Members of Detroit's Community Chorus will lift up their voices this weekend with two special concerts to fight homelessness. The events are called "Dream Keepers" concerts. They will take place Friday and Saturday at the Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church in Indian Village. Click the video player for JoAnne Purtan's interview on 7 Action News at Noon.
The chorus and orchestra will team with soloists from the University of Michigan School of Music Theater & Dance.
They will take place Friday, May 20 at 7:30 pm and Saturday, May 21 at 4:00 pm, at Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church, 8625 E. Jefferson Avenue at Burns in historic Indian Village, Detroit 48214.
General admission tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Tickets can be purchased as of April 24 on the CCD website (below) There is secure parking at the church.
Chorus Executive Director Diane Linn says the concerts honor the lives of people who are homeless – both those who survive on our streets and refugees, who are at times both homeless and stateless.
In preparing for the concerts, linn says the CCD members have been actively engaged with 11 community partner organizations that serve those in need, doing outreach service projects in order to gain insight into the plight of those who are homeless, and to serve our community."
The concerts promise to be among the most exciting musical offerings in Detroit this year, in one of the city’s most awe-inspiring settings,” said conductor Dr. Edward Maki-Schramm. “We’re here to invigorate the city through our love of music, and these concerts are a celebration of our city. "
Here's what the Detroit community Chorus says about the events: "With featured soloists Freda Herseth and Carlos Enrique Santelli from U-M, the performances include choral works by Ticheli, Rutter, Elder, Dilworth, Bernstein, Lennon, and others. The Capuchin Soup Kitchen Choir will join the CCD in performing a powerful new work, Street Requiem.