Wish List a dso holiday gift guide

We think gift giving should make you feel good, and purchases that support local artists, companies, and your Detroit Symphony Orchestra can accomplish just that! From Beau Bien artisan preserves made with local fruit in Eastern Market, to the gift of time spent with family, items found at the Shop @ The Max, the Shapero Lounge, and the Box Office are bound to make you smile when it's time to get out the wrapping paper.

The Gift of Music

Music is a powerful gift. It has the ability to transport, entertain, amuse, and heal. Give the gift of hearing Detroit's world-class symphony orchestra and know your purchase helps fortify the DSO's 131-year legacy.

Instrument petting zoo in the William Davidson Atrium.

Visit the DSO online or at the Box Office to choose 3 or more concerts from the DSO’s Classical Series, PNC Pops Series, Paradise Jazz Series, Young People’s Family Concerts, William Davidson Neighborhood Series or Cube events and receive best available seats for $25 each*! The same number of tickets must be purchased for each concert in your group of three or more concerts to qualify for this offer. Combine your favorite concerts and create your own custom package, such as:

American Panorama Festival: John Williams Celebration • Porgy and Bess • West Side Story •

Paradise Jazz Series: The Music of John Coltrane • Anat Cohen and Kendrick Scott • The Movie Music of Spike Lee & Terence Blanchard •

PNC Pops Series: The BIG 80s • Revolution: The Beatles Symphonic Experience • The Wonderful Music of Oz •

Thursday Classical: Appalachian Spring • Mahler Symphony No. 5 • Vivaldi’s Gloria •

*Not available for previously purchased tickets. Includes concerts Jan.-June 2019 only. Excludes box seats, DSO Presents and Other Presenters. Exchange value of $25 per ticket vs. single ticket pricing plus applicable exchange fees. Programs, prices, and artists are subject to change.

Paradise Jazz Series with Tia Fuller, October 2018.

Gift certificates in any denomination are also available through the DSO Box Office, and can be used toward the Classical, PNC Pops, Paradise Jazz, William Davidson Neighborhood, and Young People's Family Concert Series, or programming in The Cube. Order in-person or over the phone at: (313) 576-5111. The Box Office is happy to mail your certificate to your home or to the certificate's recipient!

epiphany studios Pop-up: Shapero Lounge

Light is bouncing off delicate, color-saturated glass in the Woodward Avenue windows of the Shapero Lounge, where epiphany—a collaborative glass blowing studio— will be showing and selling work at a DSO pop-up throughout January.

epiphany studio is helmed by artisan April Wagner. Born in Muskegon, April is a natural artist whose interest in form, color, and line were apparent since early childhood. Her discovery of glass blowing in college laid the foundation for her successful career:

“I was in love with ceramics, but then I tried glassblowing and realized I never wanted to work in clay again, I’d found the thing I wanted to do for the rest of my life.”
April Wagner in the Shapero Lounge.

The Shapero Lounge can be accessed directly from Woodward Avenue at Parsons St., or via the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center during events. Store hours are Thurs/Fri/Sat 4-9pm, and Sun 11am-4pm.


You may have sat next to Jackie and Kevin Kolpasky in Orchestra Hall, with an open bag of MichiGummies in your hand, without realizing they are the creators of the flavorful Shurms candies sold in the William Davidson Atrium for concert snacking.

A PNC Pops subscriber for two seasons, Kevin recalls the fun of attending Christmas Pops concerts as a child in the 1970's, and is thrilled that Shurms Candy might become part of your own symphony memories.

Proudly based in Oakland Township, and shaped like the mitten state, MichiGummies are infused with flavors such as world-famous Michigan cherry. While the gummies won't make your winter warmer, they do promise to bring the taste of summers up north into your stockings.

The colorful packaging of MichiGummies never fails to draw patrons over when they enter the Shop @ The Max!

Pete's Chocolate Co.

Music isn't the only thing made at The Max: Pete's Chocolate Co. create their hand-rolled truffles and hot chocolate mix in the DSO kitchen —the premier catering facility where your Paradise Café fare is cooked. When Pete Steffy is in working, the smell of cocoa wafting from the stove tops makes a delicious backdrop for the music coming from Orchestra Hall:

Sometimes I’ll make a phone call for my business from the kitchen and wonder if the person on the other end of the phone realized that the background music on my end is a live world-class symphony orchestra!

Pete's Chocolate Co. began as a passion project in 2009 after Pete returned to Detroit from a one year stay in the small Mexican city of San Cristóbal de las Casas, where he studied the art of chocolate with a chocolatier named Iván Arce. Back in Detroit, he began experimenting with his own recipes for both classic and unusual flavors.

Pete in the DSO kitchen rolling white chocolate curry truffles in toasted coconut.

Illustrations by DetroitGT

The man behind DetroitGT, Christopher Gorski, is a lifetime Detroiter and certified "car nut", who studied at the acclaimed College for Creative Studies. His "Icon" prints are new to Shop @ The Max.

The Renaissance Center could be viewed in the distance from Ford Road just a block from my childhood home in Dearborn Heights. I would stand in the turn lane with six lanes of traffic whizzing by and feel the pride of this city...This work honors Detroit and it's special places, buildings, and history.

The Gift of Memories

Give the gift of an unforgettable night, and maybe even impress that person who's always asking you to plan a night out.

Ring in 2019 at the DSO New Year's Eve Bash with the music of Whitney Houston. Whitney was a diva of rare talent with a powerhouse voice that touched our hearts and souls. Join the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and vocal sensation Rashidra Scott to celebrate the musical legacy of the Whitney songs you know and love.

Rashidra Scott backstage at Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. Photo by Jenny Anderson. Copyright Broadway.com.

Valet Parking? Champagne? Dancing? With options at varying price points the So Emotional, Dance with Somebody, Bodyguard, and Greatest Love of All packages each offer something different to help you design the NYE you've always wanted to experience.

Concert-only tickets are also available.

Everything but the kitchen sink...

Detroit coney dog ornaments and mitten-map pillows from City Bird boutique. Hand-printed city plan pashminas by Cyberoptix in Eastern Market. Detroit Marshmallow Co. marshmallows for your Pete's hot cocoa. Michigan-made small-batch Festivus Frappe bar soap by the Cellar Door Bath Supply Co. Unicorns. More Unicorns. Cat bingo. The new Sister Pie cookbook, Sister Pie: The Recipes and Stories of a Big-Hearted Bakery in Detroit. Birmingham Chocolate, and Mel's Toffee of Royal Oak.

Shop @ The Max is open on event days only, beginning two hours prior to every performance and throughout the entire show. The store can be accessed directly from Woodward Avenue, or via the William Davidson Atrium within the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center. DSO loyalty card holders receive 10% off their entire purchase!

*All items available in the Shop @ The Max unless otherwise indicated

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