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Camping out for tickets to DSO Spielberg/Williams concert? You can win tickets to gala, visit with Star Wars characters



The force will be with you if you plan to stand in line all night for tickets to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s much-anticipated benefit concert on June 14 featuring Oscar-winning composer John Williams and legendary director Steven Spielberg.

At 8:00 am on Monday, April 14 you’ll be joined by Storm Troopers, Darth Vader, Princess Leia and R2D2 from the 501st Legion Great Lakes Garrison. The tickets go on sale at 9 a.m..

williams_spielbergIf you are one of the first 50 people in line Sunday night you will be entered to win two free gala packages valued at $2,000. Each package includes exclusive seating and admittance to the black tie gala dinner honoring Dan Gilbert, chairman and CEO of Quicken Loans, and Matt Cullen, president and CEO of Rock Ventures. The Gala Dinner aims to raise more than $1 million for the DSO. The dinner and dancing will take place at the Max M. Fisher Music Center immediately following the concert.

DSO security will be on site starting at 8 p.m. Sunday, April 13 and concessions will be available throughout the night. Free pizza will be served at midnight and doughnuts will be served at 6 a.m. Fans are encouraged to wear costumes inspired by Steven Spielberg/John Williams movies to be entered in a costume contest.

Don’t worry. If it rains … or dare we say it, snows (nah) … all campers will be admitted into the Max M. Fisher Music Center atrium.

Here’s the schedule for the night:

WHERE:   Max M. Fisher Music Center Box Office, 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit 48201

WHEN:   Sunday, April 13

DSO security on site and concessions available for campers

Monday, April 14

8 a.m.—Storm Troopers, Darth Vader and Princess Leia arrive from 501st Legion: Great Lakes Garrison

9 a.m.—Tickets go on sale

Steven_Spielberg_2011 compressedThe benefit concert is Saturday, June 14. Both Williams and Spielberg are donating their services. Williams, a five-time Academy Award and 21-time Grammy Award winner, will conduct the orchestra. The concert will feature selections from some of his most popular and iconic scores, including Star Wars, Harry Potter, Jaws, E.T., Indiana Jones, Schindler’s List and more.

Spielberg will join Williams to host the second half of the evening. They’ll present selections from their 42-year artistic collaboration, including selected film clips projected on a giant screen above the orchestra.

“The Detroit Symphony is one of our country’s great artistic treasures, and it’s always a privilege and a joy to make music with them,” said Williams, who last conducted the DSO in April 2008.

Just in case you’re interested in other DSO concerts you can check out the schedule here.

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