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Summer Sessions: DSO Outdoors

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Summer Sessions: DSO Outdoors

Tuesday, July 27, 2021—7:00pm

Tuesday, July 27, 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 for more information.

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


Rachel Harding Klaus

First Violin

Born in Chicago, Rachel studied violin with David and Linda Cerone at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where the faculty awarded her the coveted Joseph and Elsie Scharff Prize in Violin and the Dr. Jerome Gross Prize. Previous teachers have included Michael Avsharian, Steven Shipps and Sonja Foster.

In the fall of 2004, she won the concerto competition at the Cleveland Institute and performed the Bartok Concerto with the CIM Orchestra. In June of 2005, Rachel was a prizewinner in the International Irving M. Klein String Competition, Kingsville, and Stulber Competition. She was also the grand prize winner of the Corpus Christi International String Competition. She has soloed with various orchestras, including the Asheville, Kalamazoo, Corpus Christi and Colorado symphonies.

Rachel is an avid chamber music player and was a violinist for many years in the Harding Piano trio, along with her two sisters. The Harding Trio won prizes in the Fischoff, Coleman and ASTA chamber competitions. In 2009, Rachel won a position with the Colorado Symphony as Assistant Concert Master. In 2012, Rachel joined the DSO as a member of the second violins, moving to the first violin section the following year.

Adrienne Rönmark

First Violin

Violinist Adrienne Rönmark holds a Master’s degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and a Bachelor’s degree with Honors from The University of Michigan. She served as Assistant and Associate Concertmaster of the Ann Arbor Symphony from 1999-2007, and since 2008 is a member of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s 1st Violin section.

An avid solo and chamber musician, Adrienne has been featured as soloist with the Detroit Symphony on several occasions, as well as the Warren, Birmingham-Bloomfield, Grosse Pointe, and Southern Great Lakes Symphony Orchestras. Her chamber music collaborations have taken her across the globe with artists such as Pinchas Zukerman, Nigel Kennedy, and the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings. Notably, Adrienne is a founding member of New Music Detroit (a dynamic contemporary music collective), the Gamar Duo (with her mother, DSO cellist, Debra Fayroian), and the Great Waters Quartet.

Outside of her performances, Adrienne maintains a private studio of violin students in Troy, where she lives with her husband and three children.

Shanda Lowery-Sachs


Shanda Lowery-Sachs was born in Porterville, CA--a small agricultural area in the central part of the state. At age 4, she picked up two hobbies that have remained important throughout her life: tennis and music. Her father, a math teacher and tennis enthusiast, taught her how to swing a racquet, while her mother, a cellist from a musical family, started her on violin and piano.

After graduating high school from Michigan’s famed Interlochen Arts Academy in 1990, Shanda enrolled at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA. As her musical skills on violin continually improved, however, she turned her focus towards music. She later met the school’s viola teacher and expressed an interest in learning it on the side. Borrowing an instrument from the school, she played it only occasionally. When friends heard her impressive ability, they encouraged her to make it her primary focus.

Earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Music in 1994, Shanda purchased a viola and began graduate studies, first at the University of Maryland and later at Rice University in Houston, where she was Principal Viola in the school’s orchestra. Following graduation in 1997, she performed as a member of New York’s Hudson Valley Philharmonic; with the Virginia Symphony as Assistant Principal; and, prior to her Detroit move, with the Rochester Philharmonic in New York.

Shanda joined the DSO in July 2001.

Peter McCaffrey


Peter McCaffrey has been a member of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra cello section since 2012.

Prior to joining the DSO, Peter served as principal cellist of the Louisville Orchestra and of the South Florida Symphony. Since moving to Detroit, Peter has become an advocate for the roll that the arts can play in helping to revitalize a city. He is frequently found performing in schools, hospitals, retirement homes, bars, religious institutions, and was featured in a National Geographic video about the comeback of Detroit.

Peter has soloed with many orchestras, including subscription concerts with the Louisville Orchestra, the Royal Oak Symphony and the Windy City String Ensemble while on tour in Australia. As a chamber musician, Peter has had the opportunity to travel around the country and abroad performing in concert series and music festivals. His college string quartet was a finalist in the Coleman International Chamber Music Competition, and he currently performs with the Great Waters String quartet made up of fellow DSO musicians.

Peter earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in cello performance from the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California. His primary teachers have been Eleonore Schoenfeld, Gerard Mantel, Richard Hirschl, and Gilda Barston. Peter performs on an 1880 Postiglione cello.


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