Detroit – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) is pleased to welcome three new full-time musicians to its ranks beginning this month for the 2018-2019 Season.

In a new announcement, Mike Chen, viola, will join the DSO after seven seasons as Associate Principal/Acting Principal Viola of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Chen began his professional viola career with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra in 2003.

Chen joins two other new DSO musicians that were announced in May. Abraham Feder will join the DSO this season as Assistant Principal Cello (Dorothy and Herbert Graebner Chair). Feder was most recently a member of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and served as Assistant Principal Cello of the Santa Fe Opera this summer. Nicholas Myers, bass, will also join the DSO this fall. A Michigan native, Myers won his audition while completing his graduate studies at The Juilliard School.

As announced in April, the DSO welcomes two new African-American Orchestra Fellows for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons: Michael Gause, trumpet, and Adam Sadberry, flute. The Fellowship, inaugurated in 1990 (though similar initiatives were created in the 1980s), aims to enhance the career development of African-American orchestral musicians and, in the long-term, the diversity of professional orchestras. Gause and Sadberry will perform regularly with the DSO at Orchestra Hall and in the community, receive mentorship from tenured musicians, and participate in mock auditions to gain experience in the competitive orchestra field. Thanks to generous support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the number of African-American Orchestra Fellows has increased from one to two beginning this season.

The DSO’s 2018-2019 Classical Series begins October 5-7, 2018, with a weekend of concerts conducted by Leonard Slatkin (who will be returning as Music Director Laureate) and featuring violinist Gil Shaham.

Prior to the Classical Series kickoff, the DSO will perform in northwest Detroit, Waterford, Monroe, and Sterling Heights on September 20, 22, and 23 in free community concerts presented by DTE Energy Foundation. The orchestra will also trek time and space with two sci-fi film presentations: a screening of 2001: A Space Odyssey in Ann Arbor on September 21, and three Orchestra Hall screenings of Star Wars: A New Hope on September 28-30.


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