Detroit Symphony musicians head to the library

Posted on: March 30, 2016

“Detroit Symphony Orchestra musicians will come to the Troy library to perform music featured in a best-selling novel set in Michigan as part of a statewide reading initiative,” writes Terry Oparka in Wednesday’s (3/30) Troy Times (Troy, MI). On April 7, “DSO flutist Jeff Zook, violinist Sheryl Hwangbo and cellist David LeDoux will perform a selection from ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ by Mendelssohn, and works by Vivaldi and others mentioned in [Emily St. John Mandel’s] book ‘Station Eleven’ [as part of the Michigan Humanities Council’s fifth biennial Great Michigan Read]. A summary of the book on the Michigan Humanities Council website states, ‘Station Eleven’ is the story of the Traveling Symphony, a troupe of Shakespearean actors and orchestral musicians traveling the shores of the Great Lakes in a post-apocalyptic Michigan … where 99 percent of the population has been wiped out by a flu pandemic.” Said Cathy Russ, director of the Troy Public Library, “I think what these programs do is really enhance the reader’s experience of the book. It just brings it alive and leads you to other topics you want to explore.” Read Symphony magazine’s 2014 article about orchestra-library partnerships here

Posted March 30, 2016