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SOUTHFIELD - Starting this fall, Detroit Passport to the Arts will kick off its fourth annual destination tour that includes performances from six Detroit art and cultural organizations. Since its first season in 2009, DP2A has worked to introduce the next generation of supporters to the city's vibrant arts and cultural scene. For the 2012-13 season, DP2A members will experience world-class performances of symphony, opera, chamber music, dance, theater and film. All destination events will take place in the city of Detroit.
"DP2A makes it easy for young adults to experience the great art that is happening right here in Detroit. When you buy a passport, you'll be joining a group of like-minded people to experience world-class performances as well as the accompanying after parties. DP2A is a great way to meet people, explore the city, and experience new art forms," said DP2A director and advisory board member Natalie Bruno.
2012-13 passport members will enjoy six unique arts events that highlight Detroit's wide offerings. Each performance is followed by an after party event that is themed to match the evening's performance. In 2012-13, DP2A will travel to the following "destinations":
"The Mediterranean" on Friday, Oct. 19. Passport holders will enjoy a performance of Rossini's "The Barber of Seville" with the Michigan Opera Theatre. Set in the Spanish city of Seville, but performed in Rossini's native Italian, the after party will explore the two cultures with a wine tasting and sweet sounds of the Mediterranean.
"The Qube" on Sunday, Nov. 18. DP2A will travel to this Detroit landmark as part of Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings' new series "Structurally Sound." DCWS member trombonist Kenneth Thompkins will join with artists from Detroit's techno community for a concert that mixes acoustic and electronically created music. DP2A gets funky with a techno-themed after party.
"Cuba" on Saturday, Jan. 19. Passport holders head to the island of Cuba for a performance by the Eisenhower Dance Ensemble. In a performance titled "Red, Hot & Blue," EDE will present an eclectic and entertaining program by an array of nationally renowned choreographers. After an evening of great dance, passport holders will enjoy a Cuban themed after party with Cuban-inspired cuisine, drinks, and of course, dance.
"Hollywood Boulevard" in February 2013. DP2A returns to the ever-popular destination of the Detroit Film Theatre. Passport members will enjoy all 10 Oscar-nominated short films in their entirety. The event will be preceded by the annual red-carpet event.
"Detroit" On Saturday, March 23. DP2A participants will delight in a performance of a new comedic play titled "Detroit" at the Hilberry Theatre. Detroit is the story of two pairs of suburban Detroit neighbors. The after party will feature food and drinks from Detroit as well as music from Motown.
"Outer Space" On Saturday, May 4. DP2A will travel farther than ever before with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra's performance of Holst's "The Planets." DP2A members will enjoy a final after party event that is "out of this world!"
Following the success of the inaugural excursion program in the 2011-12 season, DP2A will once again offer passport purchasers the option of add-on excursions, additional performances that passport holders can include in their package for an additional fee. The first excursion will take place at the University Musical Society where audiences will enjoy Handel's "Messiah" on Saturday, Dec. 1. The second excursion will take place on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at the Magenta Giraffe Theatre for a performance of Jean Genet's "The Maids." The third and final excursion will be a performance of the DSO's Paradise Jazz Series featuring jazz bassist Dave Holland and jazz pianist Kenny Barron on Friday, May 31.
Passports start at $125 for those 45 years and younger. DP2A is proud to offer a student passport rate of $100 for full-time, degree-seeking students who are 45 years and younger. Partner Passports are available at $250 and can be purchased by individuals of any age. In addition to all the benefits of the Regular Passport, Partner Passport holders receive recognition for supporting DP2A. For those wishing to support DP2A at a higher level, the Patron Passport is available at $500. In addition to supporting DP2A, Patron Passport holders receive premium seating, parking, recognition and excursion tickets.
Now in its fourth year, Detroit Passport to the Arts is a collaborative effort between seven Detroit arts organizations. The mission of DP2A is to attract young audiences by breaking down the barriers of cost and accessibility. DP2A is administered by Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings and its partners, Eisenhower Dance Ensemble and the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival and is driven by an advisory board of young professionals.
For more information, visit www.dp2a.org.