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Detroit Symphony Orchestra


The Detroit Symphony Orchestra is an inclusive and culturally relevant community where all people can experience their world through music.

OH-100: Centenary Sound Lab

Over the summer of 1919, renowned architect C. Howard Crane built Orchestra Hall for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. The building, which offered “every modern device,” and “perfect acoustics,” was completed in under five months. A century later—and after a near demolition in 1970—the sound of Orchestra Hall continues to attract musicians, patrons, and acoustical experts.

Join us to listen and explore in an Orchestra Hall sound laboratory where you’ll meet a unique selection of engineers who helped shape the acoustics of the Hall, and music-makers who are affecting the cultural landscape of Detroit. Science and history will intersect for a conversation around the topics: what makes the sound of Orchestra Hall so appealing? Why is it important for communities to save and restore historic buildings for cultural enrichment? And, why “new music” in “old spaces”?

Visualize the sound of the Hall in real time with demonstrations by HEAD acoustics Inc. via their propriety HEAD VISOR technology. Stay after for cocktails and conversation, or check out the adjacent Strange Beautiful Music festival, featuring New Music Detroit, who will have just completed their latest recording in the Hall earlier that week!

Links & Social



Saturday, Sep. 14th


5:00 pm – 7:00 pm


Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center

3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48201

Category: Experience