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2017-2018 Season         43rd Year

Saturday, October 14, 2017, 8:00 p.m.

Born in Moscow and raised in Grosse Pointe, Ivan Moshchuk was the first Michigan resident to receive the Gilmore Young Artist award – while he was a student in high school. 
Still in his 20s, he has appeared at many of the world’s leading classical music festivals, including the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, Verbier Festival in Switzerland, the Banff Music Festival and the Rachmaninoff Festival in the Ukraine. He has performed at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Philharmonia in Bratislava. Locally, he has presented solo recitals at Orchestra Hall and the Detroit Institute of Arts, as well as the Chamber Music Society of Detroit, Cranbrook Chamber Guild and others.
For his Vivace concert, Mr. Moshchuk will bring his “rare combination of breathtaking technique and genuine musicality” (Kalamazoo Gazette) to the Birmingham Temple in a concert of piano favorites.

Nikolai Medtner - Sonata-Reminiscenza Op. 38 No. 1

Cantor Daniel Gross, baritone • Nicole Greenidge Joseph, soprano • Kevin Bylsma, piano
Sunday, November 12, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

Three gifted musicians pay tribute to one of America’s greatest musical talents in an evening of songs by Leonard Bernstein in the year of his 100th birthday.
A lyric baritone whose voice has been praised by the New York Times as “fine an creamy,” Daniel Gross holds the position of cantor at Adat Shalom Synagogue in Farmington Hills. Educated at the University of Pennsylvania, Manhattan School of Music, The Juilliard School and the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, he made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2006.
Soprano Nicole Greenidge Joseph has performed for enthusiastic audiences in metro Detroit, Ann Arbor, New York and Kentucky, as well as in her native Portland, Oregon. She earned Masters and Specialist degrees from the University of Michigan, and is the recipient of several awards, including first place in the 2013 National Bel Canto Competition.
Kevin Bylsma is an accomplished pianist, organist, chorus master, and vocal coach. A lecturer at Bowling Green State University, he is also assistant organist at the historic Mariner’s Church in Detroit.

Cantor Dan Gross Sings "Luck Be a Lady"

with Rick Robinson
Sunday, April 8, 2018, 7:30 p.m.

Inspired by 23 years as a bassist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and principal positions in symphony orchestras in Ohio, Maine and Massachusetts, Rick Robinson left the DSO to devote himself to his ensemble, CutTime Players. This innovative group, well known for its creative blend of traditional and fresh symphonic music, fulfills Robinson’s dream of sharing the joy of classical music with the broadest possible audience.
In addition to his skillful musical arrangements, Robinson also composes original music for his CutTime Simphonica. These works, which blend juicy counterpoint with urban pop and jazz, won him a Kresge Artist Fellowship in 2010.
Robinson studied at Interlochen Arts Academy, Cleveland Institute of Music and New England Conservatory before joining DSO in 1989.
For their Vivace program, Robinson and the CutTime Players will bring an a refreshing blend of classical, jazz and traditional music arranged for small ensemble.

Rick Robinson - CutTime

A program of violin solos and duets
Sunday, May 20, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Yoonshin Song, concertmaster of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra since 2012, is joined by DSO violinist Alexandros Sakarellos and pianist Ellen Hwangbo for the final Vivace concert of the 2017-18 season.

A native of Seoul, South Korea, Song earned her master’s degree and graduate diploma from the New England Conservatory and an artist diploma from the Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with New York Philharmonic Concertmaster Glenn Dicterow.
In addition to many honors and awards in Korea, she won first prize in the 2007 Stradivarius International Violin Competition, and top prizes in other international competitions.
Violinist Alexandros Sakarellos is native of Greece with experience as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician across five continents and in 25 countries. He later studiied at the Manhattan School of Music with Glenn Dicterow.
Pianist Ellen Hwangbo has performed across Asia, Europe, and North America. She has appeared at the Aspen Music Festival and the Banff Centre for the Performing Arts.
Hwangbo received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, and went on to earn M.M. and D.M.A. degrees from SUNY Stony Brook.

YoonshinSong– Khachaterian Violin concerto with DSO

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


We invite you to participate in our donor program to help underwrite our concert series. 
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

Tickets mailed to donors must be shown at the door. All donor names are printed in the appropriate category on each program or you may request to remain anonymous. Special seating for donors is available at the concerts. Please make your check payable to the Birmingham Temple and put “Vivace donation” in the memo. You may enclose your donation with your ticket order. A portion of your contribution is tax deductible. You may elect to give an outright donation without receiving any tickets. In that case, the total amount is tax deductible.

Thank you for helping Vivace and the Birmingham Temple sustain this musical series.

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