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Musical Feasts

The DSO cordially invites you to experience the exquisite artistry of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in a uniquely intimate way, as generous patrons open their homes to host exclusive, private dinner parties featuring fine dining and magnificent performances by DSO musicians. Thanks to the hosts and to the musicians, who are donating their services, all proceeds from the Musical Feasts will benefit the DSO and its mission.

Each feast promises different musical, culinary, and architectural marvels to hear, taste, and behold, and you are invited! Make reservations for as many feasts as you wish. All feasts are limited in number of guests and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Musical Feasts: Detroit

Past Feasts


Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at 6 PM

Hosted at the Birmingham residence of Gretchen and Ethan Davidson, this eclectic feast will embrace the Aryuvedic Indian system of natural healing that encourages mindful eating practices, and whole, unprocessed foods. Guests will experience a coursed meal with this ancient tradition in mind, catered by Annabel Cohen Cooks Detroit, with health-boosting libations to complement. The mind-body balance will be fulfilled with a performance that echoes the restorative powers of the meal, led by Principal Clarinet Ralph Skiano.

Ralph Skiano, principal clarinet; Jennifer Wey Fang, assistant concertmaster violin; Sheryl Hwangbo, violin; Jim VanValkenburg, assistant principal viola; Peter McCaffrey, cello

• Type of Feast: Dinner     • Attire: Casual     • Capacity: 25    • Parking: Valet

MusiciansBloomfield Hills

Sunday, Dec 9, 2018 at 11 AM

Get in the Holiday spirit at the home of Patrick & Laura Fenton. The halls are decked with ten themed Christmas trees featuring everything from White House festivities to vintage Biederman ornament collections. A festive selection of music will be performed by Assistant Principal flutist, Sharon Sparrow; Amanda Blaikie, flute; and Assistant Principal cellist, Abe Feder.

Brunch will be catered by Holiday Market with an option to build your favorite version of Mimosa or Bloody Mary at the bar.

• Type of Feast: Brunch     • Attire: Festive Casual     • Capacity: 27

Storgards and YuDetroit

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 6:30 PM

Begin your holiday season on a musical note, with an intimate feast for the eyes, ears and palette hosted by DSO President/CEO Anne Parsons and her husband Donald Dietz at their uniquely Detroit loft in Eastern Market—together with Wasserman Projects' Founder Gary L. Wasserman and Charles Kashner. To kick off the festivities at FDLofts, Director of Wasserman Projects, Alison Wong will lead a tour of the current exhibitions, Marela Zacarias - "Coatlicue's Return" featuring site specific sculptural works inspired by the City of Detroit and her deep connection to Diego Rivera's Detroit Industry Murals, as well as Sarah Meyohas - "Speculations", a photographic series and new video installation that explore infinite networks of information, power and value. Following the tour, attendants will have the rare opportunity to hear DSO guest conductor John Storgårds play violin for Ravel's duo Sonata, alongside principal cellist Wei Yu. A strolling dinner will follow, with guest chef Nicholas Geftos, Chef de Cuisine at Motor City's award-winning Iridescence eatery.

• Type of Feast: Strolling Buffet     • Attire: Casual     • Capacity: 30

Kevin Brown & Nick MyersDearborn

Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 6 PM

This Musical Feast will take place in the Dearborn home of Jan and John Bernick. An Italian Rustic experience will be sure to please catered by Michael’s Taste of Sicily, paired with select wines.

Kevin Brown and Nick Myers of the DSO double bass section will provide musical delights.

• Type of Feast: Dinner     • Attire: Casual     • Capacity: 8


William LucasDetroit

Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 6 PM

This Musical Feast will take place in the Detroit loft home of and Margie Dunn and Mark Davidoff. The loft is in the 1924 Carlton Plaza Hotel, designed by Detroit architect Louis Kamper. It neighbors the historic Paradise Theater which is now home to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. The Paradise Theater showcased such jazz artists as Ella, Lady Day, The Count, and The Duke. The hotel was an upscale spot for the visiting African American jazz lovers and performers of this era. Now known as Carlton Lofts, the building has been restored as a new urban space featuring one of the most scenic skylines in Detroit.

Bill Lucas, a member of the DSO trumpet section, will be joined by pianist Phil Kelly for an evening of jazz music.

• Type of Feast: Dinner     • Attire: Casual     • Capacity: 16

Musical Feasts logoWest Bloomfield

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at 6 PM

This Musical Feast will take place at the West Bloomfield home of Jeremy J. Zeltzer & Kevin S. Dennis. Begin your Feast by strolling through the garden path into the wine cellar. Enjoy a seated wine-pairing dinner artfully created by ANNABEL COHEN COOKS DETROIT catering.

A horn quartet will perform featuring DSO musicians: Karl Pituch, Principal; David Everson, Assistant Principal; Johanna Yarbrough; Scott Strong.

• Type of Feast: Dinner     • Capacity: 30

MusiciansLower Long Lake, Bloomfield Hills

Thursday, July 12, 2018 at 7:00 PM

Stroll the terrace overlooking Lower Long Lake at the home of Lauren & Phillip Fisher. The spectacular setting for this feast is the original Storer Broadcasting family summer home built in 1928.

This casual evening of music, food and friends will begin with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails followed by a seated dinner. A brass quintet will perform featuring DSO musicians: Hunter Eberly, Principal, trumpet; William Lucas, trumpet; Mark Abbott, horn; Randall Hawes, trombone; Dennis Nulty, Principal, tuba.

Valet parking will be available.

• Type of Feast: Dinner     • Attire: Business Casual     • Capacity: 17

String QuartetBloomfield Township

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 2 PM

This Musical Feast will alight midday in the Bloomfield Township home of Deborah Savoie. The menu includes small sandwiches, salads, fruit, dessert, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages. A small garden pond and patio help compliment the early summer breeze. Relax. Enjoy!

String Quartet:  Jennifer Wey, Assistant Concertmaster, violin; Laurie Goldman, violin; Shanda Lowery-Sachs, viola; Peter McCaffrey, cello

• Type of Feast: Light Strolling buffet     • Attire: Casual     • Capacity: 25

Musical Feasts logoBirmingham

Monday, June 11 at 6:30 PM

Enjoy a Summer evening of music, strolling buffet and art – hosted by Sonia & Keith Pomeroy and Sandra Moers in this magnificent architecturally significant Birmingham home filled with sculpture, ceramics, fiber arts and textiles from all over the world. Modern and contemporary paintings, drawings and prints include the works of Agnes Martin, Milton Avery, Joan Mitchell, Louise Borgeois, Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright, Irving Penn, Yayoi Kusama, Sean Kelly, Donald Judd. This is a feast the senses!

The feast will be catered by the renowned Townsend Hotel and will include white wine, champagne and prosecco.

Valet parking will be available.

Oboists Alex Kinmonth, Sarah Lewis, and Monica Fosnaugh will perform works from the oboe repertoire.

• Type of Feast: Strolling Dinner     • Attire: Business Casual     • Capacity: 40

Clarkston musiciansClarkston

Saturday, June 9, 2018 at 6 PM

This musical feast will take place at the family home of Ric and Carola Huttenlocher, in the historic village of Clarkston.

Bassoon Trio: Robert Williams, principal; Michael Ke Ma, assistant principal; Victoria King

Dinner will be catered by local Clarkston restaurants. Parking will be available at the home.

• Type of Feast: Strolling Buffet     • Capacity: 16

McKay & CrosmerBeverly Hills

Sunday, June 3, 2018 at 6:30 PM

This Musical Feast will delight in the Beverly Hills home of Janet and Norm Ankers. Dinner will be catered by Neiman Marcus Executive Chef Russell Bronson.

Musical accompaniment: Jeremy Crosmer, cello; Haden McKay, cello

• Type of Feast: Dinner     • Attire: Dressy     • Capacity: 10


Hai Xin WuBloomfield Hills

Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 6:30 PM

This Musical Feast will take place in Bloomfield Hills, at the newly renovated neoclassical home of Lori and Lawrence Rapp. The home was originally built by famous former automobile executive Lee Iacocca. Work is showcased from American artist Stephen Duren and Canadian artist Cathy Daley; photography by local seller Laurie Tennent; furniture by French designer Philippe Starck; and extensive blown glass by Czech designer Bořek Šípek.

DSO Assistant Concertmaster Hai-Xin Wu will take the musical spotlight with his violin, accompanied by pianist Zhihua Tang.

• Type of Feast: Dinner     • Attire: Dressy     • Capacity: 12