Date of Submission

Fall 2020

Academic Program


Project Advisor 1

Peter Klein

Project Advisor 2

Yuval Elmelech, Whitney Slaten

Abstract/Artist's Statement

This paper explores a case study of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra from the beginnings of the organization's existence, the strike that spanned six months in 2010, and the aftermath of the strike. The question that this paper asks is: How is it that an orchestra that renews itself under the banner of being “the most accessible orchestra on the planet” fails to engage with those who classical music has largely not been made available to? In this paper social theorists Max Weber and Pierre Bourdieu aid in the exploration of the social underpinnings of classical music and the DSO’s practices as it relates to social class, social capital, and cultural capital.

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