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Music: Classical, Religious, & Cabaret - Week of October 21, 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


October 2019
 10-11:30 a.m. 

Weekly Rehearsal: Women's Chamber Chorus.

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Every Mon., Sept. 9-Dec. 9. 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! 

"Octubafest: Student Recitals": U-M School of Music.

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Oct. 21 & 22. Euphonium and tuba students of Fritz Kaenzig perform a wide variety of solo and ensemble works.
U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]


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Tuesday


October 2019
 4-7 p.m.  Free! 

Cobblestone Farm Market.

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With kids activities and/or musical entertainment from 5-7 p.m. each week. Also, live farm animals and tours of the restored 1844 Ticknor-Campbell farmhouse and cabin. Oct. 1: Tim Berla. Veteran local singer-songwriter who writes quirky jazz & country tunes. Oct. 8: Jeremy Skidmore. Local guitarist who plays 20th-century rock covers and originals. Oct. 15: Chuck Swanagon. Local folk-rock and Americana guitarist.
Cobblestone Farm, 2781 Packard. Free admission. 904-9621. [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]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

"There Is Sweet Music Here": U-M Orpheus Singers.

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Eugene Rogers and grad student conductors direct this ensemble of music majors in Brahms' Drei Quartette op. 31; Hawley's "Vita de la mia vita," "Siepe che gli orti vaghi," and "Dolcissimi colori;" MacFarren's "Orpheus with his lute," Harris's Shakespeare Songs, Book III; Marenzio's "Gia torno a rallegrar l'aria," Aracdelt's "Il bianco e dolce cigno," Passereau's "Il est bel et bon," Chatman's "There is sweet music here," and more. With pianist Scott Van Ornum. Preceded at 7:15 p.m. by a lecture on the program.
U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin. Free. 615-3204. [map]


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Wednesday


October 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]


 12:05 p.m.  Free! 

"Brown Bag Recital Series": U-M School of Music.

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Joseph Gascho directs the U-M Baroque Chamber Ensemble in works TBA.
U-M School of Public Health Community Room, 109 S. Observatory. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Music Program: Chelsea High School.

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Performances by various student ensembles.

Oct. 17: Fall Festival of Choirs. With choirs of kids in grades 5-12.

Oct. 19: Orchestra & Fiddle Club 23rd Annual Hometown Show.

Oct. 23: Echoes Concert with performances by the 6th-8th grade bands and the CHS Marching Band and color guard flag corps.

Oct. 29: Orchestra Halloween Concert.

Dec. 11 & Feb. 19: Music Program. The Feb. program features music they performed at a district-wide festival.

Feb. 29: Co.C Showcase. Performance by the CHS Co.C show choir, along with choirs from several other Michigan high schools ($15; students, $10).

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7 p.m., CHS auditorium, 740 N. Freer, Chelsea. Free. 475-4524. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

String Showcase: U-M School of Music.

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Top string students perform solo and ensemble chamber works.
U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Svetozar Ivanov: U-M School of Music.

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This University of South Florida piano professor performs an eclectic mix of music by Rameau, George Crumb, Mozart, Berio, and Beethoven.
U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Reliable Sources": U-M Symphony Band.

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Michael Haithcock and grad student conductor Giovani Griguente direct this ensemble of music majors in works that draw inspiration from be-bop, flamenco dancing, the streets of Nicaragua and London, and other sources. Program: Gilda Lyons' la flor mas linda, Holst's Hammersmith, Donald Grantham's Fayetteville Bop, Luis Serrano Alarcón's Duende, and U-M composer-in-residence Nico Muhly's new work Reliable Sources, with U-M bassoon professor Jeffrey Lyman. Preceded at 7:15 p.m. in the lower lobby by a lecture on the program with Lyman, Muhly, and Haithcock.
Hill Auditorium. Free. 615-3204. [map]


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Thursday


October 2019
  Noon-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Pond Music XVII: Brian Eno's Music for Airports": U-M Digital Music Ensemble.

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Oct. 24-27. Stephen Rush oversees his "interactive floating labyrinth," now in its 17th incarnation, that amplifies, combines, and manipulates sounds in and around the pond. This year's installation is a version of Brian Eno's seminal 1978 ambient album re-created with reel-to-reel tape recorders and loops and airplane propellers revolving on the surface of the pond.
U-M Moore Bldg. Pond, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 12:10 p.m.  Free! 

Gifts of Art Concert Series: U-M Hospitals.

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Every Thurs. Performances by area musicians. Oct. 3 & 10: Cancelled. Oct. 17: Folk-rock trio Souls Alike. Oct. 24: Popular local folk duo Gemini. Oct. 31: U-M violin and piano students of music professor Danielle Belen.
12:10-1 p.m., U-M Hospital Main Lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. Free. 936-ARTS. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

Jazz Lab Ensemble & Jazz Trombone Ensemble: U-M School of Music.

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Dennis Wilson directs these ensembles of jazz students in works TBA.
Rackham Auditorium. Free. 615-3204. [map]


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Friday


October 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]


 Noon-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Pond Music XVII: Brian Eno's Music for Airports": U-M Digital Music Ensemble.

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Oct. 24-27. Stephen Rush oversees his "interactive floating labyrinth," now in its 17th incarnation, that amplifies, combines, and manipulates sounds in and around the pond. This year's installation is a version of Brian Eno's seminal 1978 ambient album re-created with reel-to-reel tape recorders and loops and airplane propellers revolving on the surface of the pond.
U-M Moore Bldg. Pond, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Annual Halloween Concert: Greenhills School.

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Greenhills students in grades 8-12 host a lively family-oriented variety show featuring theater, music, and more.
7 p.m., Greenhills School Campbell Center for the Performing Arts, 850 Greenhills Dr. Free. 205-4057. [map]


 7 p.m. 

Halloween Concert: EMU Symphony Orchestra.

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Chad Hutchinson conducts this music student orchestra in a program of spooky music for all ages. The audience is invited to come in costume, and there will be a costume parade across the stage.
EMU Pease Auditorium, W. Cross at College Place, Ypsilanti. Tickets $10 (students & seniors, $8; kids age 13 & under, $7) in advance at emutix.com and by phone (487-2282), and (if available) at the door. 487-4380.


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The ∆PEX Anthology: Amplifying Silenced Voices from Classical Music's Past": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Lecture-recital by an ensemble from ∆PEX Contemporary Performance, a nonprofit devoted to showcasing the music of underperformed composers. Tonight's program focuses on 3 classical composers- noted abolitionist Ignatius Sancho (1729-1780), J.C. Bach's student Jane Mary Guest (1762-1846), and Joseph Boulogne (1745-1799), the 1st known Western-style composer of African ancestry. Also, a Q&A with ∆PEX executive director Garrett Schumann.
AADL Downtown lobby. Free. 327-4200.


 7:30 p.m. 

Casting Crowns: EMU Convocation Center.

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Award-winning Christian soft-rock band from Florida. A JesusFreakHideout writer praises its new CD, Only Jesus, for its strong lyrics that avoid cliché with clever wordplay. Opener: Dove Award-winning Texas worship music singer-songwriter Kari Jobe.
EMU Convocation Center, 799 N. Hewitt, Ypsilanti. $20-$189 in advance at emutix.com and at the door. 478-2282. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The Art of Animated Characters": Washtenaw Community Concert Band.

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Chris Heidenreich directs this popular 80-piece ensemble in a musical tribute to cartoon celebrities from Bugs Bunny and Aladdin to SpongeBob SquarePants and Wile E. Coyote. Followed by a children's costume parade and refreshments.
7:30 p.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Free. wccband@wccband.org, 252-9221. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

Contemporary Directions Ensemble: U-M School of Music.

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Adrian Slywotzky directs this ensemble of music majors in a kaleidoscopic program of works by composer-in-residence Nico Muhly, including Gibbons Suite, Doublespeak, Balance Problems, Step Team, and By All Means. Note: Limited seating; early arrival recommended.
U-M Moore Bldg. Hankinson Rehearsal Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Jacob Obrecht's Missa Maria zart": Cappella Pratensis (Academy of Early Music).

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This Netherlands-based vocal octet is known for its performances of 15th- and 16th-century polyphonic works using the original mensural notation. Tonight's program is highlighted by Obrecht's Missa Maria zart, a work noted as abstract, unusual for its time, and possibly the longest polyphonic setting of the Mass ordinary. Preceded at 7:15 p.m. by a lecture on the program by the artists.
8 p.m., St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 306 N. Division. Tickets $30 (seniors age 65 & over, $25; students, $10) in advance by Oct. 18 at academyofearlymusic.org, by phone, and at Bookbound (1729 Plymouth Rd.); $5 more after Oct. 18. 228-4338. [map]


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Saturday


October 2019
 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]


 Noon-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Pond Music XVII: Brian Eno's Music for Airports": U-M Digital Music Ensemble.

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Oct. 24-27. Stephen Rush oversees his "interactive floating labyrinth," now in its 17th incarnation, that amplifies, combines, and manipulates sounds in and around the pond. This year's installation is a version of Brian Eno's seminal 1978 ambient album re-created with reel-to-reel tape recorders and loops and airplane propellers revolving on the surface of the pond.
U-M Moore Bldg. Pond, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

Jennifer Lane: U-M School of Music.

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This Texas-based mezzo-soprano, known for her interpretations of everything from Baroque to contemporary repertoire, performs a program of works by Handel. With Baroque cello professor Richard Aaron and harpsichord professor Joseph Gascho.
U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

Blacksmith Shop Concerts: Riverfolk Music and Arts Organization.

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Acoustic shows by local musicians. Samples of local food and drink provided.

Sept. 28: The Smoking Dandies. Quartet that plays 1920s-40s jazz and swing, including music by Django Reinhardt, Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, Hoagy Carmichael, and others.

Oct. 26: Chelsea Chamber Players. Classical music ensemble of violinist & violist Ian Cumming, violinist Nathan Peters, violist David Schultz, cellist Sara Cumming, and bassist Jed Fritzemeier.

Nov. 23: Royal Garden Trio. Led by guitarist Brian Delaney, this Ann Arbor trio plays early jazz standards and Hot Club-style gypsy jazz. With cellist Michael Karoub and clarinetist and tenor guitarist Tom Bogardus. Jan. 25: Abigail Stauffer. Local singer-songwriter with a rich, resonant alto voice who's known for her piercing, emotionally direct pop-folk and pop-rock songs. She's accompanied by Dave the Cellist, a stage name of jazz cellist Dave Haughey.

Feb. 22: Ara Tapouzian. Traditional Armenian music by this Detroit musician who plays the kanun, a Middle Eastern lap harp/zither with over 76 strings, along with a variety of percussion instruments.

Mar.28, Apr. 25, & May 30 shows TBA.

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7:30 p.m., Blacksmith Shop, 324 E. Main, Manchester. $18. 223-6876. [map]



 8 p.m.  Free! 

Horn Studio Recital: U-M School of Music.

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Students of Adam Unsworth and Bryan Kennedy perform solo and chamber works.
U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]


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Sunday


October 2019
 Noon-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Pond Music XVII: Brian Eno's Music for Airports": U-M Digital Music Ensemble.

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Oct. 24-27. Stephen Rush oversees his "interactive floating labyrinth," now in its 17th incarnation, that amplifies, combines, and manipulates sounds in and around the pond. This year's installation is a version of Brian Eno's seminal 1978 ambient album re-created with reel-to-reel tape recorders and loops and airplane propellers revolving on the surface of the pond.
U-M Moore Bldg. Pond, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 4 p.m. 

"Be Not Silent": Vocal Arts Ensemble.

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Benjamin Cohen directs this local 24-voice chamber choir in a program highlighted by Henrich Schutz's majestic motet "Das ist mir lieb," a setting of Psalm 116. Other psalm and poem settings include Thomas Weelkes' "I Hear a Voice," Thea Musgrave's "Hear the Voice of the Bard," Michael Horvit's "Even When God Is Silent," Hugo Wolf's "Die Stimme des Kindes," and more.
4 p.m., Genesis of Ann Arbor, 2309 Packard. Tickets $20 (seniors age 65 & over, $15; students with ID, $10; K-12 students, free) in advance at a2tix.com/organizations/vocal-arts-ensemble. vocalartsannarbor.org. [map]
 



 4:30 p.m. 

Halloween Concert: U-M School of Music.

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A rowdy affair, this annual tradition features the University Symphony Orchestra and the University Philharmonia Orchestra hamming it up in costume while performing such ghoulish works as Saint-SaŽns' Danse Macabre or Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain. Graduate conducting students direct. A large portion of the audience comes in costume. Note: Tickets usually sell out well in advance.
Hill Auditorium. Tickets $8 & $12 in advance at the Michigan League & tickets.smtd.umich.edu, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]






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