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Summer Sessions: DSO Outdoors

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Summer Sessions: DSO Outdoors

Wednesday, July 21, 2021—7:00pm

Wednesday, July 21, 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

Adrien Barthe
Passacaille
Malcolm Arnold
Three See Shanties
Carl Nielsen
Wind Quintet, Op. 43, Mvt. I
Ludwig van Beethoven
Rondo in F from Piano Sonata, Op. 10, No. 2
August Klughardt
Wind Quintet, Op. 79, Mvt. I
Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Flight of the Bumblebee
Julio Medaglia
Belle Epoch en Sud America I. & II.
Valerie Coleman
Umoja
Leonard Bernstein
Candide Overture

Artists

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.

Sarah Lewis

Assistant Principal Oboe

Prior to her time at the DSO, Sarah served as Second Oboe of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. She has made guest appearances with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony, and Lansing Symphony Orchestra.

A native of Petoskey, Michigan, Sarah made weekly trips to the Interlochen Arts Academy during high school to study with Daniel Stolper. She completed her undergraduate degree at Michigan State University, studying with Jan Eberle, where she was awarded the Louis Sudler Prize for outstanding achievement in the Arts.

Under the tutelage of Nathan Hughes, Sarah received her Master’s Degree from The Juilliard School, with additional studies from Elaine Douvas, Pedro Diaz, and Linda Strommen. Sarah also participated in the Chautauqua Music Festival and the Tanglewood Music Festival, where she was a recipient of the Mickey L. Hooten Memorial Award.

Sarah now spends her summer months performing the roles of Second Oboe and English Horn in the Festival Napa Valley and the Classical Tahoe Orchestra in Nevada. Sarah is also passionate about music education, as she enjoys teaching oboe privately and has served as guest lecturer at Michigan State University and the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.

When she is not playing the oboe or making reeds, Ms. Lewis enjoys yoga, baking, and hiking with her adventurous husband, McLain.

Ralph Skiano

Principal Clarinet

Known for his beautiful sound and expressive playing, Ralph Skiano was appointed principal clarinetist of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in 2014 after having served in the same position in the Richmond Symphony and the Des Moines Metro Opera. He has also appeared as guest principal clarinetist of the Seattle Symphony, the Cincinnati Symphony, and the Cleveland Orchestra.

Ralph has been involved in numerous music festivals, including the Mainly Mozart Festival, The Peninsula Music Festival, the Britt Music Festival, Festival Lyrique-en-Mer, and the Tanglewood Music Center. As a soloist, he has been featured with ensembles in the United States, France, Germany, and Switzerland. In 2010, Ralph was a guest artist at the Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium and he was a featured soloist with the Baton Rouge Symphony at the 2014 International Clarinet Association Convention. Ralph appeared as a soloist several times with the Richmond Symphony, most notably performing Concerti by Mozart, Weber, and Copland. He made his Detroit solo debut with the DSO in March of 2015, performing Mozart's Concerto for Clarinet.

Ralph has served on the faculty of the schools of music at James Madison University and the College of William and Mary, and has presented masterclasses at UVA, Towson University, Louisiana State University, California State University Northridge, Michigan State University, Northwestern University, and the University of Maryland.

Under the guidance of Richard Hawley, Ralph completed his BM at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in 2002.

Michael Ke Ma

Acting Principal Bassoon

Michael Ke Ma started his professional career in 2000 when he was appointed Principal Bassoon of the Shanghai Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra (now the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra). In 2004, he was appointed the Assistant Principal Bassoon of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra by Neeme Järvi, making him the first Chinese wind player to earn such a title in a major US orchestra.

Michael was born in Shanghai, where he started violin lessons at the age of 5. After switching from violin to bassoon for only six months at age 11, he was accepted by the Shanghai Conservatory of Music to study with Professors Zhun Zhao, Zhi-Hong Song and Zhao-Lu Liu. In 2001, he was invited by Stephen Maxym, former Principal Bassoon of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, to study in the US under a full scholarship at the University of Southern California. He was Stephen's last recruit, and upon his passing, Michael continued his studies with Judith Farmer, former Principal Bassoon of the Austrian Radio Orchestra.

Since then, Michael has given solo recitals, chamber music and orchestral performances at many music festivals and venues around the globe, including the Banff Center for the Arts, Idyllwild Arts Summer Program, Sunflower Chamber Music Festival in Kansas, Asian Youth Orchestra, Spoleto USA Festival Orchestra, Beijing International Music Festival, Shanghai International Arts Festival, and the Tongyeong International Music Festival in Korea. Michael recently served as Principal Bassoon of the Global Chinese Festival Orchestra and was invited by Maestro Myung-whun Chung to play with the Asia Philharmonic Orchestra, based in Korea and comprising elite musicians worldwide. In 2015, Michael spent 2 months with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra as their Guest Principal Bassoon. He has also made guest appearances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in its 2010-2011 season. Michael has been interviewed by the Shanghai OTV and Detroit Fox2News, and his performances can often be heard on the radio at KUSC and K-MZT in Los Angeles; and WRCJ 90.9 and WWJ 950 AM in Detroit.

A dedicated teacher, Michael is very active in music education. He has taught master classes at Interlochen Arts Academy, participated in the Professional Panel at Michigan State University, coached private students at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and Macau Youth Symphony Orchestra, and worked with the DSO's own Civic ensembles. He has regularly been invited by Yongyan Hu, Dean of the EOS Orchestra Academy of the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, and Long Yu, President of the Shanghai Orchestra Academy in Shanghai, to give master classes to their students.

Michael has collaborated with luminaries such as Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Charles Dutoit, Lang Lang, John Williams, Fabio Luisi, Paavo Järvi, Kathleen Battle, Placido Domingo, and the late Kurt Masur. He currently travels between Detroit and Shanghai, where Maestro Long Yu invited him to be the guest principal with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra.

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