personally invite you to join me in making some of my favorite music. Each of our concerts has been carefully designed to collaborate with you, who I have known as among the country’s most discerning and culturally active audiences. Rich with the composers and music you and I love — long-time favorites, unfamiliar pieces by familiar composers plus freshly minted works which I personally guarantee will become some of your new favorites, as they already are mine. We present a season that bridges genre and generation, graced by our hand-picked selection of outstanding soloists. I am so proud of our musicians, and we all look forward to you sharing in our audience. Whether you are a first-time or a long-time concertgoer, you are welcome to get up close and personal with me and with the incomparable joy of our Music in the Key of A2. See you at the Symphony,
Arie Lipsky Music Director and Conductor
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Beethoven Ah, Perfido! Beethoven Contradances for Orchestra Beethoven Symphony No. 9 in D Minor Laura Aikin, soprano Melody Racine, alto Tim Culver, tenor Melody Racine Stephen West, bass Livingston County Chorale and Women’s Chorus Measure for Measure Begin your season with Beethoven’s most beloved Symphony No. 9, with its uplifting message of love. This giant in the repertoire is matched in spirit with the most dramatic vocal tour de force, Ah, Perfido! Savor the timetested, and lyrical, melodies from his Contradances that will make you want to dance for joy in the aisles.
Livingston County Chorale and Women’s Chorus
Measure for Measure
Orchestra and Maestro Lipsky photos courtesy Czarnecki-Dempsey Photography
Cosponsored by Rebecca Horvath
Inspired by Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Brahms composed his brilliant Piano Concerto No.1 as a veritable symphony for piano and orchestra, a must-hear for every music lover. Your A2SO captures Sibelius’ portrayal of the Finnish character in this symphony of Northern Lights, relentless energy and determination. Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor Sibelius Symphony No. 2 in D Major Roman Rabinovich, piano
Photo courtesy Jose Franch-Ballester
Fiery passion, emotion and finesse warm your November night with Ravel’s Bolero, known as one of the most fantastic displays of orchestral crescendos in the entire repertoire. Celebrate the greatest guitar master of our lifetime, Andre´s Segovia, with a classic written for him and played by one of today’s hottest guitarists. Then celebrate the 100th birthday of Mexican composer genius José Pablo Moncayo in his joyous Huapango. Uruguayan sensation Marco Sartor is a top prize winner in international guitar competitions including the JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition. Strauss Don Juan Rodrigo Fantasia para un gentilhombre Vivaldi Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra in D major Moncayo Huapango Ravel Bolero Marco Sartor, guitar
Cosponsored by Bank of Ann Arbor Celebrate this year’s edition of the Mozart Birthday Bash with A2SO Principal Trumpet William Campbell who will dazzle you with Papa Mozart’s charming Baroque-inspired Trumpet Concerto. Local favorite Yehonatan Berick, hailed for his tremendous performance with the A2SO in 2011, will play Wolfgang Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3. The spirited evening concludes with the Symphony No. 35, the “Haffner,” one of the most energetic pieces Mozart ever wrote. Mozart La Clemenza di Tito Overture, K. 527 Mozart Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K. 216 Leopold Mozart Concerto for Trumpet in D major Mozart Symphony No. 35 in D major, K. 385, the “Haffner” Yehonatan Berick, violin William Campbell, A2SO principal trumpet, soloist Yehonatan Berick
Let your imagination come alive at this exotic symphonic blend of music inspired by the Arabian Nights and Sufi Romantic poetry. Last performed by the A2SO in 1992, Scheherazade showcases each instrument in the orchestra. Ann Arbor’s own award-winning composer Evan Chambers’ Crazed for the Flame begins with a Rilke sonnet and blooms into a radiant homage to Qawwali music. Savor Elgar’s Cello Concerto, one of the most noble cello concertos ever written, and a piece on every listener’s — and cellist’s — bucket list. Cellist Amit Peled wowed audiences at the Marlboro, Newport and Seattle Chamber Music Festivals and has been featured on NPR’s Performance Today. Chambers Crazed for the Flame Elgar Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85 Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade Amit Peled, cello Amit Peled
“First, the orchestra is sounding terrific. If I played a CD of this for someone, they Sponsored by the Ray and Eleanor Cross Foundation “Not one of his works came as directly from his innermost heart as this,” said Alma Mahler about her husband’s epic work. Nowhere is Mahler more complex, more fascinating or more satisfying than in his Symphony No. 6. Sit back and take in this awe-inspiring piece by this A2SO who is making a reputation for itself for getting directly to that innermost heart of Mahler.
would have thought it was the Vienna Philharmonic. Not only was there a sense of Style, Arie and everyone knew what to do with that Style, they were so on it with all the little details. I couldn’t believe that it was going to be so terrific. Everybody was great. Freda was great, the choruses were great. It’s a grown up orchestra now! It proves my point that you don’t have to be from a great big city to have a great orchestra.” From Bill Bolcom, May 2011 on the A2SO performing Mahler Symphony No. 3
Classical music isn’t just for grown-ups! Each one-hour concert at the Michigan Theater begins with family-friendly fun in the lobby from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m., like an Instrument Petting Zoo, science-related activities from our community partners at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum or U-M Museum of Natural History, or art projects with our friends at the Ann Arbor Art Center or U-M Museum of Art! Renew that family tradition — or begin your new family tradition — of coming to a concert together.
Sponsored by Two of our favorites stories come alive with Saint-Saëns’ classic Carnival of the Animals, but with a new twist — brand new poems written by Ann Arbor’s Neutral Zone’s Volume Youth Poets! And, by popular demand, a repeat of the A2SO commission Josh Penman’s Raccoon Tune, music set to Ann Arbor children’s author Nancy Shaw’s Michigan Book of the Year. This concert will have you dancing in the aisles! Saint-Saëns Carnival of the Animals — with original slam poetry from Neutral Zone’s VOLUME Youth Poets Penman Raccoon Tune (Commissioned and premiered by the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra!)
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Sing your favorite Christmas songs with piano accompaniment. Listen as Santa reads ’Twas the Night Before Christmas. Enjoy cider and holiday cookies. Smile! Photo with your family and Santa are included in the ticket price.
You don’t need a passport, just buckle up for a wonderful, whirlwind tour of the music from around the world. From North and South America, Europe, Africa and Asia, you’ll learn about music traditions and how music is everyone’s international language.
Start a new family tradition to gather and enjoy songs of the season including excerpts from The Nutcracker, Strauss’ Overture to Die Fledermaus, Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Greensleeves, Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride and so much more to put you in the festive holiday mood. Special prices for subscribers!
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From a visionary group of musical enthusiasts who first gathered in 1928 to the highly polished ensemble it is today, your A2SO continues to share its passion for orchestral music with our community, bringing the joy of music and an appreciation for excellence to new audiences of all ages, reaching more than 40,000 children and 30,000 adults each year through: • KinderConcerts, where toddlers – 6-year-olds enjoy a free halfhour program of music, story-telling and motion with a child movement specialist, pianist and A2SO musician. • String Instrument Petting Zoos that come to classrooms, day care centers, shopping malls and the Summer Festival and help each little one play a violin or cello. Sponsored by Shar. • Meet Your Conductor, where Arie visits schools to conduct and talk about music and leadership. • Ensembles in the Classroom, where professional musicians support schools’ music programs. • Daytime Youth Concerts, where over 5,000 elementary and middle school students learn through a concert experience designed specifically for them including written curriculum, CD and teacher workshop. • Side-by-Side Concerts, a life-changing opportunity for student musicians to sit side-by-side with A2SO professionals and perform a concert together. • Open dress rehearsals, where young orchestra musicians and student conductors can watch a professional rehearsal in action, then meet with the musicians and Arie. • Program notes — at the concert, on-line, large print, just for kids, and even a “graduate-level” edition! You choose! • Preconcert lectures — lively discussions led by Arie, guest artist and often the composer, give you the scoop on the story — the who, what, where, how and why — of the music you are about to enjoy. • Afternoon Delights, midday, hour-long, chamber concerts with desserts, performed by Arie Lipsky, A2SO musicians and guest artists. Sponsored by CFI.
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EASY EXCHANGES Can’t make it to a concert? No worries. Just call the A2SO office by 5 p.m. of the day of the concert (12 noon for family concerts) and you can either exchange the tickets for another concert this season, or get a donation receipt for your tax purposes.
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MAKE AN EVENING OF IT Since you know which nights out are on your calendar, make an evening of it. Park in one of the easy-access parking structures near the Michigan Theater, then enjoy a tasty dinner before you join Maestro Lipsky’s lively Rehmann Preconcert Lecture from 7 – 7:30 p.m. After the concert, have dessert and a glass of your favorite beverage as you and your friends talk about the great concert you just experienced!
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Nov 4 Carnival of the Animals, (F)
Jan 19 Mozart Birthday Bash (C) Mar 17 Around the World with Music (F) Apr 27 Mahler / Season Finale) (C) KinderConcert Series / Dates TBD Afternoon Delights / Dates TBD *special concert
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