Free concert—superNATURAL—at DSO's Sosnick Courtyard highlights day of music-making across Detroit on June 21, sponsored by HARMAN International
Events presented as part of Make Music Day, an annual global celebration in more than 1,000 cities that anyone can join
Program at Sosnick Courtyard features artists including Dreamcastmoe, Vespre, Ian Finkelstein, Na Bonsai, and Meftah
Reserve tickets now at dso.org
Detroit, (May 17, 2023) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will celebrate Make Music Detroit as part of Make Music Day with a star-studded performance at Sosnick Courtyard on June 21. Sosnick Courtyard is the DSO’s outdoor community green space located at 51 Parsons Street in Midtown Detroit, adjacent to the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center.
The event, titled superNATURAL, will be a night of music celebrating the qualities that set Detroit apart from all the rest: creative authenticity, courageous innovation, and human connection. The program will feature live acoustic and electronic acts and DJ sets by artists including Dreamcastmoe, Vespre, Ian Finkelstein, Na Bonsai, and Meftah. Audiences will be transported to a new sonic universe while enjoying a familiar feeling of home. This event is presented in partnership with the City of Detroit’s Office of Arts, Culture, and Entrepreneurship. Please note: the DSO does not appear on this program.
The performance at Sosnick Courtyard is just one highlight of this year’s Make Music Detroit, a wild and wonderful mix of free music ringing out in neighborhoods all over the city on June 21. Make Music Detroit is part of Make Music Day, a global music celebration that takes place on the summer solstice each year and brings people of all ages and skill levels together to make music. Any musician, at any level, is invited to sign up at makemusicdetroit.org and add a chorus to Detroit’s rich musical history.
superNATURAL will take place on Wednesday, June 21 at 7 p.m. at Sosnick Courtyard (51 Parsons Street). Tickets for this performance are free with registration (limit 2 per order). Patrons may register and reserve tickets at dso.org or by calling the Box Office at 313.576.5111, open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
superNATURAL is presented as part of the DSO’s Detroit Strategy, which includes much of the organization’s work in early childhood, student education, health and services partnerships, workforce development, and a wide range of musical performances. Through Detroit Strategy, the DSO currently partners with 174 community-serving organizations in the city, engaging around 40,000 people annually through Detroit-focused programs and partnerships. This work is made possible through the support of the General Motors Corporation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
Make Music Day began in France in 1982 as the Fête de la Musique and has since spread to more than 1,000 cities across 120 countries. Completely different from a typical musical festival, Make Music concerts are performed by anyone who wants to take part and enjoyed by everyone who wants to attend. From classical to funk, hip hop to opera, Latin jazz to electronic, live music of all kinds resounds on streets, sidewalks, porches, plazas, parks, gardens, store fronts, and other public spaces on the longest day of the year.
Among the many Make Music Detroit events taking place across the city on June 21, confirmed performances and workshops include:
- Musical performances in Cadillac Square hosted by Downtown Detroit Partnership, and before the screening of the musical Into the Woods as a part of the Movie Nights in the D series
- A full-day lineup of DJs and hip-hop/rap performances at Chandler Park
- A day of student-led music-making hosted by Detroit Suzuki Academy of Music at Cool Cities Park
- A synthesizer petting zoo hosted by Wayne State University's Music Technology Department.
Make Music Detroit is coordinated by a growing consortium of partners including the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Arts, Culture, & Entrepreneurship, and Downtown Detroit Partnership. The event first came to Detroit as a volunteer-led initiative in 2016 and 2017. Musicians and venues looking to get involved on June 21 can sign up at makemusicdetroit.org to get connected with a variety of organizations and performers.
The schedule will be regularly updated on makemusicdetroit.org; performers and venues have until June 20 to sign up for the city-wide event.
Make Music Detroit is sponsored by HARMAN International, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. HARMAN designs and engineers connected products and solutions for automakers, consumers, and enterprises worldwide, including connected car systems, and audio and visual products. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson® and Revel®, HARMAN is admired by audiophiles, musicians, and the entertainment venues where they perform around the world. More than 50 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and connected car systems. HARMAN and its employees have been celebrating Make Music Day every year since 2015 in Metro Detroit, at their North American Automotive Headquarters in Novi, Michigan.
2022-2023 SEASON DSO SAFETY POLICIES: The DSO no longer requires audiences to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test to attend performances. Masks are optional although strongly recommended at DSO performances, particularly when Wayne County and surrounding communities are in the high or "red" category as defined by the CDC. The DSO asks audience members to do their part to create a safe environment for everyone and encourages those who are not feeling well to stay home.
SUPERNATURAL FEATURING DREAMCASTMOE
A Make Music Day Celebration, Curated by Vespre
Wednesday, June 21 at 7 p.m.
Sosnick Courtyard (51 Parsons St, Detroit, MI 48201)
Featured artists: Dreamcastmoe, Vespre, Ian Finkelstein, Na Bonsai, and Meftah
superNATURAL will be a night of music celebrating the qualities that set Detroit apart from all the rest: creative authenticity, courageous innovation, and human connection. Join us for some of the best live acoustic and electronic acts and stay for DJ sets that will keep you dancing into the night. Prepare to be transported to a new sonic universe while enjoying a familiar feeling of home.
This event will take place on the grounds of the iconic Orchestra Hall. A unique and special opportunity to honor the old and the new by experiencing phenomenal contemporary artists in a setting known for its great legacy and history in Detroit. Tickets are free with registration (limit 2 per order).
About Make Music Day
Held annually on June 21, Make Music Day is part of the international Fête de la Musique, taking place in over 1,000 cities across 120 countries. The daylong, musical free-for-all celebrates music in all its forms, encouraging people to band together and play in free public concerts. This year, over 110 US cities are organizing Make Music celebrations, encompassing thousands of music making opportunities nationwide. Make Music Day is presented by the NAMM Foundation and coordinated by the nonprofit Make Music Alliance. Visit makemusicday.org for more information.
About the DSO
The acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra is known for trailblazing performances, collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists, and a deep connection to its city. As a community-supported orchestra, generous giving by individuals and institutions at all levels drives the continued success and growth of the organization. In January 2020, Italian conductor Jader Bignamini was named the DSO’s next music director to commence with the 2020–2021 season. Celebrated conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik is the orchestra’s Principal Pops Conductor, while Oscar-nominated trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard holds the Fred A. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair.
Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall within the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, the DSO offers a performance schedule that features PVS Classical, PNC Pops, Paradise Jazz, and Young People’s Family Concert series. One of the world’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, Orchestra Hall celebrated its centennial in 2019–2020. In addition, the DSO presents the William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series in seven metro area venues, as well as a robust schedule of eclectic multi-genre performances in its mid-size venue The Cube, constructed and curated with support from Peter D. & Julie F. Cummings.
A dedication to broadcast innovation began in 1922, when the DSO became the first orchestra in the world to present a live radio broadcast of a concert and continues today with the groundbreaking Live from Orchestra Hall series of free webcasts, which also reaches tens of thousands of children with the Classroom Edition expansion. With growing attendance and unwavering philanthropic support from the people of Detroit, the DSO actively pursues a mission to embrace and inspire individuals, families, and communities through unsurpassed musical experiences.