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Detroit Symphony Orchestra Offers Unprecedented Access to Its Creative Process with Free Live Webcast of Mahler Rehearsal, May 20

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) – continuing its mission to be “the most accessible orchestra on the planet” – will offer unprecedented global access to its creative process by offering a free live webcast of a rehearsal on Wednesday May 20 at 10am EST. Music director Leonard Slatkin and the DSO will be preparing Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 for their weekend concerts May 21-23, and they will let music lovers around the world into the first 15 minutes of the rehearsal (in keeping with American Federation of Musicians broadcast regulations) on May 20, with both conductor and players outfitted with microphones so that viewers can hear not only the music but their dialogue clearly. Slatkin will present a recorded five-minute introduction to this live 15-minute excerpt of the rehearsal. Offering insight into how these artists interpret great music week in and week out, this rehearsal webcast is in the spirit of the DSO’s pioneering Live from Orchestra Hall free weekly performance HD webcast series. Currently in its fifth full season, the series reaches a global audience of some half a million.

Ever since 1922, when it was the first orchestra in the world to present a radio broadcast, the DSO has repeatedly proven itself a leader in technology and accessibility. Using a state-of-the-art robotic camera production system, the DSO launched the groundbreaking Live from Orchestra Hall series in April 2011, becoming the first orchestra in the world to offer a series of free live webcasts for a global audience. Since then, Live from Orchestra Hall has expanded to include mobile viewing via the DSO to Go mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android devices; and partnerships with the world’s top cultural sites, including, France-based, Russia-based and UK-based The recently launched Classroom Edition is an educational extension of Live from Orchestra Hall and reaches more than 50,000 students nationwide.

Now watched in more than 100 countries, the Live from Orchestra Hall webcast series is presented by the Ford Motor Company Fund and made possible by the generous support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Watch free webcasts at, view concert highlights at and connect with the DSO at, as well as on Instagram and Twitter @DetroitSymphony with the hashtag #DSOLive.

About the DSO
Hailed by the New York Times as “cutting edge,” the internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra is known for trailblazing performances, visionary maestros, collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists, and an ardent commitment to Detroit. As a community-supported orchestra, the DSO is dedicated to reaching out to its community by regularly visiting neighborhood concert venues, schools, senior living facilities, libraries, places of worship, and endless other intimate settings. Esteemed conductor Leonard Slatkin, called “America’s Music Director” by the Los Angeles Times, became the DSO’s 12th Music Director, endowed by the Kresge Foundation, in 2008. Acclaimed conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik serves as Principal Pops Conductor while celebrated trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard holds the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair. With growing attendance and unwavering philanthropic support from the Detroit community, the DSO’s performance schedule includes Classical, Pops, Jazz, Young People’s, and Neighborhood concerts, and collaborations with chart-topping musicians from Smokey Robinson to Kid Rock. A commitment to broadcast innovation began in 1922 when the DSO became the first orchestra in the world to present a radio broadcast and continues today with the free Live from Orchestra Hall webcast series, which now reaches tens of thousands of children with the new Classroom Edition expansion. Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall within the Max M. Fisher Music Center, one of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, the DSO actively pursues a mission to embrace and inspire individuals, families, and communities through unsurpassed musical experiences. For more information visit the newly updated or download the free DSO to Go mobile app.

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© 21C Media Group, May 2015

For further information, contact: 

Glenn Petry, 21C Media Group: [email protected]; 212-625-2038

Gabrielle Poshadlo, Detroit Symphony Orchestra Director of Communications and Media Relations; [email protected]; 313-576-5194

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