After the orchestra’s crippling strike, music director Leonard Slatkin decided that Detroit needed a fight song in its repertoire.
“Go Get ‘Em Tigers” was the theme song of Detroit’s 1968 championship team. In 2006, after the Tigers beat the Yankees in the American League Division Series, it was played as players carried manager Jim Leyland off the field.
The orchestra’s principal librarian Robert Stiles arranged the piece. Yesterday, the Tigers got their full orch and choral premiere. Watch.