Torsdag 19 juli 2007 — Söndag 22 juli 2007
Max M. Fisher Music Center
3711 Woodward Ave, Detroit, 48201, United States
ACCESS, New Detroit, and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra have successfully expanded the Concert of Colors from a one-day festival of African, Asian, Middle Eastern, Latin American and Native American music to a three-day celebration of music from around the world. Some highlights:
The 1999 Concert of Colors ‹ the first year of expanded programming ‹ for the first time featured truly world-class talent such as South African musician Hugh Masekela, and attracted 10,000 visitors to the Concert stage in Chene Park.
An accompanying concert series, launched in 1999, helped to build interest in world music - and thus the potential audience for the Concert of Colors - throughout the year. Up to now, six concerts in high-profile venues including Henry Ford Museum, the Detroit Opera House, Wayne State University and Music Hall have drawn audiences totaling some 10,000 people to hear music from China, the Caribbean, Middle East, Africa and the Native American community.
In 2000, the Concert of Colors was extended from one to two days. The venue in Chene Park was expanded to include a "big top" tented stage, a children's stage, and a rhythm & percussion stage in addition to the Main Stage bowl. An estimated 40,000 people came to experience non-stop performances by some 40 performers from around the world. Comcast Cable Network recorded parts of the Concert for broadcast, as did WDTR-FM, the Detroit Public Schools' radio station.
As the officially-designated "diversity festival" for the Detroit 300 celebrations, the 2001 Concert of Colors was the largest world music festival anywhere in North America. The event, held over three days in July, attracted some 100,000 visitors, topping the previous year's figure by 60,000 people, and setting an attendance record at Chene Park. Some 70 performers from North and South America, Asia, Africa, Europe and the South Pacific appeared on six different stages. Much of the Concert was broadcast live over Detroit's public radio station, WDET-FM.
The 2002 Concert of Colors maintained the format of being a 3-day free-of-charge world music festival held at Chene Park in July. The festival brought bands from all over the world and included Ray Charles and his big band concluding the festival on Sunday night. More than 100,000 people attended the festival in 2002 and Comcast Cable expanded their area coverage to include communities across Michigan. The 2002 Concert of Colors was voted Best Local Music Festival by the Metro Times in their Best of Detroit issue.
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