Detroit Symphony announces three-week Asia tour in July 2017

Posted on: December 7, 2016

“The Detroit Symphony Orchestra is going where no DSO has gone before—China,” writes Mark Stryker in Tuesday’s (12/6) Detroit Free Press. “Music director Leonard Slatkin and the orchestra are headed to Asia in July 2017 as part of a landmark three-week tour that will include 11 concerts in Japan and China…. The [July 11-30] trip marks the DSO’s first international tour in 16 years and its first visit to China…. The tour promises to trumpet a two-pronged comeback story—that of the DSO and post-bankruptcy Detroit—to not only the wider classical music world, but also important business markets for metro Detroit companies, particularly key sponsor Ford, which has growing concerns in China…. The DSO’s high-definition live webcasts from Orchestra Hall have found a fan base in both countries…. So far, the DSO has commitments for $1.5 million … of the projected $1.8 million cost of the tour…. [DSO President Anne Parsons] expressed confidence that the money would be raised to close the $300,000 gap…. Slatkin has programmed a big chunk of homegrown music for the tour.”

Posted December 7, 2016

Pictured: Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Leonard Slatkin. Photo by Cybelle Codish