Philpalooza 2: The Escapades Continue

Philpalooza 2: The Escapades Continue
April 2, 2019 paperlesslion

Maestra Nan Washburn and the Michigan Philharmonic Orchestra invite you to a giant, yet most civilized, musical party Saturday. PhilPalooza 2: The Escapades Continue features a work by Detroit composer Rick Robinson and performances by saxophonist Zach Shemon, the Plymouth Community Band, the Michigan Philharmonic Youth Band, and the Michigan Philharmonic Orchestra.

The program is Saturday, April 6, at the Plymouth Arts & Recreation Complex, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

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Details from Michigan Phil:

The big musical party continues, highlighting our local stars playing cool music with an urban vibe. To help us celebrate and “raise the roof”, we have several of our favorite guest artists and composers joining us! These guests include Saxophone virtuoso, Zach Shemon, who is fresh off his tour with the Prism Quartet, Detroit’s very own composer, Rick Robinson, and our friends from the Plymouth Community Band as they join the orchestra for a little Bernstein and John Williams.


  • Johannes Brahms Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80 (1880) (side by side with MPYO)
  • Rick Robinson Highland Park, MI: City of Trees(2009/2013)
  • John Alden Carpenter Skyscrapers (1924)
  • John Williams Escapades for Alto Saxophone & Orchestra from “Catch Me if You Can” (2002)
  • Leonard Bernstein Overture to “Candide” (1956) (side by side with PCB)
  • John Williams Raiders March (1981) (side by side with PCB)

Saxophonist Zach Shemon – Zach Shemon is Assistant Professor of Saxophone at the University of Missouri – Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance and alto chair in the acclaimed PRISM Quartet. Shemon’s performance career has led to appearances around the globe as a soloist, chamber musician, and various other concert settings. As a soloist, Shemon was awarded 1st prize at the inaugural International Saxophone Symposium and Competition in Columbus, GA and was the winner of the Indiana University Concerto Competition. He has appeared as a concerto soloist with the Indiana University Philharmonic and Michigan Philharmonic orchestras, as well as with the bands at the University of Michigan.

Composer Rick Robinson – Rick Robinson performs personally meaningful music inspired by 23 years as a bassist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO). In 2012 he resigned from DSO to fulfill his artistic potential sharing the joy of classical music the broadest possible community. Born into a five-generation musical family in Detroit, Robinson learned to excel and lead at the Interlochen Arts Academy, Cleveland Institute of Music and New England Conservatory. He held principal positions in the Akron and Canton (OH) and Portland (ME) symphony orchestras, plus the Boston Pops Esplanade with composer John Williams before being invited to join DSO in 1989. In 1995 Robinson began CutTime Players, an eight-piece ensemble with DSO principal members to perform transcriptions of famous symphonic repertoire for local and distant communities.