“On Monday, the DSO announced its plans for a five-day tour in Florida Jan. 16-20,” writes Maureen Feighan in Monday’s (10/18) Detroit News. “Performances will be held in Miami, West Palm Beach, Gainesville and Sarasota…. ‘It was very clear that going down there where so many Michiganders spend the winter made all kinds of sense,’ said Anne Parsons, the DSO’s president and CEO. ‘Plus … we think it’s a great way to introduce Jader (Bignamini, the current music director) and this great chemistry between Jader and the orchestra to the world.’ The program will [include] cellist Joshua Roman in Dvořak’s Cello Concerto … Mussorgsky’s ‘Pictures at an Exhibition,’ Brahms’s Symphony No. 2, and Jessie Montgomery’s Banner…. Some DSO fans even travel with the orchestra during its tours…. ‘We invite people to come on the road with us,’ said Parsons. ‘It’s really a lot of fun.’ … DSO Bass Nicholas Myers … is looking forward to the tour.… ‘Tours give us the chance to have experiences that forge a sense of togetherness and fellowship that no other experience provides,’ he said…. The DSO will have a sendoff concert on Jan. 13 at Orchestra Hall before it leaves.”