Chamber musicians to perform on St. Patrick’s Day

By: K. Michelle Moran | Grosse Pointe Times | Published March 10, 2016


GROSSE POINTE FARMS — The Grosse Pointe War Memorial is marking St. Patrick’s Day in a classical way.

Six internationally acclaimed chamber musicians from around Michigan will be performing together during a dinner and concert that will begin at 6 p.m. March 17. Detroit Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Yoonshin Song (pictured); Michigan State University Piano Department Chair Deborah Moriarty; DSO Assistant Concertmaster Hai Xin Wu; MSU piano professor Zhihua Tang; MSU viola professor Yuri Gandelsman, the former principal violist with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra; and MSU cello professor Suren Bagratuni, a silver medal winner in the International Tchaikovsky Competition, are the musicians slated to perform. The program includes Debussy’s Petite Suite for piano with four hands and Franck’s Sonata in A major for violin and piano, among other works.

“It is quite unique to have these high-caliber musicians, all who have made it on the world stage, all performing together, right in our community,” Wu said in a prepared statement. “We have a lot of camaraderie and have great chemistry together. We spark energy among ourselves when we play.”

This event is part of the Arts at the Alger series. Tickets cost $45 for the concert and dinner, or $25 for just the concert. The War Memorial is located at 32 Lake Shore Road in Grosse Pointe Farms. For reservations or more information, call (313) 332-4074 or visit