Together We Sound Festival ✦ Concert and Concerto with Detroit Public School Students

Tuesday @ 6:30 pm

Detroit, MI

Featuring Peter Terry's concerto for Akropolis and high school band, student chamber performances, and new student compositions

Gig Details


Venue Details

Detroit School of the Arts 123 Selden St
Detroit, MI 48201

Akropolis Reed Quintet with Detroit School of Arts Band + Cass Tech and M.L. King High School Small Ensembles and Student Composers

Kicking off our 2019 Together We Sound Festival and concluding our first year in residence at Cass, King, and DSA high schools, the Akropolis Reed Quintet presents a collaborative concert with Detroit’s most talented high school musicians. Students will perform chamber music and Akropolis will perform their compositions. We will also premiere the first educational concerto for reed quintet and high school band composed by Peter Terry.

This free concert includes a reception with light snacks following the concert!

The Concert Features:

  • Several selections performed by the internationally-acclaimed Akropolis Reed Quintet
  • World premiere of the first concerto for reed quintet & high school band by composer Peter Terry performed by students and Akropolis
  • New works composed for Akropolis by Cass, M.L. King, and DSA student composers
  • Student chamber music performances

Since September 2018 and because of generous support from the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, we have been in residence at Detroit School of Arts, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Cass Tech high schools in Detroit, mirroring our professional activity through  creative projects with youth. We commissioned composer Peter Terry to write a new concerto for Akropolis and high school band, which we will premiere with students at Detroit School of Arts on April 16, 2019. Students received hands-on experience with Terry generating the themes and musical ideas for the piece. Terry’s concerto celebrates these dedicated students, the city of Detroit, and our decade-long commitment to K-12 education.

About Composer Peter Terry

Peter Terry is an award-winning composer, conductor and educator. He holds a bachelor’s degree in trumpet from the University of Michigan, a master’s degree in music composition and theory from Bowling Green State University, and a doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin in music composition and theory with an emphasis in computer music synthesis and applications.

Dr. Terry’s compositions have been performed and broadcast worldwide and appear on numerous contest and festival required music lists. With over 50 works published by Carl Fischer, Excelcia Music, BRS Music, and Music for Percussion, Inc., Dr. Terry is sought out for commissions by numerous chamber groups, choirs, concert bands and orchestras. He is accomplished at every level of ensemble writing from beginner to middle school, high school and advanced ensembles. His music is colorful, dramatic, and characterized by a rhythmic verve and a deep lyricism that shows the influences of American popular music, world music and American classical composers such as Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland and Samuel Barber. He is particularly proud of the emphasis on playability and melodic interest for all the instruments in his compositions.

Dr. Terry has served on the faculties of the University of Texas at Austin, Cal State-Los Angeles, Bowling Green State University and Bluffton University. He served on the composition/theory faculty of the Interlochen Arts Camp from 1991-2017.