Strike threatens Detroit Symphony’s summer concerts

Posted on: March 22, 2011

In Monday’s (3/21) Detroit Free Press, Mark Stryker writes, “As the Detroit Symphony Orchestra strike enters its 25th week today, new potential casualties are emerging: summer concerts. The orchestra’s popular July 4 weekend ‘Salute to America’ concerts at Greenfield Village, its traditional appearances at the Meadow Brook Music Festival and its promising new venture at the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House could all fall by the wayside if a settlement isn’t reached in the coming weeks. … Losing the bulk of summer programming would be another blow to the DSO, because it would cut the orchestra off from yet another wing of its audience—casual fans and families, most of whom don’t typically travel to Orchestra Hall for Mahler but have bonded with the DSO over light classics, patriotic tunes, pops concerts and favorites by Mozart, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky delivered under the stars. … Executives at the Ford House in Grosse Pointe Farms, where the DSO made a highly successful debut in early July last year, drawing 5,000 people over two nights, said they would meet with DSO leaders at the end of the month to set a formal timetable for a decision.”

Posted March 22, 2011