For more than 80 years, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra's Educational Concert Series (ECS) has introduced children across Southeast Michigan to classical music. Each concert within the series has been thematically designed with accompanying teacher resource tools available for those who purchase tickets for performances or register to watch webcasts. Building the OrchestraWednesday, October 28, 201510:30 a.m. – 11:20 a.m. 11:45 a.m. – 12:35 a.m. Building the OrchestraWednesday, October 28, 201510:30 a.m. – 11:20 a.m. 11:45 a.m. – 12:35 a.m. "Building the Orchestra" will include selections from:TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 4DAUGHERTY Motown MetalWAGNER Prelude, Act III from LohengrinBIZET Les Toreadors fromCarmen Suite No. 1BRITTEN Fugue from the Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra Michelle MerrillconductorRapidly rising conductor Michelle Merrill is the newly named Assistant Conductor of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. A passionate and dynamic artist, Merrill was awarded the prestigious Ansbacher Conducting Fellowship in 2013 by members of the Vienna Philharmonic and the American Austrian Foundation, which enabled her to be in residence at the world-renowned Salzburg Festival. DJ Oliver hostA Detroit native, D.J. Oliver attended Wayne State University and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. D.J. has worked as a lead performer for Carnival and Norwegian Cruise Lines. In addition to his theatre and live performances, D.J. has appeared on many commercials and industrial films as well TV shows. His most recent credit was on the ABC show Detroit 187. He currently hosts the Detroit Public Television series "Detroit Performs." D.J. is thankful and humbled to be making his DSO debut!