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The Detroit Symphony Orchestra performs from the stage of Orchestra Hall in Detroit's midtown neighborhood and it is an American orchestra, the orchestra's first performance was held on February 26, 1914 at the old Detroit Opera House, the Detroit Symphony was founded by 10 Detroit society women, each of whom had contributed to the organization and vowed to get 100 other subscribers. Weston Gales was the first music director they hired this 27 year old was a church organist from Boston, and on February 26, 1914 the orchestra's first performance was held.
Then in 1918, they hired famed Russian pianist Ossip Gabrilowitsch as music director who bought instant recognition to the orchestra. He insisted upon a new auditorium as a condition of his accepting the position. And in 1919 Orchestra Hall was completed in a remarkably short time. The Detroit Symphony Orchestra gained recognition immediately under his guidance, and became one of the most popular orchestras in the country performing with leading artists as well.
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra gave the world's first radio broadcast in 1922, with guest artist Artur Schnabel at the piano and Gabrilowitsch conducting. The orchestra performed for millions as the official orchestra of the Ford Symphony Hour national show from 1934 to 1942. The orchestra moved to Temple Theatre from Orchestra hall due to financial problems in 1939, three years after Gabrilowitsch's premature death. In the 1940's the orchestra stopped playing twice as it moved thrice to different locations.
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra moved to Ford Auditorium in 1956, it remained there for 33 years. The orchestra once again regained its popularity under the guidance of music director Paul Paray, gaining many awards for its 70 recordings on the Mercury label.
After a 20 year restoration the Detroit Symphony Orchestra returned to Orchestra Hall in 1989. Further renovations were completed in 2003, and added a recital hall and an educational wing, that cost about $60 million. Music director Neeme Jarvi took over in 1990 and was with the orchestra till 2005.
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