May 15, 2012

STITCHES:

Kid Rock, DSO concert raises $1 million, but also profile of orchestra with new audience (Mark Stryker, 5/14/12, Detroit Free Press)

You can't witness thousands of rabid Kid Rock fans rewarding the first movement of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony with a roaring standing ovation and breaking into chants of "DSO! DSO!" without recognizing elitist stereotypes about classical music being put out to pasture. [...]

I had long admired Kid Rock's dedication to Detroit and knew that his decision to donate his services to raise money for the DSO was not out of character. But not being familiar with his collective oeuvre, I had thought of him as little more than a musical cartoon.

I came away from Saturday's concert impressed not only with his off-the-chart energy and showmanship but also his professionalism, the sing-song tunefulness of some of his songs and even his raspy vocals, which were both expressive and consistently in tune.

It would be silly to pretend that Saturday's concert will convert a bunch of Kid Rock fans into DSO ticket buyers. But that's not the point. The fundamental challenge facing orchestras is that the threads that once linked classical music to the broad fabric of civic life and popular culture have been severed. Saturday was about re-stitching a connection.
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