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Music: Classical, Religious, & Cabaret - Week of February 24, 2020

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


February 2020
 8 p.m.  Free! 

University Symphony Orchestra: U-M School of Music.

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Kenneth Kiesler conducts this ensemble of music majors in works by 3 U-M women composers: Propellers in the Sun by alumna Tanner Porter, Rain On It by composition professor Kristin Kuster, and a Piano Concerto by current music student Karalyn Schubring, who is also the soloist. Also, work by two 20th-century French composers: Fauré's Pelleas and Melisande and Ravel's Daphnis and Chloé Suite No. 2. Preceded at 7:15 p.m. in the lower lobby by a lecture on the program.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 615-3204. [map]


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Tuesday


February 2020
 8 p.m.  Free! 

University Choir: U-M School of Music.

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Mark Stover directs this ensemble of music majors in a program highlighted by Schubert's cantata Mirjams Siegesgesang and Charles Forsberg's From Where The Sun Now Stands, a song cycle setting of Native American poems. Also, works from Finzi, Hogan, Gibbons, and Poulenc.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 615-3204. [map]


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Wednesday


February 2020
 Noon-12:30 p.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. Local chimemaster Heather O'Neal demonstrates.
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 Organ Recital: U-M School of Music.

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Feb. 12 & 26. Performances by organ students. Bring a bag lunch, if you like. Feb. 12: Program TBA. Feb. 26: Cecilia Kowara and Ken Simon play works by Buxtehude, Böhm, and J.S. Bach.
12:05 p.m., U-M School of Public Health Community Room, 109 S. Observatory. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

West-Eastern Divan Ensemble: University Musical Society.

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Violinist Michael Barenboim directs this Seville-based chamber ensemble of Arab & Israeli musicians. Program: Brahms' String Sextet No. 1 in B-flat major, the young French composer Benjamin Attahir's Jawb for String Octet, and Mendelssohn's String Octet in E-flat major. Also, Barenboim plays Italian Baroque composer Giuseppe Tartini's Devil's Trill Sonata in G minor for solo violin.
Rackham Auditorium. Tickets $35-$66 (students, $12-$20) in advance at Tickets.UMS.org, the Michigan League, by phone, & at the door. 764-2538. [map]


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Thursday


February 2020
 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]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Art of Music": Washtenaw Community Concert Band.

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Chris Heidenreich conducts this 80-member ensemble in selections that celebrate the visual arts, including Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition and Richard Meyer's Pablo, a tribute to Picasso.
7:30 p.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River. Free. WCCband.org. [map]


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Friday


February 2020
 12:15 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free! 

"Lenten Organ Recital Series": American Guild of Organists.

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U-M organ student Joseph Mutone performs 19th-century French composer-organist Charles Marie Widor's 6th organ symphony.
12:15 a.m.-1 p.m., First Congregational Church, 608 E. William. Free. 604-3205. [map]


 Noon-12:30 p.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. Local chimemaster Heather O'Neal demonstrates.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"SONGS4WINDS": Kerrytown Concert House.

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Local pianist Kathryn Goodson joins established and rising young wind players TBA in a program of emotive wind arrangements of classic art songs.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $20-$40 (students, $10) in advance at a2tix.com and at the door. 769-2999. [map]
 


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Saturday


February 2020
 10:30-11 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. Local chimemaster Heather O'Neal demonstrates.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [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]


 8 p.m. 

"Liederabend": Kerrytown Concert House.

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Vocalists TBA perform a program of German art songs. Piano accompanist is Toledo Opera coach and conductor Kevin Bylsma.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $20-$40 (students, $10) in advance at a2tix.com & at the door. 769-2999. [map]
 


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Sunday


March 2020
 2 p.m. 

"A Woman's Life (and Love)": Kerrytown Concert House.

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Mezzo-soprano Alta Boover performs Robert Schumann's song cycle Frauenliebe und Leben. Also, the similarly titled A Woman's Life (and Love), a new song cycle by CSU-L.A. music professor Sara Carina Graef that incorporates poetry by Morgan Parker, Melissa Stein, and Taije Silverman, as well as famous tweets about current events. Accompanist is pianist Tian Tian.
2 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $20-40 (students, $10) in advance at a2tix.com and at the door. 769-2999. [map]
 


 3 p.m.  Free! 

Diane Penning and Paul Langford: Chelsea First United Methodist Church Community Concert Series.

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Penning, a Grand Haven-based coloratura soprano with a resonant voice that has been described as "clear and free flying with gorgeous top notes," is accompanied by pianist & vocalist Langford in a program of pop favorites.
3 p.m., Chelsea First United Methodist Church, 128 Park St., Chelsea. Free. 475-8119. [map]


 3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"EMU Choir Home Tour Concert": EMU Music Department.

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Brandon Johnson directs student choirs in a program of music by Mendelssohn, Eric Whitacre, contemporary Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds, Detroit-based composer Stacey Gibbs, and others.
EMU Pease Auditorium, 494 College Pl., Ypsilanti. Free. 487-0280.


 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Fiddling": Dexter Community Orchestra.

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Livingston Symphony Orchestra director David Schultz conducts this volunteer ensemble in Leroy Anderson's popular light-classical staple Fiddle Faddle, "The Far West" from William Grant Still's The American Scene, and Aaron Copland's Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo. They are joined by the Saline Fiddlers Philharmonic for Hardiman's Lord of the Dance, Jay Ungar's plaintive "Ashokan Farewell," the Charlie Daniels Band's "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," and Ervin Rouse's iconic fiddling showcase "Orange Blossom Special."
4 p.m., Dexter Center for the Performing Arts, Dexter High School, 2200 N. Parker, Dexter. Free. 355-0725. [map]


 5 p.m.  Free! 

"Concordia Vespers": Concordia University.

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The Concordia student choir Arborsong is joined by the Boychoir of Ann Arbor in the Michigan debut of contemporary Norwegian composer Kim André Arnesen's 2017 The Holy Spirit Mass. The program also includes hymns and other choral works and sacred readings. With live instrumental accompaniment.
5 p.m., Concordia University Chapel of the Holy Trinity, 4090 Geddes. Free. 995-7482. [map]


 7:15 p.m.  Free! 

"Music for Meditation": St. Andrew's Episcopal Church.

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Ann Arbor, Lansing, & Midland Symphony Orchestra violinist Nathaniel Cornell performs works by Bach, Mozart, and Handel.
St. Andrew's, 306 N. Division. Free. 663-0518. [map]






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