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All City’s Playlist

So a few patrons and fellow employees wanted me to post my playlist from Friday night’s 8 Days in June opening night party. It was actually pretty cool. Among other things, I had old men coming up to me talking about old vinyl records (I could talk about that for hours), another man was shocked he was hearing Moondog in a public setting and 2 older ladies actually asked me to write down a couple of tracks I played. One of them exclaimed, “I guess this is one way music connects our generations.” I couldn’t agree more. Here she is…

Cristo Redentor by Donald Byrd
All Things To All Men featuring Roots Manuva by Cinematic Orchestra
Stamping Ground by Moondog with Orchestra
Quiet Dawn (Examples Of Twelves Remix) by Nostalgia 77
Fairy Take From A Dusty Crate by Skalpel
Hurry On Now featuring TM Juke by Alice Russell
High And Dry featuring Bilal by Pete Kuzma

Broadway by Sebastien Tellier
Oscar Brown, Jr (remix) by Matthew Herbert
Sympathy for the Devil by Rolling Stones
Its Simple by Visioneers
L.O.V.E and You & I by Jazzanova
I Am The Black Gold Of The Sun (4 Hero Remix) by Nuyorican Soul
Everything Featuring Bajka by Radio City
Sirius B by The Heliocentrics
Stars and Rockets featuring Auora Dawn (peter_thomas_sound_orchestra_ remix) by Spiritual South
Listen To The Drums [Original Edit] by Outlines
Waltz For Goddess by Soil & Pimp Sessions

See You At 8 Days.

Dominic Arellano
DSO Employee
(All City – the Few Records)

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Detroit’s Lucky Day!

If you’re superstitious, you probably already have your lucky rabbit’s foot or some such charm or talisman at the ready, tomorrow being Friday the 13th and all. I would say that tomorrow is a very lucky day for Detroit, though. At a time of year when they could be taking a well-deserved post-season break, the DSO is kicking it into high gear for 8 Days longer. It’s like a fabulous, flambéed-Cherries-Jubilee bonus at the end of an already decadent and delectable multi-course meal!

I’m particularly looking forward to hearing Olivier Messiaen‘s Turangalîla-Symphonie on June 18. A killer piano part, massive percussion section, and ondes Martenot, all in service of the theme of forbidden love? Who could ask for anything more? ;)

Also, you don’t want to miss anything that New Music Detroit is involved in, and you get two chances to hear them during the festival: after the Mozart/Holst festival opener on Friday night, walk across the street to the MOCAD and stay up late with John Zorn, then come back on June 17th for Patterns and Structure.

Don’t just take my word for it, though — attend the whole festival and decide for yourself what the highlights are!

Why is this festival so important? Well, a few weeks ago, Dominic posed the following question to readers here:

“How do you think music helps change Detroit for the better?”

Here’s my answer: while thrilling performances of outstanding music are the obvious draw, this year’s festival has special significance for me personally. I moved from Southern California to Detroit exactly one year ago with my new husband, who was beginning his medical residency at the Detroit Medical Center. I confess that my expectations for the classical music scene here were not very high. Fortunately, while still camping out on the floor of our apartment waiting for our furniture to arrive, I heard about 8 Days in June on WDET radio, and a whole new world opened up for me. The Fisher Music Center is now one of my favorite places.

Then there’s the bigger picture. Both longtime residents and newcomers to Detroit are painfully aware of the city’s less-than-sparkling public image, both at home and nationwide. Try telling your friends and family in California that you’re moving to Detroit, on purpose — the mixed expressions of revulsion and pity on their faces are priceless. “But Detroit’s still on fire from the riots in the sixties!” someone actually said to me. Then try telling them that Detroit is being revitalized and there are actually some cool things going on, and they just assume you drank too much champagne on your wedding day and never quite recovered.

In short, the old dictum, “There’s no such thing as bad publicity” doesn’t apply in this case! :P

So, Detroit needs as many marks in its “good” column as it can get. I think having things we can be truly proud of will help Detroiters better face the city’s challenges. The DSO is one of the jewels in Detroit’s crown.

One more little story: I’ve spent some time on Facebook lately, reconnecting with friends from high school and college. Upon learning that I’m in Detroit now, one friend had this to say:

“The tune for “Detroit Rock City” is inextricably linked to any mention of your town. I don’t think of the place as even having a symphony. :-)”

I’ll tell him June would be a great month to visit! :D
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Why I Can’t Wait Until Wednesday

Here is what I am most anticipating in the next 8 Days: Day 4: Patterns and Structure, Day 5: Being and Becoming and Day 6: Civil Disobedience. And which of the three am I most excited about, you ask? Day 5, because Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini is AMAZING. Something about that piece of music makes me absolutely crazy—in the best sort of way. The first time I heard it performed was in Orchestra Hall during the 2006-2007 season opening weekend. It was Peter Oundjian conducting Lang Lang and the DSO, and the performance was incredible. It was completely transporting, and I was very close to dancing around in the box seat area of Orchestra Hall. Which, since I am employed here, might not be entirely appropriate. (You, however, should definitely dance around in the boxes.)

I’ve been obsessed with this piece ever since that weekend. I have it on my Ipod (Valery Gergiev conducting Lang Lang and the Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre) and I listen to it in the car quite a bit. I love cruising down I-75 and blasting this Rachmaninoff piece. I’m sure people who pass me on the road and see me dancing around in the car would guess that I am listening to some Minor Threat, or at the very least, a good Neil Diamond jam. But really I am listening to Rachmaninoff! Anyways, don’t miss hearing this piece on Wednesday. You’re crazy if you do. Stuart Goodyear is supposed to great—and Peter and the DSO always are. And you can look for me—I’ll be the DSO employee behaving inappropriately in the boxes.


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Cake leads to music

We couldn’t do the math on our lunch bill at HoJo’s last week, so ended up buying a guy at the next table a piece of chocolate cake — to make a round number (everyone should get free cake once in a while right?). He started talking about Marie Antionette/France/revolution, which led to us talking about the DSO’s “8 Days” festival, which is about the historical/policial context of music. My question — how do we reach out to someone who patronizes a restaurant only a few blocks away, but hasn’t been to The Max? Maybe he has, and I just don’t know, but we need to connect with these educated, engaged types and invite them to see how exciting classical music is. Cake guy, if you read this, email me!

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