March 18 2013 12:00 AM

Pianist Ralph Votapek performs with the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings at Wharton


Detroit Chamber Winds and
Strings was started by four friends who missed the intimate music style and
smaller pieces of their college days. Since then it has grown into a collection
of musicians from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Michigan Opera Theatre
Orchestra who come together to perform and record chamber music.

The chamber music experience comes to Wharton Center Sunday, in the Cobb Great Hall. The
performance includes music from composers like Mozart, Stravinsky,
Giovanni Gabrieli and George Antheil.

“Chamber music isn’t
performed as frequently as orchestral music,” said Sally Lawton, public relations
and marketing associate for the DCWS. “This is
an opportunity for (the DCWS) to dig out pieces that they wouldn’t normally play with
a larger orchestra. It allows the audience and musicians to engage with each
other in a new way.”

Audience members will also
get a chance to engage with the musicians during a free half-hour preview lecture beginning 45 minutes before the performance in the Stoddard Grand Tier

The DCWS will be accompanied by Lansing pianist Ralph Votapek, professor emeritus of piano at the Michigan State University College
of Music, as well as the Gold Medalist of the first Van Cliburn International
Piano Competition and winner of the Naumburg Award.

Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings
3 p.m. Sunday, March
Wharton Center, Cobb Great Hall