DSO launches new "Sight & Sound" chamber recital series at Wasserman Projects, and reprises popular Rush Hour Recitals this spring

- Sight & Sound connects chamber music and contemporary art at one of Detroit’s most celebrated galleries

- Rush Hour Recitals are free, informal performances at the end of the workday, made possible by The Stone Foundation

Detroit, (March 12, 2019) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) has greatly expanded its chamber recital offerings in the past several years, and now announces a new series. Sight & Sound is presented in partnership with Wasserman Projects, and merges musical performance with contemporary visual art.

Two Sight & Sound recitals are scheduled for the remainder of the 2018-2019 Season, with more to come in the 2019-2020 Season.

The first takes place on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at 7 p.m. at Wasserman Projects in Eastern Market. DSO musicians will perform Mendelssohn’s String Quartet No. 3 and Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 3 in the same space that houses Esther Shalev-Gerz’s exhibition “The Gold Room.” The artwork explores the stories and hardships of international refugees; the music, written during times of oppression and war, will converse with the themes present in the exhibition.

A second Sight & Sound performance is scheduled for Tuesday, May 21, 2019, with additional details to be announced at a later date.

As the weather improves, the DSO will also reprise its popular Rush Hour Recital series, which brings chamber ensembles to popular, informal settings like bars and restaurants at the end of the workday. Rush Hour Recital performances are free of charge and open to the public, thanks to the support of The Stone Foundation.

Three Rush Hour Recitals have been scheduled for the remainder of the 2018-2019 Season: Monday, March 18, at 5:30 at Fort Street Galley in Detroit; Wednesday, May 22, at 5:30 at B. Nektar Meadery in Ferndale; and Tuesday, July 9 at Cullen Plaza on the Detroit Riverfront (time TBA).

Additionally, the DSO continues to present chamber recitals as part of the William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series. Upcoming recitals include a performance of Debussy’s String Quartet on Monday, April 9 in Utica; a blending of classical repertoire and Motown music on Monday, May 6 at North Rosedale Park Community House in Detroit; and an intimate concert featuring Brahms’s Clarinet Quintet on Tuesday, June 4 at Planterra Conservatory in Bloomfield Hills. Individual tickets are available to all William Davidson Chamber Recital performances, and the recitals are a free benefit to Neighborhood Series subscribers.

Learn more about all three series and every upcoming chamber recital at dso.org/chamber.

Sight & Sound is presented in partnership with Wasserman Projects. Rush Hour Recitals are made possible by The Stone Foundation. The William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series and related chamber recitals are made possible by a generous grant from the William Davidson Foundation. WRCJ 90.9 FM also supports the Series.

About the DSO

The most accessible orchestra on the planet, 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 institution. Conductor Leonard Slatkin, who recently concluded an acclaimed decade-long tenure at the helm, now serves as the DSO’s Music Director Laureate, endowed by the Kresge Foundation. Celebrated conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik is the orchestra’s Principal Pops Conductor, while the outstanding trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard holds the Fred A. and Barbara M. 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 Classical, PNC Pops, Paradise Jazz, and Young People’s Family Concert series. One of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, Orchestra Hall will celebrate 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 radio broadcast and continues today with the free Live from Orchestra Hall webcast series, 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.