DETROIT — The composer Tod Machover sat on the floor in a circle of third graders one recent morning at the brightly colored, mural-filled Detroit Achievement Academy. He spoke with them about their city and asked for their help with his new piece, “Symphony in D,” which the Detroit Symphony Orchestra will play for the first time on Friday, Nov. 20.
“What do you think Detroit is going to look like when you’re in high school?” a teacher asked the students, guiding them in a brainstorming exercise.
“You mean if things don’t change?” one replied.
A boy in a black sweatshirt raised his hand. “I think it would look torn down,” he said. “And we have to fix it up.”
Detroit’s difficulties — it emerged from the largest municipal bankruptcy in American history less than a year ago — are by this point well known. So are those of the venerable Detroit Symphony, which has experienced the same financial pressures as many arts institutions and was forced to cancel its 2010-11 season because of a bruising musicians’ strike.
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