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Music: Classical, Religious, & Cabaret - Week of March 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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Monday


March 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). womenschamberchorus.com; 665-9271. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Brentano Quartet: U-M School of Music.

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Founded in 1992 at Juilliard and hailed by the New York Times for its "luxuriously warm sounds [and] yearning lyricism," this quartet performs works by Haydn, Beethoven, and contemporary composer Matthew Aucoin.
7:30 p.m., Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 615-3204. [map]


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Tuesday


March 2019
 5 p.m.  Free! 

Duo Montagnard: U-M School of Music.

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Saxophonist Joseph Murphy and classical guitarist Matthew Slotkin perform the world premiere of a work by U-M alum Stacy Garrop. Also, works by alums John Anthony Lennon, Michael Djupstrom, and others.
5 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Watkins Lecture 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. 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. 

Philharmonia Orchestra: University Musical Society.

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Mar. 12 & 13 (different programs). Finnish composer-conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen leads this London-based orchestra in a program highlighted by his Cello Concerto, with guest cellist Truls Mørk. The piece begins with a representation of chaos, out of which the cello's voice emerges. Instruments "layer with a complexity you can't necessarily follow, [as if] the cello is simultaneously generating, and being generated by, the cosmos," says a Los Angeles Times critic. The program also includes Stravinsky's The Firebird.
7:30 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $19-$85 in advance at ums.org, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]


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Wednesday


March 2019
 10:30 a.m. 

Society for Musical Arts.

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Performances by cellist Sebastian Berofsky, harpist Allison Mi, and flutists Jonathan Zou and Elizabeth Li, winners of the society's recent Rosalie Edwards Youth Music Competition for 13-to-18-year-olds. Followed by a meet-the-artists lunch ($15).
10:30 a.m., Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. $17 (accompanying friend, $15; groups of 5 or more, $10 each; students with ID, $5). Lunch reservations required by calling 662-3279. Info: annarborsma.org, 930-0353. [map]


 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.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), 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 U-M organ and sacred music grad student Emily Solomon.
12:15 p.m., U-M School of Public Health Community Room, 109 S. Observatory. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Open Rehearsal: The Arbor Consort.

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Every Wed. All singers invited to rehearse with this semi-professional a cappella ensemble that performs Renaissance and Victorian-era music in period costumes. The Arbor Consort is the official madrigal group of the Michigan Renaissance Festival. Tonight's rehearsal is particularly geared towards newcomers.
7:30-9:30 p.m., Calvary United Methodist Church, 1415 Miller. Free. president@thearborconsort.org. [map]



 7:30 p.m. 

Philharmonia Orchestra: University Musical Society.

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See 12 Tuesday. Tonight: Bruckner's Symphony no. 7 and Schoenberg's 1899 tone poem Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night), an adaptation of German writer Richard Dehmel's poem about a woman who confesses to her lover that she's pregnant by a man she's never loved. "Rejected by the cultural gatekeepers of the time for its bold harmonies and 'forbidden chords,' [it] sounds far more comfortable and comforting to modern ears," says music journalist Peter Gutmann. "It's colored by intense chromaticism, full of accidentals and often traveling the long way around the circle of fifths (once switching abruptly from 6 sharps to 5 flats)."
7:30 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $19-$85 in advance at ums.org, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"Choral Cavalcade": Huron High School.

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Performances by the Scarlett and Tappan middle school choirs and the Huron choir.
7:30 p.m., HHS Meyers Auditorium, 2727 Fuller. $5. 994-2040. [map]


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Thursday


March 2019
 Noon  Free! 

"Classics at WCC": Washtenaw Community College.

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Internationally acclaimed Korean violinist Sunmi Chang and Polish virtuoso pianist Kazimierz Brzozowski will present a special recital. Both Ms. Chang and Mr. Brzozowski have performed in festivals and with orchestras around the world. They will be performing creative works by composers Erwin Schulhoff, George Enescu, and Fritz Kreisler.
Morris Lawrence Building - Room 150
Washtenaw Community College, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Free. mnaylor@wccnet.edu [map]



 12:10 p.m.  Free! 

Gifts of Art Concert Series: U-M Hospitals.

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Every Thurs. Live music performances. Mar. 7: Jazz by the local Janelle Reichman Trio. Mar. 14: St. Patrick's Day program of Irish music by the area Big Fun Trio. Mar. 21: Instrumental music by U-M music majors. Mar. 28: Chamber works by the U-M Life Sciences Orchestra Ensemble.
12:10-1 p.m., U-M Hospital Main Lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. Free. 936-ARTS. [map]


 12:15 p.m.  Free! 

"Music and Poetry": First Baptist Church Coffee Break Concert Series.

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Music for meditation by organist Shin-Ae Chun, pianist Ling-Ju Lai, and tenor Yongmin Kim, interspersed with recitations of poetry by e.e. cummings and Jane Kenyon. The music program includes Dudley Buck's adaptation of "The Last Rose of Summer" for organ, Liszt's "Lieberstraum," Schumann's "Cuckoo in Hiding," Bill Evans' "Peace Piece," and a musical setting of Korean poet Jung-Ju Seo's "This Azure Day."
12:15 p.m., First Baptist Church, 517 E. Washington. Free. 663-9376. [map]


 7 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]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

63rd Annual Concerto Concert: Pioneer High School.

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Performances by the PHS Symphony Orchestra, the PHS a cappella choir, and student soloists, including violinists John Yang and Danniell Hu, vocalist Mia Galbraith, oboist Daniel Hirshbein, saxophonist Dabao Zhang, and cellist Alon Hayut.
7:30 p.m., PHS, 601 W. Stadium. Free. 994-2189, ext. 3. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

Concordia Wind & String Ensembles: Concordia University.

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These student ensembles perform chamber works by Vivaldi and Bach, Gounod's Petite Symphony, and works for concert band by Sousa, Bernstein, Persichetti, and Grainger.
8 p.m., Concordia Kreft Center Black Box Theatre, 4090 Geddes. Free. 995-7232. [map]


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Friday


March 2019
 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.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]


 12:15 p.m.  Free! 

Lenten Organ Concert Series: American Guild of Organists.

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Every Fri., Mar. 8-Apr. 12. Concerts by AGO members and others on what local organist Timothy Huth calls "one of the finest organs in Ann Arbor."
12:15-1:15 p.m., First Congregational Church, 608 E. William. Free. 604-3205. [map]


 7 p.m. 

2nd Annual Chorale Cabaret: Ann Arbor Youth Chorale Fundraiser.

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Members of this group of talented young local singers perform a variety show highlighted by 2 choral works featuring the entire Chorale. Preceded at 6:30 p.m. by a silent auction.
7 p.m., First Baptist Church, 517 E. Washington. Free admission. 996-4404. [map]



 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. 

"32 Bright Clouds: Beethoven Conversations Around the World": Yael Weiss (Kerrytown Concert House).

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This NYC-based Israeli American pianist performs works she commissioned from composers in 32 conflict-ridden countries around the world. Each composition is inspired by one of Beethoven's 32 Piano Sonatas.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $15-$30 (students, $10) in advance at a2tix.com. Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
 


 8 p.m.  Free! 

"American Music": U-M Center for World Performance Studies.

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San Francisco-based guitar-percussion duo The Living Earth Show performs 8 short contemporary works about U.S. borders.
8 p.m., East Quad Keene Theater, 701 E. University. Free. 763-0032. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Fire and Ice": U-M Symphony Band.

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Michael Haithcock and conducting grad student Lindsay Bronnenkant conduct this ensemble of music majors in Ida Gotkovsky's Poem of Fire, Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man, Wagner's Huldigungsmarsch, John Mackey's The Frozen Cathedral (a musical portrait of Denali National Park), and the premiere of U-M composition professor Erik Santos's The Seer, a song setting of Langston Hughes poetry. With tenor Scott Piper. Preceded at 7:15 p.m. in the lower lobby by a discussion of the program with Santos and Haithcock.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 615-3204. [map]


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Saturday


March 2019
 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.  Free! 

Music Program: Chelsea High School.

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Performances by various high school student ensembles.

Mar. 16 (8 a.m.-5 p.m.): State Band and Orchestra Solo/Ensemble Festival.

Mar. 21: Jazz Band Concert.

May 1: Band, Orchestra, & Choir Concerto Concert.

May 21: Band & Orchestra Concert.
7 p.m. (except as noted), CHS auditorium, 740 N. Freer (between Old US-12 and Washington St.), Chelsea. Free (except as noted) 433-2201. [map]



 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.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]


 1 p.m.  Free! 

Collegiate Young Artist Competition: Society for Musical Arts.

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Competitive performances by U-M string students.
1 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 1:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The Music of Ireland": Dexter District Library.

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Local Celtic harper and singer Carol Kappus is joined by her musical friends in a program of Irish songs and stories on Celtic harp and other Irish instruments.
1:30 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]



 5 & 7 p.m. 

"69th Annual Bands in Review": Ann Arbor Public Schools.

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Mar. 16 & 19 (different programs). More than 800 public school students perform in these 3 lively concerts. Today: Part 1 (5 p.m.) includes performances by the Forsythe and Slauson middle school bands and the Skyline High School varsity, concert, and symphony bands. The Community High School Jazz Combo performs in the lobby between today's two shows. Part 2 (7 p.m.) includes performances by the Ann Arbor Open @ Mack and Tappan middle school bands, and the Pioneer High School varsity, concert, and symphony bands.
5 & 7 p.m. (Mar. 16) & 7 p.m. (Mar. 19), Pioneer High School Schreiber Auditorium, 601 W. Stadium. Tickets $5 (family of 4, $10) in advance from band members & at the door. 996-3210. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Eric Owens and Lawrence Brownlee: University Musical Society.

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These leading male opera singers perform a spirited recital of arias, pop tunes, and gospel music. A Chicago Tribune review says the show "had the assembled opera aficionados and newbies all but dancing in the aisles." Bass-baritone Owens is acclaimed by the New York Times for his "magnificent, powerful, unbearably moving" performances. Brownlee, who was the International Opera Awards 2017 Male Singer of the Year, is a renowned bel canto tenor. With pianist Myra Huang.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $14-$56 in advance at ums.org, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"The Music of Harry Potter": Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.

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Mar. 16 & 17. Arie Lipsky conducts the orchestra in music from Harry Potter films, including favorite themes by John Williams, Patrick Doyle, Nicholas Hooper, and Alexandre Desplat. Also, works from J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Costumes encouraged. Note: Tonight's show is geared toward adults, with beer & wine (6-7:30 p.m. in the lobby), a photo scavenger hunt, and a live owl. The Sunday show is for families.
8 p.m. (Sat.) & 4 p.m. (Sun.), Michigan Theater. Tickets $30 & $35 (Sat.) & $20 & $25 (Sun.; kids, $10) in advance at a2so.com & the AASO Office (35 Research Dr., ste. 100), and (if available) at the door. 994-4801. [map]


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Sunday


March 2019
 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]


 3 p.m.  Free! 

Seraph Brass: Chelsea First United Methodist Church Community Concert Series.

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This all-female NYC-based brass quintet performs originals, newly-commissioned works, and popular classical pieces.
3 p.m., Chelsea First United Methodist Church, 128 Park St., Chelsea. Free. 475-8119. [map]


 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Ireland Tour Bon Voyage Concert": Huron High School Choirs.

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The Huron Bel Canto Choir and A Cappella Choir perform songs they've prepared for their upcoming tour of Ireland.
3 p.m., First Baptist Church, 517 E. Washington. Free. 994-2040. [map]


 3 p.m.  Free! 

"The Three Billy Goats Gruff": Chelsea Chamber Players.

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This local ensemble performs James Scott Balentine's 2003 adaptation of the classic fairy tale, in which the troll (bassist Jed Fritzemeier) engages in musical dialogue with the clever goats (played by a string quartet). Narrated by violinist Ian Cumming. With violinist Graham Emberton, violist Nathan Peters, and cellist Sara Cumming.
3 p.m., Chelsea Depot, 125 Jackson, Chelsea. Free. 433-1622. [map]


 4 p.m.  Free! 

Andrzej Szadejko: U-M School of Music.

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Performance by this Music Academy (Gdasnk, Poland) organ professor, an expert in Polish Baroque music.
4 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Blanche Anderson Moore Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Celebrate Music at Zion": Zion Lutheran Church Concert Series.

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Church choirs and bands perform a program of sacred and secular music.
4 p.m., Zion, 1501 W. Liberty. Free. 994-4455. [map]


 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Stravinsky by the Numbers": Michigan Chamber Players.

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This ad hoc ensemble of U-M professors performs short Stravinsky works, from his early Three Pieces for Clarinet and Three Pieces for String Quartet to his last composition, The Owl & the Pussycat. With violinists Danielle Belen and Matt Albert, violist Joachim Angster, cellist Leo Singer, flutist Amy Porter, bassoonists Jeffrey Lyman and Matthew Wildman, trombonists David Jackson and Christopher Harnacki, sopranos Carmen Pelton and Elise Eden, contralto Freda Herseth, baritone Stephen West, clarinetists William King, Garret Jones, and Elisha Willinger, and pianists Amy I-Lin Cheng, Christian Matijas-Mecca, and Kathryn Goodson.
4 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 4 p.m. 

"The Music of Harry Potter": Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.

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Mar. 16 & 17. Arie Lipsky conducts the orchestra in music from Harry Potter films, including favorite themes by John Williams, Patrick Doyle, Nicholas Hooper, and Alexandre Desplat. Also, works from J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Costumes encouraged. Today's show is preceded 2:30-3:30 p.m. in the lobby by kids activities and an instrument petting zoo.
4 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $20 & $25 (kids, $10) in advance at a2so.com & the AASO Office (35 Research Dr., ste. 100), and (if available) at the door. 994-4801. [map]


 4:15 p.m. 

Andrew Anderson.

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An accomplished accompanist, chamber musician, and soloist, this veteran local pianist performs Busoni's arrangement of the beloved Chaconne from Bach's 2nd partita and Prokofiev's Piano Sonata no. 6, a work with "humor, sarcasm, heart-turning melodies, motoric rhythms, and sometimes wrenching dissonances," notes Anderson. Also, 20th-century American composer Louise Talma's joyous Alleluia and Percy Grainger's arrangements of Tune from County Derry and Molly on the Shore.
4:15 p.m., Faber Piano Institute, 3042 Creek Dr. Donation. 665-7346. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Trombone Ensemble: U-M School of Music.

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David Gier conducts this music student ensemble in works by Crespo, Gonzalez, Hassler, Reichenbach, and Zirk.
7 p.m., U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Saxophone Ensemble: U-M School of Music.

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Students of Timothy McAllister perform works celebrating St. Patrick's Day and more.
7:30 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Hankinson Rehearsal Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]






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