Detroit Symphony to expand neighborhood residencies with West Bloomfield concerts

Posted on: December 13, 2012

In Wednesday’s (12/12) West Bloomfield Beacon (Michigan), Eric Czarnik writes, “A familiar pillar of Michigan’s music establishment will be coming to a neighborhood near you during the first half of 2013. The Detroit Symphony Orchestra will debut its Neighborhood Concert Series at the Berman Center of the Performing Arts in West Bloomfield on four dates, from Jan. 24-May 16. The Berman Center’s managing director, Elaine (Hendriks) Smith, said in an email that she was proud to host the DSO. She also said the outreach program will be convenient for locals who might not otherwise be able to hear the orchestra musicians’ talent downtown. ‘The Neighborhood Series allows the community to experience the finest in music from the DSO without having to go downtown, especially during the winter months,’ she said. … According to DSO music director Leonard Slatkin, the orchestra is part of Detroit’s renaissance and a community asset. The neighborhood performance residencies are designed to bring this culture to other places in southeastern Michigan, he said. ‘It’s really more about accessibility and getting to know the orchestra,’ Slatkin said in an emailed statement. ‘I think the long term is that we develop a new base of listeners. The idea is to reach people by coming directly to them.’ ”

Posted December 13, 2012