DSO Digital Concerts


DSO Digital Concerts

Friday, October 16—7:30pm

Friday, October 16—7:30pm
Orchestra Hall
45 minutes

A DSO low brass quartet (Kenneth Thompkins, Principal Trombone; David Binder, Trombone; Ilan Morgenstern, Acting Bass Trombone; and Dennis Nulty, Principal Tuba) plays a variety of works, and Joseph Becker (Principal Percussion) and Andrés Pichardo-Rosenthal (Assistant Principal Percussion) offer up music for duo percussion.


Two Waltzes
Bach/arr. Sauer
Sinfonia No. 1
Ilja Reijngoud
The River Knows It All
Être, ou ne pas être (To Be, or Not To Be)
Gene Koshinski
As One


Kenneth Thompkins

Principal Trombone

Kenneth Thompkins was appointed Principal Trombone of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra by Neeme Järvi. Prior to this appointment, he held positions in the Buffalo Philharmonic and the Florida Orchestra and performed with the New World Symphony under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. A former participant in the Detroit Symphony’s African American Fellowship Program, he has been a mentor to several Orchestra Fellows over the years.

Kenneth has been invited to perform and conduct master classes at many music schools, including the Curtis Institute of Music, Mannes College, the University of Michigan, and Interlochen Arts Academy. An active chamber musician, Kenneth performs frequently in recital and is a member of Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings. Kenneth has performed concertos with both the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and New World Symphony.

Kenneth has toured Europe with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and has also performed with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, New York Philharmonic, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He can be heard on recordings by Detroit Chamber Winds, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. His solo trombone recording; Sonatas, Songs and Spirituals features the music of Alec Wilder, Philip Wharton, Stephen A. Taylor and William Grant Still. Sonatas, Songs and Spirituals is the winner of The American Prize in Instrumental Performance, 2018-19. He has also contributed a chapter to The Brass Player's Cookbook: Creative Recipes for a Successful Performance.

Kenneth received his bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University, where he studied with the late Frank Crisafulli of the Chicago Symphony, and a Master of Music degree from Temple University, where he studied with Eric Carlson of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

David Binder


David Binder joined the Detroit Symphony Orchestra as Second Trombone in September 2015. He previously served as Co-Principal Trombone of the Finnish National Opera in Helsinki, Finland for three seasons and currently performs with the Grand Teton Music Festival during summers. He has also performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings, Music of the Baroque (Chicago), the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Tapiola (Finland) Sinfonietta. As a soloist, David has performed recitals in Finland, Switzerland, and across the US; and has won solo competitions at the American Trombone Workshop, International Trombone Festival, and International Women’s Brass Conference.

David received a 2018 Kresge Artist Fellowship, awarded by Kresge Arts in Detroit, a program of The Kresge Foundation. The Fellowship is awarded in recognition of a demonstrated track record of artistic achievement and high quality work, and the potential to reflect, enhance, or impact communities within metropolitan Detroit. During the Fellowship year, David performed recitals of contemporary works for solo trombone and chamber ensemble.

A Chicago native, he completed his Bachelor’s degree with Brass Department Honors at Northwestern University, studying with Michael Mulcahy, Peter Ellefson, Timothy Higgins, and Randall Hawes. While at Northwestern, he was also a regular member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and studied additionally with Jay Friedman. During his time in Europe, David travelled extensively to study with prominent trombonists on the continent, including Ian Bousfield and Jamie Williams.

David has quickly become sought after as a teacher, presenting masterclasses at Northwestern University, University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and Indiana University. In Detroit he maintains a private studio and is heavily involved in the DSO Civic Youth Ensembles program, leading rehearsals and sectionals for low brass students.

Dennis Nulty


Dennis J. Nulty joined the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in 2009.

Joseph Becker

Principal Percussion

A native of Rhode Island, Joseph Becker was appointed Principal Percussion of the Detroit Symphony in 2012. Prior to his time in Michigan, he was a member of the Jacksonville Symphony. He has played with many orchestras—including the Boston Symphony, National Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Oregon Symphony, and Kansas City Symphony.

Joseph completed his bachelor’s degree from the New England Conservatory of Music, studying with Frank Epstein and Will Hudgins; as well as his master’s degree from Boston University, studying with Tim Genis. A Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center from 2008 to 2009, he is an avid chamber music performer and a member of New Music Detroit.

Andrés Pichardo-Rosenthal

Assistant Principal Percussion

Born in Managua, Nicaragua and raised in Los Angeles, Andrés Pichardo-Rosenthal began piano lessons at the age of six and percussion at age 11. He received his undergraduate degree at Rice University, his masters at the University of Southern California and completed his education at the New England Conservatory.

Andrés has performed with esteemed orchestras around the country, such as the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the New world Symphony and the Hawaii Symphony—to name a few. Additionally, he has performed on motion picture scores in Los Angeles and musical theater shows in Houston. Andrés joined the DSO in September of 2014.


Packages begin January 2021, plus get FREE access to all DSO Digital Concerts




Donate $125 or more and unlock access to all DSO Digital Concerts.

Our Stories

View All
Artwork for Growing Roots

Growing Roots

Explore Story
Artwork for Between 2 Stands

Between 2 Stands

Explore Story