Charles Mingus

Friday Night Live! A Mingus Among Us

  • Fri, Aug 24
  • 7:00 PM
  • Detroit Institute of Arts - North Lawn

Eight of the finest bassists in Detroit pay homage to legendary jazz bassist/composer Charles Mingus.

Jim Campilongo

Friday Night Live! Jim Campilongo

  • 7 & 8:30 p.m. Fri, Aug 31
  • Detroit Institute of Arts - Rivera Court

The sound Jim Campilongo gets out of his 1959 Telecaster is like the early history of the instrument, with elements of country, bluegrass, blues, and rock and roll. 

Detroit Sessions

Friday Night Live! Detroit Sessions presents Rostropovich: The Indomitable Bow

  • Fri, Sep 7
  • 7:00 PM
  • Detroit Institute of Arts - Rivera Court

Detroit Sessions will present a program honoring the life and work of legendary cellist and human rights activist Mstislav Rostropovich, featuring a performance with guest artists Bruno Monsaingeon, Aleksey Shadrin, and Ivan Moshchuk.

Detroit Composers Project

Detroit Composers Project

  • 1 & 3 p.m. Sun, Sep 9
  • Detroit Institute of Arts - Lecture Hall

The Detroit Composers Project is a project that connects early-career, Detroit area composers with musicians in their community.

Sones de México Ensemble

Mexican Independence Day: Sones de México Ensemble

  • Thu, Sep 13
  • 8:00 PM
  • Detroit Film Theatre

Sones de México Ensemble educates, researches, preserves, arranges, presents, performs, and disseminates Mexican folk and traditional music and dance.

New Music Detroit

Friday Night Live! New Music Detroit: Strange Beautiful Music Marathon

  • Fri, Sep 14
  • 7:00 PM
  • Detroit Institute of Arts - Rivera Court

From their first concert in 2006, New Music Detroit has made it their mission to perform the music of living composers.

Maria Meirelles

Friday Night Live! Maria Meirelles: The Prokofiev Piano Sonatas

  • Fri, Sep 21
  • 7:00 PM
  • Detroit Institute of Arts - Rivera Court

Pianist Maria Meirelles performs the Piano Sonatas of Russian pianist and composer, Sergei Prokofiev.

David Little

Friday Night Live! The Music of David T. Little

  • Fri, Sep 28
  • 7:00 PM
  • Detroit Institute of Arts - Rivera Court

David T. Little’s works often grapple with political and existential themes and have a knack for overturning musical conventions.


Friday Night Live! Detroit Mariachi Traditions

  • Fri, Oct 12
  • 7:00 PM
  • Detroit Institute of Arts - Rivera Court

In celebration of the opening weekend of the DIA’s Ofrenda exhibition, Salvador Torres and El Mariachi Mexico 2000 honor the rich tradition of Mariachi music in Detroit’s past.

Migguel Anggelo

Friday Night Live! Migguel Anggelo - So Close: Love & Hate

  • 7:30 p.m. Fri, Oct 19
  • Detroit Film Theatre

Through a rich song cycle including an array of brand new compositions punctuated by Latin classics, American standards, Broadway, opera, and Bjork, the Brooklyn based, Venezuelan born dynamo Migguel Anggelo returns to the DIA.