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The Detroit Symphony Orchestra Celebrates the Centennial of Detroit’s Orchestra Hall with Special Programming

Mike Lawson • News • September 12, 2019

The 2019–2020 season marks the centennial year of Detroit’s Orchestra Hall, the historic concert hall with perfect acoustics within Midtown Detroit’s Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center that serves as the home of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO).

Throughout the 2019-2020 season, the DSO will celebrate Orchestra Hall’s 100th anniversary with special programming and events, such as free concert at Orchestra Hall on Wednesday, October 23. The program, titled A Century of Pops, includes repertoire from the DSO’s first popular concert program in Orchestra Hall as well as Broadway and film favorites, a tribute to Duke Ellington, and music by John Williams. Leslie B. Dunner will conduct and assistant principal Cello Abraham Feder (Dorothy and Herbert Graebner Chair) and mezzo-soprano Danielle Wright will be the featured soloists.

General admission tickets are free of charge and available now. To reserve tickets, please visit dso.org, call (313) 576-5111, or visit the DSO Box Office (3711 Woodward Avenue, Detroit).

In addition, the DSO is partnering with Detroit Public Television to produce “Orchestra Hall—A Centennial Celebration,” a series of six webisodes that will serialize the story of Orchestra Hall. These will be released weekly across DPTV’s broadcast and social media platforms, including WRCJ 90.9 FM, beginning in October 2019 to coincide with the DSO’s centennial celebration. The webisodes will culminate in a television event featuring the full documentary to air in December 2019.

The DSO will also partner with the Detroit Historical Society to present a joint exhibition on Orchestra Hall at both the Detroit Historical Museum and the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center. More details on this collaboration will be announced in the coming weeks. 

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