Listen @ The Library

A Partnership with the Novi Public Library

An innovative partnership, the Chamber Music Society of Detroit, Novi Public Library, Friends of the Novi Public Library, Walmart, Community Financial Credit Union, and Evola Music present Listen @ The Library - a series of free family concerts performed by internationally acclaimed artists in the heart of the Novi community. These performances are informal and interactive, introducing audiences to chamber music in an entertaining and engaging way and providing an opportunity to meet and speak with the artists.

2015-16 Concerts
Free to the general public

Upcoming Concerts:

Sunday, April 17 at 3PM 

Great Waters Quartet

Proclaimed an “outstanding ensemble” by David M. Rice of Classical Source (2014), the Great
Waters Quartet was founded in 2013 by four Detroit Symphony Orchestra colleagues— Rachel
Klaus and Adrienne Rönmark violins, Shanda Lowery-Sachs, viola, and Peter McCaffrey, cello.
Together, they have performed for audiences from northern Michigan to New York City while
concurrently performing as full-time DSO musicians!

Mozart: String Quartet in C major, "Dissonance", K. 465
Brahms: String Quartet No. 1 in C minor, Op. 51


Past Concerts:

Sunday, September 13 at 3PM

Bret Hoag, guitar 

A Michigan native, Bret Hoag is a faculty member of classical and jazz guitar at Oakland University. A regular solo performer, Bret specializes in performance of new music; he has premiered works by composers including P.Q. Phan, Anthony Lanman, Rafael Hernandez, Mitsuhito Ogino, Terry Herald, Brian Hulse, and John Hall. Aside from solo engagements, Bret frequently performs in chamber settings. Most recently, collaborators have included Jeffery Zook, flutist; George Stoffan, clarinetist; Drake Dantzler, tenor; Kelly Holst, soprano; and Davis Brooks, violinist. Bret holds degrees from both the Oberlin Conservatory and Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music where he completed his masters.  


Sunday, October 18 at 3PM 

DSO Trio

Kimberly Ann Kaloyanides Kennedy won her coveted position as a violinist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra at the age of 22. In 2003, she further realized her dream when she became Associate Concertmaster. Kennedy began her study of the violin at the age of five in Dayton, OH. Throughout her training, she won several prizes in competitions around the country including the Grand Prize in the National MTNA competition, 1st prize in the Greek Women’s National Competition in Chicago, the Skokie Valley Concerto Competition, the Universtiy of Michigan Concerto Competition, the Harid Conservatory Concerto Competition, and was one of the few Americans invited to the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis in 1998. Kimberly enjoys performing chamber music regularly around Michigan with various groups including the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings, on series such as Chamber Music North, Fairlane Concert Guild, Pro Mozart, Classical Brunch in Birmingham, and the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival.

Currently Acting Principal Violist of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, James VanValkenburg, came to orchestral playing after a satisfying career in chamber music. As a founding member of the International String Quartet, he toured the world with concerts in Europe, the Far East, South America, as well as the U.S. The quartet won several notable prizes, including the Munich Competition, East & West Artists of New York, and was the first winner of the Premier Grand Prix at the International Chamber Music Competition of Evian, France. VanValkenburg joined the DSO in 1986 and has participated in several summer festivals including Lockenhaus, Newport, Strings in the Mountains as well as the American String Project in Seattle in 2011. Since joining the DSO, he has appeared as a soloist in 2005, 2013 and 2014.

David LeDoux was appointed to the cello section of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in 2012. He was previously Principal Cellist of the Syracuse Symphony, Principal Cellist of the Baton Rouge Symphony in Louisiana, and a member of the Tulsa Philharmonic in Oklahoma. LeDoux is an active chamber musician and a fan of new music, having been a frequent performer with Syracuse's Society for New Music.  As soloist, he has performed with the Syracuse Symphony, the Skaneateles Festival Chamber Orchestra, the Louisiana Sinfonietta, the Tulsa Philharmonic Orchestra, the Oklahoma State University Orchestra, and the Mid-Texas Symphony. David's primary teachers were Ronald Leonard at the University of Southern California and Dennis Parker at Louisiana State University. 


Sunday, November 22 at 3PM 

Robert Peavler, baritone

Monica Swartout-Bebow, mezzo-soprano

Tyler Driskill, piano

Baritone Robert Peavler currently serves as Associate Professor of Voice at Eastern Michigan University. Dr. Peavler regularly performs across the country as a recitalist and soloist as well as being a frequent adjudicator and clinician. A versatile performer, Dr. Peavler has been heard on Wisconsin and Michigan Public Radio, and recently performed in a new music premiere with Michigan State University's Musique 21. He received an undergraduate degree from Central Michigan University and both a Masters and Doctor of Music in Vocal Performance from Florida State University.

Monica Swartout-Bebow, mezzo soprano, is a busy regional artist and seasoned voice teacher known for her versatile singing and engaging performances. A Detroit area native, she made her professional operatic debut as Juno in the Detroit Oratorio Society’s production of Händel’s Semele, in which The Detroit News described her as “captivating.” Her opera credits include work with the Dayton Opera, Toledo Opera, the Lincoln Center Institute, Michigan Opera Works, and the Comic Opera Guild. Her orchestral concert engagements include solo appearances regionally and abroad. Ms. Swartout-Bebow is an esteemed faculty member of Eastern Michigan University and maintains a private studio in Ann Arbor.

Monday, January 11, 7 PM

Shanghai Quartet

Renowned for its passionate musicality, impressive technique and multicultural innovations, the Shanghai Quartet has become one of the world’s foremost chamber ensembles.  Its elegant style melds the delicacy of Eastern music with the emotional breadth of Western repertoire, allowing it to traverse musical genres including traditional Chinese folk music, masterpieces of Western music and cutting-edge contemporary works. Formed at the Shanghai Conservatory in 1983, the Quartet has worked with the world’s most distinguished artists and regularly tours the major music centers of Europe, North America and Asia. Its wide-ranging discography numbers over 30 recordings.

Sunday, March 20 at 3PM 

Tian Tian, piano

Pianist Tian Tian began her piano training at the age of four in her native China. Upon arriving in the United States, she studied with Logan Skelton and quickly began amassing top prizes at national and international competitions. She continued her training at the Juilliard School, where she received B.M. and M.M. degrees under the tutelage of Robert McDonald. In the fall of 2011 Tian completed a D.M.A. in Piano Performance and Literature with a minor in Chamber Music and Accompanying at the Eastman School of Music where she was a student of Nelita True. Dr. Tian maintains a busy performance schedule in the U.S and abroad. Solo appearances have included music festivals such as Piano Texas, the Gilmore Festival, and Summer Courses with Arie Vardi (Germany). Recent concerto appearances included the Windsor Symphony and the Idyllwild Chamber Orchestra.


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