Symphony in D is launched!!

Symphony in D - a yearlong collaboration between Tod Machover, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra  the MIT Media Lab  and the Knight Foundation - received its world premiere performances on November 20 and 21 at Detroit's Orchestra Hall. Integrating over 15,000 sounds collected from Detroit residents, and incorporating the live-on-stage participation of a large number of Detroit citizens - from kids to seniors, indie guitarists to African drummers, techno artists to a Chaldean Choir - Symphony in D played to capacity crowds and received an enthusiastic response from audience and press, which called it "an extremely powerful love letter to Detroit" (Hyperallergic) and "a big, amassing smorgasbord that invariably proved exhilarating" (Musical America) and that "made Mahler's Symphony of a Thousand look like a chamber piece" (Classical Voice North America). Besides the amazing sounds and musical contributions collected by Machover, some remarkable texts were created especially for Symphony in D, such as those recited during the performance by Marsha Music and Tonya Matthews, and which were reprinted in the Detroit Free Press.

You can find out more about Symphony in D from these New York Times and Detroit Free Press features and BBC World Service radio spot, from our blog and press pages, from the DSO program book of the premiere, in these thoughts about the piece by Tod Machover, from this video trailer  and from the excellent full performance video made by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra of the world premiere on November 21, 2015:

We hope you enjoy Symphony in D, and that you will send us your thoughts and comments. Look forward to hearing from you!

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