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Michigan Philharmonic goes "3D" in March
Food drive for 'Orchestras Feeding America" also planned during event
By: Michigan Philharmonic
The Philharmonic's magical "Music in 3D" concert is on Sunday, March 19 at 2 p.m. in Plymouth's First United Methodist Church. Led by Conductor and Music Director Nan Washburn, now in her 24th season, the performance features Antonin Dvořák, a European master of rhythm and folk music; modern, innovative music from rising Chinese composer Dai Wei; and a legendary female French composer Germaine Tailleferre, whose concertino for harp will showcase Philharmonic harpist Maurice Draughn.
Three pieces will be featured, including Wei's "Invisible Portals" (2022), Germaine Tailleferre's "Concertino for Harp and Orchestra" (1927) and Dvořák's "Symphony No. 7 in D Minor Op. 70" (1885).
As a part of the concert, the Philharmonic is participating in the "Orchestras Feeding America" food drive organized by the League of American Orchestras. Partnering with Gleaners and Feeding America, the Phil is asking for audience members to bring canned or other non-perishable food and donate in the boxes that will be provided.
There will also be a pre-concert talk beginning at 1:15 p.m. with Washburn and composer Dai Wei who will speak about her piece.
Originally from China, Wei's musical journey navigates in the spaces between east and west, classical and pop, electronic and acoustic, innovation and tradition. She often draws from eastern philosophy and aesthetics and is nourished by the Asian and Chinese Ethnic cultures in many different ways. She was awarded CANOA Commission (Composing a New Orchestra Audience) from the American Composer Orchestra Underwood New Music Reading, and her newly composed chamber orchestra Invisible Portals premiered at Carnegie Hall in 2022.
During a centralized quarantine, she wrote a piece for solo violin and electronics called Song for Shades of Crimson which was dedicated to people who have died with coronavirus. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in Music Composition at Princeton University. She came to the U.S. after finishing her B.A. in Music Composition at the Xinghai Conservatory of Music.
A native of Detroit, Draughn is an experienced and versatile musician. He has appeared as a soloist with several orchestras including the International Symphony, Rochester Symphony, Michigan Philharmonic and the Detroit Symphony Civic Orchestra. He is currently a freelance harpist performing with several orchestras and ensembles throughout Southeastern Michigan and Western Ontario including the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Michigan Opera Theatre.
For tickets, contact the Philharmonic at www.michiganphil.org or call (734) 451-2112. First United Methodist Church is located at 45201 North Territorial Rd. in Plymouth Township.
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