman LLP, and Blended Collective.

About DSO NextGen

Inaugurated in 2017, DSO NextGen combines a ticket membership program and volunteer leadership committee to engage young professionals and develop the next generation of DSO fans.

For an annual fee of $40, NextGen members unlock discounted tickets—just $10, anywhere in the house—to virtually every DSO performance across the Classical, PNC Pops, Paradise Jazz, and William Davidson Neighborhood Series. Members also receive invites to exclusive pre- and post-concert events throughout the season, enhancing a night out with the DSO to include drinks, networking, and socializing with other music fans.

NextGen members are also invited to join the NextGen Committee, a volunteer leadership board whose aim is to engage and develop new audiences and DSO supporters. The Committee meets regularly to discuss strategies, coordinate fundraising efforts, and plan events like Mysterium.

Learn more about NextGen at dso.org/nextgen.

Event Details


Thursday, May 23 at the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center (3711 Woodward Avenue, Detroit)

Doors open / cocktail hour at 6 p.m.

First performance at 7 p.m.

All tickets are general admission, with pricing as follows:

NextGen Plus members: Free
NextGen members: $50
Non-members: $60

Tickets include three unique performances, hors d’oeuvres, signature drinks, and an afterglow.

Tickets are available at dso.org, by calling (313) 576-5111, or in-person at the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center Box Office (3711 Woodward Avenue, Detroit).

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.