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Music: Classical, Religious, & Cabaret - Week of December 2, 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


December 2019
 10-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

Weekly Rehearsal: Women's Chamber Chorus.

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Every Mon., Jan. 13-Apr. 20 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! 

"Winter Classics I": Northside Community Church.

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Clarinetist Daniel Gilbert, pianist Kathryn Goodson, and U-M music department students TBA perform a program featuring Debussy's Première Rhapsodie, Thomas Adès' Catch, and Muszynski Time Pieces.
7:30 p.m., NCC, 929 Barton Dr. Free, but donations welcome. 662-6351. [map]


 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

Large Ensemble Meeting: Ann Arbor Recorder Society.

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All beginning and advanced players of the recorder and other early instruments invited. Directed by viol teacher and early music specialist Janet Cannon. Music provided; bring your own music stand.
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 306 N. Division. Free to visitors ($40 monthly dues for those who join). a2RecorderSociety.org. [map]


 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

Orchestra Concert: Huron High School.

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This high school orchestra performs selections including Antonin Dvorak's New World Symphony and Georges Bizet's Suite No. 1 from Carmen.
7:30-9 p.m., HHS Meyers Auditorium, 2727 Fuller. Free. 994-2040. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

%stChamber Music Recital: U-M School of Music.

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Music student ensembles perform music for strings, woodwinds, brass, and piano.
8 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. McIntosh Theatre, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]


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Tuesday


December 2019
 7 p.m. 

Holiday Concert: Saline High School Bands.

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Nov. 25 & Dec. 3. Performance by the SHS symphonic band (Nov. 25, 6:30-7:30 p.m.), the 9th grade band & wind ensemble (Nov. 25, 8-8:30 p.m.), and the symphony & chamber orchestra (Dec. 3, 7-8:30 p.m.). Programs TBA.
SHS Auditorium, 1300 Campus Pkwy., Saline. Free. 401-4394. [map]


 7-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

Voices in Harmony Chorus.

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Every Tues. All women invited to join the weekly rehearsals of this local 70-member a cappella barbershop harmony chorus.
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! 

%stChamber Music Recital: U-M School of Music.

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Music student ensembles perform music for strings, woodwinds, brass, and piano.
8 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. McIntosh Theatre, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

Arts Chorale: U-M School of Music.

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Shohei Kobayashi conducts this U-M choral ensemble of nonmusic majors in a program including Schubert's Mass in G, Kristin Kuster's "Home," Andrew Balfour's "Ambe," Daniel Elder's "Ballade to the Moon," Alfera's arrangement of "The water is wide," and C.A. Pinto Fonseca's "Muie Rendera."
8 p.m., U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 8:30-10 p.m. 

Opera on Tap.

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Local singers perform arias and art songs that address the theme "Ding Dong, Divas Singing High."
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 2019
 12:05 p.m.  Free! 

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

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Performance by U-M music student Sam Ronning. Program TBA.
12:05 p.m., U-M School of Public Health Community Room, 109 S. Observatory. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Recital: U-M School of Music.

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Performance by music school voice students. Program TBA.
4:30 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg, McIntosh Theatre, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [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.
7 p.m., Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Aud., 1226 Murfin Ave. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Winter Concert: Dexter High School Music.

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Kenneth Moore directs the DHS Varsity, Concert, and Symphonic bands in a program of holiday classics.
7 p.m., Dexter Center for the Performing Arts, Dexter High School, 2200 N. Parker, Dexter. Free. 355-0725. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Classical Holiday Marimba Music": Dexter District Library.

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Local marimba player Paul Demick performs a family-friendly program of classical music.
7 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]


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Thursday


December 2019
 Noon-1 p.m.  Free! 

Gifts of Art Concert Series: U-M Hospitals.

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Performances by area musicians. Dec. 5: Seasonal works by the Counterpoint quintet. Dec. 12: 19th-century holiday music by the Dodworth Duo. Dec. 19: Traditional klezmer music by Klezmer R&D.
Noon-1 p.m., U-M Hospital Main Lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center. Free. 936-2787. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

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

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


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Friday


December 2019
 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt: U-M School of Music.

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Performance by this world-renowned German cellist. Program TBA.
5:30 p.m., Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Aud., 1226 Murfin Ave. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Marilyn Mason Memorial Tribute: American Guild of Organists.

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Performances by several of her former students in honor of the nationally renowned late organist, a former head of the U-M organ department. Reception follows.
7 p.m., First Congregational Church, 608 E. William. Free. 662-1679. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"Holiday Road Trip": Saline Varsity Blues Holiday Show.

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Dec.6 & 7. This 100-member chorus of singers ages 7-18 performs its annual program of holiday songs. T
7 p.m., Saline Middle School, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. Tickets $10 in advance at Saline Community Ed and Busch's; $13 at the door. salinevarsityblues.org. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Obsession": Contemporary Directions Ensemble.

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Adrian Slywotzky directs this U-M music school ensemble in a program featuring works about obsession by Andrew Norman, Nina C. Young, Thea Musgrave, and Marc Mellits.
8 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Hankinson Rehearsal Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Sounds of the Season": Measure for Measure.

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This local men's chorus, directed by Pioneer High choir director Steven Lorenz, performs carol arrangements & holiday songs, along with a joint set with the Boychoir of Ann Arbor. Plus, world premiere of a piece it commissioned, Stacey V. Gibbs' A Song of Triumph: The Peaceful Movement.
8 p.m., St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 2250 E. Stadium. $18 (students, kids age 11 & under and seniors, $12) in advance at Measure-For-Measure.org & by phone, and (if available) at the door. 649-7664. [map]


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Saturday


December 2019
 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. $10 (students, free). 994-4455. [map]


 4:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Indoor Nativity Scene": Peace Lutheran Church.

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Live 30-minute performances on the half hour. With caroling led by Friends in Harmony choir.
Peace Lutheran Church, 8260 Jackson Rd. Free. 424-0899. [map]


 5-7 p.m.  Free! 

Fall concert: Michigan Gospel Chorale.

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Gospel music by this U-M student chorale.
5-7 p.m., Reach Church, 401 S. Adams St., Ypsilanti. Free, donations welcome. 516-3092. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"Holiday Road Trip": Saline Varsity Blues Holiday Show.

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Dec.6 & 7. This 100-member chorus of singers ages 7-18 performs its annual program of holiday songs. T
7 p.m., Saline Middle School, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. Tickets $10 in advance at Saline Community Ed and Busch's; $13 at the door. salinevarsityblues.org. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

Yaron Kohlberg: U-M School of Music.

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Recital by this guest pianist of solo works and the Dvorak Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81, with violinists Eliot Eaton and Christine Harada Li, violist Yizhak Schotten, and cellist Leo Singer.
8 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"141th Annual Handel's Messiah": University Choral Union (University Musical Society).

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Dec. 7 & 8. Scott Hanoian directs the 175-voice Choral Union and members of the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra in Handel's beloved oratorio. The soloists, all established professionals with national or international reputations, are soprano Jeanine De Bique, mezzo-soprano Allegra De Vita, tenor Taylor Stayton, and bass-baritone Philippe Sly. The Choral Union Messiah, featuring a thunderous sing-along of the "Hallelujah" Chorus, has been an Ann Arbor tradition ever since organist (and U-M president) Henry Frieze led an impromptu community chorus in the spring of 1879, a performance that led to the formation of both the Choral Union and the UMS.
8 p.m. (Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Hill Auditorium. Tickets $19-$45 (students, $12-$20) in advance at tickets.ums.org, at Michigan League, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]


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Sunday


December 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. Sacred Harp songbooks available, but singers encouraged to bring their own.
The Ark, 316 S. Main. Free, but donations accepted for music scholarships. 678-7549, 663-0262. [map]


 1 p.m.  Free! 

Winds of Ann Arbor: Ann Arbor Clarinet Quartet.

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The Ann Arbor Clarinet Quartet partners with the Tree Town Sax Quartet for a free concert of exciting music and some songs of the season. Refreshments will be provided."
North Quad Building, rm 2435, 105 S. State. Free. cross621@yahoo.com [map]


 2 p.m. 

"141th Annual Handel's Messiah": University Choral Union (University Musical Society).

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Dec. 7 & 8. Scott Hanoian directs the 175-voice Choral Union and members of the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra in Handel's beloved oratorio. The soloists, all established professionals with national or international reputations, are soprano Jeanine De Bique, mezzo-soprano Allegra De Vita, tenor Taylor Stayton, and bass-baritone Philippe Sly. The Choral Union Messiah, featuring a thunderous sing-along of the "Hallelujah" Chorus, has been an Ann Arbor tradition ever since organist (and U-M president) Henry Frieze led an impromptu community chorus in the spring of 1879, a performance that led to the formation of both the Choral Union and the UMS.
8 p.m. (Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Hill Auditorium. Tickets $19-$45 (students, $12-$20) in advance at tickets.ums.org, at Michigan League, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]


 3 p.m.  Free! 

Violin Studio Recital: U-M School of Music.

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Students of music school professor Danielle Belen perform songs for solo violin and violin with piano.
3 p.m., U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 3 p.m.  Free! 

"O Magnum Mysterium, A Christmas Concert": St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church.

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Lucia Campbell conducts the church's adult choir in hymns, carols, and other seasonal music. With pianist Jeanne Marie Gerig and a 4-trumpet ensemble.
3 p.m., St. Thomas, 530 Elizabeth St. Free, but donations accepted. 761-8606. [map]



 4-5:15 p.m. 

33rd Annual Winter Concert: Ann Arbor Youth Chorale.

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The AAYC descant and concert choirs of talented young local singers ages 9-16 perform a program of seasonal music TBA. Reception to follow.
4-5:15 p.m. (doors open at 3:30 p.m.), Bethlehem United Church of Christ, 423 S. Fourth Ave. Tickets $10 (seniors age 65 & over and kids age 12 & under, $5) at the door only. 996-4404. [map]


 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Winter Classics II: Heritage Holiday": George Shirley Scholarship Fundraiser (Northside Community Church).

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Performances featuring tenor Stanford Olsen, mezzo-soprano Olivia Johnson, sopranos JoAna Rusche and Julia Fertel, vocalists Adellyn Geenen and Kaswanna Kanyinda, operatic vocalist Kimwana Doner-Chandler, and others. Also, Darnell Ishmel directs Our Own Thing Chorale, the popular local choir that performs spirituals and works by African American composers. With pianist Kathryn Goodson.
Northside Community Church, 929 Barton Dr. Free, donations welcome. 662-6351. [map]






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