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For Immediate Release
Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013

Classical Jam to bring innovative style to concert series premiere

Classical Jam
     Rochester, Mich. – On Sunday, Oct. 20, the new Chamber Music Society of Detroit (CMSD) at Oakland University series will present Classical Jam, five brilliant musicians who blend classical tradition and improvisation to create dynamic performances unlike anything else on the concert stage today.

     Their program, "From the Streets to the Concert Hall," will explore the way composers throughout history have incorporated their heritages and the popular music of their day into concert music. It will include music by Bach, Piazzolla, Mozart and more.

     The event marks the launch of an exciting new partnership between Oakland University and the Chamber Music Society of Detroit, one of the world's premier chamber music presenting organizations. The partnership came about when CMSD President Steve Wogaman approached OU Music, Theatre and Dance Chair Professor Jackie Wiggins.

     "Oakland University has one of the fastest growing performing arts programs in the country and we are thrilled to bring our concerts to its campus," Wogaman said. "We look forward to meeting new listeners and sharing our passion for chamber music with them."

Steve Wogaman and Jackie Wiggins
     Wiggins offered similar sentiments. "We are just so excited about our new partnership with the Chamber Music Society of Detroit. It is absolutely a win-win situation for all," she said.

     "The Chamber Music Society has been looking to expand its audience and reach in the region. OU Music, Theatre and Dance has always wanted to expand our offerings to include world class performers. This partnership enables both to achieve these goals."

     Classical Jam's visit will advance institutional goals in a number of ways. Well known for its commitment to audience engagement, the group is offering an improvisational jam session from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. in Room 134 of Varner Hall on the campus of Oakland University.

     Open to anyone with any level of musical aptitude and an instrument to play, the session promises to be a don't-miss, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Those interested in doing a little preparation can download sheet music for "Asa Branca - Brazilian Baiao" at Branca - Brazilian Baiao.pdf.

     Classic Jam's 7 p.m. recital on Sunday will take place in Varner Recital Hall, near which there is ample free parking. Interactive and printable campus maps are available at or by searching for "Varner Hall" on a smart phone. To learn more about Classical Jam and hear sample recordings, visit

     Tickets for the recital are $20 for general admission and $10 for students. They can be purchased online, by phone or in person. Complete ticket information is available at

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The mission of the Chamber Music Society of Detroit is to present chamber musicians of international stature in acoustically outstanding venues, to enrich the cultural life of the City of Detroit and the metropolitan area by promoting the appreciation of chamber music, and to communicate a positive image of the region through prominence in the international chamber music community. To learn more, visit

Oakland University is a doctoral, research-intensive university located in Oakland County, Michigan. The university has 139 bachelor's degree programs and 127 graduate degree and certificate programs. Dedicated to delivering a distinctive undergraduate experience that is complemented by the strength of its graduate offerings and research accomplishments, Oakland University is organized into the College of Arts and Sciences, the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine and the Schools of Business Administration, Education and Human Services, Engineering and Computer Science, Health Sciences, Nursing, and The Honors College. Visit Oakland University on the web at