January 2019

Eliot has been appointed Concertmaster of the 2019 annual summer season of Des Moines Metro Opera (DMMO), based on Indianola, Iowa.  The Company performs three mainstage operas in rolling repertory during June and July, includes Die Fledermaus, Rusalka and Flight.

August 2017

Eliot has recently been appointed Concertmaster of the Saginaw Bay Symphony in addition to his current position with the Michigan Opera Theatre.

F E A T U R E D   R E V I E W S

 "he not only possesses a lofty level of technique, he’s a musician of sensitivity and courage. "

Bloomington Herald Times


"a poignant performance..with moving innocence"

Terre Haute Tribune Star


U P C O M I N G   E V E N T S​

February 15, 2020

Experience music from the greatest movie soundtracks of all time. The orchestra will perform classics like West Side Story and Wizard of Oz, as well as some new sounds from Disney, Harry Potter, and Star Wars. This collage of iconic movie scores is bound to satisfy movie lovers of every kind.

February 17, 2020,  8 pm – 11 pm 

With a grant from CultureSource, CutTime Simfonica (strings and drums)! Eliot will join the concert featuring hybrid classics by Duke Ellington, Rick Robinson and Michael Jackson, two long sets also bring the new music from Phantom Detroit. Special guests are renowned French caberet vocalist Claudia Hommel and The Urban Requiem Project. 

February 29 – March 1, 2020

Gianni Schicchi is the comic opera in one act, music by Giacomo Puccini, libretto by Giovacchino Forzano. Based on a story in Dante’s Divine Comedy. Part of Puccini’s Triptych. Premiered 1918, New York.;  Buoso’s Ghost is the comic opera in one act, music and libretto by Michael Ching.  Based on Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi. Premiered 1996, Pittsburgh.

May 9, Temple Theatre, Saginaw MI at 7:30 pm

The SBSO concludes the season with fanfare by Michigan composer, Michael Daugherty, the brilliant Khachaturian violin concerto performed by SBSO’s own concertmaster Eliot Heaton, and a performance of Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique. This programmatic work was radical for its time and tells the story of the dreams and hallucinations of a musician, as he obsesses about his beloved for whom he feels both longing and jealousy. He glimpses her at a ball, in the countryside, and as he is marched to his execution. Finally, he sees her transformation into a witch as she joins in the witches’ whirlwind sabbath celebrations.

Featuring Saginaw Bay Symphony's Concertmaster, Eliot Heaton, as the special guest.

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