season announcement

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DCWS announces its 2023-24 season with 13 concerts made collaboratively with the community.

DETROIT (Aug. 15, 2023) – Approaching 42 years since its beginning, Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings’ upcoming season starts October 1 and includes 13 concerts, each shaped by the community and their stories.

“Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings has laid its foundation with great support from the arts and cultural community across metropolitan Detroit,” said DCWS President Maury Okun. “This season is representative of the impact collaboration has had on us.”

The season begins with its annual fundraising celebration. The “Impact Brunch” takes place on October 1 at the Heathers in Bloomfield Hills, connecting musicians and the community to help kick off the season and its three main concert series: Nightnotes, Structurally Sound and Signature series.

DCWS welcomes new partners for a celebration of the resilience of artistic exploration when met with adversity. Titled “Creativity in the Face of Oppression,” the project joins DCWS, the Detroit Opera Residence Artist Program, Temple Emanu-El, St. John’s Armenian Church, the Zekelman Holocaust Memorial Center, and the Hartford Memorial Baptist Church for a series of intellectual and artistic activities that explore the topic. The project will be centered around a performance of Victor Ullman’s opera, “Der Kaiser von Atlantis (The Emperor of Atlantis.)”

The organization will continue Nightnotes, a long-standing concert series that draws audiences into the Hagopian World of Rugs. The series includes the DCWS debut of Detroit Symphony Orchestra bassoonist Conrad Cornelison, who is the first new DSO principal bassoon since the 1970s.

The Structurally Sound concert series will feature three performances. Partnering with venues across metropolitan Detroit, Structurally Sound bridges the architectural history of the city with music. This year, concerts will be held at The Shepard, The Congregation, and the Downtown Synagogue, all historically religious spaces repurposed or revitalized by the community.

The Signature series will include the annual tradition of Holiday Brass, bringing together an ensemble of brass musicians, two high school choir groups, and renowned conductors for two concerts of holiday classics and new works.

DCWS is re-joining forces with the University of Michigan and Oberlin College and Conservatory its young composer-in-residence and young ensemble-in-residence program. An ensemble from Oberlin will perform a new work by a composer from U-M.

The organization is also beginning a new collaboration with the Progressive Art Studio Collective, the first progressive art and design studio in Detroit, dedicated to supporting artists with developmental disabilities and mental health differences. A display of their artwork will be presented at our Holiday Brass concert in Royal Oak.

DCWS musicians are often DSO or Detroit Opera musicians, as well as professors at institutions like the University of Michigan. They have built substantial careers for themselves as both performers and educators.

Tickets are on sale and are available at detroitchamberwinds.org. For the full season details, visit detroitchamberwinds.org/performances

Tickets are $30 for general admission, $25 for seniors and $15 for students. They may be purchased online or by calling 248-559-2095 Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


About Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings

Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings is an ensemble committed to bringing to life the body of repertoire that utilizes between six and 20 musicians. DCWS musicians are drawn primarily from the Detroit Symphony and Michigan Opera Theatre orchestras. Now in its 42nd year, Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings presents three distinct concert series: the Nightnotes Series, the Signature Series and Structurally Sound. More information at detroitchamberwinds.org.