DETROIT (WWJ) – In cooperation with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Wayne State University Department of Music will debut “Mondays at the Max with Wayne State,” a new concert series featuring premier WSU student ensembles at the Max M. Fisher Music Center.

Charles Burke, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s director of education, said this new collaboration gives music students the opportunity to perform in a world-class venue to larger audiences.

The University Orchestra will kick off the series at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10 in the Max M. Fisher Music Center’s Music Box.

Wayne State Professor of Music and Director of Orchestral Studies Kypros Markou will lead the orchestra in a performance of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto featuring soloist Hai-Xin Wu, DSO assistant concertmaster and WSU private violin instructor. The concert will also include Howard Hanson’s Symphony No. 2 (“Romantic”).

“Mondays at the Max” fall season schedule:

  • Oct. 10: University Orchestra, Kypros Markou, conductor
  • Oct. 24: Wind Symphony and Chamber Winds, Douglas Bianchi, conductor – French chamber music featuring works by Gounod and Debussy
  • Nov. 7: Concert Band and Wind Symphony, Douglas Bianchi, conductor – Featuring Don Platter performing a Philip Sparke clarinet concerto
  • Nov. 14: Jazz Big Band, Christopher Collins, conductor – Featuring faculty and student guest soloists from the Detroit-Torino Urban Jazz Project
  • Dec. 5: Choral Showcase, Norah Duncan, Ann Marie Koukios and Scott Hanoian, conductors – Seasonal music and Haydn’s “Lord Nelson” Mass
  • Dec. 12: Chamber Winds and Orchestra, Douglas Bianchi and Kypros Markou, conductors – Stravinsky’s Concerto for Piano and Winds, featuring pianist Robert Conway; and Chadwick’s Jubilee and Noël

All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Music Box.

Regullarly prices tickets cost $15 for adults, $10 for students, and $5 for WSU students, and can be purchased at the DSO box office, online at or by calling 313-576-5111.


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