Detroit, (September 6, 2022) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) today announced the return of New Music Detroit’s contemporary music marathon, Strange Beautiful Music. The event, which celebrates its 15th year with the most ambitious production to date, offers up some of the finest forward-thinking music in the Motor City and beyond. Performances will be held September 15-18, with events across the weekend at Andy Arts Center in Detroit and The Cube (within the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, the DSO’s Midtown campus).
On Friday, September 16 at 8 p.m. at the Andy Arts Center, Detroit experimental veteran James Cornish leads his Light Opera ensemble along a winding path of improvisation, joined by host ensemble New Music Detroit (NMD) for a small chamber program centered around George Crumb’s Vox Balaenae (Voice of the Whale).
On Saturday, September 17 at 8 p.m. in The Cube, ultra-Detroit guest composers Marcus Elliot and Shara Nova will present their commissioned works for NMD: Elliot’s stunning new piece called Fill the Room with Light, and Nova’s songs for chamber ensemble, accompanied by the captivating vocals of the composer herself. New Music Detroit will also perform a piece by Cypriot composer and sound artist Yannis Kyriakides.
On Sunday, September 18 at 7 p.m., Elliot returns to The Cube with jazz instrumentalist Rafael Statin to present a program of jazz and improv. Preceding the performance, enjoy a sound ceremony by multi-sensory artist Sophiyah E., who debuted at last year’s marathon.
Tickets for this performance start at $10 (for Andy Arts Center performances) and $20 (for The Cube performances), and can be purchased at dso.org or by calling the Box Office at 313.576.5111, open Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Andy Arts Center is located at 3000 Fenkell Ave in Detroit. The Cube is located within the DSO’s Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, located at 3711 Woodward Ave in Detroit.
2022-2023 SEASON DSO SAFETY POLICIES: The DSO no longer requires audiences to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test to attend performances. Masks are optional although strongly recommended at DSO performances, particularly when Wayne County and surrounding communities are in the high or “red” category as defined by the CDC. The DSO asks audience members to do their part to create a safe environment for everyone and encourages those who are not feeling well to stay home. For those who are unable to attend, the DSO will offer ticket donations, exchanges, and credit for future performances this season.
About New Music Detroit
New Music Detroit (NMD) is a collective of musicians dedicated to performing groundbreaking musical works from the late-20th century to the present day. A highly flexible ensemble with a cast of core members and prominent guest artists, NMD performs new and adventurous classical music in a wide variety of settings, for a wide variety of people.
NMD strives to collaborate with the most exciting creative voices of our time and regularly gives performances of rarely-heard works by today’s major composers.
Through innovative programming, risk-taking, and virtuoso performances, NMD continues to explore new ways of bringing the best of contemporary and experimental music to the City of Detroit.
NMD core members include Erik Rönmark (Co-Founder & saxophones), Una O’riordan (cello), Ian Ding (Co-Founder & percussion), Jocelyn Zelasko (soprano), and Joe Becker (percussion).