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More than 1,000 miles separate Detroit and New Orleans, but the two towns are close in spirit.The Detroit Symphony Orchestra will explore the cities' kinship in a three-day event June 2-4 at The Max called "A Musical Tale of Two Cities: Motown Meets the Big Easy." It kicks off with a Bourbon Street Party featuring Big Sam's Funky Nation and continues with a master class and performances by youth groups from the Motor City and the Crescent City.

Then comes a free screening (with reserved tickets) of Spike Lee's 2006 HBO film about the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, "When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts," complete with a panel discussion. On the last night is a performance by members of the DSO and trumpeter/composer Terence Blanchard's quintet of "A Tale of God's Will (A Requiem for Katrina)," music that Blanchard wrote for Lee's film. But he and his quintet added additional music to the score to create a 13-part performance piece, which was released on CD in 2007.  READ THE FULL Detroit News ARTICLE

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