November 18, 2022 8:00 pm
Observer Editor
Jim Gold: Green Wood Coffee House Series (First United Methodist Church).

Nov. 18 & 19. Kirill Petrenko, in his Ann Arbor debut, conducts this renowned orchestra in performances that showcase the ensemble’s classical, romantic, and contemporary repertoire. Tonight’s program is highlighted by Erich Korngold’s only symphony, a 1952 work in F-sharp major characterized by sweeping orchestrations and drama that demonstrate why Korngold had a successful career as a Hollywood composer. Also, Andrew Norman’s 10-minute 2008 orchestral joyride, Unstuck, and a performance of Mozart’s high-spirited Violin Concerto No. 1 featuring the American violinist Noah Bendix-Balgley. The concert is preceded at 7 p.m. in the lower lobby by “The Society for Disobedient Listeners,” an “anti-lecture” led by the highly regarded Chicago-based music writer and violist Doyle Armbrust that explores the subversive and revolutionary elements of the evening’s program. 8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Mask required if Washtenaw County is in the CDC’s high-risk category. Tickets $25–$59 (students, $12–$20) at 764–2538.

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