Detroit Symphony Orchestra bans attendee who shouted racial slur

The DSO says it will ‘enact a permanent ban’ on the person who shouted a slur during a Friday performance

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click to enlarge The Detroit Symphony Orchestra. - Courtesy of the DSO
Courtesy of the DSO
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra says it plans to ban an attendee for life for shouting a racial slur during a Friday performance.

“The DSO is deeply disappointed by an incident that took place towards the end of Friday night’s concert when an audience member shouted a racial slur,” the DSO said in a message posted to social media Friday evening. “Racism and bigotry have no place in Orchestra Hall, and behavior like this is unacceptable. We are currently investigating and will enact a permanent ban once we identify the ticketholder.”

The DSO added, “Live music is a profoundly human experience that taps into our emotions and provides us all with a sacred space for listening. We apologize that this space was violated. We appreciate our audiences so much and hope to see you back at Orchestra Hall soon.”

A representative from the DSO confirmed to Metro Times that the incident occurred during a concert by Cyrus Chestnut, a pianist from Baltimore who was performing the score from A Charlie Brown Christmas at Orchestra Hall.

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