Arts Management Collaboration
DCWS is known both for great music and a unique, collaborative arts management model. For more than 15 years, DCWS has shared staff and most administrative functions with the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival and Eisenhower Dance Ensemble. The organizations maintain separate boards, missions, finances and artistic programs, but share nearly everything else that goes into the operation of a successful non-profit arts organization.
Starting in 2003, DCWS began to offer client service hours to institutions that could benefit from DCWS' expertise in marketing, development and collaboration.
The Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival was born in 1994. A secular event, the Festival is sponsored by three religious institutions (representing Catholic, Jewish and Protestant faiths) and Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings. In two weeks each June, the Festival presents over 20 concerts in southeast Michigan. Many of these performances occur in the venues of the Festival's sponsors -- St. Hugo of the Hills, Kirk in the Hills, and Temple Beth El, but performances also occur in Ann Arbor, Detroit, Grosse Pointe, and Windsor. The Festival has welcomed a rotating contingent of world-class artists, creating an event of national significance.
The Festival was formed as a dba of DCWS and became its own organization in 2005
Eisenhower is a nationally touring dance company based in Rochester. Eisnehower dancers are highly trained with extensive credentials in technique, performance, and teaching. Eisenhower Dance stands alone among major Michigan professional dance companies by adhering to its unique mission of performing works by a variety of choreographers, many of them international in stature. In September of 1995, the Company established the non-profit Eisenhower Dance Center. At locations in Rochester Hills and Birmingham, the Eisenhower dancers, along with additional highly qualified staff members, serve as faculty for over 400 students annually.
Eisenhower Dance joined the DCWS collaboration as a partner in 1996
Modeled after the traditional British brass band, Motor City Brass Band (MCBB) represents an American take on a beloved British custom. The group%u2019s unique blend of innovation and authenticity has earned it a reputation for musical excellence and high-quality entertainment. With musical director Craig Strain at the helm as conductor, arranger and composer for the group since its inception, MCBB continues to musically define itself as an integral part of the growing national brass band movement. The band performs in a variety of venues throughout the year in a wide range of musical styles from classical to jazz, pop to sacred. MCBB has performed throughout the state as well as in Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, Ohio, & Ontario, Canada.
MCBB became a client in 2006
Since 1927, Pro Musica has given promising young composers and musicians and opportunity to perform and explain their work. Many visiting artists have focused on contemporary and classical works that are rarely or infrequently heard. In its first season, Bela Bartok and Maurice Ravel performed and spoke about their works, and set a standard of programming and artistry that Pro Musica has dedicated to maintaining for 85 years. Pro Musica plans a minimum of three concerts each season. The main performances are held at the Music Box, part of the Max M. Fisher Music Center in downtown Detroit.
Pro Musica became a client in 2011
The Detroit Children's Choir was established as a vehicle to help the children of metropolitan Detroit grow -- gaining self confidence, social and political awareness, and academic skills -- while setting the stage for continued active involvement in the arts throughout their lives. The organization's mission is to use the power and discipline of singing to bring together Detroit's children in grades 3-8, from urban and suburban communities, representing a wide range of ethnicities, religions and socio-economic levels in a way that strengthens team building, creativity, social interaction, understanding, and connection.
DCC became a client in 2012
Detroit Passport to the Arts provides an introduction to the Detroit cultural scene for people 45 & under. With an affordable passport, DP2A offers an opportunity to experience Detroit and its culture with like-minded people. A passport provides access to six performances, including dance, opera, symphony, theatre, film and chamber music, followed by six social networking events.
DP2A is a program presented by Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings, Eisenhower Dance Ensemble, and the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival
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Start your year off right: Brass in the Hills
DCWS brass players take over the beautiful campus of Kirk in the Hills Presbyterian Church for a spectacular concoction of brass works using small to ... large forces, in clever and inventive settings, that stretch from the baroque period to music of today. The performance will include a world premiere by composer Timothy Kramer. Kramer was one of the winners selected from DCWS' most recent commission competition.
Brass in the Hills
Sunday, January 12 at 3 p.m.
2:15 p.m. preview: In Conversation with Timothy Kramer
Sponsored by Center for Financial Planning
Works will include:
Sonata a Due Trombe by Girolamo Fantini
Eagle Hawk by Eric Ewazen
Canzon a 4 by Gabrieli
Duets for Double Bass by Dave Anderson
Concerto for Clarinet and Chamber Ensemble by Alvin Etler
TICKETS: $25 regular; $22 senior; $10 stuents ($5 more at the door). Order online or by calling 248-559-2095.
Soprano Jacquelyn Wagner Makes Nightnotes Debut
"None can surpass the seductive vocal elegance of soprano Jacquelyn Wagner."
- Berlinger Morgenpost
Currently enjoying a career ... with the Berlin Opera, soprano Jacquelyn Wagner returns home for a joint performance with her father, DCWS horn player Corbin Wagner.
Friday, November 1, 2013 at 8 p.m.
Join us for the 7:30 reception
Hagopian World of Rugs, Birmingham
Tickets: $22 regular/senior; $10 students