Take in the New Year with a Prince Tribute at the DSO

By: Michael Fossbakk | December 28, 2016

If you’re still looking for ways to make this New Year’s Eve memorable, how about taking in a concert at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra? Still not convinced? What if I told you this concert is entirely Prince-themed? See, now I have your attention.

That’s right, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra has arranged a special Prince tribute concert for one night only – New Year’s Eve! The DSO will perform classic songs from the internationally recognized and celebrated artist, like “Purple Rain,” “Raspberry Beret,” “When Doves Cry” and “Little Red Corvette.” In fact, Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers is sponsoring this one-of-a-kind concert and will be lending an actual red Corvette that will be featured in the atrium next to the Planterra Purple Rainforest.

Guest conductor Brent Havens, who has worked with the DSO on numerous arrangements, projects and more, is responsible for the music you will hear at this concert. Havens arranged Prince’s work for an orchestral setting for this very concert.

Brent Havens has been a frequent and trusted collaborator with the DSO over the years and his name was the first name that popped into our minds for this event,” said Director of Individual Giving at the DSO Cassie Brenske. “It just so happened that at the same time we came up with the idea to present a tribute to Prince’s music, Brent was thinking about creating a show featuring the music of Prince.”

Tickets to the event are available in three tiers: the $100 “Raspberry Beret” level, the $250 “Purple Rain” level and the $500 “Little Red Corvette” level, the latter of which contains access to everything the night has to offer.

Those with “Purple Rain” tickets will have access to the strolling dinner in the Planterra Purple Rainforest, which will include live music by the DSO’s Civic Jazz quartet. Those with “Little Red Corvette” tickets will have access to a seated four-course dinner, prepared by DSO executive chef Kyle Hanley, in the Little Red Corvette Lounge.

All three tiers of tickets will have access to the Raspberry Beret Lounge and the after party in the Purple Rain Forest.

For those unable to attend the event, DSO is partnering with Detroit Public Television to bring the concert to you at home, live on your local DPTV channel and online at dso.org/live.

We are the only Orchestra in America to stream our concerts,” said Brenske, “and we’re the only Orchestra world-wide that streams them for free for an average of 4,000 viewers per live webcast. This year we surpassed a million views!”

Those wishing to purchase tickets for the event can do so on DSO’s official website.

So, where will you be on New Year’s Eve this year? At home, snacking on cheese and crackers while you watch the ball drop on TV? Or, will you be a part of a New Year’s Eve celebration that will be remembered for years to come? And, hey, why pass up the opportunity to get up close and personal with a Little Red Corvette?