Not so long ago -- last year, to be precise -- in a venue that’s close, close by, the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra (A2SO) played two sold-out concerts featuring John Williams’ music from the Harry Potter films. The audience response was so enthusiastic that A2SO immediately started making plans to perform two concerts featuring Star Wars music, and those concerts will happen Saturday night and Sunday afternoon (October 7-8) at the Michigan Theater.
“We were so overwhelmed (last year) ... and the audience, some of whom had never seen a live symphony concert before, told us that the music evoked powerful images for them, even though there was no visual component accompanying the music,” said A2SO conductor Arie Lipsky. “They also told us that they’d never thought that music had played such a vital role in the movies, and they thanked us for highlighting the music on its own. So many said, ‘Now we’re hooked on seeing live symphony orchestra shows,’ and we responded by investing in music from all the Star Wars movies.”
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.