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Township library chamber music, family events

The Bloomfield Township Public Library is holding a series of chamber music and family events in the month of June, notably hosting the Great Lake Chamber Music Festival.

Among the events hosted at the library is Artistic Encounters, public coachings for Shouse Institute fellows in a setting very similar to a masterclass. The Catherine Filene Shouse Chamber Music Institute, led by violist Philip Setzer of the Emerson String Quartet, provides a platform for emerging professional ensembles.

The public coaching sessions provide viewers a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to be a professional musician. Artistic Encounters says the sessions are intended for an adult audience. The sessions are free, but registration is requested. To register for Artistic Encounters, please visit

The sessions are: Monday, June 10, at 11 a.m.,Tai Murray; Wednesday, June 12 at 11 a.m., Peter Wiley; Monday, June 17 at 11 a.m., Hsin-Yun Huang; and Wednesday, June 19, at 11 a.m., Musical Chairs with Philip Setzer.

On Saturday, June 15 at 11 a.m., the library will host Classical Family: Accent Pontiac Bucket Band Workshop, a program providing percussion lessons using drumsticks and buckets. Participants will learn rhythmic skills and percussion techniques through “bucket band” drumming – and most importantly, will experience what it is like to be part of an ensemble, to share responsibility and pride with one another.

The program was created with grades K-5 in mind but can be enjoyed by everyone.

This program is free, but registration is requested at


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