Together We Sound is a 2-week, 15-event free festival in Detroit.
This festival has three goals: 1. Expand and diversify access to world class contemporary music in Detroit
2. Increase artistic and scholastic achievement of youth at three Detroit high schools
3. Broaden Detroit’s national profile as a major cultural center. In collaborating with students, workers, local artists, and all Detroiters, Together We Sound aims to use our music to encourage togetherness.
The 15 Events
All dates, locations, and times are coming soon!
3 Concerts [ 2 Detroit / 1 Ann Arbor ]
In Collaboration with YAK and Shara Nova
In our first Detroit concert, Akropolis meets amplified viola da gamba, cymbals, and signal processing in a Tibetan throat singing-inspired collaboration with Detroit-based YAK. YAK has devoted itself to broadening Detroit audiences’ musical horizons, and serving Detroit’s hungry experimental music scene is a shared goal bringing us both together. Akropolis will perform a second concert with YAK in Ann Arbor, MI.
In our final Detroit concert, Akropolis collaborates with Shara Nova of My Brightest Diamond on a work for soprano and reed quintet by Nico Muhly titled “Hymns for Private Use.” Having followed Shara’s work for several years, not many people can front a rock band, sing Górecki’s Third Symphony, lead a marching band processional down the streets of the Sundance film festival and perform in a baroque opera of their own composing all in a month’s time. But Shara Nova can. This concert will also feature compositions created by 3 Detroit High School students.
3 High Schools
Cass Technical High School
Martin Luther King. Jr. Senior High School
Detroit School of the Arts
Currently designing a year-long residency with Detroit Public Schools to begin this fall, Akropolis began its work with students at Cass, MLK, and DSA by selecting a student from each school to create a new chamber music composition for Akropolis. Akropolis will make an in-person visit to each school during the 2018 festival and will perform a student composition from each school on its second Detroit concert.
4 Detroit Offices
To help encourage cultural exploration in Detroit, Akropolis will deliver four lunch time concerts (and lunch!) to 4 local businesses. In 2017, thanks to funding from Chamber Music America’s Residency Partnership program, Akropolis gave Lunch-and-Listen concerts at the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce, Macro Connect, and the Boll Family YMCA.
3 Elementary Schools
Detroit Public Schools
Akropolis firmly believes the strongest way to foster appreciation, access, and the growth of classical music is through interactive educational experiences. These three elementary school visits will feature a musical reenactment of the children’s story, “Last Stop on Market Street,” by Matt de la Peña.
2 Pop-Up Concerts
Spontaneous Shows in Downtown Detroit
Akropolis will give 2 super-secret pop-up performances in large-scale public spaces during the 2018 festival. In the past, their pop-up performances have taken place at outdoor gathering spots, grocery stores, coffee shops, malls, and more. Who knows where we’ll pop up during this year’s festival!