Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings gives audience the chance to “stand at the conductor’s podium”

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (January 20, 2014) – On Sunday, February 23, 2014 Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings (DCWS) will present a concert that allows audiences a chance to ‘stand at the conductor’s podium’ and hear their musical preferences incorporated into a concert performance. Titled Strauss Deconstructed, the concert will take place at the Cranbrook Art Museum in the DeSalle Auditorium beginning at 3 p.m. A 2:15 preview with young ensemble-in-residence, wind trio Third Rail, as well as student musicians from DCWS educational programs, will take place.

Led by conductor H. Robert Reynolds, the concert will begin as an interactive exchange between audience, musicians, and conductor about Strauss’ “Suite for Winds, Op. 4.” To help audiences understand the affect that individual musicians and conductors can have on a work, Reynolds will lead the ensemble through sections of Strauss’ work as previously practiced by the ensemble. Then, Reynolds will present the audience with choices on a number of musical aspects including speed, tone, or volume – the same choices all conductors and musicians must make. The audience’s thoughts and preferences will, as much as possible, be incorporated into the work’s final performance. Audience members will also be encouraged to ask questions and share ideas.

The interactive rehearsal will last approximately 30-40 minutes. The first half will end with a world premiere by young composer-in-residence, Greg Simon. Simon is currently pursuing his doctorate at the University of Michigan. The world premiere will be performed by Third Rail. Third Rail is comprised of students from Oberlin Conservatory of Music.

The second half of the evening will be a full performance of Strauss’ “Suite for Winds, Op. 4.” After engaging with the piece in the first half of the concert, audiences will be able to hear the piece with new understanding and recognize where their musical choices have been inserted.

Tickets for Strauss Deconstructed are $25 for adults, $22 for seniors (60 and older) and $10 for students. To purchase tickets, please call (248) 559-2095 or visit the DCWS website at Ticket prices will be $5 more at the door. Strauss Deconstructed is sponsored by Charity Motors and FWD.


Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings is an ensemble committed to bringing to life the body of repertoire that utilizes between 6 and 20 musicians. DCWS musicians are drawn primarily from the Detroit Symphony and Michigan Opera Theatre orchestras. Now in its 32nd year, Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings presents an annual six-concert Spotlight Series, six-concert Nightnotes Series, and two Structurally Sound concerts. Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings was named Crain’s Detroit Business 2010 Best-Managed Nonprofit. To find out more, please visit