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Summer Sessions: DSO Outdoors

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Summer Sessions: DSO Outdoors

Wednesday, July 14, 2021—7:00pm

Wednesday, July 14, 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)

Program

Haydn
Lark
Steve Reich
Different Trains

Artists

Hai-Xin Wu

Acting Associate Concertmaster

Violinist Hai-Xin Wu joined the Detroit Symphony Orchestra violin section in July 1995 and was appointed Assistant Concertmaster of the DSO in June 2004. He previously performed throughout the United States, Europe and his native China.

At the age of 12, Hai-Xin was selected as the violin soloist of the Chinese Young Artists’ group to tour the former Yugoslavia. In May 1995, he made his Carnegie Hall debut in New York City, performing the Paganini Violin Concerto with the New York Concert Senior Orchestra. Hai-Xin was also featured as soloist with the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra for its 25th Anniversary Gala Concert in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center; with the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra on its recording and Midwest tour; and with Bergen Philharmonic (New Jersey), among others.

Hai-Xin has won competitions including the Waldo Mayo Violin Competition, the Friends of Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra Competition and the Manhattan School of Music Concerto Competition. He also won a special prize in the 2002 Lipizer International Competition. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music as a scholarship student of Ariana Bronne.

In addition to performing with the DSO, Hai-Xin often plays with various chamber groups, such as the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings and the Cuttime Players. From 1998-2001, he was a member of the Sonnet String Quartet as quartet-in-residence at Oakland University. He is currently an adjunct faculty member in the Wayne State University Music Department and a violin and chamber music coach with the Detroit Civic Orchestra.

Alexander Volkov

Second Violin

A native of Athens Greece, Russian violinist Alexander Volkov joined the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in 2020. 

Alexander studied with Professor Atis Bankas and Peter Seminovs at the Phil and Eli Taylor Academy for Young Artists as well as the Glenn Gould School in Toronto. He was a recipient of The Ihnatowycz Emerging Artist Scholarships, receiving full scholarship for his degree.

During the pursuit of his degree in Violin Performance, Alexander participated in a variety of festivals, competitions and training programs. Over several years, he won first prizes in Kiwanis, Leons, North York festivals. In addition, he was a three-time first-place winner of the Canadian Music Competition and was awarded the grand prize in 2013. The following year, he won the Glenn Gould Concerto Competition where he performed the Brahms Violin Concerto with the Royal Conservatory Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Leon Fleisher. He also frequently performed as a soloist with the Cathedral Bluffs Symphony, York Symphony, and Aurora Chamber Ensemble and Sherbrooke Symphony Orchestra.

Alexander participated in prestigious orchestra-training festivals such as the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California, Leonard Bernstein’s Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival in Germany (twice), and the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan (thrice). These training programs led him to perform as a fellow at the New York Philharmonic and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Most notably, he trained at the Institute for Orchestral Studies at the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, Canada. 

Prior to joining the symphony, Alexander held section violin positions at the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto, Canada and Quebec Symphony Orchestra in Quebec City, Canada. He was a frequent substitute violinist at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. He owes his achievements to his parents, who are graduates of the Moscow Conservatory and have extensive musical backgrounds.

James VanValkenburg

Assistant Principal Viola

Currently Assistant Principal Violist of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, James VanValkenburg came to orchestral playing after a satisfying career in chamber music. As a founding member of the International String Quartet, he toured the world with concerts in Europe, the Far East, South America, as well as the U.S. The quartet won several notable prizes, including the Munich Competition, East & West Artists of New York, and was the first winner of the Premier Grand Prix at the International Chamber Music Competition of Evian, France.

Since joining the DSO in 1986, Jim has participated in several summer festivals including Lockenhaus, Newport, Strings in the Mountains as well as the American String Project in Seattle in 2011. He served as Principal Violist of the Bellingham, WA music festival in 2012 and 2013 and of the Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra in 2014. In 2016 he was soloist with the University of Michigan Band, an ensemble his father played in over 60 years earlier.

A graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy and Indiana University School of Music, he has enjoyed chamber music collaborations with many of his favorite musicians, among them Menahem Pressler, Gidon Kremer, Mischa Maisky, David Shifrin, and Isaac Stern. Recent recordings include a violin, viola duet of William Bolcom, Piano Quartets of Franz Waxman and the Stravinsky Septet, on Koch, and the Beethoven Septet on Philips.

Jim is in demand as a soloist and chamber musician, becoming the first violist to be a permanent member of Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings in 2004, and appeared as soloist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in 2005, 2013 and 2014. He performs on a rare viola by Antonio Ungarini of Fabriano, Italy, made in 1740.

Jim has been happily married to Farah since 1986. They have two sons. Noah is working as a manager for a large firm in Philadelphia and Eliot is a data analyst for a tech company in Boston. Jim spends much of his free time training for Ironman Triathlons and has started and completed five, including Ironman Hawaii in 2004.

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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