DSO Replay — on-demand video streaming archive of past performances — now free for all during coronavirus outbreak

- Service includes archived Live from Orchestra Hall webcasts from past DSO seasons, as well as Classroom Edition webcasts of Educational Concert Series performances

- Access DSO Replay anywhere, anytime at dso.org/replay; video can be streamed on phones, tablets, computers, and select smart TVs

Detroit, (March 16, 2020) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) has announced that it will make access to DSO Replay — the on-demand video streaming archive of past DSO performances — free of charge to all. DSO Replay is an online service available at dso.org/replay.

The decision comes as the DSO has been forced to cancel live concerts and events following recommendations from government and public health officials about curbing the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus).

DSO Replay includes archived Live from Orchestra Hall webcasts of Classical Series performances, recorded in High Definition during DSO concerts. The service also includes the Classroom Edition expansion, which webcasts the DSO's Educational Concert Series performances designed for schoolchildren.

Have kids at home unexpectedly? Classroom Edition video content is supplemented by free music education resources to help parents, tutors, and teachers expand conversations with students beyond the webcasts themselves.

DSO Replay is offered as a benefit for those who donate $50 per year or more to the DSO's Annual Fund. The fee has been waived during the current coronavirus outbreak as a way of sharing the transformative power of music in a period of public health concern.

The DSO also plans to introduce web-based "live" concert experiences featuring DSO Replay content streamed live on social media; fans will be able to comment and interact during the stream, and several DSO musicians have expressed interest in "hosting" streaming events.

Anyone can use DSO Replay as a guest user without creating an account. However, creating a free account unlocks features like Continue Watching (which automatically picks up videos where they were paused/completed when a session ends) and My Lists (which allows users to create playlists).

The DSO remains the only major orchestra in the world to present free live webcasts of every classical program.  

Live from Orchestra Hall and DSO Replay are presented by Ford Motor Company Fund and made possible by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Classroom Edition is additionally supported by the Mandell L. and Madeleine H. Berman Foundation.

Select DSO Replay Highlights

• The 2019-2020 Classical Series opener, featuring a complete re-creation of the first program performed at Orchestra Hall in 1919 — including Beehtoven's Fifth Symphony — in honor of the venue's centennial (LINK)

 • Jader Bignamini's first program with the DSO after being announced as the orchestra's next Music Director, featuring Augustin Hadelich in Paganini's Violin Concerto No. 1 and Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique (LINK)

• John Williams selections from the October 23, 2019 program A Century of Pops, a free concert in honor of Orchestra Hall's 100th birthday (LINK)

• Juanjo Mena conducts Schubert's Ninth Symphony in a program also including James Ehnes as featured soloist in Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto (LINK)

• Saxophone great Branford Marsalis is featured soloist in Gabriel Prokofiev's (grandson of Sergei Prokofiev) Saxophone Concerto, conducted by Andrey Boreyko (LINK)

• Russian piano star Daniil Trifonov performs his own Piano Concerto, conducted by Giancarlo Guerrero (LINK)

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.