Detroit, (June 28, 2021) – Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) President and CEO Anne Parsons (James B. and Ann V. Nicholson Chair) will be recognized by the City of Detroit with the addition of a secondary street name, Anne Parsons Way, to the existing Parsons Street between Woodward and Cass Avenue in midtown next to Orchestra Hall. Parsons Street was originally named for Detroit landowner Philo Parsons (no relation) in 1867. Secondary street names are given on behalf of the city to individuals who have achieved prominence as a result of his or her significant, positive, and extraordinary contributions to the City of Detroit, State of Michigan, the United States of America, or the international community.

An unveiling ceremony for Anne Parsons Way will take place on Wednesday, June 30 from 12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the corner of Woodward and Parsons and is open to media. Following a brief fanfare performed by DSO trumpets Stephen Anderson and William Lucas, remarks will be given by DSO Board Chairman Mark Davidoff, City of Detroit Director of Arts and Culture Rochelle Riley, DSO cellist Haden McKay, and Ms. Parsons.

Anne Parsons was named President and Chief Executive Officer of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in April 2004. Under her leadership, the DSO has brought two new music directors to Detroit—Leonard Slatkin in 2008 and Jader Bignamini in 2020—expanded its audience and donor base, greatly improved its financial outlook, and returned to the international stage through tours and industry-leading digital initiatives. Parsons has led the DSO in the development of a comprehensive DEI strategy and Mission and Values Taskforce. A champion of accessibility, her leadership has helped the DSO engage local audiences with programs including the newly-announced Detroit Neighborhood Initiative, a community-driven process to create unique musical experiences throughout Detroit, and Detroit Harmony, a collaborative project to provide an instrument and music education to any interested Detroit student and create hundreds of related jobs through workforce development partnerships. She will retire as President and CEO in fall 2022 after an 18-year historic legacy at the DSO. Parsons has also served as a board member for several other Detroit-area cultural organizations including CultureSource, the Eastern Market Partnership, New Detroit, and the Sphinx Organization.

WHAT: Unveiling of new Anne Parsons Way secondary street sign with a DSO trumpet fanfare and remarks. Parsons Street will be closed to motor traffic for the duration of the event.

WHO: Honoring DSO President and CEO Anne Parsons; featuring a trumpet fanfare by DSO musicians William Lucas and Stephen Anderson and speakers including DSO Board of Directors Chairman Mark Davidoff, Director of Arts and Culture for the City of Detroit Rochelle Riley, and DSO cellist Haden McKay.

WHEN: Wednesday, June 30, 2021, from 12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. with brief reception to follow. The street sign will be unveiled at approximately 12:20 p.m.

WHERE: The southwest corner of Parsons Street and Woodward Avenue, near the DSO’s home of the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center at 3711 Woodward Avenue.