Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival announces 2003 highlights
SOUTHFIELD – The exceptional and intimate dialogue among artists and audience that began ten years ago will continue with the presentation of more than twenty concerts between June 14th and June 29th during the 2003 Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival.
Known for its exceptional artists, thoughtful repertoire and commitment to further the art form, the premier chamber music festival of the region is poised to deliver another outstanding two-week series.
Artistic Director and pianist James Tocco will be joined by a number of festival veterans, including pianist Ruth Laredo, violinists Ida Kavafian and Philip Setzer, cellist Paul Katz and members of Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings. Also appearing on the festival are pianist Sandra Rivers and violinists Shmuel Ashkenasi and Henry Meyer, violist Lawrence Dutton and Yehuda Hanani, as well as the Emerson String Quartet, the Elements Quartet and the Eisenhower Dance Ensemble.
An entirely secular event, the Festival is sponsored by a unique coalition of Catholic, Protestant and Jewish congregations – St. Hugo of the Hills, Kirk in the Hills and Temple Beth El, and the host ensemble, Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings.
Additional concerts will bring the Festival’s music to venues throughout metropolitan Detroit, Ann Arbor and East Lansing.
This year’s composer-in-residence, David Baker, is the conductor and artistic director of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra and has performed and taught all over the world. His compositions total more than 2,000 in number, including jazz, symphonic and chamber works. A native of Indianapolis, Baker currently holds the position of Distinguished Professor of Music and Chairman of the Jazz Department at the Indiana University School of Music.
The Festival’s concerts have been featured on National Public Radio’s Performance Today, and the Festival has released four compact discs. The most recent, featuring two works by Detroit-Born Paul Schoenfield recorded at the 2001 festival, is on the Albany Records label. Two others have been released on the Gasparo label. A fourth disc, featuring the music of 1999’s composer-in-residence Ned Rorem was released in 2000 on the Newport Classics label.
Tickets for the tenth Great lakes Chamber Music Festival will be available for individual concerts or on a series subscription basis. For further information, call the Festival office at 248-559-2097 during regular business hours.
Music from China comes to Flint
FLINT – Music From China, an ensemble based in New York City that performs traditional and contemporary Chinese music, will be in Flint from March 25 – 27 for three performances which are free and open to the public.
The Music From China ensemble invokes the delicate sonorities and compelling melodies of traditional Chinese music on age-old instruments such as the erhe (2-string fiddle), pipa (lute), yangquin (hammered dulcimer), zheng (zither with movable bridges), ruan (moon guitar) and dizi (bamboo flute). Programs provide an introduction to classical Chinese music helping audiences gain an understanding and appreciation of this art form.
The performance schedule is as follows: Tuesday, March 25, 7 – 8 p.m. at the Flint Public Library, Main Branch, General Reading Room; Wednesday, March 26, 10 – 11 a.m. at the University of Michigan – Flint, Recital Hall, French Hall, Room 164; and Thursday, March 27, 6 – 8 p.m. at the Krapohl Senior Center, G-5473 Bicentennial Dr., Mt. Morris.
Audiences may want to consider attending a Music From China performance as a prelude to the performances of the Peking Opera coming to Whiting Auditorium on Friday, April 4 at 8 p.m. Direct from the People’s Republic of China, the Peking Opera combines vocal and instrumental music with martial arts, acrobatics, mime, and stylized acting unique to Chinese culture. Incredibly detailed, vividly colored costumes, masks and props are integral parts of this dazzling spectacle. For ticket information, call (810) 237-7333 or visit www.WhitingAuditorium.com.
Celebrate the Big Band Era with Guy Lombardo’s Royal Canadians
CLINTON TWP. – Guy Lombardo’s Royal Canadians will perform on Sunday, March 30, 2003 at 3 p.m. at The Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, a community enrichment program of Macomb Community College.
Guy Lombardo’s Royal Canadians is about more than just music; it is a collection of memories and a reflection of one of the greatest contributors to the Big Band Era.
Ticket prices range from $18 – $25, with discounts available to senior citizens, students and groups of 20 or more. A pre-performance Brunch is available at 12:30 p.m. for $15. Reserved seating may be purchased at the ticket office, by phone at (586) 286-2222, on the web at www.MacombCenter.com, through TicketsPLUS at (800) 585-3737 and at all Meijer stores.