Ann Arbor Symphony Presents Romeo And Juliet, 10/8

The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra presents Romeo and Juliet on Saturday, October 8th, 8:00 pm at the Michigan Theater. The performance includes a dramatic musical retelling of the classic story of Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet narrated by Ralph Williams with Brahms Tragic Overture and Haydn's Sinfonia Concertante, Op. 84. The evening will feature solos from special guests Aaron Berofsky on violin, Sarah Cleveland on cello, Christian Green on bassoon, Timothy Michling on oboe, and narration by Ralph Williams.

SO concertmaster Aaron Berofsky, has toured extensively throughout the United States and abroad, gaining wide recognition as a soloist and chamber musician. As soloist, he has performed with orchestras in the United States, Germany, Italy, Spain and Canada. He has performed the complete cycle of Mozart violin sonatas at the International Festival Deia in Spain and has appeared in such renowned venues as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the 92nd Street Y, the Corcoran Gallery, Het Doelen, L'Octogone, the Teatro San Jose and the Museo de Bellas Artes. Mr. Berofsky has been featured on NPR's Performance Today and on the Canadian Broadcasting Company.

An alumnus of the Juilliard School, Mr. Berofsky was a scholarship student of Dorothy DeLay. Other important teachers have included Robert Mann, Felix Galimir, Glenn Dicterow, Lorand Fenyves and Elaine Richey. Mr. Berofsky is known for his commitment to teaching and is Professor of Violin at the University of Michigan and visiting Professor at the Hochschule für Musik Detmold, Germany.

Sarah Cleveland has been principal cellist of the Ann Arbor Symphony since 1994. She began her musical career as a member of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra while studying cello at the University of Michigan. Ms. Cleveland continued with Toledo for 20 years, including 13 years as principal of their cello section. She has served as principal of the Flint Symphony, a member of the Michigan Opera Theater Orchestra and frequently joins the cello section of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Cleveland is the founder and artistic director of SCStrings, an ensemble of fellow string players who provide groups of two to fifteen players for concerts and events.

Christian Green principal bassoon, received his Bachelor of Music in Bassoon Performance from the University of Michigan, and has enhanced his musical talents under the tutelage of such instructors as Christopher Millard, the Principal Bassoonist of the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Charles Ullery, Principal Bassoonist of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and Dr. Jeffrey Lyman, Associate Professor of Bassoon at the University of Michigan. In 2009, Mr. Green performed with the Albert Schweitzer Jugendorchester and the Harvestehuder Sinfonieorchester in Hamburg, Germany.

Timothy Michling is principal oboist of the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra. An avid performer, Tim appears frequently with numerous area orchestras, including the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, Flint Symphony Orchestra, Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra, Michigan Philharmonic, and the Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra. A dedicated educator,

Tim is a member of the music faculty at Oakland University and has also lectured at the University of Michigan-Flint. He has served his fellow Ann Arbor Symphony musicians as chair of the Orchestra Committee, as an ex officio member of the A2 SO board of directors, and as delegate to the Regional Orchestra Players Association (ROPA).

Tim earned his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he studied the oboe with Nancy AmbRose King. In addition, he studied the oboe with Allan Vogel at the prestigious Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles, where he earned his Artist Diploma. Tim also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a Master of Public Administration degree from Wayne State University.

"Among the many musical settings, for Romeo and Juliet, none is more poignant, nor more powerful, than Prokofiev's 1935 score." Join your Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra for an emotionally evocative evening on Saturday, October 8th at 8:00pm in the Michigan Theater.

Tickets are available online at, by emailing, or by calling (734) 994-4801. Single tickets range from $15 to $67. Student, Senior, and Group discounts are available.

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