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The Interlochen Collection: Detroit Symphony Orchestra and World Youth Symphony Orchestra 2023

Detroit Symphony Orchestra music director Jader Bignamini conducts musicians from the DSO performing alongside the World Youth Symphony Orchestra in July 2023
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Detroit Symphony Orchestra music director Jader Bignamini conducts musicians from the DSO performing alongside the World Youth Symphony Orchestra in July 2023

Revisit a concert from July 2023 featuring the World Youth Symphony Orchestra and members of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Jader Bignamini conducts Mahler's Symphony no. 1.

On July 23, 2023, the nearly 100 young musicians from Interlochen's World Youth Symphony Orchestra had a very special opportunity.

They were joined on the stage of Kresge Auditorium by 31 members of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

The DSO had given its own concert the previous night, part of its summer residency at Interlochen.

During the same weekend, members of the orchestra taught master classes for Interlochen Arts Camp's high school students musicians and played alongside various high school ensembles.

This episode features the side-by-side performance of WYSO and the DSO musicians.

DSO music director Jader Bignamini conducted this performance of Gustav Mahler's Symphony no. 1.

An adult violinist gives instructions to a high school violinist
Musicians from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra gave masterclasses and worked individually with Interlochen Arts Camp students during their 2023 residency

Detroit Symphony Orchestra musicians featured in this recording
*denotes Interlochen Arts Camp or Academy alum

Violin I
Kimberly Kaloyanides Kennedy*
Hai-Xin Wu
Greg Staples*
Eun Park Lee
Rachel Harding Klaus
Kyoko Kashiwagi

Violin II
Adam Stepniewski
Hong-Yi Mo
Elizabeth Furuta
Alexander Volkov
Molly Hughes
Joachim Stepniewski

Viola
Eric Nowlin*
Hang Su
John Madison
Romona Merritt

Cello
Abraham Feder
Peter McCaffrey
David LeDoux
Sarah Cleveland

Double Bass
Stephen Molina*
Christopher Hamlen

Flute
Sharon Sparrow

Oboe
Monica Fosnaugh

Clarinet
Ralph Skiano

Bassoon
Conrad Cornelison*

Horn
Scott Strong

Trumpet
Hunter Eberly

Trombone
Kenneth Thompkins

Tuba
David Zerkel

Percussion
Keith Claeys

Michael Culler engineered the recording featured in this episode.

Additional support came from Nancy Deneen, Mary Larson, Carolyn Purcell and Emily Duncan Wilson.

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