Monthly Archives: January 2014

First Chairs with Yoonshin Song and Kimberly Kaloyanides Kennedy

First Chairs

Pre-concert reception at 7:30 PM

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s top violinists, Yoonshin Song and Kimberly Kaloyanides Kennedy, perform works for solo and duo violin. Pianist Zhihua Tang will provide accompaniment.

Artists

Kimberly Kaloyanides Kennedy, violin
Yoonshin Songviolin
Zhihua Tang, piano 

Program

Bach – Double concerto for two violins in D Minor
Moszkowski – Suite for two violins and piano
Shostakovich – Selections from “Five Pieces”
Sarasate – Navarra

Donald Sinta Saxophone Quartet

Donald Sinta Quartet

Pre-concert reception at 7:30 PM

 

Named for their teacher and mentor the great saxophonist Donald Sinta, the Donald Sinta Quartet out of Ann Arbor is making waves in the musical world with their incredible performances of both classical and new repertoire.

Artists:

Dan Graser
Zach Stern
Joe Girard
Danny Hawthorne-Foss

Appalachian Spring with the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival

Appalachian Spring with the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival

Seligman Performing Arts Center

7:15 PM Preview

 

With one of the most recognizable tunes in classical music, Aaron     Copland’s Appalachian Spring has achieved widespread and enduring popularity. DCWS musicians and artists from the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival will perform under the direction of Paul Watkins, the Festival’s new Artistic Director and cellist with the Emerson String Quartet.

 

Tickets for this performance are available as part of the Detroit Chamber Winds & String Spotlight, Spotlight PLUS, or Build Your Own series subscription. Single tickets will be available in the spring of 2015 at www.greatlakeschambermusic.org.

Holiday Brass – Grosse Pointe

Holiday Brass – Grosse Pointe

Concert Preview at 2:15 PM – Holiday sing-along

The DCWS seasonal celebration returns with the holiday pomp and seasonal splendor of works for large brass ensemble and choir. This year’s performance will feature the Fraser Singers from Fraser High School.

 

Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings gives audience the chance to “stand at the conductor’s podium”

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (January 20, 2014) – On Sunday, February 23, 2014 Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings (DCWS) will present a concert that allows audiences a chance to ‘stand at the conductor’s podium’ and hear their musical preferences incorporated into a concert performance. Titled Strauss Deconstructed, the concert will take place at the Cranbrook Art Museum in the DeSalle Auditorium beginning at 3 p.m. A 2:15 preview with young ensemble-in-residence, wind trio Third Rail, as well as student musicians from DCWS educational programs, will take place.

Led by conductor H. Robert Reynolds, the concert will begin as an interactive exchange between audience, musicians, and conductor about Strauss’ “Suite for Winds, Op. 4.” To help audiences understand the affect that individual musicians and conductors can have on a work, Reynolds will lead the ensemble through sections of Strauss’ work as previously practiced by the ensemble. Then, Reynolds will present the audience with choices on a number of musical aspects including speed, tone, or volume – the same choices all conductors and musicians must make. The audience’s thoughts and preferences will, as much as possible, be incorporated into the work’s final performance. Audience members will also be encouraged to ask questions and share ideas.

The interactive rehearsal will last approximately 30-40 minutes. The first half will end with a world premiere by young composer-in-residence, Greg Simon. Simon is currently pursuing his doctorate at the University of Michigan. The world premiere will be performed by Third Rail. Third Rail is comprised of students from Oberlin Conservatory of Music.

The second half of the evening will be a full performance of Strauss’ “Suite for Winds, Op. 4.” After engaging with the piece in the first half of the concert, audiences will be able to hear the piece with new understanding and recognize where their musical choices have been inserted.

Tickets for Strauss Deconstructed are $25 for adults, $22 for seniors (60 and older) and $10 for students. To purchase tickets, please call (248) 559-2095 or visit the DCWS website at detroitchamberwinds.org. Ticket prices will be $5 more at the door. Strauss Deconstructed is sponsored by Charity Motors and FWD.

ABOUT DETROIT CHAMBER WINDS & STRINGS

Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings is an ensemble committed to bringing to life the body of repertoire that utilizes between 6 and 20 musicians. DCWS musicians are drawn primarily from the Detroit Symphony and Michigan Opera Theatre orchestras. Now in its 32nd year, Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings presents an annual six-concert Spotlight Series, six-concert Nightnotes Series, and two Structurally Sound concerts. Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings was named Crain’s Detroit Business 2010 Best-Managed Nonprofit. To find out more, please visit www.detroitchamberwinds.org.

Gone With the Winds

Gone with the Winds

Concert Preview – 2:15 PM: In Conversation with Conductor Mallory Thompson

This concert is sponsored by The Betty & Art Blair Fund and the Family of Burton D. Jones.

Gail Williams, one of today’s great horn players, will make a guest appearance in this concert led by Mallory Thompson, professor of conducting at Northwestern University. Don’t miss Schubert’s Little Symphony for Winds for double woodwind quintet.

The concert will take place in the refectory at the beautiful Kirk in the Hills Presbyterian Church.

Program

Beethoven — Rondino
Theo Chandler — Miniatures (world premiere)
Stamitz — Concerto for Horn and Winds
Beethoven — Overture to Fidelio
Hindemith — Kanonische Sonatine fur zwei Floten, Op. 31 No. 3
Schubert — Little Symphony for Winds

Musicians

Gail Williams, horn
 

Guitar Summit

Guitar Summit

Pre-concert reception at 7:30 PM

 

The sweet sound of the guitar makes its Nightnotes debut in a concert of classical and contemporary guitar works featuring Jim Lentini, Terry Herald, and Bret Hoag.

Program

TwelveFifteenth…………………………………………………….Terry Herald

Iberia………………………………………………………………….Terry Herald

Suite for Guitar  (Composed for Bret Hoag)………………..Terry Herald

I. Three Strikes

II. AT (homage to Alexander Tansman)

III. RT (homage to Ralph Towner)

Home Free…………………………………………………………Terry Herald

Only a Small Thing………………………………………………Terry Herald

Expanse of Sky……………………………………………………Terry Herald

Prelude (from the Well-Tempered Clavier, no. 22, vol. 1)…J.S. Bach

Fughetta (BWV902)

Fugue (BWV 847)

 Intermission

Awakenings………………………………………………………..Terry Herald

No Feathers On This Frog………………Dusan Bogdanovich (b. 1955)

Westward Voyage (1999)…………………………James Lentini (b. 1958)

The Four Seasons (2005-2006)……………………………..James Lentini

Wizard Fugue……………………………………………………..Terry Herald

 

Deconstructing Milhaud’s “Creation”

Deconstructing Milhaud’s “Creation”

Cranbrook Art Museum

2:15 PM Preview

 

Let’s take apart Milhaud’s Creation of the World and see what we find! Conductor H. Robert Reynolds leads audiences on a journey of discovery that demonstrates the choices musicians and conductors must make when presenting a piece. Greg Wittkopp of the Cranbrook Art Museum will speak to the art influences of Milhaud’s day. The museum will remain open after the performance to allow patrons to view the exhibits.

Program

Deconstructing Milhaud: Conductor H. Robert Reynolds will lead the ensemble through sections of Milhaud’s work as previously rehearsed by the ensemble. Then, Reynolds will present the audience with choices on a number of musical aspects including speed, tone, or volume. Audience members will also be encouraged to ask questions and share ideas!

Intermission

Sonata Movement for Brass Quartet………Theo Chandler

La creation du monde………………………..Darius Milhaud

Artists

Hai Xin Wu, Violin
Eun Park Lee, Violin
David LeDoux, Cello
Kevin Brown, Bass
Timothy McAllister, Saxophone
David Buck, Flute
Jung-Wan Kang, Flute
Kristin Reynolds, Oboe
Laurence Liberson, Clarinet
Shannon Orme, Clarinet
Victoria King, Bassoon
Bryan Kennedy, French Horn
David Ammer, Trumpet
Kevin Good, Trumpet
Ken Thompkins, Trombone
Robert Conway, Piano
Keith Claeys, Percussion
Ron Strnad, Percussion
H. Robert Reynolds, Conductor
Theo Chandler, Composer

Parking & Directions

Enter the Cranbrook Campus from Woodward Avenue via Tamarack Way. Continue onto Faculty Way. Turn right onto Institute Way. The museum will be located on the left. There is a visitor parking lot next to the Cranbrook Art Museum. Overflow parking is available in a parking structure near the Cranbrook Institute of Science.

Cranbrook Art Academy Map
Cranbrook Institute of Science Map (for additional parking)

 

DCWS Spotlight Plus PRORATED

Enjoy the 5 remaining DCWS Spotlight series concerts. Choose any 3 Nightnotes series concerts to complete your subscription.

Regular – $145, Senior – $135, Student – $65

If These Walls Could Sing…

Structurally Sound: If These Walls Could Sing

DCWS’ newest chamber music series, Structurally Sound presents chamber music in architecturally significant or interesting spaces with repertoire that relates to the space’s unique qualities.

Detroit’s Green Garage will host our second Structurally Sound concert. DCWS trumpeter David Ammer will take you through the building’s colorful 100-year history which includes automobiles, shoes, and collaborative work space.

Parking

Street Parking is available on 2nd Avenue, Cass and West Forest Avenue. Click here for a map of parking options

Parking is also available in the Wayne State Lots listed below.

Wayne State Lot 60 – 4710 Second

  • Runs between Cass and Second, south of Forest
  • Entrance is on Cass
  • $7 cash only machine. Any change will be given in quarters

Wayne State Structure 8 – 91 W. Forest

  • Structure is on Forest between Woodward and Cass
  • Pay is hourly, with $7 maximum charge. Payment may be made by cash or credit card

Wayne State Lot 72 – 4510 Cass

  • Street lot of off Cass
  • $7 credit card only fee

Musicians
David Ammer, trumpet
Melissa Maloney, soprano
Matthew Thompson, piano

Repertoire
Sonate pour Cornet et Piano, op. 18…….Thorvald Hansen (1847-1915)
I. Allegro con brio
II. Andante molto espressione
III. Allegro con anima

Primavera…………………Celius Dougherty (1902-1986)

In the Springtime Betty………..Jackson King (1928-1994)

I Will Be Earth……………………Gwyneth Walker (b. 1947)

Screw Spring……………………Richard Hundley (b. 1931)

Concert Waltz: “At the Beach”…….Virgil Thomson (1896-1989)

—– Intermission —–

Fanfare for The Green Garage: “4444 2nd”…….David Ammer (b. 1971)

Amor…………………………………….William Bolcom (b. 1938)

Sonata for Trumpet………………George Antheil (1900-1959)

I. Allegretto

always it’s Spring………………..Lee Hoiby (1926-2011)

II. Dolce – espressivo…………..George Antheil

Thy fingers make early flowers of………..Ricky Ian Gordon (b. 1956)

III. Scherzo: Vivace…………….George Antheil

when faces called flowers float out of the ground…..Dominick Argento (b. 1927)

IV. Allegretto………………….George Antheil

Detroit………………………..Robert Sherman (1925-2012)
Richard Sherman (b. 1928)