Michigan Philharmonic begins spring fundraiser campaign
76th season continues through May with finale at Schoolcraft College
By: Michigan Philharmonic
Dubbed the "April Showers, Brings May Dollars" matching fundraiser, the Philharmonic is seeking to raise at least $20,000 to help match the generous donations of a major donor made earlier this year.
According to Beth Stewart, executive director of the Philharmonic, the campaign is a reminder that all size donations can make a difference in supporting a cultural jewel like the symphony, based for its entire history in Plymouth but with concerts and programs throughout southeast Michigan.
The Michigan Phil will wrap up its 76th season on May 21 with "The Great American Songbook" at Schoolcraft College's VisTaTech Center. This evening features the smooth sounds of versatile vocalist Suede performing some great American standards from Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers, Gershwin, Duke Ellington, Henry Mancini, Julie Styne and Stephen Sondheim.
Founded in 1945 as the Plymouth Symphony Orchestra, today the Michigan Philharmonic is one of the most highly-respected regional orchestras showcasing classical and pop music in southeast Michigan communities throughout the year.
The Philharmonic's current Music Director and Conductor, Nan Washburn, is wrapping up on her 23rd season, a career that is the second longest leadership role in the organization's 76 years.
Throughout its 76 years the Michigan Phil has worked tirelessly on behalf of the community. Besides presenting a full season of concerts and programs, the Philharmonic partners with several school districts, the City of Plymouth, the Wayne County Community College District, the Huron Clinton Metroparks, Brighton Center for the Performing Arts and the Detroit River Conservancy – Parks Division for performances throughout southeast Michigan.
The Michigan Philharmonic Youth Orchestra provides young musicians numerous opportunities to hone their skills and take part in an array of programs and performances.