Friday, June 12, 2020

Now on Detroit Symphony Orchestra Replay: Nkeiru Okoye's "Black Bottom"


We were thrilled to present the world premiere of composer Nkeiru Okoye's Black Bottom at the 42nd annual Classical Roots Celebration and Benefit Concert this March. In fact, this piece was on the last concert program we were able to perform at Orchestra Hall before The Max shut its doors due to the coronavirus epidemic.
Black Bottom tells the stories of Detroit's Black Bottom and Paradise Valley neighborhoods — hubs of African-American community, culture, and prosperity that flourished in the early 20th century. When the city of Detroit razed the neighborhoods in the 1960s, thousands of people were displaced and decades of history was erased.

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