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Music: Classical, Religious, & Cabaret - Week of November 13, 2017

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 2017
 10-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

Weekly Rehearsal: Women's Chamber Chorus.

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Every Mon., Sept. 11-Dec. 4. All women who can carry a tune, read music, and harmonize with a group are invited to join this independent 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., First Presbyterian Church, 1432 Washtenaw. Free to visitors ($125 per semester dues for those who join). womenschamberchorus.com. 665-9271. [map]


 1:30 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra: Jewish Community Center Afternoon Delights.

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Critically acclaimed Korean violinist Jinjoo Cho and AASO artistic director Arie Lipsky, a cellist, play a classical program including Ysa e's Violin Sonata No. 4, Schumann's Arabesque, and Beethoven's String Trio. Preceded at 1 p.m. by dessert and socializing.
1:30 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). $10 in advance at a2so.org and at the door. 971-0990. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Michigan Youth Symphonic Band & Michigan Youth Symphony Orchestra: U-M School of Music.

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These ensembles of young area musicians are conducted by U-M music professors in separate programs. Courtney Snyder conducts the Symphonic Band in Frantzen's Euphoria, Gillingham's Be Thou My Vision, Markowski's Shine, and Holst's Suite in F Major. Anthony Elliott conducts the Symphony Orchestra in Joan Tower's Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman, U-M composition professor Michael Daugherty's Red Cape Tango, and Copland's Billy the Kid Suite.
7 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 615-3204. [map]


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Tuesday


November 2017
 7 p.m.  Free! 

Huron Valley Harmonizers Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society.

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Every Tues. All male singers invited to join the weekly rehearsals of this local barbershop harmony chorus.
7 p.m., Stony Creek United Methodist Church, 8635 Stony Creek Rd., Ypsilanti. Free to visitors ($130 annual dues for those who join). 796-7467. [map]


 7-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

Voices in Harmony Sweet Adelines.

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Every Tues. All women invited to join the weekly rehearsals of this local 70-member a cappella barbershop harmony chorus.
7-9:30 p.m., UAW Local 898 Hall, 8975 Textile Rd. (west of Rawsonville Rd. off I-94), Ypsilanti. Free to visitors ($26 monthly dues for those who join). singwithus.org 612-7580. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Piano Faculty Recital: U-M School of Music.

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U-M piano professors perform solo and duo works by Schubert, Chopin, Scriabin, Mozart, Rachmaninoff, Milhaud, and Skelton.
7:30 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Wonder Women": Chamber Music Michigan.

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This local chamber music ensemble performs works by female composers, including Chihchun Chi-Sun Lee's Sunset of Chihkan Tower, Lili Boulanger's Nocturne and Cortège, Augusta Read Thomas's Incantation, Ruth Crawford Seeger's String Quartet, and Louise Farrenc's Deuxième Sonata.
8 p.m., U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Free. chambermusicmichigan.com. [map]


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Wednesday


November 2017
 Noon-1 p.m.  Free! 

"A Journey to Making an Ideal Violin": U-M Confucius Institute.

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Lecture by renowned violin maker Feng Jiang.
Noon-1 p.m., Palmer Commons Forum Hall (4th floor), 100 Washtenaw. Free. 936-6099. [map]


 3 p.m. 

Louis Nagel: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Nov. 1, 15, & 29. As KCH artist-in-residence, this popular local classical pianist, a retired U-M music professor presents "Haydn and Mozart Revisited", a continuation of his July series comparing these composers' sonatas and other works.
3 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15 (all 3 sessions, $35). Reservations required. Kerrytownconcerthouse.com, 769-2999. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Open rehearsal: The Arbor Consort.

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All interested singers in all voice parts are invited to attend our open rehearsal from 7:30-9:30 pm. Nonmembers may attend up to two rehearsals before they are required to audition to continue as a member. It is not necessary to prepare a piece. The Arbor Consort is a semi-professional, nonprofit organization that performs a cappella Renaissance and Victorian era vocal music in period costumes. We are the official madrigal group of the Michigan Renaissance Festival. For more information contact president@thearborconsort.org, visit our website www.thearborconsort.org, or see our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TheArborConsort/
Cavalry United Methodist Church, 1415 Miller Ave. Free. president@thearborconsort.org www.arborconsort.org [map]



 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Three Russian Symphonies": University Symphony Orchestra (U-M School of Music).

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Kenneth Keisler conducts this ensemble of music majors in Prokofiev's humorous Classical Symphony and Shostakovich's poignant Chamber Symphony, an autobiographical portrait of his suffering under Stalinism. The Symphony Orchestra is joined by the University Philharmonia Orchestra in Tchaikovsky's brooding and ultimately triumphant Fifth Symphony. Preceded at 7:15 p.m. in the lower lobby by a lecture on the program by Keisler and composer Paul Brantley.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 615-3204. [map]


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Thursday


November 2017
 8 a.m.-8 p.m. 

"Bernstein's Philharmonic: A Centennial Festival": University Musical Society.

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Nov. 16-19 (different programs). The New York Philharmonic's UMS residency celebrates Leonard Bernstein's 100th birthday with daily concerts and a series of master classes.

Nov. 16: The New York Philharmonic performs "Pop Up Concerts" (locations TBA; free, but preregistration required at https://tinyurl.com/y73ub4g8).

Nov. 17: Program features Mahler's Symphony No. 5., in recognition of Bernstein's role in bringing Mahler's work into the symphonic canon. Conducted by Jaap van Zweden, who will become the NYP music director in 2018. 8 p.m.

Nov. 18: Program, geared toward families, recreates one of Bernstein's Young People's Concerts, broadcast on CBS from 1958-1972. The all-Bernstein program includes the Candide Overture, selections from the musical On the Town, "Masque" from Symphony No. 2, "Profanation" from Symphony No. 1, and selections from West Side Story. 2 p.m.

Nov. 19: Program: Bernstein's Kaddish Symphony, with narration by Oscar winner Jeremy Irons, is a work inspired by the Jewish prayer of mourning that encompasses a paean to God, a confrontation between man and God, and a plea for peace. With soprano Tamara Wilson and the MSU Children's Choir. Also, Richard Strauss's tone poem Don Quixote. 3 p.m.

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8 p.m. (Nov. 17), 2 p.m. (Nov. 18), & 3 p.m. (Nov. 19), Hill Auditorium. Tickets $18-$130 in advance at ums.org, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]


 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Two Pianos, Four Hands, Twenty Fingers": Ann Arbor Area Piano Teachers Guild.

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Duo-piano recital by the AAAPTG Performers Group.
10 a.m., Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 665-5346. [map]


 12:10 p.m.  Free! 

Gifts of Art Concert Series: U-M Hospitals.

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Every Thurs., except Nov. 23. Performances by area musicians. Nov. 2: Americana ukulele player Gerald Ross. Nov. 9: Great American Songbook works by the Paul Keller Trio with vocalist Sarah D'Angelo and pianist James Dapogny. Nov. 16: U-M violin professor Stephen Shipps performs a work by the legendary Belgian composer-violinist Ysa e, and some of his students perform Bach's Partita no. 2 in D minor, Wieniawski's Variations, Bazzini's Round of the Goblins, and jazz and bluegrass works. Nov. 30: Gypsy jazz by the Joe Summers Jazz Group.
12:10-1 p.m., U-M Hospital Main Lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. (off Fuller). Free. 936-ARTS. [map]


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Friday


November 2017
 4-5 p.m.  Free! 

"The Way of Qin": U-M Confucius Institute.

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Lecture and demonstration of the guqin (Chinese 7-string zither) by North America Mei'an Guqin Society chair Shuishan Yu, a 4th-generation Mei'an School guqin player who performs on Saturday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m.
4-5 p.m., Michigan League Koessler room. Free. 936-6099. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Bernstein's Philharmonic: A Centennial Festival": University Musical Society.

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Nov. 16-19 (different programs). The New York Philharmonic's UMS residency celebrates Leonard Bernstein's 100th birthday with daily concerts and a series of master classes.

Nov. 16: The New York Philharmonic performs "Pop Up Concerts" (locations TBA; free, but preregistration required at https://tinyurl.com/y73ub4g8).

Nov. 17: Program features Mahler's Symphony No. 5., in recognition of Bernstein's role in bringing Mahler's work into the symphonic canon. Conducted by Jaap van Zweden, who will become the NYP music director in 2018. 8 p.m.

Nov. 18: Program, geared toward families, recreates one of Bernstein's Young People's Concerts, broadcast on CBS from 1958-1972. The all-Bernstein program includes the Candide Overture, selections from the musical On the Town, "Masque" from Symphony No. 2, "Profanation" from Symphony No. 1, and selections from West Side Story. 2 p.m.

Nov. 19: Program: Bernstein's Kaddish Symphony, with narration by Oscar winner Jeremy Irons, is a work inspired by the Jewish prayer of mourning that encompasses a paean to God, a confrontation between man and God, and a plea for peace. With soprano Tamara Wilson and the MSU Children's Choir. Also, Richard Strauss's tone poem Don Quixote. 3 p.m.

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8 p.m. (Nov. 17), 2 p.m. (Nov. 18), & 3 p.m. (Nov. 19), Hill Auditorium. Tickets $18-$130 in advance at ums.org, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]


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Saturday


November 2017
 2 p.m. 

"Bernstein's Philharmonic: A Centennial Festival": University Musical Society.

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Nov. 16-19 (different programs). The New York Philharmonic's UMS residency celebrates Leonard Bernstein's 100th birthday with daily concerts and a series of master classes.

Nov. 16: The New York Philharmonic performs "Pop Up Concerts" (locations TBA; free, but preregistration required at https://tinyurl.com/y73ub4g8).

Nov. 17: Program features Mahler's Symphony No. 5., in recognition of Bernstein's role in bringing Mahler's work into the symphonic canon. Conducted by Jaap van Zweden, who will become the NYP music director in 2018. 8 p.m.

Nov. 18: Program, geared toward families, recreates one of Bernstein's Young People's Concerts, broadcast on CBS from 1958-1972. The all-Bernstein program includes the Candide Overture, selections from the musical On the Town, "Masque" from Symphony No. 2, "Profanation" from Symphony No. 1, and selections from West Side Story. 2 p.m.

Nov. 19: Program: Bernstein's Kaddish Symphony, with narration by Oscar winner Jeremy Irons, is a work inspired by the Jewish prayer of mourning that encompasses a paean to God, a confrontation between man and God, and a plea for peace. With soprano Tamara Wilson and the MSU Children's Choir. Also, Richard Strauss's tone poem Don Quixote. 3 p.m.

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8 p.m. (Nov. 17), 2 p.m. (Nov. 18), & 3 p.m. (Nov. 19), Hill Auditorium. Tickets $18-$130 in advance at ums.org, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]


 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.
7 p.m., EMU Pease Auditorium, W. Cross at College Place, Ypsilanti. Tickets $12 (students & seniors, $10; kids under 12, $6) in advance at emutix.com and (if available) at the door. 487-1430.


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Sunday


November 2017
 2 p.m.  Free! 

Bottle Rocket Cabaret: Ypsilanti District Library.

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Bottle Rocket Cabaret is an award winning duo comprised of two accomplished musicians hailing from the Lansing area. With dedicated followers around the country, audiences are consistently delighted with the pair's irresistible chemistry. Their roots-based repertoire reveals glimpses of blues, jazz standards, gospel, musical theater and opera house follies.
Ypsilanti District Library, 5577 Whittaker Rd, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-482-4110. www.ypsilibrary.org [map]



 2 p.m.  Free! 

Voices Valiant: U-M School of Music.

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Norma Freeman conducts this local senior choir in Page's Peace Variations, Randall Thompson's "The Road Not Taken," Klezmatics violinist Lisa Gutkin's setting of Woody Guthrie's "Gonna Get Through this World," the Alleluia from Bach's Cantata 142, and Lee Barrows' The Latte Cantate, a contemporized version of Bach's Coffee Cantata.
2 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Hankinson Rehearsal Hall, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 3 p.m. 

"Bernstein's Philharmonic: A Centennial Festival": University Musical Society.

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Nov. 16-19 (different programs). The New York Philharmonic's UMS residency celebrates Leonard Bernstein's 100th birthday with daily concerts and a series of master classes.

Nov. 16: The New York Philharmonic performs "Pop Up Concerts" (locations TBA; free, but preregistration required at https://tinyurl.com/y73ub4g8).

Nov. 17: Program features Mahler's Symphony No. 5., in recognition of Bernstein's role in bringing Mahler's work into the symphonic canon. Conducted by Jaap van Zweden, who will become the NYP music director in 2018. 8 p.m.

Nov. 18: Program, geared toward families, recreates one of Bernstein's Young People's Concerts, broadcast on CBS from 1958-1972. The all-Bernstein program includes the Candide Overture, selections from the musical On the Town, "Masque" from Symphony No. 2, "Profanation" from Symphony No. 1, and selections from West Side Story. 2 p.m.

Nov. 19: Program: Bernstein's Kaddish Symphony, with narration by Oscar winner Jeremy Irons, is a work inspired by the Jewish prayer of mourning that encompasses a paean to God, a confrontation between man and God, and a plea for peace. With soprano Tamara Wilson and the MSU Children's Choir. Also, Richard Strauss's tone poem Don Quixote. 3 p.m.

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8 p.m. (Nov. 17), 2 p.m. (Nov. 18), & 3 p.m. (Nov. 19), Hill Auditorium. Tickets $18-$130 in advance at ums.org, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]


 4 p.m.  Free! 

Michigan Youth Chamber Singers & Michigan Youth Women's Chorale: U-M School of Music.

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Performances by these ensembles of young area musicians. U-M music grad student Jabarie Glass conducts the Chamber Singers in Daniel Jackson's arrangement of the traditional South African song "Hlohonolofatsa," Gorczycki's "In Virtute Tua," Stroope's "Omnia Sol (Let Your Heart Be Staid)," and Sten Källman's arrangement of the traditional Haitian song "Peze Kafe." U-M music professor Julie Skadsem conducts the Women's Chorale in Farnell's "Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep," Caldwell and Ivory's "Ain't No Grave Can Hold My Body Down," Szymko's "Everything She Touches," and Barnett's "Remember the Ladies."
4 p.m., U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

23rd Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service: Interfaith Round Table of Washtenaw County.

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Music, readings, and meditations by local representatives from many faith traditions. This year's theme is "Gratitude for Our Diversity." All encouraged to donate nonperishable food or turkey money for those in need. Refreshments.
7-9 p.m., Beth Israel, 2000 Washtenaw. Free. 424-1535. [map]






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