If music be the food of love, play on.

In challenging times like these, we turn to artists for comfort, for wisdom, for insight, and for inspiration. These words from Shakespeare are uttered by the lovesick Duke Orsino at the beginning of Twelfth Night. They “set the stage” for a romantic comedy where music’s ability to nourish the soul is celebrated and evaluated in the way only Shakespeare can. We hope you’ll journey with us to musical destinations for our Play On series!

CMA is pleased to offer the Play On virtual concert series at no cost to you thanks to support from

Series Sponsors
Iowa PBS Foundation
Nixon and Virginia Lauridsen
Eric and Carol Weber

Concert Sponsors
Paul & Claudia Schickler
G David (dec) & Trudy Holman Hurd
Barb & Andy Nish
Dean & Sandra Carlson

Aldo & Ilmar Gavilán (Concert + Film)

Detroit, MI


Sat, May 8, 2021

7:00 PM

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Concert Sponsors

Dean & Sandra Carlson

PLEASE NOTE: This concert will stream live at 7:00 PM CDT on May 8, 2021. By registering for a free ticket, you will have access to this concert at the same link emailed to you until 11:59 PM on May 15, 2021 – one full week following the live stream.

Ticket holders to the Gavilan Brothers’ performance also receive access to the award-winning documentary film about Ilmar Gavilán and Aldo López-Gavilán, Los Hermanos – The Brothers. The film will be available to ticket holders beginning Thursday, May 6 at 6:30pm CDT, and will remain available on-demand thru midnight, Sunday, May 9.

This concert is only available with ticket registration and is accessed through a link emailed to you at the time of purchase. This concert is not streamed on, YouTube or Facebook.


The Havana-born Gavilán brothers perform original music from their breathtaking album, “Brothers,” composed by Aldo López-Gavilán and arranged for violin and piano by Ilmar Gavilán.  Aldo’s authentic voice has a genre-defying sound rooted in European classical traditions, Latin jazz and Afro-Cuban rhythms. Drawing from this range of colors, Aldo’s compositions weave a layered tapestry that have been described as magical, optimistic, and at its core, deeply soulful.  “Epilogue,” a program highlight, was premiered in the US by Joshua Bell in 2016 at Lincoln Center.


Created by Marcia Jarmel and Ken Schneider of PatchWorks Films, Los Hermanos captures the Cuban-born brothers as they navigate living on opposite sides of a geopolitical chasm a half-century wide. Tracking their parallel lives in New York and Havana, their poignant reunion, and their momentous first performances together, Los Hermanos/The Brothers offers a nuanced, often startling view of estranged nations through the lens of music and family.

The Chamber Music Society of Detroit is partnering with the Detroit Free Press Film Festival to present the official Detroit premiere of Los Hermanos on May 6.  Immediately following the virtual showing, the Free Press will host a Facebook Live event with the artists and the filmmakers.  Don’t miss it!

For more information on the film or to watch the trailer, visit

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