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Mendelssohn's "Italian" Symphony

Thursday, May 25—Sunday, May 28, 2023

Thursday, May 25—Sunday, May 28, 2023
West Bloomfield, Plymouth, Bloomfield Hills, Grosse Pointe
2 hours

Mendelssohn's "Italian" Symphony was inspired by a trip to the country that bears its name, and includes music inspired by local folk dances as well as a solemn religious procession the composer observed in Naples. Our very own Hai-Xin Wu performs Vieuxtemps’s Fifth Violin Concerto, a work that displays the full range of the instrument’s expressive capacity, from lilting lines to frenetic storms of rapid notes.

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Program

HENRI VIEUXTEMPS
Violin Concerto No. 5
FELIX MENDELSSOHN
Symphony No. 4, "Italian"

Artists

Hai-Xin Wu

Assistant 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.

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