This guest post is from Michelle Merrill, assistant conductor of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
As we transition out of the end of summer and into the next season, there is much to look forward to – children will head off to school, the air will start to have that familiar chill, the leaves will change into vibrant shades of red, orange, and yellow, pumpkin-spice-you-name-it will be anywhere and everywhere, and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra will come back together for a brand new season of community performances, powered by the DTE Energy Foundation.
Coming back together after a summer apart is always fun – musicians get to swap stories of their summer travels and any music festivals or conventions they may have attended. Most of the summer is also spent individually practicing and preparing for the concerts to come, so getting back together to make music as a whole unit is incredibly satisfying. In a way, it’s like a family reunion.
The DSO and the city of Detroit have been my family and my home for the past two years, and as I move into my third year working with this orchestra, I have the privilege of leading the first concerts of the year as we take the symphonic experience out of orchestra hall and into the community. If you have never been, this is a great chance to see the DSO in unique locations all throughout the city – free of charge. It’s just one of our ways to give back to Detroit, this city which gives back to each of us everyday. Come, bring a friend, and join us as we celebrate the start of the new season!