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Atrium Gallery Space to display works from the Wayne State University Art Collection

Detroit, (November 19, 2015) –  Thanks to the generosity of the Eugene and Marcia Applebaum Family Foundation, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) and Wayne State University (WSU) have established a new three-year multi program partnership.

The lead effort kicks off November 20, when the DSO will transform its atrium walls at the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center into gallery space displaying the work of second generation Cass Corridor artist Kurt Novak. The exhibition, entitled Kurt Novak: Detroit Portraits, is the first of four that will visit the three-story atrium space each year through 2018.  Each exhibition will celebrate a different artist, with works on loan from the WSU collection.

“It’s an honor to provide a temporary home for the collection of a cherished midtown neighbor,” said Paul Hogle, DSO Executive Vice President. “We aspire for The Max to serve as a community hub for all things art, whether it be performed on stage or on canvas. The Applebaum family shares that vision, and together with them we’ve developed a unique program that will deepen the DSO’s connection to our community.

The Eugene and Marcia Applebaum Family Foundation grant provides for two other facets of this new partnership between the DSO and WSU, each currently planned for this season only:

Applebaum Fellowship Program - Three WSU students or recent graduates will be hired for part-time 33-week fellowships in the areas of Music Education, Community Engagement and Audience Research.

The first Applebaum Fellow, focusing on Music Education, will gain experience coordinating all DSO youth ensembles and provide project and program support for the DSO Soundcard student ticket program and the Student Committee and the Educational Concert Series.

Working with the DSO’s Community Engagement team, the second Applebaum Fellow will have the opportunity to provide research, general project support and program evaluation. Example projects/programs include: Diversity & Inclusion, Classical Roots Concert and Celebration, Day of Service, Music Alive Composer-in Residence, Chamber Recital Series, 1967 commemoration.

The final Applebaum Fellow will work alongside a professional market research firm to better understand current and potential DSO audiences as well as conduct further research and data collection efforts to help advance the DSO’s community reach.

The selection process is currently underway, and the successful candidates will be announced soon.

Replay - All freshmen in the WSU Honors College who are currently enrolled in the DSO’s Soundcard program will receive free access ($50 value) to Replay, the DSO’s on-demand archive companion to the Live From Orchestra Hall webcast series. Soundcard provides the students with access to live orchestra performances all season long for just $25. Replay ensures they can enjoy those performances again and again at their leisure.

“Our family is proud to help establish a partnership among two vitally important Detroit institutions – the DSO and Wayne State University.  They are both leaders in advancing and enriching Detroit.  Their collaboration and synergy is a meaningful demonstration of the arts and education coming together for the greater good, of which we are so pleased to strengthen,”  said Eugene Applebaum.

Kurt Novak: Detroit Portraits, on exhibit Nov. 20, 2015-June 5, 2016, features images of several locally-born artists captured using a flatbed scanner in place of a traditional camera. Each portrait depicts the subject with the tools of their trade in the style of the 19th century “occupational portrait” genre. Each scan takes approximately eight minutes and during this time the artist directs the subject in pre-determined ways to produce the blurs and multiple appendages seen in the images.

“This is a wonderful collaboration on  many levels” said Matthew Seeger, Dean of the College of Fine Performing and Communication Arts. “The interaction between the visual arts and music can create important insights for both and the long collaboration between two great Detroit institutions, the DSO and Wayne State continues to enrich our community.  We are excited that the University Art Collection is now part of that collaboration."

An alumnus of WSU, Kurt Novak has been making art for nearly 35 years, creating primarily installations, sound projects and sculpture. He has been in numerous solo and group exhibitions in the US and abroad. In 2001, Novak changed his medium to scanner photography.

See below for a schedule of future exhibitions at The Max presented by the Eugene and Marcia Applebaum Family Foundation from the Wayne State University Art Collection:

September, 2016 to February, 2017—“Capriccios” and “Watergate Trials” by William Gropper;

Twenty-five framed black and white lithographs (from the Capriccios series of 50) and the complete Watergate Trials series of ten framed color lithographs, six month exhibition

March, 2017 to June, 2017—“Reimagining Spirit: The Woodcuts of Arthur C. Danto”; Thirty framed black and white woodcuts, four month exhibition

October, 2017 to January, 2018 — “The Legend of John Brown” by Jacob Lawrence; Complete series of 22 framed color silkscreens, four month exhibition

About the DSO

Hailed by The New York Times as “cutting edge,” the internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra is known for trailblazing performances, visionary maestros, collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists, and an unwavering commitment to Detroit. Esteemed conductor Leonard Slatkin, called “America’s Music Director” by the Los Angeles Times, became the 12th Music Director of the DSO during the 2008-09.  Acclaimed conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik serves as Principal Pops Conductor while celebrated trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard holds the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair. The DSO’s performance schedule includes Classical, Pops, Jazz, Young People’s, Neighborhood concerts, and collaborations with chart-topping musicians from Smokey Robinson to Kid Rock. A commitment to broadcast innovation began in 1922 when the DSO became the first orchestra in the world to present a radio broadcast and continues today with the free Live from Orchestra Hall webcast series. Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall within the Max M. Fisher Music Center, one of America’s most acoustically revered concert halls, the DSO actively pursues a mission to impact and serve the community through music. For more information visit dso.org or download the free DSO to Go mobile app.

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