New program brings Motown Music to downtown Detroit with 'pop-up concerts'

Goal is to raise awareness for music education for all ages in Detroit

By Jamie Edmonds - Reporter

DETROIT - A series of "pop-up concerts" are showing up in downtown Detroit to the delight of residents, visitors and anyone who works in the city.

The "With1Note" campaign is present by the Music learning Alliance, whose members include the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Detroit's Children's Choir, the MSU Community Music School-Detroit, the Sphinx Organization and Wayne State's Department of Music. The campaign hopes to inspire parents to enroll their child in music classes.

"We believe in the power of music, the power of music education, and its concerned groups, cultural institutions coming together  to make that a priority for the city," said Charles Burke, of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

On Monday, surprise concerts popped up at Campus Martius, near the Spirit of Detroit and on Wayne State University's Midtown campus.

"There's all these wonderful things happening in town," said Burke. "Get involved. This is just one of those times that we say it's good to be a Detroiter."

Some of the children enjoying the music say the message hits home.

"It inspires kids to become a musician, or a great composer," said 5th-grader Richard Adams.

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