Saying the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra’s 89th season has variety would be a gross understatement.
“We like to feature pieces that were written all the way from the Baroque era to the classical era to the romantic era to the 21st century and beyond, even pieces that were written in the last couple of years,” said Arie Lipsky, A2SO’s musical director and conductor. “I think the variety is much more apparent in this season.”
ANN ARBOR, MI - A Pinckney family is working with the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra to offer three new scholarships this year for graduating seniors.
Remedios Montalbo Young and A. Michael Young, a couple who lives in Pinckney, along with the Ann Arbor Symphony are pleased to announce the new scholarships, which will benefit a graduating senior from Pinckney Community High School, Ypsilanti Community High School and St. Mary Church and School in Pinckney. The scholarships are intended to help students to attend a college, university or technical school in music or arts-related fields as well as other fields of study.
The evening opened with "The Tall-Eared Fox and the Wild-Eyed Man," a piece written by Ann Arbor composer Evan Chambers. Inspired by traditional jigs, the strings section started with a jaunty tone and then transitioned into different breakdowns of the music, ending with an experimental section that pushed the boundaries of the jig into a more traditional and modern place.
Last Saturday, the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra celebrated Mozart’s birthday in style, with a performance of The Abduction from the Seraglio at the Michigan Theater. Opera is all about spectacle—elaborate sets, a cast of thousands—but the A2SO made a deliberate decision to highlight Mozart’s excellent music, which underpins the story. The A2SO brought in incredibly talented lead vocalists to round out the presentation of the opera, but decided to present a semi-staged version of the piece. The overall effect was that this was a performance for music lovers, with an emphasis on the songs within the opera, rather than the drama of the story.