Holiday Concert Series
The Community House (Wallace Ballroom)

Bask in the beautiful sounds of the season and enjoy this rare opportunity to see internationally renowned artists up close and personal in an intimate setting!

Enjoy a dessert reception and cash bar. Reserve early as seating is limited and tickets are first come, first serve. Registration opens at 6:30PM. All concerts will begin at 7:00 PM.

Tickets are $40 per concert or $100 for the entire series.

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Wednesday, December 4
Detroit Symphony Orchestra Horn Quartet Featuring Mark Abbott, Karl Pituch, Scott Strong, and Johanna Yarborough

Mark Abbott, Horn
Mark Abbott joined the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in 1982, immediately following his high school graduation. At age 18, he was one of the youngest appointees in the Orchestra’s history. Prior to joining the DSO, Abbott attended Interlochen Arts Academy in 1981 and performed with the prestigious Spoleto Festival Orchestra and the Colorado Philharmonic as principal horn. As the winner of a national competition, he was a guest soloist with the New York Philharmonic for a performance of Strauss’ First Horn Concerto at a Young People’s Concert. Maestro Zubin Mehta invited Mr. Abbott to perform the same work at a regular subscription series the following year. Mark has been a soloist for the DSO, the Colorado Philharmonic, Columbus symphony, and Indianapolis symphony.

Karl Pituch, Horn
Karl Pituch was named Principal Horn of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in May, 2000. Before joining the DSO, Karl was Associate Principal Horn with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Principal Horn with the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra, the Jacksonville Symphony and the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra. He served as a guest Principal Horn for the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Chautauqua Festival Orchestra and the Grand Teton Festival Orchestra. Karl was the grand prize winner at the 1989 American Solo Horn Competition and has been a finalist at many other solo competitions. As a soloist, Karl has performed with orchestras in Japan, Hawaii, Colorado, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Ohio, Indiana, Florida and Michigan. An active chamber musician, Karl has recorded with The DSO Wind Quintet and the Spring Wind Quintet, toured many times with the American Horn Quartet, and participated in chamber music festivals in Marlboro, Vermont; Crested Butte, Colorado; Kapalua, Maui; Kazusa, Japan and Freden, Germany (with the American Horn Quartet).

Scott Strong, Horn
In 2014, Scott Strong was named Third Horn of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. He was born into a family of musicians in Iowa, and raised in the Dallas, Texas, area. He received his undergraduate degree from Southern Methodist University and completed his graduate studies at Rice University before joining the Louisiana Philharmonic. Scott is an active participant in many festivals and has held positions in the Houston Grand Opera and Houston Ballet orchestras, as well as the San Antonio Symphony. Scott has studied with Gregory Hustis and William VerMeulen.

Johanna Yarborough, Horn

Johanna has won many prestigious awards, including first prize of the 2009 University division of the International Horn Competition of America. She has appeared as a soloist with the Detroit Symphony and has presented masterclasses and recitals throughout the country. She is a member of the Britt Festival Orchestra, where she performs for 3 weeks in Jacksonville, Oregon each summer. She has performed with several renowned orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Festival Mozaik, and the Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival. She is a frequent guest artist with the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings.

Wednesday, December 11
Baldwin String Ensemble featuring Andrew Wu, Jacqueline Hanson, and Andrea Yun

The Baldwin Ensemble is a versatile Chamber Ensemble comprised of professional musicians who perform with the Detroit Symphony and Michigan Opera Theatre.

Andrew Wu, Violin
Andrew Wu is a highly sought-after musician in the Metro Detroit area. His performance history includes a permanent position with the Michigan Operea Theatre Orchestra and substitute musicio with the Detroit Symphony. Andrew has held the titled position of Acting Assistant Concertmaster with the Michigan Opera Theatre during the 2009, 2010, and 2013 to 2016 season. Andrew’s leadership as Concermaster include performances with the ensembles:  Concertios de la Villa Orchestra in Santo Domingo, JCC Chamber Orchestra, Birmingham Bloomfield Symphony Orchestra, and Orchestra Sono. Andrew demonstrates versatility as a performer with his work as Director of the Baldwin Ensemble. This versatility has also allowed him to tour internationally in China and Japan as a Principal player for the Hollywood Festival Orchestra, and throughout Europe with the California Chamber Orchestra. Equally in demand with touring Broadway shows, Andrew had the pleasure of working with Sir Andrew Lloyd Weber during final edits and the 2018 Detroit premiere of his sequel to Phantom of the Opera, Love Never Dies. He has also performed locally with many touring artists including, Luciano Pavarotti, Renee Fleming, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Josh Groban, Dennis eYoung, Joni Mitchell, Pat Methany, and Il Divo.

Jacqueline Hanson, Viola
Jacqueline Hanson graduated from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music with a Master of Music degree in viola performance and additional studies in string pedagogy with Mimi Zweig. She completed her Bachelor of Music in performance at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, & Dance. Jacqueline has performed with the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra (Lenox, MA), and the National Repertory Orchestra (Breckenridge, CO). She also attended the International Music Academy-Pilsen; (Czech Republic) and the ENCORE School for Strings (OH). She currently plays as a member of the Ann Arbor and Flint Symphonies, frequently performing with the Toledo Symphony, as well. Jacqueline is an adjunct instructor of violin and viola at Hillsdale College and teaches privately in Ann Arbor, MI.

Andrea Yun, Cello
Andrea Yun teaches Suzuki pedagogy at the University of Michigan and is a member of the Michigan Opera Theatre and the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra. Former teaching positions include: Assistant Professor of Cello, University of Texas at San Antonio; Adjunct Assistant Professor of Cello, Bowling Green State University (OH); Orchestra director, Pioneer High School (MI) and Okemos Chippewa Middle School (MI). Andrea received a dual bachelor’s degree in music education and mathematics and a master’s in cello performance at Indiana University. She holds a doctorate in cello performance from the University of Michigan. Andrea is a teacher trainer through the Suzuki Association of the Americas.

Wednesday, December 18
Christa Grix Jazz Harp Trio

Christa Grix, Harp
Equally adept as both a classical and jazz harpist, Christa Grix is one of those rare individuals who can make the transition from the jazz rhythm section to the symphonic string section sound effortless. The appeal and respect her music has produced has taken her throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe as an invited soloist and clinician at major harp festivals and conferences throughout the world. She has been a “first-call” harpist with orchestras and music contractors throughout Southeastern Michigan for over 35 years, and has played with the Detroit Symphony on numerous occasions, as well as performed in concert with artists such as Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder, Johnny Mathis, Josh Groban, The Who and many others.

Christa Grix has released 4 recordings on the Freefall Music label, Freefall (1996), Cheek to Chic (2002), Moonlight on Snow (2012) and Christa’s Presents (2014). She was a nominee for the 2013 and 2014 Detroit Music Awards as “Most Outstanding Classical Instrumentalist”, a awardee “Best of Gigmasters” in 2013, 2014 and 2018.

Kurt Krahnke, Bass

Acoustic and electric bassist Kurt Krahnke is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music, and also studied at the New England Conservatory of Music. Since his return to Michigan, Krahnke has played with Steve Turre, Jimmy Giuffre, Joe Henderson, Sonny Fortune, Pinetop Perkins, Clark Terry, and toured and recorded with Leon Thomas. Krahnke played and toured with the acclaimed JC Heard Orchestra from 1986-89. In Ann Arbor, Kurt has recorded and played with the Ellen Rowe Quintet and Los Gatos and continues to serve as a mentor for young bassists in the region.

Brendan Mullen, Drums

A young, new addition to Detroit’s jazz scene, Brendan Mullen has been mentored by some of its finest jazz musicians, including Scott Gwinnell, Pete Siers, and Jordan Schug.  He is a graduate of University of Detroit Jesuit High School, and currently enjoys participating in the jazz program at Schoolcraft College, as well as playing for jam sessions at Aretha’s Jazz Café.

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