The bassoonist who saved a concert hall

The bassoonist who saved a concert hall


norman lebrecht

February 17, 2021

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra is in mourning for Paul Ganson, an assistant principal bassoon who headed the successful Save Orchestra Hall campaign in 1970.

‘Paul’s extraordinary impact on the DSO cannot be overstated,’ said the DSO. ‘He stands with Ossip Gabrilowitsch and very few others as a giant in the history of our orchestra. We literally would not be where we are today without Paul.’

Paul Ganson died last month, aged 80.



  • The View from America says:

    Detroit Symphony Orchestra Hall is an acoustical gem, and aesthetically it’s very easy on the eyes as well.

    • Sisko24 says:

      I can’t help but wonder if being an acoustic gem and aesthetically pleasing go hand in hand? One problem I see and hear with ‘modern’ halls is that they look ugly from the outside and sound ugly once inside.

  • Old Man in the Midwest says:

    Just shows that a musician can make an impact beyond just doing his/her job within the orchestra.

    Detroit has many architectural gems and the Hall is one of them. So glad that the City listened to a musician who wanted to save an old relic and give it new life.

  • fflambeau says:

    Why not name the hall after him?