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Music: Classical, Religious, & Cabaret - Week of February 11, 2019

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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February 2019
 10-11:30 a.m. 

Weekly Rehearsal: Women's Chamber Chorus.

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Every Mon., Jan. 14-Apr. 22. 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. Its spring concert is Apr. 26.
10-11:30 a.m., First Presbyterian Church, 1432 Washtenaw. Free to visitors ($125 per semester dues for those who join).; 665-9271. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Concert Band: U-M School of Music.

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Courtney Snyder conducts this student ensemble in works by 20th-century and contemporary composers that explore a range of emotions, from the grief over losing a loved one to the joy of a wedding celebration. Program: Antonio Gervasoni's festive Peruvian Fanfare, Steven Stucky's Threnos, the U-M premiere of Xi Wang's Winter Blossom, Dana Wilson's Footsteps, Óscar Navarro's Clarinet Concerto no. 2, and the "Wedding Dance" from Jacques Press's Hasseneh.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 615-3204. [map]



February 2019
 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). 612-7580. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Orchestra Night": Ann Arbor Public Schools.

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Gala concert featuring more than 1,000 student performers in orchestras from Ann Arbor middle and high schools.
7 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 994-2252. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

Calidore Quartet: U-M School of Music.

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Lauded by the New York Times for their "deep reserves of virtuosity and irrepressible dramatic instinct," this L.A.-based quartet, winners of the 2016 M-Prize (an annual $100,000 U-M chamber music competition), perform Hannah Lash's How to Remember Seeds, Haydn's String Quartet no. 2, and Beethoven's epic Quartet in C-sharp minor.
8 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]



February 2019
 12:10 p.m.  Free! 

Gifts of Art Concert Series: U-M Hospitals.

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Every Thurs. Live music performances.

Feb. 7: Country music and more by Danirée, a trio led by Pacific Northwest singer-guitarist Daniel Goree.

Feb. 14: Valentine's Day songs by CutTime Simfonica, a Detroit classical string quartet with drums that plays adventurous new works blending Latin, tango, folk, rock, blues, country, soul, and hip-hop.

Feb. 21: Jazz and bossa nova by the Paul VornHagen Jazz Duo.

Feb. 28: The husband-and-wife duo of guitar virtuoso Elden Kelly and oboist Lani Kelly performs works from Song of the Nightingale, their new recording of Elden's originals and arrangements.

12:10-1 p.m., U-M Hospital Main Lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. Free. 936-ARTS. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Singing for Comfort": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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All invited to join a sing-along of soothing songs that are easy to learn. No experience necessary.
7-8:30 p.m., Interfaith Center, 704 Airport. Free. 646-7405. [map]



February 2019
 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Kirtan.

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All invited to try kirtan, an ancient yogic spiritual practice that involves singing and chanting. Accompanied by live music on tabla, harmonium, cello, violin, and finger cymbals. The program ends with silent meditation and homemade chai.
7:30-9:30 p.m., Friends Meetinghouse, 1420 Hill St. Free, but donations accepted. 665-0849. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

Contemporary Directions Ensemble & Baroque Chamber Orchestra: U-M School of Music.

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Oriol Sans, Joseph Gascho, and Aaron Berofsky direct these ensembles of music majors in Bach's Aus Der Tiefen rufe ich, Steve Reich's Tehillim, Gabrieli's Omnes gentes plaudite manibus, and Tallis's Spem in alium.
8 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Hankinson Rehearsal Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]



February 2019
 7:30 p.m. 

Zion Lutheran Church Concert Series.

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Performance by the EMU Choir. Program TBA.
7:30 p.m., Zion Sanctuary, 1501 W. Liberty. Freewill offering for the choir. 994-4455. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"War Requiem": University Musical Society.

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Performance of Benjamin Britten's perennially popular 1962 setting of the Requiem, which intersperses the WWI poetry of Wilfred Owen with the traditional Latin texts. With the UMS Choral Union, the Ann Arbor Youth Chorale, the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, soprano Tatiana Pavlovskaya, tenor Anthony Dean Griffey, and baritone Stephen Powell.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $12-$36 in advance at, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]



February 2019
 3 p.m.  Free! 

Winter Concert: Saline New Horizons Band.

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Richard Schoenfeldt conducts this local senior band in seasonal and other works.
3 p.m., Saline Middle School, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 276-6285. [map]

 3:30 p.m. 

"Local Treasures": Ypsilanti Symphony Orchestra.

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Adam Riccinto directs this volunteer community orchestra in Beethoven's Symphony no. 5 and the Overture to his The Consecration of the House. The symphony is joined by Kansas City soprano Jessica Dold for two of Beethoven's popular arias, "Ah, Perfido!" and "Abscheulicher" from Fidelio. One critic calls her an "extraordinary vocal talent of commanding grace and soulful depth."
3:30 p.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $12 (seniors age 65 & over, students with ID, and kids under age 12, $6; family, $30, WCC students with ID, free) in advance at and at the door. 507-1451. [map]

 4 p.m.  Free! 

"A Celebration of African American Music": St. Andrew's Episcopal Church.

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St. Andrew's music director Deborah Friauff directs the church adult choir, 2 children's choirs, and handbell choir in a concert featuring music by African American composers Adolphus Hailstork, André Thomas, and Moses Hogan.
4 p.m., St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 306 N. Division. Free. 663-0518. [map]

 4 p.m.  Free! 

"George Rochberg's Caprice Variations Reimagined": U-M School of Music.

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U-M violin professor Andrew Jennings performs Rochberg's influential 51 caprices in their entirety. With slide illustrations to help audience members keep track of the music.
4 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]

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