Charles Lloyd Quintet makes UMS debut
ANN ARBOR – The Charles Lloyd Quintet makes its UMS debut Thursday, Nov. 13 at 8 p.m. in Ann Arbor’s Michigan Theater. Band members include Detroit natives Geri Allen (piano) and Bob Hurst (bass), as well as John Abercrombie (guitar), Eric Harland (drums), and of course, Charles Lloyd (tenor saxophone, flute and taragato – a soprano-sax shaped reed instrument).
Charles Lloyd was one of the first jazz artists to sell a million copies of a recording with “Forest Flower” in 1966, and then he surprised everyone by walking away from performing just at the point when he was being dubbed a jazz “superstar.”
He returned to live concert appearances in the 1980s, and it quickly became clear that Charles Lloyd had not only remained one of the most important voices in jazz, but had also grown as an artist.
Mr. Lloyd’s Quintet is comprised of some of the leading jazz artists performing today.
Detroit native Geri Allen was studying piano by age seven and went on to study at the Jazz Development Workshop under the tutelage of Marcus Belgrave, drummer Roy Brooks, and pianist Harold McKinney. She attended Cass Technical High School, received a B.A. from Howard University, and subsequently earned a Master’s degree in ethnomusicology from the University of Pittsburgh.
Born and raised in metro Detroit, Bassist Robert Hurst is a highly respected and recognized composer, bassist, educator, recording artist, and businessman. His cultivation into a membership of talented musicians from around the world was fostered by lengthy tours and Grammy Award-winning recordings featuring Charles Lloyd, Wynton Marsalis, Dave Brubeck, Terrence Blanchard, Tony Williams, Branford Marsalis, Nicholas Payton, Sting, Carl Allen, and the legendary Pharaoh Sanders. He was won four Grammy Awards and has directed, arranged, and composed for NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” for nearly a decade.
Tickets for the concert are $16 – $34.
For additional information, contact the University Musical Society at 734-764-2538 or online at www.ums.org. Tickets may be purchased in person at the League Ticket Office (911 North University Avenue). Tickets are also available at the Michigan Theater beginning 90 minutes before curtain time.
Grosse Pointe Park is next stop on Artists Among Us tour
GROSSE POINTE PARK – The 2003 Wayne County Artists Among Us touring exhibit of fine arts, poetry and music makes its next stop at the Grosse Pointe Artists Association Art Center through Nov. 22.
The opening reception is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 15 from 2 to 4 p.m. Poets and musicians will perform works inspired by the juried visual works of art that are on exhibit.
The Grosse Pointe Artists Association Arts Center is located at 1005 Maryland, grosse Pointe Park. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m.
For more information, call 313-821-1848.
Righteous Brothers take the stage at Ford Community & Performing Arts Center
DEARBORN – The Righteous Brothers bring their timeless legacy of music to Dearborn’s Ford Community & Performing Arts Center (The Center) theatre for a performance at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 9.
Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield began their career together in 1962, but with soundtracks from movies such as “Top Gun,” “Ghost” and “Dirty Dancing” featuring the Righteous Brothers greatest hits, their music has beat the test of time and continues to draw new fans generation after generation. The duet’s successes were recognized this year with their induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Tickets are on sale at The Center’s box office and priced from $52 to $60. Box office hours are Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is also open one hour prior to performances. To charge by phone, call 313-943-2354.
The Center, located at 15801 Michigan Avenue at Greenfield, is unique among community centers, being the largest municipally owned recreational complex in North America. Designed to bring mind, body and spirit together, the facility features a world-class theatre, state-of-the-art health facility, extensive conference/meeting spaces and a senior center. For information, including a calendar of events, visit the Web site at www.dearbornfordcenter.com, or call 313-943-2350.
World Premiere of ‘Once Upon a Castle’ headlines Masters of Movie Music
ANN ARBOR – You try to navigate the aisles of the theater, your path guided by the flicker of the dim lights. You find a place to sit – like every other seat in the house, the chair is warm, velvety and plush. The scent of freshly popped popcorn permeates the building, the big silver screen is looming before you and the silence is deafening as a man in tails strides down the aisle. He takes a seat at a unique instrument with pipes sticking out and a keyboard at its center, and begins to play. The instrument comes to life, roaring with an incredible, huge sound that makes the skin tingle.
Does this sound like a 1920s movie after a Sunday drive with the kids? Nope: Try a 2003 film showing at the Michigan Theater.
The character of the American film legacy is something the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra will capture in Masters of Movie Music on Saturday, Nov. 15 at 8 p.m. at the Michigan Theater.
The concert is a journey through classic movies and the classical composers who, unbeknownst to most audiences today, composed the movie scores. Copland’s “The Red Pony,” Korngold’s “Suite from Robin Hood” and “Theme from Schindler’s List,” and others highlight the program. The centerpiece of the concert is the world premiere of Michael Daugherty’s “Once Upon a Castle” for theater organ and orchestra, commissioned especially for the joint anniversary of the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra and the Michigan Theater. Steven Ball, staff organist at the theater, is at the helm of the mighty Barton Theater Organ.
Masters of Movie Music begins at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 15 in the historic Michigan Theater in downtown Ann Arbor. Join Maestro Lipsky for a pre-concert lecture at 7 p.m. when he talks about the pieces to be performed, demonstrating passages on his flute.
Tickets range from $19 to $36 and are available by calling 734-994-4801; visiting the A2SO office at 527 E Liberty, Suite 208; by e-mail at [email protected]; or at the Michigan Theater box office starting at 5 p.m. on the day of the concert.