When a disabled audience member cried out with joy and an audience member objected during a philharmonic concert in Gothenburg, Sweden, it sparked an international debate on concert etiquette.
This weekend the Detroit SO launched a pilot scheme by opening its first rehearsal of the new season to a group of students with special needs from Glen Peters School of the Macomb Intermediate School District. The initiative was held in memory of Nathan Suida, who passed away at DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan in June. A music lover, Nathan’s desire to see the DSO live sparked a conversation about ways to make performances at Orchestra Hall more accessible and enjoyable for individuals with special needs.
Way to go.