Family Fun at The Max on Saturday, October 27: "Halloween at Hogwarts" with the DSO, plus "Rock O'Ween" with Miss Paula and the Candy Bandits

Detroit, (October 9, 2018) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) welcomes kids of all ages and their families for two Halloween-themed events: a Tiny Tots performance titled “Rock O'Ween” featuring Miss Paula and the Candy Bandits, and a Young People’s Family Concert presentation of “Halloween at Hogwarts”, featuring the DSO conducted by Kelly Corcoran. The program will include music from the Harry Potter series film scores, as well as other magical tunes.

Both performances take place Saturday, October 27: Rock O'Ween at 10 a.m. in the Peter D. and Julie F. Cummings Cube; and Halloween at Hogwarts at 11 a.m. in Orchestra Hall. Both venues are located within Midtown Detroit’s Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center.

A variety of kid-friendly activities will take place in the William Davidson Atrium for audiences to both concerts, including an airbrush artist, instrument tryout stations, arts and crafts, and more. And the annual costume contest is back, with winners announced during both the Tiny Tots and Young People’s Family Concert performances.

Tiny Tots performances are fun-filled, interactive concerts designed for children ages 2-6 and their families. Young People’s Family Concerts are family-friendly orchestra performances designed for audiences age 6 and up.

Please note: the DSO does not appear on the Tiny Tots performance.

About Kelly Corocoran

Named “Best Classical Conductor” in 2015 by the Nashville Scene, Kelly Corcoran is a passionate advocate for the robust inclusion of classical music in our lives and the lives of future generations. Corcoran is Artistic Director of Intersection, a contemporary music ensemble dedicated to challenging the traditional concert experience with concerts for all ages. Corcoran conducted the Nashville Symphony for nine seasons both as Associate Conductor and Director of the Symphony Chorus, where she conducted the orchestra in hundreds of performances and was the primary conductor for the education and community engagement concerts. Corcoran founded the Nashville Philharmonic Orchestra in 2004 and continues to serve on its board.

Corcoran has appeared as a guest conductor with many major orchestras—including The Cleveland Orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and National Symphony Orchestra—often with return engagements. Abroad, she has appeared with orchestras in Argentina, England, Spain, Mexico, and Chile. Corcoran has worked with a range of artists (including Béla Fleck and Amy Grant) and styles, including film scores in concert and serves as a regular conductor for The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses tour.

Corcoran attended The Boston Conservatory and Indiana University. Her primary mentors are Leonard Slatkin (Music Director Laureate of the DSO) and Marin Alsop. She also focused on contemporary music with Pierre Boulez at the Lucerne Festival.

Corcoran cares deeply about equity, our youth, and the future of classical music. She participated in REAL (Racial Equity in Arts Leadership), Project Music, and Leadership Music, and she is an Advisor for Music Makes Us.

Ticket Information

Tickets for both performances 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

About the DSO

Hailed by the New York Times as “cutting edge,” the internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra is known for trailblazing performances, visionary maestros, collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists, and an ardent commitment to Detroit. As a community-supported orchestra, generous giving by individuals and institutions at all levels drives the continued success and growth of the institution. Esteemed conductor Leonard Slatkin, called “America’s Music Director” by the Los Angeles Times, became the DSO’s 12th Music Director, endowed by the Kresge Foundation, in 2008. Acclaimed conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik serves as Principal Pops Conductor, while celebrated trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard holds the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair. With growing attendance and unwavering philanthropic support from the Detroit community, the DSO’s performance schedule includes Classical, Pops, Jazz, Young People’s, and Neighborhood concerts, and collaborations with high profile artists from Steven Spielberg to Ben Folds and Lang Lang. In July 2017, the DSO embarked on its first international tour in 16 years, making its debut in China and first visit to Japan in 19 years. A commitment 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. Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall within the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, one of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, the DSO actively pursues a mission to embrace and inspire individuals, families, and communities through unsurpassed musical experiences.