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Summer Sessions: DSO Outdoors

Sosnick Courtyard
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Summer Sessions: DSO Outdoors

Sosnick Courtyard

Wednesday, August 19—7:00pm

Wednesday, August 19—7:00pm
1 hour

Join us for an outdoor, socially distant chamber music performance at Sosnick Courtyard. 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.

General admission is free, but ticket reservations are required. VIP experiences offering reserved seating near the stage are also available for $100 (2 people) and $200 (4 people).

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 receiving a temperature check upon entry. Please visit dso.org/summer to learn more.

Program

Puccini
I Crisantemi
Gardel
"Por una Cabeza"
Mozart
Divertimento in D major, K. 136

Artists

Hai-Xin Wu

Acting Associate 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.

Mingzhao Zhou

First Violin

Born in Guangyuan, China, Mingzhao Zhou began studying violin at age 4 under her father’s guidance. Five years later, she was accepted to the prestigious Shanghai Conservatory. In 2001, she came to the US to study with Lucie Robert at Mannes College of Music on a full scholarship and continued her studies for a master’s degree at The Juilliard School with Robert Mann. She has performed in master classes held by renowned violinists such as Ruggiero Ricci, Midori Goto, Cho-Liang Lin and Pamela Frank.

Mingzhao has won a variety of awards, including first prize of the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Young Artist Competition, first prize of Mannes Violin Concerto Competition, and third prize of the Bergen Philharmonic Concerto Competition. Since her solo debut performing Mozart Violin Concerto No. 4 and Bach Violin Concerto in A Minor with the Sichuan Youth Orchestra of China at age 8, she has performed actively in chamber music and has appeared as soloist with Texas Music Festival Orchestra, Mannes Orchestra, California Chamber Orchestra and Camerata New York Orchestra. She has participated in music festivals such as Verbier Festival Youth Orchestra in Switzerland, Music Academy of the West in California and Texas Music Festival.

Before joining DSO, Mingzhao served as a violinist in the San Diego Symphony and Albany Symphony Orchestra.

Han Zheng

Viola

Han Zheng was born in Guangdong Shantou, China, where he was raised in a home often filled with the sounds of classical music. His father, Goumin, was a professional violinist who performed with local ensembles. He became Han’s first music teacher.

Han’s father saw promise in his young son and sent him to Guangzhou, China, at age 12 to study music with violinist Dong He of the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra. At 14, Han entered the Guangzhou Conservatory of Music, where he took up the viola simply because the school needed a violist. He later continued his viola studies at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. In 1988, Han enrolled in the Central Conservatory of Music in the former Inner City of Beijing.

While a student at the conservatory, Zheng was appointed Principal Viola of the China Youth Symphony Orchestra. He performed with the orchestra throughout China, as well as in Indonesia, Hong Kong and Taiwan. It was with the youth symphony that Han made his solo debut. In 1992, he joined the China National Symphony Orchestra, which was sanctioned by the Ministry of Culture as the nation’s primary symphony orchestra.

In 1997, Han came to the United States to further his music career. The following year, he entered the Music Conservatory at Roosevelt University’s College of Performing Arts in Chicago. Soon after, Han auditioned for and won the position of Principal Viola with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra. In the 1999-2000 season, Han began substituting with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. When a viola position with the DSO opened up, he auditioned and won the seat in September 2001. He and his wife, Xuan Yang, a flutist he met in Beijing, moved to Detroit shortly after he won the DSO audition. In his spare time, he enjoys home decorating, gardening and spending time with his wife and son, Caleb.

Úna O'Riordan

Cello

First-generation Irish-American cellist Úna Fionnuala O'Riordan was born in the Chicago suburbs and began playing the cello at 4 years old, after hearing a string instrument demonstration in her kindergarten class. When her family moved to the Washington, D.C. area, she continued her musical education and went on to attend the Interlochen Arts Camp as an Emerson Scholar. Her experiences at Interlochen, plus the opportunity to perform for Mstislav Rostropovich at the 1992 Kennedy Center Honors Ceremony, encouraged her to seek a career as a professional musician. She went on to receive a Bachelor of Music with Distinction from the Eastman School of Music, where she was named an Arts Leadership Scholar.

As a recipient of the Eckstein Grant, Úna did her graduate studies at the Northwestern University School of Music, and performed with the Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra as the concerto competition winner. While completing her master's degree, she was also Co-Principal of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, working under the batons of Daniel Barenboim and Pierre Boulez.

A fellowship recipient at the Aspen and Meadowmount music schools, she has performed both orchestral and chamber music in major concert halls across the United States, Europe and Asia, including Carnegie Hall, Los Angeles’ Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Berlin Philharmonic and the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Her principal teachers include Hans Jørgen Jensen, Pamela Frame, Alan Harris and Loren Stephenson, and she has performed in master classes for Janos Starker and Yo-Yo Ma, among other esteemed pedagogues.

Since her appointment to the DSO in 2007, Úna has enjoyed performing chamber music all around Michigan, on series such as Pro Mozart, Classical Brunch in Birmingham, and Enescu, as well as at the Universities of Michigan and Wayne State, and Kerrytown Concert House. As a member of the contemporary music ensemble New Music Detroit, she has performed at Detroit’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCAD), the Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit (CAID), and the Bohemian National Home.

Passionate about music education, Úna has been on the faculty for the DSO’s Power of Dreams String Project, and regularly coaches both chamber music and cello sectionals for the DSO's Civic Program. In 2011-12, Úna was the cellist for the Fusion Project, a series of school presentations fusing music and photography inspired by the city of Detroit.

In her free time, Úna is a passionate traveler and enjoys photographing her adventures, including an especially memorable trek to Machu Picchu in 2011. Úna performs on a cello made by Carl Becker and Son, 1954.

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