Dearborn, Mich. May 6, 2019 – A quartet of Detroit Symphony Orchestra musicians recently performed for residents of Beaumont Commons, Dearborn—making a chilly, rainy afternoon much brighter for everyone.
The DSO quartet included violinists Jing Zhang and Sujin Lim, cellist David LeDoux, and violist Hang Su. In addition to performing a variety of classical arrangements, tangos and contemporary tunes, the musicians talked about their musical backgrounds and invited questions from residents and visitors.
One of the questions that drew laughter from the audience was whether the musicians had other day jobs when not performing with the orchestra or as a quartet.
LeDoux explained it was a good question and that the Detroit Symphony Orchestra is their day job, and as musicians, they were fortunate to be with the DSO and able to do what they enjoy, including performances like this, full time.
The musicians also answered more technical questions from the audience about differences between first and second violins and whether a viola is tuned the same way as a violin.
The performance was one of several held throughout the year at this senior living community in Dearborn and on other Beaumont Health campuses as part of Michigan’s largest health system’s Arts for the Spirit program.
Ending the concert with a lively tango, the quartet received a standing ovation from residents.
“It’s always fantastic, and their arrangements are well done,” said Kathleen Kauffman, a Beaumont Commons resident who had studied at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and played piano for choirs and soloists throughout the Midwest before moving back to her home state of Michigan. “It’s a joy to listen to them perform, and I know it takes a lot of years of hard work.”
Resident Doug Whitaker shared how much he liked the variety of pieces the quartet played, including “Viva La Vida” by Coldplay. Whitaker’s wife Janet commented on the group’s arrangement of Debussy’s Clair de Lune. She said, “I used to try to play it on the piano, and it was difficult.”
Seated next to the Whitakers, Darlene Harris echoed, “I enjoyed the whole performance.”
Enjoying the music inside, no one appeared to take notice of the dreary weather outside.