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Music: Classical, Religious, & Cabaret - Week of October 25, 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.


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Wednesday


October 2021
 10:30 a.m. 

Salvador Flores: Society for Musical Arts.

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This young saxophonist, a U-M music grad student hailing from Houston, is a seasoned performer whose playing is known for its clarity of tone and nuance. He won the 2020 North American Saxophone Alliance collegiate solo competition and this year's Music Teachers National Association chamber music competition. Today, Flores is accompanied by pianist Liz Ames in a program of works by Takashi Yoshimatsu, William Grant Still, Paule Maurice, Gabriela Ortiz, and Fernande Decruck. Followed by a meet-the-artists lunch ($15).
Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. $17 (accompanying friend, $15; groups of 5 or more, $10 each; students with ID, $5) in advance or at the door. Lunch reservations required by calling 995-4417. AnnArborSMA.org. [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!  Online 

Tarek Yamani & The Spektral Quartet: University Musical Society Digital Presentation.

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Award-winning Lebanese American composer-pianist Yamani joins this Chicago-based jazz & classical chamber ensemble to perform (via Zoom) the world premiere of his four-movement suite, the culmination of a season-long UMS collaborative residency. The work fuses together classical Arab and Black American music⁠-a genre that's been dubbed "Afro-Tarab"-to create pungently idiomatic rhythms.
For URL preregister at ums.org/performance/tarek-yamani-spektral-quartet. Free. 764-2538.


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Thursday


October 2021
 7-10 p.m. 

25th Annual Edgefest: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Oct. 28-30. DownBeat lists this annual festival as one of the world's 50 top jazz/avant music festivals. This year's theme, "25 Years at The Edge" celebrates Edgefest as a defining element of the local jazz community. The 3 day festival includes 13 different shows and a parade on Oct. 30 (see listings). Tonight's lineup: Detroit pianist Michael Malis (7 p.m.). Acclaimed German saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock (8 p.m.) leads a trio with bassist Stephan Crump and classical pianist Cory Smythe in avant-jazz improvisations. SoundNoiseFUNK (9 p.m.), a spry NYC quartet led by the powerful vocals of acclaimed Fay Victor, with saxophonist Sam Newsome, guitarist Joe Morris, and drummer Reggie Nicholson.
Various times, Kerrytown Concert House (except as noted on Oct. 30), 415 N. Fourth Ave. Individual show tickets $15 & $25 (students, $10 & $15); day passes $40-$60; Edgepasses ($170-$320) include admission to all shows. Tickets available in advance at KerrytownConcertHouse.com/edgefest, by phone, and (if available) at the door. Mask & proof of vaccination (or negative Covid test within past 72 hours) required. 769-2999. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Sing Happy!": Theatre Nova Fundraiser.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Oct. 28-Nov. 7. Diane Hill directs area singer-actors in local composer R. MacKenzie Lewis's cabaret-style revue showcasing the songs of the Broadway team of Kander and Ebb. The show is a sequence of songs and medleys from Chicago, Cabaret, and many other Kander and Ebb musicals, both famous and obscure, arranged to throw into relief their exploration of the mysteries of life and love. Performers are Jason Briggs, Kristin Clark, John DeMerell, K. Edmonds, Diane Hill, Elizabeth Jaffe, Sarah Stevens, Connor Thomas Rhoades, and Roy Sexton.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Theatre Nova, 410 W. Huron. Tickets $30 in advance at TheatreNova.org and (if available) at the door. Masks and proof of vaccination required. 635-8450, a2theatreNova@gmail.com. [map]



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Friday


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]


 7-11 p.m. 

25th Annual Edgefest: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Oct. 28-30. DownBeat lists this annual festival as one of the world's 50 top jazz/avant music festivals. This year's theme, "25 Years at The Edge" celebrates Edgefest as a defining element of the local jazz community. The 3 day festival includes 13 different shows and a parade on Oct. 30 (see listings). Tonight's lineup: New York-based pianist Angelica Sanchez (7 p.m.). ElectroSphere (8 p.m.), led by local heavyweight multi-instrumentalist Ken Kozora, with drummer Djallo Djakate and reed & synth player Rafeal Leafar. The Andrew Bishop Quintet (9 p.m.), led by veteran local reeds player Bishop, with saxophonist Peter Formanek, pianist Angelica Sanchez, bassist Michael Formanek, and drummer Jon Taylor. Reedman Michael Marcus leads the easygoing Blue Reality Quartet! (10 p.m.), with saxophonist & brass player Joe McPhee, and percussionists Jay Rosen & Warren Smith.
Various times, Kerrytown Concert House (except as noted on Oct. 30), 415 N. Fourth Ave. Individual show tickets $15 & $25 (students, $10 & $15); day passes $40-$60; Edgepasses ($170-$320) include admission to all shows. Tickets available in advance at KerrytownConcertHouse.com/edgefest, by phone, and (if available) at the door. Mask & proof of vaccination (or negative Covid test within past 72 hours) required. 769-2999. [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.
Greenhills School Campbell Center for the Performing Arts, 850 Greenhills Dr. Free. Masks and proof of vaccination required. 395-5876. [map]


 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

Tim Huth, Graeme Shields, and Timothy Tikker: American Center of Church Music.

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First Congregational Church organist Huth, Chicago-based organist-composer Shields, and Michigan organist Tikker perform a program of works by composers who taught or attended U-M, including Gerald Near, William James Ross, William Bolcolm, and others.
First Congregational Church, 608 E. William. Free. Masks required. 358-4189. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Music from Harry Potter": Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.

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The orchestra performs a program of music from the world of Harry Potter.
Hill Auditorium, 825 North University. Tickets $22-$80 in advance at a2so.com. Mask & proof of vaccination (or negative Covid test within past 72 hours) required. tickets.a2so.com. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Sing Happy!": Theatre Nova Fundraiser.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Oct. 28-Nov. 7. Diane Hill directs area singer-actors in local composer R. MacKenzie Lewis's cabaret-style revue showcasing the songs of the Broadway team of Kander and Ebb. The show is a sequence of songs and medleys from Chicago, Cabaret, and many other Kander and Ebb musicals, both famous and obscure, arranged to throw into relief their exploration of the mysteries of life and love. Performers are Jason Briggs, Kristin Clark, John DeMerell, K. Edmonds, Diane Hill, Elizabeth Jaffe, Sarah Stevens, Connor Thomas Rhoades, and Roy Sexton.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Theatre Nova, 410 W. Huron. Tickets $30 in advance at TheatreNova.org and (if available) at the door. Masks and proof of vaccination required. 635-8450, a2theatreNova@gmail.com. [map]



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Saturday


October 2021
 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]


 Noon-10 p.m. 

25th Annual Edgefest: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Oct. 28-30. DownBeat lists this annual festival as one of the world's 50 top jazz/avant music festivals. This year's theme, "25 Years at The Edge" celebrates Edgefest as a defining element of the local jazz community. The 3 day festival includes 13 different shows and a parade on Oct. 30 (see listings). Today: Edgefest Parade (noon). All invited to bring any sort of instrument (including bells and whistles) and tag along in this quirky annual parade (meet at 11:30 a.m. at KCH to join), this year led by Scarlett Middle School band students and Edgefest artists. Today's lineup: Local pianist Matthew Shipp (2 p.m.). AGAPE (3 p.m.), a Detroit-based trio featuring saxophonist Alex Harding, bassist Joel Peterson, and drummer Dave Hurley. The ad-hoc quartet (4 p.m.) of New York vocalist Andrea Wolper, bassist Ken Filiano, guitarist David Ross, and drummer Michael TA Thompson. The "Grand Finale Evening" (7-10 p.m. or so, Bethlehem United Church of Christ, 423 S. Fourth Ave.) includes "Improvisation and Encounter," a collective improvisation using instruments from the U-M Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments, performed by drummer Michael Gould, pianist Steve Rush, trumpeter Mark Kirschenmann, trombonist Steve Swell, composer-violinist Jason Hwang, bassist William Park, percussionists Hamid Drake and Michael TA Thomas, and bass clarinet & soprano saxophone (and Observer contributor) Piotr Michalowski. Also, the ensemble Three Rivers, with tenor saxophonist & flutist Mixashawn, bassist & doson ngoni player William Parker, and percussionist Drake, and a performance of "If Trains Could Speak," a piece by trombonist Steve Swell inspired by a 90-minute train ride from Krakow to the Auschwitz concentration camp, featuring vocalist Deanna Relyea, along with Rush, Hwang, Michalowski, Filiano, and Thompson.
Various times, Kerrytown Concert House (except as noted on Oct. 30), 415 N. Fourth Ave. Individual show tickets $15 & $25 (students, $10 & $15); day passes $40-$60; Edgepasses ($170-$320) include admission to all shows. Tickets available in advance at KerrytownConcertHouse.com/edgefest, by phone, and (if available) at the door. Mask & proof of vaccination (or negative Covid test within past 72 hours) required. 769-2999. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Sing Happy!": Theatre Nova Fundraiser.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Oct. 28-Nov. 7. Diane Hill directs area singer-actors in local composer R. MacKenzie Lewis's cabaret-style revue showcasing the songs of the Broadway team of Kander and Ebb. The show is a sequence of songs and medleys from Chicago, Cabaret, and many other Kander and Ebb musicals, both famous and obscure, arranged to throw into relief their exploration of the mysteries of life and love. Performers are Jason Briggs, Kristin Clark, John DeMerell, K. Edmonds, Diane Hill, Elizabeth Jaffe, Sarah Stevens, Connor Thomas Rhoades, and Roy Sexton.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Theatre Nova, 410 W. Huron. Tickets $30 in advance at TheatreNova.org and (if available) at the door. Masks and proof of vaccination required. 635-8450, a2theatreNova@gmail.com. [map]



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Sunday


October 2021
 2 p.m. 

"Sing Happy!": Theatre Nova Fundraiser.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Oct. 28-Nov. 7. Diane Hill directs area singer-actors in local composer R. MacKenzie Lewis's cabaret-style revue showcasing the songs of the Broadway team of Kander and Ebb. The show is a sequence of songs and medleys from Chicago, Cabaret, and many other Kander and Ebb musicals, both famous and obscure, arranged to throw into relief their exploration of the mysteries of life and love. Performers are Jason Briggs, Kristin Clark, John DeMerell, K. Edmonds, Diane Hill, Elizabeth Jaffe, Sarah Stevens, Connor Thomas Rhoades, and Roy Sexton.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Theatre Nova, 410 W. Huron. Tickets $30 in advance at TheatreNova.org and (if available) at the door. Masks and proof of vaccination required. 635-8450, a2theatreNova@gmail.com. [map]



 3 p.m.  Free! 

Halloween Concert: Dexter Community Orchestra.

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Livingston Symphony Orchestra director David Schultz conducts this volunteer ensemble in a program of such goulish works as Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain, Saint-Saëns's Danse Macabre, and more. The audience is invited to come in costume.
Dexter High School, 2200 N. Parker (south off Shield from Baker Rd.), Dexter. Free. Masks required 355-0725. [map]


 4:00 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-Saëns' 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. Masks required. 764-2538. [map]






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