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May 13th, 2016—Chamber Soloists of Detroit play Treasures of Vienna February 7, 2016

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Midland, MI –The Grove Music Festival is pleased to present Chamber Soloists of Detroit in recital, playing a program titled Treasures of Vienna. Celebrated Canadian artists, violinist Scott St. John and violist Sharon Wei, join Chamber Soloists of Detroit artistic director and pianist Pauline Martin on Friday, May 13 at 7:30 pm at Chapel Lane Presbyterian Church, 5501 Jefferson Ave. Tickets are available at the door for $10.

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The program will feature works by Mozart, Schumann, Brahms and Beethoven.

The Chamber Soloists of Detroit is the brainchild of Artistic Director Pauline Martin.  “CSD is about showcasing Michigan’s finest artists in collaboration with international guest artists.”

A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, Scott St. John made his Carnegie debut in 1988 after winning 1st prize in the Alexander Schneider Competition; he has also won the Young Concert Artists Award. He has since played an enormous variety of concerts across North America, including solo appearances with orchestras, recitals and chamber music and was awarded a prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant from Lincoln Center in New York in 2003, the same year he soloed with the Midland Symphony Orchestra.  Canadian violist Sharon Wei is a dynamic and varied musician, establishing herself as one of the most respected violists on the scene today. She has appeared as soloist, chamber musician, and guest principal violist throughout North America and Europe. Canadian born pianist, Pauline Martin, continues to earn world-class recognition for solo and chamber music performances, recordings and national broadcasts in the United States, Canada and Europe.


February 6th, 2015 – The Eclectic Cello January 4, 2015

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The Grove Music Festival presents a program titled The Eclectic Cello at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6 at Chapel Lane Presbyterian Church, 5501 Jefferson Ave.  Featured artists will be Martin Torch-Ishii, cello, and Michele Cooker, piano. Tickets are available at the door for $10.

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Torch-Ishii will be joined by Cooker, a Midland native, in a concert featuring works of Bach, Shostakovich and Schumann, as well as several contemporary pieces including two works composed by Torch-Ishii.  Mr. Torch-Ishii will conduct a master-class for Midland Public School string players on Friday morning, February 6.  In conjunction with the Midland Music Teachers Association, Michele Cooker will hold a piano master-class at 4 pm, Feb. 6 at Chapel Lane Presbyterian Church.


Torch-Ishii is a cellist, composer, and educator involved in a wide variety of musical genres and projects.  Based in Ann Arbor, he maintains a full private cello studio and an active performance schedule through his Home Concert Series.  His debut solo CD, “Metamorphosis” was released in August, 2014.  During the summer, Martin co-directs Cellovation in Ann Arbor, and the San Diego Cello Camp in California. Partner to many distinguished musicians, Michele Cooker has performed on many concert series and participated in festivals in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.  Ms. Cooker collaborates regularly with members of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and other violinists throughout the Midwest.  She teaches piano in Ann Arbor.