The Carr Center today announces its Fall 2014 season, featuring performances – jazz, classical and Motown; exhibitions – veteran artists to students in training; classes in visual arts, dance, theater and jazz music. In wide-ranging programming that includes 13 performances, 5 visual art exhibitions, and the Saturday Arts Academy, the Carr Center continues to be Your Home for the Arts in Detroit. The season’s theme, Great Art – Global View, captures Carr Center’s focus on celebrating Detroit’s multicultural, multi-ethnic community and the community’s broad array of art and artists.
The performance season opens on October 5 with jazz legend and Carr Center Master Resident Artist Marcus Belgrave, and includes Opera MODO’s inaugural Detroit performance season and a swinging hot salsa dance party with live music and dance class with the sultry moves of Duane Wrenn and Energetic Soul. “We are proud to open our very diverse performing season with our own Marcus Belgrave presenting a very diverse program. What you’ll get to see in this concert is not only Marcus as the veteran artist that he is, but Marcus as mentor – as many of the players in his bands, both young and seasoned, have been nutured by Marcus,” stated Carr Center President and Artistic Director Oliver Ragsdale, Jr. As a part of its traditional Classic Carr series, joining with Opera MODO, the Carr will for the first time host opera, Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte. Founded in Princeton, New Jersey in 2011 to create opportunities for young and emerging artists, the October 10 and 11 performances will launch Opera MODO’S first season in Detroit. “With Detroit’s musical history and all of its many talented artists, we couldn’t be more excited about our inaugural season here” said Opera MODO Artistic Director and Founder Danielle Wright. “Finding the Carr Center as our home was a perfect fit for us. Our collaboration will be a great addition to Detroit’s music scene,”
A highlight of the Fall Season’s educational program, the Carr Center Saturday Arts Academy, is a November 15 Jazz Academy Master Class concert with the Rodney Whitaker Quartet. This will be the first in a three concert Jazz for Young People series. These one-hour narrated concerts use warmth and humor to introduce key musical concepts and other jazz fundamentals. Saturday Academy also includes Visual Arts, Dance and Theater academies. The program is open to ages 12 to 18, with scholarships for Detroit Public School students.
Collaborating with Wayne State University’s Department of Art and the Mid-America Print Council Conference, the Carr launched its fall exhibition season on September 15 with Poetry and Print: Impressions from Detroit and Brazil. The exhibition (in the Ford Gallery through October 15) includes Brazilian Chapbooks from the collection of Wayne State emerita professor and art historian Mame Jackson together with prints and poems created by Detroit youth during visual arts and poetry workshops this summer. Poetry and Print will be followed by Pictures from Another Room, which will bring together three Detroit area photographers, Pixi Holladay, Maurice W. Sanders and Robert Stewart. Curated by Carr Center Curatorial Fellow and 2013 Kresge Fellow Carl Wilson, this exhibition will host three solo shows in the Carr Center’s three galleries. A special exhibition will feature the work of 2014 Kresge Eminent Artist Bill Rauhauser. The exhibition’s opening on October 2 will coincide with the Kresge Foundation’s honoring of Mr. Rauhauser Performance, exhibitions, education – during Fall 2014, the Carr Center offers something for every member of the family.
Ticket and Parking Information:
MultiPass subscriptions and individual tickets can be purchased at With MultiPass, purchasers can go to one event per month or all the events in the month for one low price ($15 per month, minimum 3-month purchase). Individual event ticket prices range from $10 – $25. Discounted parking validation is available in the Z-Deck (Grand River and Broadway) for all Carr Center event

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