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Rise Up Detroit - Reimagined Xavier Davis Trio + DSO String Quartet

Thursday, August 19, 2021 – 7:00pm

Thursday, August 19, 2021 – 7:00pm
1 hour

Jazz pianist, composer, and MSU Professor Xavier Davis, reimagines his critically-acclaimed and debut recording on the Detroit Music Factory label Rise Up Detroit for string quartet and trio.

Each of the movements in Rise Up Detroit represents a particular historical aspect of the African American experience in a city with a rich and storied past. From its crucial significance to the Underground Railroad, to the influence of the Southern migration into Henry Ford’s factories, and its later experience of exodus and healing, Davis’s suite captures the energy of a culture whose influence spans generations and the globe.

Davis will be joined by Rodney Whitaker (bass), David Alvarez (drums), and a DSO string quartet featuring Jiamin Wang (violin), Mingzhao Zhou (violin), Caroline Coade (viola), and Úna O'Riordan (cello).

Tickets
VIP - $100 (includes VIP bistro table seating for 2 near the stage)
GA - $12 (general admission - please bring your own chairs and blankets)

Artists

Xavier Davis

Piano

Rodney Whitaker

bass

David Alvarez

drums

Jiamin Wang

First Violin

Jiamin Wang is one of the most talented violinists who has emerged rapidly in recent years from China. This past spring she was invited by world-renowned composer/conductor Tan Dun as a soloist to play his "Water Passion" with MDR Radio Choir. She was also asked to play his Hero Concerto for violin and orchestra with the National Orchestra of Madrid, Spain in 2010.

While still in school, Jiamin was the recipient of several scholarships and international awards. She won the “Youth Performance Award” in the 8th National Professional Violin Competition in Qingdao, 2006. In 2007, she won second prize in the Bucharest Romania International Violin Competition. In July 2009, she graduated with excellence from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Professor Xuan He, and was awarded a scholarship to continue post-graduate studies. In the same year, she also won the orchestra fellow audition of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.

During her studies, she was the concertmaster of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music’s Youth Symphony Orchestra. After finishing her master’s degree, Jiamin entered Bard College Conservatory of Music, studying with Weigang Li. She also had master classes with Shmuel Ashkenasi and Ani Kavafian at Bard.
Jiamin started learning the violin with her mother at the age of 6. As a soloist, she has performed with the Singapore Festival Orchestra, Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra and Hangzhou Philharmonic Orchestra. She is also very active in chamber and contemporary music. Since 2010, she has performed more than 100 concerts in Tan Dun's "Water Heavens" in Shanghai as the first violin in the string quartet.

Mingzhao Zhou

First Violin

Born in Guangyuan, China, Mingzhao Zhou began studying violin at age 4 under her father’s guidance. Five years later, she was accepted to the prestigious Shanghai Conservatory. In 2001, she came to the US to study with Lucie Robert at Mannes College of Music on a full scholarship and continued her studies for a master’s degree at The Juilliard School with Robert Mann. She has performed in master classes held by renowned violinists such as Ruggiero Ricci, Midori Goto, Cho-Liang Lin and Pamela Frank.

Mingzhao has won a variety of awards, including first prize of the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Young Artist Competition, first prize of Mannes Violin Concerto Competition, and third prize of the Bergen Philharmonic Concerto Competition. Since her solo debut performing Mozart Violin Concerto No. 4 and Bach Violin Concerto in A Minor with the Sichuan Youth Orchestra of China at age 8, she has performed actively in chamber music and has appeared as soloist with Texas Music Festival Orchestra, Mannes Orchestra, California Chamber Orchestra and Camerata New York Orchestra. She has participated in music festivals such as Verbier Festival Youth Orchestra in Switzerland, Music Academy of the West in California and Texas Music Festival.

Before joining DSO, Mingzhao served as a violinist in the San Diego Symphony and Albany Symphony Orchestra.

Caroline Coade

Viola

Caroline Coade is the 3rd chair violist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and was the Acting Assistant Principal Violist of the DSO for the 2013-2016 seasons. Prior to her appointment in 1996 with the DSO, Caroline performed regularly with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, and held positions with Concerto Soloists Chamber Orchestra (Philadelphia) and the opera companies of Philadelphia and Santa Fe.

Equally at home teaching as she is on the concert stage, Caroline is a passionate educator who was named Assistant Professor of Viola at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, and Dance (SMTD) in 2016. Her prizewinning students include the 2019 Sphinx Competition 3rd prize winner, a 2019 Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition semi-finalist, the top prizewinner of the Society of Musical Arts 2019 Young Artist Competition, and a finalist of the 2018 Anton Rubinstein International Viola Competition. Previously, she was a Lecturer in Viola at SMTD since 2005 and was Adjunct Professor of Viola at Detroit’s Wayne State University from 1998-2015.

As a judge, Caroline was one of nine international adjudicators for the Primrose International Viola Competition final rounds. In 2018, she was one of five judges for the prescreen round of the Primrose Competition. Continuing her advocacy for the arts and education, Caroline spends her summers as artist faculty as summer music festivals. She has been artist faculty at Center Stage Strings/MPulse Institute at the University of Michigan for summers 2016-2019. She is artist faculty at the Hilton Head Chamber Music Institute in South Carolina since Summer 2018. For Summer 2019, Caroline will join the faculty of Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival in VT. Previous artist faculty roles include the Chautauqua Institution Music Festival in New York (summers 2012-15), the Bowdoin International Music Festival in Maine (summers 2012-15) and at the National Music Festival in Chestertown, MD (summers 2011-13).

Caroline has given master classes at the Colburn Conservatory (CA), Oberlin Conservatory (OH), Boston University (MA), Longy School of Music (MA), Baylor University (TX), and Michigan State University. Her students have won coveted spots in the major music schools including The Curtis Institute of Music, The Juilliard School, Rice University, Indiana University, Oberlin Conservatory, Boston University, Cleveland Institute of Music, University of Michigan, New England Conservatory, and Yale University.

In 2016, Caroline was named the Artistic Director for WRCJ 90.9FM Classical Brunch chamber music series at the Community House in Birmingham, MI. In this role, Caroline curates the programs, does radio voice over work to advertise the series, and performs. As a chamber musician, Coade regularly plays with her colleagues at the Detroit Symphony and the University of Michigan, and with her colleagues at summer music festivals. Caroline has performed at the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival (MI), Laurel Festival of the Arts (PA), and the Marlboro Music Festival (VT). As violist with the Woodland Trio (flute, viola, harp), she concertized around the U.S, Canada, and at the Printemps Musicale des Alizes of Morocco.

A San Diego native, Caroline began taking Suzuki violin lessons at age 6 and switched to the viola at age 14. She graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy (MI) and went on to receive a bachelor of music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory, an artist diploma from The Curtis Institute of Music, and a master of music degree from The Juilliard School. Her principal teachers include Karen Tuttle, Joyce Robbins, Jeffrey Irvine, David Takeno, David Holland, and Eugene Becker.

Caroline plays on a Domenico Busan viola c. 1750 on generous loan from The Mandell Collection of Southern California.

Úna O'Riordan

Cello

First-generation Irish-American cellist Úna Fionnuala O'Riordan was born in the Chicago suburbs and began playing the cello at 4 years old, after hearing a string instrument demonstration in her kindergarten class. When her family moved to the Washington, D.C. area, she continued her musical education and went on to attend the Interlochen Arts Camp as an Emerson Scholar. Her experiences at Interlochen, plus the opportunity to perform for Mstislav Rostropovich at the 1992 Kennedy Center Honors Ceremony, encouraged her to seek a career as a professional musician. She went on to receive a Bachelor of Music with Distinction from the Eastman School of Music, where she was named an Arts Leadership Scholar.

As a recipient of the Eckstein Grant, Úna did her graduate studies at the Northwestern University School of Music, and performed with the Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra as the concerto competition winner. While completing her master's degree, she was also Co-Principal of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, working under the batons of Daniel Barenboim and Pierre Boulez.

A fellowship recipient at the Aspen and Meadowmount music schools, she has performed both orchestral and chamber music in major concert halls across the United States, Europe and Asia, including Carnegie Hall, Los Angeles’ Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Berlin Philharmonic and the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Her principal teachers include Hans Jørgen Jensen, Pamela Frame, Alan Harris and Loren Stephenson, and she has performed in master classes for Janos Starker and Yo-Yo Ma, among other esteemed pedagogues.

Since her appointment to the DSO in 2007, Úna has enjoyed performing chamber music all around Michigan, on series such as Pro Mozart, Classical Brunch in Birmingham, and Enescu, as well as at the Universities of Michigan and Wayne State, and Kerrytown Concert House. As a member of the contemporary music ensemble New Music Detroit, she has performed at Detroit’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCAD), the Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit (CAID), and the Bohemian National Home.

Passionate about music education, Úna has been on the faculty for the DSO’s Power of Dreams String Project, and regularly coaches both chamber music and cello sectionals for the DSO's Civic Program. In 2011-12, Úna was the cellist for the Fusion Project, a series of school presentations fusing music and photography inspired by the city of Detroit.

In her free time, Úna is a passionate traveler and enjoys photographing her adventures, including an especially memorable trek to Machu Picchu in 2011. Úna performs on a cello made by Carl Becker and Son, 1954.

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