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Ford Supports Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s First Trip to China

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Ford Motor Company and Ford Motor Company Fund will serve as significant financial supporters of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s planned 11-concert international tour, which is set to take place from July 14th-29th in 2017. In addition to five stops throughout Japan, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra will also make its first-ever visit to China with stops in cities including Shanghai and Chongqing.

Ford anticipates that the stops in China will include engagement with its employees in the country. Ford’s Asia Pacific headquarters are located in Shanghai, and the automaker operates 10 manufacturing plants throughout the country as well as a regional R&D center.


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“The Detroit Symphony Orchestra is more than a collection of talented musicians,” said Jim Vella, president, Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services. “They are cultural ambassadors for our entire region. We’re proud to build on our long history of supporting the orchestra by enabling new audiences to share in the joy of a performance.”

The concerts will be conducted by Music Director Leonard Slatkin; performances will include Copland’s Symphony No. 3, Bernstein’s Candide overture, McTee’s Double Play, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4, Korngold’s Violin Concerto, and Takemitsu’s Far Calls. Coming, Far! Prior to the kickoff of the tour proper, the DSO will hold a free afternoon concert at Orchestra Hall that can also be seen via live webcast.

“This tour requires a strong collective of thoughtful and strategic partners,” said Anne Parsons, Detroit Symphony Orchestra president and CEO. “I particularly want to thank Ford and all of our current supporters.”


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