Destiny: 100 Years of Music, Magic, and Community at Orchestra Hall in Detroit
Printing Fall 2019
A 150-page, lavishly illustrated coffee table book written by former Detroit Free Press music critic and arts reporter Mark Stryker, Destiny traces 100 years of Orchestra Hall, home of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Stryker takes readers behind the scenes of the building of the hall and the DSO’s first Golden Age under music director Ossip Gabrilowitsch. The book then explores the Paradise Theatre years from 1941-51, the fight to save the hall from demolition by musicians and civic supporters, the restoration and return of the DSO to its historic home, the creation of the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, and what may lie ahead for one of the world’s great concert halls. Along the way, the book explores the magic of Orchestra Hall's acoustics, sheds light on little-known corners of the building's history, and shows how Orchestra Hall, the DSO, and Detroit all share the same destiny.
Mark Stryker’s engagement as author of Destiny: 100 Years of Music, Magic, and Community at Orchestra Hall in Detroit was generously underwritten by Ann and James B. Nicholson.
Additional support of this commemorative publication was underwritten by the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan and Ford Motor Company Fund.