“The Detroit Symphony Orchestra announced today that its tour of Florida in early 2014 will be underwritten by a $400,000 grant from the General Motors Foundation,” writes Mark Stryker in Tuesday’s (11/12) Detroit Free Press (Michigan). “Between GM’s contribution and several hundred thousand dollars in performance fees, the DSO will cover all of the roughly $650,000 in travel, lodging and other expenses associated with taking a tour party of about 100 musicians, soloists and staff to Florida for a week.… The 2014 Florida tour will mark the second time [Music Director Leonard] Slatkin has led the DSO through the state,” the first being in 2010. “Florida has become an especially important market for northern orchestras looking to expand their reach and connect with snowbird supporters. ‘I’m hearing from presenters that we’re becoming part of the regular rotation,’ said DSO Executive Vice President Paul Hogle.” This winter’s tour, from February 25 to March 4, will include performances in West Palm Beach, Miami, Vero Beach, Sarasota, and Naples, with pianist Olga Kern and violinist Hilary Hahn as soloists.
Posted November 13, 2013
Pictured: Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, West Palm Beach