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Bach's Coffeehouse

Bach's Coffeehouse

Thursday, January 7—Sunday, January 10, 2021

Thursday, January 7—Sunday, January 10, 2021
West Bloomfield, Plymouth, Bloomfield Hills, Grosse Pointe
2 hours

Bach liked to let his hair down at Zimmermann's Coffeehouse in Leipzig, where he performed his own music as well as works by his most admired colleagues, like Telemann and Vivaldi. The DSO and conductor Jeannette Sorrell play the role of the Leipzig Collegium Musicum — Bach's lively coffeehouse orchestra.

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Program

TELEMANN
Selections from Burlesque de Quixotte (Don Quixote Suite)
BACH
Orchestral Suite No. 1 in C major, BWV 1066
BACH
Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B-flat major, BWV 1051
TELEMANN
Grillen-Symphonie. TMV 50:1 (“Whimsical/Cricket Symphony”)
VIVALDI (Arr. Jeannette Sorrell)
La folia (Madness), after Trio Sonata in D minor, Op. 1 No. 12

Artists

Jeannette Sorrell

conductor

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.

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.

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Other masters of the [baroque] style have been paying visits, but none has summoned up as much energy, enthusiasm, and excitement from the orchestra as Jeannette Sorrell ”

Twin Cities Pioneer Press
Vivaldi arr. Sorrell – "La Folia" ("Madness") – Apollo's Fire Live at Tanglewood
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