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Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival 2017

Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival – 2017

Under the direction of Artistic Director Paul Watkins, the 24th Annual Festival will explore the relationships between written and musical language in Music and Words, June 10-25, 2017. Among the international guest soloists and ensembles, musicians from our very own Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings will perform on Closing Night at the Seligman Performing Arts Center.

Join as we celebrate the 2017 Festival! Highlights include:
• The 20th Anniversary of the Catherine Filene Shouse Chamber Music Institute.
Among special activities, 3-4 young groups, including a Sphinx Apprentice
Ensemble, will participate under the direction of Philip Setzer.
• Two weeks of subscription and non-subscription performances around metro
Detroit, as well as immersive audience engagement events like “Musical Chairs,”
“Artistic Encounters,” “Beyond the Notes,” and “Music Meets Mindfulness.”
• The Emerson String Quartet will perform for audiences in a unique multidisciplinary
production of Shostakovich’s “The Black Monk” in collaboration with
Wayne State University and the Detroit Institute of Arts!
• We will welcome chamber superstars, among them Leila Josefowicz, Alessio Bax,
and Ran Dank.
• Founding Artistic Director James Tocco will return to delight audiences in his piano
• Two composers will join the Festival roster, including a Composer-in-Residence and
a young fellow who will give a world premiere of a new piece.
• We will collaborate with more gallery spaces in Detroit for cool, hip multidisciplinary
• Planning for our milestone 25th anniversary in 2018!

Skyline Sax


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

Join us in the spectacular lobby of the “Cathedral of Finance” as Grammy-winning saxophonist Tim McAllister performs pieces that connect to the buildings bold Art Deco design. Enjoy the music while taking in the amazing architecture of the famous Guardian Building.

This series is supported in part by The Peck Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Other Supporters: The Peck Foundation.


To Be Or Not To Be



2:00 p.m. – Come early to receive a history and tour of the Players Club Playhouse.

DCWS Trombonist David Jackson set the stage for Structurally Sound in 2014, when he lead the first-ever series concert at the Ford Piquette Plant. He returns to mark the exciting fifth anniversary of the program with a multidisciplinary exploration of The Players Club. With help from Detroit Public Theatre and his University of Michigan trombone choir, Jackson presents a diverse and engaging program where classical music and theatre act together to illustrate the history of this iconic performance space.


Renaissance balcony scene from “Romeo & Juliet”
Giovanni Gabrieli – Canzona Septimi
Modern balcony scene from “Noises Off”
Franz Biebl – Ave Maria

George Gershwin – Three Preludes
Gershwin – Someone to Watch Over Me
Derek Bermel – God’s Trombones

Scene from “Hamlet”
Henri Tomasi – To Be or Not to Be
Scene from “Angels in America”
Stjepan Sulek – Sonata


$35 regular, $30 senior, $10 student (all tickets are $5 more at the door)

Parking & Information

There is complimentary parking in a secure lot next to the Players Club building. Look for “Players Club Parking” signs.

2016 Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival

2016 Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival

Concert preview at 7:15 p.m. – Professor Steven Whiting discusses Britten, Mozart and Holst

DCWS combines forces with the world-class artists from the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival.


Alessio Bax, piano
Adrian Brendel, cello
Paul Watkins, conductor
Yoonshin Song, violin
Wei Yu, cello
Kevin Brown, double bass
with members of the Altius Quartet, Friction Quartet, Trio Honore, and Trio Nova Mundi


Britten – Sinfonietta
Mozart – Piano Concerto No. 12 in A major, K. 414
Watkins – Sonata for Cello and Eight Instruments
Arnold – Flute Concerto No. 1 for Flute & Strings
Holst – St. Paul’s Suite, Op. 29, No. 2

Advance tickets are $40 – 60. Student pricing available.
To purchase tickets call 248-559-2097 or visit greatlakeschambermusic.org.