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Mission Statement

The Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival celebrates and advances chamber music at its highest artistic level by presenting outstanding performers in a variety of ensembles and settings. The Festival fosters intimate musical conversations between artists and audiences, while mentoring the next generation of musicians.


The Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival was founded in 1993 by world-renowned concert pianist, James Tocco. In two weeks each June, the Festival presents over twenty concerts in southeast Michigan, featuring artists from across the United States and around the globe. With most of its concerts taking place at Oakland County venues, the Festival provides metro Detroit residents with the opportunity to see these musicians perform imaginative and varied repertoire in intimate concert settings. Adhering to its motto, "Great Music, Great Artists, Great Friends," the Festival fosters a spirit of friendship and community, and offers opportunities for its supporters to meet and interact with both the artists and each other, united by a shared love of music.

A secular event, the Festival is sponsored by three prominent religious institutions of different faiths: Kirk in the Hills Presbyterian Church, St. Hugo of the Hills Catholic Church, and Temple Beth El. All three sponsor venues are located in Bloomfield Hills, MI, and many of the Festival concerts are presented there. The three congregations are very supportive of the Festival, and many congregants attend its concerts. Three Saturday night performances occur at the Seligman Performing Arts Center in Beverly Hills, with additional performances occurring in Grosse Pointe, at the Detroit Institute of Arts, and at Kerrytown Concert Hall in Ann Arbor.


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