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Music: Classical, Religious, & Cabaret - Week of November 29, 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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Monday


November 2021
 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Cross-Cultural Clarinet Concerts": Northside Community Church.

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Nov. 29 & 30 (different programs). U-M clarinet students are accompanied by local musicians including pianists and others to perform a variety of works from outside of the traditional Western canon.
NCC, 929 Barton Dr. Free. Masks required. 649-7948, 649-2751. [map]


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Tuesday


November 2021
 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Cross-Cultural Clarinet Concerts": Northside Community Church.

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Nov. 29 & 30 (different programs). U-M clarinet students are accompanied by local musicians including pianists and others to perform a variety of works from outside of the traditional Western canon.
NCC, 929 Barton Dr. Free. Masks required. 649-7948, 649-2751. [map]


1

Wednesday


December 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]


 8 p.m.  Free!  Hybrid 

Student Chamber Music Series: U-M Music School.

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Dec. 1, 2, 4, 5, & 8. Music student chamber ensembles in various combinations perform a series of concerts of old to new music for strings, woodwinds, brass, and piano. Livestream available: see myumi.ch/StampsWatch.
U-M Walgreen Drama Center, 1226 Murfin & U-M Moore Bldg. Hankinson Rehearsal Hall (Dec. 8 only), 1100 Baits. Free. Masks required. 615-3204. [map]


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Thursday


December 2021
 8 p.m.  Free!  Hybrid 

Student Chamber Music Series: U-M Music School.

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Dec. 1, 2, 4, 5, & 8. Music student chamber ensembles in various combinations perform a series of concerts of old to new music for strings, woodwinds, brass, and piano. Livestream available: see myumi.ch/StampsWatch.
U-M Walgreen Drama Center, 1226 Murfin & U-M Moore Bldg. Hankinson Rehearsal Hall (Dec. 8 only), 1100 Baits. Free. Masks required. 615-3204. [map]


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Friday


December 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]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

Contemporary Directions Ensemble: U-M Music School.

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Adrian Slywotzky directs this U-M music school ensemble in a program featuring Brazilian-born composer Marcos Balter's meditative minimalist 2013 sextet Bladed Stance and Aaron Jay Kernis' cacophonous 17-part 2011 chamber work Invisible Mosaic II. Also, Andile Khumalo's Cry Out and Alvin Singleton's In Our Own House.
U-M Moore Bldg. Hankinson Rehearsal Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. Masks required. 615-3204. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Takács Quartet: University Musical Society.

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Founded in Hungary in 1975, this world-renowned, Boulder-based ensemble-and UMS crowd favorite-is known for its warmth, eloquence, and discipline, and for the ease with which it masters demanding pieces. Violinists Edward Dusinberre and Harumi Rhodes, violist Geraldine Walther, and cellist András Fejér are "four of the best string alchemists on the planet," writes a Chicago Tribune reviewer. Tonight they're joined by French accordion and bandoneon virtuoso Julien Labro in the world premiere of Bryce Dessner's "Circles" and Brazilian-American composer Clarice Assad's "Clash," both commissioned by UMS. Also, Labro's arrangement of Bach's cantata "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme," Dino Saluzzi's "Minguito," Maurice Ravel's String Quartet in F Major, and a couple of solo pieces by Labro.
Rackham Auditorium. Tickets $30-$60 in advance at ums.org, the Michigan League, & by phone, and (if available) at the door. Mask and proof of vaccination (or a negative Covid PCR test within 72 hours of performance time) required. 764-2538. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"We Gather, We Sing, We Celebrate": Vocal Arts Ensemble.

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Benjamin Cohen directs this 24-voice local chamber choir in a program of intimate choral music, including works by Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn, Monteverdi, Tallis, Buxtehude, Sweelinck, Argento, and Cutter.
First Congregational Church, 808 William. Pay-what-you-can at the door only. Masks & proof of vaccination required. VocalArtsAnnArbor@gmail.com. [map]


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Saturday


December 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]


 11 a.m. 

"Annual Croissant Concert": Kerrytown Concert House.

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A popular holiday tradition featuring Today's Brass Quintet, an ensemble of area professional musicians that performs pop, classical, and holiday tunes. With trumpeters Mitchell Wechsler and Jean Moorehead Libs, tuba player Joseph DeMarsh, trombonist Brian Robson, and French horn player Alan Taplin. Take-home croissants & coffee. Livestream available at KerrytownConcertHouse.com.
KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $13-$50 in advance online and at the door. Mask & proof of vaccination (or negative Covid test within past 72 hours) required. 769-2999. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

For Good Measure: First Presbyterian Church.

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This local a cappella group performs music TBA.
First Presbyterian Church Sanctuary, 1432 Washtenaw Ave. Free. Masks & vaccines required. 662-4466. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"143rd Annual Handel's Messiah": University Choral Union (University Musical Society).

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Dec. 4 & 5. 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 Joélle Harvey, mezzo-soprano Meg Bragle, tenor Nicholas Phan, and bass-baritone Dashon Burton. With harpsichordist Joseph Gascho. 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.
7:30 p.m. (Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Hill Auditorium. Tickets $17-$43 (students, $12-$20) in advance at tickets.ums.org, at Michigan League, by phone, and (if available) at the door. Mask and proof of vaccination (or a negative Covid PCR test within 72 hours of performance time) required. 764-2538. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free!  Hybrid 

Student Chamber Music Series: U-M Music School.

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Dec. 1, 2, 4, 5, & 8. Music student chamber ensembles in various combinations perform a series of concerts of old to new music for strings, woodwinds, brass, and piano. Livestream available: see myumi.ch/StampsWatch.
U-M Walgreen Drama Center, 1226 Murfin & U-M Moore Bldg. Hankinson Rehearsal Hall (Dec. 8 only), 1100 Baits. Free. Masks required. 615-3204. [map]


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Sunday


December 2021
 2 p.m. 

"143rd Annual Handel's Messiah": University Choral Union (University Musical Society).

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Dec. 4 & 5. 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 Joélle Harvey, mezzo-soprano Meg Bragle, tenor Nicholas Phan, and bass-baritone Dashon Burton. With harpsichordist Joseph Gascho. 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.
7:30 p.m. (Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Hill Auditorium. Tickets $17-$43 (students, $12-$20) in advance at tickets.ums.org, at Michigan League, by phone, and (if available) at the door. Mask and proof of vaccination (or a negative Covid PCR test within 72 hours of performance time) required. 764-2538. [map]


 3 p.m.  Free! 

Holiday Concert: Dexter Community Band.

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Bill Gourley directs this 85-member volunteer ensemble in a program of holiday music featuring the New Irish Choir's "A Christmas Carol Fantasy," Morrissey's "Parade of the Wooden Soldiers," the Overture to Miracle on 34th Street, the medley An Irving Berlin Christmas, and more. The local vocal quartet of Fiona Linn, Kristin Hoffman-Peavler, Jake McClory and Austin Chrzanowski joins the band in Christmas on Broadway, a medley of holiday tunes featured in Broadway musicals, and renditions of "On With the Snow" and "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire." Also, a sing-along of traditional Christmas songs.
Dexter Center for the Performing Arts, Dexter High School, 2200 N. Parker, Dexter. Free. Masks required. 426-2734. [map]


 3-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band Concert: EMU Music Department.

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Mary Schneider directs these music student ensembles in a varied program that includes Chen Yi's Spring Festival, Omar Thomas's setting of "Shenandoah," David Maslanka's "Give Us This Day," Bernstein's Suite from West Side Story, and more.
EMU Pease Auditorium, 494 College Pl., Ypsilanti. Free. Masks required. 487-4143.


 3:30-4:30 p.m. 

"A New World Holiday": Ypsilanti Symphony Orchestra.

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Adam Riccinto directs this volunteer community orchestra in Dvorak's Symphony no. 9 ("From the New World"), along with Leroy Anderson's "A Christmas Festival," tunes from The Polar Express, and other holiday favorites. Also, Leslie Schwegler directs the Lincoln High School band in a program TBA, and LHS choir director Toni Micik narrates 'Twas the Night Before Christmas.
Lincoln High School Performing Arts Center, 7425 Willis Rd., Ypsilanti. Tickets $12 (students, seniors, & children 12 and under, $6; families, $30) in advance (recommended) at a2tix.org and at the door. For Covid precautions, see llincolnk12.org. info@ypsilantisymphony.org. [map]


 4 p.m. 

34th 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.
First Presbyterian Church, 1432 Washtenaw Ave. Tickets $15 (seniors age 65 & over, $10; youth 18 & under, $5) in advance or at the door. a2yc.org, 996-4404. [map]


 5-10:30 p.m. or so.  Free! 

Digital Music Ensemble: U-M School of Music.

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Stephen Rush directs this music student group performing Music in 12 Parts, Phillip Glass's rarely played 1974 minimalist epic inspired by Indian ragas. Includes an extended intermission and potluck dinner (7:15-8:15 p.m.). Earplugs encouraged.
U-M Moore Bldg. McIntosh Theatre, 1100 Baits. Free. Masks required. 615-3204. [map]


 5 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Christmas Celebration: Concert4aCause": Northside Community Church.

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Sheree and Paul Clark direct the church's chancel and bell choirs in a varied program of vocal and instrumental holiday music with spirituals. Accompanied by U-M SMTD students, pianist Mahour Arbabian and baritone Jack Williams III. With cameo performances by Cleveland Orchestra bass trombonist Randall Hawes, Michigan Opera Theatre violist John Madison, NCC resident artist Thor Sigurdson, and NCC musical director and pianist Kathryn Goodson.
For online URL see ncca2.org. Free; donations for a cause TBA accepted. 662-6351.


 7 p.m. 

Michigan Pops Orchestra.

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Leonard Bopp directs this playful 100-member ensemble, the only student-run orchestra on campus, in music from Tchaikovsky's Marche Slave, Marvel's The Avengers, Disney's Mulan, the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and more. With a guest vocalist TBA, stage antics, and special effects.
Michigan Theater. Tickets $10 (public school students, daycare students, and seniors age 65 & over, free). Masks required. MichiganPops.org. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free!  Hybrid 

Student Chamber Music Series: U-M Music School.

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Dec. 1, 2, 4, 5, & 8. Music student chamber ensembles in various combinations perform a series of concerts of old to new music for strings, woodwinds, brass, and piano. Livestream available: see myumi.ch/StampsWatch.
U-M Walgreen Drama Center, 1226 Murfin & U-M Moore Bldg. Hankinson Rehearsal Hall (Dec. 8 only), 1100 Baits. Free. Masks required. 615-3204. [map]






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