Who You Gonna Call? Detroit Symphony Orchestra performs Ghostbusters in concert at Orchestra Hall, September 20-21

Program will include screening of iconic film accompanied live by the DSO with conductor Peter M. Bernstein

Events feature an Ectomobile on display, speciality drinks, photo opportunities, Ghostbusters-themed décor, and appearances by members of Ghostbusters Detroit

Tickets on sale now at dso.org

Detroit, (August 31, 2023) – This fall, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will bring a cinematic concert experience to Orchestra Hall with Ghostbusters in Concert on September 20 and 21.

The performances will feature a screening of Ivan Reitman’s Oscar-nominated film Ghostbusters, which stars Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Harold Ramis as eccentric parapsychologists who start a ghost-catching business in New York City. The DSO will perform Elmer Bernstein’s Grammy-nominated score live-to-film, conducted by his son Peter M. Bernstein. For two nights only, audiences can experience the beloved ‘80s classic like never before.

Popularized by the franchise, an iconic Ectomobile will be on display in the William Davidson Atrium during the concerts. Audiences will also enjoy specialty drinks, photo opportunities, an inflatable Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man on the exterior of The Max, and Terror Dog figurines. The events will also include appearances by members of the Ghostbusters Detroit group in full costume, proton packs included!

Ghostbusters in Concert will take place Wednesday, September 20 at 7:30 p.m. and Thursday, September 21 at 7:30 p.m. at Orchestra Hall.

Tickets for these performances start at $44 and can be purchased at dso.org or by calling the Box Office at 313.576.5111, open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


DSO Presents
Wednesday, September 20 at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, September 21 at 7:30 p.m. at 7:30 p.m.
Orchestra Hall
Peter M. Bernstein, conductor
Who you gonna call? Ghost-busters! Ivan Reitman’s Oscar-nominated film stars Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis as eccentric parapsychologists who start a ghost-catching business in New York City. Experience the beloved 80s classic like never before as the DSO plays Elmer Bernstein’s Grammy-nominated score live to film, led by his son Peter M. Bernstein. Careful not to get slimed.


About Peter M. Bernstein
Peter M. Bernstein has been center stage in the music world for his entire life. As an arranger, record producer, orchestrator, composer, conductor, lecturer, rock n’ roll bass player, and author, Bernstein has enjoyed a multi-faceted career as an insider in the Hollywood music industry. As a composer, he has scored feature films, television movies, mini-series, and episodes, which together amount to over 500 projects. His musical experience began with his father, Elmer Bernstein, an Academy Award-winning composer whose credits include The Magnificent Seven, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Ghostbusters. Peter was going to recording sessions before he started going to school and learned to conduct symphonies from memory by watching his father practice.

Bernstein’s early musical education consisted of nothing more exotic than piano lessons, until he decided he wanted to be a bass player, and learned on his own. He eventually took lessons from session musician, legendary bass player, and member of the famed “wrecking crew,” Carol Kaye.

At fourteen, he started his professional career as a rock n’ roll bass player and was in the rock n’ roll and record business until his composition career took over. He studied music in school as time allowed. As a student at CalArts, he studied with pioneering electronic composer Morton Subotnick, which began a lifelong interest in electronic music. He then turned to composing for film, eventually becoming his father Elmer’s lead orchestrator while simultaneously pursuing careers as a composer, record producer, and bass player.

His first major orchestral assignment as a composer was The Ewok Movie for Lucasfilm, and he also went on to score its sequel. His first TV series was the blockbuster movie 21 Jump Street. At the time, he was one the first composers to work from a home studio.

Later, Peter and his father worked together on several scores. Elmer conducted Peter’s score for the TNT mini-series Rough Riders and contributed an end credit theme for the Showtime series Fallen Angels. Peter conducted sessions for several of Elmer’s scores including Three Amigos and The Babe and composed about a third of one of Elmer’s last scores—Wild Wild West.

Peter has composed music in almost every imaginable style and combination of instruments, voices, and synthesizers.

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.