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Strange Beautiful Music 16

Saturday, September 9, 2023—7:00pm

Saturday, September 9, 2023—7:00pm
The Peter D. and Julie F. Cummings Cube
5 hours
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Now in its 16th iteration, Strange Beautiful Music is a marathon concert envisioned by New Music Detroit, taking place over 3 days in 3 unique locations. Upholding values of musical experimentation among lesser-known artists from contemporary classical, experimental, jazz, and everything unusual from the city of Detroit and beyond.

This show is on day 3, in the final location of New Music Detroit's marathon concert event. All tickets sold via Resident Advisor. Please visit for more information. For any questions, please contact

Strange Beautiful Music at the Cube to include:

7:00pm - Grey Rose Grant
'Little Histories'
'Little Histories', by Grey Rose Grant, is a folk opera that explores death ritual and our distanced relationship with death in the U.S. Personal histories from the composer's own life are swirled together in a world of magical realism where grandmothers become trees, where Icarus is a depressed mortician, where death has made its presence known, mixed with histories at large such as the birth of the U.S. funeral industry. The work investigates how we memorize our dead, how we grieve, how we die, and how impermanence shapes meaning in our lives.

8:00pm - Vicky Chow
Philip Glass Piano Etudes (Book I)
Frequent NMD collaborator Vicky Chow will present all ten of Philip Glass's Piano Etudes from Book I

9:00pm - New Music Detroit
NMD will be joined by special guest Matthew Duvall of Eighth Blackbird. Featuring music for piano, cello, percussion, and voice by Richard Reed Perry, Katherine Balch, Ninfea Cruttwell-Reade, Thomas Osborne, Maxim Shalygin, and Aart Strootman.

10:00pm - Virago with pianist Michael Malis
Listening From Darkness
Listening From Darkness, presented by Virago, finds the genre-defying ensemble pairing their two most recent commissions to create this new evening-length program. Consisting of From Darkness We Awaken by Michael Malis and Listening for Bells by Harriet Steinke, this is a program of heart-first sonic explorations. Relying heavily on improvisation, empathy, and deep listening, these two pieces strike different but complementary tones.


New Music Detroit

New Music Detroit (NMD) is a collective of musicians dedicated to performing groundbreaking musical works from the late-20th century to the present day. A highly flexible ensemble with a cast of core members and prominent guest artists, NMD performs new and adventurous classical music in a wide variety of settings, for a wide variety of people.

NMD strives to collaborate with the most exciting creative voices of our time and regularly gives performances of rarely-heard works by today's major composers.

Through innovative programming and risk-taking, virtuoso performances, NMD continues to explore new ways of bringing the best of new and experimental music to the City of Detroit.

Vicky Chow


Michael Malis



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