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Music: Classical, Religious, & Cabaret - Week of January 8, 2018

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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January 2018
 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

Large Ensemble Meeting: Ann Arbor Recorder Society.

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All beginning and advanced players of the recorder and other early instruments invited. Directed by viol teacher and early music specialist Janet Cannon. Music provided; bring your own music stand.
7:30-9 p.m., St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 306 N. Division. Free to visitors ($35 annual dues). (914) 236-6123. [map]



January 2018
 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Weekly Rehearsal: Voices Valiant (U-M School of Music).

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Every Tues. beginning Jan. 9. All age 50 & over invited to join this choir. No experience necessary.
10:30 a.m., Liberty School Band Room, 7265 N. Ann Arbor St., Saline. Free for first-time visitors ($112 to join). 936-2660. [map]

 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 p.m. 

New Horizons Band Rehearsal.

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All musicians invited to join this 60-member senior band. Bring a band instrument. The Greenhorn Band for beginners (or those who haven't played in a long time or want to try new instruments) meets at 6 p.m.
7-9 p.m., Liberty School band room, 7265 Saline-Ann Arbor Rd., Saline. Free. 769-2613. [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). 612-7580. [map]



January 2018
 12:10 p.m.  Free! 

Gifts of Art Concert Series: U-M Hospitals.

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Every Thurs. Performances by area musicians. Jan. 4: Old-time jazz, blues, and ragtime by pianist Jerry Perrine. Jan. 11: Jazz, swing, and pop by the Standard Time Trio. Jan. 18: Celtic fusion by Derzier, the duo of singer-flutist Kelly McDermott and multi-instrumentalist Rob Crozier. Jan. 25: Classical music by the Karapetyan-Heaton Duo of violinists Henrik Karapetyan and Eliot Heaton, with pianist Sonya Belaya.
12:10-1 p.m., U-M Hospital Main Lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. (off Fuller). Free. 936-ARTS. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

String Preparatory Academy Faculty Recital: U-M School of Music.

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Young string musicians and their instructors perform traditional string repertoire.
7 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]



January 2018
 7 p.m. 

Andrew Anderson.

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An accomplished accompanist, chamber musician, and soloist, this veteran local pianist performs Beethoven's short piano sonata no. 24, which the composer was particularly fond of. The program also includes the late U-M music professor Ross Lee Finney's moody and dramatic Narrative in Argument and Cesar Franck's turbulent and brilliant Prelude, Chorale, and Fugue, as well as music by Liszt, Brahms, Bach, and Robert Helps.
7 p.m., Faber Piano Institute, 3042 Creek Dr. (off Packard just east of Platt). Donation. 665-7346. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Annual Collage Concert: U-M School of Music.

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U-M music students perform an hour of nonstop music in a wide range of contrasting styles. Classical, jazz, big band, vocal, and pop ensembles and soloists segue rapidly from one idiom to the next. One of the music school's most popular events.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $28 & $34 (students with ID, $12), in advance at, the Michigan League Ticket Office, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]



January 2018
 1-4 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.
1-4 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Free, but donations accepted for music scholarships. 678-7549, 663-0262. [map]

 1:30 p.m. 

Beaumaris Ensemble: Jewish Community Center Afternoon Delights.

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This local chamber trio performs new works by contemporary composers and lesser-known classical works. Members: oboist Kaycee Thomas, cellist Daniel Thomas, and pianist Naki Sung Kripfgans. Program TBA. 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 and at the door. 971-0990. [map]

 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

Chelsea High School Percussion Ensembles: Chelsea District Library Sonic Sunday.

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CHS percussion ensembles perform the program of classical music they will compete with in the state Solo & Ensemble Festival.
2-3 p.m., Chelsea High School, 740 N. Freer, Chelsea. Free. 433-2201. [map]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

EMU Honors Band: EMU Music Department.

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Performance by this ensemble of top high school musicians from around the state, along with EMU music students. Program TBA.
2 p.m., Pease Auditorium, EMU campus, W. Cross at College Place, Ypsilanti. Free. 487-2255.

 2 p.m. 

"Celebración!": Ann Arbor Concert Band.

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James Nissen conducts this local volunteer ensemble in Roger Nixon's dynamic Fiesta del Pacifico, Isaac Albéniz's Feast Day in Seville, Arturo Márquez's invigorating Danzon no. 2, Franco Cesarini's Mexican Pictures, Jaime Texidor's Amparito Roca, Copland's El Salon Mexico, and 2 works by Mark Camphouse in honor of MLK Day: A Movement for Rosa and Homage to the Dream.
2 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $10 (seniors & students, $5; kids age 11 & under, free) in advance from band members & at, and at the door. 478-7515. [map]

 3-8 p.m. 

St. Lawrence String Quartet: University Musical Society.

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This acclaimed Canadian chamber ensemble has been together for over 20 years, performing with what the New York Times calls "an almost disturbing intensity." Tonight's program, "Haydn Mega-Concert," features all 6 of Haydn's so-called "sun" quartets, a compositional milestone that established the string quartet style for generations. In them, all four voices are equally important, resulting in a more emotionally direct music than the courtly tone of the Rococo period. With violinists Geoff Nuttall and Owen Dalby, violist Lesley Robertson, and cellist Christopher Constanza. Preceded at 2 p.m. in Rackham (Earl Lewis Rm.) by a lecture on the program by U-M musicology professor Steven Whiting. Note: there is a meal break from 5:20-7 p.m. Boxed dinners available (reservations required at
3-8 p.m., Rackham Auditorium. Tickets $36-$60 in advance at the Michigan League and, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

Caroline Helton, Matthew Bengtson, & Aaron Berofsky: U-M School of Music Faculty Recital.

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Soprano Helton and fortepianist Bengtson perform song settings of Goethe's poetry by Schubert, Beethoven, and Mozart as well as their lesser-known contemporaries Carl Friedrich Zelter and Johann Friedrich Reichardt. Violinist Berofsky joins Bengtson in Mozart's Piano and Violin Sonata in B-flat major.
8 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]

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