Detroit Evening Report: Detroit Public Schools’ annual ‘Evening of Fine Arts’ returning to Fox Theatre next week

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Admission to "An Evening of Fine Arts" is free and open to the public, but patrons must have a ticket to enter.

Admission to "An Evening of Fine Arts" is free and open to the public, but patrons must have a ticket to enter.

The Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) is hosting its 55th annual “An Evening of Fine Arts” next Wednesday at Detroit’s historic Fox Theatre.

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This free public event, taking place at 6 p.m. May 15, will feature performances by the district’s top instrumental music ensembles, vocal artists and dance companies, as well as original works of art by the district’s top visual artists, which will be displayed in the theatre’s Grand Lobby.

“It is impossible not to have goosebumps while watching our students perform at this event,” said DPSCD Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti in a statement. “We are grateful for the support we have received as a district to bring back this event to the Fox Theatre. It means so much to our students and their teachers and families. If you did not attend the event last year, you need to attend this year. The performances match any professional concert!”

The district is partnering with the City of Detroit Office of Arts Culture and Entrepreneurship (Detroit ACE), Comerica Bank, 313 Presents, Olympia Development, and Ilitch Sports + Entertainment to present this year’s program.

“It is vital that we not only celebrate excellence, but celebrate it early. Our children who want to become part of one of the nation’s most vibrant and accomplished creative workforces need to know that they don’t have to leave Detroit to be great, and they can take great stages before Carnegie Hall,” said Rochelle Riley, the city of Detroit’s Director of Arts and Culture, in a news release. “They can be showcased at one of our preeminent venues – the Fox Theatre. They deserve it, and so does the city. I cannot wait to see them shine.”

Although the event is free to the public, tickets are required for entry and are available on

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  • Mother’s Day is on Sunday. If you’re still looking for a way to celebrate this weekend, check out the Detroit Praise Network’s Mother’s Day Celebration at 8 p.m. tonight at the Fox Theatre.
  • The city of Detroit is still seeking entries for its Detroit Student Poetry Contest for a chance to win a cash prize and perform their poem at the city’s Juneteenth Freedom Fest. The deadline to enter is May 15.

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  • Hernz Laguerre
    Hernz Laguerre Jr. is a Multimedia Journalist at 101.9 WDET. He is one of the co-host for "Detroit Evening Report," one of the weekend anchors for "Weekend Edition," the producer for our political podcast, "MichMash," and reports on arts, culture and politics.