15 Concerts & Events
Built by Akropolis in 2017, this festival uses new music wind power to bring people together.
It features world premieres in collaboration with local and national artists and Detroit youth, concerts for businesses and essential workers, pop-up shows in public spaces, K-12 outreach, public performances, and a school year-length residency at three Detroit high schools.
2021 Concerts & Events
Stay tuned! The remaining festival events with these wonderful collaborators will be announced soon!
Outdoor Concert at Beacon Park +
Hou de Sousa Installation
6:30 - 8 PM FREE OUTDOOR CONCERT!
(Hou de Sousa remarks at 6:30 pm, Akropolis performance to follow)
The Akropolis Reed Quintet teams up with New York City-based design studio Hou de Sousa for a collaborative evening of light and music beneath the glow of the ultraviolet and surreal beacon installed by the award winning Nancy Hou and Josh de Sousa. The concert features works from their acclaimed and just-released 4th album, Ghost Light!
Essential Workers Series
For the past 4 years, Akropolis has presented free concerts and lunch to a variety of businesses in Detroit. These "Lunch & Listen" concerts have been reimagined for the 2021 festival to take place and directly benefit 3 businesses and their employees who have done critical, essential work, for our community during the COVID-19 pandemic.
12 PM - 2 PM at William Milliken Park
Authority Health is a Detroit health facility specializing in community based pediatrics, family medicine, internal medicine, and psychiatric care. On June 10th, Akropolis will perform for both the Psychiatry Residents on staff, celebrating those who have graduated, and the patients and youth they care for.
The Health Center at McKenny
3:30 PM at the McKenny Development Center
A part of Authority Health, the Health Center at McKenny is full service family medical clinic provides services to meet the needs of individuals and families in our Detroit community. On June 15th, Akropolis will perform for the hard working staff in the Development Center.
Garden City Hospital
12:15 pm at The Garden City Hospital (2 lunch time performances)
Garden City Hospital is a state-of-the-art medical facility and a source of health education for the people they serve. In 2014, they joined Prime Healthcare Services, one of the nation's fastest growing healthcare providers with more than 43,500 employees who deliver high-quality care and contribute to their local neighborhoods every day. On June 16th, Akropolis will perform two lunch-time shows in the hospital cafeteria for the off duty staff.
Detroit School of Arts
12:20 PM (Virtual Presentation)
This is the culminating visit of Akropolis' year-long residency with the music students at DSA! At this virtual presentation, Akropolis will showcase the compositions created by DSA high school students this year for their fellow music and arts classmates. Videos of these premieres will be released online throughout the summer!
Cass Tech High School
8:00 AM (Virtual Presentation)
This is the culminating visit of Akropolis' year-long residency with the music students at Cass Tech! At this virtual presentation, Akropolis will showcase the compositions created by Cass Tech high school students this year for their fellow music and arts classmates. Videos of these premieres will be released online throughout the summer!
M.L.K. Jr. Senior High School
8:00 AM (Virtual Presentation)
This is the culminating visit of Akropolis' year-long residency with the music students at MLK! At this virtual presentation, Akropolis will showcase the compositions created by MLK high school students this year for their fellow music and arts classmates. Videos of these premieres will be released online throughout the summer!
Time TBD (Virtual Presentation)
Akropolis returns to Bates Elementary for an online educational concert for these hard working K-5 students, teaching them about music, storytelling, and creative expression!
John R. King Performing Arts Academy K-8
2 PM (Virtual Presentation)
Akropolis joins the K-8 students from John R. King for a virtual and interactive concert focused on how you can make music a part of your life at home this summer, and hopefully when they return to school in person this fall!
World Premires & Collaborations
Akropolis Reed Quintet
Akropolis + Annika Socolofsky + XUAN
A visual and auditory journey, weaving live interviews from 7 small business owners in our communities into a 15-minute film and new piece of chamber music.
Akropolis, Annika, and XUAN have conducted interviews with the following 7 business owners in Detroit, Boulder, Kansas, and online on Etsy. What comes next will be a musical and visual journey celebrating these individuals' experiences, and what it means to be a small business owner today in America.
Puddle and Pivot
Two new companion works for reed quintet by Katherine Pukinskis that reflect our time apart and together during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pivot is the companion piece to Puddle, which was composed in the summer of 2020. Puddle was written to be compiled through a series of single-instrument recording sessions to accommodate for a necessary pandemic-related separation. Pivot was commissioned to be a piece that required Akropolis to play in-person as an ensemble. Both Puddle and Pivot will be premiered at a live concert during Together We Sound this summer.
Detroit High School Student Compositions
Akropolis has been in-residence at 3 high schools in Detroit since 2018. Each year, they help students with their own creative projects, including teaching them how to compose. Since 2017, Akropolis has helped over 25 Detroit students write pieces of music, which they premiere and record during Together We Sound.
The following students worked with Akropolis in the 20/21 academic year and will have their new piece performed and recorded during the 2021 Together We Sound Festival!
M.L.K. Jr. Senior High School Student Composers:
Bertha Owens, Daouda Kane, Namien Coburn, Aaron Coklow
Detroit School of Arts Student Composers:
Sam Pickens, Kaleb Bowdre
Cass Technical High School Student Composers:
Khyri Flounory, Alana Daniels, Don Anthony Montgomery, Adegoke Bilesanmi