Detroit's Orchestra Hall celebrating centennial in many ways

DETROIT (AP) — An acoustical and architectural gem in Detroit is turning 100, and the milestone is being marked in numerous ways.

Centennial celebrations for Orchestral Hall include a free concert on Oct. 23 by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, which makes its home on the stage. Orchestra officials say the venerated hall's grand opening was on Oct. 23, 1919, and next month's concert is dubbed "A Century of Pops."

The DSO's season launches Oct. 4-6 with a restaging of the opening concert, featuring pieces by Beethoven, Bach, Mozart and Weber. The ensemble plans to perform other works presented during its first season at Orchestra Hall throughout the year.

The anniversary also is being celebrated with a commemorative book, documentary and exhibition created with the Detroit Historical Society and Museum.