Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings prepares for exciting 33rd annual season; Fourteen concerts, three unique series, and multiple special guests mark DCWS’ 2014-15 season

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Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings prepares for exciting 33rd annual season

Fourteen concerts, three unique series, and multiple special guests mark DCWS’ 2014-15 season

SOUTHFIELD, Mich.(July 28,
2014) – Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings(DCWS), the leading presenter of locally produced chamber music, announces its 33rd season line-up. The fourteen concert season will feature the region’s most talented artists in venues across the metro and downtown area. Featured guests will include conductors Mallory Thompson of Northwestern University and Michael Haithcock of the University of Michigan. Horn player Gail Williams, former principal with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and jazz bassist Rodney Whitaker will also perform.

In addition to DCWS’ traditional 6-concert subscription series and 6-concert Nightnotes series, two performances of the successful Structurally Sound series will be performed.


The 33rd season begins with Rendering Beethoven on Sunday, November 9 at 3
p.m. at the College for Creative Studies. Beethoven’s “Serenade Op. 25 for flute and strings” will serve as inspiration for CCS visual arts students and faculty as they create works of art in front of DCWS audiences. The concert will conclude with Michael Haithcock, Director of Bands at the University of Michigan, leading an arrangement of J.S. Bach’s “Goldberg Variations” arranged for 10 musicians.

The DCWS fan-favorite, Holiday Brass, will return with the expected seasonal pomp and circumstance with two performances on Sunday, December 7. Grosse Pointe Memorial Church will host the first performance at 3:00 p.m. featuring the Fraser Singers of Fraser High School, with a second performance at Royal Oak Presbyterian Church beginning at 7:30 p.m. featuring the choir of Stoney Creek High School. Each performance will include a Holiday Sing-Along 45 minutes prior to the concert’s start.

The DCWS wind musicians take over the beautiful campus of Kirk in the Hills

 Presbyterian Church for Gone with the Winds on Sunday, February 1, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. Horn player Gail Williams makes a guest appearance in a concert conducted by Mallory Thompson of Northwestern University. The concert will feature Franz Schubert’s “Little Symphony for Winds” for double woodwind quintet.

Audiences are encouraged to become part of the creation of music in Deconstructing Milhaud’s “Creation” on Sunday, March 8, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. at the Cranbrook Art Museum. Conductor H. Robert Reynolds will lead audiences on a journey through Milhaud’s “La création du monde”to demonstrate the choices musicians and conductors must make when presenting a piece. Greg Wittkopp of the Cranbrook Art Museum will speak to the art influences of Milhaud’s day.

Music for brass and organ will highlight Pedal to the Metal on Sunday, April 19 at 3:00 p.m. featuring the new organ of St. Hugo of the Hills Catholic Church. St. Hugo’s organists, John Sittard and David Enos, will be featured along with favorite DCWS brass musicians.

DCWS will end its season as part of the 22nd annual Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival on Saturday, June 20 at 8:00 p.m. with a performance of Aaron Copland’s “Appalachian Spring,” conducted by Festival Artistic Director Paul Watkins. The 22nd season of the Great Lakes Festival marks Watkins’ first year as artistic director.


Bassist Marion Hayden performs during the 2013-14 Nightnotes Series.

This coming season, the popular Nightnotes series will celebrate 21 years of performances at Hagopian World of Rugs in downtown Birmingham. These casual concerts begin with a reception at 7:30 p.m. followed by an 8:00 p.m. performance. The upcoming Nightnotes series will include six performances.

The Nightnotes season kicks off on October 24 with the return of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s talented and amusing horn quartet. One of the most popular Nightnotes performances of the past, Horn-A-Copia, will include variety of works for French Horn.

Michigan State University music professors make their Nigntnotes debut in Stately Mozart on January 23. Chamber works by W.A. Mozart will be performed including the composer’s famous Clarinet Quintet.

For the first time the sweet hum of the guitar will take over the Nightnotes stage in Guitar Summit on February 20. Award-winning guitarist Jim Lentini leads a trio of guitarists including Terry Herald and Bret Hoag.

Gershwin gets jazzy when performed by jazz bassist Rodney Whitaker and his quartet. Rodney Whitaker Plays Gershwin will have audiences tapping their toes and swinging in their seats on April 10.

Named for their teacher and mentor the great saxophonist Donald Sinta, the Donald Sinta Saxophone Quartet of Ann Arbor is making waves in the musical world with their incredible performances of both classic and new repertoire. They will grace the stage on May 1.

The Nightnotes season will come to an end on June 5 with First Chairs, a performance featuring the top violinists from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Yoonshin Song and Kimberly Kaloyanides Kennedy. Song and Kennedy will perform works for solo and duo violin with accompaniment from pianist Rebecca Mayer.


DCWS bassoonist Marcus Schoon leads a 2013-14 Structurally Sound performance at Recycle Here! Detroit.

DCWS’ newest endeavor is a concert and lecture series called Structurally Sound that combines chamber music with architecturally significant spaces, where the repertoire performed relates to the space’s unique qualities. The first Structurally Sound performance took place in April 2012 at the Ford Piquette Plant in Detroit.

On Sunday, November 23 at 3:00 p.m. DCWS horn player Corbin Wagner will partner with glass artist Albert Young at the Michigan Hot Glass Studio inside Russell Street Industrial Center for Some Like it Hot. Wagner will present works that relate to the history and use of the space. Young will demonstrate the art of glass blowing and even create a glass instrument.

Trumpet player David Ammer will lead audiences through the 100 year history of Detroit’s Green Garage on Saturday, March 21 at 7:30 p.m. for If These Walls Could Sing. Joined by other local talent, including musicians and singers, Ammer will explore the colorful history of the Green Garage which includes automobiles, shoes, and collaborative work space.


Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings is an ensemble committed to bringing to life the body of repertoire that utilizes between 6 & 20 musicians. DCWS musicians are drawn primarily from the Detroit Symphony and Michigan Opera Theatre orchestras. Now in its 33rd year, Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings presents an annual Spotlight series, the Nightnotes series, and new in 2012, the Structurally Sound series. Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings was named Crain’s Detroit Business 2010 Best-Managed Nonprofit. For more information, call 248.559.2095 or visit


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