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Wayne State University Department of Music presents its 52nd Annual Salute to Greater Detroit Concert

Wayne State University’s Department of Music is proud to present its 52nd Annual Salute to Greater Detroit concert on Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. as part of its Centennial Series celebrating 100 years of the department. The concert will be held at St. Ambrose Church, 15020 Hampton in Grosse Pointe Park. This annual WSU concert, celebrating Detroit's rich cultural heritage, is free and open to the public. The department is part of Wayne State’s College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts. 

This year's concert will feature the Wayne State University Symphonic Chorus and University Symphony Orchestra, performing Francis Poulenc's Gloria conducted by Wayne State Orchestra Conductor, Kypros Markou. The Department of Music is honored to welcome back alumna Jacqueline Echols (B.M. in Vocal Performance, ‘03) who will join the Symphonic Chorus as soprano soloist. The concert will also feature the Concert Chorale, directed by Alex Sutton, in a performance of Tarik O’Regan’s Triptych and the University Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Sinfonia No. 4 in F Major by William Boyce and Finlandia, Op. 26, No. 7 by Jean Sibelius.   

The annual Salute concerts, founded by the late Malcolm Johns in 1967, originally were designated as “Thanksgiving” concerts and have grown to be an institution treasured by Wayne State and the Metropolitan Detroit Community.  

For more information, visit music.wayne.edu or call (313) 577-1795. 

 

More about the Centennial Series 

The Department of Music is hosting a yearlong celebration starting this fall and ending next fall 2019. Major events and concerts are scheduled throughout the year to highlight the 100-year legacy of the department and will featuring works and performances by alumni, faculty and students.  

 

Mondays at the Max with Wayne State 
A Tribute to Dr. John Vander Weg: Celebrating 45 Years of Leadership in Higher Education 
Monday, November 5, 2018 
7:30 p.m. at The Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center 
Free Admission; RSVP Required: https://rsvp.wayne.edu/john-vander-weg
  
52nd Annual Salute to Greater Detroit 
Featuring Symphonic Chorus and Orchestra with WSU Alumna Jacqueline Echols, soprano 
Sunday, November 11, 2018 
3:00 p.m. at St. Ambrose Church 
Free Admission
 
Mondays at the Max with Wayne State 
Jazz Big Band I and Strings: A Tribute to Professor Matt Michaels 
Monday, December 3, 2018 
7:30 p.m. at The Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center 
Purchase tickets at the DSO box office, by phone or online: (313) 576-5111 or www.dso.org
 
Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess: Concert Version 
Detroit Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leonard Slatkin featuring the WSU Centennial Choir. 
Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. at the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center 
Sunday, February 17, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. at the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center 
Purchase tickets at the DSO box office, by phone or online: (313) 576-5111 or www.dso.org
 
Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s 41st Classical Roots Celebration 
The WSU Symphonic Chorus joins the Detroit Symphony Orchestra to honor and celebrate the contributions of African-American musicians and composers in classical music. 
Friday, March 8, 2019 at 10:45 a.m. at the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center 
Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. at the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center 
Purchase tickets at the DSO box office, by phone or online: (313) 576-5111 or www.dso.org

 

About the Department of Music 

Founded in 1918, the Department of Music has earned a reputation for excellence in the United States and abroad. Many members of the music faculty, including musicians from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and some of the area's finest jazz and vocal artists, have toured throughout the world as performers, clinicians, conductors and composers. Likewise, students in the department's ensembles have won international competitions, toured Europe and Asia, and enjoyed repeated invitations to perform at major festivals and conferences. The department also is known for its preparation of music educators. 

The Department of Music celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2018-2019. Notable alumni include opera performer Dr. George Shirley and jazz great Kenny Burrell. Shirley was the 2015 National Medal of Arts winner and 2016 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Opera Association. Kenny Burrell was named a Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts and Jazz Educator of the Year in 2005. The Department of Music is also home to the future Gretchen Valade Jazz Center. 

 

About the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts 

The College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts at Wayne State University serves 2,500 students majoring in 17 undergraduate and 10 graduate programs through the James Pearson Duffy Department of Art and Art History, the Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance, the Department of Music, and the Department of Communication. Wayne State University, located in the heart of Detroit’s Midtown Cultural Center, is a premier urban research institution offering nearly 350 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to nearly 27,000 students. For more information, visit cfpca.wayne.edu or connect with us on social media @WayneStateCFPCA

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Contact: Leah Celebi 

P: 313-577-1783 

E: leah.celebi@wayne.edu

150 years in the heart of Detroit