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— The Detroit Symphony Orchestra is getting a $3.75 million grant from the William Davidson Foundation to support its Neighborhood Concert Series, officials announced Tuesday.

The series has sold out concerts since its launch in 2011 with six metro Detroit performance locations. The grant will support the series of concerts throughout Metro Detroit, as well as additional activities outside Orchestra Hall, over the next three years.

As part of the announcement, the DSO is renaming the concert series the William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series. Davidson died in 2009 at age 86. He owned the Detroit Pistons and was chairman of glassmaker Guardian Industries Corp.

“Bill Davidson had a passion for connecting communities through the presentation of DSO concerts, using us as eager ambassadors for all that is great about the city of Detroit,” Anne Parsons, DSO president and CEO, said in a statement. “He inspired us to create the Neighborhood Concert Series as a way to increase our reach and provide greater accessibility. We thank everyone at the William Davidson Foundation for their outstanding and continuous support and for allowing us to recognize Bill by renaming the series in his honor.”

Since its inception, the neighborhood series has grown from six venues to seven, and now offers performances in Beverly Hills, Bloomfield Hills, Canton Township, Dearborn, Grosse Pointe, Southfield and West Bloomfield Township.

In addition to traditional concerts, the Neighborhood Residency Initiative allows musicians to perform in intimate settings for suburban audiences such as schools, hospitals, libraries and places of worship.

To celebrate the announcement about the neighborhood series, performances are planned from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the Plymouth Farmer’s Market, the Somerset Collection and Twelve Oaks Mall.

jchambers@detroitnews.com

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