Welcome to the 28th Season of the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival

Despite the challenging pandemic, the Festival remains committed to our mission of bringing together the world’s finest musicians to offer extraordinary musical events. For summer 2021, we balanced health and safety imperatives with audience feedback indicating a growing willingness to gather in-person, under the right circumstances. Importantly, Festival musicians are eager to share their passion and artistry with you.

This year we will present two extraordinary summer festivals! First, June 13-20 for a week of in-person, outdoor performances under a tent on the beautiful campus of Temple Beth El. Next, July 10-24, we present two weeks of virtual concerts in the comfort of your home. Each virtual concert will include exclusive content and additional concerts beyond the June Festival.

The full 2021 Festival performance schedule is listed below. Ticket sales began May 14. No tickets will be sold at the door. Start your ticket purchase for June in-person concerts by clicking Read More for the concert desired and then selecting available seats on the chart.

If you need help placing a ticket order, call 248-559-2097 on Tuesdays and Thursday 11 AM – 3 PM or leave a message at any time.

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Virtual Vignette with Nick Photinos and Yasuko Oura

March 24 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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Virtual Vignette with Nick Photinos and Yasuko Oura
Wednesday, March 24 | 5:30 p.m. EST

Artists | Nick Photinos, cello; Yasuko Oura, piano

We welcome you to join our Virtual Vignette series, a concert series dedicated to supporting artists while bringing world-class performances and insightful conversation straight to your home. Each 60-minute event includes a 30-40 minute recently recorded chamber music performance, followed by live Q&A dialog with the performers, moderated by Festival Artistic Director Paul Watkins.

The program, entitled Time Transfixed, takes its name from Australian composer Maria Grenfell’s work, which is taken from surrealist René Magritte’s painting of the same name, depicting a stopping of time (bare walls, a clock) and also motion and movement (a train coming out of a fireplace, steam bellowing from its engine). Maria experienced this work as an eerie pause of time, much how many of us are experiencing the pandemic. These pieces all demonstrate this sense of timelessness each in their own way, simultaneously frozen and yet still moving ahead.

Caroline Shaw In Manus Tuas
John Adams Road Movies Mvmt. II
Angelica Negron Panorama
Maria Grenfell Time Transfixed 

This concert is generously sponsored by Gwen & S. Evan Weiner
As host for the Virtual Vignettes, Paul Watkins is sponsored by Rayna & Natalio Kogan


Date: March 24
Time: 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Venue Name: Virtual