January 26, 2016
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.
December 17, 2015
Creative Voice (formerly CriticCar Detroit) is a social media-based arts journalism source that produces and posts videos showcasing the arts and cultural scene in Detroit and Southeast MI. Michigan-based journalist Jennifer Conlin (New York Times, Time, Rolling Stone, New York Magazine) conceived of Creative Voice as a response to the reduction of arts and cultural journalistic coverage and criticism by traditional media. Creative Voice is produced by Artrain whose mission is to deliver discovery and – through the galvanizing power of arts and culture – transform lives, organizations and communities. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yxU3fKotJ0
October 12, 2014
I’m reminded, as I write this review, of the scary name-that-tune tests we had to take in college music history: As the stylus descended on a mystery LP (yup, that’s what we had back then), we had to stop nibbling our pens and put them to paper to identify composer and piece." READ MORE
October 10, 2014
"Arie Lipsky, music director of the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, is a man on the move. Literally." READ MORE
September 14, 2014
"Two 5's and a 3 make 13. READ MORE
And 13 is clearly a lucky number for the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, which launched its 2014-15 season Saturday evening at Hill Auditorium with a roof-raising Beethoven Festival."