—Jazz from Detroit: Virtual Music Marathon— DSO Digital Concert hosted by Mark Stryker celebrates Detroit’s landmark jazz legacy, Saturday, February 27

- Online festival experience features performances by and interviews with star-studded lineup including Charles McPherson with Randy Porter; Robert Hurst’s Black Current Jam; Balance: Marcus Elliot and Michael Malis; and Regina Carter and Xavier Davis duo

- CUBE | Digital event on DSO Digital Concerts streamed exclusively on dso.org from 2–7 p.m.

Detroit, (February 3, 2020) – This February, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) continues its CUBE | Digital series on DSO Digital Concerts with a celebration of Detroit’s landmark jazz legacy. Jazz from Detroit: Virtual Music Marathon will be streamed exclusively on dso.org on Saturday, February 27 from 27 p.m.

Hosted by award-winning author of Jazz from Detroit Mark Stryker, this five-hour event will feature performances by Charles McPherson (alto saxophone) with Randy Porter (piano); Robert Hurst (bass) and Black Current Jam; Marcus Elliot (saxophones) and Michael Malis (piano) performing as Balance; and Regina Carter (violin) and Xavier Davis (piano). The marathon event will also feature artist interviews conducted by Stryker. A complete schedule with exact set times will be published online the week of the event.

“The musicians in the marathon reflect the full sweep of Detroit’s extraordinary jazz legacy,” said Stryker. “Alto saxophonist Charles McPherson is one of the heroes to emerge from the city's legendary bebop explosion of the 1950s, and he remains at the top of his game in 2021. Violinist Regina Carter and bassist Robert Hurst came to international stardom in the 1980s and ‘90s. Saxophonist Marcus Elliot and pianist Michael Malis are among the leading lights of Detroit’s scene today. Taken together, these special performers illustrate the past, present, and future of one of the greatest jazz cities in America.”

Chris Harrington, Senior Director of Jazz and @ The Max for the DSO, said, “We're thrilled to partner with Mark Stryker on this one-of-a-kind virtual music marathon that celebrates Detroit's rich jazz legacy. Thanks to the generous support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Foundation, we were able to capture these performances with our 4k ultra-high-definition cameras in Orchestra Hall—the venerable and acoustically perfect concert hall in Detroit where jazz has been presented for nearly half of its 100-year history. The DSO has the distinction of being one of few major American orchestras that regularly presents jazz on its mainstage and hosts a robust jazz education program that has nurtured the careers of some of the top musicians on the scene today, including Marcus Elliot and Michael Malis.”

DSO subscribers and select donors receive access to all DSO Digital Concerts. Single tickets for Jazz from Detroit: Virtual Music Marathon are available for $9. The marathon will be available to watch live and then on-demand for two weeks. To purchase single tickets, please click here. All DSO Digital Concerts can be viewed exclusively on dso.org via computer, mobile device, or smart TV. Click here to view a full list of upcoming digital events.

CUBE | Digital is supported by Peter D. and Julie F. Cummings, Ford Motor Company FundCommunity Foundation for Southeast Michigan, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, with additional support from Quicken Loans and the Boston Consulting Group.

For a limited time, pick up a copy of Jazz from Detroit by Mark Stryker as part of a special edition DSO Gift Box, which also includes DSO-branded items and Detroit-made food products. For more information, visit dso.org/shop.



CUBE | Digital

Saturday, February 27 from 2–7 p.m.

Join us online for a marathon festival experience that celebrates Detroit's landmark jazz legacy hosted by Mark Stryker, award-winning arts reporter and author of Jazz from Detroit. The event will feature performances by and interviews with Regina Carter, Marcus Elliot & Michael Malis duo, Black Current Jam, and Charles McPherson.


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. Conductor Leonard Slatkin, who concluded a decade-long tenure at the helm in 2018, 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 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 eight 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.