Events are free and open to the public, presented as part of DSO’s Detroit Strategy, a strengthened commitment to the growth and well-being of the City of Detroit
Clark Park Culture and Arts Festival on July 8 features music, dance, and local artists from Southwest Detroit, plus interactive arts workshops and performances by local students
Third Annual Chandler Park Community Arts & Music Festival on July 15 features hands-on art and music making, food, and performances from DSO musicians and local artists
Detroit, (June 29, 2023) – For the third year, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO)—in collaboration with a broad range of partners from the neighborhoods of Southwest Detroit and Chandler Park—will present the Clark Park Culture and Arts Festival on July 8 and the Chandler Park Community Arts & Music Festival on July 15. Both events are free and open to the public and no tickets are required.
Partners include: the Chandler Park Conservancy, the Clark Park Conservancy, Brilliant Detroit, Pewabic Pottery, Sphinx Organization, Epiphany Education Center, Detroit Public Schools Community District, Art & Soul Detroit, Habitat for Humanity, Eastside Community Network, Detroit Parks Coalition, Matrix Theatre, Living Arts, Congress of Communities, Hope Starts Here, University of Michigan, Detroit Cristo Rey High School, Detroit at Work, Ideal Group, 428 Forward’s Neighborhood East Action Team, True Worship Church, Motor City Street Dance Academy, Brightmoor Makers Space, and many others.
On July 8, the Clark Park Culture and Arts Festival will bring a stellar lineup of music and dance acts to Southwest Detroit, featuring DSO musicians, Matrix Theatre, Ballet Folklorico Moyocoyani Izel, and other Detroit-based performers. The event will also include interactive arts workshops, food, and performances from local students. This event will take place on Saturday, July 8 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Clark Park (1180 Clark Ave, Detroit, MI 48209; at the Clark Park Stage located on Clark Avenue between Christiancy Street and Vernor Highway).
On July 15, DSO musicians return to Chandler Park for the third annual Chandler Park Community Arts & Music Festival. This community celebration will feature family-friendly activities including hands-on arts and music-making, food, and performances by DSO musicians, Motor City Dance Academy, and other Detroit-based artists. This event will take place on Saturday, July 15 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Chandler Park (12831 Frankfort St, Detroit, MI 48213; at the old tennis courts near the northwest corner of Frankfort Street and Gray Street).
These events are generously sponsored by the General Motors Corporation and are presented in partnership with the City of Detroit's Office of Arts, Culture, and Entrepreneurship.
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.
CLARK PARK CULTURE AND ARTS
Saturday, July 8 at 1 p.m.
Clark Park (1180 Clark Ave, Detroit, MI 48209; at the Clark Park Stage located on Clark Avenue between Christiancy Street and Vernor Highway)
Relax and enjoy a great lineup of music and dance featuring musicians from the DSO and local artists from Southwest Detroit! Interactive arts workshops and performances from local students run from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
CHANDLER PARK COMMUNITY ARTS AND MUSIC FESTIVAL
Saturday, July 15 at 1 p.m.
Chandler Park (12831 Frankfort St, Detroit, MI 48213; located at the old tennis courts near the northwest corner of Frankfort Street and Gray Street)
We can't wait to be back for this wonderful community celebration of arts and culture in Chandler Park! Come by from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. to experience hands-on art and music-making, food, and performances from DSO musicians and local artists.
About Detroit Strategy
The DSO’s Detroit Strategy began with two initiatives: Detroit Neighborhood Initiative is a community-driven process of dialogue and planning, resulting in cultural partnerships that enrich the community and musical experiences that align with the priorities of Detroit residents; Detroit Harmony is a scalable and sustainable citywide collaboration to improve child development through music education and arts-based learning, and to grow economic opportunity by engaging Detroiters in the provision of instruments and music education. Detroit Harmony aims to put an instrument in the hand of every K-12 student in the city of Detroit who wants to learn to play. Detroit Strategy now includes much of the DSO’s work in early childhood, student education, health and services partnerships, workforce development, and a wide range of musical performances in Detroit.
Through Detroit Strategy, the DSO currently partners with 174 community-serving organizations in Detroit, engaging around 40,000 people annually through Detroit-focused programs and partnerships. The work is built on listening sessions with Detroit residents and includes co-designed and co-implemented Detroit Neighborhood Initiative Musical Experiences in Chandler Park, Southwest Detroit, Dexter-Linwood, Northwest Goldberg, Northwest Detroit, and Osborn. The DSO continues to seek out new relationships and to grow in engaging both organizations and residents the city of Detroit. This work is made possible through the support of the General Motors Corporation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
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.