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SAVE THE DATE – The Albert Kahn Sonata

September 6, 2024 , 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
SAVE THE DATE - The Albert Kahn Sonata

Experience a once in a lifetime event in the lobby of Kahn’s iconic Fisher Building with 

The Albert Kahn Sonata

The Albert Kahn Sonata is a collaborative multimedia project led by composer Dr. Michael Kropf, along with media producer John Mark Hanson, and pianist Forrest Howell. Inspired by the architectural legacy of Albert Kahn, the project aims to pay homage to Kahn’s designs and Detroit’s architectural heritage through a 15-minute solo piano composition, each movement dedicated to a significant Kahn-designed building. This musical piece will be complemented by multimedia elements, including video footage showcasing the architectural beauty and history of these structures. The work will be premiered as a live piano performance with video in the iconic lobby of Kahn’s Fisher Building in Detroit.

The Fisher Building
3011 West Grand Boulevard
Detroit, MI 48202

Friday September 6th



Michael Kropf is a composer whose music engages with evocative places, personalities, and histories.  He has collaborated with Marin Alsop and the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, the Ann Arbor Symphony, the Apple Hill String Quartet, and the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble.  His music has been described as “a brilliant, rapid fire stretch of perpetual motion,” by the San Franciso Chronicles Joshua Kosman. Recent projects include Moses in Nederland, a violin concerto for Sabrina Tabby and Contemporaneous based on yiddish songs written by his great-grandfather, Moses Schenkein. His work has received recognition from institutions including ASCAP, The San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and The Music Teachers National Association. He currently serves as Assistant Professor of Theory and Composition at Gonzaga University.

John Hanson is an accomplished artist, producer and photographer with a rich background in media production. Throughout his career, he has released over 15 studio albums and produced over 30 music videos, showcasing his talent for storytelling and media production. In addition, he has published a hardcover photography book (Grandmothers of America) that archives grandmothers from every state in the country, demonstrating his passion for capturing important moments. Currently, John is a co-owner of Earthwork Music, a Michigan-based music organization that promotes community healing through collective musicianship.

Forrest Howell earned his doctorate from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in Piano Performance and Pedagogy. Recent achievements include an artist residency with Porto PianoFest and fellowships at Music Academy of the West, the Gilmore Piano Festival, and the Round Top Festival Institute. As a soloist, he has performed with the Ann Arbor Symphony and Texas Festival Orchestra. He has been a prize winner and finalist in numerous competitions, including the Frances Walton Competition, Round Top Festival Institute Chamber Music Competition, and the MTNA National String Chamber Music Competition. Forrest is currently a full-time Senior Resident Teaching Artist with ArtistYear, an organization dedicated to providing arts education support and curriculum advisement to Title I schools.

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