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Choose Your Own Adventure

Choose Your Own Adventure

Sponsored by Schechter Investment Advisors

Regular $25, Senior $22, Student $10
(All tickets $5 more at the door)

Here’s your chance to perform with DCWS! Enjoy and interactive concert featuring Elliott Schwartz’s Music for Audience and Soloist as well as Dvorák Serenade and Michael Daughtery’s Ladder to the Moon.

Concert preview at 2:15 p.m.

Sponsored by Macro Connect
In conversation: Conductor Craig Kirchhoff with H. Robert Reynolds

Program

Mozart, W.A.Marriage of Figaro Overture
Nielsen, Carl – Serenate in Vano
Daugherty, Michael – Ladder to the Moon
Schwartz, Elliott – Music for Audience and Soloist
Dvorak, Antonin – Serenade for Wind Instruments in D minor, Op. 44

Parking

Complimentary parking is available in the Kirk in the Hills parking lot. Park near the Refectory entrance.

Soave Soirée

Soave Soirée

Regular $25, Senior $22, Student $10
(All tickets $5 more at the door)

 Peter Soave, accordion and bandoneon virtuoso, joins DCWS wind an strings musicians in a cabaret-style setting. The program will include music ranging from Piazzolla to Prokofiev.

Concert Preview at 6:45 p.m.

Sponsored by Macro Connect
“Bach, Bellows & Buttons” – Peter Soave on the Bandoneon

Program

Romero, Aldemaro – Fuga con Pajarillo
Prokofiev, Sergei – Quintet in G Minor, Op. 39
Piazzolla, Astor – Escualo
Bach, J.S. – Sicilienne
Bolling, Claude – Sentimentale
Bach, J.S. – Sinfonia from Cantata No. 29

Tickets

Tickets can be purchased through the First United Methodist Church of Birmingham.
First United Methodist Church of Birmingham Office: 248-646-1200

Parking

Complimentary parking is available in the FUMCB parking lot.

Holiday Brass Royal Oak

Holiday Brass Royal Oak

Sponsored by The Family of Burton D. Jones and Plunkett Cooney

Regular $35, Senior $30, Student $10
(All tickets $5 more at the door)

The seasonal splendor returns with holiday favorites highlighting DCWS talented brass musicians and guest choirs from Stoney Creek High School.

Concert preview at 6:45 p.m.
Sponsored by Macro Connect
Holiday Sing-Along featuring the Stoney Creek High School Choirs

Program

Harvey, Roger – Festive Cheer
Byrd, William – O Come Emmanuel
Byrd – For Unto Us a Child is Born
Byrd – Coventry Carol
Byrd – Sing Lallaby
Byrd – “Every Valley” from Messiah
Turrin, Joseph – Rhapsody Noel
Haydn, Franz Joseph – Achieved is the Glorious Work from “The Creation”
Various – Holiday for Trombones
DiLorenzo, Anthony – Twas the Night Before Christmas
Ulrich, Brandon – Psalm 150
Beethoven, Ludwig van – Ode to Joy

Parking

Complimentary parking in the First Presbyterian Church of Royal Oak lot.

Holiday Brass Detroit

Holiday Brass Detroit

Sponsored by The Center for Financial Planning and Butzel Long

Regular $35, Senior $30, Student $10
(All tickets $5 more at the door)

The seasonal splendor returns with holiday favorites highlighting DCWS talented brass musicians and guest choir Metropolitan Detroit Chorale.

Concert preview at 1:15 p.m.

Sponsored by Macro Connect
Holiday Sing-Along featuring the Metropolitan Detroit Chorale

Program

Harvey, Roger – Festive Cheer
Byrd, William – O Come Emmanuel
Byrd – For Unto Us a Child is Born
Byrd – Coventry Carol
Byrd – Sing Lallaby
Byrd – “Every Valley” from Messiah
Turrin, Joseph – Rhapsody Noel
Haydn, Franz Joseph – Achieved is the Glorious Work from “The Creation”
Various – Holiday for Trombones
DiLorenzo, Anthony – Twas the Night Before Christmas
Tabourot/Woodward – Ding Dong Merrily on High
Beethoven, Ludwig van – Ode to Joy

Parking

Complimentary parking in the St. John’s lot.

Trumpet Summit

TRUMPET SUMMIT

Sponsored by The Family of Carroll V. Williams and The Center for Financial Planning

Regular $25, Senior $22, Student $10
(All tickets $5 more at the door)

It’s all things trumpet at this DCWS brass spectacular! Eight trumpeters share the stage with other DCWS players and organist John Sittard, with music spanning four centuries.  

Concert Preview at 2:15 p.m.

Sponsored by Macro Connect
“Trumpet Tales”, Everything You Always Wanted to Know about the Trumpet, with Robert White and David Ammer

Program

Broughton, Bruce – Concert Piece for Eight Trumpets
Franceschini, Petronio – Sonata in D major
Ewald, Victor – Brass Quintet No. 3, Op. 7
Altenburg, Johann Ernst – Concerto for Seven Trumpets & Timpani
Dzubay, David – Two Celebratory Fanfares
Manfredini, Francesco – Concerto for Two Trumpets
Plog, Anthony – Suite for 6 Trumpets
Lafosse, Andre – Suite Impromptu for Brass Quintet
Hovhaness, Alan – Prayer of Saint Gregory
Ignaz Franz von Biber, Heinrich – Sonata “Sancti Polycarpi”

Parking

Complimentary parking in the St. Hugo parking lot.

Mothers of Melody

MOTHERS OF MELODY

Sponsored by Ann Throop & The Betty & Art Blair Fund

Concert preview at 2:15 p.m. – Mothers of Music interview with Christine Ammer

DCWS highlights pioneering female composers Clara Schumann, Fanny Mendelssohn and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich. Kristin Kuster’s “Jelly Fish” will be performed by a new DCWS member, Tim McAllister. And don’t miss a special interview with Christine Ammer, an esteemed musicologist and author of “A History of Women in American Music.”

Program

Schumann, Clara – Piano Trio Op.17
Mendelssohn, Fanny – Songs without Words
Zwilich, Ellen Taaffe – Concerto for Trumpet & 5 Instruments
Kuster, Kristin – Jelly Fish
Thomas, Augusta Read – Four Etudes

Artists

Timothy McAllister, saxophone
Courtney Snyder, conductor
Kimberly Kaloyanides Kennedy, violin
Una O’Riordan, cello
Stephen Molina, bass
Zhihua Tang, piano
Liz Ames, piano
Gwen Thrasher Dease, percussion
Shannon Orme, bass clarinet
David Ammer, trumpet
Dave Buck, flute
Kristin Kuster, composer

Pedal to the Metal

Pedal to the Medal

Concert preview at 2:15 p.m.

Buckle your seat belts and get ready for a new musical journey exploring works for brass and organ. The concert will feature St. Hugo of Hills’ new chapel organ, the church’s organists John Sittard and David Enos, and your favorite DCWS brass musicians.

About St. Hugo’s Organ
The organ was built in 1935 by Casavant Freres of Ste-Hyacinthe, Quebec. It is located in two chambers in the rear gallery, as well as a small chamber in the front left gallery. Over the years, some minor changes were made to brighten the instrument and to add some clarity to the ensemble. The organ served faithfully until 70+ years of wear and tear finally threatened to silence it. A plan was developed for a comprehensive rebuild. The original console was renewed and updated with the latest technology, making every effort to preserve the original aesthetics of this lovely and well-crafted piece of furniture. The organ’s mechanism was restored, and all pipes were carefully cleaned and voiced for optimal speech. Several vintage ranks of pipes, from other renowned builders of the early twentieth century, were incorporated into the renovated instrument, adding new tonal resources so needed for the liturgical demands of the parish, and yet, until now, missing. The rebuilding of the instrument was entrusted to Patrick Murphy and Associates of Stowe, Pennsylvania.

Detroit Free Press: Listeners will set the pace at Detroit Chamber performance

For a long time now, classical music organizations and ensembles have been searching for ways to break down barriers between the stage and the audience.

Orchestras and chamber groups have been experimenting with concert formats, opting for informality, spoken introductions from the stage, visual aids and video and lecture-demonstration models. A lot of attention is focused on inside-the-score programs designed to deepen listeners’ understanding of the music. But there haven’t been many stabs at exploring the artistic process and decision making from a performer’s point of view: How do they develop their interpretations?

That’s the niche that the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings promises to fill with a program Sunday titled “Deconstructing Strauss.” Here’s the premise: The organization’s artistic adviser and conductor H. Robert Reynolds will spend a big chunk of the first half of the program taking the audience through a rehearsal of Richard Strauss’ “Suite for Winds, Op. 4,” a lyrical beauty for 13 winds. There will be projections of the score behind the stage, and Reynolds will dive deep into matters of tempo, phrasing, dynamics, balance articulation and more — all the decisions that musicians make when performing a work.

The big twist: Through interactions with the audience, listeners will have a chance to shape the choices. What happens if a certain passage goes slower? Faster? How does the emotional impact of the music change with different dynamics or rebalancing the ensemble with more second clarinet, or flute or bassoon? After intermission, Reynolds will lead the group through a performance using audience preferences.

“The idea was to find ways to get people more involved in the creation of art,” said Maury Okun, executive director of Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings. “How do you deepen that relationship? We want to involve audiences in the artistic decision making.”

Beyond the Strauss, the concert will include the world premiere of “Devil Winds” for oboe, clarinet and bassoon by composer-in-residence Greg Simon, a doctoral student at the University of Michigan. The performance will be by Third Rail, the chamber group’s ensemble-in-residence from the Oberlin Conservatory.

February 19, 2014

By Mark Stryker
Detroit Free Press Music Critic

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