Detroit Symphony Orchestra brings music education to 30,000 Detroit students

DETROIT - Tens of thousands of Detroit students experienced the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) for the first time Wednesday while seated in their own classrooms with an educational expansion of the DSO's "Live from Orchestra Hall" free HD webcast series -- Classroom Edition.

Watch it here: #DSOLive Classroom Edition

The series premiered with two performances of An American Adventure hosted by actor and Detroit native Damon Gupton with the DSO's new Assistant Conductor Michelle Merrill making her debut on the podium.

Nearly 300 Detroit public and charter schools were expected to tune into the webcast, including all of Detroit Public Schools' K-8 classes. An additional 125 schools throughout the country also participated, reaching approximately 40,000 students with one performance.

"Every student deserves access to the creative arts, regardless of circumstances," said DSO President and CEO Anne Parsons. "With the wonders of technology and the DSO's belief in accessibility, we are so thrilled to be able to deliver this opportunity directly into classrooms within Detroit and across the country."

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