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Music: Classical, Religious, & Cabaret

Between the Kerrytown Concert House and the University Musical Society, an energized Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra and dozens of smaller ensembles, Ann Arbor's classical music calendar has an opus for every taste. This category also includes choral music and a cappella groups.





 
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Monday


November 2013
 10-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

Weekly Rehearsal: Women's Chamber Chorus.

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Every Mon., Jan. 6-Apr. 21. All invited to join this independent 30-member local women's chorus to sing everything from Bach and Hungarian folk songs to madrigals and pop tunes. David Perample directs.
10 a.m.-11:30 a.m., West Side United Methodist Church, 900 S. Seventh. Free to visitors ($115 per semester dues for those who join). AFlowers@umich.edu. 665-9271. [map]
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 8 p.m.  Free! 

University Symphony Orchestra: U-M School of Music.

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Kenneth Kiesler conducts this music student ensemble in a program highlighted by two ballet suites, Mozart's Ballet Music from Idomeneo and Manuel De Falla's evocative gypsy- and flamenco-influenced piece El Amor Brujo. The program also includes Schubert's transcendent and joyful Symphony no. 9 in C major. Preceded at 7:15 p.m. in the lower lobby by a lecture on the program.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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Tuesday


November 2013
 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Musical Meditations": Temple Beth Emeth/St. Clare's Episcopal Church.

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Every Tues. TBE cantor Annie Rose and St. Clare's music director John Goodell collaborate on musical programs TBA.
5:30 p.m., TBE/St. Clare's, 2309 Packard. Free. 665-4744. [map]
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 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

New Horizons Band: Saline Senior Center.

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Every Tues. & Thurs., except Dec. 19-Jan. 6. Bring a band instrument. Beginners are asked to call ahead to set up lessons.
7-8:30 p.m. (Tues.) and 1-2:30 p.m. (Thurs.), Liberty School band room, 7265 Saline-Ann Arbor Rd., Saline. Free. 429-1742. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain: University Musical Society.

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Formed in 1985, this all-ukulele touring chamber ensemble is renowned for its "perfectly polished professionalism, threaded through with dry wit and wry humor," writes an Independent (UK) reviewer. It performs all musical genres with ukuleles in a variety of registers, easily overcoming the limitations of the instrument to create intricate melodies and complex chords. Audience members are invited to bring their ukuleles to the performance, for a play- and sing-a-long to Tom Petty's song "American Girl."
7:30 p.m., Michigan Theater. $24-$54, in advance at ums.org, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]
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Wednesday


November 2013
 10:30 a.m. 

Arthur Greene: Society for Musical Arts.

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Performance by this U-M piano professor. A New York Times review calls him "a masterful pianist with a massive technique that is nevertheless free from gigantism." Followed by a meet-the-artist lunch ($15).
10:30 a.m., Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. $17 (accompanying friend, $15; students with ID, $5; group rates available) at the door only. Lunch reservations required by calling 662-3279. Info: 930-0353. [map]
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On October 11, 2013, The Society for Musical Arts wrote:
Mr. Greene's current projects include recordings of the Scriabin sonatas, and of previously unrecorded works of the Ukrainian national composer Mykola Lysenko (considered to be the father of Ukrainian classical music), and performances of the last three Beethoven sonatas in the spring of 2014.

Mr. Greene will be performing several works by Lysenko as well as by Frederic Chopin.


 12:15 p.m.  Free! 

U-M School of Music Brown Bag Recital Series.

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Nov. 13 & 27. 30-minute recitals. Bring a bag lunch, if you wish. Today: organist and oboist Sipkje Pesnichak.
12:15 p.m., U-M School of Public Health Community Lounge, 109 S. Observatory. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Telematic Music from PASIC": U-M School of Music.

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The U-M Telematic Players are remotely joined (via the Internet) by musicians from Indiana University in a performance of Goldstream Variations for chamber ensemble with electronics. Part of the Percussive Arts Society International Convention Technology Day.
2 p.m., Duderstadt Center Design Lab 1, 2281 Bonisteel, North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

Hagen Quartet: University Musical Society.

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Founded in 1981, this award-winning Austrian string quartet enjoys a reputation as one of the world's finest ensembles, delighting audiences with their warm, engaging performances. "If chamber music can be called the art of conversation," writes a Toronto Star critic, "they are certainly persuasive talkers." Its members include violinist Rainer Schmidt, and the founding Hagen siblings: violinist Lukas, violist Veronika, and cellist Clemens. Tonight's all-Beethoven program showcases Beethoven's String Quartets, in D Major, A Major, and E-flat Major.
7:30 p.m., Rackham Auditorium. $22-$46, in advance at ums.org, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]
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 8 p.m.  Free! 

Campus Symphony Orchestra: U-M School of Music.

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Elim Chan conducts this ensemble of nonmusic majors in Lalo's Le Roi d'Ys Overture, Saint-SaŽns' Concerto for Cello no. 1, and Tchaikovsky's Symphony no. 4.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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Thursday


November 2013
 12:10 p.m.  Free! 

Gifts of Art: U-M Hospitals.

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Nov. 7: Children's classical violin recital. Nov. 14: Classical soprano art songs and arias by vocalists Sheena Law and Leslie Mason. Accompanist is Lydia Qiu. Nov. 21: Chamber music by the U-M Campus Symphony Woodwind Quintet.
12:10 p.m., U-M Hospital Main Lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. (off Fuller). Free. 936-ARTS. [map]
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 1-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

New Horizons Band: Saline Senior Center.

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Every Tues. & Thurs., except Dec. 19-Jan. 6. Bring a band instrument. Beginners are asked to call ahead to set up lessons.
7-8:30 p.m. (Tues.) and 1-2:30 p.m. (Thurs.), Liberty School band room, 7265 Saline-Ann Arbor Rd., Saline. Free. 429-1742. [map]
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Friday


November 2013
 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Horst Buchholz: EMU Music Department Annual Improvisation Symposium.

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Organ recital by this Cathedral and Archdiocese of St. Louis sacred music director. Program TBA.
7:30 p.m., EMU Alexander Organ Recital Hall, Lowell at E. Circle Dr., Ypsilanti. Free. 487-2255.
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 8 p.m.  Free! 

Midwest Composers Symposium: U-M School of Music.

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Nov. 15 & 16 (different programs). Performances by student composers from U-M, University of Iowa, Indiana University, and the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. Tonight: Christopher James Lees conducts the U-M Contemporary Directions Ensemble in works by composers from participating schools.
8 p.m. (Nov. 15) and 10 a.m. & 2 & 4:30 p.m. (Nov. 16), U-M Music School McIntosh Theatre, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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Saturday


November 2013
 10 a.m. & 2 & 4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Midwest Composers Symposium: U-M School of Music.

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Nov. 15 & 16 (different programs). Performances by student composers from U-M, University of Iowa, Indiana University, and the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. Today's programs TBA.
8 p.m. (Nov. 15) and 10 a.m. & 2 & 4:30 p.m. (Nov. 16), U-M Music School McIntosh Theatre, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Drumming Between Worlds": Ann Arbor District Library/U-M Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments.

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Renowned world music percussionist Rex Bernicasa demonstrates and discusses percussion instruments and techniques used during the 17th and 18th centuries when musical influences were swapping back and forth between the New World and the Old World.
2-3:30 p.m., AADL 4th-floor meeting room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]
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 3-6 p.m.  Free! 

Pittsfield Open Band: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Nov. 2 & 16. All musicians invited for a contra dance music open jam. Bring Judi Morningstar's The Ruffwater Fakebook, Susan Songer's The Portland Collection, and Bill Matthiesen's The Waltz Book if you have them.
3-6 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.), Saline. Free. 994-9307. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

Bandorama: EMU Music Department.

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A rousing program of music for bands featuring the Wind Symphony, the Symphonic Band, and the EMU Marching Band in full regalia.
Pease Auditorium, EMU campus, W. Cross at College Place, Ypsilanti. Tickets $10 (students & seniors, $8; kids under 12, $6) in advance and (if available) at the door. 487-1221.
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 7:30 p.m. 

"Space: The Final Frontier": U-M Dicks & Janes.

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This co-ed a cappella ensemble performs songs by Lorde, Bernhoft, Ella Fitzgerald, Fleet Foxes, George Gershwin, and others.
7:30 p.m., U-M Modern Languages Bldg., Auditorium 4. $5 in advance; $8 at the door. umich.eud/~dandj.
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Sunday


November 2013
 2 p.m. 

Malcolm Bilson: Kerrytown Concert House.

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A pioneer of the period-instrument movement since the 1970s, Bilson is regarded as one of the foremost players of the fortepiano and is responsible for restoring it the concert stage and creating fresh recordings of the classical repertory. Currently a music professor at Cornell University, Bilson originally studied conventional piano in America and Europe before meeting antique instrument builder Philip Belt, who introduced Bilson to the fortepiano, the instrument for which Mozart and Haydn composed their music. Tonight's program features two of Schubert's so-called incomplete sonatas, Beethoven's A-flat Sonata, and Schumann's Kreisleriana.
2 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
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 2-5 p.m.  Free! 

Shape Note Singing: Ann Arbor Sacred Harp.

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All invited to join an afternoon of shape note, or sacred harp, singing, a form of communal hymn singing that has its roots in colonial America. Songbooks available, but singers encouraged to bring their own.
2-5 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Free, but donations accepted for music scholarships. 678-7549, 761-1451. [map]
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 4 p.m. 

"Concert of Sacred Works": Concordia University.

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The Concordia University Choir is joined by the Skyline High School A Cappella Chorus and members of the Michigan Sinfonietta in a program of works by Bach, Handel, and Mozart. Soprano Karin White also performs Bach's triumphant solo cantata Jauchzet Gott in Allen Landen.
4 p.m., Concordia University Chapel of the Holy Trinity, 4090 Geddes. Tickets $10 (students & seniors, $5). 995-4612. [map]
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 4 p.m. 

"Renaissance and Baroque Music from Spain and the New World": Ann Arbor Grail Singers.

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Carmen Cavallaro directs this 12-member women's early-music choir in works by Mexican poet and scholar Sister Juana Inés de la Cruz, Juan Matias de Rivera's "Missa a cuatro voces," a 1631 processional hymn in the Quechua language, and works form the Cancionero de Medinaceli, a collection considered to be one of the most important collections of Spanish secular polyphony from the Renaissance. Accompanists are chamber organist Anne Crawford, viola da gambist Debra Lonergan, recorder player Beth Gilford, and percussionist Rex Benincasa. AcademyofEarlyMusic.org, 662-0631.
4 p.m., St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 306 N. Division. Parking available at Community High School. $15 (seniors, $12; students, $5).
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 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

Sunday Sunset Collective: The Yellow Barn.

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Every Sun. All musicians invited to jam. Also, a potluck (bring a dish to share).
6-8 p.m., Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron. Free. ouryellowbarn.com. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

"Aquapops": Michigan Pops Orchestra.

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Tristan Rais-Sherman directs this 100-member ensemble, the only student-run orchestra on campus, in a program that includes vocal performances, multimedia performances, stage antics, and more. Also, works by Mendelssohn and Moldau as well as music from Jaws, The Little Mermaid, Titanic, Atlantis, Super Mario, and more.
7 p.m., Michigan Theater. $8 (students, $5; kids in public schools and Ann Arbor day cares, free) in advance at the Michigan Theater Box Office Nov. 11, 13, & 15 at 3-5 p.m. and at Mason Hall Nov. 11-15 at noon-2 p.m. (616) 328-9893. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

"Tibetan Singing Bowl Session": The Himalayan Bazaar.

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All invited to lie down on mats while Leah Mitchell plays Tibetan singing bowls, instruments whose music is said to restore harmony and balance. Bring a mat and blanket.
7 p.m., Himalayan Bazaar, 218 S. Main. $15; preregistration required by Nov. 15. ofglobal@aol.com, 997-7229. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

"Mozart's Requiem": First United Methodist Church.

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The church's chancel choir, vocal soloists, and the Michigan Sinfonietta perform Mozart's stormy unfinished final composition, one of the most beloved of all choral works.
7:30 p.m., FUMC, 120 S. State. $15 suggested donation. 662-4536. [map]
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