The Craig Fahle Show

Detroit Symphony Orchestra Could Visit Your Community

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

President and CEO of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Ann Parsons joins Craig to discuss the role of music in neighborhoods in and around Detroit. The DSO is beginning an exciting summer project that's giving communities the opportunity to speak up and ask the DSO to bring the music to them.

Now in its fourth consecutive year, the DSO Community Concerts consist of one week of DSO performances from different venues around Metro Detroit. However, Parsons says that this year will mark the program's second year of allowing people to apply for a visit from the DSO and Music Director Leonard Slatkin.

Applicants must live within 45 miles of Orchestra Hall, and are required to provide a venue, a stage and an audience. While the DSO is expecting at least 100 applications, Parsons has a few suggestions on how to stand out from the crowd. The first way is creating a compelling narrative, like one high school student who applied last year.

"A student wrote in and said he admired the musicians and would be so honored for them to come to his school," Parsons recalls. She also urges applicants to personalize it, and explain why the DSO and their music matters to you and why you need them in your community.

The communities aren't the only ones who benefit from this unique program. It's also a tremendous experience for the musicians to connect with a different audience and venue outside of Orchestra Hall. Even if you don't win, Parsons says applying is still a good way to make a connection with the DSO that could pay off later on.

--Annamarie Sysling