2017-18 Season

 

Spotlight Series

In the Spotlight Series, DCWS musicians present traditional and contemporary chamber music works in venues throughout metro Detroit.

Nightnotes Series

Friday night concerts are presented in the intimate setting of Hagopian World of Rugs in Birmingham. Come as you are to enjoy great music. A reception begins at 7:30 pm, followed by an 8:00 pm concert.

Structurally Sound

DCWS is putting the “chamber” back in chamber music. Structurally Sound is a concert and lecture series that presents chamber music in architecturally or historically interesting spaces and works to relate the musical repertoire to the space’s unique qualities.

 

Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings Full Season

 

Sonatas, Songs & Spirituals
September 22, 2017 at 8 p.m.
Hagopian World of Rugs, Birmingham

DCWS core member and trombonist Kenneth Thompkins presents works from his upcoming album, “Sonatas, Songs & Spirituals.” Other featured artists include soprano soloist Nicole Joseph of Kirk in the Hills Church and pianist Zhihua Tang.

The Difficulty of Crossing a Field
October 22, 2017 at 3 p.m.
College for Creative Studies, A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education

Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings and the University of Michigan Opera Program present The Difficulty of Crossing a Field, composer David Lang’s work for string quartet, solo voices and small chorus adapted from the Ambrose Bierce short story of the same name. The work traces the mysterious disappearance of a slave overseer who vanishes without a trace.

Encore!
November 3, 2017 at 8 p.m.
Hagopian World of Rugs, Birmingham

DCWS musicians Kimberly Kaloyanides Kennedy (violin) and Laurence Liberson (clarinet) join pianist Robert Conway for a performance of chamber trios. The “Rapido! 14 Day Composition Contest” returns to DCWS with a performance of regional winner Mark Buller’s captivating work.

Mozart and the Masons
November 12, 2017 at 3 p.m.
Birmingham Unitarian Church

For the last seven years of his life, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was thought to be a Mason, which greatly influenced his life and work. DCWS violist James VanValkenburg and photographer Michelle Andonian explore this little-known relationship in a multi-disciplinary tour of Detroit’s Masonic Temple.

Holiday Brass Detroit
December 2, 2017 at 2 p.m.
St. John’s Episcopal Church

DCWS presents its annual Holiday Brass performance featuring several seasonal favorites for choir and large brass ensemble with two performances in Detroit and Royal Oak.

Holiday Brass Royal Oak
December 3, 2017 at 7 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church of Royal Oak

DCWS presents its annual Holiday Brass performance featuring several seasonal favorites for choir and large brass ensemble with two performances in Detroit and Royal Oak.

The Michael Dease Quartet
December 15, 2017 at 8 p.m.
Hagopian World of Rugs, Birmingham

Multifaceted artist and jazz dynamo Michael Dease brings his quartet to Hagopian World of Rugs for a performance of jazz classics and other assorted works.

Reed All About It
January 26, 2018 at 8 p.m.
Hagopian World of Rugs, Birmingham

Les Barocudas from McGill University in Montreal (QC) featuring Detroit native harpsichordist Nathan Mondry performs pieces from the Baroque Period.

Go For Baroque

February 23, 2017 at 8 p.m.
Hagopian World of Rugs, Birmingham

It’s a night of double reeds featuring University of Michigan professors Jeff Lyman (bassoon), Nancy Ambrose King (oboe) and Amy I-Lin Cheng (piano).

Four Centuries Fanfare
March 4, 2018 at 3 p.m.
Kirk in the Hills Refectory

DCWS core member and trumpeter Robert White presents essential works for small and large brass ensembles across four centuries.

Ryhthm in Movements
March 25, 2018 at 3 p.m.
Birmingham Unitarian Church

During the middle part of the 20th century, French composer Jean Françaix used Latin American dance to inspire Danses Exotique. Join Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Timothy McAllister and dancers from Eisenhower Dance for a multidisciplinary performance exploring the relationship between melody and movement.

Rapido!
April 13, 2018 at 8 p.m.
Hagopian World of Rugs, Birmingham

Help us select the regional finalist of this year’s “Rapido! 14 Day Composition Contest,” which gives emerging composers just two weeks to create a new work. Featured artists include DSO musicians Amanda Blaikie (flute) and Úna O’Riordan (cello).

Neo/Classic
May 6, 2018 at 3 p.m.
Birmingham Unitarian Church

Pianist James Tocco joins DCWS musicians to explore the intersection of classical and neoclassical works. The performance features a special family-friendly performance of Prokofiev’s timeless fairy tale, Peter and the Wolf as well as Beethoven’s Quintet, Op. 16 for piano and winds and Stravinsky’s groundbreaking Octet.

UndergrounD
July 27, 2018 at 8 p.m.
Michigan Theatre Garage, Detroit

Critically-acclaimed pianist and Grosse Pointe native Ivan Moshchuk teams up with local graffiti and hip hop artists for an event unlike any other in the iconic Michigan Theatre garage.