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Watch Party: We are a Family

Digital Concert

Watch Party: We are a Family

Digital Concert

Sunday, July 18 – 7:00pm

Sunday, July 18 – 7:00pm
1 hour

Join us for a free online watch party and family-friendly concert that combines storytelling, music, and art. Learn about the string family and follow a happy bunny family on their fun-filled summer adventure up north, featuring animated illustrations and excerpts from Maurice Ravel’s String Quartet in F Major.

Watch live on Facebook or on this event page. A video player will appear at the time of the event.

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Artists

Eun Park Lee

First Violin

A native of Seoul, South Korea, Eun Park Lee joined the DSO in March, 2006.

Winner of the Starling Awards Competition, she has worked with distinguished artists such as Joseph Silverstein, Pamela Frank, Isidore Cohen and Malcom Lowe; as well as the Tokyo, Juilliard and Emerson String Quartets. She made her solo debut with the Madri Chamber Orchestra in Korea, followed by several others--including the Woodlands Symphony Orchestra, while serving as their concertmaster of 2001-02.

During school, Eun served as concertmaster of the Eastman Philharmonia, Eastman School Symphony and Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra. She has been invited to many international music festivals, and has served as concertmaster at the Tanglewood Music Center; assistant concertmaster at the Pacific Music Festival in Japan, New York String Seminar and Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival in Germany. She was the guest associate concertmaster for the Daejeon Philharmonic in Korea in their Mozart and Mahler Festival, and was invited as one of the youngest guest artists for the Music in the Mountains Festival in Colorado.

As an active chamber musician, Eun is a former member of the Artésan String Quartet, giving numerous performances and also appearing with the faculty of the Eastman School of Music. In Texas, she appeared frequently as a performing artist at the Spectrum Chamber Music Series. Outside the classical music world, she has been a member of the GG Electric String Quartet’s performing artists, performing around Texas, Florida, New Orleans and Las Vegas.

Eun began playing the violin at the age of 9 and continued her studies at the Sun Hwa Arts School. In 1996, she moved to the States—-entering the Eastman School of Music, where she earned her Bachelor's Degree, and studying with Charles Castleman. She earned her Master's Degree at Rice University with Kathleen Winkler, with an award for full tuition and the C.Lummis Award. She was a member of the Fort Worth Symphony prior to joining the DSO.

Alexandros Sakarellos

Second Violin

Violinist Alexandros Sakarellos has performed as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician across five continents and in 25 countries.

A native of Greece, Alexandros received his early musical training at the Athens Conservatory—Greece's leading musical institution. While in Greece he enjoyed a very satisfying performing career from a very early age. By the age of 20 he was already appearing frequently as a soloist and recitalist; serving as Concertmaster of the City of Athens Symphony Orchestra; and as a first violinist with the Athens State Orchestra.

In 2005 Alexandros moved to New York. He studied at the Manhattan School of Music with New York Philarmonic's Concertmaster Glenn Dicterow, Assistant Principal Lisa Kim and Professor Isaac Malkin.

During his years in New York, his activities included performances with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; Concertmaster appearances under renowned artists such as Kurt Masur and Pinchas Zuckerman; performances in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Museum Of Modern Arts, the Onassis Foundation, and other such venues.

Alexandros has also appeared at the Festivals of Ravello in Italy, Miyazaki in Japan, Bellerive in Switzerland and Santo Domingo. In 2009 he was privileged to be invited by the prestigious Athens-Epidaurus Festival to give the Greek premiere of several works by the awarded American-Greek composer George Tsontakis.

Prior to joining the DSO, Sakarellos played for two years in the 1st Violin section of the San Francisco Opera.

He is currently playing on a very fine J.B. Vuillaume made in 1856.

Mike Chen

Viola

Mike Chen received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Northwestern University, studying violin with Blair Milton. In 1999 he began playing the viola and studied with Li-kuo Chang. His other teachers included Michael Strauss, Peter Slowik, Keith Conant and Baird Dodge.

Mike was a member of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra from 2012 to 2018, a member of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra from 2003 to 2012, and prior to that, a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago from 1992 to 1995. He has performed with the Detroit Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, and Chicago Symphony. In 2017, Mike joined the Cincinnati Symphony on its European Festivals Tour.

He received a Master’s degree in Conducting at Northwestern University in 1999, studying with Victor Yampolsky and Mariusz Smolij. His other conducting teachers include Gilbert Varga, David Zinman, and Murry Sidlin.

Mike was a conducting fellow at the American Academy of Conducting in Aspen, Colorado in 2008. He has also served as Assistant Conductor of the Saint Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra, guest conductor of the Webster University Community Music School’s Young People’s Symphony Orchestra, and guest conductor of the Indianapolis Symphony Side-by-Side Orchestra.

Jeremy Crosmer

Cello

Jeremy Crosmer is a remarkable young artist—both as a cellist and a composer. He completed multiple graduate degrees from the University of Michigan in cello, composition and theory pedagogy, and received his D.M.A. in 2012 at age 24. From 2012 to 2017 he served as the Assistant Principal cellist in the Grand Rapids Symphony, and joined the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in May of 2017.

Jeremy is the composer and arranger for the GRS Music for Health Initiative, which pairs symphonic musicians with music therapists to bring classical music to hospitals. In March of 2017 the Helen DeVos Children's Hospital launched a music channel that runs continuously, using four hours of meditative music composed by Jeremy and performed by musicians of the GRS.

Jeremy is a founding member of the modern music ensemble Latitude 49. He is also a current member of the band ESME—a duo that aims to broaden the education of classical music by bringing crossovers and mashups of pop and classical music to schools throughout Michigan. ESME released its first CD in December of 2016.

In April of 2013 Jeremy toured London with the Grand Valley State University Chamber Orchestra, performing the Boccherini G Major Concerto, No. 7. He performed the Vivaldi Double Concerto with Alicia Eppinga and the GRS in March of 2016. While still in school, Jeremy was awarded the prestigious Theodore Presser Graduate Music Award to publish, record and perform his Crosmer-Popper duets. He recorded the duets with Julie Albers, and both sheet music and CD recordings are available online.

Jeremy has taught music theory, pre-calculus and cello at universities across Michigan. He draws mazes, writes science fiction and plays good old country fiddle in his spare time.

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