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Lineup includes two programs in Birmingham and FREE finale concert at Orchestra Hall


DETROIT 6/4/2013 – As part of the AVANTI Summer MusicFest, the Musicians of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will perform three concerts for the public this summer, which will include a rare opportunity to hear small ensembles in an intimate space, a presentation of beloved large repertoire, and a fun-filled family afternoon featuring AVANTI Workshop students and DSO Musicians. The performances will take place on Thursday, July 25 and Friday, July 26 at 7:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church of Birmingham, and Saturday, July 27 at 1:30 PM at Orchestra Hall.


Concert Details:


Summer Music in the Sanctuary

WHEN:         Thursday, July 25 at 7:30 p.m.

WHERE:       First United Methodist Church of Birmingham, 1589 W. Maple Road, Birmingham

PROGRAM: Barber’s Summer Music, Williams’ Air and Simple Gifts, Dohnanyi’s Sextet in C Major

Orchestra: Appalachian Spring

            WHEN:         Friday, July 26 at 7:30 p.m.

WHERE:       First United Methodist Church of Birmingham, 1589 W. Maple Road, Birmingham

PROGRAM: Copland’s Appalachian Spring, Bartok’s Rumanian Dances, Handel’s Arrival of the Queen of Sheba

This concert will also feature AVANTI students in three collaborations: AVANTI’s new solo and conducting competitions, and the AVANTI Chorale. These outstanding new programs provide yet another opportunity for AVANTI Workshop students to collaborate with professionals, taking their music-making to the next level.


Ticket prices for the July 25-26 Birmingham concerts have been lowered to $20 with a special patron/preferred seating ticket price of $50, and can be purchased online at: or reserved by calling 313-530-5118.


AVANTI Workshop Finale and Silent Auction

WHEN:        Saturday, July 27 at 1:30 PM

WHERE:      Orchestra Hall, 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit

PROGRAM: AVANTI’s Workshop students will perform side-by-side with DSO Musicians on the Detroit Symphony’s home stage, while a silent auction supporting AVANTI Summer MusicFest takes place.


Complimentary tickets for the Saturday, July 27 Orchestra Hall concert can be obtained online at  or at the Max M. Fisher Music Center Box Office beginning June 15.


Tickets will also be available at the door.



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Avanti Summer MusicFest 2012!

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Avanti pictures and video!

Well, the Avanti Summer MusicFest is over.  It was a tremendous success, and we are all exhausted!  Click here to see pictures of the event:

Avanti Photos -July 2012

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Avanti Summer MusicFest Next Week!


JULY 19-21


WHERE First Presbyterian Church, Birmingham
WHEN Thursday. July 19, 7:30 p.m. Tickets $25, $35, $50
  Friday. July 20, 7:30 p.m. Tickets $25, $35, $50
WHERE Orchestra Hall, Detroit
WHEN Saturday. July 21, 1:30 p.m. Free Admission

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For Immediate Release

Contact: Kevin Good
(248) 909-9656,



Detroit, MI  July 9, 2012 – Musicians of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (MDSO) will perform two evening concerts at the First Presbyterian Church in Birmingham (1669 W. Maple Road, Birmingham) on July 19 and 20 at 7:30 p.m.  The concerts feature intimate chamber works by Mozart, Barber and Hanson on Thursday evening, and orchestral works by Copland, Beethoven and Mozart on Friday evening. The concerts are an important part of the AVANTI Summer MusicFest, an exciting collaboration between the MDSO, the DSO, and Save Our Symphony (SOS).

Approximately 150 local music students, ages 14 to 18, will complete a week of intense study and instruction under the tutelage of approximately 50 DSO musicians July 16-21. “The AVANTI experience will be a great opportunity for these kids,” said Larry Hutchinson, DSO Bass player and
member of the DSO’s Education Committee. “Detroit Symphony Musicians teach the students and sit side- by-side with them in ensemble rehearsals during the day. Then the students get to hear the MDSO perform chamber and orchestral music Thursday and Friday evenings. There aren’t too many places where teaching and leading by example are that immediate and direct.”

In addition to the two AVANTIi Festival concerts, young musicians from Birmingham, Troy, Grosse Pointe, Ann Arbor and many other area communities will perform a free concert alongside musicians from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra on July 21 at 1:30 p.m. at Orchestra Hall (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit). The concert takes place after a week of rigorous workshops at Derby Middle School in Birmingham, offered through the inaugural AVANTI Summer MusicFest. Ticket prices for AVANTI concerts at First Presbyterian Church of Birmingham are $50, $35 and $25 and may be purchased online at, or at the door.  Proceeds will support the AVANTI Summer MusicFest. To reserve complimentary tickets for the July 21 concert at Orchestra Hall, or for further information please visit


About AVANTI Summer MusicFest
AVANTI Summer MusicFest (www.avantisummermusicfest  .org) is Michigan’s newest summer music festival. The festival enables music students to take their playing to a new level in a weeklong workshop coached by the MDSO, and it also presents summer concerts of the highest caliber to metro Detroit audiences. AVANTI  Summer MusicFest is a pilot project conceived by The Musicians of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and collaboratively developed and supported by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Save Our Symphony



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First Annual Avanti Summer Soirée

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Fundraising for Avanti Music Fest.

Dear SOS members:

Avanti Summer Music Fest is well on its way.  We have over 150 students confirmed; we have our Ensemble Directors in place & an enthusiastic Steering Committee that is working hard to make this all happen.

However, we still need YOU!  We are in the midst of fundraising, having our first event on May 20th at Our Lady Star of the Sea.  Please read about it at . You can help!  We are having a reception after the silent auction & concert and are in need of decorations for tables and goodies to serve.

All you bakers, now is your chance to show off your skill. We are looking for cookies or brownies, any kind of hand held sweet for the reception.

Not at home in the kitchen?  How about purchasing some 2 liter bottles of soda or lemonade?  Or donating money for us to purchase them and/or the decorations (plastic table cloths, napkins, name tags for Avanti families, etc)?

Want to attend? Great!  Not only will we take your donation at the door, there will be a silent auction on which to bid and opportunities to volunteer for various tasks (helping with parking, manning the name tag table, keeping the goodies stocked, etc as well as that most important task: clean up!).

Please contact me with how YOU can help!

Bev Williams

Avanti Steering Committee




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Detroit, (Feb. 15, 2012) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO), The Musicians of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (MDSO) and Save Our Symphony (SOS) have announced a six-day intensive summer experience for young musicians ages 14-18, who will have the opportunity to train with DSO musicians. Avanti Summer MusicFest is scheduled for July 16-21, 2012 at Derby Middle School in Birmingham, Mich. and will culminate in a live student performance on the world-renowned stage at historic Orchestra Hall.

“Avanti is yet another example of the progressive way in which all the components of the DSO are uniting. This initiative, coming from the musicians, shows how much all of us care about the musical education of our city’s young people,” said DSO Music Director Leonard Slatkin. “With coaching, master classes, sectional rehearsals and performances, I believe that we are truly paving a path to the future.”

Open to 140 students, the program is composed of a band and an orchestra, in which students will rehearse two hours each day. Students will spend an additional two hours daily in small sectionals led by DSO musicians on their respective instruments.

Kevin Good, a 33-year veteran trumpeter with the DSO said, “This provides a much-needed local camp for music students during the summer break. We’re excited about reaching young performers who have had little to no experience with the DSO, but who have studied music in their schools and want to take it to another level.”

Open enrollment for Avanti’s workshop is currently underway and will close as each instrument section is filled. Tuition for the workshop is $300. Interested parents, students or teachers can visit to download application forms. Applications must be fully completed and will be considered in the order in which they are received. DSO musicians contributed $5,000 to help with financial aid to students who otherwise wouldn’t be able to attend.

SOS President Judy Doyle said, “This project is a demonstration of the different parties within the DSO and the community coming together, working collaboratively, respectfully and admiring what each party brings to the table. By partnering with the community on this pilot, the musicians and the DSO created a new and fresh model for connecting with its public.” The success of Avanti this July will lay the foundation for future summer festival workshops and concerts along with additional partnership opportunities between the MDSO, the DSO and the community.

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