Detroit Symphony Orchestra to perform first of three free concerts in Detroit Public Schools on Tuesday

As the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) pursues its goal of becoming the most accessible orchestra on the planet, the DSO and Music Director Leonard Slatkin are pleased to present three free concerts in Detroit Public Schools.

The concerts will be held at the following times and locations:

  • Tuesday, October 4  at 10 a.m., Detroit School of Arts, 123 Selden
  • November 10 at 10 a.m., Renaissance High School, 6565 W. Outer Dr.
  • November 11 at 10 a.m., Spain Elementary-Middle School, 3700 Beaubien St.

Concert Repertoire:

Wagner        Overture to Die Meistersinger

Beethoven  Finale from Symphony No. 5

Dvorak          Second Movement from “New World Symphony”

Weber           Overture to “Oberon”

Dukas             The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Rodgers        Selections from “Sound of Music”


These complimentary concerts are a way to share the orchestra’s magnificent sound with metro Detroit’s youth, and help ignite a life-long appreciation for classical music and the symphonic experience.

“When we think outside the box, as we continue to celebrate our home at Orchestra Hall, we’re not only broadening our audience base by geographic area, but also making it easier for anyone to experience live, classical music,” said Maestro Slatkin.

About the DSO

The internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the fourth-oldest symphony orchestra in the United States, is known for trailblazing performances, visionary maestros and collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists. 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 season. The DSO offers a performance schedule that includes Classical, Pops, Jazz, Young people’s concerts and festivals. The DSO makes its home in historic Orchestra Hall, one of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, and actively pursues a mission to impact and serve the community through music. For more information visit

About Leonard Slatkin

Internationally acclaimed American conductor Leonard Slatkin began his critically-acclaimed tenure as Music Director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in September of 2008.  In addition to his post at the DSO, he was recently named Music Director of the Orchestre National de Lyon (ONL) in France, beginning with the 2011-12 season. In addition, Slatkin continues to serve as Principal Guest Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, a post that began in the fall of 2008.

Following a 17-year tenure as Music Director of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Slatkin became Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. in 1996.  Other positions in the United States have included Principal Guest Conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra, where he founded their “Sommerfest”; first Music Director of the Cleveland Orchestra’s summer series at the Blossom Music Festival, a post he held for nine years; Principal Guest Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl for three seasons; and additional positions with the New Orleans Philharmonic and the Nashville Symphony Orchestra.

Throughout his career, Mr. Slatkin has demonstrated a continuing commitment to arts education and to reaching diverse audiences. He is the founder and director of the National Conducting Institute, and advanced career development program for rising conductors, and sounded the Saint Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra. This year, he spearheaded the DSO’s Soundcard initiative, an all-access student pass to every Classical, Pops and Jazz concerts at Orchestra Hall, all season long.

Maestro Slatkin’s more than 100 recordings have been recognized with seven Grammy awards and 64 nominations. He has recorded with the DSO, National Symphony Orchestra, Saint Louis Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic.

His engagements for the 2011-2012 include Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Seoul Philharmonic, NHK Symphony, a tour of Germany with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the New World and National Symphony Orchestras in Washington, D.C.

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