Join the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) as it teams up with Award-winning composer and pianist Dave Grusin for five performances from Oct. 8-11.

Grusin, joined by bassist Brian Bromberg and percussionist Will Kennedy, will showcase his film scores as well as jazz and traditional works in a concert event titled An Evening with Dave Grusin.

The performances, part of the DTE Energy Foundation Pops Series, take place Thurs., Oct. 8 at 10:45 a.m. and 8 p.m.; Fri., Oct. 9 at 8:30 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 10 at 8:30 p.m.; and Sun., Oct. 11 at 3 p.m. in Orchestra Hall.

The program features a wide array of Grusin’s original compositions from film scores to such movies as The Firm, Tootsie, On Golden Pond, Havana, The Milagro Beanfield War and The Goonies along with the jazz work “Mountain Dance” and traditional cowboy songs “Git-along, Little Dogies,” “The Colorado Trail” and “Cripple Creek Breakdown.”  Also highlighted in the program are Mancini’s Peter Gunn and Mr. Lucky, Bernstein’s Porgy and Bess Medley and much more.

Since the late 50’s, Dave Grusin has worked in the profession of music as an arranger, pianist, composer and record producer.  Born in Littleton, CO and educated at the University of Colorado, he holds honorary doctoral degrees from the University of Colorado and from the Berklee College of Music in Boston.  
Grusin has written over sixty film scores, including The Graduate, Tootsie, The Fabulous Baker Boys, The Firm, Havana, Heaven Can Wait, and On Golden Pond. Having received eight Academy Award-nominations, he won an Oscar in 1988 for The Milagro Beanfield War. Most recently he scored Recount for HBO.

From 1976 to 1995, he was in partnership with Larry Rosen as owners of GRP records.  His life as a recording artist and producer has resulted in ten Grammy Awards and numerous nominations, including one for Two Worlds in 2002 and another for Amparo in 2008. These two projects with guitarist Lee Ritenour feature performances by Renée Fleming, Joshua Bell, Gil Shaham, Chris Botti and James Taylor, among others.  

He has also arranged for and/or performed with Quincy Jones, Gerry Mulligan, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Arnold Steinhardt, Bobby Mcferrin, Peggy Lee, Patti Austin, Diana Krall, Grover Washington Jr., Earl Klugh, Arturo Sandoval, Clark Terry, Sergio Mendes, James Taylor, Billy Joel, Andy Williams and Paul Simon.
In addition, Grusin is co-founder (with Rosen) of the National Foundation for Jazz Education, a philanthropic group dedicated to helping young jazz musicians. He is also a rancher and a dedicated environmental activist.


Tickets to An Evening with Dave Grusin range in price from $19 to $70 with a limited number of box seats available for $100 to $105.  Tickets may be purchased at the Max M. Fisher Music Center box office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit); by calling (313) 576-5111; or online at  Seniors (60 and over) and students with a valid student ID can purchase 50% off RUSH tickets at the box office 90 minutes prior to concerts based on availability.

For group discount information (10 people or more), please contact Chuck Dyer at (313) 576-5130 or


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