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Detroit Institute of Arts celebrates Concert of Colors with traditional Quebec Music and new Puppet Performance Series

Monday, June 18, 2012

(Detroit)—For the third year in a row, the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) is participating in the Concert of Colors, metro Detroit’s annual free diversity music festival. On Friday, July 13, the DIA will host concerts by Quebec-based De Temps Antan at 7 and 8:30 p.m. and the first performance in a new puppet series, DIA Moment: PuppetSlam Detroit!, at 8 p.m.


The DIA is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays. Concert of Colors is free, and in honor of the event, museum admission is free after 4 p.m.


De Temps Antan performs melodies from Quebec’s musical past using fiddle, accordion, harmonica, guitar, bouzouki and a number of other instruments, blending boundless energy with the joie de vivre found in traditional Quebec music.


DIA Moment: PuppetSlam Detroit! features puppet performances with adult themes and content by a variety of puppet artists. Among the performers are Tom Carey and Dan Tower, and Naia Venturi, owner of the Dreamland Theater in Ypsilanti, with the Dreamland Puppet Troupe. The locally based artists will perform with exquisitely crafted marionettes and large-scale shadow puppets.


While in the museum, visitors can view the special exhibitions Patti Smith: Camera Solo, Five Spanish Masterpieces and Picasso and Matisse: The DIA’s Prints and Drawings.


This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Concert of Colors. The event is produced by the Arab American National Museum, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Institute of Arts, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, ACCESS and Midtown Detroit Inc. with the goal of bringing together metro Detroit’s diverse ethnic communities by presenting music from around the world. Over its 20-year history, the festival has become a beloved highlight of metro Detroit’s summer festival season, and one of the few free-admission music festivals remaining locally. The Ford Foundation is presenting the Concert of Colors for 2012 and 2013. For this year’s schedule, visit


Hours and Admission

Museum hours are 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m.–10 p.m. Fridays, and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, $4 for ages 6–17, and free for DIA members. For membership information call 313-833-7971.



The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), one of the premier art museums in the United States, is home to more than 60,000 works that comprise a multicultural survey of human creativity from ancient times through the 21st century. From the first Van Gogh painting to enter a U.S. museum (Self-Portrait, 1887), to Diego Rivera's world-renowned Detroit Industry murals (1932–33), the DIA's collection is known for its quality, range, and depth. The DIA’s mission is to create opportunities for all visitors to find personal meaning in art.


Programs are made possible with support from the City of Detroit.

Contact:   Larisa Zade          313-833-7962