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Summer Sessions: DSO Outdoors

Dequindre Cut Freight Yard
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Summer Sessions: DSO Outdoors

Dequindre Cut Freight Yard

Sunday, August 16—12:00pm

Sunday, August 16—12:00pm
1 hour

Join us for an outdoor, socially distant chamber music performance at Dequindre Cut Freight Yard, made possible by a partnership with Detroit Riverfront Conservancy. Experience the talent of DSO musicians, the bliss of warm summer air, and the sense of community that comes from enjoying live music with others.

Admission is free, but advance registration is encouraged.

The health and safety of our patrons, musicians, and staff is our top priority. Event attendees will be required to follow protocols that keep us all safe, including wearing a mask at all times and practicing social distancing. Please visit dso.org/summer to learn more.

Hannah Hammel

Principal

Hannah Hammel is the recently appointed Principal Flute of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Before joining the DSO, she held the position of Principal Flute of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra from 2017-2019.

As an orchestral musician, Hannah has performed with the New York Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, Houston Grand Opera, Richmond Symphony, and New World Symphony. Hannah has spent summers performing at festivals including Tanglewood Music Center, Music Academy of the West, Pacific Music Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, and Round Top Music Festival.

An active solo flutist, Hannah has won first place in the 2016 National Flute Association's Young Artist Competition, 2016 Houston Flute Club Byron Hester Competition, the 2015 Atlanta Flute Association Young Artist Competition, the 2014 National Flute Association Orchestral Excerpt Competition, 2013 Central Ohio Flute Association Collegiate Division Competition and second place in the 2013 Mid-South Flute Society’s Young Artist Competition among others.

A native of Richmond, VA, Hannah began studying the flute with her mother, Alice Hammel. She holds a BM in flute performance and a minor in music theory from The Oberlin Conservatory (2015) where she studied with Alexa Still. She graduated with her MM in flute performance in 2017 from Rice University's Shepherd School of Music as a student of Leone Buyse.

Alexander Kinmonth

Principal Oboe

Alex Kinmonth has recently been appointed Principal Oboe of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra by Leonard Slatkin and can be heard on the DSO’s most recent recordings of Tchaikovsky’s Symphonies 1, 2, 4 and 6. He is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where he studied with Nathan Hughes of the Metropolitan Opera.

Alex has substituted in the Metropolitan Opera on both oboe and English horn and in the Charleston (SC) Symphony Orchestra. This summer Alex participated in the Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego CA, and the Tanglewood Music Festival in Lenox, MA. In previous summers he has attended the Music Academy of the West, the Round Top Institute, and the Aspen Festival, where he received a fellowship in 2014. He also participated in the prestigious New York String Orchestra Seminar at Carnegie Hall in 2013.

Alex is a winner of the Professional Musicians Club of Boston’s award for "Outstanding Achievement." During his time in New York, Alex performed operas, orchestral works and new music with the Juilliard Orchestra and New Juilliard Ensemble, working with noted conductors such as James Levine, Kurt Masur, and Jaap Van Zweden.

Alex grew up in a musical household in Carlisle, MA, choosing to play violin at age 5 and oboe at age 9. From a young age, he has pursued orchestral, solo and chamber music interests, playing with the Boston Youth Symphony, the New York Youth Symphony, and winning awards from the Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors Association, Philharmonic Society of Arlington, and Concord (MA) Orchestra. His former teachers include John Ferrillo and Laura Ahlbeck.

Although music is the main focus of Alex’s life, he also enjoys a balance of athletic, social, and academic interests. He participated in the 2010 National Junior Olympics for fencing, and enjoys soccer and downhill mountain biking. He is also the winner of a National Gold Key Award in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards’ Short Story category.

Ralph Skiano

Principal Clarinet

Known for his beautiful sound and expressive playing, Ralph Skiano was appointed principal clarinetist of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in 2014 after having served in the same position in the Richmond Symphony and the Des Moines Metro Opera. He has also appeared as guest principal clarinetist of the Seattle Symphony, the Cincinnati Symphony, and the Cleveland Orchestra.

Ralph has been involved in numerous music festivals, including the Mainly Mozart Festival, The Peninsula Music Festival, the Britt Music Festival, Festival Lyrique-en-Mer, and the Tanglewood Music Center. As a soloist, he has been featured with ensembles in the United States, France, Germany, and Switzerland. In 2010, Ralph was a guest artist at the Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium and he was a featured soloist with the Baton Rouge Symphony at the 2014 International Clarinet Association Convention. Ralph appeared as a soloist several times with the Richmond Symphony, most notably performing Concerti by Mozart, Weber, and Copland. He made his Detroit solo debut with the DSO in March of 2015, performing Mozart's Concerto for Clarinet.

Ralph has served on the faculty of the schools of music at James Madison University and the College of William and Mary, and has presented masterclasses at UVA, Towson University, Louisiana State University, California State University Northridge, Michigan State University, Northwestern University, and the University of Maryland.

Under the guidance of Richard Hawley, Ralph completed his BM at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in 2002.

Robert Williams

Principal Bassoon

Robert Williams has been the Principal Bassoonist of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra since September of 1974. Prior to that he was Principal Bassoonist of the Winnipeg Symphony, Winnipeg CBC Orchestra, Colorado Philharmonic and Tucson Symphony. He has also played engagements with the Minnesota Orchestra and Boston Symphony.

In addition to his duties at the Detroit Symphony, Robert plays in the DSO Bassoon Quartet, the DSO Woodwind Quintet and the Bellingham Festival of Music. He teaches at Wayne State University and has been on the music faculties of the Aspen Music School and Festival, the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, the Grand Teton Orchestra Training Institute, Claremont Music Festival and the Utah Music Festival.

Robert has been a featured guest artist throughout the United States. He can be heard on all of the DSO recordings conducted by former Music Director Antal Dorati, including the award-winning Rite of Spring and on the Chandos recordings led by Neeme Järvi. Fox Products released his Neo-Bubonic Bassoon Quartet recording in 2003; and his CD of the works of Julius Weissenborn for bassoon and piano was released in 2006.

A native of Tucson, AZ, Robert graduated with honors from the University of Arizona and did post graduate work at the University of Southern California. His major bassoon teachers included Wendal Jones, Leonard Sharrow, and Norman Herzberg.

Robert lives in Northville with his wife, former DSO English hornist Treva Womble. When not practicing or making reeds, he enjoys astronomy and biking. Bob is the owner of Womble/Williams Double Reeds—a home business that specializes in bassoons, cane and supplies. His website is www.womblewilliams.net.

Robert plays on a Fox model 601 bassoon, serial number 55,555—built in South Whitley, IN, in 2012.

Karl Pituch

Principal Horn

Karl Pituch was named Principal Horn of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in May, 2000. Before joining the DSO, Karl was Associate Principal Horn with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Principal Horn with the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra, the Jacksonville Symphony and the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra. He served as a guest Principal Horn for the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Chautauqua Festival Orchestra and the Grand Teton Festival Orchestra.

Karl can be heard on many recordings with the Detroit, Dallas, San Francisco and Honolulu Symphony Orchestras, on the DSO’s Live from Orchestra Hall webcasts and as soloist with the Detroit Symphony in the John Williams horn concerto and Kerry Turner horn concerto.

Karl was the grand prize winner at the 1989 American Solo Horn Competition and has been a finalist at many other solo competitions. As a soloist, Karl has performed with orchestras in Japan, Hawaii, Colorado, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Ohio, Indiana, Florida and Michigan. He has been a frequent guest artist at numerous horn conferences and serves as a board member and judge at the International Horn Competition of America. An active chamber musician, Karl has recorded with The DSO Wind Quintet and the Spring Wind Quintet, toured many times with the American Horn Quartet, and participated in chamber music festivals in Marlboro, Vermont; Crested Butte, Colorado; Kapalua, Maui; Kazusa, Japan and Freden, Germany (with the American Horn Quartet).

Karl is currently the horn instructor at Wayne State University. He has taught at the University of Hawaii and has given master classes across the U. S. He is a co-founder, along with Denise Tryon, of Audition Mode, an annual horn seminar specializing in audition preparation. Karl earned his degree from the University of Toledo where he studied with Mary Kihslinger. He also studied with Froydis Wekre and Dale Clevenger.

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