“Sean Forbes is an impatient person,” writes Jerilyn Jordan in Wednesday’s (12/12) Detroit Metro Times. “ ‘I’m the type of person who’s like, “Let’s make this happen now,” ‘ says the metro Detroit-based recording artist and co-founder of D-PAN, the Deaf Professional Arts Network…. Forbes’ most ambitious undertaking to date [with] longtime friend, collaborator, and composer Jake Bass … the Deaf and Loud Symphonic Experience at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra is their opportunity to [make] the typical concert experience accessible to the deaf and hard of hearing, without making it inaccessible to everyone else. Bass has enlisted the help of famed Motown arranger Paul Riser to reimagine Motown classics with three performers who are deaf (including Forbes), a 60-piece ensemble from the DSO, and a complete rhythm section…. Each piece of music will have lyrics attached to it that will be phonetically displayed on a screen and in sync with the orchestra.” Bass says, “The DSO has never done an event like this before, so it’s really cool for everybody involved to be working together to achieve the same goal, to make it accessible for everybody.’ ”

Posted December 13, 2018