Michigan Philharmonic wins community honors

Nov. 24, 2020  PLYMOUTH EAGLE.

Plymouth Michigan News





Stuart Carlson appeared with the Michigan Philharmonic in January in the chapel at St. John’s in Plymouth. Here is his stunning arrangement of “Amazing Grace” for solo violin and strings.

Stuart Carlson started playing violin with the Michigan Philharmonic Youth Orchestra at the age of 12. He has now graduated from U of M School of Music with degrees in violin performance and composition. He is currently working on his Master’s in viola and composition. Stuart Carlson has autism. His journey and his story are as amazing as he is.

SOME THOUGHTS FROM STUART: “On March 8, 1996, I was born prematurely at the U of M Hospital, weighing one pound and 13 ounces. In late 1999, I was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome. Autism gives me a variety of strengths and weaknesses not typical in the average human being. I face challenges such as a soft speaking voice, long processing time when asked a question, and problems with conversational participation. I’ve had many ‘passions’ about things such as doors, watches, voice recorders, radio jingles, weather stations, and ham radio, but I’ve always loved music.




The Michigan Philharmonic orchestra has received special local recognition in honor of National Arts & Humanities Month.

October has been designated by the National Endowment for the Arts and Americans for the Arts as the month to celebrate the arts and humanities programs in local communities. Joining in presenting tributes to the Michigan Philharmonic, were local leaders from the City of Plymouth, Plymouth Township and Canton Township who each gave special recognition to the orchestra for their artistic endeavors in the community.

Recognizing the Michigan Philharmonic as a cultural anchor with performances and educational programs which have enhanced the cultural life of the of the area for the past 75 years, the leaders acknowledged the orchestra for reaching more than 20,000 adults and students annually.

The Michigan Philharmonic has been working diligently to keep music alive while meeting the challenges of the COVID 19 health crisis.

Support for the Michigan Philharmonic is available through the purchase of a Michigan Phil Season Passport which is a subscription program for both live and online concerts and educational programs. Passport members will receive links to watch all concerts online if uncomfortable attending live concerts in person. For information on the Passport and all the programming of the Michigan Philharmonic visit www.michiganphil.org.

The Michigan Philharmonic Music Director and Conductor Nan Washburn, who has been with the orchestra since 1999, has won 19 ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music from the League of American Orchestras.

In 2016 the Michigan Philharmonic received First Place in the American Prize for the Performance of American Music. The orchestra performs in an ever-expanding roster of Michigan communities; including Plymouth, Canton, Northville, Livonia, Brighton, downtown Detroit, and many others.

For tickets and more information, visit www.michiganphil.org or call (734) 451-2112. Find the Phil on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


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