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Classical Roots

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Friday, March 8, 2019 – 10:45 AM Buy Tickets
Saturday, March 9, 2019 – 8:00 PM Buy Tickets
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Concert Description

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra will honor Dr. William F. Pickard, notable Detroit philanthropist and founder of the Arthur L. Johnson Fund for African American Artists, and Dr. Robert A. Harris, respected African-American composer and Professor of Music, at the 41st Annual Classical Roots Celebration. Classical Roots honors African-American composers, musicians and educators for lifetime achievement and raises funds to support the DSO's African-American music and musician development programs.

5:30 PM | Seated Dinner - Peter D. & Julie F. Cummings Cube
8:00 PM | Classical Roots Concert - Orchestra Hall

André Raphel, conductor
Jacqueline Echols, soprano
Classical Roots Celebration Choir
Dr. Norah Duncan IV, chorus master
Brazeal Dennard Chorale
Alice McAllister Tillman, artistic director

JOHN ROSAMOND JOHNSON Lift Every Voice and Sing
ROBERT A HARRIS Gloria for Mixed Choir, Soprano and Orchestra
GEORGE WALKER Lyric for Strings
WILLIAM GRANT STILL Symphony No. 1, "Afro-American Symphony"
Classical Roots Celebration Choir

10:30 PM | Dessert & Dancing Afterglow - First Floor Atrium and Peter D. & Julie F. Cummings Cube

Celebration Packages are available by calling 313.576.5449.


André Raphel, conductor  Bio
André Raphel has established a reputation as an exciting and versatile conductor through innovative programming, a commitment to American music, and fresh interpretations of the standard repertoire. Described by the New York Times as “An agile, demonstrative conductor who is physically drawn into the music,” Mr. Raphel is currently in his eighth season as Music Director of the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra. He has appeared with most of the major American orchestras including the Boston and Chicago symphony orchestras, the Cleveland Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic.

Learn more at www.andreraphel.com.
Jacqueline Echols, soprano