Detroit Symphony Orchestra To Play Free Concert At MCCC Sept. 20

Part of Series of Free DSO Concerts Next Month in Metro Detroit Sponsored by DTE Energy Foundation

MONROE, Mich. – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra will play a free community concert presented by the DTE Energy Foundation at Monroe County Community College on September 20 at 8 p.m.

The concert will take place at the La-Z-Boy Center, Meyer Theater, which is located on MCCC’s Main Campus at 1555 S Raisinville Rd., Monroe.

Seat reservations are available online now at While the concerts are free admission, a seat reservation is required for entry.  

La-Z-Boy Center

Tickets are not available through MCCC.

The concert at MCCC is part of a series of four free DSO community concerts presented by DTE Energy Foundation to kick off the new season at venues across Metro Detroit.  The free community concert series is in its ninth year.  In addition to the Monroe concert, the DSO will perform free community concerts in Detroit on September 20 at 10:45 a.m. at Greater Grace Temple, East China on September 21 at 8 p.m. at the East China Performing Arts Center and Dearborn on September 22 at 3 p.m. at the Ford community and Performing Arts Center.

For more than 50 years the DTE Energy Foundation, the philanthropic arm of DTE Energy, has supported the DSO and its cultural programs, and the DTE Foundation is proud to once again help the Orchestra bring music to diverse communities throughout Southeast Michigan. In the spring of 2016, the DTE Energy Foundation awarded the DSO with a three-year grant to continue offering these free community concerts each fall. It also includes endowment support for music education, senior citizen outreach and additional community engagement programming.

“The DTE Energy Foundation is proud to bring the extraordinary talent of the DSO to communities across southeast Michigan,” said Lynette Dowler, president of the DTE Energy Foundation and chair of the MCCC Board of Trustees. “This is a wonderful opportunity to experience a world-class orchestra in a community setting.”

“The DSO loves connecting with audiences in and around Detroit throughout the year, and we love when new communities invite us to perform in their neighborhoods,” said DSO President and CEO Anne Parsons. “As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of Orchestra Hall, our magnificent home in midtown Detroit, the DSO remains committed to venturing outside our four walls and being an active participant in the life of our city and region, beginning with these free concerts that launch our season each year. We are grateful to the DTE Energy Foundation for this partnership that promotes and enables opportunities for accessibility.”

All concerts are general admission (no seats will be assigned), and all seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis at All concert venues are accessible to those with disabilities. Concert program details are provided below:

Jacob Joyce, conductor
  Overture to Russlan and Ludmilla
  Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64
  Valse: Allegro moderato
  Overture to Die Zauberflöte, K. 620 (The Magic Flute)
  Suite No. 1 from Peer Gynt, Op. 46
  I. Morning Mood
  III. Anitra's Dance
  Suite No. 1 from Carmen
  Prelude and Aragonaise
  Les Toréadors
DUKE ELLINGTON (arr. Ralph Hermann)
  Duke Ellington Fantasy
  Main Theme from Star Wars

About Conductor Jacob Joyce
A native of Michigan, Jacob Joyce was recently appointed associate conductor of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (ISO). He received critical acclaim after stepping in on short notice for the ISO’s classical series, and he will appear with several American orchestras in the 2019-2020 season. Joyce served as a conducting fellow with the Fort Worth Symphony and previously held artistic positions with the Yale Symphony Orchestra, Berkeley College Orchestra, Opera Theater of Yale College and Handel and Haydn Society of Boston.

In addition to conducting, Joyce is the creator and co-host of the podcast Attention to Detail: The Classical Music Listening Guide, geared towards newcomers to the concert hall. He is also a member of the presenting team for the ISO’s Explore the Score, First Mondays and Art of Leadership series, which all aim to make classical music more accessible to new audiences.
Joyce studied conducting with Hugh Wolff at the New England Conservatory. He has attended the Tanglewood Music Center and the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen, where he was awarded the Robert Spano Conducting Prize. Joyce studied music and economics at Yale College and earned a master of music degree from Yale School of Music, where he studied violin with Syoko Aki.

About the DTE Energy Foundation
Among the state’s largest foundations committed to Michigan-focused giving, the DTE Energy Foundation supports initiatives focused on arts and culture, community transformation, economic progress, education and employment, environment and human needs. Not only do we want to create an economic impact across the state, but we want to provide hope and inspiration to communities making a difference. The DTE Energy Foundation supports events and programs that help generate more than $50 million in local economic activity in the past year.

About the DSO
The most accessible orchestra on the planet, the acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra is known for trailblazing performances, collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists, and a deep connection to its city. As a community-supported orchestra, generous giving by individuals and institutions at all levels drives the continued success and growth of the institution. Conductor Leonard Slatkin, who recently concluded an acclaimed decade-long tenure at the helm, now serves as the DSO’s Music Director Laureate, endowed by the Kresge Foundation. Celebrated conductor, arranger and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik is the orchestra’s Principal Pops Conductor, while the outstanding trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard holds the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair. Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall within the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, the DSO offers a performance schedule that features Classical, PNC Pops, Paradise Jazz, and Young People’s Family Concert series. One of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, Orchestra Hall will celebrate its centennial in 2019-2020. In addition, the DSO presents the William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series in seven metro area venues, as well as a robust schedule of eclectic multi-genre performances in its mid-size venue, The Cube, constructed and curated with support from Peter D. & Julie F. Cummings. A dedication 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 also reaches tens of thousands of children with the Classroom Edition expansion. With growing attendance and unwavering philanthropic support from the people of Detroit, the DSO actively pursues a mission to embrace and inspire individuals, families and communities through unsurpassed musical experiences.

About Monroe County Community College and the La-Z-Boy Center, Meyer Theater
Founded in 1964, Monroe County Community College is a public, two-year institution supported by tax monies from Monroe County, educational funds from the State of Michigan and student tuition. The college’s mission is to enrich lives in our community by providing opportunity through student-focused, affordable, quality higher education and other learning experiences. The Main Campus is located at 1555 South Raisinville Road, Monroe, Mich., 48161, with easy access to Toledo and Detroit. The Whitman Center is located in Temperance, Mich., 48182, near the Ohio-Michigan Border.  Detailed information about MCCC is available at

The college is home to the La-Z-Boy Center and the 550-seat Meyer Theater, which makes MCCC a focal point for major community events and conferences. The facility is a well-defined community resource where people expect and look forward to experiencing high-quality educational and cultural enrichment. The La-Z-Boy Center provides exciting opportunities for students and the community and is flexible enough to respond to three different and equally important needs – cultural arts programming, customized training for business and industry, and unparalleled space for community activities and conferences.

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Joe Verkennes
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Monroe County Community College
1555 S. Raisinville Rd., Monroe, MI  48161

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