Detroit Symphony bassoonists … at a pawn shop?

Posted on: June 3, 2014

Susan Whitall and Chuck Bennett report in Friday’s (5/30) Detroit News that Les, Ashley, and Seth Gold, the family featured on the TV show Hard Core Pawn, “will host a Detroit Symphony Orchestra bassoon quartet at 1 p.m. Saturday at their [Detroit] pawn shop, American Jewelry & Loan, 8 Mile and Greenfield. The musicians will perform a free, hour-long recital to wrap up the DSO’s Community Support Month. All May, DSO musicians performed at small ensemble gigs around town to raise money. We caught up with pawn patriarch Les at the shop. ‘I really do work,’ he said with a laugh. ‘No more than six days a week!’ He is a classical music fan. ‘I used to listen to classical 78 records, when I was living at home with my parents,’ he says. So can we bring our 78 rpm records in to pawn? ‘Not unless Mozart signed it,’ he quipped. The DSO bassoons will perform in the middle of the showroom, and ‘Hopefully we’ll get a nice crowd who will come and contribute to the DSO.’ The Golds will also donate.”

Posted June 3, 2014