Akropolis Reed Quintet Gives Web Premiere of 25-minute Masterwork, Homage to Paradise Valley, Supported by Prestigious Chamber Music America Commissioning Program, Honoring Detroit’s Razed Paradise Valley and Black Bottom Neighborhoods
Available to be attended online anywhere in the world, Akropolis’ Club Paradise Virtual Soirée is an hour-length Zoom gathering featuring conversation, education, and brief live performances. The 6 digital events include the video debut of Homage to Paradise Valley, live performances from Akropolis members, and guests including the composer of Homage to Paradise Valley, Jeff Scott, and self-described “primordial Detroiter,” writer, and historian, Marsha Music.
Tickets $15 / Free for all K-12 Students
This online event will educate attendees on the urban renewal projects that razed Detroit’s predominantly African American neighborhoods of Paradise Valley and Black Bottom, effectively displacing their residents forever. In the 1920s through 50s these neighborhoods were major Black cultural centers known worldwide for Black-owned businesses and for presenting the world’s greatest Black artists.
Bringing together curious listeners worldwide, attendance for each soirée will be limited to 20 screens to foster an intimate and engaging online concert experience. Attendees are encouraged to invite friends to the same soirée, dress up, enjoy a homemade refreshment, and enjoy the intimate gathering of pre-recorded music, brief live performances, education from the subject matters’ music and cultural experts, and to interact with each other and the artists.
All details and ticket information is available at akropolisquintet.org/clubparadise.