I’ve come across some untraditional collaborations between rock musicians and orchestras, but this one has to be the most unusual. Brian McCollum of the Detroit Free Press wrote a post about Detroit native Kid Rock‘s performance with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra on May 12. The event was a fundraiser, which, according to a DSO press release, raised more than $1 milllion to fund performances by the symphony’s musicians in schools, churches, retirement communities, nursing homes, hospitals, and community centers across Southeast Michigan.
The orchestra opened with classical standards including Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man”, the first movement of Beethoven’s fifth Symphony, and Rossini’s “William Tell Overture” (see Mark Stryker’s article on the Detroit Free Press for more info). The rock set list included “Devil without a Cause”, “Rock and Roll Jesus”, “Rock On” and “Bawitdaba”.
You can check out photos from the event here.
- Kid Rock Raises $1 Million for Detroit Symphony Orchestra (loudwire.com)
- Symphony banks on Kid Rock (toledoblade.com)
- Kid Rock plans to raise $1M for orchestra in Detroit (ctv.ca)
- DSO Hopes To Raise $1M With Kid Rock Show (detroit.cbslocal.com)