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Master Class: Kenneth Thompkins, trombone

Master Class: Kenneth Thompkins, trombone

Monday, September 17, 2012
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Cook-DeWitt Center, GVSU Allendale Campus

Music & Dance

Kenneth Thompkins, principal trombone of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra since 1997, has held positions in the Buffalo Philharmonic and the Florida Orchestra and performed with the New World Symphony under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. A former participant in the Detroit Symphony's African American Fellowship Program, he has been a mentor to several Orchestra Fellows over the years. Known for his educational skills, Thompkins has been invited to perform and conduct master classes at many music schools, including the Curtis Institute of Music, Mannes College, the University of Michigan, and Interlochen Arts Academy.

As an active chamber musician, Thompkins performs frequently in recital and is a member of Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings. Additionally he has performed concertos with both the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and New World Symphony. He has also toured Europe with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and has performed with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, New York Philharmonic, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He can be heard on recordings by Detroit Chamber Winds, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Recently, he contributed a chapter to The Brass Player's Cookbook: Creative Recipes for a Successful Performance.

Open to the public. Free admission. For more information, please call (616) 331-3484 or visit