Pianist Michelle Cann debuts in Detroit on November 5


Pianist Michelle Cann is quickly establishing herself as a major artist after triumphant appearances this summer with the Cleveland and Philadelphia orchestras. Ms. Cann is making her Detroit debut in the Chamber Music Society of Detroit series with a recital on Friday, November 5, 2021 at 8:00 p.m. at Schaver Music Recital Hall on the Wayne State University campus.

Known for championing the music of a pioneering African-American composer Florence Award, Ms. Cann will perform two of Price’s works, the Sonata in E minor and the Fantasie Nègre No. 1 in E minor. The program also includes music by Chopin, Brahms, Debussy and Clara Schumann.

Tickets for this concert are $ 30 for adults and $ 25 for seniors. Peak student tickets are priced at $ 5 and are available starting at 7:45 p.m. The concert will be broadcast live and digital tickets are priced at $ 10. Tickets are available by phone at 313-335-3300 or online at www.cmdetroit.org. Ticket buyers also have the option of purchasing a two-concert Detroit package that includes a recital on March 4, 2022 by violinist Kim Kaloyanides Kennedy, acting principal violinist of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Package prices are $ 50 for adults and $ 40 for seniors.

Michelle Cann made her orchestral debut at the age of fourteen and has since performed as a soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Florida Orchestra, the North Carolina Symphony, and the New Jersey Orchestra, among others.

A champion of the music of Florence Award, Ms. Cann performed the New York premiere of the composer’s Concerto in One Movement with The Dream Unfinished Orchestra and the Philadelphia premiere with the Philadelphia Orchestra and music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin in February 2021, which the Philadelphia Inquirer reported on. described as “exquisite”. She has also performed Price’s works for solo piano and chamber ensemble for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, in a Chamber Music Society of Detroit webcast and with the New World Symphony, among others.

Ms. Cann performs regularly in recital and as a chamber musician in the United States, China and South Korea, performing at the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing, the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, Walt disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and the Barbican in London with members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Her festival appearances include the Taos Chamber Music Festival, Blossom Festival, Yellow Barn, Perlman Music Program, Music Academy of the West, Geneva Music Festival and Pianofest in the Hamptons, where she is artist in residence.

In 2019, she was the Cincinnati Symphony’s MAC Music Innovator in recognition of her role as an African-American classical musician who embodies art, innovation, and a commitment to education and community engagement. Ms. Cann demonstrates this commitment through her many community outreach activities, most notably as the director of two children’s choirs in the El Sistema Play On Philly-inspired program. She was also part of the first class of ArtistYear Fellows at the Curtis Institute of Music, where she worked with community partners to provide arts education to underserved communities in Philadelphia.

Ms. Cann joined the Curtis Institute of Music faculty in 2020 as the inaugural Eleanor Sokoloff Chair in Piano Studies.

Please note that the Chamber Music Society of Detroit will adhere to all applicable COVID policies at the state, federal, and site level. For more details on the most up-to-date policies, please visit www.cmdetroit.org.


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