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Summer Sessions: DSO Outdoors

DSO Trio & Quintet
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Summer Sessions: DSO Outdoors

DSO Trio & Quintet

Wednesday, July 7, 2021—7:00pm

Wednesday, July 7, 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.

Tickets:
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.

Eric Nowlin

Principal Viola

Violist Eric Nowlin has performed extensively throughout the United States as well as abroad. Eric's performance of Berlioz’ Harold in Italy with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra was described by Classical Source as "outstanding…his distinctive timbre and sovereign musicianship at one with Slatkin’s perfectly paced account… totally compelling."

Past accomplishments include receiving second prize in the prestigious Walter W. Naumburg Competition, first prize in the Irving Klein International String Competition; first prize in the Hellam Young Artists Competition; grand prize in the Naftzger Young Artists Competition; and winner of the Juilliard Viola Concerto Competition. Performances have included solo engagements with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Springfield Symphony in Missouri, Santa Cruz Symphony, Peninsula Symphony, and the Kumamoto Symphony in Japan, as well as recitals in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Toronto, and Mexico.

Eric is the violist of the Juno and Opus Award winning New Orford String Quartet. Other chamber music activities have included participating in festivals such as the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont and the Steans Institute for Young Artists at Ravinia. He was a regular member of the Jupiter Chamber Players in New York City, and also toured with Musicians from Marlboro and Musicians from Ravinia’s Steans Institute. Eric was previously the Associate Principal viola in the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and has served as guest principal viola with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Metropolis Ensemble, and Cleveland’s Citymusic, as well as substitute viola with the New York Philharmonic.

Eric is Assistant Professor of Viola at Michigan State University, and has previously been Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto, as well as Instructor of Viola at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. He spends time during the summer months teaching and performing at numerous music festivals in the United States and Canada.

He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from The Juilliard School, as a scholarship student of Samuel Rhodes. Eric plays on a 1757 J.B. Guadagnini viola on generous loan from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, as well as a viola from 1910 made by Giovanni Pistucci, and a viola made by Sam Zygmuntowicz made in 2019.

Kevin Brown

Principal Bass

Minnesota native Kevin Brown began playing the bass at age 3. He has since gone on to perform with esteemed ensembles across the United States in a burgeoning career that has led him back to the Midwest as principal bass of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and Associate Professor of Double Bass at Michigan State University.

Kevin completed his Bachelors and Masters degrees at Rice University as a student of Paul Ellison. While at Rice, Kevin performed extensively with the Houston Symphony, including tours to New York and Moscow. In 2009 he won the International Society of Bassists Orchestral Competition, earning a week as a guest in the Philadelphia Orchestra bass section. Before his appointment to the DSO in 2014, Kevin also appeared as guest principal bass of the Atlanta Symphony.

Beyond orchestral performance, Kevin is an active soloist and chamber musician. Kevin gave his concerto debut with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in 2015.

Kevin is also a deeply committed educator, and joined the faculty of Michigan State University in 2017. Outside of Michigan, he has taught as a guest at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Northwestern University, the University of Southern California, Texas Christian University, the Colburn School, and Rice University.

Alexander Kinmonth

Principal Oboe

Alex Kinmonth has recently been appointed Principal Oboe of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra by Leonard Slatkin and can be heard on the DSO’s most recent recordings of Tchaikovsky’s Symphonies 1, 2, 4 and 6. He is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where he studied with Nathan Hughes of the Metropolitan Opera.

Alex has substituted in the Metropolitan Opera on both oboe and English horn and in the Charleston (SC) Symphony Orchestra. This summer Alex participated in the Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego CA, and the Tanglewood Music Festival in Lenox, MA. In previous summers he has attended the Music Academy of the West, the Round Top Institute, and the Aspen Festival, where he received a fellowship in 2014. He also participated in the prestigious New York String Orchestra Seminar at Carnegie Hall in 2013.

Alex is a winner of the Professional Musicians Club of Boston’s award for "Outstanding Achievement." During his time in New York, Alex performed operas, orchestral works and new music with the Juilliard Orchestra and New Juilliard Ensemble, working with noted conductors such as James Levine, Kurt Masur, and Jaap Van Zweden.

Alex grew up in a musical household in Carlisle, MA, choosing to play violin at age 5 and oboe at age 9. From a young age, he has pursued orchestral, solo and chamber music interests, playing with the Boston Youth Symphony, the New York Youth Symphony, and winning awards from the Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors Association, Philharmonic Society of Arlington, and Concord (MA) Orchestra. His former teachers include John Ferrillo and Laura Ahlbeck.

Although music is the main focus of Alex’s life, he also enjoys a balance of athletic, social, and academic interests. He participated in the 2010 National Junior Olympics for fencing, and enjoys soccer and downhill mountain biking. He is also the winner of a National Gold Key Award in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards’ Short Story category.

Jack Walters

Second Clarinet

Jack Walters joined the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in 2017 under the direction of Leonard Slatkin. In 2016, he was awarded the Zarin Mehta Global Academy Fellowship with the New York Philharmonic. He has also performed with the New World Symphony in Miami. In the summers of 2016 and 2017, Jack has been a festival participant at the Music Academy of the West as a recipient of the Spencer and Myra Nadler scholarship and has also attended the Texas Music Festival and Blossom Music Festival.

After completing his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan under the tutelage of Dan Gilbert and Chad Burrow, he attended the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University studying with Richie Hawley. His other principal teachers include Craig Lawrence and Sean Osborn. Jack is a D’Addario artist and plays exclusively on Reserve Classic reeds.

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.

Program

Erwin Schulhoff
Concertino for Flute, Viola, and Double Bass
Sergei Prokofiev
Quintet in G Minor, Op. 39

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