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A Joyful Noise: 294 Musicians Strong

If you weren’t there, I don’t know how to describe what it was like.

The Motor City Festival of Bands concluded Sunday with 294 musicians on the stage, under the direction of Leonard Slatkin.    Dozens of clarinets, six bassoons, at least a dozen percussionists, and more brass than I could identify.    When the first piece began during the finale, even pianissimo filled the Dearborn Performing Arts Center with an awesome sound.   And when they broke out into full fortissimo, there’s no wonder that Leonard Slatkin was left breathless and said, “It’s kinda scary up here.” Continue reading

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