In 1885 a dozen women pianists gathered to establish a music club in Detroit. They sought to improve their performance skills and promote good music in a city that as yet had no symphony orchestra or concert management. At first limited to pianists, Tuesday Musicale soon added other instrumentalists and singers. Men also joined.
A Student League was added to meet the needs of high-performing teenage musicians. Along with the Performer Members, Associate (non-performer) Members help to make up the enthusiastic audiences at the regular Tuesday and, occasionally, non-Tuesday concerts each season and also serve as members and officers of the club’s governing body. Each year there is an Artist of the Year Concert featuring one or more significant instrumentalists or singers of prominence.
The Tuesday Musicale began introducing artist concerts to Detroit audiences in 1888. An impressive list of artists was presented over the years, including Jan Paderewski, Claudio Arrau, Fritz Kreisler, Myra Hess, Ernestine Schumann-Heink, Ossip Gabrilovitsch, Blanche Thebom, Marcella Sembrich, Peter Serkin, and Irina Mishura. The idea of establishing the Detroit Symphony Orchestra was born in the home of one of our members.
The Tuesday Musicale supports the musical community by making contributions to the Detroit Symphony Civic Youth Orchestra, Interlochen Academy, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Sphinx and Michigan Opera Theatre. We give two significant scholarships annually to University of Michigan students as well as several annual awards to members of the Student League. Tuesday Musicale members serve music in the Metropolitan Detroit area as teachers, and as vocal and instrumental performers in professional and community orchestras, chamber groups and churches. Aside from our “Artist of the Year” concert, for which admission is charged, we give approximately twelve concerts per year by outstanding musicians in different locations. One is an opera performance.
The Tuesday Musicale takes great pride in its 130 year history, a venerable legacy that we strive to honor and continue. We welcome new members as performing artists. And we also welcome Associate Members, those who love music and wish to support live performances by artists of caliber. Tuesday Musicale will remain dedicated to promoting the live performance of great music in the Metropolitan Detroit area.