music isn't just for kids - and the scene's stars don't only play in
clubs and bars. Founded in 1914, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra is one
of the city's true cultural jewels. While the current era of the DSO
has been heralded as its "most golden age" by Larry Johnson
of the Detroit News, this venerable institution has seen its shares
of highs and lows.
The orchestra disbanded twice - once in 1942 for financial reasons,
and again in 1949 due to the loss of the Music Director and chief financier.
In 1946, the DSO abandoned its home at Orchestra Hall for the Detroit
Music Hall on Madison Ave., and moved to Ford Auditorium a decade later.
The Hall, meanwhile, was converted into the Paradise Theater - a showcase
for Jazz greats of the day. By 1970, though, the building had fallen
into disrepair and was slated to be demolished. A group of concerned
citizens fought to preserve the historic building, having it named to
the National Register of Historic Sites and the lengthy restoration
process began. Throughout this period the DSO continued to play at Ford
1989 after its first trip to Europe, the Orchestra made its triumphant
return to the newly renovated Orchestra Hall. The following year, the
much sought after, Estonian-born conductor Neeme Järvi was
brought in as Music Director. Under Järvi's guidance the
reputation of the DSO has continued to grow here and around the world.
The orchestra also welcomes a strong cast of guest conductors, most
notably world renowned violinist Itzhak Perlman.
Detroit Symphony Orchestra was the first orchestra to be broadcast via
radio. This tradition, which began in 1934, continues today on the weekly
DSO General Motors series heard around the country. The orchestra has
also been featured on PBS and at ceremonial events nation wide. The
DSO has a long history of making recordings - a tradition bolstered
under Järvi's leadership - and the group's releases have received
both critical acclaim and commercial success worldwide.
In the last decade
the DSO has regularly hit the road and the skies. In addition to their
summer tours of Michigan, the DSO has toured the country and the world.
Foreign performances have included numerous visits to Europe and 1998's
"Friendship Tour" to Japan.
In recent seasons,
the DSO has utilized three venues: its home base Orchestra Hall; the
outdoor pavilion at Meadow Brook, which hosts its summer series; and
the newly refurbished Opera House, which hosts a handful DSO of performances
This fall the Orchestra
will have a world class home in the form of the Max M. Fisher Music
Center. "The Max" incorporates the fully restored 1919 Orchestra
Hall, as well as an addition that includes a second, more intimate performance
space; a music education center, and other amenities to improve the
The DSO has also
made a significant investment in the city's cultural future by joining
with the Detroit Public Schools System and Detroit Public Television
to build the Detroit High School for the Fine, Performing and Communication
Arts. The school sits directly adjacent to "The Max" and will
open its doors in 2005.
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