Detroit Symphony Orchestra President Emeritus, Anne Parsons, passed away

Anne Parsons, President Emeritus of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, died late Monday night, March 28, after a heroic fight with cancer. From July 2004 to 2021, Parsons served as President and CEO of the DSO for more than 17 years. She was 64 years old at the time of her death.

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Her death was revealed by her husband  Donald Dietz who is a photographer by his profession revealed that she died of lung cancer. They both have a daughter named Care Dietz. furthermore, Anne has a brother named Lance Parsons. Her lung cancer was revealed in 2018. She was the daughter of  Gerald  Parsons and Jane Parsons.

Anne Parson was born in Schenectady, New York, on November 4, 1957, to a financial worker father and a schoolteacher mother. As a result, she pursued a career in finance, as her father wished, but she was among the first class of fellows chosen by the League of American Orchestras, and she graduated from Smith in 1980 with a degree in English, allowing her to advance in the arts industry.

With her comment that the Detroit Symphony should be the most accessible orchestra on the planet, she has made the Detroit Symphony known.  

“We would be out of business at this moment if it weren’t for Anne Parsons’ daring efforts throughout the Great Recession,” remarked Phillip Fisher, Chairman Emeritus of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

Phillip Fisher’s comment about her proving that she made Detroit Symphony the “most accessible orchestra on the planet” is proof that she was actually successful in making Detroit Symphony the most accessible orchestra on the planet. After the orchestra had been on strike for six months, she took steps to make sure that it flourished after what many considered a nearly fatal moment. She will always be remembered for her musical legacy and unwavering leadership with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

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