Clark Park Hosts Unique Musical Experience DSO’s Neighborhood Initiative Comes to Southwest Detroit By Karisa Antonio On Saturday, July 9 the sounds of music and children’s laughter rang across Clark Park. This was the second annual Clark Park Culture and Arts Festival, organized by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) and the Clark Park Conservancy. Sponsored by the General Motors Corporation, this year’s festival featured performances by a string quartet from the DSO presenting music from Latin America, La Mariachi Femenil Detroit, violin students from Cesar Chavez and Maybury elementary schools’ Sphinx Overture program, and Ballet Folklorico Moyocoyani Izel. More than 600 people came out to see the performances and to engage in hands-on workshops provided through the DSO’s Detroit Harmony Initiative, including an instrument zoo with clarinets, trumpets, saxophones, and other instruments for students to try, early childhood workshops with Living Arts, and community resources from DPSCD, Congress of Communities, Matrix Theater, and more. The event was part of the DSO’s Detroit Neighborhood Initiative, which focuses on celebrating the cultures of Detroit through the co-creation of Musical Experiences in neighborhoods around the city.
The last DSO Detroit Neighborhood Initiative event of the season will take place on Saturday, July 30, from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in Northwest Goldberg Cares Spotlight Park, 5945 Linwood Street, Detroit.