Using an arrangement of the central theme in Gustav Holst’s “Jupiter” from The Planets — put together by composer and DSO cellist Jeremy Crosmer with lyrics by Meaghan Heinrich — the DSO invited the Detroit community and beyond to join DSO musicians on their own virtual stages.

We received 250 submissions between our own DSO musicians, instrumentalists and vocalists from our community, plus a surprise appearance from the DSO’s Music Director, Jader Bignamini. Thank you to everyone who participated!

Spirit of Detroit: A Symphony of the People


When the first rays of dawn illuminate and warm the coldest stone
May their light in the darkness let me know that I am not alone
Though I see my earthly body in this state of solitude
May the song in my heart know it's just an interlude

And when fear turns our minds to doubt the sun's light ever should return
May our bond from afar ignite a spark that fervently shall burn
Should we see our neighbor cast beneath the boots of those with might
May that spark light a torch to stand up for what is right

Should the shadows hide its ember or the wind diffuse its glow
May our voices sing out for that precious flame to grow
Till it roars like the fire we knew was in our spirits all along
May we fuel it together evermore by joining hearts in song

And for those we have lost
Deprived of any chance or any choice
I will stop in my tracks
To say your name
And listen to your voice.

Spirit of Detroit is made possible by support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Knight Foundation is a national foundation with strong local roots. We invest in journalism, in the arts, and in the success of cities where brothers John S. and James L. Knight once published newspapers. Our goal is to foster informed and engaged communities, which we believe are essential for a healthy democracy. For more, visit

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