DSO to perform free community concert at The Hawk in Farmington Hills on May 15, powered by DTE Energy Foundation

Program highlights music from around the world, including works by John Williams, Duke Ellington, Ary Barroso, Dai Wei, Claude Debussy, Gioachino Rossini, Johann Strauss Sr., and Leonard Bernstein

Family-friendly pre-concert activities include instrument crafts and an interactive songwriting activity

Ticket reservations available now at dso.org

Detroit, (April 22, 2024) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will celebrate music from around the world with a free community concert on May 15 at The Hawk - Farmington Hills Community Center, presented by the DTE Energy Foundation. The DSO will also present the program at Parcells Middle School in Grosse Pointe (May 14) and Martin Luther King Jr. Senior High School in Detroit (May 15).

The May 15 concert at The Hawk will take place at 7:30 p.m. and will be conducted by DSO Assistant Conductor and Phillip & Lauren Fisher Community Ambassador Na’Zir McFadden, who also serves as Music Director of the Detroit Symphony Youth Orchestra.

McFadden will lead the orchestra in a program highlighting music from around the world, including works by John Williams, Duke Ellington, Ary Barroso, Dai Wei, Claude Debussy, Gioachino Rossini, Johann Strauss Sr., and Leonard Bernstein.

The evening will also feature family-friendly pre-concert activities including instrument crafts, an interactive songwriting activity, and more to be announced.

For more than 50 years the DTE Foundation, the philanthropic arm of DTE Energy, has supported the DSO and its cultural programs. The DSO is proud to once again partner with the organization to bring music to diverse communities throughout Southeast Michigan.

The May 15 concert at The Hawk is free and open to the public, and reservations are required for entry. Tickets can be reserved now at dso.org. The concert is general admission (no seats will be assigned), and all seating is first-come, first-served. The venue is handicap accessible.


Wednesday, May 15 at 7:30 p.m.
The Hawk - Farmington Hills Community Center
29995 W 12 Mile Rd, Farmington Hills, MI 48334

Program Details
Na'Zir McFadden, conductor
JOHN WILLIAMS Olympic Fanfare and Theme
ARY BARROSO ARR. JOHN WASSON Aquarela do Brasil (Watercolor of Brazil)
DAI WEI Overture to The Dancing Moonlight
GIOACHINO ROSSINI Overture to Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville)
JOHANN STRAUSS SR. Radetzky March, Op. 228
LEONARD BERNSTEIN Overture to Candide

Available at the Box Office table during all concerts, the DSO offers sensory toolkits to use free of charge, courtesy of the Mid-Michigan Autism Association. The kits contain items that can help calm or stimulate a person with a sensory processing difference, including noise-reducing headphones and fidget toys.

About the DTE Energy Foundation
The DTE Foundation is the philanthropic arm of DTE Energy, continuing the legacy of community support and involvement of its electric and natural gas utilities, which serve 2.3 million electric customers in Southeast Michigan and 1.3 million natural gas customers in Michigan. In 2023, the DTE Energy Foundation provided more than $17 million in grant support to nearly 300 nonprofits where the company has a business presence with a focus on driving positive, meaningful change in key areas like jobs, equity, human needs and the environment. As one of Michigan's leading corporate citizens, DTE aspires not only to be the best in the world, but the best for the world, serving as a force for growth and prosperity in the communities across Michigan. Visit DTEFoundation.com to learn more. 

About the DSO
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. Celebrated conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik is the orchestra’s Principal Pops Conductor, while Oscar-nominated trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard holds the Fred A. 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 PVS Classical, PNC Pops, Paradise Jazz, and Young People’s Family Concert series. One of the world’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, Orchestra Hall celebrated 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 live radio broadcast of a concert and continues today with the groundbreaking Live from Orchestra Hall series of free webcasts, 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.