Since its founding in 1982, Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings has set the standard for chamber music in Detroit. By bringing together the top musicians from the metro area, most of whom are members of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Michigan Opera Theatre, DCWS immerses audiences in a chamber music experience that is innovative, entertaining, and unsurpassed anywhere in the region.
With chamber music as its foundation, DCWS' mission has evolved to address the ever-changing, ever-challenging Detroit arts landscape with grand achievements. Some 30 new works have been premiered. Five compact discs have been released. Tours have stretched throughout the United States and as far as Switzerland. What's more, DCWS has pioneered a unique model for arts management. DCWS shares its staff with the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival and the Eisenhower Dance Ensemble. Each organization maintains its individual identity, along with its own board of directors and institutional mission. But they share almost everything else that goes into administering successful arts organizations: office space, accounting, technology, and staff.
DCWS extends these administrative services to other institutions that benefit from sharing expertise and resources on a more limited basis. Among DCWS' client organizations are Motor City Brass Band, Rackham Symphony Choir, the Cultural Alliance of Southeastern Michigan, CutTime Simfonica, the Community House, and the Peking University School of Transnational Law. These partnerships are undertaken with a goal of serving DCWS' core mission of providing great concerts and arts education services.
Its commitment to collaboration has brought considerable recognition to DCWS. Recent awards have come from the Hudson Webber Foundation, the McGregor Fund, the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, Crain's Detroit Business, the DTE Energy Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Kresge Foundation, and others.
DCWS also maintains a strong commitment to education. Last year, the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan provided a grant to support DCWS educational and outreach programs. The two year grant has enabled DCWS to engage its first education and outreach specialist.
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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