On December 16, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra will perform at Orchestra Hall with three deaf musicians: percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie, jazz/pop singer Mandy Harvey, and hip-hop artist Sean Forbes. The concert, entitled “The Deaf and Loud Symphonic Experience” and described as an immersive orchestral experience, will be given in American Sign Language accompanied by large-screen videos with lyrics presented for each song. Sly5thAve (Sylvester Onyejiaka) will conduct the concert, a benefit for the Deaf Professional Arts Network (D-PAN), a Detroit based non-profit co-founded in 2006 by Sean Forbes and Detroit music producer Joel Martin. “The DSO prides itself on being the most accessible orchestra on the planet, so we were eager to collaborate on the very first Deaf and Loud Symphonic Experience when the idea was brought to us,” says Erik Rönmark, vice president and general manager of the DSO. “It’s a one-of-a-kind event with outstanding musicians who happen to be deaf, and we are excited to see it come to fruition here in Orchestra Hall.”

Posted November 20, 2018