- Associated Press - Friday, July 15, 2016

DETROIT (AP) - Marjorie S. Fisher, a late philanthropist known for supporting cultural institutions, left $5,000 to each of the current full-time musicians in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

The Detroit Free Press reports (https://on.freep.com/29J6Ohs ) that when Fisher’s son, Phillip Fisher told the orchestra Thursday at rehearsal there was a collective gasp in the room. The newspaper says there are 78 full-time musicians, meaning the gift for them totals $390,000.

Principal bassist Kevin Brown says orchestra members “were floored.”

Fisher died in June at her home in Palm Beach, Florida. She was 92.

Her husband businessman Max Fisher provided the lead $10 million bequest to expand the impact of the orchestra with an office building and Orchestra Hall addition that opened in 2003. After his 2005 death, Majorie Fisher continued that support.


Information from: Detroit Free Press, https://www.freep.com

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