DSO to celebrate ‘classical roots’

BTL Staff
By | 2003-05-02T09:00:00-04:00 May 2nd, 2003|Uncategorized|

DETROIT – The Max M. Fisher Music Center, home to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, will celebrate Black History Month on Saturday, Feb. 19, with its fifth annual “Classical Roots Celebration.” The black-tie gala is a fundraiser for the DSO’s African American educational and musical programs.
The celebration will feature the world premiere of “Dear Mrs. Parks” by Hannibal Lokumbe, the DSO’s 2005-2005 resident African American composer. The work, a tribute to Mrs. Parks, features a two hundred voice choir comprised of the Brazeal Dennnard Chorale and an Inter-Community Chorus.
Resident Conductor Thomas Wilkins will also lead the DSO in works by three other Black composers.
The event will begin with a cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the concert at 8:30 p.m. A dessert and dancing afterglow will follow.
Tickets for “Classical Roots Celebration” are available by phone at 313-576-5596 for prices starting at $75. Tickets for the concert alone are available by phone at 313-576-5111 from $24-$69. An encore performance of the concert will take place Sunday, Feb. 20. Concert tickets are also available at the DSO’s website at http://www.detroitsymphony.com.

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