Yoonshin Song, violin Bio Hila Plitmann, soprano Bio
Acclaimed as “a wonderfully talented violinist… [whose] sound and technique go well beyond her years,” DSO Concertmaster Yoonshin Song was born in South Korea where she began her musical studies at age 5. Making her orchestral debut at age 11, she has since built a successful performing career throughout Korea, the United States, and Europe. Song earned her master’s degree and Graduate Diploma under the tutelage of Donald Weilerstein at the New England Conservatory and recently completed the Artist Diploma and Professional Study programs at Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with Robert Mann and Glenn Dicterow.
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Re'ut Ben-Ze'ev, mezzo soprano Bio
Grammy award-winning soprano Hila Plitmann is a glittering jewel on the international music scene, known worldwide for her astonishing musicianship, light and beautiful voice, and the ability to perform challenging new works.
Born and raised in Jerusalem, Hila received both her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees, with high honors, from the Juilliard School of Music, and has been awarded the coveted Sony ES Prize for her outstanding contribution to the vocal arts.
Hila currently lives in London with her husband (composer, Eric Whitacre) and their son. She has a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do.
Scott Ramsay, tenor Bio
Re’ut Ben-Ze’ev has won critical acclaim for her “intense expression and pure voice” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung), “impassioned” (The New York Times) interpretations and “emotionally and vocally masterful performance” (New Music Connoisseur.)
She has performed standard operatic and concert repertoire as well as cutting-edge collaborations. She appeared throughout Canada, Europe, Israel, and the United States in venues such as Lincoln Center, Spoleto Festival, USA, Lucille Lortel Theater, Bayreuth Museum of Art, The American Academy in Berlin, the Israel Vocal Arts Institute, the Tel-Aviv Museum of Art, Young Artist Showcase on WQXR, Kol Hamusika, and on TV internationally.
Ben Ze’ev collaborates regularly with leading composers such as Pulitzer Prize winning composers Yehudi Wyner, David Del Tredici, and Samuel Adler. She has also collaborated with artists such as clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein, former artistic director of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Fred Sherry, conductor and former principle clarinetist of Berlin Philharmonie, KarlHeinz Steffens, members of the Israel and the Berlin Philharmonic, actor Theodore Bickel, and choreographer Yasmeen Godder. In addition, she was nominated for the Bessie Award along with Ms. Godder for her performance with Godder’s Dance Company. Ms. Ben-Ze'ev was also a finalist in the Lotte Lenya and Kurt Weill Competition.
Michael Kelly, baritone Bio
Praised by the New York Times for his "impressive ... bright-voiced tenor," Scott Ramsay is highly regarded by opera companies and symphony orchestras across North America and abroad for his dynamic performances in repertoire ranging from Baroque and bel canto to the 20th Century.
Scott Ramsay has won the top prizes from the American Opera Society and the Union League Civic and Arts Foundation. Additional training programs have included Florida Grand Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Central City Opera and the Berkshire Choral Festival.
Dr. Norah Duncan IV, conductor WSU Symphonic Choir, chorus Bio
Baritone Michael Kelly is an accomplished artist whose insightful interpretations, silken voice, and expressive use of language have garnered him comparison to such icons of song repertoire as Matthias Goerne and Gérard Souzay. During his training at The Juilliard School, where he earned a master's degree, he performed with the Juilliard Opera Theater as Idamante in Idomeneo and Sattirino in Cavalli's La Calisto.
Mr. Kelly's wide-ranging musical curiosity led him to co-found SongFusion, an ensemble dedicated to collaboration between singers and instrumentalists, dancers, actors, and visual artists. Highlights of the group's debut season, which comprised five concerts, included a celebration of Franz Liszt's bicentennial, States of Mind; a collaboration with artist Kevork Mourad, a portrait of the composer Libby Larsen, and a tribute to composer Lee Hoiby.
Alexandra Silber, narrator Bio
Norah Duncan IV is a multi-faceted musician. As an organist, he has performed extensively in both the United States and Europe. He is the second longest serving Roman Catholic cathedral musician in the country. Among his greatest achievements as a liturgical musician was as director of music for the historic visit of Pope John Paul II to Detroit in 1987. Dr. Duncan was the first recipient of the "Changing Lives Through Music" Award presented to him by Anne Parsons, President of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
Born in Los Angeles, California, Alexandra Silber grew up outside Detroit, Michigan.
She attended Interlochen Center for the Arts, graduating with the coveted Young Artist Award and continued her training at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama) in Glasgow, majoring in Acting. She graduated in 2005 with The Faculty Student of the Year award just days before her West End debut as Laura Fairlie in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Woman in White.
Alexandra made her feature film debut in Stephen King's 1408 starring John Cusack, before portraying Hodel in The Sheffield Crucible’s 2007 production of Fiddler on the Roof, and it’s subsequent West End transfer.
She joined Fiddler on the Roof director Lindsay Posner once again, portraying Julie Jordan in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel at The Savoy Theatre in London’s West End. She received tremendous critical acclaim, and received Great Britain’s TMA Award for Best Performance in a Musical.
Alexandra made her American acting debut in a revival of her portrayal of Julie Jordan for Reprise Theatre Company in Los Angeles, (under the artistic directorship of Jason Alexander) once again to overwhelming critical acclaim, and garnered an Ovation-nomination. She joined Tony Award winner Tyne Daly in Terrence McNally’s Master Class at The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, directed by Stephen Wadsworth, and made her Broadway debut in the same production with Manhattan Theatre Club in the Spring of 2011 (garnering a nod from Backstage for one of the great theater performances of 2011).
Alexandra made her New York theatre debut portraying The Young Wife in the Transport Group’s Revival of Michael John LaChiusa’s Hello Again, and was nominated for a Drama League Award. She debuted two of her solo cabarets entitled “London Still” and "Ex Libris," at the esteemed New York nightclub Feinstein’s at The Loews Regency, and was honored to be a part of Barbara Cook’s Spotlight Series at The Kennedy Center in December of 2011.
Last fall she portrayed Jenny Cavilerri in the North American Premiere of Love Story the Musical at The Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia, and returned to New York in a highly-acclaimed performance of Arlington - a new one woman musical, as part of the Inner Voices series. Alexandra has also appeared as a Guest Star on all three branches of the Law & Order series (SVU, Criminal Intent and the original).
In April, 2013 Alexandra made her Carnegie Hall debut singing the role of Nina with the Collegiate Chorale and American Symphony Orchestra in a concert performance of Song Of Norway, to be followed by a summer festival appearance at Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts with The Orchestra of St. Luke's as Amalia Balash in She Loves Me, marking the first time a musical has been presented at this prestigious venue. Alexandra makes her San Francisco Symphony debut as Maria in concert performances and a recording of West Side Story with Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas
Alexandra is thrilled to return to her hometown of Detroit to appear with Leonard Slatkin and the DSO!