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DSO Chamber Ensemble

Tuesday, July 20, 2021—7:00pm

Tuesday, July 20, 2021—7:00pm
1 hour

Practice yoga outdoors to live music performed by DSO ensembles! A Detroit Yoga Lab certified instructor leads a limited-capacity socially distant group yoga session in the DSO’s Sosnick Courtyard open to all skill levels. Experience the bliss of warm summer air, and the sense of community that comes from safely enjoying live music and yoga with others. Namaste.

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.

General Admission - $20


Amanda Blaikie

Second Flute

Amanda Blaikie is known for her sparkling tone and sensitive, expressive musicality. She was appointed 2nd Flute of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra by Leonard Slatkin in 2015, previously holding the position of Principal Flute with both the Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra and the Sarasota Opera in Florida. Other previous orchestral positions include Principal Flute with the Miami City Ballet and the Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra. She has also performed extensively with the New York Philharmonic, including a Live from Lincoln Center television broadcast, Carnegie Hall performances, and a European Tour.

Amanda regularly performs chamber music with organizations including Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings, Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, New Music Detroit, Cut-Time Players, and the WRCJ Classical Brunch Series. As a soloist, highlights include performing concerti with the Allegro Chamber Orchestra, a solo performance at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, and numerous solo performances at the 2018 National Flute Association Convention in Orlando.

Amanda earned a Professional Studies Degree at the Manhattan School of Music under the tutelage of Robert Langevin, Principal Flutist of the New York Philharmonic. She also received a MM in Flute Performance from the University of Miami where she studied with Christine Nield-Capote and Jenny Robinson, and a BA in Music from Principia College where she studied with flutist and pianist Dr. Marie Jureit-Beamish.

Passionate about teaching and educating, Amanda is a Flute Instructor at Oakland University and is actively involved in the DSO’s Community and Educational Outreach Programs. She teaches and coaches privately, helping advanced flutists with audition preparation, and presents public masterclasses on orchestral excerpts. In the summer of 2019, Amanda was a flute faculty member at the Pacific Music Institute in Hawaii, where she taught and performed.

Laurence Liberson

Assistant Principal Clarinet and E-Flat Clarinet

A native of Detroit, Laurence Liberson has been Assistant Principal Clarinet and E-flat Clarinetist of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra since 1981.

His early training on the clarinet began at the age of 10 with Detroit-area clarinetist Nicholas Cannici. Subsequent studies were with Herbert Couf, former Principal Clarinet of the DSO, William Stubbins at the University of Michigan, and Paul Schaller—also a former DSO Principal Clarinet. Liberson received his Bachelor’s Degree in Clarinet Performance from the University of Michigan.

Prior to his appointment to the DSO, Laurence served as Principal Clarinet of the Grand Rapids Symphony for five seasons. There he was often featured in solo and chamber works. He has also soloed with the DSO on a number of occasions.

Active in the Detroit area as a recitalist and a chamber musician, Laurence has been a member of Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings since its inception in 1982, and has participated in the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, Casals Festival, the Lucerne Easter Music Festival, and the Bravo! Colorado Music Festival. Additionally, he teaches privately and has presented master classes in clarinet and chamber music throughout the US.

In his spare time, Laurence enjoys reading, films, crossword puzzles, bicycling, skiing, in-line skating and cooking. His greatest claim to fame, however, other than his family (wife Judy, daughter Shaina, son-in-law Matt, and grandsons Connor and Deacon), is taking second prize in a statewide chocolate cake-baking contest.

Jeremy Crosmer


Jeremy Crosmer is a remarkable young artist—both as a cellist and a composer. He completed multiple graduate degrees from the University of Michigan in cello, composition and theory pedagogy, and received his D.M.A. in 2012 at age 24. From 2012 to 2017 he served as the Assistant Principal cellist in the Grand Rapids Symphony, and joined the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in May of 2017.

Jeremy is the composer and arranger for the GRS Music for Health Initiative, which pairs symphonic musicians with music therapists to bring classical music to hospitals. In March of 2017 the Helen DeVos Children's Hospital launched a music channel that runs continuously, using four hours of meditative music composed by Jeremy and performed by musicians of the GRS.

Jeremy is a founding member of the modern music ensemble Latitude 49. He is also a current member of the band ESME—a duo that aims to broaden the education of classical music by bringing crossovers and mashups of pop and classical music to schools throughout Michigan. ESME released its first CD in December of 2016.

In April of 2013 Jeremy toured London with the Grand Valley State University Chamber Orchestra, performing the Boccherini G Major Concerto, No. 7. He performed the Vivaldi Double Concerto with Alicia Eppinga and the GRS in March of 2016. While still in school, Jeremy was awarded the prestigious Theodore Presser Graduate Music Award to publish, record and perform his Crosmer-Popper duets. He recorded the duets with Julie Albers, and both sheet music and CD recordings are available online.

Jeremy has taught music theory, pre-calculus and cello at universities across Michigan. He draws mazes, writes science fiction and plays good old country fiddle in his spare time.

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