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Music: Classical, Religious, & Cabaret - Week of April 16, 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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Monday


April 2018
 10-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

Weekly Rehearsal: Women's Chamber Chorus.

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Every Mon., Jan. 22-Apr. 30. 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]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"World Voice Day Celebration": U-M School of Music.

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A talk by U-M Vocal Health Center director Norman Hogikyan. Followed by songs and arias by U-M voice and musical theater students. Reception follows.
7 p.m., Michigan League Hussey Rm. Free. 615-3204. [map]


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Tuesday


April 2018
 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

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

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Every Tues. All age 50 & over invited to join this choir. No experience necessary.
10:30 a.m.-noon, Liberty School Band Room, 7265 N. Ann Arbor St., Saline. Free for visitors ($112 per cycle membership dues). 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]


 7-9:30 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 p.m. 

"Tagore on Soul and Strings": Tagore Beyond Boundaries/Pioneer HIgh School.

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Jonathan Glawe directs the Pioneer High School Concert Orchestra and Choir in works by the highly influential 19th- and 20th-century Indian composer Rabindranath Tagore, known for his poetic songs. The students have collaborated with musicians in India on arrangements. With local vocalist Mousumi Banerjee, Indian vocalist Shom Chatterjee, and acclaimed Indian sarod player Rajeeb Chakraborty.
7 p.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $10. glawej@aaps.k12.mi.us, 994-2120. [map]



 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Ben Hieber Scholarship Concert: Saline Area Schools Orchestras.

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The Saline High School Orchestra Program presents a free concert and dessert afterglow (suggested donations of $5 and $10 for desserts) on Tuesday, April 17th at 7:30pm, raising funds for a scholarship in Ben Hieber's honor. Ben Hieber was a violist and among the finest musicians to walk the halls of Saline Middle School. He played beautifully, from the heart, with an instinctively rich sound and a masterful sense of phrase. Sadly, Ben was struck down by complications of cancer in the spring of 2015, what would have been his freshman year of high school. His music was silenced, but his spirit of joy, kindness and love of music lives on. It is with the hope of continuing that spirit that the Ben Hieber Memorial Scholarship is offered each year to outstanding orchestra students in Saline Area Schools. The concert will feature performances from the Chamber and Symphony Orchestras as well as solo performances from previous scholarship recipients.
Ellen A. Ewing Performing Arts Center at Saline High School, 1300 Campus Parkway, Saline, Michigan 48176, Saline. Free. 734-401-42126. brierem@salineschools.org SITES.GOOGLE.COM/A/SALINESCHOOLS.ORG/ORCHESTRAS/ [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

Electronic Chamber Music Showcase: U-M School of Music.

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Michael Gurevich directs music students in experimental chamber music with electronic sounds, visuals, and lighting devised collaboratively by student composers, technologists, and performers.
8 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Davis Technology Studio. Free. 615-3204.


 8 p.m.  Free! 

University Philharmonia Orchestra: U-M School of Music.

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Oriol Sans conducts this ensemble of music majors in works of Spanish flair, including Manuel de Falla's first suite from Three Cornered Hat and Ravel's quasi-hedonistic Rapsodie Espagnole. Also, Franck's Symphony in D, a work that was excluded from the canon due to its combination of French and German musical styles at the outset of the Franco-Prussian War. Preceded at 7:15 p.m. in the lower lobby by a lecture on the program.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 615-3204. [map]


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Wednesday


April 2018
 10:30 a.m. 

Ralph Votapek: Society for Musical Arts.

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This MSU piano professor emeritus performs works by Schubert, Fauré, and Debussy. Followed by a meet-the-artist lunch ($18).
10:30 a.m., Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. $17 (accompanying friend, $15; groups of 4 or more, $10 each; students with ID, $5). Lunch reservations required by calling 662-3279. Info: annarborsma.org, 930-0353. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Open Rehearsal: The Arbor Consort.

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The Arbor Consort, the official madrigal singing group of the Michigan Renaissance Festival, is having open rehearsals for singers of all voice types interested in joining the group. Interested singers can come any Wednesday in March or April to learn more about us. Members will go on different weekends, August 18-Sept 30, to sing in small a cappella ensembles at the Michigan Renaissance Festival .
Calvary United Methodist Church, 1415 Miller Avenue. Free. president@thearborconsort.org www.thearborconsort.org [map]



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Thursday


April 2018
 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Better Than 'Good': Rethinking Our Pedagogical Vocabulary to Create a Positive and Productive Learning Environment": Ann Arbor Area Piano Teachers Guild.

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Talk by Oberlin Conservatory of Music piano pedagogy professor Andrea McAlister.
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. Apr. 5: Modern dance by the U-M Dance Department Freshman Touring Company. Apr. 12: Classical, folk, and popular music by the local trio San, Emily & Jacob. Apr. 19: Contemporary classical works by the Virginia-based duo of pianist Tracy Cowden and flutist Tabatha Easley. Apr. 26: Chamber music by ensembles from the U-M Life Sciences Orchestra.
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


April 2018
 7 p.m. 

Classical Bells: St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.

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Darlene Ebersole directs this acclaimed Detroit-area handbell ensemble whose performances are known for their interpretive flair, technical skill, and informal choreography, along with a dash of humor. The group's varied repertoire includes classical, inspirational, popular, and even ragtime and swing tunes. Proceeds benefit the church's Handbell Ensemble's upcoming pilgrimage to Europe.
7 p.m., St. Francis, 2250 E. Stadium. $10. 769-2550. [map]



 7 p.m. 

Classical Bells Concert.

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Let's go for a "Walk in the Park" with Classical Bells, Michigan's premiere handbell ensemble. This group of seasoned professionals, led by artistic director, Darlene Ebersole, has performed in concerts nationwide. They bring inspiration from a wide variety of musical genres including classical, jazz, inspirational, and swing. This concert will benefit the St. Francis of Assisi Handbell Ensemble for a planned pilgrimage to Europe. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Group and senior discounts available.
St. Francis of Assisi, 2250 E. Stadium Blvd. $10. SFAHandbellConcert@comcast.net http://stfrancisa2.com/handbellconcert [map]



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Saturday


April 2018
 7 p.m. 

Collage Concert: Chelsea First United Methodist Church.

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Performances by CFUMC vocal and bell choirs. Youth mission trip fundraiser.
7 p.m., FUMC, 128 Park, Chelsea. Free, but goodwill donations encouraged. 475-8119. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Avanti Guitar Trio: Kerrytown Concert House.

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. This Chicago-based acoustic guitar trio has an eclectic repertoire ranging from the Baroque to contemporary, including commissioned pieces and an occasional rock-pop or jazz tune. Members include Jason Deroche, Wesley Hixson, and Julie, Goldberg, named "guitarist of the year" by Classical Guitar Alive.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $20-$35 (students, $10). Reservations recommended. Kerrytownconcerthouse.com, 769-2999. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Verdi Requiem": Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.

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The orchestra is joined by the UMS Choral Union in Verdi's urgent, dramatic Requiem, whose "Lacrimosa" section, one of the most challenging passages in the classical repertoire, taxes the soloists' skills with extremely difficult modulations. Soloists are acclaimed soprano Indra Thomas, mezzo-soprano Susan Platts, tenor Sean Panikkar, and bass-baritone Gary Relyea. Preceded at 7 p.m. by a lecture on the program.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $18-$70 in advance at a2so.com, by phone, & at the door. 994-4801. [map]



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Sunday


April 2018
 Noon-4 p.m.  Free! 

Earth Day Festival: City of Ann Arbor.

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This family-oriented event features live raptors and amphibians & reptiles, hands-on craft activities, guided hikes to Black Pond, green building and commuting displays, and more. Also, exhibits by more than 40 local environmental, nonprofit, and governmental organizations, and educational presentations on a variety of sustainability topics, including a performance of environmental songs and stories by local singer-songwriter Joe Reilly (2:30 p.m.). Also, all encouraged to come dressed as their favorite animal to join an "All Species Parade" (2:15 p.m.). Face painting. Light concession refreshments from Shimmy Shack, Ray's Red Hots, and Hero or Villain food trucks. All encouraged to ride bikes to the festival.
Noon-4 p.m., Leslie Science & Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd. Free. 794-6627. [map]


 1:30 p.m. 

The Mosaic Singers: Michigan Theater Foundation Not Just for Kids Series.

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This octet from the award-winning Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit performs a rousing family-oriented program of vocal music that ranges from Motown to Mozart and from Broadway tunes to Bach.
Mozart and from Broadway tunes to Bach. 1:30 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $13 (MTF members, $11) in advance at Nicola's Books in Westgate & ticketmaster.com, and at the door. To charge by phone, call (800) 745-3000. [map]


 2 p.m.  Free! 

Kathleen Kelly: U-M School of Music.

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Piano concert by this U-M opera coach who has performed internationally as a recital pianist.
2 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 3:30 p.m. 

"Best of Friends": Ypsilanti Symphony Orchestra.

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EMU symphony orchestra conductor Kevin Miller guest conducts this volunteer community orchestra. Program: Sibelius' Finlandia and "Valse Triste" from his Kuolema, Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, and Franck's Symphony in D minor.
3:30 p.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $12 (seniors age 65 & older, students with ID, & kids under age 12, $6; family, $30) in advance at ypsilantisymphony.org and at the door. 507-1451. [map]


 4 p.m. 

Murray Perahia: University Musical Society.

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Perihia show canceled due to illness. Grammy-award winner Emanuel Ax performs in his place. A world-renowned pianist, he's known for his unsurpassed virtuosity and graceful temperament. Tonight's program: Mozart's Piano Sonata in F major, Liszt's Three Sonnets of Petrarch, J.S. Bach's Partita for Keyboard No. 5 in G major, and Beethoven's Andante favori in F major and Piano Sonata in C major ("Waldstein").
4 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $17-$90 in advance at ums.org, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]


 4-6 p.m. 

"Voices of Children: Be the Change": Interfaith Round Table of Washtenaw County.

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Performances in celebration of Earth Day by the children's choirs from 4 local congregations, the Hindu Chinmaya Mission, Temple Beth Emeth, St. Clare's Episcopal Church, and The First Unitarian Universalist Congregation.
4-6 p.m., Genesis of Ann Arbor, 2309 Packard. Donation. 649-0107. [map]






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