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DSO Performs Music by Mendelssohn and Hummel at Four Metro Detroit Venues in William Davidson Neighborhood Series, February 23-26

Elim Chan will conduct; DSO Assistant Principal Bassoon Michael Ma will be featured soloist

Detroit, (February 14, 2017) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s (DSO) 2017 William Davidson Neighborhood Series continues next week with four performances of Mendelssohn’s concert overture The Hebrides and Symphony No. 4, the “Italian,” as well as Hummel’s “Grand Concert” Bassoon Concerto.

Elim Chan will conduct the concerts, which feature DSO Assistant Principal Bassoon Michael Ma as featured soloist in the Hummel concerto.

Performances will take place:

  • Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. at the Berman Center for the Performing Arts in West Bloomfield
  • Friday, February 24, 2017 at 8 p.m. at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Plymouth
  • Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 8 p.m. at Kirk in the Hills Presbyterian Church in Bloomfield Hills
  • Sunday, February 26, 2017 at 3 p.m. at Our Lady Star of the Sea in Grosse Pointe

The William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series is made possible by a generous grant from the William Davidson Foundation and the support of WRCJ 90.9 FM. Renamed in 2014 in honor of philanthropist William Davidson, the William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series allows Metro Detroiters to experience the DSO close to home.


Conductor Elim Chan (left), featured bassoonist Michael Ma (right). Click here to view hi-res versions of these images.

About Elim Chan

Born in Hong Kong, Elim Chan became the first female winner of the Donatella Flick Conducting Competition in December 2014 and has been appointed to the Dudamel Fellowship program with the Los Angeles Philharmonic during the 2016-2017 Season. She was Assistant Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra in 2015-2016 and will assume the role of Chief Conductor of NorrlandsOperan in 2017-2018.

Recent notable highlights include her debut with the Mariinsky Orchestra in spring 2016 (at the personal invitation of Valery Gergiev), both in St. Petersburg and on tour in Mexico, as well as her debut at the Lucerne Festival with the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra. She has also appeared with Orquesta Filarmonica de Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico, the National Arts Centre Orchestra (Ottawa), and the Orchestre de la Francophonie as part of the NAC Summer Music Institute in 2012. She has also participated in the Musical Olympus Festival in St. Petersburg and workshops with the Cabrillo Festival and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (with Marin Alsop, Gerard Schwarz, and Gustav Meier).

Elim Chan holds degrees from Smith College and the University of Michigan, where she served as Music Director of the University of Michigan Campus Symphony Orchestra and the Michigan Pops Orchestra. She also received the Bruno Walter Conducting Scholarship in 2013.

About Michael Ma

Michael Ke Ma started his professional career in 2000 when he was appointed Principal Bassoon of the Shanghai Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra (now the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra). In 2004, he was appointed the Assistant Principal Bassoon of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra by Neeme Järvi, making him the first Chinese wind player to earn such a title in a major American orchestra.

Born in Shanghai, Ma has given solo recitals, chamber music, and orchestral performances at many music festivals and venues around the globe, including the Banff Center for the Arts, Idyllwild Arts Summer Program, Spoleto USA Festival Orchestra, Beijing International Music Festival, Shanghai International Arts Festival, and the Tongyeong International Music Festival in Korea. He recently served as Principal Bassoon of the Global Chinese Festival Orchestra and was invited by Maestro Myung-whun Chung to play with the Asia Philharmonic Orchestra, based in Korea and comprising elite musicians worldwide.

A dedicated teacher, Ma has taught master classes at Interlochen Arts Academy, participated in the Professional Panel at Michigan State University, coached private students at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and Macau Youth Symphony Orchestra, and worked with the DSO’s own Civic Youth Ensembles. He currently travels between Detroit and Shanghai, where Maestro Long Yu invited him to be the guest principal with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra.

Ticket Information

Tickets for Mendelssohn’s “Italian” Symphony are $25 for adults and $10 for children and students, and can be purchased at dso.org/neighborhood, by calling (313) 576-5111, or in-person at the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center Box Office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit)/

Children and student tickets for the February 24 performance at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Plymouth are only $5.

Please note: Tickets will not be sold online past 8 p.m. the night prior to each performance, but will still be available for purchase at each venue on the days of the concerts.


Mendelssohn’s “Italian” Symphony

Elim Chan, conductor

Michael Ma, bassoon

Thu., February 23, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. at the Berman Center for the Performing Arts (West Bloomfield)

Fri., February 24, 2017 at 8 p.m. at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church (Plymouth)

Sat., February 25, 2017 at 8 p.m. at Kirk in the Hills Presbyterian Church (Bloomfield Hills)

Sun., February 26, 2017 at 3 p.m. at Our Lady Star of the Sea (Grosse Pointe)


Overture to The Hebrides, Op. 26, “Fingal's Cave”


Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra in F major, “Grand Concert”

  Michael Ma, bassoon


Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 90, “Italian”

  Allegro vivace

  Andante con moto

  Con moto moderato

  Saltarello: Presto

About the DSO

Hailed by The New York Times as “cutting edge,” the internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra is known for trailblazing performances, visionary maestros, collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists, and an ardent commitment to Detroit. As a community-supported orchestra, generous giving by individuals and institutions at all levels drives the continued success and growth of the institution. Esteemed conductor Leonard Slatkin, called “America’s Music Director” by the Los Angeles Times, became the DSO’s 12th Music Director, endowed by the Kresge Foundation, in 2008. Acclaimed conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik serves as Principal Pops Conductor, while celebrated trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard holds the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair. With growing attendance and unwavering philanthropic support from the Detroit community, the DSO’s performance schedule includes Classical, Pops, Jazz, Young People’s, and Neighborhood concerts, and collaborations with high profile artists from Steven Spielberg to Ben Folds and Lang Lang. The DSO recently announced its 2017 Asia Tour, the orchestra’s first-ever tour of China and their first of Japan in 19 years. A commitment to broadcast innovation began in 1922, when the DSO became the first orchestra in the world to present a radio broadcast, and continues today with the free Live from Orchestra Hall webcast series, which also reaches tens of thousands of children with the Classroom Edition expansion. Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall within the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, one of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, the DSO actively pursues a mission to embrace and inspire individuals, families, and communities through unsurpassed musical experiences.


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