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DSO announces free community concerts presented by DTE Energy Foundation

DETROIT, MI  – Four venues in Southeast Michigan have been selected for free Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) concerts presented by DTE Energy Foundation. DSO Music Director Leonard Slatkin will conduct the concerts, beginning Thursday, Sept. 24 through Sunday, Sept. 28. The Prechter Center for the Performing Arts in Taylor, Greater Grace Temple in Detroit, Lincoln High School in Warren and Pioneer High School Schreiber Auditorium in Ann Arbor will host the 2015 DTE Energy Foundation Presents the DSO Community Concerts.

Last summer, the DSO and the DTE Energy Foundation asked the public to nominate community venues to receive a free concert, to which there was an overwhelming response. Nearly 14,000 votes were received from community members, and only four venues could be chosen. To build upon the enthusiasm, the DSO selected community venues for the 2015 series from last year’s nominations.

“This year, we’re expanding our reach into additional Michigan communities to bring new opportunities for people to experience, appreciate and learn about music from a world-class orchestra,” said Faye Nelson, DTE Energy vice president, Public Affairs, and president of the DTE Energy Foundation. “Our communities are extremely important to us at DTE Energy, and we believe that music, art and cultural activities and events are integral to a strong quality of life. Through our continued partnership with the DSO, we positively impact families and the region.”

This is the fifth consecutive year that DTE Energy Foundation has generously sponsored free DSO community concerts. Eligibility for venue selection was based on a group of logistical criteria along with strong evidence of community support.

While the concerts are free admission, a ticket is required for entry. Tickets are available now at, via the DSO to Go mobile app, 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.)

This year, the DSO introduces a unique social media opportunity for lucky community members to win a prize package including complimentary concert tickets to a DSO Classical, Pops, Jazz or Young People Family concert in Midtown Detroit; a backstage tour and free food and beverage vouchers.

Those interested in participating can submit a photo or 15-second video on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter showing where and how they enjoy music, whether that means playing an instrument, rocking in the car, viewing a show at Orchestra Hall, watching street concerts, going to venues or learning something new.

To enter, a public social media account will be needed to post and view the photo or video, and must include the hashtag #DTEpowersDSO and tag@detroitsymphony.

Entries must be submitted by Sept. 28. Winners will be chosen at random. For more details, go to


A schedule of the DTE Energy Foundation Presents DSO Community Concerts is as follows:

Prechter Center for the Performing Arts, Taylor – Thursday, September 24 at 7:30 p.m.

Greater Grace Temple, Detroit – Friday, September 25 at 10 a.m.

Lincoln High School, Warren – Saturday, September 26 at 8 p.m.

Pioneer High School Schreiber Auditorium, Ann Arbor – Sunday, September 27 at 3 p.m.

This year’s concerts will feature DSO Music Director Leonard Slatkin conducting classics such as Verdi’s “Triumphal March” and Bizet’s selections from Carmen, as well as Rodgers selections from Oklahoma! and music from contemporary film scores by John Williams.

The DSO continues to serve its immediate community through collaborations with local schools, a partnership with Detroit Medical Center Children’s Hospital of Michigan providing music therapy to patients, the Detroit Rush program (which provides a $20 ticket to any classical or jazz concert at Orchestra Hall for Detroit residents), among many other events around Detroit.

Full programming details:

VERDI,  Arr. Clark McAlister   - "Triumphal March" from Act II of Aida

DUKAS - The Sorcerer's Apprentice

BIZET - Prelude and Aragonaise from Carmen, Suite No. 1,  "Habañera" from Carmen, Suite No. 2, Intermezzo from Carmen, Suite No. 1,  "Les Toréadors" from Suite No. 1 from Carmen

RODGERS, Arr. Robert Russell Bennett - Selections from Oklahoma!

The Farmer and the Cowman


People will say we're in love

Oh, what a beautiful morning

Farmer Dance

I Cain't Say No

ANDERSON -  Bugler's Holiday, The Waltzing Cat

JOHN WILLIAMS - Star Wars Suite for Orchestra, Main Title

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 unwavering commitment to Detroit. Esteemed conductor Leonard Slatkin, called “America’s Music Director” by the Los Angeles Times, became the 12th Music Director of the DSO during the 2008-09.  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. The DSO’s performance schedule includes Classical, Pops, Jazz, Young People’s, Neighborhood concerts, and collaborations with chart-topping musicians from Smokey Robinson 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. Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall within the Max M. Fisher Music Center, one of America’s most acoustically revered concert halls, the DSO actively pursues a mission to impact and serve the community through music. For more information visit or download the free DSO to Go mobile app.

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 2.1 million electric customers in Southeast Michigan and 1.2 million natural gas customers in Michigan. 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.