Center concerts feature nationally and internationally-known musicians and vocalists performing in architecturally significant settings across the campus. The concert programs draw their inspiration from Cranbrook's people, places, and things.


Chamber Music in the Age of Resistance: Finland, Korea, Haiti and America, and France

Sunday, November 12, 2023

Chamber Music in the Age of Resistance features chamber music written by composers whose artistic lives and body of repertoire constitute acts of resistance. Written at different ages and on different continents, their work connects social justice issues to their lived experience. The concert at Cranbrook draws inspiration from the life of Finnish American architect Eliel Saarinen (1873–1950), whose work in Finland resisted the yoke of Russian domination and helped pave the way for Finnish Independence in 1917.


Saturday, August 30, 2020

Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research collaborated with the Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings to stage a performance of a contemporary work by the American composer, John Luther Adams. Click the link below to learn more and watch a video of the performance.

Frozen Music/Liquid Architecture: The Muse Ensemble Performs Bach (for Frank Lloyd Wright) and Melartin and Sibelius (for Eliel Saarinen)

Sunday, June 9, 2019 | 6:00pm - 9:30pm
$125 per person (includes a $25 tax-deductible donation)

Featuring The Muse Ensemble
Kyoko Kashiwagi, Violin | Eva Stern, Viola | Katri Ervamaa, Cello

Järnefelt Piano Trio: Jean Sibelius and Finland’s Road to Independence

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 | 6pm Reception | 7pm Concert

A holiday concert at Cranbrook celebrating the Centennial of Finnish Independence and the friendship between Jean Sibelius and Eliel Saarinen; featuring the Järnefelt Piano Trio.

Carl Milles's Muse: Ludwig von Beethoven

Sunday, December 11, 2016

This program celebrated the North American premiere of a new book about the home and art of Carl MIlles with a concert featuring the works of Beethoven, followed by a wine reception and book signing with Gregory Wittkopp, the Center's Director.

Banner photo by P.D. Rearick, CAA '10