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Friday, September 14
 

8:00pm

Vanguard Reed Quintet
Performing pieces by University of Michigan Student Composers
The Vanguard Reed Quintet (VRQ) is committed to breaking new musical ground, increasing the depth and diversity of the reed quintet’s core repertoire, and engaging audiences with innovative, adventurous, and inspiring musical experiences.
Since 2016, VRQ has commissioned new compositions from seven young composers including Douglas Hertz, whose work From Lidless Eyes (Time Knows No Bounds) was recently featured at the 2017 Midwest Composers’ Symposium. The ensemble’s commitment to deep collaboration with fellow musicians and artists results in performances that elevate the reed quintet’s versatility, sensitivity, and power and “connect [the] audience with the intentions of the composer.” VRQ also performs reed quintet standards ranging from original works by Nico Muhly and David Biedenbender to arrangements of Mozart and Ravel.



Friday September 14, 2018 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Kerrytown Concert House 415 N. Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48104
 
Tuesday, September 18
 

8:00pm

Shoshana Bean - Kerrytown Concert house
Jazz and blues singer Shoshana Bean, a veteran of the Broadway stage, highlights her new album Spectrum in an intimate solo performance.

Artists

Tuesday September 18, 2018 8:00pm - 8:15pm
Kerrytown Concert House 415 N. Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48104
 
Sunday, September 23
 

2:00pm

Bolcom Horn Trio - Kerrytown Concert house
American Double (Philip Ficsor, violin, and Constantine Finehouse, piano) with Steven Gross (horn) perform the Michigan premiere of William Bolcom's Trio for Horn, Violin and Piano. Also included on the program are selections by Nelhybel, Messiaen, and Ravel.

Sunday September 23, 2018 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Kerrytown Concert House 415 N. Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48104
 
Friday, September 28
 

7:00pm

EAR | EYE: Listening and Looking, Contemporary Music and Art - TMA Galleries
In partnership with the doctoral program at Bowling Green State University’s College of Musical Arts, TMA presents an ongoing performance and discussion series, now in its fourth year, that explores the relationship of contemporary music and art through music performances in response to specific works of art.  EAR|EYE is supported in part by the Dorothy MacKenzie Price Fund.


Friday September 28, 2018 7:00pm - 9:00pm
TMA Galleries 2445 Monroe St. Toledo, Ohio 43602
 
Saturday, September 29
 

8:00pm

Great Performances: Obscure Clues and Shiny Objects: Chamber Music of David T. Little - GlasSalon
"One of the most imaginative young composers” on the scene (The New Yorker), David T. Little has been acclaimed for both his grand theatrical stage works (JFK, Dog Days) and his amplified chamber works, in particular those written for his ensemble Newspeak. Newspeak cellist and BGSU professor Brian Snow offers a unique event exploring a lesser-known side of Little's output: unamplified solo and chamber works, including a brand new solo cello work, how it begins / how it ends, in its Ohio premiere. Snow is joined by Newspeak pianist James Johnston, BGSU violin professor Caroline Chin, and BGSU’s Graduate String Quartet. Tickets are $15 for Museum members, $25 for nonmembers and can be purchased at toledomuseum.org. Great Performances is supported in part by the Dorothy MacKenzie Price Fund


Saturday September 29, 2018 8:00pm - 10:00pm
GlasSalon 2445 Monroe St. Toledo, Ohio 43602
 
Thursday, October 4
 

8:00pm

Great Performances: Ken Thomson Sextet - GlasSalon
Singular music by American sax and clarinet player and composer Ken Thomson, known from the ensemble Bang on a Can All Stars and the punk/jazz combo Gutbucket. The performance features Ken Thomson (alto saxophone/compositions), Anna Webber (tenor saxophone), Russ Johnson (trumpet), Alan Ferber (trombone), Adam Armstrong (bass), Daniel Dor (drums). Tickets are $15 for Museum members, $20 for nonmembers and can be purchased at toledomuseum.org. Great Performances is supported in part by the Dorothy MacKenzie Price Fund.


Thursday October 4, 2018 8:00pm - 10:00pm
GlasSalon 2445 Monroe St. Toledo, Ohio 43602
 
Saturday, October 6
 

8:00pm

Great Performances: Harold Budd - Peristyle
Legendary ambient/avant-garde composer and performer Harold Budd comes to the Toledo Museum of Art for a rare public performance, including the world premiere of a suite for keyboards and string ensemble as well as other newly-composed and reworked pieces. Come early for a very special pre-concert talk, included in the ticket price, as Budd shares the visual inspiration behind Petits Souffles, a new work for piano, string quartet, and celeste. Tickets are $15 for Museum members, $35 for nonmembers and can be purchased at toledomuseum.org. Great Performances is supported in part by the Dorothy MacKenzie Price Fund.




Saturday October 6, 2018 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Peristyle 2445 Monroe St. Toledo, Ohio 43602
 
Tuesday, October 9
 

10:45am

Play - Andrew Norman
Tuesday October 9, 2018 10:45am - Wednesday October 10, 2018 9:00pm
TBA
 
Sunday, October 14
 

3:00pm

Great Performances: BGSU Faculty Recital - Great Gallery
This recital features performances by faculty from the BGSU College of Musical Arts. Great Performances is supported in part by the Dorothy MacKenzie Price Fund.


Sunday October 14, 2018 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Great Gallery 2445 Monroe St. Toledo, Ohio 43602
 
Tuesday, October 16
 

10:45am

Violin Concerto - Daniel Bjarnason - Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center
Tuesday October 16, 2018 10:45am - Thursday October 18, 2018 10:00pm
Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center 3711 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
 
Friday, October 19
 

8:00pm

Khashb wa Khayt: Chamber Music by Arab American Composers - Arab American National Museum
Literally translated to "Wood and Strings," Khashb wa Khayt combines DCWS musicians with artists performing on traditional Arabic instruments in an exploration of pieces by Arab American composers.

Friday October 19, 2018 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Arab American National Museum 13624 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, MI 48126
 
Wednesday, October 24
 

TBA

Yuja Wang, piano Martin Grubinger, Percussion - Hill Auditorium
Yuja Wang, a phenomenal young pianist who made her UMS debut 10 years ago, exudes a dramatic sense of style and flair.For the 2018-19 season, she was selected to anchor one of two Carnegie Hall “Perspectives” series and given free rein to program five concerts of her choosing. Her UMS concert is a warm-up for the first of these, featuring daring arrangements of Stravinsky and Bartók with the creative percussionist Martin Grubinger and the Percussive Planet Ensemble.


PROGRAMStravinskyThe Rite of Spring (arr. M. Grubinger Sr.)BartókSonata for Two Pianos and Percussion (1937) (arr. M. Grubinger Sr.)John PsathasOne Study

Artists
MG

Martin Grubinger

Percusionist
YW

Yuja Wang

Pianist


 
Thursday, October 25
 

6:30pm

Om @ The Max - The Cube at the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center
Certified yoga instructor and DSO Librarian Ethan Allen leads a group yoga session featuring live chamber music performed by members of the DSO. Namaste.

Thursday October 25, 2018 6:30pm - 7:30pm
The Cube 3711 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201

8:00pm

Julian Labro and the Chanson Experiment - Kerrytown Concert house
French-born accoridon wizard Julien Labro delivers fresh modern jazz-inspired takes on French songs. Heralded as "the next accordion star" by Howard Reich of the Chicago Tribune, Labro has established himself as one of the foremost accordion and bandoneon players in both the classical and jazz genres.

Thursday October 25, 2018 8:00pm - 8:15pm
Kerrytown Concert House 415 N. Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48104
 
Friday, October 26
 

8:00pm

Aizuri Quartet
Winners of the University of Michigan's 2018 M Prize Competition, the Aizuri quartet's UMS debut program features an interesting mix of composers, including Komitas Vartabed (1869-1935), an exquisitely talented Armenian composer whose music has become an enduring symbol of home and identity for a people separated from their homeland (he spent the last 20 years of his life in an asylum, driven mad by the conditions of the Armenian genocide); Béla Bartók’s second string quartet, a journey of emotional extremes that is based on folk music from his homeland; and two works written specifically for the Aizuri Quartet, Caroline Shaw’s Blueprint, inspired by the same woodblock printing that inspired the Aizuri’s name, and Paul Wiancko’s LIFT.


Friday October 26, 2018 8:00pm - 9:30pm
 
Tuesday, October 30
 

8:00pm

SongSlam - Kerrytown Concert house
Ten teams of composers and performers present their world premiere art song compositions, to be judged by the audience as in a poetry slam. Sponsored by Maurice and Linda Binkow.

Tuesday October 30, 2018 8:00pm - 8:15pm
Kerrytown Concert House 415 N. Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48104
 
Thursday, November 15
 

7:30pm

Danish String Quartet
As part of their 2018 program, the acclaimed Danish String Quartet returns to Ann Arbor performing Danish composer Hans Abrahamsen's String Quartet No. 1. The night will also incude works by Hayden and Beethoven


Thursday November 15, 2018 7:30pm - 9:00pm
 
Friday, November 16
 

6:00pm

Scene + Unseen
Two performances - one evening!
First, join us at 333 Midland from 6pm-8pm for a Highland Park artist extravaganza! Featuring:
*Performances by the Urban Requiem Project
*Fine art and crafts by Highland Park artists
*Exhibition in the Annex Gallery by local artist, Betty Brownlee
*Tours of the 333 studio space
*A strolling dinner and bar

After exploring the 333 Midland complex, we will drive down the street to the nearby Detroit Repertory Theatre to enjoy a champagne toast before viewing the Rep's performance of "The Evidence of Things Unseen," beginning promptly at 8:30pm.

Artists at 333 Midland exhibition:
Mike Ross
Betty Bownlee
Rick Cronn
Doug Cannell
Robert Piatek
Bryan Grose
Rob Onnes
Rob Rodrigues
Lis Chere Thomas


Friday November 16, 2018 6:00pm - 11:00pm
333 Midland 3733, 333 Midland St, Highland Park, MI 48203

7:00pm

Grand Band Piano Sextet (Friday Night Live)
Grand Band is a new piano sextet from New York City, featuring what the New York Times called “the Traveling Wilburys of NY’s new-music piano scene.”  The pianists are Vicky Chow, David Friend, Paul Karekes, Blair McMillen, Lisa Moore, and Isabelle O’Connell. The band will perform music Ben Wallace, Julius Eastman and Missy Mazzoli along with new compositions by Paul Kerekes and Detroit composer Harriet Steinke.

Friday November 16, 2018 7:00pm - 10:00pm
 
Sunday, November 18
 

3:00pm

Great Performances: Formosa Quartet with Solungga Liu - Great Gallery
This dynamic, young string quartet performs with pianist Solungga Liu of Bowling Green State University. The program includes Tchaikovsky’s Quartet No. 1 in D Major and Schnittke’s Piano Quintet. Great Performances is supported in part by the Dorothy MacKenzie Price Fund.



Sunday November 18, 2018 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Great Gallery 2445 Monroe St. Toledo, Ohio 43602
 
Friday, November 30
 

11:30am

The Unrecordables - Lecture
A series of concert, lecture, and sound installation by faculty and students of the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and Wayne State University. Come to hear electronic music based on non-recording technology!

Don't miss the concert at 7:30 p.m.


Friday November 30, 2018 11:30am - 11:30am

7:30pm

The Unrecordables - Concert
A series of concert, lecture, and sound installation by faculty and students of the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and Wayne State University. Come to hear electronic music based on non-recording technology!

Don't miss the lecture earlier at 11:30 a.m.


Friday November 30, 2018 7:30pm - 9:00pm

8:00pm

Third Coast Percussion: Paddle to the Sea
Third Coast Percussion composed a new score to be performed live with the film, which tells the story of a Native Canadian boy who carves a wooden figure called Paddle-to-the-Sea and sets him on a journey through all five Great Lakes, the St. Lawrence River, and finally to the Atlantic Ocean.


Friday November 30, 2018 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Detroit Film Theatre 5200 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202
 
Saturday, December 1
 

2:00pm

Third Coast Percussion: Paddle to the Sea
Third Coast Percussion composed a new score to be performed live with the film, which tells the story of a Native Canadian boy who carves a wooden figure called Paddle-to-the-Sea and sets him on a journey through all five Great Lakes, the St. Lawrence River, and finally to the Atlantic Ocean.


Saturday December 1, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Detroit Film Theatre 5200 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202
 
Friday, December 7
 

7:30pm

VOX3MACHINA
VOX3MACHINA (saxophonist Timothy McAllister, pianist Kathryn Goodson and trombonist Randall Hawes) performs a diverse duo and trio repertoire, including commissions by Michigan composers Stephen Rush (Lightrays 2018-19 premiere) and David Biedenbender (Liquid Architecture 2012), as well as lush transcriptions from Max Bruch, Mozart and more. Chicago composer James Stephenson dedicated his showstopper Mahogany Moods in 2015 to the trio, referencing both their uniquely rich sound and the first letter of their last names. VOX3MACHINA appears courtesy of the Great Lakes Performing Artist Associates


10:00pm

Jeff "Tain" Watts Trio - The Cube at the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center
Jeff “Tain” Watts spent his formative years with Wynton and Branford Marsalis, and his compositional skills now command equal attention. A true jazz innovator, Watts never fails to deliver the percussive magic that has been his trademark since his emergence on the contemporary jazz scene.


Friday December 7, 2018 10:00pm - Saturday December 8, 2018 12:00am
The Cube 3711 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
 
Sunday, December 9
 

2:00pm

Great Performances: Messiaen: The Complete Vingt regards sur l'enfant-Jésus - GlasSalon
Organized by pianist Isabelle O’Connell (Grand Band), this concert features O’Connell, Blair McMillen, Laura Melton, and Stephanie Titus performing Olivier Messiaen’s complete Vingt regards sur l'enfant-Jésus, a two-hour, 20-movement work that Messiaen completed in 1944. Tickets are $10 for Museum members, $15 for nonmembers and can be purchased at toledomuseum.org. Great Performances is supported in part by the Dorothy MacKenzie Price Fund.


Sunday December 9, 2018 2:00pm - 2:15pm
GlasSalon 2445 Monroe St. Toledo, Ohio 43602
 
Monday, December 10
 

7:00pm

Storm Large: Holiday Ordeal
Back by popular demand, Storm Large delivers American songbook classics, Broadway tear-jerkers and rock goddess anthems. She may appear to be a six foot tattooed Vargas pin up girl, but with a voice that goes from a velvety purr to a mighty Valkyrie in a single phrase, Ms. Large is a vocalist whose iconoclastic talent defies the laws of nature.


Monday December 10, 2018 7:00pm - 9:30pm
The Cube 3711 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
 
Friday, December 14
 

7:00pm

Friday Night Live! Kannapolis: A Moving Portrait
Acclaimed composer, singer, and violinist Jenny Scheinman invites us into the captivating visual world of Depression-era filmmaker H. Lee Waters in the multi-media performance Kannapolis: A Moving Portrait. Scheinman and her musical sidemen, Robbie Fulks and Robbie Gjersoe, have created a live soundtrack of new folksongs, fiddle music, and field sounds to accompany Waters’s fascinating footage, masterfully reworked by director Finn Taylor. The result is a reflection on the evolution of mill towns; and a striking commentary on race, class, and the American experience.
Kannapolis: A Moving Portrait was commissioned by Duke Performances at Duke University. The piece premiered at Duke’s Reynolds Industries Theater on Friday, March 20, 2015
 
Free with general admission

Friday Night Live! is supported by the DTE Energy Foundation. The Detroit Film Theatre is generously supported by Buddy's Pizza and your tri-county millage investment.



Friday December 14, 2018 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Detroit Film Theatre 5200 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202
 
Saturday, December 15
 

8:00pm

Saajtak WSG The Imaginatron & Sun Trash
This is a true union of the minds.
saajtak and The Imaginatron link up for one of the most colorful, fantastical, explosive shows of the year.

This is saajtak's final show of the year.

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Sun Trash / https://suntrash.bandcamp.com/music
A free music/ friendship duo of Nick Weckman (clarinet, trombone, voice, loops, uke, trash) and Caleb Miller (sax, MS-20, keys, clarinet, laptop, trash).

saajtak / www.saajtak.com 
Your favorite operatic punk rock band.

The Imaginatron / https://soundcloud.com/user-745063629/uninterpretive-dance
The Imaginatron is an all-expansive node of energies thrusting forth from the infinite realities. The band The Imaginatron is a tribute to this entity..


Saturday December 15, 2018 8:00pm - 11:30pm
Outer Limits Lounge 5507 Caniff, Detroit, Michigan 48212

8:30pm

Doug Hammond Quartet
Doug Hammond is an extraordinary jazz musician, composer, poet and writer who began recording on the legendary Detroit-based label Tribe in the early 1970s. He has worked with musicians including Earl Hooker, Sonny Rollins, Charles Mingus, Sammy Price, Donald Byrd, Wolfgang Dauner, Ornette Coleman, Steve Coleman, Nina Simone, Betty Carter, Marion Williams, Paquito D’Rivera, Arnett Cobb, James Blood Ulmer, Arthur Blythe and many more.
Since 1989, however, he has been mainly based in Linz, Austria, at Bruckner University, teaching drums, composition, and ensemble. In 2008, he retired, but he still lives between Linz and Detroit, collaborating with musicians on both continents.
Hammond, who is primarily a vocalist and drummer, percussionist, is best known as an early member of Tribe, founded in 1971 by jazz musicians as a band, a recording label and a magazine, all called collectively “Tribe.” The founders were saxophonist Wendell Harrison, and trombonist Phil Ranelin, but then soon joined by Marcus Belgrave, Harold McKinney and Doug Hammond. In its music and publication, the collective had a political consciousness with an African-American and African pride aesthetic that was at the time revolutionary -anti-war, community-oriented, and staunchly independent.



Saturday December 15, 2018 8:30pm - 11:30pm
Trinosophes 1464 Gratiot Avenue Detroit, MI 48207
 
Sunday, December 16
 

6:30pm

The Third Place Concert Series presents: Music Four Cellos
The Third Place Concert Series is excited to collaborate with Detroit Composers' Project and Midwest-based cello quartet, Hole in the Floor, for our December concert!

This will be an hour long concert of 7 world premiere works for cello quartet and cello duet. All composers are Detroit Composers' Project artists. Each composer will speak before their piece is premiered. We hope to see you there!

Composers:
Will Rowe
Hannah Boissonneault
Sepehr Pirasteh
Jherrard Hardeman
Michael Malis
Andy Jarema
Harriet Steinke

Performers:
Hole in the Floor (cellists Kellen Degnan, Hanna Rumora, Ben Rogers, and Wesley Hornpetrie.)

Free Admission 
Suggested donation: $10

What is the "Third Place"?

In community building, the third place is the social surroundings separate from the two usual social environments of home ("first place") and the workplace ("second place"). Examples of third places would be environments such as churches, cafes, clubs, public libraries, or parks.

Our goal is the create community between first-time concert goers, families, Ann Arbor townies, University of Michigan students, and many others for an evening of accessible, high quality chamber music. 

Join us for an evening of chamber music at Bløm Meadworks! 

Supported in part through the School of Music, Theatre & Dance Meta Weiser EXCEL Fund.


Sunday December 16, 2018 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Bløm Meadworks 100 S Fourth Ave, Suite 110, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104
 
Wednesday, December 19
 

7:00pm

Music Four Cellos
Join us for this two-concert collaboration between Detroit Composers' Project and The Third Place Concert Series, featuring the Midwest-based cello quartet, Hole in the Floor! In addition to this Detroit concert, we will also present the new works in Ann Arbor: The Third Place Concert Series presents: Music Four Cellos!

Both hour-long concerts will feature 7 world premiere works for cello quartet or cello duet. All composers will be in attendance at one/both of the concerts!

Composers:
Hannah Boissonneault
Sepehr Pirasteh
Jherrard Hardeman
Michael Malis
Andy Jarema
Harriet Steinke

Performers:
Hole in the Floor (cellists Kellen Degnan, Hanna Rumora, Ben Rogers, and Wesley Hornpetrie.)





Wednesday December 19, 2018 7:00pm - 8:30pm
St Matthew's & St Joseph's Episcopal Church 8850 Woodward Avenue Detroit, MI 48202
 
Friday, December 21
 

7:00pm

Michael Malis & Marcus Elliot - Balance
Balance is a collaborative duo between saxophonist Marcus Elliot and pianist Michael Malis. Called “two of Detroit’s most important young jazz musicians” by the Detroit Free Press, this concert features new compositions for piano and saxophone by the duo.  


Friday December 21, 2018 7:00pm - 9:30pm
Rivera Court 5200 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202
 
Sunday, January 6
 

2:00pm

Rising Stars with Sean Dobbins
Drummer Sean Dobbins showcases a featured “rising star” from Southeast Michigan. These concerts include music and conversation on all things jazz.


Sunday January 6, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Kerrytown Concert House 415 N. Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48104
 
Friday, January 11
 

7:30pm

Orpheus and Euridice
Kerrytown Concert House with Arbor Opera Theater presents Ricky Ian Gordon’s Orpheus & Euridice, a tender song cycle for soprano, clarinet, and piano. Gordon’s astoundingly beautiful work is his own take on the Orpheus myth, written as his partner was losing his battle to AIDS. Soprano Monica Dewey and pianist Kathleen Kelly headline these performances with Arbor Opera Theater.


Friday January 11, 2019 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Kerrytown Concert House 415 N. Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48104
 
Saturday, January 12
 

8:00pm

Carpe Diem String Quartet
Carpe Diem String Quartet is an exciting ensemble that has captured the imagination of audiences, the respect of critics, and is one of the most versatile quartets of their generation. Carpe Diem has earned critical acclaim with innovative programming, electrifying performances, and a passion for audience engagement. The group’s eclectic musical interests have led them down the paths of gypsy, tango, folk, pop, rock, and jazz-inspired music, while remaining equally at home with the traditional string quartet repertoire. 
  • Charles Wetherbee, Violin
  • Amy Galluzzo, Violin
  • Korine Fujiwara, Violinist/Violist/Composer/Co-founder of Carpe Diem String Quartet
  • Carol Ou, Cellist
Program:
  • Erylmaz – Yogurt Maker
  • Montgomery – Strum
  • Mendelssohn – Op. 42
  • Fujiwara – Fiddle Suite “Montana”


Saturday January 12, 2019 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Kerrytown Concert House 415 N. Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48104
 
Sunday, January 13
 

2:30pm

Orpheus and Euridice
Kerrytown Concert House with Arbor Opera Theater presents Ricky Ian Gordon’s Orpheus & Euridice, a tender song cycle for soprano, clarinet, and piano. Gordon’s astoundingly beautiful work is his own take on the Orpheus myth, written as his partner was losing his battle to AIDS. Soprano Monica Dewey and pianist Kathleen Kelly headline these performances with Arbor Opera Theater.


Sunday January 13, 2019 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Kerrytown Concert House 415 N. Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48104
 
Friday, January 18
 

7:00pm

Friday Night Live! Andre Mehmari Trio
Brazilian pianist André Mehmari is considered a world-class composer, arranger and instrumentalist in jazz and classical music circles. Mehmari has been compared to Keith Jarrett in his ability to combine classical influences with exuberant, improvisational playing. For this performance, Andre Mehmari will be heard in a trio setting. 
 
Free with general admission

Friday Night Live! is supported by your tri-county millage investment in the DIA. General admission is free for residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.



Friday January 18, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Rivera Court 5200 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202

7:30pm

Electronic Music Faculty Ensemble
Join the WSU Music Tech Faculty at Schaver Music Recital Hall for a unique performance experience of electronic music!


Friday January 18, 2019 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Wayne State University Department of Music 4841 Cass Ave, Ste 1321, Detroit, Michigan 48202

8:00pm

The Great Tamer Conceived – Visualized + Directed by Dimitris Papaioannou - Power Center
A surreal masterpiece that was the surprise hit of many European festivals last summer, The Great Tamer takes shape around the notion that human life can be seen
as a journey of discovery — an exploration for hidden treasure, an inner archaeological excavation for meaning.Its 10 performers grapple with reveries of life, death, and the mysteries in between. The ingenious and multi-talented Greek artist Dimitris Papaioannou creates productions that can be seen as moving still lifes, always with a strong, distinct visual intensity. Papaioannou does not see himself as a dancer or a choreographer, but as a visual artist, a painter on the stage who creates worlds of astounding beauty from the human body, imbuing life with magic. While he became widely known as the creator of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, his poetic, wordless allegory on the passage of time is a different kind of spectacle. Between levity and tragedy, Papaioannou sets the bar high and asks all of us to “exhaust our lives” and give everything we can before leaving this world.
Please Note: The Great Tamer contains frontal male and female nudity.

Artists


Friday January 18, 2019 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Power Center 121 Fletcher Street Ann Arbor, MI 48109
 
Saturday, January 19
 

8:00pm

The Great Tamer Conceived – Visualized + Directed by Dimitris Papaioannou - Power Center
A surreal masterpiece that was the surprise hit of many European festivals last summer, The Great Tamer takes shape around the notion that human life can be seen
as a journey of discovery — an exploration for hidden treasure, an inner archaeological excavation for meaning.Its 10 performers grapple with reveries of life, death, and the mysteries in between. The ingenious and multi-talented Greek artist Dimitris Papaioannou creates productions that can be seen as moving still lifes, always with a strong, distinct visual intensity. Papaioannou does not see himself as a dancer or a choreographer, but as a visual artist, a painter on the stage who creates worlds of astounding beauty from the human body, imbuing life with magic. While he became widely known as the creator of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, his poetic, wordless allegory on the passage of time is a different kind of spectacle. Between levity and tragedy, Papaioannou sets the bar high and asks all of us to “exhaust our lives” and give everything we can before leaving this world.
Please Note: The Great Tamer contains frontal male and female nudity.

Artists


Saturday January 19, 2019 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Power Center 121 Fletcher Street Ann Arbor, MI 48109
 
Thursday, January 31
 

8:00pm

Momentum – Portraits of Women In Motion
“Momentum – Portraits of Women In Motion” is a new album project written in the last year. Each piece is a tribute to and musical portrait of Ellen Rowe’s women heroes in the areas of music, sports, social justice, environmental advocacy and politics.The pieces are orchestrated for varying sizes of chamber jazz ensemble, ranging from quintet to octet. Some of the women included in the portraits include Mary Lou Williams and Geri Allen, Billie Jean King and Martina Navratilova, unsung black female heroines of the civil rights movement, singer/songwriters Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon and Carole King, Michelle Obama, Dian Fossey and Jane Goodall and long distance runners Joan Benoit Samuelson, Kathrine Switzer and Meghan Canfield Laws.


Thursday January 31, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Kerrytown Concert House 415 N. Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48104
 
Tuesday, February 5
 

7:00pm

Kaki King + Strings
Hailed by Rolling Stone as “a genre unto herself,” composer and guitarist Kaki King returns with a special program featuring a DSO string ensemble. The Interlochen Arts Academy singer-songwriter students will kick off the evening with a set of original music.


Tuesday February 5, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
The Cube 3711 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
 
Wednesday, February 6
 

7:00pm

Miguel Zenón & Spektral Quartet
Spektral Quartet partners with MacArthur and Guggenheim fellow Miguel Zenón for “Yo Soy la Tradición,” an immersive, concert-length work inspired by the culture of Zenón’s native Puerto Rico. Recently nominated for a Grammy Award, the work pairs lush, melodic string writing with complex rhythmic interactions, blurring the lines between jazz, classical, and folk music.


Wednesday February 6, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
The Cube 3711 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
 
Friday, February 8
 

10:45am

JOAN TOWER - "Sequoia" in American Panorama
For five decades, Leonard Slatkin has championed the diverse music of America. This three-week festival begins with a cross-country musical travelogue of sorts from Morton Gould, Joan Tower, Leonard Bernstein, and Virgil Thompson, plus Ferde Grofe’s colorful Grand Canyon Suite, and continues with film and concert music by John Williams.


Friday February 8, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm
Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center 3711 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201

8:00pm

JOAN TOWER - "Sequoia" in American Panorama
For five decades, Leonard Slatkin has championed the diverse music of America. This three-week festival begins with a cross-country musical travelogue of sorts from Morton Gould, Joan Tower, Leonard Bernstein, and Virgil Thompson, plus Ferde Grofe’s colorful Grand Canyon Suite, and continues with film and concert music by John Williams.


Friday February 8, 2019 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center 3711 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
 
Saturday, February 9
 

9:30pm

Doug MacDonald Trio
Doug MacDonald’s career as a jazz guitarist has taken him from Hawaii to Las Vegas, Los Angeles to Manhattan, and to Spain, Finland, Estonia, and the UK. Playing in clubs, concert halls and recording studios, Doug has been a featured soloist, as well as an accompanist for some of the greatest jazz luminaries of our time.

Originally from Philadelphia, Doug began his career in Hawaii, where he played with Trummy Young and Gabe Balthazar, and with Del Courtney at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel.

Relocating to Las Vegas, Doug found himself immersed in a vibrant music scene, and began playing in lounges and showrooms with jazz greats, including Joe Williams, Carl Fontana, Jack Montrose, and Carson Smith.

On to Los Angeles, where Doug played in the bands of Bill Holman, Ray Anthony, and John Clayton, and performed and recorded with Jake Hanna, Rosemary Clooney, Jack Sheldon, Bob Cooper, Ross Tompkins, Ray Brown, Buddy Rich, and Ray Charles. Doug also began recording and performing with his own trio and quartet, as well as his 13 piece ensemble, The Jazz Coalition.

In recent years, Doug has toured extensively throughout Spain. Other performances include Cezanne, in Houston, The Jazz Showcase, in Chicago, and Mezzrow, in NYC.

To date, Doug has released 12 recordings, with two new releases set for 2017. He lives and works in the Los Angeles area, as well as on the East Coast and in Europe.




Saturday February 9, 2019 9:30pm - 11:00pm
Cliff Bells 2030 Park Ave. Detroit, MI 48226
 
Wednesday, February 13
 

7:30pm

I Will Learn To...
In this inspired new music program, OU alumna Jocelyn Zelasko (soprano) is joined by Los Angeles-based artists Dawn Marie Hamilton (clarinet), Jordan Curcuruto (percussion) and Phoebe Wu (piano) to explore empowerment within relationships. Each musical work and poem completes the phrase: "I will learn to…" (e.g., laugh, love, grieve, forgive). Repertoire ranges from solos to works for the entire ensemble by emerging composers Curcuruto and Evans, as well as Higdon, Fairouz, Cerrone and Nas.

$14 general, $8 students. Tickets are on sale at startickets.com.


Wednesday February 13, 2019 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Varner Hall Varner Recital Hall 371 Varner Drive Rochester , MI 48309-4485

8:00pm

Becoming Quintet: Detroit CD Release
“Becoming” is an exciting new jazz collective featuring Eric Wortzman (Trumpet), Markus Howell (Sax), Luther Allison (Piano), Liany Mateo (Bass), and Zach Adleman (Drums.) They will be debuting an exiting program of original compositions and arrangements penned by each of the five members of the band. Every member has experience leading his/her own band, which will make for a very exciting and interactive experience for audience members!
Members of the group have garnered numerous awards and have taken their music all across the world. Most recently, Zach won the J.C Heard National Drum Competition, and recorded percussion on Ted Nash’s Big Band recording, The Presidential Suite, which received two Grammy’s in 2017. Other awards include acceptance into the The Gathering Orchestra, Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead program, the Grammy Camp-Jazz Session Big Band, and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Youth Orchestra. As sidemen and with various Michigan State Jazz Ensembles, members have performed at the After Parties at the Grammy’s, Carnegie Hall, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Blue Note, and the Dirty Dog, with jazz luminaries such as Rodney Whitaker, Wynton Marsalis, Christian McBride, Michael Dease, and Jimmy Cobb. Please come out and enjoy, as they share their music with you.



Wednesday February 13, 2019 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Cliff Bells 2030 Park Ave. Detroit, MI 48226
 
Thursday, February 21
 

7:30pm

International Contemporary Ensemble: "In Plain Air"
In Plain Air features mechanical instruments that have had a place in music history: organ, harmonium, harpsichord, music boxes, carillons, and electronic instruments. The work is a composition in four movements for organ, ensemble, electronics, and customized instruments designed to bring the sonic properties of a large organ into a contemporary concert context, with International Contemporary Ensemble members providing sonic liaisons to the organ and its rich color combinations.


7:30pm

KRISTEN KUSTER - "Dune Acres " World Premiere in West Side Story
Leonard Slatkin brings the American Music festival to a close with works by Kristin Kuster, Barber’s haunting Violin Concerto, Bernstein’s West Side Story, and the startling silence of John Cage on Thursday and Friday. On Saturday and Sunday, minimalist percussion masterworks of Steve Reich and Philip Glass, plus John Luther Adams’s visionary Pulitzer Prize-winning Become Ocean.


Thursday February 21, 2019 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center 3711 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
 
Friday, February 22
 

8:00pm

KRISTIN KUSTER - "Dune Acres " World Premiere in West Side Story
Leonard Slatkin brings the American Music festival to a close with works by Kristin Kuster, Barber’s haunting Violin Concerto, Bernstein’s West Side Story, and the startling silence of John Cage on Thursday and Friday. On Saturday and Sunday, minimalist percussion masterworks of Steve Reich and Philip Glass, plus John Luther Adams’s visionary Pulitzer Prize-winning Become Ocean.


Friday February 22, 2019 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center 3711 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
 
Saturday, February 23
 

8:00pm

PHILIP GLASS Concerto Fantasy for Two Timpanists & Orchestra in Maximum Minimal
Leonard Slatkin brings the American Music festival to a close with works by Kristin Kuster, Barber’s haunting Violin Concerto, Bernstein’s West Side Story, and the startling silence of John Cage on Thursday and Friday. On Saturday and Sunday, minimalist percussion masterworks of Steve Reich and Philip Glass, plus John Luther Adams’s visionary Pulitzer Prize-winning Become Ocean.

Artists
Leonard Slatkin, conductor
Joseph Becker, percussion
Andres Pichardo, percussion
Jeremy Epp, timpani
James Ritchie, timpani

Program
STEVE REICH Clapping Music
PHILIP GLASS Concerto Fantasy for Two Timpanists & Orchestra
JOHN LUTHER ADAMS Become Ocean



Saturday February 23, 2019 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center 3711 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
 
Sunday, February 24
 

3:00pm

PHILIP GLASS Concerto Fantasy for Two Timpanists & Orchestra in Maximum Minimal
Leonard Slatkin brings the American Music festival to a close with works by Kristin Kuster, Barber’s haunting Violin Concerto, Bernstein’s West Side Story, and the startling silence of John Cage on Thursday and Friday. On Saturday and Sunday, minimalist percussion masterworks of Steve Reich and Philip Glass, plus John Luther Adams’s visionary Pulitzer Prize-winning Become Ocean.

Artists
Leonard Slatkin, conductor
Joseph Becker, percussion
Andres Pichardo, percussion
Jeremy Epp, timpani
James Ritchie, timpani

Program
STEVE REICH Clapping Music
PHILIP GLASS Concerto Fantasy for Two Timpanists & Orchestra
JOHN LUTHER ADAMS Become Ocean



Sunday February 24, 2019 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center 3711 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
 
Tuesday, February 26
 

7:00pm

George Walker Tribute feat. Gregory Walker
Pianist and composer George Walker was the first African American to win a Pulitzer prize for music. The late composer’s son, violinist Gregory Walker plays his father’s work alongside DSO musicians and pianist Redi Llupa.


Tuesday February 26, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
The Cube 3711 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
 
Tuesday, March 12
 

7:30pm

Philharmonia Orchestra
Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra come to Ann Arbor for two performances with different programs. The first evening features his recently premiered Cello Concerto, with Truls Mørk performing as soloist, alongside Stravinsky's The Firebird. The following evening, the orchestra preforms Schoenberg's Verklärte Nacht and Bruckner's Symphony No. 7.


 
Wednesday, March 13
 

7:30pm

Philharmonia Orchestra
Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra come to Ann Arbor for two performances with different programs. The first evening features his recently premiered Cello Concerto, with Truls Mørk performing as soloist, alongside Stravinsky's The Firebird. The following evening, the orchestra preforms Schoenberg's Verklärte Nacht and Bruckner's Symphony No. 7.


 
Friday, March 15
 

8:00pm

32 Bright Clouds: Yael Weiss
32 Bright Clouds: Beethoven Conversations Around the World is a global music-commissioning and performing project, born from a need to respond to current social and political environments in the U.S. and worldwide with a personally meaningful and purposeful musical endeavor. The project combines the 32 Beethoven Piano sonatas with 32 newly commissioned short piano compositions from 32 composers in 32 different countries spanning the globe.

 32 Bright Clouds engages composers hailing from countries where conflict and instability create challenges and obstacles for artists, and countries where classical music is not a widespread form of artistic expression.

 The project aims to harness music’s great power for unity and peace, cherishing and enjoying the differences of diverse peoples and cultures and presenting their works on the concert stage. Yael Weiss will be performing all the new works as well as the Beethoven Sonatas world-wide in different combinations and formats.

 Each of the newly commissioned compositions is a personal exploration of material from a specific Beethoven Sonata, while also offering a unique expression of the composer’s local musical language. A single motif from the final section of Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis also appears in every piece, creating a cohesive cycle of works. The motif was selected because of Beethoven’s compelling inscription “A Call for Inward and Outward Peace” above the notes. Beethoven’s dedication expresses the overall essence, purpose, and character of 32 Bright Clouds. Each work makes use of this motif as a musical “code”, representing our shared human experience and the universal aspiration for peace.

Beethoven lived during a troubled time of transition. In his life and work he manifested a deep belief in liberty and equality, and in the creative power of the independent artist to free our minds. Connecting his innovative and passionate work with our own time of transition, 32 Bright Clouds furthers the free creative spirit around the world.


Friday March 15, 2019 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Kerrytown Concert House 415 N. Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48104

8:00pm

Triptych (Eyes of One on Another)
Thirty years after photographer and visual artist Robert Mapplethorpe’s untimely death, we still cannot turn away from the compelling emotional complexity of his influential body of work. In this new performance piece, music, poetry, and photography come together in a theatrical context, exploring the impact of the work Mapplethorpe had on the lives and careers of composer and Cincinnati native Bryce Dessner (The National) and librettist Korde Arrington Tuttle.Their exposure to the explosive protests surrounding Mapplethorpe’s work rooted a lifelong kinship to his pivotal body of work and its power to upend our beliefs about black/white, female/male, queer/straight, art/porn, sacred/profane, classical/contemporary, low art/high art, and political/personal.
This major collaboration with director Daniel Fish, featuring the poetry of Tuttle, Essex Hemphill, Patti Smith, and others as well as the choral group Roomful of Teeth, revisits the formative impact of Mapplethorpe’s work, inviting the audience to simultaneously experience Dessner’s music against the most electrifying and divisive words and images the world has ever known.
Through music and large-scale projection of Mapplethorpe’s images, this unprecedented work allows an audience to peer inside Mapplethorpe’s bold, voracious view of how human beings look, touch, feel, hurt and love one another.
This work may contain a frank discussion of sexuality and may include images depicting sexuality and nudity.
A world premiere co-production and co-commission of University Musical Society of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.


 


Friday March 15, 2019 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Power Center 121 Fletcher Street Ann Arbor, MI 48109
 
Saturday, March 16
 

8:00pm

Donald Sinta Quartet
The Donald Sinta Quartet, First Prize Winner of the Concert Artists Guild Competition, has earned praise from audiences and critics alike for its virtuosic performances, compelling recordings and distinctive repertoire.

Hailed as “…a tight-knit ensemble exploding with power and virtuosity and an un-concealable ambition to connect with its newly found listeners” (Boston Musical Intelligencer), the DSQ performs entirely from memory, which strengthens an already palpable connection with its audiences. Named for its mentor, legendary University of Michigan Saxophone Professor Donald Sinta, the quartet’s additional competition successes include a Gold Medal at the 2018 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, First Prize at the 2017 M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition, the Alice Coleman Grand Prize at the 2013 Coleman Chamber Music Competition and First Prize in the 2012 North American Saxophone Alliance Quartet Competition.

Program
FRANZ SCHUBERT / Arr. GraserQuartettsatz in C minor, D. 703
CHRISTOPHER EVAN HASSVolcanic Ash  *Winner of 2016 DSQ Composition Competition
GABRIEL PIERNEIntroduction et variations sur une
SAMUEL BARBER – Adagio (from String Quartet, Op. 111936)
(Arr. Johan van der Linden)
LUDWIG van BEETHOVENString Quartet, Op. 59, No. 3 “Razumovsky” 
IV. Allegro Molto
ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK / Arr. DSQString Quartet in F Major, Op. 96, “American”
(1841-1904) I. Allegro ma non troppo
  1. Lento
III. Molto Vivace
  1. Finale: vivace ma non troppo
MARC MELLITSEx Machina
(b. 1966) Machine I: Let the funk out
Machine II: Flowing
Machine IV: Dancing a mean, ghastly dance
Machine VII: Aggressive & funky
TRADITIONAL (IRISH) / Arr. GraserGreen Groves of Erin / Flower of Red Hill
ROGER ZAREZ4430  *DSQ Commission


Saturday March 16, 2019 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Kerrytown Concert House 415 N. Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48104

8:00pm

Triptych (Eyes of One on Another)
Thirty years after photographer and visual artist Robert Mapplethorpe’s untimely death, we still cannot turn away from the compelling emotional complexity of his influential body of work. In this new performance piece, music, poetry, and photography come together in a theatrical context, exploring the impact of the work Mapplethorpe had on the lives and careers of composer and Cincinnati native Bryce Dessner (The National) and librettist Korde Arrington Tuttle.Their exposure to the explosive protests surrounding Mapplethorpe’s work rooted a lifelong kinship to his pivotal body of work and its power to upend our beliefs about black/white, female/male, queer/straight, art/porn, sacred/profane, classical/contemporary, low art/high art, and political/personal.
This major collaboration with director Daniel Fish, featuring the poetry of Tuttle, Essex Hemphill, Patti Smith, and others as well as the choral group Roomful of Teeth, revisits the formative impact of Mapplethorpe’s work, inviting the audience to simultaneously experience Dessner’s music against the most electrifying and divisive words and images the world has ever known.
Through music and large-scale projection of Mapplethorpe’s images, this unprecedented work allows an audience to peer inside Mapplethorpe’s bold, voracious view of how human beings look, touch, feel, hurt and love one another.
This work may contain a frank discussion of sexuality and may include images depicting sexuality and nudity.
A world premiere co-production and co-commission of University Musical Society of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.


 


Saturday March 16, 2019 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Power Center 121 Fletcher Street Ann Arbor, MI 48109
 
Sunday, March 17
 

4:30pm

New Music Detroit: Different Trains at The Cube
New Music Detroit returns to The Cube with a program featuring the iconic string quartet "Different Trains" by Steve Reich, and works by Tristan Perich, Donnacha Dennehy, Terry Riley, and Bob Becker

Tickets available at DSO.org

4:30pm Sunday March 17th, 2019
3711 Woodward Ave. 

Supported by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts


Sunday March 17, 2019 4:30pm - 6:30pm
The Cube 3711 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
 
Friday, March 22
 

7:00pm

Friday Night Live! Sarah Cahill: The Future is Female
Pianist Sarah Cahill’s The Future is Female features the music by women from around the globe, ranging from the 17th century to the present day. The program features compositions by Teresa Carreño (Venezuela), Frangiz Ali-Zadeh (Azerbaijan), Chen Yi (China), Vítzslava Kaprálová (Czechoslovakia), and Florence Price (United States) and many others.
The New York Times called Sarah ‘fiercely gifted’ and the San Diego Tribune wrote that "she is a vessel through which musical ideas can pass, a communicator whose technique is put at the service of empathy and understanding."   



Friday March 22, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Rivera Court 5200 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202

7:00pm

Art House Film: The Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach (1968, 1 hour, 34 minutes, not rated)
Directed by the filmmaking duo of Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet, The Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach is a portrait of composer Johann Sebastion in which the serene visuals of the film are juxtaposed with spoken text drawn from manuscripts of the composer. The film, a music lover’s dream with music performed by harpsichordist Gustav Leonhardt and other musicians on period instruments, covers the years of Bach’s life from his marriage to Anna Magdalena to his death in 1748.


Friday March 22, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Toledo Museum of Art 2445 Monroe St, Toledo, OH 43620

8:00pm

Friday Night Live! Sarah Cahill: The Future is Female
Pianist Sarah Cahill’s The Future is Female features the music by women from around the globe, ranging from the 17th century to the present day. The program features compositions by Teresa Carreño (Venezuela), Frangiz Ali-Zadeh (Azerbaijan), Chen Yi (China), Vítzslava Kaprálová (Czechoslovakia), and Florence Price (United States) and many others.
The New York Times called Sarah ‘fiercely gifted’ and the San Diego Tribune wrote that "she is a vessel through which musical ideas can pass, a communicator whose technique is put at the service of empathy and understanding." 



Friday March 22, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Rivera Court 5200 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202
 
Saturday, March 23
 

8:00pm

Musique Noire at Palmer Woods Music in Homes
The 12th Annual Palmer Woods Music in Homes series is an opportunity to see music performances by world-class artists in one of the major historical residential areas of the City of Detroit.  Musique Noire, led by 2018 Kresge Arts Fellow Michelle May, will perform in honor of Women’s History Month.  Ticket price includes dinner and drinks.  Address of the home hosting the concert will be provided with ticket purchase.


Saturday March 23, 2019 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Palmer Woods Neighborhood 19550 ARGYLE CRESCENT DETROIT, MI 48203
 
Sunday, March 24
 

6:00pm

At a Loss of Innocence: Love and War Through Song
Ludlow and Teme (1920, revised 1925), music by Ivor Gurney (1890-1937); poetry by A. E. Housman (1859-1936) Fish in the unruffled lakes and other songs (1937-1941), music by Benjamin Britten (1913-1976); poetry by W. H. Auden (1907-1973)

Brian Giebler, tenor Steven McGhee, piano

British composers Ivor Gurney and Benjamin Britten set some of their most intense life experiences to music as young men during wartime. Gurney wrote of his experience as a soldier during the First World War using poetry from A. E. Housman’s A Shropshire Lad. Britten set the words of his friend W. H. Auden, texts about self-discovery and sexual awakening as self-exiled compatriots in the United States during the World War II. Both men dealt with colossal shifts in their world by setting intensely intimate music to equally beautiful words. These songs have a nostalgic fondness for youth, as if looking back from the threshold of adulthood, with one foot in the old world and one in the new. Join us as we navigate the early 20th century’s fields of love and war through Gurney’s and Britten’s songs.


 
Tuesday, March 26
 

7:30pm

La Fresque (The Painting on the Wall) Ballet Preljocaj
Created in 2016 and based on a traditional and fantastical Chinese tale, La Fresque (The Painting on the Wall) is “infused with sensual beauty" (Le Figaro). The fantastical piece tells the story of a painting come to life and a journey into another dimension, where the picture becomes a place of transcendence and a person can become part of the picture. The ballet seeks to explore the mysterious relations between representation and reality, fixed image and movement, immediacy and duration, the live and the inert.


Tuesday March 26, 2019 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Power Center 121 Fletcher Street Ann Arbor, MI 48109
 
Friday, March 29
 

7:00pm

Friday Night Live! El Violin Latino
The concept of the Latin Violin was inspired by the poem by Cuban poet, Mappy Torres. The idea, expressed in words by Torres, is here described by the music of violinist Gregor Heubner. Huebner’s music is heavily influenced by Eastern European folk and Roma music, which he feels is clearly audible in the music of South America, the common denominator being the violin. The performance features vocalist Yumaria Grijt.


Friday March 29, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Rivera Court 5200 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202

8:30pm

Friday Night Live! El Violin Latino
The concept of the Latin Violin was inspired by the poem by Cuban poet, Mappy Torres. The idea, expressed in words by Torres, is here described by the music of violinist Gregor Heubner. Huebner’s music is heavily influenced by Eastern European folk and Roma music, which he feels is clearly audible in the music of South America, the common denominator being the violin. The performance features vocalist Yumaria Grijt.


Friday March 29, 2019 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Rivera Court 5200 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202
 
Saturday, March 30
 

8:00pm

Lisa Hilton: Jazz Piano
American composer and pianist Lisa K. Hilton will be performing new compositions from her latest release, entitled OASIS – which is defined as: Something serving as a refuge or relief.

Hilton’s expressive and impressionistic compositions explore the soundscape of jazz and blues alongside classical and modernist ideas fueled by the inspiration from past composers Count Basie, Horace Silver, George Gershwin, Robert Johnson as well as Rachmaninoff.




Saturday March 30, 2019 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Kerrytown Concert House 415 N. Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48104
 
Thursday, April 4
 

8:00pm

Stone Sound Collective
The Stone Sound Collective brings together celebrated world percussion traditions of Africa and India with the lyricism of cello and saxophone, combining influences from American jazz, traditional African music, classical Indian music, and European concert music.


Thursday April 4, 2019 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Kerrytown Concert House 415 N. Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48104
 
Friday, April 5
 

6:30pm

Balance (Michael Malis/Marcus Elliot)
“I Got To Keep Moving” — Balance feat. Bill Harris and Gerald Cleaver A Musical and Literary Event Bringing together three generations of Detroit artists in an interdisciplinary collaboration, “I Got To Keep Moving” features stories from author Bill Harris’ new collection of the same title, with new original music composed and performed by Balance (Michael Malis, piano and Marcus Elliot, saxophone) and drummer Gerald Cleaver. The piece will be performed in three of the region’s stalwart cultural institutions: the Detroit Public Library Main Branch, The Toledo Museum of Art, and the University of Michigan School of Music, Theater, and Dance. Taking place over the first weekend of April, each performance will be completely free to the public.

“I Got To Keep Moving” will feature solo and musically accompanied readings from Harris, and newly composed compositions by Malis and Elliot inspired by Harris’ tales. The stories, set from the 1830s until the mid 20th century, vividly and deftly describe the inner and outer lives of a wide cast of characters as they navigate changing circumstances in the southern and Midwest United States. Addressing vital aspects of life—hope, family, violence, movement, and memory—the stories in I Got to Keep Moving are as mesmerizing as they are revealing.

Featured in the musical ensemble is pioneering drummer and improviser Gerald Cleaver. According to the Detroit Free Press, Cleaver “more than any other Detroit jazz export of his generation… has earned his reputation on the cutting edge.” Cleaver has performed with a who’s who of the jazz and creative improvised music community, including luminaries Henry Threadgill, Roscoe Mitchell, Reggie Workman, and Muhal Richard Abrams.

A Guggenheim Award recipient and the Kresge Foundations’ Eminent Artist for 2011, Bill Harris has been described as “a compelling force in Detroit’s — and the nation’s — literary community for decades” (Kresge Arts in Detroit). His plays have been produced over one hundred times nationwide, and he is also the author of volumes of poetry, and collections of critiques of American history. Called “two of Detroit’s most important young jazz musicians” by the Detroit Free Press, Marcus Elliot and Michael Malis’ “intuitive improvisations” stand on the threshold of composed and improvised music, creating intimate portraits of musical expression that deal in the language of subtlety. In 2017, they released their eponymous debut record, “Balance,” which was praised by the Detroit Metro Times as “contemporary jazz of the highest order, a benchmark for where the genre can go.”


Friday April 5, 2019 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Toledo Museum of Art 2445 Monroe St, Toledo, OH 43620

8:00pm

Zoë Keating
Cellist and composer Zoë Keating is a one-woman orchestra. Combining her love of music and technology, she uses a foot-controlled laptop to record layer upon layer of cello, creating intricate, haunting and compelling music.


Friday April 5, 2019 8:00pm - 10:00pm
The Cube 3711 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201

8:00pm

Shawn Maxwell’s New Tomorrow
Shawn Maxwell’s New Tomorrow is a quintet made up of five of Chicago’s finest musicians. Performing all original material, they specialize in a style of jazz that is heavily influenced and blended with several other modern genres. Focusing on composition just as much as improvisation, they reveal stunning melodies hidden within complex time signatures.


 
Saturday, April 6
 

8:00pm

Mars Williams Boneshaker
Saxophonist Mars Williams, bassist Kent Kessler and drummer Paal Nilssen-Love are three prolific powerhouse musicians, carrying a Grammy nomination and decades of experience with the top ensembles in the world. Boneshaker’s music remains free improvised, but with clear roots to the American tradition of free jazz.


Saturday April 6, 2019 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Kerrytown Concert House 415 N. Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48104

8:00pm

Balance (Michael Malis/Marcus Elliot)
“I Got To Keep Moving” — Balance feat. Bill Harris and Gerald Cleaver A Musical and Literary Event Bringing together three generations of Detroit artists in an interdisciplinary collaboration, “I Got To Keep Moving” features stories from author Bill Harris’ new collection of the same title, with new original music composed and performed by Balance (Michael Malis, piano and Marcus Elliot, saxophone) and drummer Gerald Cleaver. The piece will be performed in three of the region’s stalwart cultural institutions: the Detroit Public Library Main Branch, The Toledo Museum of Art, and the University of Michigan School of Music, Theater, and Dance. Taking place over the first weekend of April, each performance will be completely free to the public.

“I Got To Keep Moving” will feature solo and musically accompanied readings from Harris, and newly composed compositions by Malis and Elliot inspired by Harris’ tales. The stories, set from the 1830s until the mid 20th century, vividly and deftly describe the inner and outer lives of a wide cast of characters as they navigate changing circumstances in the southern and Midwest United States. Addressing vital aspects of life—hope, family, violence, movement, and memory—the stories in I Got to Keep Moving are as mesmerizing as they are revealing.

Featured in the musical ensemble is pioneering drummer and improviser Gerald Cleaver. According to the Detroit Free Press, Cleaver “more than any other Detroit jazz export of his generation… has earned his reputation on the cutting edge.” Cleaver has performed with a who’s who of the jazz and creative improvised music community, including luminaries Henry Threadgill, Roscoe Mitchell, Reggie Workman, and Muhal Richard Abrams.

A Guggenheim Award recipient and the Kresge Foundations’ Eminent Artist for 2011, Bill Harris has been described as “a compelling force in Detroit’s — and the nation’s — literary community for decades” (Kresge Arts in Detroit). His plays have been produced over one hundred times nationwide, and he is also the author of volumes of poetry, and collections of critiques of American history. Called “two of Detroit’s most important young jazz musicians” by the Detroit Free Press, Marcus Elliot and Michael Malis’ “intuitive improvisations” stand on the threshold of composed and improvised music, creating intimate portraits of musical expression that deal in the language of subtlety. In 2017, they released their eponymous debut record, “Balance,” which was praised by the Detroit Metro Times as “contemporary jazz of the highest order, a benchmark for where the genre can go.”


Saturday April 6, 2019 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Kevreson Rehearsal Hall 1100 Baits Dr, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
 
Sunday, April 7
 

2:00pm

Balance (Michael Malis/Marcus Elliot)
“I Got To Keep Moving” — Balance feat. Bill Harris and Gerald Cleaver A Musical and Literary Event Bringing together three generations of Detroit artists in an interdisciplinary collaboration, “I Got To Keep Moving” features stories from author Bill Harris’ new collection of the same title, with new original music composed and performed by Balance (Michael Malis, piano and Marcus Elliot, saxophone) and drummer Gerald Cleaver. The piece will be performed in three of the region’s stalwart cultural institutions: the Detroit Public Library Main Branch, The Toledo Museum of Art, and the University of Michigan School of Music, Theater, and Dance. Taking place over the first weekend of April, each performance will be completely free to the public.

“I Got To Keep Moving” will feature solo and musically accompanied readings from Harris, and newly composed compositions by Malis and Elliot inspired by Harris’ tales. The stories, set from the 1830s until the mid 20th century, vividly and deftly describe the inner and outer lives of a wide cast of characters as they navigate changing circumstances in the southern and Midwest United States. Addressing vital aspects of life—hope, family, violence, movement, and memory—the stories in I Got to Keep Moving are as mesmerizing as they are revealing.

Featured in the musical ensemble is pioneering drummer and improviser Gerald Cleaver. According to the Detroit Free Press, Cleaver “more than any other Detroit jazz export of his generation… has earned his reputation on the cutting edge.” Cleaver has performed with a who’s who of the jazz and creative improvised music community, including luminaries Henry Threadgill, Roscoe Mitchell, Reggie Workman, and Muhal Richard Abrams.

A Guggenheim Award recipient and the Kresge Foundations’ Eminent Artist for 2011, Bill Harris has been described as “a compelling force in Detroit’s — and the nation’s — literary community for decades” (Kresge Arts in Detroit). His plays have been produced over one hundred times nationwide, and he is also the author of volumes of poetry, and collections of critiques of American history. Called “two of Detroit’s most important young jazz musicians” by the Detroit Free Press, Marcus Elliot and Michael Malis’ “intuitive improvisations” stand on the threshold of composed and improvised music, creating intimate portraits of musical expression that deal in the language of subtlety. In 2017, they released their eponymous debut record, “Balance,” which was praised by the Detroit Metro Times as “contemporary jazz of the highest order, a benchmark for where the genre can go.”


Sunday April 7, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Detroit Public Library, Main Branch 5201 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202
 
Friday, April 12
 

10:45am

SEBASTIAN CURRIER - "Divisions" in Beethoven's Piano Concerto 4
It took Beethoven four years to compose, and yet the Fourth Piano Concerto remains one of his most seamless, most poetic works. Hélène Grimaud returns to perform Beethoven, while Ludovic Morlot leads Divisions, a colorful new work by Sebastian Currier written in commemoration of World War I, plus Prokofiev’s triumphant Fifth Symphony. Composed in 1944, the symphony symbolized a turning point in the spirit of his people.


Friday April 12, 2019 10:45am - Sunday April 14, 2019 1:00pm
Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center 3711 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201

7:00pm

David Binder - String Quartet and Solo Trombone
An evening of original music for the uncommon instrumentation of solo trombone and string quartet, including works by Joan Tower, Christian Lindberg, Scott Good, Håkan Sundin, Martin Åsander, and Gerald Cohen


Friday April 12, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
St. Peter Claver Catholic Parish Office 13305 Grove St, Detroit, MI 48235
 
Saturday, April 13
 

8:00pm

SEBASTIAN CURRIER - "Divisions" in Beethoven's Piano Concerto 4
It took Beethoven four years to compose, and yet the Fourth Piano Concerto remains one of his most seamless, most poetic works. Hélène Grimaud returns to perform Beethoven, while Ludovic Morlot leads Divisions, a colorful new work by Sebastian Currier written in commemoration of World War I, plus Prokofiev’s triumphant Fifth Symphony. Composed in 1944, the symphony symbolized a turning point in the spirit of his people.


Saturday April 13, 2019 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center 3711 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201

8:00pm

Andy Milne & Unison
For over 20 years, Juno nominated pianist/composer Andy Milne has demonstrated boundless versatility, collaborating with dancers, visual artists, poets and musicians spanning jazz, classical, pop, folk, and world music. The newest full-time professor to join the University of Michigan jazz faculty, he splits his time between Ann Arbor and New York City. Driven by creative insights from his varied projects, Milne formed the trio Unison in 2017, building upon the synchronistic relationship he has developed with bassist John Hébert since 2010. They are rounded out by drummer Clarence Penn, who represents complementary threads within the fabric of Milne’s piano trio philosophy -- the intersection of texture and groove.
 
Unison mixes Milne’s originals with modern yet soulful arrangements of standards and jazz classics. Their approach emphasizes the subtlety of texture, sound, groove and interplay. Milne’s compositions draw from his expansive background, while also expressing his love for the jazz tradition. They are set to record their debut CD in 2019.

Andy Milne, pianist/composer
John Hébert, bass
Clarence Penn, drums


Saturday April 13, 2019 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Kerrytown Concert House 415 N. Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48104
 
Sunday, April 14
 

3:00pm

SEBASTIAN CURRIER - "Divisions" in Beethoven's Piano Concerto 4
It took Beethoven four years to compose, and yet the Fourth Piano Concerto remains one of his most seamless, most poetic works. Hélène Grimaud returns to perform Beethoven, while Ludovic Morlot leads Divisions, a colorful new work by Sebastian Currier written in commemoration of World War I, plus Prokofiev’s triumphant Fifth Symphony. Composed in 1944, the symphony symbolized a turning point in the spirit of his people.


Sunday April 14, 2019 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center 3711 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
 
Wednesday, April 17
 

8:00pm

Miles Okazaki’s Trickster
Miles Okazaki is an American musician working with many of the leaders of today’s creative music scene. His approach to the guitar is described by the New York Times as “utterly contemporary, free from the expectations of what it means to play a guitar in a group setting — not just in jazz, but any kind.”

Trickster was released on Pi Recordings in 2017 to great acclaim, called “a brilliant individual statement” and “a mature work for the ages” by Pop Matters (best of 2017), ” “a true concept album” by the Wall Street Journal, and “an expression of deep, systemic intrigue” by the New York times. Trickster made best of 2017 lists on Pop Matters and the Los Angeles Times, and was an Editor’s Pick at both Downbeat and JazzTimes. The album features Craig Taborn on Piano, Anthony Tidd on Bass, and Sean Rickman on drums. Recent performances have included Matt Mitchell on piano


Wednesday April 17, 2019 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Kerrytown Concert House 415 N. Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48104
 
Thursday, April 25
 

7:30pm

ANNA CLYNE Concerto for Mandolin and Strings, "Three Sisters" in Vivaldi's Gloria
Nicholas McGegan, long hailed as "one of the finest baroque conductors of his generation," leads a program dedicated to the dramatic and virtuosic music of Antonio Vivaldi. A true innovator, Vivaldi wove excitement into his concerti, and gave us one of sacred music’s most uplifting choral works, the Gloria in D.


Thursday April 25, 2019 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center 3711 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
 
Friday, April 26
 

8:00pm

Sumkali
Representing and celebrating the incredible diversity of the Ann Arbor community, local band Sumkali mixes the traditions of Northern and Southern Indian classical and folk music, infusing their compositions with jazz, flamenco, and funk influences. For over a decade the ten-member ensemble has collaborated and performed with musicians from India and the US to create music with a truly global appeal.


Friday April 26, 2019 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Kerrytown Concert House 415 N. Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48104

8:00pm

ANNA CLYNE Concerto for Mandolin and Strings, "Three Sisters" in Vivaldi's Gloria
Nicholas McGegan, long hailed as "one of the finest baroque conductors of his generation," leads a program dedicated to the dramatic and virtuosic music of Antonio Vivaldi. A true innovator, Vivaldi wove excitement into his concerti, and gave us one of sacred music’s most uplifting choral works, the Gloria in D.


Friday April 26, 2019 8:00pm - 10:30pm
Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center 3711 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
 
Saturday, April 27
 

8:00pm

ANNA CLYNE Concerto for Mandolin and Strings, "Three Sisters" in Vivaldi's Gloria
Nicholas McGegan, long hailed as "one of the finest baroque conductors of his generation," leads a program dedicated to the dramatic and virtuosic music of Antonio Vivaldi. A true innovator, Vivaldi wove excitement into his concerti, and gave us one of sacred music’s most uplifting choral works, the Gloria in D.


Saturday April 27, 2019 8:00pm - 10:30pm
Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center 3711 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
 
Sunday, April 28
 

2:00pm

Rising Stars with Sean Dobbins featuring Austin Aldrich
Drummer Sean Dobbins showcases Austin Aldrich, a junior at Huron High School Austin plays the bass in jazz programs at Community High School, the Huron River Rat Jazz Orchestra and Spartan Youth Jazz Orchestra of Community Music School-Detroit. Austin started his musical journey on the electric bass guitar at the Ann Arbor Music Center and at 9 years old he made his onstage debut at the Ypsilanti, Mich., Tap Room with the classic rock cover band, The Infernal Chimps. When the time came to select a school instrument in fifth grade, he picked the double bass and has played in a variety of school-based and community based orchestras and bands as well as combos and ensembles. Equally adept on electric bass, Austin also plays in pit orchestras for musical theater productions in Ann Arbor. Although his love of music includes various genres, Austin is the most passionate about jazz.

Some of Austin’s achievements include performing with the Huron Symphony Orchestra at the 2016 Midwestern Clinic in Chicago, the 2018 MSBOA All-State High School Orchestra, the 2018 Idyllwild Arts Symphony Orchestra in California, the 2019 MSBOA All-State High School Jazz Band, winning the 2018 CMU Jazz Competition Division AA for Jazz Band with the Huron River Rat Jazz Orchestra, being recognized as a member of the 2018 Michigan Youth Jazz Combo of the Year and numerous Level I proficiency awards in the MSBOA state solo and ensemble competitions.


3:00pm

Brass Deconstructed - Royal Oak First United Methodist Church
17 players explore great brass masterworks, including an in-depth look into Gunther Schuller's Symphony for Brass and Percussion.

This is a free community performance. Please RSVP online at detroitchamberwinds.org or by phone at 248-559-2095.

 
Friday, May 3
 

8:00pm

The Spring Quartet
JACK DEJOHNETTE · JOE LOVANO · ESPERANZA SPALDING & LEO GENOVESE

Multi-generational all-star group comprised of NEA Jazz Master and drummer Jack DeJohnette, Grammy Award winning saxophone giant Joe Lovano, world-renowned genre-bending bassist and vocalist Esperanza Spalding, and Argentinian pianist Leonardo Genovese reunite for a limited-run tour of one-night-only performances. “This is one supergroup that adds up to more than the sum of its chops,” exclaims The Boston Globe.



Friday May 3, 2019 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center 3711 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201

8:00pm

Caleb Curtis, Saxophone & Marta Sánchez, Piano
Caleb Wheeler Curtis and Marta Sanchez will be returning for another spectacular duo performance of original compositions, improvisations and jazz standards showcasing their dynamic and highly developed approaches to saxophone and piano. “The music Marta Sanchez writes gets intricate, but she also gets memorable effects using simple means. That’s part of what she gets from pop or medieval music. She can make a melody out of one note and the right rhythm. Jelly Roll Morton called that kind of spark the Spanish tinge” – NPR Fresh Air “A sonic architect on the alto saxophone, Caleb Curtis builds melodic and methodical structures that are compelling and immediately recognizable.” – Jazz Speaks


 
Friday, May 10
 

7:00pm

Songs & Stories My Mother Taught Me
"Songs and Stories My Mother Taught Me” is a curated event by  Patricia Wheeler (The Moth StorySLAM Ann Arbor and Detroit, Moth Radio Hour) and Sonya Belaya. The concert will pair live story-telling by Detroit-native storytellers (Patricia Wheeler, Satori Shakoor, Dameon Wilburn and Shannon Cason) with an indie-chamber song cycle entitled “Songs My Mother Taught Me”, composed by Sonya Belaya. The song cycle combines through-composed and improvised elements to tell the personal story of Sonya’s mother’s disappearance. Touching on themes of loss, motherhood, and creative identity, the performance serves as a vulnerable exploration for healing and self-understanding.



The event is presented as two acts with an intermission in between (7 pm and 8:30 pm). 
Audience members are encouraged to stay for both sets to experience the full performance.



Patricia Wheeler, Satori Shakoor, Dameon Wilburn, Shannon Cason - story-tellers 
Sonya Belaya - piano/vocals
Nick Dunston - bass
Stephen Boegehold - drums
Dylan Greene - vibraphone 
Zosha Warpeha - violin
Wesley Hornpetrie - cello
Kalia Vandever - trombone
Davy Lazar - trumpet"


Friday May 10, 2019 7:00pm - 9:30pm
Rivera Court 5200 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202
 
Saturday, May 11
 

8:00pm

Simon Nabatov, Piano Solo
Russian-born, Germany-based avant jazz pianist, Simon Nabatov, makes a visit to the Midwest and Kerrytown Concert House for one night only. With an extensive recording discography and a concert résumé featuring a who’s who of USA and European musicians, you don’t want to miss this rare opportunity to see and hear in person one of the foremost experimental jazz pianists on the scene today.


 
Thursday, May 16
 

8:00pm

Firefly’s Dream: Aron Kaufman and the Dream Ensemble
Aron Kaufman celebrates the debut of his first album, Firefly’s Dream. The music blends a strong rhythmic foundation with evocative horn harmonies; guitar and bass team with congas and drums to create a powerful groove for sax, flute and trumpet to take flight.

Aron Kaufman and the Dream Ensemble’s music has been described by audience members as “fun, joyful and exuberant”. Kaufman’s work is full of soul and surprise, featuring strong motifs, dynamic group interplay, and inspired improvisation by his fiery group of musicians: Paul Vornhagen on saxes, flute and ocarinas, Brandon Cooper on trumpet, Olman E. Piedra on drums and congas, Jeff Dalton on bass, Sam Clark on guitar and Aron Kaufman on congas, drums and percussion. This is a sonic adventure you don’t want to miss!


 
Friday, May 17
 

8:00pm

Lynn Speakman and Ingrid Racine with the Roe Bickley Kramer Trio
Rick Roe and his trio return to Kerrytown Concert House to feature Lynn Speakman and Ingrid Racine. They will be performing arrangements from Lynn Speakman who has been composing music for 20 years as well as showcasing Trumpeter Ingrid Racine, who received her BFA in Jazz Studies from the University of Michigan.



 
Sunday, May 19
 

2:00pm

Sphinx Competition 1st Place Laureate - Ifetayo Ali-Landing
1st place Laureate of the 2017 Sphinx Competition, Ifetayo Ali-Landing will perform for the first-time at the Kerrytown Concert House. The 15-year-old cellist has performed with dozens of symphony orchestras around the country, as well as soloed for the Oistrakh Symphony Orchestra and the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra. Ifetayo Ali-Landing, cello Annie Jeng, piano


 
Tuesday, May 21
 

7:00pm

Sight & Sound: DSO x Wasserman
SIGHT & SOUND: The DSO and Wasserman Projects Gallery present a night of music connected to Scott Hocking's exhibition titled "SEVENTEEN SHITTY MOUNTAINS". Composed of sewer pipes and other concrete elements, this megalithic installation investigates, honors, and re-envisions the found materials and neglected spaces of our urban landscape. Through the use of shockingly fluorescent colors and humor, the work speaks to the absurdity of what we choose to honor and sanctify and what we decide to merely discard.

Artists
Shannon Ormeclarinet
Joe Beckerpercussion
Zhihua Tangpiano
Sheryl Hwangboviolin
David LeDouxcello

Program
ANDY AKIHO Karakurenai for open instrumentation
OSVALDO GOLIJOV Mariel for Cello and Marimba
PAUL MORAVEC Tempest Fantasy
CAROLINE SHAW Boris Kerner for Cello and Tuned Flower Pots

Scott Hocking "Seventeen Shitty Mountains" (Installation View), 2019
Photo Credit: PD Rearick, Courtesy Wasserman Projects



Tuesday May 21, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Wasserman Projects 3434 Russell St #502, Detroit, MI 48207
 
Thursday, May 23
 

8:00pm

Evan Chambers’ The Old Burying Ground
Evan Chambers’ work The Old Burying Ground – in a new arrangement for soprano, folksinger, violin, clarinet, and piano – consists of settings of tombstone texts from two cemeteries in New Hampshire, embodying the hopes, sufferings, and transcendent hope of a community.


 
Friday, May 24
 

8:00pm

Manuel Valera Trio
Born and raised in Havana, Grammy nominated pianist and composer Manuel Valera since arriving in NYC has become well known in the modern jazz scene, garnering national reviews and lending his talents as a pianist and composer to such notable artists as Arturo Sandoval, Paquito D’Rivera, Brian Lynch, Dafnis Prieto, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Chris Potter, Dave Binney, Adam Rogers, Mark Turner, John Benitez, Samuel Torres, Joel Frahm, Yosvany Terry and Pedro Martinez and classical violinist and composer Joshua Bell among many others. This dynamic and prolific artist has recorded 12 cds as a bandleader with touring projects ranging from his Grammy nominated group New Cuban Express to his modern contemporary trio to solo piano. His latest trio recording The Seasons will be released on MAVO Records spring 2017. Valera is the recipient of many composition grants — most notably Chamber Music America’s New Jazz Works, the Dranoff International 2 Piano Foundation and the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award. He has travelled the world performing in more than 30 countries at some of the biggest international venues and festivals in the world.


 
Friday, May 31
 

7:30pm

Balance: Marcus Elliot & Michael Malis - Hagopian World of Rugs
Prominent Detroit jazz musicians Marcus Elliot (saxophone) and Michael Malis (piano) premiere a new work featuring a DCWS string quartet, saxophone and piano.

 
Saturday, June 8
 

1:00pm

Together We Sound Festival - Pop-Up Concert & Stroll-up at Dequindre Cut Freight Yard
Akropolis is giving 2 outdoor pop-up performances in large-scale public spaces during our 2019 festival. In the past, our pop-up performances have taken place at outdoor gathering spots, grocery stores, coffee shops, malls, and more. This year, the final concert of our festival is truly something unique.
Join Akropolis at the Dequindre Cut Freight Yard —a new food, beverage, and pop-up retail space along the former Grand Trunk Railroad line-turned-bike path for a concert centered around bikes, food, & fun. Akropolis is joined by metal artist Juan Martinez, who will bring his larger-than-life metal mechanical animal bikes for the public to ride and enjoy. In addition to Martinez’ animal bikes, Akropolis will give a public outdoor performance of Sprocket, where composer Steven Snowden joined the reed quintet with a rideable percussion bicycle designed and fabricated by Juan Martinez, and performed on by local experimental percussionist, Zac Brunell. Bike over early or stay late to ride and interact with all these mobile machines!

This final concert of our festival is a celebration of community togetherness. This pop-up show is designed so people can bike up to Dequindre Cut Freight Yard, just outside of the iconic Eastern Market, and gather together to enjoy inventive and interactive public art, music, food, drinks, and the beautiful greenway. 


Saturday June 8, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Dequindre Cut Dequindre Cut Greenway, Detroit, MI 48207
 
Wednesday, June 26
 

7:30pm

Sounds of Future’s Past
John Novacek, Philip Setzer, Lawrence Power, Paul Watkins, Callisto Quartet, Blackbird Creative Lab (~Nois, Juxtatonal and The Furies), Eighth Blackbird
Join us for a celebration of the past, present and future of composition featuring the Callisto Quartet’s world premiere performance of a work by Stone Composer Fellow Annika K. Socolofsky; Brahms’ Piano Quartet No. 3 featuring Philip Setzer, Lawrence Power, Paul Watkins and John Novacek; and selections from some of contemporary music’s most applauded composers performed by modern-classical superstars, Eighth Blackbird.
PRELUDE: LIGETI | String Quartet No. 1
      Callisto Quartet
ANNIKA KALE SOCOLOFSKY |the meantime (WORLD PREMIERE)
BRAHMS | Piano Quartet No. 3 in C minor, Op. 60
LUDWIG | Josquin Microludes
NEUWIRTH | …ad auras…in memoriam H.
DEWHIRST | #nofilter
CUONG | Electric Aroma



Wednesday June 26, 2019 7:30pm - 9:00pm
St. Hugo of the Hills 2215 Opdyke Rd. Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304
 
Thursday, June 27
 

7:30pm

Re-Generations
James Tocco, Leila Josefowicz, Philip Setzer, Lawrence Power, Paul Watkins, Blackbird Creative Lab (~Nois, Juxtatonal and The Furies), Eighth Blackbird, Ivalas Quartet, Thalea String Quartet
Eighth Blackbird returns for a performance of all things contemporary featuring works by Stone Composer-in-Residence Sarah Kirkland Snider, Annika Kale Socolofsky and Viet Cuong. Plus, witness a Festival showstopper as Leila Josefowicz, Philip Setzer, Lawrence Power, Paul Watkins and members from the Thalea String Quartet and Eighth Blackbird combine for a cross-generational performance of Shostakovich’s Two Pieces for String Octet.

PRELUDE: SHOSTAKOVICH | String Quartet No. 3 in F major, Op. 73
      Thalea String Quartet
DVOŘÁK | Waltzes, Op. 54
SNIDER | Chrysalis
SOCOLOFSKY | Who Am I To Say?
SNIDER | You Are Free
SOCOLOFSKY | Don’t Say a Word
CUONG | Prized Possessions
BRAHMS | Trio for Clarinet (Viola), Cello and Piano in A minor, Op. 114
SHOSTAKOVICH | Two Pieces for String Octet, Op. 11



Thursday June 27, 2019 7:30pm - 9:30pm
St. Hugo of the Hills 2215 Opdyke Rd. Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304
 
Friday, June 28
 

7:30pm

Audio/Visual
Sponsored by High Wire Lab
Eighth Blackbird, Blackbird Creative Lab
Join Eighth Blackbird for a celebration of the Blackbird Creative Lab, a summer program Eighth Blackbird initiated in 2017. Eighth Blackbird will be joined by three lab alumni groups — ~Nois, Juxtatonal (who formed at the Lab in 2017) and The Furies — in a performance featuring several lab alumni composers who represent some of the most innovative and appealing voices of a new generation: Gemma Peacocke, Molly Joyce, Nina Shekhar, Fjola Evans and Danny Clay. The evening will start with Björk’s The Pleasure is All Mine and culminate in a performance of Julius Eastman’s seminal 1971 work, Stay On It, performed by everyone.
 
BJÖRK | The Pleasure is All Mine
PEACOCKE | Dwalm
PEACOCKE | Cicada
JOYCE | Less is More
CLAY/PARK/PARK | Opposites
SHEKHAR | Food Fight
EVANS | Eroding
EASTMAN | Stay On It