It has been the Detroit Medical Orchestra's honor to perform with these amazing soloists and performers:
May 15, 2016 - BRAHMS Violin Concerto in D Major Op 77
American violinist Andrew Sords is recognized internationally for his performances combining visceral virtuosity and ravishing tone. Hailed in the press as “a fully formed artist” (Kalisz-Poland News), “utterly radiant” (Canada’s Arts Forum), and “exceptionally heartfelt and soulful” (St. Maarten’s Daily Herald), Sords has received numerous awards and distinctions reflecting his career trajectory, including the Pittsburgh Concert Society’s Career Grant and the NFMC Young Artist Award.
Born in Newark, Delaware, Sords began piano lessons at the age of 5, followed shortly by violin studies. Sords became a pupil of Linda Cerone, David Russell, and Chee-Yun Kim at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Southern Methodist University, and a series of international invitations helped catapult a solo career that has since spanned 4 continents and over 200 orchestras.
Andrew Sords has appeared regularly with celebrated orchestras and conductors. In recent seasons, concerto collaborations have included the Oakland Symphony, Windsor Symphony, Kalisz Philharmonic, Chattanooga Symphony, Cleveland Philharmonic, Boulder Chamber Orchestra, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Toronto Philharmonia, Gulf Coast Symphony and Melbourne Chamber Symphony, among numerous others. Additionally, Sords has worked with myriad conductors including Robert Franz, Michael Morgan, Sidney Harth, Mario Mateus, Carl Topilow, Scott Seaton, Luis Biava, and Matthew Kraemer. A prolific recitalist, Sords has appeared in St. Croix, San Miguel de Allende, Washington, D.C., New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, and has an upcoming tour of the Mendelssohn Piano Trios and Violin Sonata in Toronto, Montreal, Guelph, and Kitchener-Waterloo. As a frequent soloist in the Caribbean, Sords has appeared in Puerto Rico, Anguilla, St. Maarten, Trinidad and Tobago, Grand Cayman, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. A recent review from a Cleveland, Ohio recital enthused: “Sords impressed with his total command of technique, consummate musicianship and bravura as he tossed of scads of notes and sang out like a diva.” (Cleveland Classical)
Sords has appeared as a regular guest on the festival circuit including summer appearances in Fairbanks, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, and the Republic of Georgia with Liana Isakadze’s World Virtuosi. With Ms. Isakadze’s ensemble, Sords appears in Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall. Future appearances include the Le Salon de Musiques Series at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, a return engagement on the EMMA Recital Series in Florida, a performance of the Dvorak Violin Concerto at Toronto’s Glenn Gould Studio, and numerous performances of the Beethoven Violin Concerto. With pianist Elizabeth DeMio, Sords has presented sonata cycle evenings of Brahms, Schumann, and installments of the complete Beethoven violin/piano oeuvre are forthcoming.
A man of diverse interests, Sords has competed in the charity fundraiser “Pittsburgh’s Dancing With The Stars” as the first classical artist to do so. Sords has performed numerous times for GLBT outreach, including return appearances with the Minnesota Philharmonic, Atlanta Philharmonic, and on Sirius XM’s Derek and Romaine Show. Additionally, Sords performed the National Anthem for ESPN2’s WNBA Pride Game (2014). Inspired by living composers, Sords is dedicated to introducing works of our times including Joan Tower, Evan Fein, and Stephen Feigenbaum. Sords’s recent collaboration with Sean Christopher on the New-Age album “Transcendence” has been a commercial and critical success, with reviews stating: “much of this is owed to the gorgeous and precise playing of Andrew Sords, whose violin adds a thrumming undercurrent of pure life throughout the album’s stainless steel structure.” This album is available on iTunes, Amazon.com, and CDBaby.
Sords is represented by EMC Artists, Ltd., and makes his home in Shaker Heights, Ohio.
December 7, 2014 - CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS Cello Concerto No. 1 Op 33
Dahae has been the Assistant Principal cello of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra since 2013. She graduated in May of 2013 from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where she was the recipient of the Conservatory’s prestigious Gregor Piatigorsky Scholarship, earning Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees as a student of Laurence Lesser and Paul Katz. She also studied privately with famed cellist Bernard Greenhouse, formerly of the Beaux Arts Trio.
In 2010, Dahae was the winner of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic Strings Competition, resulting in a performance of the Shostakovich Cello Concerto in 2011, and she has also performed as concerto soloist with the National Repertory Orchestra, where she served as principal cellist in the summer of 2012. Dahae also spent three summers at the Tanglewood Music Center, where she studied with members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and played under conductors including Charles Dutoit, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Bernard Haitink, James Levine, André Previn and Michael Tilson Thomas. As a chamber musician, she has performed in Jordan and Ozawa Halls and coached with members of the Cleveland, Takács, Borromeo and Juilliard string quartets.
Dahae was born in Seoul, Korea and moved to Rockland County, New York with her family at the age of 8, where she took up cello studies with Irene Sharp and New York Philharmonic cellist, Qiang Tu. Other than music, she loves to travel, draw and play with her dogs.
May 4, 2014 - BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 9
Jessica Dold, soprano, hails from Kansas City, KS. After receiving a bachelor of Music Education degree from Pittsburg State University, she studied music performance at Florida State University where she performed in Falstaff and La clemenza di Tito as well as Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem with the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra. She completed apprentice programs with Sarasota Opera and Santa Fe Opera before relocating to Michigan, where she now calls home. She has since performed with Arbor Opera Theater (La bohème, Le nozze di Figaro), Mercury Opera Rochester (Falstaff), Case Western Reserve University (Mozart’s Requiem), Blue Lake Opera (The Last Leaf), and the West Michigan Concert Winds.
She has taken home top prize honors from the Nicholas Loren Competition and Orpheus Vocal Competition, as well as finalist recognition from Houston Grand Opera’s Eleanor McCollum Competition, the Gerda Lissner Foundation, and the Florida Grand Opera Studio.
Mezzo-Soprano Katherine Calcamuggio has been featured in important role and company debuts across the United States, eliciting kudos for her “soaring, rich voice” (The Miami Herald), her “polished musical and dramatic characterizations” (Kurt Weill Newsletter) and her “fine coloratura technique” (Philadelphia Inquirer). In the 2013 and 2014 season, Ms. Calcamuggio will debut the roles of the Komponist in Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos (University of Michigan) and the Mezzo-Soprano soloist in Verdi’s Requiem (Chicago Community Chorus).
As a winner of the coveted concerto competition at University of Michigan, she made her Hill Auditorium debut with the University of Michigan orchestra singing John Corigliano's Mr. Tambourine Man. In January of 2014, she will return to Opera on the James to make a role debut of Julia Child in Hoiby's Bon Appetit as well as returning with the Toledo Symphony in as the Mezzo-Soprano soloist in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Auspicious operatic and symphonic debuts from recent seasons include performing with three time Grammy winning eighth blackbird revisiting Corigliano’s Mr. Tambourine Man, Gianetta in L’elisir amore with Opera on the James, soloist for the world premiere of Vivian Fung’s Yushan Songs with Fulcrum Point in Chicago, Hansel in Hansel and Gretel with Syracuse opera, Stephano in Roméo et Juliette with Syracuse Opera; a much touted Sesto in Handel’s Giulio Cesare and Un Musico in Manon Lescaut with Florida Grand Opera; the and Young Nun in the world premiere of Stephen Hartke’s The Greater Good (available on the Naxos label).
Justin Berkowitz, tenor, originally from Edina, Minnesota is a young tenor who has been praised for his “exacting and animated” performances and is quickly gaining national attention for his character work, and “bright future in bel canto.” During the 2013-2014 season, Justin joins Opera Naples as their Resident Artist tenor, singing Beppe in I Pagliacci and covering Count Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia. This summer, Justin is thrilled to be making his debut with St. Petersburg Opera in their production of West Side Story, covering the role of Tony. This season, Justin also joins Chicago Opera Theater as a member of their young artist program and will be seen in concert performing Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Detroit Medical Orchestra, and Carmina Burana with the University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club.
Equally at home in the genres of Operetta and Musical Theater, Justin spent the summer of 2012 as a young artist with the Ohio Light Opera company, where he performed the role of Franz Schubert in Romberg’s “Blossom Time.” Of his performance, Opera News highlighted that “With his true, limpid tenor, Justin Berkowitz conveys sweetness and a delicate artistic temperament as Schubert” singing with a “thrilling embodiment of youthful passion.” Known for his interpretation of Orff’s tenor solo in Carmina Burana, Justin has performed the piece throughout Wisconsin and Michigan including engagements with the Osh Kosh Symphony and Dudley Birder Chorale.
A student of Kenneth Bozeman and Stanford Olsen, Justin has also performed at the University of Michigan, Lawrence University, Janiec Opera Company and College Light Opera Company.
Jonathan Lasch has been described by critics as possessing a voice of “arresting color and heft” (Cincinnati Enquirer) that is “thrillingly resonant and firm-lined,” (Music Web International) a performer that is “Robust of voice, direct in action” (The Oregonian), “a tour de force.” (Cincinnati Enquirer) Most recent performances include Bass Soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Milwaukee Symphony, Marco in View From the Bridge by William Bolcom with Michigan Opera Theater and Masetto in Don Giovanni with the Green Mountain Opera Festival.
2012 consisted of Jonathan’s first full Messiah with the Dover Choral Society, his role debut as Don Giovanni with the University of Michigan Opera Theatre, a return to the role of Marcello in La Boheme with Arbor Opera Theater, and the role of Farasmane in Handel’s Radamisto with the English Concert orchestra along side conductor Harry Bicket and countertenor David Daniels. In 2011, Lasch performed Captain Corcoran in H.M.S. Pinafore with Piedmont Opera, Scarpia in Tosca for Opera Saratoga’s Pasta and Puccini Night, and joined the Aspen Opera Theater Center for Ford in Falstaff.
Jonathan has been fortunate to learn from some of the best training programs in the United States; participating in the Young Artist Programs at Glimmerglass Opera, Seattle Opera, Portland Opera, Chautauqua Opera, and Connecticut Opera while rounding out his academic studies at The Hartt School/University of Hartford (BM and MM), the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music/University of Cincinnati (Artist Diploma) and has continued his studies as a DMA candidate with the University of Michigan while maintaining a professional performing career.
Jonathan resides in Ypsilanti, Michigan, with his wife and son.
December 9, 2012 - MENDELSSOHN Concerto for Violin in E Minor
Outside of performances in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Ronmark can be heard in the Stellar Piano Trio and Gamar Duo. A native of Detroit, Adrienne received her B.M. at the University of Michigan and M.M. at the Cleveland Institute of Music. During her studies she has had the opportunity to work closely with distinguished living composers such as William Bolcom, Michael Daugherty, Evan Chambers, and Jennifer Higdon.
Before joining the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Ronmark was associate concertmaster of the Ann Arbor Symphony from 1999-2007, leaving her post to pursue new musical ventures. She is a founding member of new music detroit.
December 11, 2011 - BEETHOVEN Concerto No. 5 for Piano and Orchestra
Robert Conway is an associate professor of piano at Wayne State University, where he is also the director of the piano area. Since 1989, he has performed regularly as orchestral keyboardist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and has been a soloist with them on several occasions. In 2013, he performed the solo piano part to Symphony No. 4 by Charles Ives in Carnegie Hall as part of the Detroit Symphony’s presentation of the complete symphonies of Ives. He has served as a musical representative of the United States as an Artistic Ambassador of the United States Information Agency on a month-long tour of South Asia and the Middle East in 1997, as well as acting as a Department of State Cultural Envoy to Jamaica in 2005 and Azerbaijan in 2008.
As a soloist and chamber musician, he has appeared at numerous national and international festivals, performed concertos with many orchestras, collaborated with prestigious composers, given countless premieres and is featured on several recordings on numerous labels. In 2009, he performed as part of the American Romanian Festival in Timisoara and Sannicolau Mare, Romania. Conway received a Bachelor’s degree in piano performance from the New England Conservatory and Master’s and Doctoral degrees in piano performance from the University of Michigan. His principal teachers were Theodore Lettvin, Rudolf Kolisch and Eugene Bossart.