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DSO Ends Strike With Free Concert

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The Detroit Symphony Orchestra performs Saturday night to full house. (Credit: WWJ)

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra performs Saturday night to full house. (Credit: WWJ)

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DETROIT (WWJ) – The public’s joy over the return of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra is evident, Saturday evening’s free concert at the Max M. Fisher Theater, is completely sold out.

Friday, DSO musicians voted to ratify a new contract, bringing the six month strike to an end. DSO spokesperson Elizabeth Weigandt talked live on WWJ:

“People are really really overjoyed that we are back to work and that theres going to be music at orchestra hall and we are offering all tickets going forward for $20 dollars each. If you have not bought a ticket yet to the DSO this season, $20 dollars each going forward,” says Weigandt. 

“We feel that it is a sustainable deal the DSO will still have some deficits going forward, so we’re not completely out of the woods. but it is a much more sustainable deal that we can afford and we are thrilled that the musicians agreed to it and agreed that we needed to make some changes,” says Weigandt. 

“It’s a difficult road that we have being musicians and artists here in the rust-belt, but at the very least this has brought the symphony musicians into greater, more constant view of the general population, and that’s not going to be a bad thing,” says Saxophonist Mark Kieme who plays, on occasion, with the DSO.

If you missed the chance for this weekend’s free concert, Weingandt says they’re having another family concert next weekend that will also be free of charge.

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