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P A S T    P E F O R M A N C E S


January 18, 2020

An American In Paris
Lansing Symphony Orchestra, Eliot Heaton Guest Concertmaster
Take a musical tour of France in a program that illuminates the boisterous streets of Paris, mystery of sorcery, the beauty of the French countryside and evocative scenes of childhood.

January 15, 2020  

GMF (Geneva Music Festival) To Air On “PERFORMANCE TODAY” (Radio Broadcast) 
The Geneva Music Festival is making a name for itself, and going national again, on “Performance Today,” which airs on PBS stations nationally. The following will be broadcasted.   David Baker: Roots II: Movements 3-5.  Eliot Heaton, violin; Max Geissler, cello; Michelle Cann, piano.  Recorded at Froelich Hall, Gearan Center for the Performing Arts, Hobart & William Smith College, Geneva, NY.  Concert Record Date: 6/7/2018. Music: 17:06.  Broadcast will be during the last half hour of the show, which will be at about 11:30 a.m. on WXXI, 11:30 p.m. on WCNY,  and 2:30 p.m. on WSKG.


December 14, 2019

Too Hot to Handel; The Jazz Gospel Messiah, Eliot Heaton Concertmaster
Detroit Opera House
An annual Detroit holiday tradition! This soul stirring, toe-tapping rendition of Handel’s Messiah never fails to bring audiences to their feet. It’s an exhilarating fusion of gospel, jazz and classical music performed by the Rackham Symphony Choir, the Too Hot Orchestra and an all-star cast of soloists. This is a celebration unlike any other.

December10, 2019

Broadway Holiday on Washington Ave; Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra Holiday Pops
Temple Theatre, Saginaw, MI
A number of holiday favorites to usher in the sounds of the festive season! Featuring Broadway’s own Katie Travis, guest vocalist.

December 7, 2019

Dvorak Piano Quintet; Guest Artist recital featuring Yaron Kohlberg
Britton Recital Hall, Ann Arbor, MI
Yaron Kohlberg, piano; Eliot Heaton, Violin; Christine Harada Li, Violin; Yizhak Schotten, Viola; Leo Singer, Cello

November 16 – 24, 2019

Sweeney Todd
Detroit Opera House. Tony Award-winning 1979 musical. One of the darkest musicals ever written, Sweeney Todd: A Musical Thriller is the unsettling tale of a Victorian-era barber who returns home to London after fifteen years of exile to take revenge on the corrupt judge who ruined his life. Sweeney Todd is lush, operatic, and full of soaring beauty, pitch-black comedy and stunning terror.

November 10, 2019

Chamber Soloists Detroit 
Harmony in the Hills
Concert series presents Chamber Soloists of Detroit featuring violinist Eliot Heaton and pianist Pauline Martin

October 19-27, 2019

MOT Don Giovanni
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte, Premiered 1787 in Prague. 

October 16-19, 2019

BGSU New Music Festival
Details about the festival and program coming soon.

October 12, 2019

MOT Gala
Michigan Opera Theatre’s 49th season begins with a spectacular concert featuring the incomparable American tenor Michael Fabiano will join the Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra to perform beloved works from the opera and musical theater repertoire. The evening will also celebrate dance with a special appearance by dancers from American Ballet Theatre.

October 2, 2019

Fair Lane Music Guild
Pianist Pauline Martin and violinist Eliot Heaton (Concertmaster of Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra) have received rave reviews for their performances as a duo.  When award-winning cellist Nathaniel Pierce steps in, expect a truly a memorable concert of chamber music gems!

September 22, 2019

MOT Windsor Opera Club 
The inaugural event of the MOT Windsor Opera Club, a group of opera enthusiasts new and old, and enjoy performances by artists from Michigan Opera Theatre and learn about MOT's upcoming opera season! Eliot is featured as a Special Guest of the event.



September 12-14, 2019

New Music Detroit, Strange Beautiful Music 12


September 11, 2019

In Concert: Pauline Martin, Pianist & Eliot Heaton, Violinist
Holy Spirit Church, 4800 Orchard Lake Road, West Bloomfield, MI. Free admission.  

August – September 2019

Detroit Jazz Festival
Danilo Perez and Stanly Clarke. 

July 24 – August 3, 2019


Anchorage Chamber Music Festival (Faculty)
Anchorage Chamber Music Festival was created to provide a top-quality summer intensive chamber music program and a first-class concert series in the Anchorage area.  Eilot Heaton was a Faculty member of this prestigious festival season 2019.

June – July 2019

Des Moines Metro Opera:  Concertmaster for Season 2019
Des Moines Metro Opera is a major American summer opera festival and is the state’s largest performing arts organization, annually producing over 100 performances in the metro area and around the region. The company’s summer festival season runs from June through July of each year during which three operas are performed in repertory for 15 mainstage performances.  Eliot Heaton will be the Concert Master again for the Season 2019.  Please visit website for the concert detail.

June 6, 2019 

Geneva Music Festival
Played, theming “Women Across The Ages”.  This concert featured female composers spanning nearly 10 centuriesm starting Hildegard von Bingen, Fanny Mendelsohn, Jennifer Higdon’s Piano Trio and Mendelssohn’s virtuostic and rarely heard Sextet in D Major with Bass and Piano.


June 1, 2019


Tchaikovsky’s Pathetique
Played Concertmaster with Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra, concluding the season, and a performance includes selections from some of the most exciting romantic symphonic repertoire.  Opening the concert is Wagner's Prelude to his famous opera the Meistersingers of Nurnberg, followed by a composer who is known as the "Father of the Symphony", Haydn's Symphony No. 83 (The Hen) and concluding with one of Tchaikovsky's most powerful and emotionally charged symphonies, The Pathetique.



May 10 and 11, 2019 

Giving Voice to Verse
Played Concertmaster with an orchestra for the Community Chorus of Detroit.  The concert includes the Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music for violin solo, orchestra, and chorus.

March 20, 2019

Chamber Soloists of Detroit, Just Between Us: Part 2
Sponsored by The Fiar Lane Music Guild, performed at Fair Lane – The House of Clara and Hery Ford, University of Michigan – Dearborn. Pianist Pauline Martin and violinist Eliot Heaton have received rave reviews for their performances as a duo.  When award-winning cellist Nathaniel Pierce steps in, expect a truly a memorable concert of chamber music gems! (Dessert Table sponsored by Park Place Catering, Dearborn)


March 9, 10, 16 and 17, 2019

Featuring the Michigan Opera Theatre Studio Artists, celebrate the centenary of Leonard Bernstein with this new production.  Bernstein’s funny, philosophical, quick-paced take on Voltaire’s biting satire on the tragedy of human nature. Its effervescent score includes the classic songs, Make Our Garden Grow and Glitter and be Gay.

February 24, 2019

CSD…in tré! Chamber Soloists of Detroit
Performed Mozart’s Trio in B flat (K. 502) and Bedrich Smetana’s dramatic Trio, Op. 15 in g minor, with charming works by Astor Piazzolla and Sir Malcolm Arnold.

February 23, 2019

Anchorage Chamber Music Festival
Quartet Anchorage:  Presenting a Classical Program of French Music for String Quartet.  Christine Harada Li and Eliot Heaton, violins, Ran Cheng, viola and Nathaniel Pierce, cello.


February 16, 2019

Alessandra Ferri, at Detroit Opera Theatre

Illustrious ballerina Alessandra Ferri is joined by some of ballet’s leading stars to explore the timeless poetry and romantic intensity of dance in a mixed program celebrating the art of the pas de deux.  Performance features a number of Eliot as a Concertmaster solos including the Black Swan Pas de Deux from Swan Lake.

January 27, 2019

Chamber Music at the Scarab Club performances. Featuring music composed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including M. E. Bossi, Sergei Prokofiev, and Amy Beach. 

January 20, 2019 

Eliot Heaton Solo Recital hosted by Art House, Detroit.  Featuring Bartók Solo Sonata, Bach 1st Sonata in G Minor, and Ysaye 1st Sonata in G Minor.  


November 4, 2018

Chamber Music at the Scarab Club performances “Toast to Hungary”.  Featured  Coleridge Leo Weiner, Béla Bartók, Joseph Haydn.

Oct 13 – 21, 2018

Eugene Onegin at the Detroit Opera House, Michigan Opera Theatre season opening opera. Eugene Onegin is a story of squandered romance and tragic honor.  Known for its rich orchestration and beautiful melodies, “Onegin” is Tchaikovsky’s most beloved opera and the epitome of Russian Lyric Opera.

September 29, 2018

An Evening with Renee Fleming.  Eliot was featured on the Massnet Meditation and the White Swan pas de deux from Swan Lake.

September 9, 2018

Detroit Composers' Project at Detroit Institute of Arts. This project was started to facilitate collaboration between performers and composers in the Detroit-area.  2018 concert featured six world premieres with support provided by the Michigan Council for Arts & Affairs (MCACA) New Leaders Program.  

September 3, 2018 

Performance with Chick Corea and the Detroit Jazz Festival Symphony Orchestra.  Collaboration performance with Jazz fusion pioneer Chick Corea who will serve as artist-in-residence at the 2018 Detroit Jazz Festival.

August 18, 2018

All about that Bass, Manchester Summer Chamber Music at The Barn Castle Hill, Ipswich, MA.  Nicholas Schwartz, one of the best bassists of our generation, joined MSCM artists in a program that includes works by Dvorak, Haydn, and Piazzolla.

August 16, 2018

The Trout, Manchester Summer Chamber Music at Myopia Hunt Club, South Hamilton, MA.  

August 4, 2018

River Raisin Ragtime Revue performing at Michigan Military Heritage Museum in Grass Lake. 

June – July 2018

Concert Master for the Season 2018, the Des Moines Metro Opera.    

June 7 and 10, 2018


The 2018 Season of the Geneva Music Festival (GMF).   The program included Dvorak and David Baker.

May 6, 2018

Recital with Pauline Martin.  Music of Grieg, Dvorak, Kreisler, and Piazzolla. 

April 28, 2018

Musical Moments at Geneva Public Library

The Musical Moments recital series at the Geneva Public Library featured Eliot Heaton, violin, and Meg Heaton, piano. The program included works by Dvorak, Grieg, and Beethoven. 

April 21, 2018

Wharton Center for Performing Arts, Lansing Symphony Orchestra

Guest Concertmaster for LSO Broadway by Request

April 8, 2018

CutTime Symphony Players Swing into Action

The mixed octet CutTime Players features hit symphonic arrangements performed with the intimacy of chamber music to turn on new audiences and take veteran audiences deep into the performers’ perspective.

March 24, 2018  

Beethoven's Eroica

The Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra explores Mendelssohn’s reaction to his trip to the Scottish islands of Hebrides with Fingal’s Cave. Followed by Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No. 1. Beethoven’s “memory of a great man,” aka Napoleon—his Symphony No. 3, known as Eroica Symphony.

March 11, 2018


Chamber Music at Scarab Club, Detroit

Clarinets and Strings.  Featuring music by Coleridge Taylor, Ermend Bonnal and Nicolas Bacri.  I will be playing Bonnal Quartet No. 1 and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Clarinet Quintet.



March 10-11, 2018



By Ricky Ian Gordon. Travel back in time to the inspired gatherings at 27 rue de Fleurus in Paris, where American expatrBy Ricky Ian Gordon. Travel back in time to the inspired gatherings at 27 rue de Fleurus in Paris, where American expatriates Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas hosted luminaries of art and literature such as Pablo Picasso, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Henri Matisse and Ernest Hemingway. The opera explores themes of love, loss, change and art set throughout two world wars. Presented in partnership with Macomb Center for the Performing Arts.



February 23, 2018


Lansing Symphony Orchestra

Guest Concertmaster for Radiance Pops Concert

The music of Motown and R& B is back and this time the LSO pays tribute to the brilliant female voices that brought down the house during that amazing era. Dance and sing-along to classics by legendary groups like the Supremes, Martha & the Vandellas and the Marvelettes.


February 8-11, 2018


Romeo and Juliet – Detroit Opera House

The Michigan Opera Theatre and American Ballet Theatre will collaborate on a beautiful production of Prokofiev's beloved ballet at the Detroit Opera House.

January 28, 2018


Chamber Music at the Scarab Club

This longstanding Detroit based chamber music series held a concert in Grosse Pointe featuring the under-performed but beautiful piano quartet of Arthur Foote.



November 29-December 10, 2017


American in Paris

Eliot was Concertmaster for this production of Broadway in Detroit. Inspired by the Academy Award®-winning film and featuring the music of George and Ira Gershwin and the Tony Award®-winning choreography of Christopher Wheeldon, An American in Paris has captivated both audiences and critics, becoming the most honored Broadway musical of 2015.



November 10-19, 2017


Marriage of Figaro

Regarded by many as the greatest opera of all time, this tale of deception is a romantic comedy accompanied by some of the most beautiful and familiar music ever written. Mozart takes audiences on a hilarious adventure as Figaro and Susanna overcome plotting and jealousy to make it to their wedding day. A winning combination of music and mischief.

October 13-22, 2017

Known for pushing the envelope, Rigoletto keeps audiences on the edge of their seats with a thrilling score and a heartbreaking tale of love, lies and sacrifice. Giuseppe Verdi’s classic is updated in this production by Jonathan Miller. Set in 1950s Little Italy, New York, Rigoletto tells the story of a mafia boss whose womanizing ways lead to vengeance and tragedy when he seduces the daughter of his bartender, Rigoletto. Considered one of Verdi’s operatic masterpieces, Rigoletto is not to be missed.

September 29, 2017

Korngold Concerto

The Rochester Symphony and Eliot join forces for this stunning violin concerto.

September 13-15, 2017

Amy Beach Piano Quintet

Eliot and his wife Ran joined esteemed musical colleagues at Bowling Green State University for performances and a studio recording of this underperformed piece. The recording will be released in summer 2018.

September 2-4, 2017

Detroit Jazz Festival

Eliot served as the principal second violin of the Detroit Jazz Festival Orchestra, joining legendary jazz artist Wayne Shorter and others on stage in downtown Detroit.



August 9-12, 2017


Manchester Summer Chamber Music

Music of Ravel, Mozart, Haydn, Gershwin and more with internationally renowned artists on the north shore of Boston.



June 1-18, 2017


Geneva Music Festival

Musicians from around the country will be in Geneva NY for a series of chamber music, jazz, and bluegrass concerts. Eliot will join world renowned artists on stage for an exciting few weeks of concerts.



June 3, 2017


Saginaw Bay Symphony

Eliot will serve as guest Concertmaster of the Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra for a program featuring Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherezade as well as works by Mendelssohn, Glinka, and John Adams.

March 19, 2017



Eliot joined pianist Pauline Martin for a recital at Kerrytown in Ann Arbor. They will present works of Ravel, Dvorak, Grieg, and MOT founder David DiChiera.


March 10, 2017


Bridge Players

A string quartet comprised of MOT musicians will perform the Dvorak "American" quartet and Puccini's Crisanteme

in anticipation of the upcoming Girl of the Golden West production at the Detroit Opera House.

February 19, 2017

Bruch Concerto

Eliot performed Max Bruch's 1st violin concerto and Sarasate's Zigeunerweisen with the Ypsilanti Symphony Orchestra



December 4, 2016


Schubert Octet

Members of the Michigan Opera Theatre orchestra will perform this wonderful piece of chamber music at the Scarab Club in Detroit.


November 25-27, 2016



The classic holiday ballet at the Detroit Opera House.



November 12-20, 2016


Silent Night

A new opera depicting the Christmas celebration between enemy troops during World War 1.



October 28, 2016


Music of the British Isles

Serenade to Music by Ralph Vaughn Williams with the Rackham Choir at the Kirk in the Hills in Bloomfield Hills, MI.


October 15-23, 2016



Bizet's famous opera kicks off the 16-17 opera season.



September 24, 2016


Hyde Park Jazz Festival

Spektral quartet collaboration with saxophonist Miguel Zenon on his original composition.

August 13-14, 2016

Manchester Summer Chamber Music

Chamber music and arias by Bach and Mendelssohn The Barn at Castle Hill Manchester, MA



August 1-2, 2016


Spektral Quartet

Guest Violinist, Chicago, IL



July 18, 2016

IU Summer Chamber Music Festival

New trios by IU faculty composers, Auer Hall Bloomington, IN

June 24-25, 2016

Kneisel Hall Faculty/Alumni Concert

Russian Masters.  Kneisel Hall, Blue Hill, ME

June 12, 2016

Bluegrass Hoedown

American and Irish fiddle music.  Ravines Winery, Geneva, NY


June 10-11, 2016


Geneva Music Festival, Conceirto

Piazzolla, Four Seasons of Buenos Aires.  First Presbyterian Church, Skaneateles, NY

June 4-5, 2016

Geneva Music Festival

Mendelssohn and Schumann

Hobart and William Smith Performing Arts Center, Geneva, NY.



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