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Detroit: Classical Music

Although mostly known for the sounds of Motown, Detroit has a long and storied classical music scene. At the center, is the world-class Detroit Symphony Orchestra, under music director Leonard Slatkin. Not to be outshined, there are also the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings, several regional orchestras, chamber music at the Scarab Club, the Brazeal Dennard Chorale, the Vangaurd Voices, and renowned student musicians from the University of Michigan, Oakland University, and Wayne State University.

Southeast Michigan is also home to some of the world’s finest music venues, including the DSO’s Orchetra Hall, the Fox Theatre, Music Hall, the Detroit Opera House, and Ann Arbor’s Hill Auditorium, just to name a few. (Kevin Wilt)

Detroit Classical Music: Classical Music Around Detroit

Below are our Detroit Classical Music recommendations, with information on location, admission, transportation/parking, ensemble/venue history and other points of interest in Detroit Art.

Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO)

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s first concert took place in 1914 at the old Detroit Opera House, under the direction of Weston Gales, a young organist from Boston. The initial support for the symphony came from ten Detroit society women who each donated $100 and pledged to find enough additional subscribers to support the symphony (100 to donate $10 each). The DSO quickly became one of the most prominent orchestras in …more…

University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance

The Univeristy of Michigan’s performing arts school began in 1880.  To this day, it is one of the top music schools in the country, with over 300 performances offered each year, in addition to the University Musical Society series of concerts.  In addition to its collegiate offerings, both youth programs (Michigan Youth Ensembles, MPulse Summer Camp, and Piano Pedagogy Laboratory Program) and adult workshops are offered. A Media Showcase, featuring recordings …more…