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The museum exhibits trace the roots of Motown's remarkable story and chronicle its impact on 20th century popular culture and musical styles. The story begins with Berry Gordy, Jr. and a small house in Detroit that he christened, Hitsville USA (now home to Motown Historical Museum). The story continues as Motown evolves into a major entertainment enterprise that was among the most diverse and influential in the world.
The exhibitions include a fascinating collection of historical photographs, artwork, music, costumes and other memorabilia from this booming musical era. Each item tells a story - from the $800 loan given to Berry Gordy, Jr. by the Gordy family savings club (the Ber-Berry Co-op) to produce his first record - to the explosive popularity of Motown's artists throughout the world. Visitors take a step back in time as they walk through the fully restored apartment that was once home to Berry Gordy, Jr, and stand in the original recording studio "Studio A" where Motown's greatest hits were recorded.
The Mission of the Detroit Opera House is:
To serve as a world-class home for Michigan Opera Theatre.
To provide a state-of-the-art venue for the production and presentation of performing arts.
To create an atmosphere that enriches lives and fosters creativity through programming, partnerships and educational initiatives.
To maintain an ambiance, through quality service and amenities, which is inclusive, accessible and enjoyable.
The Belle Isle Botanical Society, BIBS, is a non-profit organization created to advance gardening efforts by the City of Detroit Recreation Department on Belle Isle and to provide educational programs for the public. The Belle Isle Botanical Society was founded in 1987. Our mission is to raise funds and seek donations for the restoration and maintenance of the Conservatory and surrounding gardens. Our volunteers give hundreds of hours gardening, conducting guided tours and raising funds for this historic area.
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1914 when ten young Detroit society women each contributed $100 and pledged to find 100 additional subscribers to donate $10 to support the symphony. They organized quickly, hiring Weston Gales, a 27-year-old church organist from Boston, as music director. The orchestra's first concert took place at the old Detroit Opera House on February 26, 1914.
The Repertory is recognized for its pioneer efforts in all phases of theatre and its strong community involvement. Born and bred in the heart of Detroit, the Repertory, since its inception, has remained in the theatre vanguard by staunchly advocating interracial casting, creating novel audience development techniques, stressing theatrical relevancy, inventing an array of cultural and educational community services and playing an active role in neighborhood revitalization.
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