DETROIT, (December 26, 2013) – The incredibly popular Mix @ The Max series, presented by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) and WDET 101.9 FM, continues in January with two presentations each taking place in the intimate Music Box space at the Max M. Fisher Music Center.

On Tuesday, January 14 at 7 p.m. featured artist Peter Soave and a Detroit Symphony Orchestra string quartet will join forces to bring you a fiery tango-inspired performance including works by Piazzolla and more. Recognized worldwide as the foremost master of the bandoneon and concert accordion, Peter’s vibrant virtuosity has accredited him as one of the leading soloists of his generation. Dancing encouraged. WDET’s Alex Trajano will be the evening’s host.

On Sunday, January 26 at 10:30 a.m. Yoga Shelter instructor and DSO Librarian Ethan Allen will lead the first ever Om @ The Max, a yoga class accompanied by live chamber music. A DSO string quartet will serenade an hour-long class with expertly curated repertoire designed to match the rhythm of each yoga flow. Following the class, students may recharge with a raw juice bar and healthy snacks served in the atrium.


Peter Soave

Tuesday, Jan. 14

6 p.m.—mix. mingle. eat. drink.

7 p.m.—listen.

Alex Trajano, host

Peter Soave, bandoneon, accordion

Jing Zhang, violin

Eun Park, violin

Shanda Lowery-Sachs, viola

Haden McKay, cello

Program TBA

Om @ The Max

Sunday, Jan. 26

10:30 AM—om. listen.

11:45 AM—mix. mingle. eat. juice.

Ethan Allen, yoga instructor

Program TBA

Ticket Information

General Admission tickets are $15 in advance and $25 at the door for Peter Soave and $20 in advance and $25 at the door for Om @ The Max. A limited number of VIP tickets to Peter Soave, which include priority seating and a complimentary beverage, are available for $49. All tickets may be purchased at the Max M. Fisher Music Center box office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit); by calling (313) 576-5111; online at dso.org; or via the free DSO to Go mobile app.

About Peter Soave

Of Italian descent, Peter Soave’s earliest memories are of music played on an accordion. By age 3, he was certain of his life’s work. He began music studies at 5, quickly gravitating toward classical music. At 16, he entered international competitions and swept first place four times, confirming his reputation as a virtuoso of the highest order: Grand Prix in Neu Isenberg, West Germany; Klingenthal Wettbewerb in East Germany; Coupe Mondiale in Folkstone, England; and the Trophée Mondiale in Arrezano, Italy.

In 1987, Soave was the inaugural recipient of “Voce d’Oro,” the international award honoring those who have given prominence to the accordion in the world of modern music. Deeply inspired by the music of Argentinean composer Astor Piazzolla, Soave’s impassioned musicianship motivated him to include the characteristic bandoneon in his performances.

Soave’s engagements include performances as a soloist and with orchestras and chamber ensembles throughout North and South America, Asia, Middle East, Europe, and Russia. He has appeared with the San Francisco Symphony, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Zagreb Philharmonic, Windsor Symphony, Flint Symphony, San Salvador Philharmonic, Belgrade Philharmonic, Lubbock Symphony, Bellevue

Philharmonic, Walla Walla Symphony, Orquesta Sinfónica de Puerto Rico, Williamsport Symphony, Orquesta Sinfónica Gran Mariscal de Ayacucho and The Zagreb Soloists.

Soave’s discography includes a solo album “Pride and Passion,” “Five Tango Sensations” with The Rucner String Quartet, a double CD “Undertango 2,” and “Peter Soave & Symphony Orchestra,” featuring the music of Astor Piazzolla and Carmine Coppola. His recording awards include the Detroit Music Award for Best Classical Recording in 2001 and Best Classical Instrumentalist in 2003.

About Ethan Allen

Ethan Allen was first introduced to yoga as a means of injury recovery but soon learned that yoga develops the mind and spirit just as much as the body.  Since then, Ethan has been a devoted practitioner and completed the Yoga Shelter Life and Teacher training program in 2011.  Known for his dynamic flows and knowledge of yoga philosophy, his classes help students achieve their higher goals by working through the barriers that prevent them from reaching their ideal version of themselves.  Ethan currently teaches five classes per week at the Yoga Shelter in Grosse Pointe and Downtown Detroit and travels often to India to study yoga philosophy with Swami Parthasarathy at the Vedanta Academy.

In addition, Ethan serves as Librarian of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, a position he has held since 2005.  By working with world-renowned conductors and guest artists Ethan prepares the orchestra’s sheet music to the standards required for performances of the highest caliber.  Ethan performs a number of vital roles within the organization, including creating program pages, maintaining the vast collection of orchestra sets and scores, and marking cuts and edits in the music to ensure the conductor and composer’s intent is communicated accurately to the orchestra.  Before his appointment as Librarian at the DSO, Ethan earned a Bachelors of Music in Percussion Performance from Eastern Michigan University and a Masters of Library and Information Science from Wayne State University, and served as an active freelance percussionist throughout southeastern Michigan.

About WDET

WDET 101.9FM is a community service of Wayne State University, dedicated to reaching a broad audience with high quality public service media that expresses the complexity and opportunity of one of America’s most challenging urban centers. WDET’s growing audience reaches more than 150,000 listeners every week in southeast Michigan, northwest Ohio and southwest Ontario.


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