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Detroit Brass Society

For over a quarter century, the Detroit Brass Society has been offering enriching and entertaining performances in many settings. Whether in a school lecture-demonstration, summer park concert or the traditional formal presentation, the quintet has thrilled and excited audiences throughout the state with its virtuoso ensemble and engaging commentary that never fails to draw an audience into the music.

Anne & Rob Burns as “A Reasonable Facsimile” Renaissance Music Duo

Revel in the Renaissance with the sounds of fifes, recorders, shawms, crumhorns, strings and percussion! In concerts, festivals and school assemblies, the wife-and-husband duo, Anne and Rob Burns, have entertained and educated audiences from Dallas to Boston playing music—peppered with humorous anecdotes—from the time of Leonardo da Vinci and William Shakespeare. A Reasonable Facsimile brings Renaissance music and culture alive for all audiences. “Each punch, whack and twang moved with the pulse and lifted the music out of the archives into the living world.” (The Flint Journal)

Arianna String Quartet

The Arianna String Quartet maintains the highest professional goals and standards in performance. In addition to having developed an outstanding concert series as part of its residency at Eastern Michigan University, the quartet is represented by John Gingrich Artist Management and has performed to critical acclaim in Europe, Japan and throughout the United States. The Arianna String Quartet has also performed over 400 outreach concerts for more than 30,000 people in southeast Michigan.

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Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings

Hailed by BBC Music Magazine as “the lifeblood of the local chamber music scene,” Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings is an ensemble committed to bringing to life the large and wonderful body of repertoire that utilizes six to 20 musicians. Featuring works for woodwinds, brass and/or strings, the ensemble has received outstanding reviews from New York Times, Stereo Review,Audio and numerous other publications.


Golden Rain Percussion Ensemble

The Golden Rain Percussion Ensemble was formed in 1977 with the intent of introducing percussion chamber music to the public. The scope of the group’s experience includes concerts, clinics, master classes, residencies and lecture/demonstrations. This ensemble’s repertoire consists of transcriptions of the classics, ragtime and jazz compositions and contemporary percussion literature. Instru-ments include marimbas, xylophones, drums of all types, gongs and bells.


Kobayashi/Gray Duo

Violinist Laura Kobayashi and pianist Susan Keith Gray are enthusiastically praised for their blending of brilliant technique, beautifully expressive musicianship, impeccable ensemble and their stimulating programming. The artists are available for concert appearances, lecture-recitals, master classes and workshops. Venues include public school, university, symposium and concert series. Programming is tailored to the nature of each audience and frequently combines standard repertoire with the duo’s specialty of music by women composers.


Michigan Chamber Brass

The Michigan Chamber Brass (MCB) is a professional brass ensemble dedicated to seeking and performing the best in traditional and contemporary music for the large brass ensemble. Its organization is committed to reaching audiences through regular performances throughout the year and through educational activities in the form of workshops and concerts in public schools. The MCB brings polished and exciting performances to the school, office, reception or concert hall. From classical to pop, baroque to jazz, the MCB covers all style periods and genres, featuring the finest brass professionals in southeastern Michigan.


Seunghee Lee

Seunghee Lee has delighted audiences with performances that critics described as "spectacular," "marvelous playing" and "stunning." As a soloist and a chamber musician, she has performed throughout the United States, Southeast Asia, Korea, Brazil, Italy and Portugal. Her vivid and expressive interpretation is heard through a wide range of violin repertoire in her charismatic performances. She is also committed to educational programs such as master classes and workshops for young audiences in schools.

St. Clair Trio

Michigan’s premier chamber ensemble has been called “magnificent” by Strad Magazine, “outstanding” by Now Magazine for its first-round Grammy-nominated compact disc, Hobson’s Choice: Works by the Oscar-winning Sir Malcolm Arnold. Violinist Geoffrey Applegate and cellist Marcy Chanteaux, both Detroit Symphony Orchestra principals, and pianist Pauline Martin recently released the compact disc, Old Acquaintances: Works by Franz Waxman (the second in their series with Koch International Classics). The Trio’s recitals, festivals and residencies feature staples of the literature to Kreisler gems, movie scores and up-and-coming composers, always with engaging commentary. Dan Davis of Audio Adventure Magazine said, “I can’t imagine better performances. Can’t ask for more, can you?”


The London Trio

The London Trio has performed throughout the mid-Michigan area since it was established in 1996. The trio’s repertoire is predominately classical but includes other styles as well. The London Trio performs at events such as weddings, receptions and ceremonies, banquets and private dinner parties, holiday events, recitals and children’s concerts and workshops. They have been featured on recital series through St. Paul’s Church (Flint), Molly Grove Chapel (Lansing) and the Flint Institute of Music School of Performing Arts. The London Trio was also the only classical music ensemble featured at the 2000 East Lansing Arts Festival.


The Merling Trio

The Merling Trio was founded in 1988 and quickly established itself as a premier ensemble. A truly international trio, it brings together musicians from Dutch, Japanese and Polish backgrounds. The trio has performed across the United States and recently received invitations to perform in St. Petersburg, Russia and at the Festival Internacional de Musica in Costa Rica. The Grand Rapids Press said, “The trio delivered a standard of playing that is on par with some of the best-known violin-cello-piano teams, captivating the audience through the immediacy and extraordinary sensitivity of its playing.”

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The Valley Wind Quintet

Now in its 17th year, the Valley Wind Quintet of Saginaw Valley State University has performed over 300 concerts from Sturgis to Mackinac Island to Holland to Alpena. With an active repertoire which ranges from Danzi and Mozart to 20th-century masterpieces, from lighter works of Scott Joplin and George Gershwin to more challenging music by Stravinski and Fine, the Valley Wind Quintet designs each program to meet the tastes of its audience. Performing requirements are flexible, and concerts can be prepared on very short notice.

The Verdehr Trio

The Verdehr Trio (violin-clarinet-piano) is in residence at Michigan State University and has performed throughout the United States and world—Europe, Australia, Asia, South America and the Soviet Union. The Trio’s programs are a judicious balance of new and old works from three centuries including selections from nearly 120 works commissioned by them. The Trio is available for residencies as well as formal concerts, master classes and children’s concerts.

Today’s Brass Quintet

Since they first delighted passersby on a street corner during the 1983 Ann Arbor Art Fair, Today’s Brass Quintet (TBQ) has specialized in creating masterful programs that draw on their rich history as artists-educators. TBQ programs its original arrangements from a full spectrum of styles, ranging from the sparkling baroque masterpieces of Bach and Pachelbel to the toe-tapping pleasures of Sousa, Gershwin and Ellington. Interesting commentary is woven into a rich musical tapestry that entertains, educates and amuses audiences of all ages.

Trio bel’arte

Trio bel’arte serves on the music faculty at Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michi-gan. Violinist Carla Trynchuk, cellist Stephen Framil, and pianist Peter Cooper bring to the piano trio genre refreshing energy, mature musicianship and sheer virtuosity. A strong proponent of traditional repertoire, this distinguished chamber ensemble also advocates new and neglected works. In its third year, Trio bel’arte’s past and forthcoming performances include appearances in Chicago; Rochester, New York; and the Rockland Summer Institute (NY). The ensemble has been featured with several orchestras performing Beethoven’s Triple Concerto, including the LaPorte (Indiana) Symphony Orchestra, with whom they were guest artist-in-residence during the 1999–2000 season.


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