DETROIT, (August 12, 2015) – This morning, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) launched the nation’s only on-demand classical performance archive to some 5,000 inaugural members. Through Replay, music fans can stream full-length classical works on-demand in HD. Boasting more than 100 works originally performed on the orchestra’s Live From Orchestra Hall webcast series, the archive will be refreshed with new content each week during the classical season. Users simply log on to dso.org/replay to explore the new online environment.
“Thanks to Live From Orchestra Hall, lovers of great music have been able to enjoy our performances here in Detroit no matter where they may be,” said DSO Music Director Leonard Slatkin. “Through Replay, they can relive these concerts whenever they would like.”
The DSO is the first American orchestra to make its performance archive available on-demand. Prior to today, past Live From Orchestra Hall footage was only available through special encore broadcasts on dso.org/live or through YouTube clips.
“Today’s audiences crave online content when and where they please,” said Eric Woodhams, Director of Digital Initiatives. “Replay gives our patrons instant access to a growing library of performances, with new content added just days after each live classical program all season long. We’re making our incredible DSO even more accessible to audiences…anytime, anywhere, on any device.”
Dso.org/replay is online and fully functional as of this morning with a two minute preview available to all visitors. An inaugural class of some 5,000 annual fund supporters are immediately eligible to use the new service to its full extent, and all patrons who join the annual fund with a gift of $50 or more will receive full access. Viewers can browse content by composer, date, or through a rotating series of curated playlists such as “Virtuoso Violin,” “Living Composers,” “Made in America,” and many more.
Works currently available for streaming cover virtually every era of the classical genre, including classics by Beethoven and Mozart, 20th century masterpieces and a sampling by living composers. Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite, John Corigliano’s “Red Violin” Concerto, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6, “Pathétique,” Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, Orff’s Carmina Burana, and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade are just a few.
Streaming is made possible through hosting services provided by Brightcove. This leading online video platform offers CD-quality audio and video in 1080p HD resolution.
“Replay is an innovative use of Brightcove Gallery and positions the DSO as a leader among Brightcove customers using the product to engage and inspire audiences across any device,” said Linda Crowe,
Vice President of Digital Marketing at Brightcove. “We are thrilled to help the DSO achieve their digital goals through on-demand video streaming.”
In fall 2014 the DSO expanded their live broadcast mission to include education. Live From Orchestra Hall: Classroom Edition reached more than 100,000 students in classrooms nationwide with just two broadcasts this season. Both editions of Live From Orchestra Hall will recommence this fall. Schedules are available at dso.org/live and dso.org/classroom.
Live From Orchestra Hall is presented in partnership with Detroit Public Television, with support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Ford Motor Company Fund. Live broadcasts are brought to you from the Alfred R. Glancy III Control Room within the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center.
About the DSO
Hailed by The New York Times as “cutting edge,” the internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra is known for trailblazing performances, visionary maestros, collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists, and an ardent commitment to Detroit. As a community-supported orchestra, generous giving by individuals and institutions at all levels drives the continued success and growth of the institution. Esteemed conductor Leonard Slatkin, called “America’s Music Director” by the Los Angeles Times, became the DSO’s 12th Music Director, endowed by the Kresge Foundation, in 2008. Acclaimed conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik serves as Principal Pops Conductor while celebrated trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard holds the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair. With growing attendance and unwavering philanthropic support from the Detroit community, the DSO’s performance schedule includes Classical, Pops, Jazz, Young People’s, and Neighborhood concerts, and collaborations with chart-topping musicians from Smokey Robinson to Kid Rock. A commitment to broadcast innovation began in 1922 when the DSO became the first orchestra in the world to present a radio broadcast and continues today with the free Live from Orchestra Hall webcast series, which now reaches tens of thousands of children with the new Classroom Edition expansion. Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall within the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, one of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, the DSO actively pursues a mission to embrace and inspire individuals, families, and communities through unsurpassed musical experiences. For more information visit the newly updated dso.org or download the free DSO to Go mobile app.