World premiere viola composition featured during Michigan Philharmonic's November performance
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"M & Ms" night includes composer Andre Myers, soloist Brett Deubner

PLYMOUTH, Mich. - eMusicWire -- The Michigan Philharmonic continues its 76th season with a "M & Ms" evening planned for Friday, Nov. 12 at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Plymouth.

Led by Conductor and Music Director Nan Washburn, now in her 23rd season, the orchestra will offer a unique "M & Ms" performance centered around the siblings Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn that also includes a world premiere piece for viola and chamber orchestra from composer Andre Myers (with soloist Brett Deubner).

Two pieces from Felix Mendelssohn will be featured, including his "Symphony No. 4 (Italian);" a rarely heard overture by Fanny Mendelssohn titled "Overture in C Major;" and Myers' piece, currently named "apex of R for Viola and Chamber Orchestra." There will also be a "side-by-side" performance with the Michigan Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, Sinfonia. This group is the Philharmonic's middle level, all-string orchestra under the direction of Hektor Qyteti.

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The evening begins with a talk between Washburn and Myers at 6:45 p.m. The performance starts at 7:30 p.m.

A native of Ann Arbor (and U of M graduate) Myers has been commissioned by the Michigan Philharmonic three times, and he served as composer-in-residence for the Philharmonic's CLASSical music outreach program. His second commission from the Philharmonic, a musical adaptation of Holling C. Holling's picture book "Paddle to the Sea," has been performed regularly since 2005 as a part of the orchestra's "Koncert for Kids" series, and the composer has narrated the work for tens of thousands of school children.

Born in San Francisco, violist Brett Douglas Deubner has established himself as one of the foremost viola soloists, chamber music collaborators and guest clinicians of his generation. As a sought-after soloist who has performed with orchestras on five continents, Deubner has redefined the role of "solo artist" and has given the viola a new standing in the world of classical music with his virtuosity, commitment to championing new music and his mentoring of this generation's young artists. He has performed worldwide, having appeared with more than 80 orchestras in 11 countries.

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For tickets, contact the Michigan Philharmonic at www.michiganphil.org or call (734) 451-2112. You can also contact the Philharmonic at info@michiganphil.org.

All concerts are subject to time and date changes as well as health restrictions in place at venues listed. To protect everyone the Philharmonic is asking patrons to wear masks during the performances.



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