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Music: Classical, Religious, & Cabaret - Week of October 11, 2021

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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Tuesday


October 2021
 7-9:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Voices in Harmony Chorus.

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Every Tues. Female singers invited to join the weekly virtual rehearsals of this local 40-member a cappella barbershop harmony chorus.
For URL email Info@VoicesInHarmonyChorus.org. Free to visitors ($26 monthly dues for those who join). 612-7580.


 7:30 p.m. 

Jonas Kaufmann: University Musical Society.

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Jonas Kaufmann: University Musical Society. Hailed as "the world's greatest tenor" by the Telegraph, this acclaimed German opera singer makes his UMS debut in its season opener. Taking advantage of his onstage charisma and a hefty voice able both to belt to the upper balcony and float in a soft pianissimo, Kaufmann's repertoire ranges from the richness of Wagner and the ardent warmth of operetta arias to film songs from the 1920s and 30s. He's accompanied tonight by Austrian classical pianist Helmut Deutsch in a program of songs by German composers, including Liszt, Schubert, Schumann, and more.
Hill Auditorium. Tickets $15-$106 (students, $12-$20) in advance at ums.org, the Michigan League, and (if available) at the door. Masks and proof of vaccination (or a negative Covid PCR test within 72 hours of performance time) required. 764-2538. [map]



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Wednesday


October 2021
 Noon-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play one of 200 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. ofGlobal@aol.com. [map]


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Thursday


October 2021
 8 p.m. 

University Philharmonia Orchestra: U-M School of Music.

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Adrian Slywotzky conducts this music student ensemble in a performance of contemporary composer Christopher Theofanidis' As Dancing Is to Architecture, Dvořák's Czech Suite, Barber's Toccata Festival, and Brahms' Variations on a Theme by Haydn.
Hill Auditorium. Free. Masks required. 764-2538. [map]


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Friday


October 2021
 9 a.m.-10 p.m.  Free! 

American Liszt Society Festival: U-M Music School.

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Oct. 15-18. Series of films, lectures, and performances focusing on the romantic composer and piano virtuoso's Hungarian roots and Gypsy influences. Today: World premiere of the film Piano Lessons: The Art and Life of German Diez Nieto (4 p.m.), about the Cuban-born pianist, a student of Claudio Arrau. Also, European folk music by the string ensemble George Batyi & the Gypsy Stringz (8 p.m., Rackham Auditorium; free.).
Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus, unless otherwise noted. Tickets $40 for day pass, $150 for conference pass, & $40 for students, in advance at bit.ly/2021lisztsocietyfestival. Masks required. [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 200 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. ofGlobal@aol.com. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

EMU Wind Symphony: EMU Music Department.

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Mary Schneider directs this music student ensemble in a program highlighted by a solo by EMU trumpet professor Anderson Romero.
EMU Pease Auditorium, W. Cross at College Place, Ypsilanti. Free. Masks required. emu_music@emich.edu.


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Saturday


October 2021
 All Day 

American Liszt Society Festival: U-M Music School.

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See 15 Friday. Today: A talk by Bard College Berlin (Germany) music professor Peter Laki on "In Search of Hungarianness in Music" (9 a.m., Watkins Lecture Hall), a prerecorded lecture-recital by pianist János Kery of the Hungarian Liszt Academy on "The Hungarian Rhapsodies of Imre (Emerich) Székely" (11:15 a.m.), a lecture-demo by U-M music professors Slávka Jelinková and Christian Matijas-Mecca on "Dancing the Csárdás" (2 p.m., Hankinson Hall), a talk by pianists Jonathan Bellman and Farhan Malik on "Historical Approaches to Interpretive Ornamentation and Rubato in Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsodies" (2:30 p.m., Watkins Lecture Hall), and a recital with performers TBA of "Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsodies S. 244 Nos. 1-15" (8 p.m.; free), and more.
Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus, unless otherwise noted. Tickets $40 for day pass, $150 for conference pass, & $40 for students, in advance at bit.ly/2021lisztsocietyfestival. Masks required. [map]


 10:30-11 a.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play one of 200 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. ofGlobal@aol.com. [map]


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Sunday


October 2021
 All day 

American Liszt Society Festival: U-M Music School.

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See 15 Friday. Today: a lecture-recital by the Polish American pianist and Chopin Society of Connecticut founder Sławomir Dobrzanski on "Károly Aggházy: Liszt's Favorite Hungarian Student" (9:50 a.m.), a recital by a performer TBA on "Works of Menter and Mihalovich" (10:20 a.m.), a prerecorded talk by University of New Hampshire music professor Robert Eshbach on "Hungary as Young Liszt Knew It and How It Changed" (11 a.m., Watkins Lecture Hall), and recitals by performers TBA of "Lieder by Mihalovich, Liszt, and Dvořák" (2 p.m.), "Ukrainian Themes: Music of Lysenko, Bartók, and Skoryk" & the "Music of Ernö von Dohnányi" (3:30 p.m.), and (with a U-M music faculty chamber ensemble) of "Works of Kocsár, Bartók, and Brahms." (8 p.m.; free), and more.
Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus, unless otherwise noted. Tickets $40 for day pass, $150 for conference pass, & $40 for students, in advance at bit.ly/2021lisztsocietyfestival. Masks required. [map]


 3 p.m.  Free! 

Symphonic Band Concert: EMU Music Department.

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J. Nick Smith directs this music student ensemble in a program that includes Aaron Perrine's Stained with Light, Bach's Prelude and Fugue in G Minor, Haley Woodrow's "Tapestry," and more.
EMU Pease Auditorium, W. Cross at College Place, Ypsilanti. Free. Masks required. emu_music@emich.edu.


 7 p.m. 

PRISM Quartet with Diego Rivera: New Works by Martin Bresnick, Juri Seo, Aldana, Melissa Aldana, Terell Stafford: PRISM Quartet.

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The intrepid PRISM Quartet is joined by tenorist extraordinaire Diego Rivera for its first live concert in Michigan in two years. Rivera joins PRISM for the Midwest premiere of two works from PRISM's Heritage/Evolution project, bridging the saxophone's dual histories in classical music and jazz: Melissa Aldana's Reflections and Terell Stafford's Favor. The program features previews of Martin Bresnick's Mending Time and Juri Seo's Unsung Lullaby from PRISM's Mending Wall project, a fully staged concert exploring the meaning of walls in our world by giving musical form to questions about identity, community, division, and freedom. The program includes Short Stories, a series of poignant vignettes by PRISM's dear friend and long-time collaborator James Primosch, to honor his memory and musical legacy after his untimely passing in April.
This concert is open only to fully vaccinated and masked individuals. Anyone wishing to enter the building must show a proof of vaccination.
First Presbyterian Church of Ypsilanti, 300 N. Washington St., Ypsilanti. $20-25. info@prismquartet.com https://www.prismquartet.com/concerts/with-diego-rivera/ [map]







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