Music for the enjoyment of music-lovers can be traced to time immemorial. But music as a tool to promote visual art, as one North Rosedale Park organization uses it, takes creativity beyond the stage and into the community.
Supported by Pro Musica of Detroit, Music for Arts’ Sake will feature North Rosedale Park’s own classical guitarist Peter Fletcher and New-York based tenor Irwin Reese in recital at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 25 at the North Rosedale Park Community House, 18445 Scarsdale. Tickets for the recital and reception are $30.
Proceeds from the performance will support installation of a 25-foot metal sculpture by Charles McGee on the park grounds at the Community House and a mosaic rendering by muralist Hubert Massey at Cooke STEM Academy, located on Puritan Street.
The artists are scheduled to perform works by Federico Mompou, John Dowland, Thomas Morley, Benjamin Britten, Isaac Albeniz and selected African American spirituals, along with guitar solos, “My Lady Hunssdon’s Puffe” by Thomas Morley and “Leyenda” by Isaac Albeniz, and a solo voice, “This Little Light of Mine” by John W. Work.
The art installations are part of The Legacy Project of North Rosedale Park, a strategic plan to renovate its Community House and surrounding grounds and enhance programming.
Performing more than 100 concerts annually, Fletcher has won two Eastman Graduate Awards from the Eastman School of Music, where he earned a master of music degree. He recently performed at Carnegie Hall in a solo recital and will make his official Detroit debut at Orchestra Hall next spring.
Reese was a Metropolitan Opera chorus member for 23 years, including roles in Death in Venice, Der Rosenkavalier, Madame Butterfly, and Il Barbiere di Siviglia. He has performed in tours of Porgy and Bess with Houston Grand Opera and the world premiere of X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X with New York City Opera.
For more information or to buy tickets, call (313) 533-3085 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets also may be purchased at the North Rosedale Park Community House by calling (313) 837-3416.
Photos courtesy North Rosedale Park