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2016-2017 Season         42nd Year

David Bennett, clarinet and jazz trio
Saturday, October 15, 2016 • 8 pm

David Bennett is a blazing clarinet sensation who plays in the “swing style” of Benny Goodman. He made his debut in 2013 with the famed New York Pops Orchestra in a tribute celebrating Goodman. He has appeared as guest soloist with more than 30 other classical “pops” orchestras, including eight concerts with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. A multi-instrument musician who is entirely selftaught, Bennett also plays electric guitar, piano, drums, and vocalizes, as well. Seventy-five arts centers across the USA have featured his performances. His European debut in 2008 was showcased on NPR radio’s “Jazz at Riverwalk.” Pianist Cliff Monear will appear with the jazz trio. Bennett’s shows are known to bring down the house.

I Got Rhythm: Dave Bennett, Jim Cullum Riverwalk Jazz


From Mozart to Gershwin
Saturday, November 12, 2016 • 8 pm

Ralph and Albertine Votapek met while they were studying at the Juilliard School of Music in New York with the famous pianist-teacher Rosina Lhevinne. Winner the prestigious Naumburg Award and gold medalist in the first Van Cliburn International Competition, Mr. Votapek‘s career has taken him twice to Russia, several times to Europe and Asia, and 23 times to South America. He has made hundreds of appearances with major American orchestras and was artist in residence at Michigan State University for 36 years. Albertine gave her debut to critical acclaim at New York Town Hall, won the Concert Artist Guild Award and joined the faculty at MSU. The Votapeks have performed at Michigan State University for many years and have recorded programs for piano four hands and for two pianos which have been distributed nationally on NPR and PBS television. Their recitals and concerts throughout the country attest to their artistry. This is Mr. Votapeks’s third appearance with Vivace.

Prokofieff: Fifth Sonata in C Major | Ralph Votapek

Oleg Kruglyakov, balalaika and Terry Boyarsky, pianist
Saturday, April 22, 2017 • 8 pm

“This duo’s performances are irresistible.” - Robert Spano, Music Director, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Russian Duo is an international project, born out of a love of traditional music and classical elegance. Oleg Kruglyakov, balalaika virtuoso, and Terry Boyarsky, pianist, team up for exuberant performances of soulful, passionate music. Their collaboration features vocals and an extensive repertoire drawn from Russian folk music, romances, dances, classical music, gypsy melodies, and Soviet songs. Radio host and presenter Matt Watroba says, “... the Russian Duo combined historical information with world-class playing and performance. Our audience was mesmerized! They didn’t want them to leave the stage.”

Russian Duo 2015

Detroit Symphony Orchestra string trio and pianist Steve Wogaman of Chamber Music Society of Detroit
Sunday, May 21, 2017 7:30 pm

Three Detroit Symphony Orchestra virtuosos --Associate Concertmaster Kimberly Kaloyanides Kennedy, Acting Principal Violist James Van Valkenburg, and cellist David LeDoux -- combine their extensive talents and chamber music expertise in a program featuring the Mozart Divertimento in D Major. They will be joined by Steve Wogaman, pianist and well-known president of the Chamber Music Society of Detroit, in the Piano Quartet No.1 by Gabriel Fauré.

Mozart Divertimento in Eflat Played by Isaac Stern, Pinchus Zukerman, Leonard Rose

****Refreshments & Afterglow at each Concert****


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Suggested categories of giving are: 

Principal Sponsor $1000 will honor a loved one with a special dedication at a concert. Donor will receive a gift of two series.

Benefactor   $500 (gift of two subscriptions to series)   Donor  $100 (gift of two tickets to one concert)
Patron   $200 (gift of two tickets to two concerts)   Friend  An amount of your choice

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