Detroit Symphony to offer free concert in remembrance of longtime leader Anne Parsons

Posted on: April 19, 2022

“The Detroit Symphony Orchestra will celebrate Anne Parsons, its late president and chief executive officer who died in late March after a long battle with lung cancer, with a free special performance May 17 at Orchestra Hall,” writes Maureen Feighan in Friday’s (4/15) Detroit News. “Conducted by Music Director Jader Bignamini, the program will feature orchestral and chamber music ‘that holds a special connection to Parsons,’ according to a press release. The DSO’s musicians are donating their services for the performance. Parsons led the DSO for 17 years, guiding it through a series of challenges during her tenure, including the Great Recession, a bitter musicians’ strike and later the pandemic. She retired last fall to focus on her health. She was 64 when she died. Tickets to the May 17th performance are free and available to the public,” and the concert will be also be offered as a free webcast at the DSO’s site.