Detroit Symphony Orchestra troupe to perform at library

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published March 30, 2016

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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.

At 7 p.m. April 7 at the library, 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 the book “Station Eleven.”

The Michigan Humanities Council is hosting the fifth round of the Great Michigan Read, which according to the council’s website is “a biennial statewide literary program focusing on humanities themes. The Great Michigan Read aims to connect us as Michiganians by deepening our understanding of our state, our society and our humanity. A statewide panel of teachers, librarians, community leaders and book lovers select the Great Michigan Read every two years.”

The 2015-16 Great Michigan Read title is “Station Eleven,” by Emily St. John Mandel.

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. Striving to maintain their humanity in the altered landscape of a world where 99 percent of the population has been wiped out by a flu pandemic, the Traveling Symphony operates under one credo: ‘Survival is insufficient.’”

“When I first visited the Michigan lakeshore on a book tour in 2010, I liked it so much that I decided I wanted to set my next book there, and I’ve taken every possible opportunity to return to the area since then,” said St. John Mandel in a prepared statement.  “I was delighted by the news that ‘Station Eleven’ had been selected as a Great Michigan Read, and I’m very much looking forward to spending more time in Michigan over the coming year. It’s an honor to have been selected, and I’m deeply grateful.”

Cathy Russ, director of the Troy Public Library, explained there will be no readings from the book at the April 7 event; however, the author will be at the Troy Community Center at 7 p.m. May 10. Reservations are required for both events.

The Friends of the Troy Public Library are sponsoring both programs.

“I think what these programs do is really enhance the reader’s experience of the book,” Russ said. “It just brings it alive and leads you to other topics you want to explore.”

Register for the program online at or call (248) 524-3542.

The Troy Public Library is located at 510 W. Big Beaver Road.