When: Fri., March 3, 8 p.m. 2017
For 39 years, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Classical Roots Celebration has honored African-American musicians and composers by telling their story through music. This year, in partnership with the Detroit Historical Society, the DSO will premiere honoree, violinist, and composer Terrence Blanchard’s Detroit 67, which takes a look at the five days of civil tumult that shook the city in 1967, and examines the effects the period has had on the city in the following decades through instrumental and choral music. Additionally, honoree cellist Regina Carter will perform a solo of David Schiff’s concerto 4 Sisters, which tells the stories of four beyond famous African-American women: Aretha Franklin, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Sarah Vaughan. Conductor Kazem Abdullah will work his magic, and the Brazeal Dennard Chorale will perform on their own, in addition to performing with the orchestra for Detroit 67.