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Summer Sessions: YOGA + LIVE MUSIC

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Summer Sessions: YOGA + LIVE MUSIC

Sosnick Courtyard

Saturday, August 22—9:00am

Saturday, August 22—9:00am
45 minutes

Practice yoga outdoors to live music! A Detroit Yoga Lab certified instructor leads a limited-capacity socially distant group yoga session in the DSO’s Sosnick Courtyard open to all skill levels. Experience the bliss of warm summer air, and the sense of community that comes from safely enjoying live music and yoga with others. Namaste.

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 to learn more.

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Rachel Harding Klaus

Born in Chicago, Rachel studied violin with David and Linda Cerone at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where the faculty awarded her the coveted Joseph and Elsie Scharff Prize in Violin and the Dr. Jerome Gross Prize. Previous teachers have included Michael Avsharian, Steven Shipps and Sonja Foster.

In the fall of 2004, she won the concerto competition at the Cleveland Institute and performed the Bartok Concerto with the CIM Orchestra. In June of 2005, Rachel was a prizewinner in the International Irving M. Klein String Competition, Kingsville, and Stulber Competition. She was also the grand prize winner of the Corpus Christi International String Competition. She has soloed with various orchestras, including the Asheville, Kalamazoo, Corpus Christi and Colorado symphonies.

Rachel is an avid chamber music player and was a violinist for many years in the Harding Piano trio, along with her two sisters. The Harding Trio won prizes in the Fischoff, Coleman and ASTA chamber competitions. In 2009, Rachel won a position with the Colorado Symphony as Assistant Concert Master. In 2012, Rachel joined the DSO as a member of the second violins, moving to the first violin section the following year.

Gregory Staples

Thirty-year-old violinist Greg Staples joined the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in December 1999. A native Detroiter, Gregory returned to the Motor City from Atlanta, where he served in the First Violin section of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra since 1994. In the fall of 1998, Staples was appointed Acting Assistant Concertmaster of the Atlanta Symphony.

The son of former DSO Concertmaster Gordon Staples and longtime first violin section member Beatriz Budinsky, Gregory will now share the Orchestra Hall stage with both his mother and his former teacher, Principal Second violin Geoffrey Applegate. As winner of the Detroit Symphony Civic Orchestra’s concerto competition, Gregory soloed with the DSO in 1987 and again in 1993. In 1988, Gregory was one of seven American violinists chosen to participate in the first American-Soviet Youth Symphony, which toured the United States and the former Soviet Union.

A 1993 graduate of the Indiana University School of Music, where he earned an Artists’ Diploma, Gregory is also an avid chamber music enthusiast and performs on a 1775 Ferdinand Gagliano violin. Gregory has appeared with the Grosse Pointe Symphony Orchestra and the Birmingham Bloomfield Symphony, as well as at the Grand Teton Music Festival and the Holland Music Festival.

Mike Chen

Mike Chen received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Northwestern University, studying violin with Blair Milton. In 1999 he began playing the viola and studied with Li-kuo Chang. His other teachers included Michael Strauss, Peter Slowik, Keith Conant and Baird Dodge.

Mike was a member of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra from 2012 to 2018, a member of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra from 2003 to 2012, and prior to that, a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago from 1992 to 1995. He has performed with the Detroit Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, and Chicago Symphony. In 2017, Mike joined the Cincinnati Symphony on its European Festivals Tour.

He received a Master’s degree in Conducting at Northwestern University in 1999, studying with Victor Yampolsky and Mariusz Smolij. His other conducting teachers include Gilbert Varga, David Zinman, and Murry Sidlin.

Mike was a conducting fellow at the American Academy of Conducting in Aspen, Colorado in 2008. He has also served as Assistant Conductor of the Saint Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra, guest conductor of the Webster University Community Music School’s Young People’s Symphony Orchestra, and guest conductor of the Indianapolis Symphony Side-by-Side Orchestra.

Robert Bergman

Robert Bergman began his tenure with the DSO in the summer of 1989. He previously served as Assistant Principal Cello for two seasons with the Sacramento Symphony and has held the positions of Principal and Assistant Principal Cello of the Tanglewood Orchestra, Principal Cello with the Chicago Civic Orchestra, Assistant Principal of the Springfield (Mass.) and Hartford Symphonies.

Robert received his bachelor’s degree in 1986 from the Oberlin College Conservatory, studying cello under Richard Kapuscinski and piano with Joseph Schwartz. Also an accomplished pianist, Robert has served as dance accompanist for ballet and modern dance classes at Amherst College, Mt. Holyoke College, Smith College, Harvard University, University of Massachusetts (Amherst), and Oberlin College. When not performing, Robert enjoys teaching privately and cello building.