2014 Exhibition

DLECTRICITY is Detroit’s nighttime festival of art + light that featured over 35 world-renowned and emerging artists whose cutting-edge works of art illuminated Midtown Detroit in 2014, from the Detroit Institute of Arts down to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. This two-night “Nuit Blanche” festival was scheduled for Friday, September 26 and Saturday, September 27 in Midtown Detroit from 7:00 p.m. to midnight. Saturday night also featured the DLECTRICITY Light Bike Parade where thousands of cyclists biked a 4-mile route through Midtown Detroit, adding extra light and energy to the streets. Weekend programming also included artist talks and performances. DLECTRICITY is produced by Midtown Detroit, Inc. and is free to the public.

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Let’s Dance

39. Let’s Dance

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra returns to DLECTRICITY with another live video projection or “MaxCast” of the Pops performance, Let’s Dance, conducted by Jeff Tyzik. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy this celebration of the art of dance as tango, tap and ballroom dancers are projected onto the façade of the Carpenter’s Building on Woodward as the production happens live within Orchestra Hall. Following the performances, footage from previous classical concerts will be projected until midnight. For the duration of DLECTRICITY, the Max M. Fisher Music Center will offer paid parking at its garage on Parsons St., as well as concessions and public restrooms. The MaxCast is made possible by a generous gift from Phillip and Lauren Fisher. Additional DLECTRICITY activities are made possible with the support of Princeton Enterprises and Marc Schwartz.

The Music Box, an intimate black box theater within The Max, will be buzzing throughout the festival as well, with a Chamber Music Society presentation of the Cavani String Quartet with poet Mwatabu Okantah on Friday at 8pm and Mix @ The Max on Saturday at 9pm featuring the Fifth House Ensemble. The Max’s front façade will also shine a spotlight on a special sculpture installation.

Read the full press release about Let’s Dance HERE.

Artist Credit

Jeff Tyzik

Jeff Tyzik

Grammy Award winner Jeff Tyzik is recognized as one of America’s most innovative pops conductors. Described by the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle as “among the best pops conductors in America,” Tyzik is recognized for his brilliant arrangements, original programming, and engaging rapport with audiences of all ages. In the 2013/14 concert season, Tyzik will celebrate his 20th season as Principal Pops Conductor of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Also this season, he begins a new role as Principal Pops Conductor of the Seattle Symphony, the Detroit Symphony and The Florida Orchestra. Tyzik will continue to serve as Principal Pops Conductor of the Oregon Symphony and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

In May 2007, the Harmonia Mundi label released his recording of works by Gershwin with pianist Jon Nakamatsu and the RPO, which stayed in the Top 10 on the Billboard classical chart for over 3 months. Alex Ross, music critic for The New Yorker, called it “one of the snappiest Gershwin discs in years”. “His concert is the kind of thing that’s likely to give classical music a good name, perhaps even make it seem, dare I say, relevant,” writes John Pitcher of the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (February 3, 2006). “What’s great about Tyzik is his way of making any concert (classical or pops) seem contemporary and approachable without sugarcoating anything, without dumbing down the musical experience.”

In addition to his titled posts, Tyzik is highly sought after as a guest conductor across North America, with recent guest appearances including the Boston Pops, the Cincinnati Pops, the Milwaukee Symphony, the Toronto Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, and the Dallas Symphony at the Vail Valley Music Festival. Tyzik made his UK debut in June 2010 in Edinburgh and Glasgow with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in a three-week series of four popular programs. Tyzik holds Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the Eastman School of Music. He lives in Rochester, New York, with his wife Jill. For more information about Jeff Tyzik, please visit www.jefftyzik.com.