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Summer Sessions: DSO Outdoors

Some Enchanted Evening
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Summer Sessions: DSO Outdoors

Some Enchanted Evening

Wednesday, June 23, 2021—7:00pm

Wednesday, June 23, 2021—7:00pm
45 minutes

Join us for an outdoor, socially distant chamber music performance at Sosnick Courtyard. Experience the incredible artistry of musicians from your Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the bliss of warm summer air, and the sense of community that comes from enjoying live music with others.

General admission tickets are available for $20 per person. Please bring your own chair or blanket.

A limited number of VIP experiences offering reserved seating near the stage with a patio table are also available for $100 (2 people).

The health and safety of our patrons, musicians, and staff is our top priority, and event attendees should follow protocols that keep us all safe. The DSO is following all current recommendations by the State of Michigan for masks. Please visit dso.org/safetyplan for more information.

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VIP - $100 (includes VIP bistro table seating for 2 near the stage)
GA - $20 (general admission - please bring your own chairs and blankets)

Artists

Hannah Hammel

Principal

Hannah Hammel is the recently appointed Principal Flute of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Before joining the DSO, she held the position of Principal Flute of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra from 2017-2019.

As an orchestral musician, Hannah has performed with the New York Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, Houston Grand Opera, Richmond Symphony, and New World Symphony. Hannah has spent summers performing at festivals including Tanglewood Music Center, Music Academy of the West, Pacific Music Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, and Round Top Music Festival.

An active solo flutist, Hannah has won first place in the 2016 National Flute Association's Young Artist Competition, 2016 Houston Flute Club Byron Hester Competition, the 2015 Atlanta Flute Association Young Artist Competition, the 2014 National Flute Association Orchestral Excerpt Competition, 2013 Central Ohio Flute Association Collegiate Division Competition and second place in the 2013 Mid-South Flute Society’s Young Artist Competition among others.

A native of Richmond, VA, Hannah began studying the flute with her mother, Alice Hammel. She holds a BM in flute performance and a minor in music theory from The Oberlin Conservatory (2015) where she studied with Alexa Still. She graduated with her MM in flute performance in 2017 from Rice University's Shepherd School of Music as a student of Leone Buyse.

Patricia Masri-Fletcher

Principal Harp

Patricia Masri-Fletcher joined the DSO as Principal Harp in 1988. A graduate of the Juilliard School, she studied with Susanne McDonald (Artistic Director of the World Harp Congress). Prior to her DSO appointment, Patricia was Principal Harp with the National Grand Opera in New York, and with the Monterey and Santa Cruz County symphony orchestras in California. She has also performed with the New York City Opera and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

Patricia has appeared with more than 30 ensembles. Her performances include the Spoleto "Festival of Two Worlds," the American Institute of Musical Studies Orchestra (Austria), the San Jose Ballet Orchestra and the Carmel Bach Festival Orchestra. She is also active as a solo recitalist.

Patricia has received a number of awards and honors, including first place in the Ruth Lorraine Close Fellowship for Harp, and was a soloist on the Young Artists Roster of the American Harp Society (AHS). At AHS conferences, she has served as lecturer and guest performer, including participation in the world premiere of Fusion for Four, by Dr. Sarah Voynow in 1986.

During the 1993-94 season, Patricia appeared as soloist with the DSO, performing Mozart’s Concerto for Flute and Harp with Principal Flute Ervin Monroe. Patricia and Ervin released a compact disc entitled "After A Dream...," which features works for flute and harp arranged by the two artists. She was also a soloist with the DSO in the 1996-97 season, performing Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro for harp.

In July of 2006, Patricia performed at the American Harp Society’s Conference in San Francisco. She premiered her own arrangement of "Spanish Dance #5" from La Vida Breve, for two harps and castanets.

Patricia is the Professor of Harp at Madonna University; teaches privately in the Detroit area; and has given harp master classes at Interlochen Center for the Arts, Michigan State University, and at the University of Michigan’s School of Music. In her free time, she enjoys canoeing, mountain biking, bird watching and growing tulips.

Sharon Sparrow

Assistant Principal

Sharon Sparrow is currently Assistant Principal Flute of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. She remains tenured in the position of Assistant Principal Flute granted to her by Leonard Slatkin in 2014, and before that, was tenured as DSO’s Second Flutist for nine years. Sharon earned her Bachelor’s degree at The Juilliard School and a Master’s degree at Mannes College of Music, studying with renowned teachers Julius Baker, Thomas Nyfenger, and Geoffrey Gilbert. She has given master classes all over the world, and locally she is an Instructor of Flute at Oakland University and Wayne State University.

Sharon is a sought-after trainer for orchestral auditions on all instruments, and she has coached players who have won major jobs in orchestras throughout the U.S. Her specialty is helping musicians with their mindset, confidence, and certainty through preparation, so they can master the audition experience. Her book 6 Weeks to Finals, published by Theodore Presser in 2016, is in high demand. “Telemann for Two,” a set of duets that Sharon co-wrote with colleague Jeffery Zook and based on Telemann’s Solo Fantasies, was released in August 2018 by Theodore Presser.

Sharon is a hands-on advocate for music education at all ages and has hosted and written children’s shows for both the DSO and the CutTime Players. She has been a frequent concerto soloist with the DSO and other local orchestras. Sharon has held principal positions with the Memphis Symphony, the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and has been a guest flutist in the Chicago, Pittsburgh, Hong Kong, and Baltimore symphony orchestras.

Sharon’s children have continued with a passion for music. Her daughter Hannah graduated with a degree in Choral Music Education from the University of Michigan and is a professional singer; and son Zack graduated from Belmont University with a degree in Music Business and is the digital media manager for Easy Eye Sound Studios in Nashville. Sharon is proud to be a resident of downtown Detroit.

Jeffery Zook

Flute and Piccolo

Jeffery Zook has been a member of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra flute section since 1992. His formal musical studies began at the Interlochen Arts Academy and continued at the University of Michigan. With additional studies in England, Mr. Zook attended the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and received the coveted Recitalists’ Diploma from the Royal Academy of Music in London. His teachers have included William Bennett, Trevor Wye, Judith Bentley, Jacqueline Hofto, and former DSO piccoloist Clement Barone.

A prizewinner in many competitions, including the National Flute Association Young Artists Competition and William Byrd National Concerto Competition in Flint, Michigan, Mr. Zook has also been awarded of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Mr. Zook made his solo debut with the DSO as a senior in high school, performing Mozart’s Concerto in C for Flute and Harp with harpist Yolanda Kondonassis at Ford Auditorium in 1982. Twenty years later, he took the stage at Detroit’s Orchestra Hall with Maestro Neeme Järvi conducting the Vivaldi Piccolo Concerto. He appeared as a featured soloist at the National Flute Association convention in Minneapolis in 2017. From 2001 to 2007, Mr. Zook co-hosted a chamber music festival, “Concerts in the Barn at Applewood,” at his Ontario farm home in Dyer’s Bay along with DSO violist Caroline Coade and harpist Kerstin Allvin. In 2002, this group traveled and performed throughout Morocco and was featured on the nation’s television network.

As a recording artist, Mr. Zook has recorded extensively for the Music Minus One label and is featured with fellow DSO flutist Sharon Sparrow on the popular band method book: Do It! Play in Band. In 2002, he teamed up with harpist Kerstin Allvin to produce Comfort and Joy! A Musical Celebration of Holiday Music for Flute and Harp. He is also featured on many revival Motown recordings produced in the past decade.

Highly in demand as a teacher, Mr. Zook has taught at the University of Michigan and is currently on the faculty of Oakland University. In 2018, he will be Visiting Professor at Western Michigan University. He is currently the chairman of the Piccolo Committee of the National Flute Association and has been past president of the Southeast Michigan Flute Association.

Mr. Zook lives in Pleasant Ridge with his partner David Assemany and miniature pinscher Dexter. They have named their renovated Dutch Colonial home The Cambridge Conservatory, a venue which hosts recitals, workshops, musical feasts, and fundraisers.

Jeffery Zook plays a 14K Haynes flute and the Burkart Piccolo.

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