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Detroit, Michigan

Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival

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(May 9-24, 2012) Made possible by partnership between Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings, St. Hugo of the Hills Catholic Church, Temple Beth El, and Kirk in the Hills, this southeastern Michigan festival has present chamber music concerts since 1997. Guest artists such as contemporary ensemble eighth blackbird, pianists Jeremy Denk and Jonathan Biss, violinist/conductor Peter Oundjian, violist Kim Kashkashian, the Miró Quartet, and pipa player Wei Yang, along with contemporary composers Chen Yi Zhou Long, Elliott Carter, Joan Tower, Ned Rorem, William Bolcom have all participated in Great Lakes.

Concerts are comprised of an engaging mix of canonic chamber works and new compositions in various chamber media—it’s not uncommon to witness works by Beethoven and Philip Glass, or Debussy and Karlheinz Stockhausen, on the same bill. The Shouse Institute allows for upcoming chamber ensembles to take part in coachings and performances during the festival. (DK)

Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival Information

  • Public Transportation: Varies by venue
  • Handicapped Accessibility: Depends on venue, but generally good
  • Performances/Programs: Approximately 20 concerts per season
  • Ticket Prices: TBA
  • Subscriptions: TBA
  • Membership: Contributor ($100–$249); Friend ($250–$449); Patron ($450–$749); Grand Patron ($750–$1,199); Benefactor ($1,200); Individual Single Weekday Concert Sponsor ($2,000–$2,700); Individual Double Weekday Concert Sponsor ($3,000–$4,000); Individual Saturday Night Concert Sponsor ($5,000–$7,000). Depending on level, member benefits include invitations to special events; a listing in the Festival season program book; preferential seating; complimentary admission to a post-concert reception with Festival artists; a complimentary seven-concert subscription; and more.