DTE Energy Foundation Powers Four Free DSO Community Concerts This Fall

Concerts will be held in Detroit, Fair Haven, Taylor and Waterford. Free seat reservations are available now for September performances.
DTE Energy Foundation DSO Community Concert Series 2015

Four Southeast Michigan venues have been selected for free Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) concerts presented by DTE Energy Foundation. The concert locations were nominated and voted on by the public in the #DTEPowersDSO venue competition. The four free performances will take place Fri., Sep. 23, at Greater Grace Temple in Detroit and at Heinz C. Prechter Performing Arts Center in Taylor; on Sat., Sep. 24 at Waterford Mott High School Performing Arts Center in Waterford; and Sun., Sep. 25, 2016 at Anchor Bay High School in Fair Haven, conducted by DSO Assistant Conductor and Phillip and Lauren Fisher Community Ambassador Michelle Merrill.

This is the sixth consecutive year that DTE Energy Foundation has powered free DSO community concerts.

Pop-up performances by DSO musicians at Milford Farmer’s Market, Kuhnhenn Brewing Company, and the Palmer Park Art Fair helped to solicit nominations for the free performances . The #DTEPowersDSO venue competition puts the power in the hands of Metro Detroiters and takes the superb artistry of the DSO beyond the walls of Orchestra Hall.

For more than four weeks the DSO received venue nominations from all corners of the region, and the final decisions were made with the help of our most important partners—community members.

Waterford Mott High School Performing Arts Center was selected as an alternative venue toClarkston High School, which received a high number of votes but will unfortunately be unable to host a DSO performance due to a scheduling conflict. The DSO chose Waterford Mott to ensure that those who voted for Clarkston High School will still have access to a community concert in their area.

For 50 years the DTE Energy Foundation has supported the DSO and its cultural programs, and the Foundation is proud to help the Orchestra bring music to diverse and underserved communities throughout Southeast Michigan. On May 23, 2016, DTE Energy Foundation awarded the DSO a historic $2 million gift that includes a three-year commitment to continue offering these free community concerts each fall.  It also includes endowment support for music education, senior citizen outreach and additional community engagement programming.

“The arts awaken curiosity, creativity and the desire for knowledge—things that DTE Energy believes empower both people and the communities they live in,” said Faye Nelson, Vice President at DTE Energy and board chair and President of the DTE Energy Foundation. “We are proud to play such a pivotal role in making these community concerts happen year after year, and ensuring they will continue for years to come. Through this unique opportunity, our friends, children, and neighbors across the region can experience the joy and beauty of listening to great music made by such talented musicians."”

“Performing throughout metro Detroit is the perfect way to kick off the concert season each year, and the Foundation’s generous partnership makes it possible for us to reach ever increasing and diverse audiences,” said Anne Parsons, DSO President & CEO. “We are honored to make ourselves accessible to the very community that sustains us through work that is rewarding to our collective well-being.”

While the concerts are free admission, a seat reservation is required for entry. Seats can be reserved now at, by phone at (313) 576-5111, or in person at the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center Box Office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit). The Box Office is open for both phone and in-person reservations Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT. All concerts are general admission (no seats will be assigned), and all seating is first-come, first-served.

Concert Schedule and Program Details

Greater Grace Temple (Detroit, MI) – Friday, September 23 at 10:45 a.m.

Heinz C. Prechter Performing Arts Center (Taylor, MI) – Friday, September 23 at 8 p.m.

Waterford Mott High School Performing Arts Center (Waterford, MI) – Saturday, September 24 at 8 p.m.

Anchor Bay High School (Fair Haven, MI) – Sunday, September 25 at 3 p.m.

Michelle Merril, conductor

WAGNER                                          Prelude to Act III of Lohengrin, WWV. 75

TCHAIKOVSKY                              Waltz from the Suite from The Sleeping Beauty

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV                    “Dance of the Tumblers” from Snow Maiden

JOHN WILLIAMS                            Suite for Orchestra from Star Wars The Force Awakens

                                                                        March of the Resistance

                                                                        Rey's Theme

                                                                        Scherzo for X-Wings


COPLAND                                         Prairie Night and Celebration Dance from Billy the Kid

ELLINGTON                                     Duke Ellington Fantasy

arr. RALPH HERMANN                              Caravan

                                                                        I'm Beginning to See the Light

                                                                        In a Sentimental Mood

                                                                        Don't Get Around Much Anymore

                                                                        In My Solitude

                                                                        Sophisticated Lady

                                                                        Take The “A” Train

                                                                        Do Nothin’ Till you Hear From Me


MASCAGNI                                      Intermezzo from Cavalleria rusticana

SIBELIUS                                          Finlandia, Op. 26, No. 7

About the DTE Energy Foundation

The DTE Energy 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 2.2 million electric customers in Southeast Michigan and 1.2 million natural gas customers in Michigan. In 2015, the DTE Energy Foundation provided $15 million in grant support to nonprofits throughout the company’s service territories. As one of Michigan's leading corporate citizens, DTE Energy is a force for growth and prosperity in the 450 Michigan communities it serves in a variety of ways, including philanthropy, volunteerism and economic progress. Learn more at

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 Kid Rock. 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 now reaches tens of thousands of children with the new 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. For more information visit