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“The DSO is yet another example of Detroit’s renaissance. Our people, place and purpose add to the cultural cornerstone of our beloved city. We are blessed with world class musicians, professionals, volunteers and donors that drive our vision of making the DSO the most accessible orchestra on the planet.” PHILLIP WM. FISHER CHAIRMAN, BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2
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PEOPLE PLACE PURPOSE FINANCIALS HONOR ROLL
TOP 5 MOMENTS OF THE 2012-13 SEASON 1. BEETHOVEN FESTIVAL REACHES GLOBAL AUDIENCE OF 100K 2. DSO’S TRIUMPHANT RETURN TO CARNEGIE HALL 3. EMANUEL AX JOINS MAESTRO SLATKIN & CIVIC ORCHESTRA 4. KNIGHT AWARDS $2.25M GIFT FOR DIGITAL INNOVATION 5. RECORD YEAR OF $18.9M IN ANNUAL GIVING PROPELS FIRST BALANCED BUDGET SINCE 2007
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Lifetime Directors / Directors Emeritus / Directors & Trustees / Governing Members
VOLUNTEERS ARTISTIC LEADERSHIP THE ORCHESTRA THE STAFF
LIFETIME DIRECTORS In May 2013, the DSO Board of Directors elected Clyde Wu as Lifetime Director, an exclusive honor reserved for the handful of difference makers whose contributions to the DSO have set new standards of excellence for volunteer leadership. Samuel Frankel ‡ David Handleman, Sr. ‡
Dr. Arthur L. Johnson ‡ Clyde Wu, M.D.
DIRECTORS EMERITUS 2013 welcomed 27 esteemed DSO leaders into the inaugural class of Directors Emeritus, a celebrated legacy of board service and support, whose depth of experience and wisdom will continue to shape the DSO’s artistic journey. Robert A. Allesee Floy Barthel Mrs. Mandell L. Berman John A. Boll, Sr. Richard A. Brodie Hon. Avern Cohn Lois Cohn Marianne Endicott Sidney Forbes Mrs. Harold Frank Barbara Frankel Paul Ganson Brigitte Harris Mort Harris
Gloria Heppner, Ph.D. Hon. Damon J. Keith Richard P. Kughn Harold Kulish Steve Miller Chairman Emeritus Robert E. L. Perkins, DDS Marilyn Pincus Lloyd Reuss Jack A. Robinson Alan E. Schwartz Jean Shapero David Usher Barbara Van Dusen ‡ deceased
BOARD OF DIRECTORS 45 civic leaders engaged in fiscal oversight, cultural stewardship, strategic thinking, and resource generation, tirelessly devoted to sustaining a DSO recognized for artistic excellence, community service, and accessibility.
Phillip Wm. Fisher
OFFICERS Phillip Wm. Fisher Chairman
Arthur T. Oâ€™Reilly Officer at Large
Mark A. Davidoff Vice Chair, Financial Operations & Sustainability
Glenda D. Price, Ph.D. Secretary
Chacona W. Johnson Vice Chair, Patron & Community Engagement Michael J. Keegan Vice Chair, Strategy & Innovation Bruce D. Peterson Vice Chair, Governance and Human Resources
Arthur Weiss Treasurer Anne Parsons President and CEO
BOARD OF TRUSTEES 57 of Detroit’s brightest minds contributing their intellectual capital and innovative spirit in pursuit of the DSO’s strategic objectives. Michael J. Keegan
OFFICERS Michael J. Keegan Chairman
Ric Huttenlocher Chair, Trustees Advancement
Liz Boone Chair, Digital Media
Matt Lester Chair, Next Generation
Stephen D’Arcy Chair, Programming
Hon. Kurtis T. Wilder Chair, Education
> Visit dso.org/governance for a complete, up-to-date list of Directors and Trustees
A DIVERSE PORTFOLIO OF TALENT THE DSO’S BOARD OF TRUSTEES REPRESENTS A BREADTH OF TALENT ACROSS MANY INDUSTRIES: 8 4 6 8 4 3
Arts & Culture Automotive Economic Development Finance Health & Wellness Higher Education
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Human Resources Law Marketing/PR/Media Philanthropy Real Estate Retail
VOLUNTEER COUNCIL More than 350 enthusiastic volunteers enhancing the DSOâ€™s work in fundraising, audience development, education and service.
Visit dso.org/volunteer to learn more and view upcoming fundraising events.
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Deborah Savoie President
Karla Sherry Vice President for Special Events
Virginia Lundquist Executive Vice President
Marlene Bihlmeyer Vice President for Youth Music Education
Debra Partrich Chief Financial Officer
Julie Zussman Recording Secretary
Mark Abbott & Marcus Schoon Orchestra Liaisons
Esther Lyons Vice President for Administrative/ Office Services
Chelsea Kotula Staff Liaison
Ellie Tholen Vice President for Communication/ Public Relations Kelly Hayes Vice President for Membership E. Jane Talia Vice President for Neighborhood/ Residency Ambassador
DID YOU KNOW?
The Volunteer Council raised nearly $100,000 in net contributions in the 2012-13 season!
2013 HONOREE SPOTLIGHT Clyde Wu, M.D. Lifetime Director In May 2013, the DSO bestowed upon Dr. Clyde Wu our prestigious Lifetime Director title, an office only shared by the late Samuel Frankel, David Handelman Sr. and Dr. Arthur L. Johnson. This honor is extended to those whom we wish to recognize in perpetuity for their historically significant and exemplary contributions to the DSO. Clyde, along with his wife Helen, certainly embody this role, working tirelessly for over 30 years to expand and deepen the DSO’s position as provider of music education and inspiring an entire generation of performers.
Barbara Van Dusen 2013 Heroine, Heroes Gala The 2013 Heroes Gala honored a treasured member of the DSO Family: Barbara Van Dusen. Barbara’s thoughtful leadership, immense generosity of spirit, and indefatigable support of our community made her a fitting DSO Heroine, joining the company of previous honorees Jim Nicholson and Lloyd Reuss. Barbara has been a shining light at the DSO for 50 years. It is no exaggeration to say that she is one of the most dedicated, engaged and beloved supporters the DSO has ever known. Barbara’s Heroes Gala raised over $700,000 in support of the orchestra. 9
GOVERNING MEMBERS More than 300 families generously donate $2,500 or more annually, passionately attend DSO concerts and events, serve as voting members of the corporation, and act as ambassadors for the DSO throughout Southeast Michigan.
Pictured clockwise from top: Pianist Lang Lang performs at a Governing Members-exclusive event; Richard and Jiehan Alonzo; DSO french hornist Johanna Yarbrough and Chairman-designate James Farber; Maureen Dâ€™Avanzo and Barbara Bloch.
87% MEMBERSHIP INCREASE
Between the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons, the number of Governing Members households grew from 160 to 300.
“Good institutions keep pace with change. Great institutions lead it.” ARTHUR O’REILLY, INAUGURAL CHAIRMAN
INAUGURAL GOVERNING MEMBERS OFFICERS Arthur T. O’Reilly Chairman Since becoming Chairman of the Governing Members in 2011, Arthur T. O’Reilly has ushered in a new era of engagement for our strongest supporters by building a community of music lovers, giving them a renewed voice within the DSO’s governance process, and increasing Annual Fund giving over a half million dollars. As a dedicated member of the Board of Directors, he has served on the Nominating and Governance Committee and the Governance and Culture Task Force. A husband and father of three, Mr. O’Reilly is a partner at Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP. He now passes the mantle of leadership to incoming Chairman James C. Farber.
Jan Bernick Vice Chair, Philanthropy
Frederick J. Morsches Vice Chair, Communications
Maureen T. D’Avanzo Vice Chair, Membership
Randall Hawes 2012-13 Musician Liaison
James C. Farber* Vice Chair, Outreach
Victoria J. King 2012-13 Musician Liaison
Bonnie Larson Vice Chair, Engagement
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WORLD-CLASS ARTISTIC LEADERSHIP Leonard Slatkin Music Directorship endowed by the Kresge Foundation Leonard Slatkin celebrated his fifth season as Music Director of the DSO by taking the orchestra back to Carnegie Hall for the first time in 17 years. His imaginative programming, including the first-ever performance of all four Ives symphonies in one concert, garnered rave reviews from national critics. In the 2013-14 season, Leonard presents five world premieres, welcomes nine DSO musicians as soloists with the orchestra, and takes the ensemble on a six-concert tour of Florida with guest artists Olga Kern and Hilary Hahn.
Jeff Tyzik Principal Pops Conductor Sought-after pops conductor Jeff Tyzik signed a three-year contract as DSO Principal Pops Conductor last season. Tyzik is tasked with building concert programs that forge tangible connections between the DSO and its Pops patrons by drawing on his own celebrated compositions and years of work with the worldâ€™s premier jazz and symphonic pops artists. His appointment began with the beginning of the 2013-14 season.
Terence Blanchard Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair Five-time Grammy Award-winning trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard joined the DSO as the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair beginning with the 2012-13 season of the Paradise Jazz Series. His inaugural season honored the towering jazz tradition of this great hall by featuring appearances by many of our living jazz giants, including iconic drummer Roy Haynes as well as bassist Dave Holland and pianist Kenny Barron in a rare duo appearance.
Teddy Abrams Assistant Conductor The 2012-13 season marked the beginning of Teddy Abrams’ two-year tenure as DSO Assistant Conductor. He has curated the DSO’s Young People’s Family Concert and Education Concert series, worked as cover conductor for the classical subscription series, built strong relationships with metro Detroit audiences through neighborhood concerts and other forms of community outreach, and appears regularly on Live From Orchestra Hall webcasts.
Congratulations to Teddy Abrams on his recent appointment as Music Director Designate of The Louisville Orchestra!
TOP TALENT ON STAGE AND OFF Meet the musicians we welcomed in the 2012-13 season!
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Fiscal Year 2013 saw an extensive and robust audition schedule, with seven auditions held, a rare density among orchestral peers. Auditions attracted a total of 630 applicants from both national and international backgrounds, resulting in the hire of four esteemed musicians, and the promotion of one violinist from within the ranks of the orchestra. Last season also welcomed six new musicians to the roster, including Principal Trumpet Hunter Eberly and Concertmaster Yoonshin Song.
STAFF SPOTLIGHT: LINDA LUTZ
Chief Financial Officer President and CEO Anne Parsons appointed Linda Lutz Chief Financial Officer in March 2013 to complete the DSO Leadership team alongside Executive Vice President Paul W. Hogle. A Southfield native who came to the DSO from the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, Linda brings a solid track record in the non-profit and for-profit finance worlds to this critical role. 15
YOUR DETROIT SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA FIRST VIOLINS Yoonshin Song Concertmaster
VIOLAS James VanValkenburg Acting Principal
Kimberly A. Kaloyanides Kennedy Associate Concertmaster
Caroline Coade Acting Assistant Principal Hang Su Glenn Mellow Shanda Lowery-Sachs Hart Hollman Han Zheng Catherine Compton Alexander Mishnaevski Principal Emeritus
Katherine Tuck Chair
Alan and Marianne Schwartz and Jean Shapero (Shapero Foundation) Chair
Hai-Xin Wu Assistant Concertmaster
Walker L. Cisler/Detroit Edison Foundation Chair
Jennifer Wey Assistant Concertmaster Beatriz Budinszky* Marguerite Deslippe* Laurie Landers Goldman* Rachel Harding Klaus* Eun Park* Adrienne Rönmark* Laura Soto* Greg Staples* Jiamin Wang* SECOND VIOLINS Adam Stepniewski Acting Principal
The Devereaux Family Chair
Ron Fischer* Sheryl Hwangbo* Hong-Yi Mo* Robert Murphy* Bruce Smith* Joseph Striplin* Marian Tanau* Jing Zhang*
Julie and Ed Levy, Jr. Chair
VIOLONCELLOS Dahae Kim Assistant Principal
Dorothy and Herbert Graebner Chair
Robert Bergman* David LeDoux* Peter McCaffrey* Haden McKay* Úna O’Riordan* Paul Wingert*
Victor and Gale Girolami Cello Chair
Robert deMaine ^ Principal
James C. Gordon Chair
BASSES Stephen Molina Acting Principal Van Dusen Family Chair
Linton Bodwin Stephen Edwards Larry Hutchinson Craig Rifel
HARP Patricia Masri-Fletcher Principal Winifred E. Polk Chair
FLUTES David Buck Principal
Women’s Association for the DSO Chair
Sharon Sparrow Acting Assistant Principal Jeffery Zook PICCOLO Jeffery Zook OBOES Donald Baker Principal
Jack A. and Aviva Robinson Chair
Maggie Miller Chair
Brian Ventura Assistant Principal Monica Fosnaugh ENGLISH HORN Monica Fosnaugh CLARINETS Theodore Oien Principal
Robert B. Semple Chair
PVS Chemicals, Inc./ Jim and Ann Nicholson Chair
Laurence Liberson Assistant Principal Shannon Orme
E-FLAT CLARINET Laurence Liberson BASS CLARINET Shannon Orme
Barbara Frankel and Ronald Michalak Chair
Read all bios at dso.org/orchestra BASSOONS Robert Williams Principal
John and Marlene Boll Chair
Victoria King Michael Ke Ma Assistant Principal Marcus Schoon Garrett McQueen §
CONTRABASSOON Marcus Schoon FRENCH HORNS Karl Pituch Principal Bryan Kennedy Johanna Yarbrough David Everson Assistant Principal Mark Abbott TRUMPETS Hunter Eberly Principal Lee and Floy Barthel Chair
Stephen Anderson Acting Principal Kevin Good William Lucas
TROMBONES Kenneth Thompkins Principal Nathaniel Gurin Assistant Principal Randall Hawes BASS TROMBONE Randall Hawes TUBA Dennis Nulty Principal
TIMPANI Open PERCUSSION Joseph Becker Principal
Ruth Roby and Alfred R. Glancy III Chair
William Cody Knicely Chair
LIBRARIANS Robert Stiles Principal Ethan Allen PERSONNEL Stephen Molina
Orchestra Personnel Manager
Heather Hart Rochon Assistant Orchestra Personnel Manager
ASSISTANT CONDUCTOR Teddy Abrams STAGE PERSONNEL Frank Bonucci
2012-13 SEASON MUSICIANS Elias Friedenzohn ∫ First Violin Alvin Score ‡ Second Violin Alexander Hanna ^ Principal Bass Maxim Janowsky ‡ Bass Rick Robinson ^ Bass Corbin Wagner ∫ French Horn Brian Flescher Substitute, Acting Principal Timpani
Michael Sarkissian Department Head
^ Extended leave * These members may voluntarily revolve seating within the section on a regular basis § African-American Orchestra Fellow ∫ Retired ‡ Deceased
DSO ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF EXECUTIVE OFFICE Anne Parsons, President and CEO Paul W. Hogle, Executive Vice President Linda Lutz, Chief Financial Officer Anne Wilczak, Managing Director of Special Events and Projects Joy Crawford, Executive Assistant to the President and CEO Elaine Curvin, Executive Assistant to the Executive Vice President ARTISTIC & OPERATIONS Erik Rรถnmark, General Manager and Artistic Administrator
Orchestra Operations Alice Sauro, Orchestra Manager Don Killinger, Operations and Production Coordinator Frank Bonucci, Stage Manager Stephen Molina, Orchestra Personnel Manager Heather Hart Rochon, Assistant Orchestra Personnel Manager Leslie Karr, Executive Assistant to the Music Director EDUCATION Charles Burke, Senior Director of Education; Artistic Director of Civic Youth Ensembles Emily Lamoreaux, General Manager of Civic Youth Ensembles Sheena Law, Education Outreach Coordinator David Cook, Civic Youth Ensembles Coordinator
Board, Patron, and Volunteer Engagement Lindsey Evert, Patron Engagement and Strategy Manager Chelsea Kotula, Board and Volunteer Engagement Officer Digital Media Eric Woodhams, Director of Digital Media Sharon Gardner Carr, Assistant Manager of Tessitura and Ticketing Operations Corinne Wiseman, Digital Marketing Specialist FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION Linda Lutz, Chief Financial Officer
Facility Operations Larry Ensman, Maintenance Supervisor Frederico Augustin, Facility Engineer Martez Duncan, Maintenance Technician ENGAGEMENT, STRATEGY Ryan Ensman, & DIGITAL MEDIA Maintenance Technician William Guilbault, Community Programs Scott Harrison, Executive Maintenance Technician Kareem George, Managing Director of Board Crystal King, Maintenance Director of Community Engagement and Technician Programs Strategy; Executive Greg Schimizzi, Chief of Katherine Curatolo, Producer of Digital Media Security Artistic & Community Melvin Dismukes, Security Engagement Coordinator Officer Artistic Planning Kathryn Ginsburg, Artistic Manager Christopher Harrington, Managing Director of Paradise Jazz Series Jessica Ruiz, Assistant Artistic Administrator
Events and Rentals B.J. Pearson, Senior Manager of Events and Rentals Holly Clement, Senior Manager of Events and Individual Giving Rentals Finance Cassie Brenske, Governing Connie Campbell, Event Jeremiah Hess, Senior Members Gift Officer Sales and Administration Director of Accounting & Juanda Pack, Patron Finance Advancement Officer Patron Communications Sandra Mazza, Senior and Public Relations Accountant Institutional Giving Gabrielle Poshadlo, Patron RonĂĄ Simmons, Staff Stephan Bobalik, Communications and Accountant Director of Institutional Public Relations Manager Partnerships Information Technology Patron Sales and Service Jody Harper, Information AnnĂŠ Renforth, Manager Technology Manager PATRON of Patron Sales and DEVELOPMENT & Service SALES Tiiko Reese-Douglas, PATRON & Patron Development INSTITUTIONAL Angela Detlor, Senior Officer ADVANCEMENT Director of Patron La Heidra Marshall, Patron Development and Sales Development Officer Reimer Priester, Senior Michelle Marshall, Director of Patron and Audience Development Assistant Manager, Institutional Advancement Christopher Harrington, Patron Sales & Service Director of Audience Martha Morhardt, Patron Advancement Services Development Development Assistant Bree Kneisler, Chuck Dyer, Manager of Taryn Sanford, Lead Prospect Research and Group and Corporate Ticketing Specialist Advancement Services Sales Manager Jennifer Kouassi, Front of Catering and Retail Will Broner, Patron House Manager Services Acknowledgement and Mallory Schirr, Audience Gift Systems Coordinator Development Christina Williams, Interim Caitlin Bush, Patron Coordinator Director of Catering and Acknowledgement Retail Services Specialist Michael Polsinelli, Executive Chef Nate Richter, Bar Manager Norris Jackson, Security Officer Ronald Martin, Security Officer Johnnie Scott, Security Officer
oneDSO Campaign Jessica Langlois, Campaign Director Jessica Luther, Campaign Associate
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OUR HOME IS YOUR HOME. WELCOME TO THE MAX. The Detroit Symphony Orchestra entered a new era a decade ago with the opening of the Max M. Fisher Music Center. “The Max” became a new music and cultural center complex combining the restored and modernized Orchestra Hall (the Orchestra’s home once again since 1989) and a 135,000-square-foot facility that includes The Music Box, a 450-seat second performance hall with variable configurations, the Jacob Bernard Pincus Music Education Center, which supports the DSO’s Civic Youth Ensembles and other educational activities, and additional performance, backstage, administrative, and rental spaces.
WELCOME TO OUR HOME @ THE MAX
THE MUSIC BOX
HISTORIC ORCHESTRA HALL
HERMAN AND SHARON FRANKEL DONOR LOUNGE
PINCUS EDUCATION WING
AT THE MAX: CLASSICAL, POPS, JAZZ & MORE!
MIX @ THE MAX The DSO began reinvigorating live performances in the Music Box to appeal to a new, younger, and more diverse audience. The brand new concert series, Mix @ the Max, brought in close to 800 attendees over four concerts that featured artists including The Knights, Sin Hielo, Fifth House Ensemble and Project Trio. Mix @ the Max has grown to an 11 concert series in 2013-14 that occurs monthly and is now routinely selling out, with 60% of attendees new to the DSO. 22
acc•es•si•ble |akˈsesəbəl| adjective
: able to be reached or approached : able to be used or obtained : easy to appreciate or understand
CREATING THE MOST ACCESSIBLE ORCHESTRA ON THE PLANET.
SOUNDCARD ALL-ACCESS STUDENT PASS
Inspired by Leonard Slatkin and launched in 2011, the DSO’s $25 all-access pass allows students unlimited Classical, Pops and Jazz concerts at Orchestra Hall. During the 2012-13 season, 1,211 Soundcards were issued to students, up by 10% from the previous year, and Soundcard member concert attendance increased by 38%.
DETROIT RUSH INITIATIVE
Sponsored by The Ford Foundation, Detroit residents can purchase a ticket to any classical or jazz concert for just $15. In the 2012-13 season, 1,238 Detroit residents took advantage of this program, an increase of 63%.
Reduced ticket prices for classical concerts were retained last season to maintain accessibility. Prices reflect that of 1999 levels, allowing patrons to attend an Orchestra Hall concert for as little as $15 — with half of all seats available for $25 or less. 23
BRINGING MUSIC TO THE NEIGHBORHOODS . . . “We consider the DSO to be a tremendous, exportable cultural asset — a sampling of Detroit’s renaissance one can literally hear.” LEONARD SLATKIN
NEIGHBORHOOD CONCERT SERIES A four-concert subscription series across seven venues brings the full classical concert experience to patrons across metro Detroit.
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AND SERVING OUR COMMUNITIES
CORPORATE SPOTLIGHT: DTE ENERGY FOUNDATION For the second year in row, DTE Energy Foundation presented The DSO in Your Community â€” a series of free concerts in community venues across Southeastern Michigan!
ON TOUR: DSO RETURNS TO CARNEGIE HALL After a 17-year hiatus, the DSO triumphantly returned to the Carnegie Hall Stage on May 9 & 10, 2013 with two epic programs as part of the prestigious Spring for Music festival. More than 1,000 Detroiters joined the DSO in celebration, waving red rally flags in support of their beloved hometown ensemble.
Made possible by generous support from General Motors Foundation and the William Davidson Foundation.
â€œThe audience took to the program like it was ice cream. The DSO was back on the most prestigious stage in the country.â€?
DETROIT FREE PRESS
Watch Leonard Slatkin and Assistant Conductor Teddy Abrams demonstrate the “dueling orchestras” in Ives’ Fourth Symphony.
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Vocalist Storm Large stunned the crowd in her starring role as ‘Ana’ in Kurt Weill’s SEVEN DEADLY SINS.
AND ALL AROUND THE WORLD
TWO SEASONS, MORE THAN 50 LIVE WEBCASTS, & AN AUDIENCE OF OVER 400,000 WORLDWIDE. KNIGHT FOUNDATION GIFT
Pioneering supporters of the DSO’s Live from Orchestra Hall webcast series, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation gave $2.25 million to the DSO in October 2012 to support expanding classical music audiences globally through webcast and mobile content. Part of Knight’s three-year investment in the arts in Detroit, this commitment to digital innovation in the orchestral world is unprecedented nationwide.
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THE NEW DSO.ORG/LIVE 29
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Our purpose, our promise... ARTISTIC BRILLIANCE INSPIRING FUTURE GENERATIONS EMBRACING PARTNERSHIPS REACHING OUR COMMUNITY SHINING BRIGHTLY FROM WOODWARD AVENUE 30
ARTISTIC BRILLIANCE CLASSICAL
The 2012-13 classical season began with an all Leonard Bernstein program starring violin superstar Joshua Bell. Throughout 23 classical programs, the orchestra performed with venerable guest artists and conductors with whom the DSO maintains longstanding relationships, such as Sir Andrew Davis, Olga Kern, Peter Oundjian, Mark Wigglesworth, James Gaffigan, Lynn Harrell, Andre Watts and Rafael FrĂźhbeck de Brugos among others. 2012-13 saw the DSO subscription debut of several faces new to the Orchestra Hall stage: Baiba Skride, Eric Owens, Karen Gomyo, and Rafael Blachacz.
Jeff Tyzik, sought-after Pops conductor, signed a three-year contract as the DSO Principal Pops conductor and was tasked with building concert programs that forge tangible connections between the DSO and its Pops patrons by drawing on his own celebrated compositions and his years of work with the worldâ€™s premier Jazz and Symphonic Pops artists.
Five-time Grammy Award-winning trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard joined the DSO as the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair beginning with the 2012-13 season of the Paradise Jazz Series. The 2012-13 season honored the towering jazz tradition of this great hall by featuring appearances by many of our living jazz giants including iconic drummers Roy Haynes, bassist Dave Holland, and pianist Kenny Barron. Other season highlights included performances jazz vocalist Cassandra Wilson, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and the 55th Anniversary Tour of the Monterey Jazz Festival featuring vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater and bassist Christian McBride. 31
ARTISTIC BRILLIANCE BEETHOVEN FESTIVAL: 3 WEEKS 9 SYMPHONIES 32 PIANO SONATAS
DIGITAL BOX SET
Available for purchase and download at dso.org/beethoven “Finger Puppet Beethoven” became an Instagram hit with fans, followers, and even NPR Music!
February 2013’s Beethoven Festival presented metro Detroit with an immersion into works that spanned Beethoven’s entire genrealtering career. Events throughout the month included performances of all nine symphonies, a keyboard conversation with renowned pianist Jeffery Siegel, a marathon performance of all 32 piano sonatas, and pre-concert chamber music and lectures. The project was supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
CLASSICAL ROOTS CELEBRATION
The 34th annual DSO Classical Roots Celebration in March, 2013 honored the memory of the late conductor James DePreist — long-time friend of the DSO, and lifelong advocate of African Americans’ increased involvement in classical music. Approximately 250 guests attended the 2013 Classical Roots Gala, which grossed $165,000 in contributions. The concert, for which 1,200 were in attendance, would have marked DePreist’s long-awaited return to Orchestra Hall.
INSPIRING FUTURE GENERATIONS:
Since 1970, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Civic Youth Ensembles have provided musicians with comprehensive music education — one of the only programs of its kind associated with one of the world’s greatest symphony orchestras. The programs currently serve over 1,000 students through engagement in almost 40 ensembles.
SIDE-BY-SIDE EXPERIENCES The Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s commitment to education remains steadfast and reflects the highest volume of activity within our community programs. This is all made possible through a generous multi-year grant from the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation. In 2012-2013, DSO musicians participated in 129 education services impacting more than 1,500 young learners. A robust and reinvigorated Civic chamber music program was one highlight of the year. Other activities included dozens of rehearsal and performance opportunities for Civic youth ensembles students to play side-by-side with DSO musicians, several days of instrumental sectionals throughout the season for both Civic and Detroit School of Arts students, and a series of DSO musician “Inspiration Days” presented to students and families participating in the Honda Power of Dreams Program.
Legendary pianist Emanuel Ax graciously joined Leonard Slatkin and the Civic Orchestra in a performance of Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto.
Training more than 1,000 students every week at The Max M. Fisher Music Center. Renowned violinist Midori hosts a master class with CYE students
AVANTI SUMMER MUSICFEST
The DSO also continued a fruitful collaboration with the musician-led Avanti Summer MusicFest, providing a week of focused summer instruction to over 100 young learners. 35
EMBRACING PARTNERSHIPS . . . The Max opened its doors to nearly 75 events and partnerships during the 2012-13 season, welcoming 15,000 people for rental and collaborative events and generating $345,000. Highlights included Helen and Clyde Wu’s 50th wedding anniversary celebration, the Charles H. Wright annual Ford Freedom Awards & Gala, the 21st annual Concert of Colors, Sphinx Honors, Sphinx Competition Concerts, the Arab American Museum Gala, and Wayne State University’s “Mondays @ The Max” concert series.
Latin fusion band Ozomatli performing with the DSO at the 21st annual Concert of Colors.
AS WELL AS OUR COMMUNITY
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The DSO continued to build relationships with hospitals and senior homes through a series of wellness initiatives. DSO musicians participated in 104 services including music therapy, lobby concerts, inspiration days, and special senior engagement recitals. These initiatives reached over 6,500 citizens. This work was made possible through collaboration with incredible lead partners such as American House Senior Living Communities and Detroit Medical Center Childrenâ€™s Hospital (and funded by generous grants from American House Senior Living Communities and the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation. 37
SHINING BRIGHTLY FROM WOODWARD AVENUE
The 2012-13 Pops series began with “Cirque de la Symphonie,” which included acrobats flipping, twisting and flying onstage alongside the orchestra during the City of Detroit’s first ‘DLECTRICITY’ festival. In honor of the festival, and in partnership with Midtown Detroit Inc., the concert was “MaxCast” onto the South wall of The Max, making it viewable to all Woodward traffic and hundreds of Festival attendees.
FINANCIAL SUMMARY EARNED REVENUE
Bucking national trends, subscription sales grew in every product line. There was a 4% increase in subscription revenue over the 2012-13 season, the second consecutive year of subscription sales growth. Total paid classical concert attendance grew 9% over FY12, driven by excellent programming, patron-minded pricing, neighborhood audiences, and back-to-basics marketing strategies.
In fiscal year 2013, the DSO raised $18.9 million in annual, event, and projected contributions. This represents a 43% increase over FY12 and a staggering 90% increase over FY11. The overall number of donors exceeded 10,000 for the first time in a decade.
The 2012-13 season resulted in a surplus of $20,000, the DSOâ€™s first balanced budget since 2007.
Learn more at dso.org/financials
The new normal is a break-even operation... managing our expenses wisely, with complete commitment to honor and respect the people who make the art possible.” ANNE PARSONS, PRESIDENT AND CEO
OPERATING AT AT A GLANCE OPERATINGRESULTS RESULTS A GLANCE 2013 Actual Ticket Revenue
Other Earned Revenue
Expenses Net Surplus/(Deficit) from Core Operations
28.29 $ (28.27)
26.31 $ (26.31)
22.44 $ (25.25)
15.67 (17.44) (1.77)
CHANGES IN ENDOWMENT INVESTMENTS Beginning Owned & Controlled
Third-Party Controlled for DSO Benefit Grand Total
(dollars in millions — year ended August 31, 2013)
It takes a community to build and sustain a great orchestra. Thank you to each and every one of you who played your part. View the 2012-13 Honor Roll of Individual and Institutional donors at dso.org/HonorRoll
OUR MESSAGE TO DETROIT In becoming the most accessible orchestra on the planet, the DSO is now among the most highly attended and broadly supported symphony orchestras in the nation. Classical season attendance in Orchestra Hall shattered expectations in 2013, while regularly sold-out Neighborhood Concert Series performances and Live from Orchestra Hall HD webcasts propelled the DSO’s classical audience to nearly 400,000. A balanced budget, twice as many supporters as any time in DSO history, raising $18.9 million in contributions—this is the foundation from which the DSO’s ten-year plan, Blueprint 2023, will guide our orchestra towards long-term fiscal viability. These are the predictors of a DSO renaissance. This momentum will help shape a cultural movement in Detroit — a musical revival across every community the DSO touches, every neighborhood, every synagogue, every church, every hospital, every coffee shop, every computer screen, every student, every performance. Detroiters came, they listented — they were inspired! The results of 2013 express a Detroit deeply devoted to music and to the DSO. Our message to Detroit:
we love you. we thank you. this is only the beginning...
People, place, and purpose — the Detroit Symphony Orchestra's 2013 Annual Report.