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Classical Roots Celebration

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Classical Roots Celebration

Saturday, March 6, 2021—6:30pm

Saturday, March 6, 2021—6:30pm
2 hours and 30 minutes

The 43rd Classical Roots concert and 20th anniversary Celebration recognizes the accomplishments of three remarkable individuals: Vera Heidelberg, Wynton Marsalis, and in memoriam, Marlowe Stoudamire.

Since 1978, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Classical Roots concerts have increased the awareness of the significant contributions that African Americans composers and musicians have made to classical music. The Arthur L. Johnson – Honorable Damon Jerome Keith Classical Roots Celebration held in conjunction with the concerts since 2001, supports the Classical Roots mission. Funds raised through the Celebration provide increased opportunities for African Americans in classical music through DSO programs like the African American Orchestra Fellowship and African American Composer Residency.

Evening Schedule

Classical Roots Celebration – 6:30pm

Dine with friends via zoom while enjoying a program to include:
     • Wine tasting notes from Master Sommelier, Gerry Baker
     • Performances and interviews with African American fellows Cole Randolph & Jaquain Sloan
     • DSO Civic Jazz performance

DSO Digital Concert: 43rd Annual Classical Roots Concert – 7:30pm

Detroit Symphony Orchestra
William Eddins, conductor
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
Anthony McGill, clarinet
Michael Ke Ma, bassoon

Brazeal Dennard Chorale
Alice McAllister Tillman, artistic director

For More information about this event please contact Amanda Tew at or (313) 576-5460. Concert-only tickets are available to purchase here.


With a donation of $125 or more