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Music: Classical, Religious, & Cabaret - Week of December 3, 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


December 2018
 10-11:30 a.m. 

Weekly Rehearsal: Women's Chamber Chorus.

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Every Mon., Sept. 10-Dec. 10. 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.
10-11:30 a.m., First Presbyterian Church, 1432 Washtenaw. Free to visitors ($125 per semester dues for those who join). womenschamberchorus.com; 665-9271. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Orchestra Concert: Huron High School.

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Program TBA.
7:30-9:30 p.m., HHS Meyers Auditorium, 2727 Fuller. 994-2040. [map]


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Tuesday


December 2018
 3 p.m.  Free! 

Strings Showcase: U-M School of Music.

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Top string students perform solo and ensemble chamber works.
3 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Huron Valley Harmonizers Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society.

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Every Tues. except Dec. 25 & Jan. 1. 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. except Dec. 25 & Jan. 1. 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]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Hope in Darkness": U-M School of Music.

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The U-M University Choir, Chamber Choir, and Baroque Chamber Orchestra--all ensembles of primarily music majors--perform Rheinberger's "Abendlied," Powell's "To Sit and Dream," "Elder's Three Themes of Life and Love, Hagenberg's "The Music of Stillness," Schütz's "Selig sind die Toten," Parry's "My Soul, There Is a Country," Theofanidis's Four Levertov Settings, the world premiere of Austin-based composer Craig Hella Johnsons' "Song from the Road," and Bach's "Fürchte dich nicht" and "Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen." Preceded at 7:15 p.m. in the lower lobby by a lecture by U-M conducting grad student Jabarie Glass on the program.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Mad about Chamber Music": Kerrytown Concert House.

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U-M piano students perform Mozart's Piano Quartet in G minor, Mendelssohn's Piano Trio in C minor, and Brahms' Trio for Clarinet, Cello, and Piano.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Free; donations accepted. kerrytownconcerthouse.com, 769-2999. [map]


 8:30 p.m. 

Opera on Tap.

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Local singers perform arias and art songs that address the theme "Deck the Halls with Songs of Divas."
8:30-10 p.m. (seating begins at 6:30 p.m.), Sidetrack Bar & Grill, 56 E. Cross, Ypsilanti. Free, but donations accepted (buy your own food). Reservations required (call between 10 a.m. & 8 p.m.). 483-5230. [map]


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Wednesday


December 2018
 Noon  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play one of 100 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords. Kids welcome.
10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.) & noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]


 12:15 p.m.  Free! 

Brown Bag Organ Recital: U-M School of Music.

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Performance by the U-M Baroque Chamber Ensemble.
12:15 p.m., U-M School of Public Health Community Room, 109 S. Observatory. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 2:45 p.m.  Free! 

Undergraduate Opera Workshop: U-M School of Music.

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U-M voice students perform art songs in styles ranging from Classical to Romantic to contemporary.
2:45 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. McIntosh Theatre, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Graduate Opera Workshop: U-M School of Music.

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U-M grad voice students present staged arias and scenes from Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte and Don Giovanni, Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Puccini's La Bohème, and Bellini's Norma.
7:30 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. McIntosh Theatre, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

Concert Band: U-M School of Music.

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Courtney Snyder conducts this ensemble of music majors in Shostakovich's Festive Overture, Jolley's The Eyes of the World Are Upon You, Hindemith's Symphony in B-flat Major, Gorb's French Dances Revisited, Scriabin's Nocturne no. 2, and Turrin's Fandango.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

Viola Studio Recital: U-M School of Music.

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Performances by students of U-M viola professor Yizhak Schotten. Program TBA.
8 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Hankinson Rehearsal Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]


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Thursday


December 2018
 12:10 p.m.  Free! 

Gifts of Art Concert Series: U-M Hospitals.

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Dec. 6, 13, & 20. Performances by area musicians. Dec. 6: Violin students from the Ann Arbor Suzuki Institute. Dec. 13: 19th-century holiday music by the Dodworth Duo. Dec. 20: Seasonal works by the Counterpoint quintet.
12:10-1 p.m., U-M Hospital Main Lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. Free. 936-ARTS. [map]


 12:15 p.m.  Free! 

"Dancing at Christmas": First Baptist Church Coffee Break Concert Series.

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Different location. First Baptist organist Shin-Ae Chun performs Josef Rheinberger's Organ Sonata No. 3 and Naji Hakim's To Call My True Love to My Dance, an exploration of the traditional Danish song "Will You Dance with Me?" in several classical styles.
12:15 p.m., Bethlehem United Church of Christ, 423 S. Fourth Ave. Free. 663-9376. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Michèle Renoul: U-M School of Music.

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This Conservatoire de Strasbourg piano professor performs works by Debussy, Rameau, Grieg, Liszt, Chopin, Dusapin, Messiaen, and Stravinsky.
7:30 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

Baroque Chamber Orchestra: U-M School of Music.

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Joseph Gascho and Aaron Berofsky direct this ensemble of music majors in Bach's Jauchzet Gott, Scarlatti's Concerti Grossi, and Charles Avison's Domenico Scarlatti. With trumpeter Bill Campbell and soprano Carmen Pelton, both U-M music professors.
8 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. McIntosh Theatre, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

Winter Concert: Concordia University Wind and String Ensemble.

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This student ensemble performs a program highlighted by the Michigan premiere of James Syler's settings of 3 Whitman poems, Silent Shadows to the Last, with soprano soloist (and Concordia voice professor) Natalie Downs. Also, Mozart's Symphony no. 25 in G minor, Dvorak's Serenade in D minor, and Holst's First Suite in E-flat Major.
8 p.m., Concordia University Kreft Center Black Box Theater, 4090 Geddes. Free. 995-7438. [map]


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Friday


December 2018
 Noon  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play one of 100 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords. Kids welcome.
10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.) & noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"A Boychoir Christmas": Boychoir of Ann Arbor.

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Dec. 7 & 8. Music director John Boonenberg leads this local ensemble of boys ages 8-18 in its 32nd annual Christmas concert, accompanied by First United Methodist Church organist Naki Sung-Kripfgans. The program opens with the traditional processional "Once in Royal David's City," with the 1st verse sung by a solo boy, and concludes with John Gardner's "Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day." The program ranges from Paul Mealor's jubilant setting of the Magnificat to a reimagining of "In the Bleak Midwinter" by Abbie Betinis, the grand-niece of famed Christmas carol composer Alfred Burt. Also, Alfred Burt's "Nigh Bethlehem," Dutch Renaissance composer Jan Sweelinck's "Hodie Christus Natus Est," 20th-century German composer Max Reger's setting of "Mary's Lullaby," Rachmaninoff's "Bogoroditse Devo," and two pieces by young contemporary composers: David von Kampen's "The Shepherd's Hymn" and Jacob Weber's "Arise, Shine!" Audience sing-alongs of "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" and "O Come, All Ye Faithful" are kicked off with a soaring Boychoir descant verse. This concert usually sells out.
7 p.m. (Fri.), Concordia University Chapel of the Holy Trinity, 4090 Geddes at Earhart, & 3 p.m. (Sat.), First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor, 1432 Washtenaw. Tickets $20 (students & seniors, $15; youths 17 & under, free) in advance at aaboychoir.org/reserve.html and eventbrite.com, and at the door. 663-5377. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"An Organist's Christmas": American Guild of Organists.

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A festive program of Christmas music, including a sing-along of favorite carols and solo performances on the church's impressive pipe organ by local organists David Saunders, Sarah Simko, and Sipkje Price. Reception follows.
7 p.m., Zion Lutheran Church, 1501 W. Liberty. Free. 994-4455. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Maria Schleuning & Jolyon Pegis: Kerrytown Concert House.

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This Dallas-based duo of violinist Schleuning and cellist Pegis perform Piazzolla's Café 1930, Kodály's Duo for Violin and Cello, and Haydn's Duet in D minor and "Poco Adagio" from his Duet for Violin & Cello in D Major.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $15-$30 (students, $10) in advance at a2tix.com/events/12-7-18-jolyon-pegisandmaria-schleuning. Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
 


 8 p.m.  Free! 

String Quartets Final Term Recital: U-M School of Music.

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Dec. 7 & 8. Ensembles of music majors perform selections from masterpieces of the quartet repertoire.
8 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]


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Saturday


December 2018
 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play one of 100 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords. Kids welcome.
10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.) & noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]


 3 p.m.  Free! 

Trio Vox3Machina: U-M School of Music.

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This trio of U-M saxophone professor Timothy McAllister, Detroit Symphony Orchestra bass trombonist Randall Hawes, and local pianist Kathryn Goodson presents a program highlighted by the premiere of U-M music professor Stephen Rush's LightRays and Chicago composer James Stephenson's 2015 Mahogany Moods. Also, lush transcriptions of Bruch and works by Michigan composers David Biedenbender, Roshanne Etezady, and Carter Pann.
3 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Hankinson Rehearsal Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 3 p.m. 

"A Boychoir Christmas": Boychoir of Ann Arbor.

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Dec. 7 & 8. Music director John Boonenberg leads this local ensemble of boys ages 8-18 in its 32nd annual Christmas concert, accompanied by First United Methodist Church organist Naki Sung-Kripfgans. The program opens with the traditional processional "Once in Royal David's City," with the 1st verse sung by a solo boy, and concludes with John Gardner's "Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day." The program ranges from Paul Mealor's jubilant setting of the Magnificat to a reimagining of "In the Bleak Midwinter" by Abbie Betinis, the grand-niece of famed Christmas carol composer Alfred Burt. Also, Alfred Burt's "Nigh Bethlehem," Dutch Renaissance composer Jan Sweelinck's "Hodie Christus Natus Est," 20th-century German composer Max Reger's setting of "Mary's Lullaby," Rachmaninoff's "Bogoroditse Devo," and two pieces by young contemporary composers: David von Kampen's "The Shepherd's Hymn" and Jacob Weber's "Arise, Shine!" Audience sing-alongs of "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" and "O Come, All Ye Faithful" are kicked off with a soaring Boychoir descant verse. This concert usually sells out.
7 p.m. (Fri.), Concordia University Chapel of the Holy Trinity, 4090 Geddes at Earhart, & 3 p.m. (Sat.), First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor, 1432 Washtenaw. Tickets $20 (students & seniors, $15; youths 17 & under, free) in advance at aaboychoir.org/reserve.html and eventbrite.com, and at the door. 663-5377. [map]


 4 p.m. 

Detroit Handbell Ensemble: Zion Lutheran Church Concert Series.

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Brenda Austin directs the ensemble in seasonal works.
4 p.m., Zion, 1501 W. Liberty. Freewill offering. 662-1679. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

String Quartets Final Term Recital: U-M School of Music.

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Dec. 7 & 8. Ensembles of music majors perform selections from masterpieces of the quartet repertoire.
8 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 8 p.m. 

U-M Harmonettes.

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This all-female a cappella ensemble performs Amy Winehouse's "You Know I'm No Good," Zedd's "The Middle," Billie Eilish's "My Boy," Frank Ocean's "Thinkin' Bout You," and Bea Miller's "Yes Girl."
8 p.m., MLB, 812 E. Washington. Tickets $10 (kids age 12 & under & students, $7). harmonettes@umich.edu. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

"A Trip to Vienna": U-M Life Sciences Orchestra.

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This ensemble of musicians from the U-M medical and life sciences staff performs works TBA. Preceded at 7:15 p.m. by a lecture on the program.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 936-ARTS. [map]


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Sunday


December 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.

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


 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Piano Party!": King's Keyboard House.

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Open mike for area piano students. Usually, 20-30 students play. Wine, cheese, and snacks served at 3 p.m. Also, a raffle for a free keyboard (tickets available at the store or by emailing sales@kingskeyboard.com).
2-4 p.m., King's Keyboard House, 2363 E. Stadium. Free; reservations requested. 663-3381. [map]


 3 p.m.  Free! 

43rd Annual Christmas Concert: The Willis Patterson Our Own Thing Chorale.

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U-M music professor emeritus Patterson directs this popular local choir in Christmas spirituals and works by African American composers. This is Patterson's last concert before retirement.
3 p.m., Church of the Good Shepherd, 2145 Independence. Free; offering taken during intermission. 769-4437. [map]


 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Music in Words": Ann Arbor Civic Chorus.

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Karen TenBrink directs this community choir of all ages in an eclectic program of works with musical or poetic lyrics, works that feature jazz scatting, and music from the repertoire of the Swingle Singers.
3 p.m., Pioneer High School Schreiber Auditorium, 601 W. Stadium. Free. 994-2300. [map]


 3:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Classical Bells Holiday Concert: Ann Arbor District Library.

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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. This popular annual concert showcases the group's varied repertoire of classical, inspirational, seasonal, popular, and even ragtime and swing tunes.
3:30-4:30 p.m., AADL lobby, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 4 p.m.  Free! 

Javanese Gamelan Music & Dance Performance: U-M School of Music.

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Renowned Yogyakarta gamelan musician Raharja guest conducts an ensemble in traditional Javanese music. With dance performances in the Yogyakarta and Surakarta styles. The gamelan is an assembly of 50 gongs and metallophones, drums, strings, flutes, xylophone, and singers.
4-6 p.m., U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 4 p.m. 

"Celebrating the Elements: Earth, Water, Air, and Fire": Ann Arbor Grail Singers.

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Deborah Friauff directs this 15-voice women's early-music choir in a holiday program of Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque works, many based on Psalms that refer to the elements. Composers include Telemann, Schütz, Morley, Weelkes, Farnaby, and Lassus. With viola da gambist Janet Cannon and chamber organist Martha Folts.
4 p.m., St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 306 N. Division. $15 (seniors, $12; students, $5). Cash or check only. AnnArborGrailSingers.org, 453-5966. [map]


 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Story Slam": First Presbyterian Church.

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All invited to an open mike storytelling session similar to The Moth, the nonprofit that sponsors storytelling events where people volunteer to tell a 3-5 minute true story. Followed at 5 p.m. by a reception with a crèche display, live music, and refreshments.
4 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 1432 Washtenaw. Free. 662-4466 ext. 342. [map]


 5 p.m. (canceled)  Free! 

Stephen Shipps & Martin Katz: U-M School of Music.

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This event has been cancelled.
5 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 6-7 p.m. 

Tree Lighting Ceremony: Zingerman's Cornman Farms.

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With live holiday music by the U-M Dicks and Janes a cappella ensemble. Hot chocolate & snacks. Cash bar.
5-7 p.m., Cornman Farms, 8540 Island Lake Rd., Dexter. $20 (kids, $10, kids under 2, free). Reservations required. 619-8100. [map]


 6 p.m. 

"A Heritage Holiday": George Shirley Scholarship Fundraiser (Kerrytown Concert House).

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Performances by soprano Lenora Green, baritone Daniel Mihaescu, bass-baritone Daniel Washington, Willis Patterson's Our Own Thing Chorale, and 2018 George Shirley scholarship winners TBA. With pianist Kathryn Goodson.
6 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $20-$35 (students, $10) at eventbrite.com. Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

University Symphony Orchestra: U-M School of Music.

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Kenneth Kiesler conducts this ensemble of music majors in the world premiere of jazz-classical fusion composer David Amram's Partners, with Dallas Symphony Orchestra musicians, including violinist Maria Schleuning and cellist Jolyon Pegis. Amram--who has worked with Dizzy Gillespie, Langston Hughes, Woody Guthrie, and Willie Nelson, among others--composed the work in three movements dedicated to various musicians: "Woody and Pete" (Woody Guthrie & Pete Seeger), "Prez and Lady Day" (Lester Young & Billie Holiday), and "Machito y Celia" (Machito Grillo & Celia Cruz). Also, Copland's Our Town and Bernstein's West Side Story Overture and On the Waterfront Suite.
7 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 615-3204. [map]






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