Detroit Symphony Launches 1St Educational Webcast

November 12, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

DETROIT—The Detroit Symphony Orchestra has taken a simultaneous tour of more than 400 schools in its hometown and beyond, but the road-trip is a virtual one.

Orchestra officials launched their first educational webcast series Wednesday morning. The series debuted in 300 Detroit public and charter schools as well as 125 others nationwide — reaching about 40,000 students with one performance.

The Classroom Edition is an extension of Live from Orchestra Hall, the free webcast that launched in 2011 and now is watched in more than 100 countries.

The live premiere included two performances of “An American Adventure” hosted by actor and Detroit native Damon Gupton and featured the debut of assistant conductor Michelle Merrill.

The three-year educational series is funded by the Mandell and Madeleine Berman Foundation.