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MORE THAN 5,000 ATTEND DSO @ FORD HOUSE CONCERTS
Posted: July 11, 2010

MORE THAN 5,000 ATTEND DSO @ FORD HOUSE CONCERTS
FOR GREAT MUSIC, WEATHER & CHEER
Concerts Exceed Attendance Goal of 3,000
 
DETROIT, (July 12, 2010) - The shores of Grosse Pointe were alive with beautiful music, families, great weather and cheer on Fri., July 9 and Sat., July 10 as the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Edsel & Eleanor Ford House (Ford House) presented their inaugural collaborative concerts, The DSO at Ford House, on the lakeside terrace of the historic home. More than 5,000 attendees, exceeding an original goal of 3,000, enjoyed the music of Benny Goodman with Dave Bennett and his Sextet on Friday, and popular classical music on Saturday, while enjoying the stunning surroundings of the estate.
 
"We are so pleased to have brought this wonderful experience to the community," remarked Kathleen Mullins, president of Ford House. "The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive with words like 'magical,'
'unforgettable,' and 'perfect' being used to describe our guests' experiences."
 
The DSO at Ford House concerts mark an important milestone for Ford House as it expands programming, builds community partnerships and encourages new uses for the historic estate. "When developing our strategic plan, we reached out to the community and something we heard loud and clear was that PEOPLE want to experience live music on the grounds," added Mullins. "The Detroit Symphony has been an outstanding partner with helping Ford House to make that idea a reality."
 
The concept of hosting outdoor concerts at Ford House goes back to the 1920s when the Fords were planning their new home. Landscape architect Jens Jensen, who designed the grounds more than 80 years ago, incorporated clearings whenever possible, to embrace and promote the use of outdoor spaces as places for drama, pageantry and musical performances. Today, concerts at Ford House serve as an example of what
many are calling "the new Ford House."
 
“These concerts occurred as a result of a model partnership, and represent the realization of a dream to offer value to our communities in a new way in an ideal context and setting,” said Anne Parsons, President and CEO of the DSO.  “We are thankful to our staffs, donors, patrons, partners, volunteers, musicians and friends who came together to make these concerts a success.”

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