American Romanian Festival returns to the Department of Music

The Department of Music welcomes back the American Romanian Festival for a series of workshops and concerts.

The festival events begin on September 28 at 4 p.m. with a composers workshop featuring visiting Romanian composer Cornel Ţăranu. Room 1319, Old Main Building.

September 30 at 11:45 a.m. will feature a chamber music recital performed by members of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and WSU music faculty featuring the seldom heard Black Angels String Quartet by George Crumb, as well as the piano quintet Prolegomenes by Cornel Ţăranu, who will also be conducting. The musicians include  Detroit Symphony Orchestra members Marian Tănău (also WSU faculty member), Will Haapaniemi, and David LeDoux, as well as WSU Department of Music full-time faculty members Laura Roelofs and Robert Conway. The recital will take place at Schaver Music Recital Hall.

Members of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Wayne State University faculty will join forces again on October 2 at 3 p.m. for a concert titled “Passion and Youth”, featuring the Enescu and Mellits string octets. The performers are Yoonshin Song, concertmaster of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra; Laura Roelofs, Associate Professor at Wayne State University; Detroit Symphony Orchestra members Heidi Han, Will Haapaniemi, Marian Tănău, Su Hang, and David LeDoux; and WSU faculty member Judith Vander Weg. The recital will take place at Schaver Music Recital Hall.

The Fusion Trio will give a command performance on October 23 at 3 p.m. as part of the WSU Department of Music Sunday Concert Series at Schaver Music Recital Hall

The workshop and all three recitals are free and open to the public. 

Now in its 11th season, the mission of the American Romanian Festival is to create a bridge between the two cultures, helping to foster mutual understanding. To learn more about upcoming performances or to become a volunteer, please visit


Founded in 1918, Wayne State University's Department of Music has earned a reputation for excellence in the US and abroad. Many members of the music faculty, including musicians from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and some of the area's finest jazz and vocal artists, have toured throughout the world as performers, clinicians, conductors and composers. Likewise, students in the department's ensembles have won international competitions, toured Europe and Asia, and enjoyed repeated invitations to perform at major festivals and conferences. The department also is known for its preparation of music educators.

Wayne State University is a premier urban research institution offering more than 380 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to more than 27,000 students.

Contact: Danny DeRose
P: 313-577-1783