“The Detroit Symphony Orchestra is getting a $3.75 million grant from the William Davidson Foundation to support its Neighborhood Concert Series,” writes Jennifer Chambers in Tuesday’s (9/16) Detroit News. “The grant will support the series of concerts throughout Metro Detroit, as well as additional activities outside Orchestra Hall, over the next three years. As part of the announcement, the DSO is renaming the concert series the William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series. Davidson died in 2009 at age 86. He owned the Detroit Pistons and was chairman of glassmaker Guardian Industries Corp. ‘Bill Davidson had a passion for connecting communities through the presentation of DSO concerts, using us as eager ambassadors for all that is great about the city of Detroit,’ Anne Parsons, DSO president and CEO, said in a statement. ‘He inspired us to create the Neighborhood Concert Series as a way to increase our reach and provide greater accessibility.’ … [The series] offers performances in Beverly Hills, Bloomfield Hills, Canton Township, Dearborn, Grosse Pointe, Southfield and West Bloomfield Township. In addition to traditional concerts, the Neighborhood Residency Initiative allows musicians to perform in intimate settings for suburban audiences such as schools, hospitals, libraries and places of worship.”
Posted September 17, 2014
Pictured: Detroit Symphony Orchestra musicians performing at Ikea to promote its Neighborhood Concert series in Canton, January 2014.