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2018-2019 Season   44th Year

Fabulous Saxophone Player
Saturday, September 22, 2018 8 pm

The young saxophone player Ashu has an uncanny ability to reach listeners of every age with his unwavering virtuosity and engaging personality. According to the Dallas Morning News, “He’s just as much fun to watch as to listen to.” Still in his late 20’s, the California native has won a host of national and international awards. He has performed solo recitals and concertos with orchestras in such far-flung locales as London, New Zealand, Russia and Kyrgyzstan, as well as throughout the United States. Ashu studied at Northwestern University, where he earned bachelors and master’s degrees in music. His solo debut took place at Carnegie Hall. Now based in Chicago, he has been featured in interviews and performances on NBC, CBS, NPR, and on numerous local media. He has arranged more than 60 pieces for saxophone and piano, from Rachmaninoff to Morricone to Piazzolla.

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

Prize winning pianist
Saturday, November 10, 2018 8 pm

Back for a repeat appearance at Vivace, pianist Scott Holden has performed to great acclaim in over 40 states and throughout the world. After his Carnegie Hall debut in 1996, the New York Concert Review praised his “beautiful tone, sound technique and the ability to transform notes on a page into a distinctly personal statement.” In 1997, he was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study at the Liszt Academy in Budapest, Hungary, where he earned a performance certificate. Most recently, his newest CD, “Beyond Vernon Duke,” received the highest rating of five stars from Fanfare Magazine. Dr. Holden, who holds degrees from the University of Michigan, Manhattan School of Music and the Juilliard School, has adjudicated and given master classes at festivals and workshops throughout the country. Currently director of the piano area at Brigham Young University, he is also a member of the American Piano Quartet.

Scott Holden - Butterfly Etude - GoPro Camera

Piano, violin and cello
Saturday, April 6, 2019 8 pm

Detroit native Gabriel Bolkosky returns to Vivace after appearances in the U.S. and abroad, with a diverse repertoire of classics, contemporary, jazz and traditional music. A graduate of U. of M. and Cleveland Institute of Music, he is founder and member of the Phoenix Quartet, educator, festival producer, musical collaborator, recording artist, and former resident artist at U. of M. He maintains a private studio in Ann Arbor. Accompanied by Grammy-nominated pianist Marta Aznavoorian, who has performed to international critical acclaim as orchestral soloist, chamber musician and recitalist.

Gabriel Bolkosky - Kreisler Praeludeum Singapore International String Conference 2008

A journey through lyric theater history
Saturday, May 18, 2019 8 pm

EnjoyEnjoy favorite songs from classic musical comedy, opera, and the Great American Songbook with the husband-and-wife duo of Drake and Alta Dantzler. Back for a second exciting appearance with the Vivace Music Series, the Dantzlers are both faculty members at Oakland University. Each has earned multiple honors and degrees culminating in doctorates in musical arts from the University of Texas at Austin. Alta Dantzler, mezzo-soprano, has performed in more than 50 productions of European and American operettas. She has been on the faculty at Interlochen Arts Camp and is codirector of the Toledo Opera Summer Boot Camp. She spent six seasons with Ohio Light Opera, a singular company entirely devoted to the preservation of operetta. The Cleveland Plain Dealer praised her “perfect comic timing,” while the Saratoga Daily Gazette raved about her “lustrous big voice…with excellent diction and plummy tones.” Tenor Drake Dantzler was recently hailed in Opera News as “a real find: he has a voice of molten silver, immaculate musicianship and an expressive stage persona.” He has been a resident artist/teacher at the Vancouver International Song Institute and at Interlochen Arts Camp. He is Associate professor at Oakland University, where he coordinates the Opera Area. Selections for the Vivace evening will include perennial favorites from the great Carmen, La Boheme, Oklahoma, The Desert Song, and many others.

An Meines Herzens Königen - Drake Dantzler, Tenor

Alta Dantzler

****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

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

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