Saturday, April 10 marked the ten-year anniversary of the first concert webcast by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Throughout the past year, livestreamed music has become a critical point of connection for audiences unable to attend concerts in person.

Detroit Symphony Hall
Detroit Symphony Hall

While COVID-19 rapidly brought the phrase “unprecedented times” into our everyday vocabulary, the DSO’s history of being eager to reach into the future to meet audiences where they live laid the groundwork for that first foray into livestreaming 10 years ago, preparing the orchestra for this virtual-only moment. The DSO management may embrace what brought them here, as they constantly evolve to keep the music playing.

Learn more in the blog story about celebrating 10 years of DSO webcasts.

Another anniversary: 50 years of Civic Youth Ensembles (CYE)

In January 2021, DSO kicked off a yearlong celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Civic Youth Ensembles (CYE) with the introduction of exclusive CYE50 content available at dso.org/cye50. The management is thrilled to shine the spotlight on music education by engaging with CYE alumni, celebrating the leadership donors, reflecting on history, and sharing the vision for the future. Throughout the year, DSO also looks forward to organizing special events for members of the CYE50 Gold Club, including a celebratory weekend of music and fellowship in January 2022 to culminate the occasion. Since 1970, CYE has provided Detroit region’s young musicians with the highest quality musical experience. Through the generosity of DSO donors, the orchestra can offer this training regardless of a family’s financial resources.