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Kid Rock Concert Benefits Detroit Symphony

One musical bad boy helped raise a million dollars for the DSO, while a new audience was introduced to the wonders of a musical miscreant from another age.  Kid Rock teamed with the Detroit Symphony to raise both money and awareness with spectacular results.

 You can’t witness thousands of rabid Kid Rock fans rewarding the first movement of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony with a roaring standing ovation and breaking into chants of “DSO! DSO!â€? without recognizing elitist stereotypes about classical music being put out to pasture.

Say what you want about young music listeners...they're far more willing to give unfamiliar music a fair shake than the rest of us. Read the concert review in the Detroit Free Press Read Leonard Slatkin's take on the event here

Yo Yo Ma, Paul Simon, Win Sweden's Prestigious Polar Music Award

Former ABBA member, the late Stig Anderson, decided some years ago that musical barriers needed to come down.  With that in mind, he established the Polar Music Award to recognize those who were making it happen. Read Yo-Yo Ma and Paul Simon Win 2012 Polar Music Prize in Limelight

Renee Fleming to Team with Lang Lang and Kylie Minogue at Buckingham Palace

Renee Fleming, whose most recent release contained covers of bands ranging from Jefferson Airplane and Tears for Fears to Arcade Fire, the Mars Volta and Muse is set to perform at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee June 4th. Read Renee Fleming to Sing for the Queen in Limelight