DSO partners with Detroit community venues for upcoming Neighborhood Initiative musical experiences

DSO musicians to perform at Chandler Park Sounds of Summer on June 11, Clark Park Culture & Arts Festival on July 9, Community Arts and Music Festival in Chandler Park on July 16, and Northwest Goldberg Cares Spotlight Park Music in the Park on July 30 

Detroit, (June 8, 2022) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) is strengthening its commitment to the growth and well-being of the City of Detroit through the Detroit Neighborhood Initiative, part of a larger Detroit Strategy to invest in and build relationships with communities in Detroit. The DSO Detroit Neighborhood Initiative is a community-driven process of dialogue and planning, resulting in cultural partnerships that enrich neighborhoods and musical experiences that align with the priorities of Detroit residents. Since spring of 2021, the DSO has been listening and co-creating with partners and community members in Southwest Detroit, Chandler Park, Dexter-Linwood, and Northwest Goldberg.  

Thus far, the DSO has met with more than 100 community-serving organizations in Detroit, held 20 listening sessions with Detroit residents, and co-designed and co-implemented 7 Neighborhood Musical Experiences in Chandler Park, Southwest Detroit, Dexter-Linwood, and Northwest Detroit, engaging with more than 3,000 community members since March of 2021. The DSO has sought out new relationships and engaged both organizations and residents in designing and implementing respectful, responsive Musical Experiences in Detroit neighborhoods. This work is made possible through the support of the General Motors Corporation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.  

Sounds of Summer 2 at Chandler Park 
Saturday, June 11, 3 - 6 p.m.
Location: Chandler Park (old tennis courts, 12831 Frankfort St, Detroit, MI 48213)  
Jazz, Motown, and Gospel! Join the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Chandler Park Conservancy for the second annual Sounds of Summer Concert, a free, family friendly performance featuring the music of Detroit. Free food and drinks while supplies last.   

This concert features the Gregory Walker Jazz Quartet, Musicians from the DSO, and Testimony Sings. 

Sponsored by the General Motors Corporation.  

Clark Park Culture and Arts Festival 
Saturday, July 9 from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Location: Clark Park Stage (1130 Clark St, Detroit, MI 48209)    
Relax and enjoy a great lineup of music and dance featuring musicians from the DSO, Mariachi Femenil Detroit, Ballet Folklorico Moyocoyani Izel, and more. Interactive arts workshops and performances from local students run from 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. on July 9.

Sponsored by the General Motors Corporation. 

Freedom! The Second Annual Community Arts and Music Festival in Chandler Park 
Saturday, July 16 from 1 – 4 p.m.
Location: Chandler Park (old tennis courts, 12831 Frankfort St, Detroit, MI 48213) 
Theme of Freedom. Hands-on arts and music-making, food, and performances from DSO musicians and local artists.   
1-2 p.m. Activities 
2-2:40 p.m. DSO     
2:45-4 p.m. Local performers

Sponsored by the General Motors Corporation.  

Music In the Park at Northwest Goldberg Cares Spotlight Park 
Saturday, July 30 from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Location: Northwest Goldberg Cares Spotlight Park (5945 Linwood St, Detroit, MI 48208) 
Exploring Sound, Detroit Harmony, Detroit Suzuki, and an Audra Kubat performance. Additionally, families can sign up for free at https://www.nwgoldbergcares.com/mitp for a weekly workshop, lunch and concert series every Friday from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in July at Northwest Goldberg Cares Spotlight Park. 

Sponsored by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation.

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 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.