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Music: Classical, Religious, & Cabaret - Week of March 23, 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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March 2020
 1:30 p.m. (Canceled) 

Canceled: "Music for Trombones": Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra Chamber Concerts.

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Trombonists Donald Babcock (A2SO) and Randy Hawes (DSO) are joined by U-M piano professor Kathryn Goodson in a program TBA.
1:30 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. Tickets $10 in advance at & the A2SO office (35 Research Dr., ste. 100). 994-4801. [map]



March 2020
 8 p.m. (canceled)  Free! 

Canceled "Mad about Chamber Music": Kerrytown Concert House.

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U-M piano students perform classical chamber works TBA.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 769-2999. [map]

 8 p.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: U-M Arts Chorale.

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This choir of non-music majors performs a program TBA.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 615-3204. [map]



March 2020
 4:30 p.m. (canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: Voice Studio Recital: U-M School of Music.

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Voice students of professor Stephen West perform their latest repertoire, from classics to musical theater. One half of the studio will sing on March 25th, the other half on April 8th.
4:30 p.m., U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 5:30 p.m. (Canceled) 

Canceled: "Company C Unplugged": Chelsea High School.

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Song & dance revue by this popular Chelsea High show choir, led by new Company C directors Katie Falk & Alex Stacy, that includes solos, small groups, and big production numbers.
CHS commons, 740 N. Freer, Chelsea. $15 (seniors & kids, $10) in advance by emailing [map]

 7:30-9:30 p.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: 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 dress. The Arbor Consort is the official madrigal group of the Michigan Renaissance Festival.
7:30-9:30 p.m., Dixboro United Methodist Church, 5221 Church Rd. Free. [map]

 7:30 p.m. (Canceled) 

Canceled: "Choral Cavalcade": Huron High School.

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

 7:30 p.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: Open rehearsal: The Arbor Consort.

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The Arbor Consort sings a cappella Renaissance music, performing at the Michigan Renaissance Festival in August and September, and pre-1920 Christmas carols performing in December. We perform in small groups of 4-8 singers. Looking for new singers in March/April. No fee to join. Costuming help is provided. After 2 rehearsals, attendees are invited to audition and join the group permanently.
Dixboro United Methodist Church, 5221 Church Road. Free. [map]



March 2020
 Noon-1 p.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: Gifts of Art Concert Series: U-M Hospitals.

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Every Thurs. Live music performances. Mar. 5: Jazz by the local Ingrid Racine Trio. Mar. 12: St. Patrick's Day program of Irish music by the area Big Fun Trio. Mar. 19: Instrumental music by U-M music majors. Mar. 26: Chamber works by the U-M Life Sciences Orchestra Ensemble.
Noon-1 p.m., U-M Hospital Main Lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. Free. 936-2787. [map]

 7 p.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: Music Program: Chelsea High School.

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Performances by various high school student ensembles.

Canceled: Mar. 14 (8 a.m.-5 p.m.): State Band and Orchestra Solo/Ensemble Festival.

Mar. 26: Jazz Band Concert.

Apr. 29: Band, Orchestra, & Choir Concerto Concert.

May 19: Band & Orchestra Concert.
CHS auditorium, 740 N. Freer (between Old US-12 and Washington St.), Chelsea. 433-2201. [map]

 7 p.m. (Canceled) 

Canceled: "Brandenburg in Cycles": Community Music School of Ann Arbor.

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Second in a series of 3 concerts by The Brandenburg Project, an ensemble of CMS students that plays Bach's Brandenburg Concertos on period instruments using historic techniques. Program: Concertos nos. 4 & 5.
7 p.m., Ypsilanti Freighthouse, 100 Market Place, Ypsilanti. Tickets $15 (ages 12 & under, free) in advance at & at the door. 213-2000. [map]



March 2020
 12:15 p.m.-1 p.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

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

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Every Fri. Concerts by AGO members and others on what local organist Timothy Huth calls "one of the finest organs in Ann Arbor."

Mar. 6: Naki Sung-Kripfgans, organist at First United Methodist Church in Ann Arbor

Friday, Mar. 13: Shin-Ae Chun, organist at First Baptist Church in Ann Arbor

Friday, Mar. 20: Timothy Huth, organist at First Congregational Church in Ann Arbor

Friday, Mar. 27: U-M Organ Department students
12:15 p.m.-1 p.m., First Congregational Church, 608 E. William. Free. 604-3205. [map]

 8 p.m. (canceled) 

Canceled James Galway: University Musical Society.

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Celebrated 80-year-old Belfast-born flutist whose superb technical skill and animated stage presence have earned him the nickname "the man with the golden flute." Galway is accompanied tonight in some works by his NYC-born wife, flutist Jeanne Galway. Piano accompanist is Michael McHale. Program: Francis Poulenc's Sonata for Flute and Piano, Gabriel Fauré's Fantaisie, Chaminade's Concertino, Franz Doppler's Andante and Rondo, Gossec's Tambourin, Marin Marais's Le Basque, Hamilton Harty's In Ireland, Fantasy, D. Overton's Four Irish Folk Songs, Pietro Morlacchi's Il Pastore Svizzero, and Franz & Karl Doppler's Rigoletto Fantasy.
Hill Auditorium. Tickets $15-$91 (students, $12-$20) in advance at, the Michigan League, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]



March 2020
 2-3 p.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: Senior Recital: EMU Music Department.

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EMU senior and French horn player Briana Foreman plays a program of works by Mozart, Rossini, and Sinigaglia.
EMU Alexander Recital Hall, Lowell at E. Circle Dr., Ypsilanti. Free. (517) 290-0721.

 4-5:15 p.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: "A Gift of Song": Threshold Singers.

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Canceled. This local choir performs a soothing program of lullabies, rounds, chants, and hymns from various cultures and spiritual traditions. Attendees are asked to arrive a little before the start time.
4-5:15 p.m., Ann Arbor Christian Reformed Church, 1717 Broadway. Free. 531-7960. [map]

 7 p.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: "Drones, Weights, & Ashley's Date": Graeme Shields.

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This Cincinnati-based organist, founder of the Vital Organ Project, performs Ann Arbor-born composer Robert Ashley's The Entrance and works by contemporary composers George Crumb, Beth Anderson, & Richard Felciano, along with an original composition. Followed by an interactive talk (8 p.m.).

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Tambour from "amalgam" (2018/2019) by Graeme Shields (b.1992)

Xenoglossia (2017) by Benjamin R. Fuhrman (b.1982)

Tower of Power (1973) by Beth Anderson (b.1950)

Premonition (2012) by Jocelyn Morlock (b.1969)

*winner of the VOP 2019 Call for Scores

God of the Expanding Universe (1971) by Richard Felciano (b.1930)

The Entrance (1966) by Robert Ashley (1930-2014)

Pastoral Drone (1982) by George Crumb (b.1929)
7 p.m., First Congregational Church, 608 E. Williams. Free; donations accepted. 360-0998. [map]

 7:30 p.m. (Canceled) 

Canceled: 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.

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

 7:30 p.m. (Canceled) 

Canceled: CutTime Simfonica: Riverfolk Music and Arts Organization Blacksmith Shop Concert.

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This string & percussion ensemble of Detroit Symphony Orchestra members performs a program TBA.
7:30 p.m., 324 E. Main, Manchester. $18. 223-6876. [map]

 8 p.m. (Canceled) 

Canceled: "Caractères de la danse": Les Délices (Academy of Early Music).

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Founded by Handel & Haydn Society (Boston) baroque oboist Debra Nagy, this quartet is known for programs the New York Times calls "thematically concise, richly expressive, and featuring composers few people have heard of." Tonight's program of French Baroque music written for dancing includes Rebel's Caractères de la Danse, a scene from Rameau's Pigmalion, solo suites for oboe and viol by Philidor and Marais, and the earthy, rollicking dances of Boismortier's Ballets de Village. Preceded at 7:15 p.m. by a lecture on the program by the musicians.
8 p.m., St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 306 N. Division. $30 (seniors, $25; students, $10) in advance by Mar. 20 at; $5 more after Mar. 9. 228-4338. [map]



March 2020
 2 p.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: Washtenaw Community Concert Band.

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Small ensembles drawn from this 80-member band perform works in a wide variety of genres.
2 p.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg., 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Free, donations accepted. [map]

 7 p.m. (canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: Digital Music Ensemble: U-M School of Music.

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Stephen Rush conducts this music student ensemble in a performance of its original score for Fritz Lang's 1927 silent film Metropolis, accompanied by a screening of the film.
7 p.m., U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin. Free. 615-3204. [map]

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