PhoenixPhest Marathon





PhoenixPhest Marathon

Gabe Bolkosky & Joel Hastings

  • $50/full event pass General Admission
  • $30/individual headliner concert General Admission
  • Gabe Bolkosky, violin
  • Joel Hastings, piano

Event Details

"When musicians come together in an atmosphere of creative collaboration, personal accountability, respect for others, and joyful artistic expression, the result is not only musical growth, but personal growth for all involved. If your life has been touched by PhoenixPhest, if you are feeling grateful for arts education during this Thanksgiving season, we hope you will “give back” by participating in this fun benefit concert. Your contribution as a performer, donor, or audience member will help keep the Phests strong and tuition affordable for the future." - from the Phoenix Ensemble website

The total Phoenixphest event runs two days with a line up of wonderful musical offerings! Other headliners today will be announced soon! Pepper these concerts with student performances, door prizes, and much more, for this Thanksgiving weekend extravaganza! For more information on PhoenixPhest and the Phoenix Ensemble, visit

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 Violin sonatas K. 301–306 (the Mannheim sonatas) - W.A. Mozart

Gabe Bolkosky

Gabriel Bolkosky is the executive director and founding member of The Phoenix Ensemble. Through this organization and other projects, he has worked with great composers such as William Bolcom, John Harbison, Thomas Ades, George Tsontakis, Bernard Rands, Sydney Hodkinson, Derek Bermel, Ned McGowan and Christopher Rouse.
At the University of Michigan, Gabe studied violin with Paul Kantor, and jazz with Ellen Rowe and Ed Sarath. He also studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music under Donald Weilerstein. Gabe maintains a strong interest across many musical genres and regularly performs in both classical and improvised settings.
Over the past decade, Gabe has devoted much of his time to working with young people. He has worked with thousands of students, teaching violin and improvisation. He has served as guest artist at many workshops and schools around the country including Harvard, Brandeis, Dartmouth, Princeton, the University of Michigan, the Walden School and the Aspen Music Festival, where he played in the Contemporary Ensemble. He began teaching violin at the University of Michigan in 2009.

Joel Hastings

Canadian-born Joel Hastings was the winner of the 2006 8th International Web Concert Hall Competition and the 1993 International Bach Competition at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.After delivering a stunning performance at the 10th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas, one reporter designated Hastings the "audience favorite" while another declared, "the kinetic fingers of this young Canadian reminded me strongly of his late countryman, Glenn Gould." In a Newsweek review he "pulled the audience to their feet after a wild performance of Franz Liszt's Totentanz." Reviewers have described his playing as passionate, mesmerizing, hypnotic, and transcendental.