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Great Lakes Chamber Music Fest: 5 can't-miss concerts

June 8, 2014

By Mark Stryker, Detroit Free Press

June 08--June 14: Opening night offers a great example of artistic director James Tocco's savvy programming. Bach isn't on the bill, yet his influence will pulsate through the works by Brahms, Busoni and Beethoven. Cellist Paul Watkins, who succeeds Tocco as artistic director after the 2014 festival, also appears. (8 p.m., Seligman Performing Arts Center, Beverly Hills)

June 15: Performances of Bach's "The Art of the Fugue" are rare, but organist Roberta Gary takes on this monumental exploration of counterpoint -- daunting for the performer but heaven for the listener. (3 p.m. Our Lady Star of the Sea, Grosse Pointe Woods)

June 18: The exploratory pianist Frederic Chiu offers a "Classical Smackdown" between Bach and Philip Glass, connecting the dots between the early 18th and late 20thcenturies. Chiu will alternate works by each composer, including a movement-by-movement juxtaposition of Bach's Partita No. 2 with Glass' "Metamorphosis," (7:30 p.m. St. Hugo of the Hills, Bloomfield Hills)

June 23: 2014 Resident composer Peter Schickele's music is invariably alluringly well-made, rich in melody, diverse in style and form and frequently charming. This composer showcase concert features four of his works and one written under his famous nom de plume, P.D.Q. Bach. (7:30 p.m.June 23, Temple Beth El, Bloomfield Hills)

June 28: The big finish includes Bach's Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 3, 4 and 5, contemporary reflections of Bach by Joel Hoffman and Kurt Sturzenegger and local stars Yoonshin Song (violin), David Buck (flute), Ken Thompkins (trombone), Eisenhower Dance and others. (8 p.m.Seligman Performing Arts Center, Beverly Hills)


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