Pre-sale tickets for Detroit Symphony’s Spielberg/Williams concert sell out in the first hour

Posted on: April 16, 2014

In Tuesday’s (4/15) Detroit News (Michigan), Tony Briscoe and Adam Graham write that tickets made available in a one-hour pre-sale for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s June benefit concert featuring filmmaker Steven Spielberg and composer John Williams “sold out in 15 minutes, a DSO record. Less than half of the 2,000 available tickets were made available through the pre-sale, DSO spokeswoman Gabrielle Poshadlo said Monday. A few dozen fans camped out overnight at the Max M. Fisher Music Center and were all able to score tickets to the event. Those who waited in line were entertained by a costumed Darth Vader and a gaggle of Stormtroopers, who put in an appearance along with Princess Leia and R2-D2, whose animated beeps and playing of ‘Gangnam Style’ drew smiles from those in line…. Would-be ticket buyers trying DSO’s phone line and website struggled to purchase tickets, as the orchestra’s website was overwhelmed…. For those with deep pockets, however … several hundred tickets, beginning at $1,000 a pop, were still available as of Monday afternoon.… The orchestra went out of its way to make life pleasant for fans who decided to camp overnight before the box office began selling tickets.”

Posted April 16, 2014

Pictured: Customers waiting in line for pre-sale tickets to the Detroit Symphony’s June benefit concert with Steven Spielberg and John Williams are entertained by an actor costumed as R2-D2 from “Star Wars.” Photo by David Coates/The Detroit News