by Geoff Larcom, Published June 13, 2014
YPSILANTI – This summer marks a grand milestone for Pease Auditorium, the classic concert hall on the campus of Eastern Michigan University.
Pease is marking its 100th anniversary this year, and a high point of the celebration comes at 8 p.m. on Friday, June 27, when the Detroit Symphony Orchestra will perform in the historic auditorium.
“The DSO is honored to participate in the celebration of an auditorium, campus and community with such a deep and rich history,” said Anne Parsons, DSO President and CEO. “Congratulations, and all best wishes for the next 100 years of enduring and endearing partnerships and performances.”
Diane Winder, head of the EMU Music Department, said that, “The 100th anniversary of Pease Auditorium represents a significant and proud moment in Eastern Michigan’s 165-year history. We are excited and honored that the DSO will perform to highlight this celebration.”
Acclaimed American conductor JoAnn Falletta, music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, will lead the DSO in a special performance celebrating the centenary of Pease, where the DSO also was among the first to play at the venue in 1914.
The program will feature Prokofiev’s iconic Romeo and Juliet, as well as famed clarinetist David Krakauer performing George Tsontakis’ Anasa: Concerto for Clarinet.
General admission tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children under 18 and students. Tickets can be purchased in advance visiting emutix.com or through calling the EMU Ticket Office at 734.487.2282.
For those who would like to attend both the "Celebrate Like it's 1914" strolling dinner and cocktail reception at McKenny Hall and the DSO concert with reserved seating for $100 per person, visit http://emufoundation.org/index.php/pease.html Proceeds from this event will benefit renovation of Pease Auditorium, with a tax donation available.
Pease, which is located near intersection of West Cross Street and College Place on the southeastern end of campus, is an ideal facility for lectures, small commencement ceremonies and concerts of varying types.
The auditorium is named after Frederic Pease, a professor of music from 1858 to 1909 and head of the conservatory at Michigan State Normal School, the former name for EMU.