Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center

“It symbolizes for us, finally, a facility that is worthy of our musicians, that is worthy of the acoustics of the Hall and is worthy of our audiences.”

Emil Kang, Former President and Executive Director

The renewed Detroit Symphony Hall is designed to serve civic, cultural, and educational pursuits. A catalyst for the revitalization of downtown Detroit, it connects with the artistic culture of the city. It is not only fit for a range of musical and contemporary performances but also an architectural stage, showcasing the creative dynamic within.

Historical, the project demanded intricate restorations—juxtaposed with contemporary composition. Its celebrated Orchestra Hall, constructed in 1919, has been fully restored and combined with a new wing, increasing the capacity to almost three times the size. This renewed Hall accommodates performances as well as related educational and support spaces. In addition, an adaptable Concert Hall is designed with flexible acoustics and raked seating, hosting not only chamber music but also jazz, cabaret, world music, R&B, and dance. Both the Concert Hall and Orchestra Hall are linked on all floor levels to a new atrium lobby. Rising four floors, this generous atrium engages the city with lectures, receptions, dinners, art exhibitions, and community-focused events.

The expansion includes The Pinkus Music Education Center. It shares learning spaces with the Detroit School Board and the Youth Orchestra. It also offers an on-site teaching space where nearly 3,000 students from the Detroit School of Performing Arts gather to learn and practice.

The revitalization of Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center has retained the historical significance of the original building. Still, it offers more: new and improved performance spaces with acoustics that are now among the best in America. Completed in 2001, it has become a hub for Detroit’s thriving culture and the city’s artistic pursuits.

Client Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Completion 2003

In association with Gunn Levine Architects
Photography Steven Evans

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2004 Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, Special Citation
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