Past Concerts & Events

2016

August 21 – Welcome Reception at Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church for returning and prospective choristers.

August 4 – The CCD was the featured choir in the Detroit Choral Festival for a community sing of the Mozart Requiem.

May 20 & 21 – Dream Keepers concerts. From a viewpoint of compassion, hope, and courage, and in collaboration with the Capuchin Soup Kitchen Choir, the concerts focused on the social issue of homelessness – both those who are homeless on our streets as well as refugees. The concerts featured the moving new work Street Requiem, with soloists Freda Herseth and Carlos Enrique Santelli, from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance. The CCD partnered with 11 community organizations serving homeless people and refugees in preparation for the concerts.

2015

December 11 and 12: Spiritual Messiah concerts –  These moving concerts juxtaposed two contemporaneous musical genres by punctuating the movements of the Christmas portion of Handel’s Messiah, as written, with text-related African-American spirituals, giving greater meaning to each musical form.  While separated by an ocean not only geographically, but by the life experience of those who originated these works, both genres described the same events.

October – The CCD made its European debut with concerts at some of the most magnificent venues in northern France, including the Cathedrals of Notre Dame in both Paris and Chartres, Chateau d’Amboise, the American Cemetery Museum on the Normandy beaches, and others.

August – Welcome Dinner for returning and prospective choristers.

July 11, 2015 – The CCD sponsored Detroit Sings: A Choral Music Conference, for choral musicians, featuring Maestro Leonard Slatkin and Jason Harris, with 25 presentations by the premier choral conductors and musicians from throughout our region.

May 15 and 16 –  The concerts included music from the mass of Josquin de Prez, to Louis Vierne’s elegant mass interpretation, to the house-rocking Gospel Mass by Robert Ray, as well as exquisite music linking these works, including songs of Americana, Rachmaninoff’sVocalise, and spirituals.

2014

December 12 and 13 – A Jubliant Song concerts.  Our program featured music from across the ages, from Poulenc to Pentatonix, and Elgar to Billy Joel, with great soloists and the CCD orchestra, and with Dr. Edward Maki-Schramm conducting, at Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church.  We partnered with Gleaners Community Food Bank, and the purchase of every ticket provided three meals for our hungry neighbors in Metro Detroit.

August – Welcome Dinner for returning and prospective choristers.

August – “The FANTASTIC Choir: Making Choral Excellence Happen,”  Saturday, August 23, 10:00-3:45, was a one-day workshop featuring world-renowned choral conductor, Jerry Blackstone at Central United Methodist Church in downtown Detroit, and with a talk entitled “The FANTASTIC Choir: Nuts & Bolts” by Dr. Edward Maki-Schramm and Diane Linn. The program also included a community-sing performance of the Brahms Requiem.  This program was designed for choir members, conductors, and choral ensembles at all levels, from throughout SE Michigan.

July – CCD Annual Hydroplane-Race Benefit Party

May 14 – Verdi Requiem.  For this once-in-a-lifetime performance of the great Verdi Requiem, the CCD joined forces with members of three outstanding regional choirs, totaling 175 singers, with full orchestra and Metropolitan Opera soloists.  This tour-de-force concert commemorated the 16 performances of the Requiem by the prisoners at the Terezin concentration camp in WWII, with special guests – including the Consul General of Israel and the Deputy Consul General of the Czech Republic, and moving programmatic elements.

2013

Friday, December 13, 7:30 and Saturday, December 13, 4:00 – Home for the Holidays concerts.  These concerts, at Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church, with music from Bach to Britten, traditional carols to contemporary arrangements, and holiday highlights from many cultures, celebrated the season in two spectacular concerts with the chorus, orchestra, and outstanding soloists.

Saturday, December 21, 4:00 – CCD-sponsored Messiah Community-Sing at Central United Methodist Church on Grand Circus Park in downtown Detroit.  This was our second annual Messiah Community-Sing, where the audience was the choir, this year conducted by Dr. Jerry Blackstone – Grammy® Award-winning conductor and Director of Choirs and Chair of the internationally acclaimed conducting department at the University of Michigan, and with world-class, renowned organist and conductor of the CCD, Dr. Edward Maki-Schramm, accompanying on the stunning Skinner organ, along with top soloists.

August – Welcome Dinner for returning and prospective choristers: Wednesday, August 28 at 6:30 near Indian Village in Detroit.

August – “Creating a FANTASTIC Choir: Practical Tips for Choral Excellence,”  Saturday, August 24, 10:00-3:00, was a one-day workshop with world-renowned choral conductor, Jerry Blackstone at Central United Methodist Church in downtown Detroit.  This program was designed for choir members, conductors, and choral ensembles at all levels, from throughout SE Michigan.

July – CCD Hydroplane-Race Benefit Party

May – Detroit: A Metamorphosis – A Place of Hope for All People:  These concerts, at Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church, featured the CCD, the CCD Orchestra, and outstanding guest artists performing music from Mozart to Gorecki and Rutter to Armstrong.  The program lifted up for reflection a representation of peoples who, over history, have suffered egregious acts at the hands of others, and it moved powerfully, both musically and topically, to offer a new vision for our city and for the world – one of hope, prayer, love, peace, and gratitude, for our earthly home and for all people.

2012

December – Detroit’s Community-Sing Messiah at Central United Methodist Church on Grand Circus Park in downtown Detroit, and two performances of  Christmas Joy! at Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church.  This CCD concert featured the CCD Orchestra, The Central United Methodist Church Handbell Choir, and soloists, as well as special guests, the renowned Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir.

December – CCD caroled at Detroit’s fabulous Midtown Noel Night.

October – CCD participated in a PBS TV special, “Celebrate America Southeast Michigan 2013,” which will be broadcast in March, 2013.

September – CCD participated in the “Pure Michigan” TV ad for Michigan tourism, at the Detroit Institute of Arts, along with other prominent Metro Detroit choirs.

August – CCD participated in the “Ode to Joy” flash mob “Random Act of Culture” at Detroit’s Compuware Building , along with 25 premier Metro Detroit Choirs, sponsored by the Sphinx Organization and funded by the Knight Foundation.

August – Welcome reception for returning and prospective choristers: Saturday, August 11 at 5:00 in the Indian Village area.

July – CCD Hydroplane-Race Benefit Party

May – A Detroit Panorama: Music of a Great American City:  This concert featured a documentary film about the history of Detroit, narrated by Sen. Carl Levin, which provided the framework for great choral music exemplifying each era.  The program featured U-M soloists, the CCD Chamber Players, and many Detroit luminaries, who offered autobiographical vignettes.

2011

December – Messiah: The CCD performed this legendary work with orchestra and soloists, with special guests, the Detroit Children’s Choir’s Touring Choir performing Holiday Treats, at Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church.

September – Random Acts of Culture in Detroit in collaboration with the Sphinx Organization:  Saturday, September 3, at 25 Detroit locations.

September – Welcome Reception for Returning & Prospective CCD Choristers: Friday, September 9, near Indian Village.

July – CCD Hydroplane-Race Benefit Party

May – Serenade to Music: A celebration of the beauty and joy of music in a concert program entitled Serenade to Music, including works by Handel, Brahms, Vaughan Williams, Copland, Barber, Lauridsen, and others, at the Detroit Waldorf School.

2010

December – Holiday Classics: A seasonal musical gala, with some of the most beautiful holiday music ever written, including works by Handel, Praetorius, Berlioz, Mendelssohn, Rutter, and others, at the Detroit Waldorf School.