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Museum showcases Detroit Orchestra Hall’s century of sound, sights

The Associated Press

Detroit – The historic, acoustic marvel that is Detroit’s Orchestra Hall is the focus of an exhibition coinciding with its centennial year celebrations.

“100 Years of Music, Magic and Community,” on display at the Detroit Historical Museum through April 26, features original seats, a re-created 1920s coat room and an interactive stage from which guests can take a virtual swing at conducting the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. The hall was built in 1919 for the orchestra, which left and returned in 1989 after 50 years.

Detroit's Orchestra Hall.

The exhibit explores the concert hall’s life, near-death and rebirth: Artifacts, images and audio begin with architectural records and construction, a close call with demolition in the 1970s and a restoration and expansion that followed.

The exhibition was developed by the orchestra and the Detroit Historical Society. It’s located in The Robert and Mary Ann Bury Community Gallery, a changing exhibition space available to nonprofit organizations and educational institutions.