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Friday Night Live: Songs & Stories My Mother Taught Me

  • Detroit Institute of Arts (map)

“Songs and Stories My Mother Taught Me” is a curated event by Patricia Wheeler (The Moth StorySLAM Ann Arbor and Detroit, Moth Radio Hour) and Sonya Belaya. The concert will pair live story-telling by Detroit-based storytellers (Patricia Wheeler, Satori Shakoor, Dameon Wilburn and Shannon Cason) with an indie-chamber song cycle entitled “Songs My Mother Taught Me”, composed by Sonya Belaya. The song cycle is written for voice, piano, cello, violin, percussion, drums, bass, trumpet and french horn. The music combines elements of through-composed and improvised music that tell the personal story of Sonya’s mother’s disappearance three years ago. Touching on themes of loss, tragedy, and grief, the song cycle is a vulnerable exploration for healing and self-understanding.

Sets at 7 & 8:30 PM