In Tuesday’s (2/18) Detroit News, George Bulanda writes, “Things have been looking particularly sunny for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra of late. First, the organization closed out fiscal 2013 with a balanced budget. Then, in January, a three-year contract was ratified—eight months before the deadline. The bright news continues, in both a figurative and literal sense: The DSO and Music Director Leonard Slatkin are headed to the Sunshine State Feb. 25-March 4. The southern Florida tour includes six concerts in five cities: West Palm Beach (Feb. 25-26), Miami (Feb. 28), Vero Beach (March 2), Sarasota (March 3) and Naples (March 4).… The repertoire is more expansive than it was on the DSO’s last Florida tour in 2010. Plus, there are additional stops in hospitals and senior-living centers.… [Music Director Leonard] Slatkin says such outreach performances are vital for a modern orchestra’s health. ‘It’s becoming more and more clear that orchestras have got to find other ways to reach the public through either community service or going into schools to spread the word of the value of classical music in the 21st century,’ he says.”

Posted February 18, 2014