Music is worth a thousand pictures: Ann Arbor Symphony announces 2006/07 season

By |2018-01-16T00:02:52-05:00April 13th, 2006|Entertainment|

ANN ARBOR – Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Arie Lipsky offer a new version of the old saying, “a picture is worth a thousand words”: Music is worth a thousand pictures. To prove their point, the A2SO’s 2006-2007 season offers many musical experiences: from Verdi’s divine “Requiem” to Gershwin’s toe-tapping “Rhapsody in Blue,” from Mozart and Beethoven to Bernstein and Maxwell Davies. The Family Series includes delightful offerings like the Chenille Sisters and “Peter and the Wolf.” This is truly a season to see what the A2SO is all about.
“Verdi Requiem” opens the season on Sept. 16 in Hill Auditorium. Maestro Lipsky calls Verdi’s “Messa da requiem” “one of the most spiritual works ever composed. It will be great to perform this powerful piece at Hill with a great chorus and wonderful local soloists.” The concert features Deanna Relyea, Gary Relyea, John Charles Pierce, Melanie Helton and the UMS Choral Union.
“Cello Constellation” fulfills all cello lovers’ dreams on Oct. 14 with Dvoak’s “Cello Concerto (op. 104, B minor)” featuring McGill University Professor Matt Haimovitz and Vivaldi’s “Concerto for Two Cellos (RV 531, G minor)” featuring Haimovitz and Maestro Lipsky. Brahms rounds out the evening with the majestic “Symphony No. 3 (op. 90, F major),” about which Clara Schumann said, “From start to finish one is wrapped about with the mysterious charm of the woods and forests…”
“Rhapsody in Blue” on Nov. 4 features the Gershwin favorite with classical and jazz pianist Arkadiy Figlin. Maestro Arie Lipsky says, “It will be a fantastic experience to perform Gershwin with a superb jazz pianist like Arkadiy.” Also included are Peter Maxwell Davies’ “An Orkney Wedding, With Sunrise (J. 264),” which features local bagpiper Tyler Duncan, a U-M jazz studies major, and Beethoven’s humorous “Symphony No. 8 (op.93, F major).”
“Allegro and Animal Crackers: A Kid’s Symphony Show with the Chenille Sisters” crosses the popular trio with an entire orchestra on Nov. 5. The result? Kids get to see, feel and hear the power of an orchestra and the Chenilles teach them to sing the three-part harmonies that are their trademark.
“Sing-Along with Santa” on Dec. 9 is an A2So tradition. Held at the Bethlehem United Church of Christ, this family event features members of the symphony and the big guy himself.
“Mozart’s Birthday Bash” on Jan. 20, 2007 celebrates the master’s less well-known gems. Included are the “Coronation” Mass (K.317, C major),” “Sinfonia concertante (K.297b, E-flat major)” and “Serenade No.4 (K.203, D major).” The concert features soprano Jennifer Larson, mezzo-soprano Wendy Bloom, bass-baritone Chris Grapentine and the Vocal Arts Ensemble Chorus.
“Peter and the Wolf” on Jan. 21, 2007 is highlighted by Serge Prokofiev’s enchanting story and that will charm kids of all age.
“From Russia with Love” brings Russian favorites to Ann Arbor on March 10. “There is nothing as moving and exciting as Russian music and we welcome back an Ann Arbor favorite: pianist Anton Nel,” says Maestro Lipsky. Tchaikovsky’s “Symphony No.6 ( op.74, B minor- Pathetique),” Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Russian Easter Overture” and Prokofiev’s “Piano Concerto No. 3” are on the program.
“Fairy Tales” on March 11, 2007 rounds out the Family Concert series with selections from the very best musical tales: Tchaikovsky’s “The Sleeping Beauty,” Prokofiev’s “Cinderella,” Stravinsky’s “The Firebird,” Rossini’s “The Thieving Magpie” and more.
“Dances in the Key of A2” on April 14, 2007 is a toe-tapping season finale. On the program are John Harbison’s “Remembering Gatsby,” Bernstein’s “West Side Story: Symphonic Dances,” Rachmaninoff’s “Symphonic Dances (op.45).” “It is always a treat to listen how the great composers clothe dances in a symphonic gown,” says Maestro Lipsky. Rounding out the program is Haydn’s “Violin Concerto in C major” featuring concertmaster Aaron Berofsky.

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