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Music: Classical, Religious, & Cabaret - Week of December 6, 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


December 2021
 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

Emerald Flutes in Concert: EMU Music Department.

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Solo and ensemble works TBA by EMU flute students.
EMU Pease Auditorium, 494 College Pl., Ypsilanti. Free. Masks required. 487-0294.


 8 p.m.  Free! 

University Symphony Orchestra: U-M Music School.

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Kenneth Kiesler conducts this music student ensemble in Brahms' 3rd Symphony, Ravel's La Valse, and Three Latin American Dances, a "dazzling" work according to Classics Today by Gabriela Lena Frank, a contemporary American composer (and U-M grad) know for compositions reflecting her Peruvian heritage that feature what the New York Times describes as "folk melodies woven into high-spirited pieces full of vibrant colors."
Hill Auditorium. Free. Masks required. 764-2538. [map]


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Wednesday


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]


 8 p.m.  Free!  Hybrid 

"Let Woman Choose Her Sphere": U-M Concert Band.

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Courtney Snyder directs this music student ensemble in a program featuring female singers, speakers, and composers to celebrate the centenary of the ratification of the 19th amendment. Highlighted by the world premiere of contemporary American flutist-composer Valerie Coleman's Let Woman Choose Her Sphere. Also on the program: the world premiere of Lynne Shankel's "The Sphere," Kathryn Bostic's "Portrait of a Peaceful Warrior," Margaret Brouwer's "Pulse," Felicia Sandler's "Rosie the Riveter," Kathryn Salfelder's" Apotheosis," and Roshanne Etezady's "Anahita." Preceded by a gathering on the Ingalls Mall for "Music of Women Composers for Carillon" (6:30 p.m.), a prelude from the Burton Tower carillon, and followed at 7:15 p.m. by a lecture in the lower lobby. Livestream available at myumi.ch/HillWatch.
Hill Auditorium. Livestream available at myumi.ch/HillWatch. Free. 615-3204. [map]



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Thursday


December 2021
 Noon.  Free!  Online 

"Music without Musicians: A Visit to the Music House Museum": First Presbyterian Church Mature Ministries.

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A Music House Museum (Williamsburg) rep gives a slide-illustrated presentation (via Zoom) about its collection of antique automated instruments.
For URL see fumc-a2.org. Free. 662-4466.


 7 p.m.  Hybrid 

"Ballet Through the Eras": EMU Music & Dance Department.

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EMU dance professor Sherry Jerome-Wilkinson directs EMU dance students, accompanied by members of the EMU orchestra, in works by new and celebrated choreographers, with music by Ludwig Minkus, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Ravel, Cesare Pugni, and Stravinsky. Livestream available on YouTube.com (search "EMU School of Music & Dance").
EMU Pease Auditorium, 494 College Pl., Ypsilanti. Tickets TBA. Masks required. 546-7115.


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Singing for Comfort": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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All invited to join a virtual sing-along of soothing songs that are easy to learn. No experience necessary.
For URL see InterfaithSpirit.org. Free, but donations appreciated. 327-0270.


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Friday


December 2021
 7 p.m. 

"Countdown to Christmas": Horizon Performing Arts.

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Familly-friendly musical review of holiday songs, directed by Olivia Rhoades. Tickets $15 ($13 students & seniors) at horizon.booktix.com. Proof of vaccination required.
Riverside Arts Center, 76 N Huron St, Ypsilanti. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"The Short and Suite Nutcracker": Randazzo Dance Company.

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Dec. 10-12. Sara Randazzo and Roya Panahi direct this local company of young dancers in a holiday program highlighted by ballet set to excerpts from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite, including Clara and the Nutcracker Prince recounting their fight with the evil Mouse Queen and their journey to the enchanted land where they meet the Sugar Plum Fairy, Mother Ginger, and her little Gumdrops. The varied program begins with a showcase of 19th century dances and jazz and tap dances with a live Miles Davis score by the local trio of bassist Rob Bickley, trumpeter Mark Kirschenmann, and keyboardist Rick Roe.
7 p.m. (Fri.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Power Center. Tickets $15-$25 in advance at muto.umich.edu and at the door. Masks & proof of vaccination (or negative Covid test within past 72 hours) required. RandazzoDanceCompany.com.


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"An Organist's Christmas": American Guild of Organists.

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A festive program of Christmas music, including a sing-along of favorite carols (with organ accompaniment) and solo performances on the church's impressive pipe organ by local organists. Reception follows.
First Congregational Church, 608 E. William at State St. Free. 994-4455. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Annual Holiday Pops": Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.

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Germany-based American conductor Kazem Abdullah-a candidate for A2SO's permanent music director-leads the orchestra in a program of seasonal music, including Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker Suite and more.
Hill Auditorium. 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]


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Saturday


December 2021
 2-5 p.m.  Online 

56th Annual Community Messiah Sing.

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All people capable of reading and performing vocal parts are invited to join (via Zoom) this venerable local seasonal tradition, a friendly, informal, unrehearsed performance of Handel's beloved oratorio, directed by Richard Ingram. Over 100 singers usually participate, including professionals, semiprofessionals, serious amateurs, families, and church choirs. Orchestra players are welcome to play along. Scores provided online. (The Prout edition, published by Schirmer, is used.) In-person option, if any, TBA.
For URL and other updates, see facebook.com (search "Ann Arbor Community Messiah Sing"). a2messiahsing@gmail.com.


 2 p.m. 

"The Nutcracker Suite and Spirit of the Season": Ann Arbor Dance Classics.

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Dec. 11 & 12. Young local dancers perform excerpts of Tchaikovsky's Christmas ballet. 2 p.m., Milan High School Performing Arts Center, 200 Big Red Dr., Milan. Tickets $18 (seniors & youth, $16) in advance by phone and at the door. 302-4248.
Milan High School Performing Arts Center, 200 Big Red Dr., Milan. Tickets $18 (seniors & youth, $16) in advance by phone and at the door. 302-4248. [map]


 3 p.m. 

"The Short and Suite Nutcracker": Randazzo Dance Company.

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Dec. 10-12. Sara Randazzo and Roya Panahi direct this local company of young dancers in a holiday program highlighted by ballet set to excerpts from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite, including Clara and the Nutcracker Prince recounting their fight with the evil Mouse Queen and their journey to the enchanted land where they meet the Sugar Plum Fairy, Mother Ginger, and her little Gumdrops. The varied program begins with a showcase of 19th century dances and jazz and tap dances with a live Miles Davis score by the local trio of bassist Rob Bickley, trumpeter Mark Kirschenmann, and keyboardist Rick Roe.
7 p.m. (Fri.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Power Center. Tickets $15-$25 in advance at muto.umich.edu and at the door. Masks & proof of vaccination (or negative Covid test within past 72 hours) required. RandazzoDanceCompany.com.


 3 p.m. 

"A Boychoir Christmas": Boychoir of Ann Arbor.

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Boychoir music director John Boonenberg leads this local ensemble of boys ages 7-18, accompanied by First United Methodist Church organist Naki Sung-Kripfgans, in its 35th annual Christmas concert. The program opens with the traditional processional "Once in Royal David's City," with the 1st verse sung by a solo boy, and concludes with John Gardner's "Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day." Also, Glenn Rudolph's setting of Thomas Troeger's moving "The Dream Isaiah Saw," John Rutter's classic Christmas anthem "Christ is the Morning Star," Steven Heitzeg's evocative setting of E.E. Cummings' "little tree," Elaine Hagenberg's vivacious "Alleluia," a beautiful setting of "Away in a Manger" by British composer David Hill, and John Tavener's transcendent "Awed by the Beauty." Audience sing-alongs of "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" and "O Come, All Ye Faithful" are kicked off with a soaring Boychoir descant verse. This concert usually sells out.
3 p.m. (doors open at 2:40 p.m.), Concordia University Chapel of the Holy Trinity, 4090 Geddes. Tickets $20 (youths 17 & under, free) in advance at BoychoirA2.EventBrite.com & Tickets@a2BoyChoir.org, and at the door. Masks required. 663-5377. [map]


 3-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Night of Christmas Joy": Peace Lutheran Church.

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An evening of family-friendly entertainment, highlighted by Nativity scene walk-thrus (every 30-minutes on the half hour), pictures with Santa, a cookie decorating contest, and caroling led by Friends in Harmony choir. Also, live animals and a Christmas-themed raffle.
Peace Lutheran Church, 8260 Jackson Rd. Free admission. 424-0899. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"Countdown to Christmas": Horizon Performing Arts.

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Familly-friendly musical review of holiday songs, directed by Olivia Rhoades. Tickets $15 ($13 students & seniors) at horizon.booktix.com. Proof of vaccination required.
Riverside Arts Center, 76 N Huron St, Ypsilanti. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"Candlelight Concert": EMU Music Department.

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EMU choral director Brandon Johnson leads the EMU choirs in a festive program featuring traditional carols, a string quartet, dancing, poetry, and more.
EMU Pease Auditorium, 494 College Pl., Ypsilanti. Tickets $20 (students, $10; entire immediate family, $75) in advance at EventBrite.com. 487-0280.


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Sunday


December 2021
 2 p.m. 

"Countdown to Christmas": Horizon Performing Arts.

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Familly-friendly musical review of holiday songs, directed by Olivia Rhoades. Tickets $15 ($13 students & seniors) at horizon.booktix.com. Proof of vaccination required.
Riverside Arts Center, 76 N Huron St, Ypsilanti. [map]


 2 p.m. 

"The Nutcracker Suite and Spirit of the Season": Ann Arbor Dance Classics.

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Dec. 11 & 12. Young local dancers perform excerpts of Tchaikovsky's Christmas ballet. 2 p.m., Milan High School Performing Arts Center, 200 Big Red Dr., Milan. Tickets $18 (seniors & youth, $16) in advance by phone and at the door. 302-4248.
Milan High School Performing Arts Center, 200 Big Red Dr., Milan. Tickets $18 (seniors & youth, $16) in advance by phone and at the door. 302-4248. [map]


 3 p.m. 

"The Short and Suite Nutcracker": Randazzo Dance Company.

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Dec. 10-12. Sara Randazzo and Roya Panahi direct this local company of young dancers in a holiday program highlighted by ballet set to excerpts from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite, including Clara and the Nutcracker Prince recounting their fight with the evil Mouse Queen and their journey to the enchanted land where they meet the Sugar Plum Fairy, Mother Ginger, and her little Gumdrops. The varied program begins with a showcase of 19th century dances and jazz and tap dances with a live Miles Davis score by the local trio of bassist Rob Bickley, trumpeter Mark Kirschenmann, and keyboardist Rick Roe.
7 p.m. (Fri.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Power Center. Tickets $15-$25 in advance at muto.umich.edu and at the door. Masks & proof of vaccination (or negative Covid test within past 72 hours) required. RandazzoDanceCompany.com.


 4 p.m.  Free! 

Holiday Concert: Dexter Community Orchestra.

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This volunteer ensemble, conducted by Livingston Symphony Orchestra director David Schultz, is joined by the Dexter High School Chamber Orchestras for a festive holiday program highlighted by the rousing "Hallelujah Chorus" from Handel's Messiah. Also, selections from Tchaikovsky's Christmas ballet The Nutcracker Suite and a carol sing-along.
Dexter Center for the Performing Arts, Dexter High School, 2200 N. Parker, Dexter. Free. Masks required. DexterCommunityOrchestra@gmail.org. [map]


 4 p.m.  Free! 

"The Glorious Sounds of Christmas Concert": First Presbyterian Church.

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The church's chancel and children's choirs perform a festive program of Christmas music. Also, handbell tunes by the Sanctus Ringers.
First Presbyterian Church Sanctuary, 1432 Washtenaw Ave. Free. Masks & vaccines required. 662-4466. [map]


 5 p.m.  Free! 

Community Holiday Sing: Ann Arbor Civic Chorus.

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Karen TenBrink directs the 40+ member chorus in a program TBA. Bring a chair to sit in, if you like.
Farmers Market, 315 Detroit St. Free. a2civicchorus.weebly.com. [map]


 6-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Be Still & Know": Northside Community Church Christmas Choir Concert.

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Performances by the church's chancel and bell choirs, as well as U-M School of Music student vocalists and instrumentalists, in a program of vocal and instrumental holiday music, along with spirituals. With pianist Kathryn Goodson. Cookies.
NCC, 929 Barton Dr. Free. Masks required. 662-6351. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

George Shirley and Olivia Johnson: Kerrytown Concert House "Passing the Torch" Series.

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Renowned local tenor Shirley, a recipient of the National Medal of the Arts, and his former student, mezzo soprano Johnson, perform original compositions & improvisations and talk about their respective careers and the significance of intergenerational relationships in music. Pianist Timothy Cheek accompanies. 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]





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