Audience Gets Involved at DCWS “Set The Tempo”

The Center proudly sponsored Set The Tempo, a two-part Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings (DCWS) concert performed at Kirk in the Hills Presbyterian Church in Bloomfield Hills, MI.  Our commitment to the DCWS is longstanding and we proudly support the performances this talented group brings to audiences.  Involving the audience directly in the artistic process was a prominent theme for this innovative musical performance.

The first half of the concert featured works of three composers who are participating in a competition with composers across the country.  The three were selected from forty applicants in our region who were given 14 days to write a five minute piece for a prescribed instrumentation, which in this case included clarinet, violin and piano.  The audience was directly involved as we all had a collective vote in the competitive process.

The concert’s second half featured a performance by DCWS musicians of Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll.  DCWS Artistic Advisor, H. Robert Reynolds, led an interactive rehearsal of the work, with audience members again participating in the artistic decision making.

Set The Tempo was a different experience than a typical chamber music concert.  It required an adventuresome, intellectually curious audience and from what we observed was enjoyed by all.

Our thanks to Maury Okun, Executive Director of Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings and the musicians for providing a wonderful Sunday afternoon of musical discovery and enjoyment.

Raymond James is not affiliated with DCWS.