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Mary Chapin Carpenter & Shawn Colvin: Together on Stage

Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin will embark on a series of tour dates throughout the fall of 2019. Carpenter and Colvin-longtime friends for over 30 years-will appear on stage together as an intimate acoustic duo, swapping songs and sharing stories. These special shows will feature the acclaimed songwriters performing material from their vast catalogues as well as some of their favorite songs. Carpenter and Colvin previously toured together in 2013 to the delight of both fans and critics. Audiences were invited to share the artists’ “living room” as they played music and traded quips in a warm, comfortable setting inspired by the duo’s long-lasting camaraderie.
Tue, Oct 15 8:00 PM
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Lauren Bon

Part of the Penny Stamps Speaker Series. Free to the public! Based in Los Angeles, Lauren Bon is an artist who works with architecture, performance, photography, sound, and farming to create urban, public, and land art projects to galvanize social and political transformation. These “devices of wonder,” as she describes her work, are produced from her creative practice space, Metabolic Studio. With a heart for self-sustaining and self-diversifying systems, Bon seeks to inspire and uncover ways of regeneration over consumer waste. Not a Cornfield (2005–2006) turned a 32-acre brownfield in the historic center of Los Angeles into a state park; Bon’s Strawberry Flag (2009–2010) was an aquaponic strawberry farm raised at an under-purposed property that was deeded to be a home for veterans in 1888. Her 2007 work AgH20 spanned 240 miles, reconnecting the city of LA with the natural elements that made it viable: the mined mountains of the Owens Valley.
Thu, Oct 17 5:10 PM
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Marilyn Minter

Part of the Penny Stamps Speaker Series. Free to the public! Appropriating the aesthetics of fashion editorials and advertising, New York-based Marilyn Minter’s photorealist paintings examine banal realities, such as frozen peas or kitchen floors, often relegated to a hyper-feminized realm in popular culture and marketing, as well as contemporary notions of beauty and sensuality. Adding sweat, spit, hair, and dirt to the high-gloss veneer of advertising campaigns, Minter juxtaposes in-your-face beauty with the down-and-dirty reality of being human. Minter first gained popularity in the early 1990s, and has been featured in major solo exhibitions nationally and internationally including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center, La Conservera Centro de Arte Contemporáneo in Spain, and the Deichtorhallen in Germany.
Thu, Oct 24 5:10 PM
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An Acoustic Evening with Trey Anastasio

Fri. Oct. 25 at 7:30 PM at the Michigan.

Trey Anastasio is a jam fusion singer-songwriter best known as the lead singer and guitarist of the rock band Phish, which he co-founded in 1983. He’s released 11 solo albums and has been involved in a number of side projects including the Trey Anastasio Band, Surrender to the Air, and Oysterhead. He’s performed with several symphony orchestras and wrote the score for the Broadway musical Hands on a Hardbody, which nominated him for a Tony Award for Best Original Score in 2013.

Fri, Oct 25 7:30 PM
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Manon: The Met Live in HD

The Metropolitan Opera presents a live broadcast of MANON in HD on Saturday, October 26 at 12:55 PM

Massenet’s tale of passion, excess, and their consequences stars rising soprano Lisette Oropesa in the effervescent title role. Tenor Michael Fabiano is her ardent admirer, Chevalier des Grieux, with Maurizio Benini conducting Laurent Pelly’s enchanting production.

In French with English subtitles
Sat, Oct 26 12:55 PM
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Joe Caslin

Part of the Penny Stamps Speaker Series. Free to the public! Designboom Magazine has Described the work of Joe Caslin as “towering works of art [that] appear like massive sketch books across the architecture of Ireland’s cities.” Caslin is the recipient of the 2013 Association of Illustrators award for New Talent in Public Realm Illustration. He creates highly accessible work that engages directly with the social issues of modern Ireland. Caslin confronts the subjects of suicide, drug addiction, economic marginalization, marriage equality, stigma in mental health, the Irish asylum system, institutional power, and most recently, sexual consent. The monochrome drawings Caslin creates live with us and against many of us for some time before washing away. They hold a mirror up to the kind of society that we are, while asking us individually what kind of society we want to be a part of.
Thu, Oct 31 5:10 PM
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Liszt & Tchaikovsky

Saturday, November 2 at 8:00 PM at the Michigan.

We soar through the Rocky Mountains to the Garden of Gods and atop Pikes Peak in Wang Jie’s Symphonic Overture on “America the Beautiful.” From the orchestra comes a majestic fugue which traces the silhouette of this prominent peak with faint echos of the familiar patriotic song written atop the same mountain. Cascading crowns of notes continue through Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major. Your A2SO is joined by pianist, Anton Nel displaying the pinnacle of pianistic achievement. This evening of new heights concludes with the emotional summit of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5, Op. 64.
Sat, Nov 2 8:00 PM
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Marina Willer

Part of the Penny Stamps Speaker Series. Free to the public! Marina Willer is a graphic designer and filmmaker responsible for ground-breaking brand identities such as Tate, Serpentine, Oxfam, Amnesty International, and Battersea. Before joining the design studio Pentagram as a partner, she was head creative director for Wolff Olins in London. Willer has constantly expanded her approach to graphic design to include moving image, exhibition, and experiential design. She released her first feature film Red Trees at Cannes in 2017. The film is a personal story of her family’s survival and escape to Brazil during the Nazi occupation of Prague during World War II. Willer is responsible for the design of the Design Museum’s 2018 exhibition, Ferrari: Under the Skin and the museum’s 2019 offering, Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition. Willer is the first female partner at Pentagram in London and she won the Hall of Fame award by Design Week in 2018.
Thu, Nov 7 5:10 PM
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The Music of Star Wars

November 9, 2019 at 8:00 PM at the Michigan.

The stage is set for the ninth and final episode of Star Wars to hit the big screen in December of 2019. Your Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra relives the epic soundtrack crafted by John Williams just in time for this historic release. The unmistakable brass fanfare of the main theme rings out before the suns of Tatooine sink into the horizon to “The Force Theme.” Darth Vader’s dark and menacing theme music underscores the evil of the Dark Side as the Republic is lifted by Williams’s battle themes and The Force.
Sat, Nov 9 8:00 PM
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Suzanne Lacy

Part of the Penny Stamps Speaker Series. Free to the public! Los Angeles-based artist Suzanne Lacy is internationally renowned as a pioneer in the field of socially engaged and public art. Her work incorporates the visions and voices of scores of people, in a practice that recognizes the essential collaborations involved in creativity. Her installations, videos, and performances have dealt with issues of sexual violence, rural and urban poverty, incarceration, gender identity, labor, and aging. Working collaboratively within traditions of fine art performance and community organizing, Lacy has realized large-scale projects in London, Brooklyn, Medellin, Los Angeles, Quito, Northwest England, Madrid, and, most recently, along the Irish border exploring local reactions to Brexit.
Thu, Nov 14 5:10 PM
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Madama Butterfly: The Met Live in HD

The Metropolitan Opera presents an encore screening of MADAMA BUTTERFLY live in HD on Saturday, November 16 at 12:55 PM

Anthony Minghella’s vividly cinematic staging returns to cinemas, featuring soprano Hui He in the devastating title role. Pier Giorgio Morandi conducts one of opera’s most beautiful and heartbreaking scores, with a cast that also includes Andrea Carè as Pinkerton and mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong as Suzuki.

Presented in Italian with English subtitles
Sat, Nov 16 12:55 PM
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Stratford Festival on Film: The Tempest

“Magic is in the air” (Broadway World) in the Stratford Festival’s latest production of Shakespeare’s final masterpiece, The Tempest, “an elaborate production with eye-popping costumes” (The New York Times), recorded live in 2019. In Shakespeare’s great drama of loss and reconciliation, a long-deposed ruler uses magical arts to bring within her power the enemies who robbed her of her throne and marooned her on a remote island. But what revenge does she mean to take? Approximate Runtime: Two hours and 42 minutes including intermission
Sun, Nov 17 2:00 PM
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An Evening with Elvis Costello & the Imposters

Wed. Nov. 20 at 7:30 PM at the Michigan.

Elvis Costello and The Imposters will hit the road again in October. The tour is entitled, “Just Trust” in answer to the musical questions: “Will they play my favourite song?," or, “Are they going to frighten the horses with a lot of excellent songs that are rarely performed?,” not to mention, “Can I expect the hits of yesteryear and those of tomorrow?" To which we say: Just Trust Elvis Costello and The Imposters. This superlative ensemble - Steve Nieve on keyboards, Pete Thomas on drums, and bass and vocalist Davey Faragher - are once again augmented by singers Kitten Kuroi and Briana Lee, all of whom were heard on the acclaimed 2018 Concord Records release, 'Look Now,' numbers from which will surely find their rightful place among the highlights from one of the most formidable song catalogues in popular music.
Wed, Nov 20 7:30 PM
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Edel Rodriguez

Part of the Penny Stamps Speaker Series. Free to the public! Edel Rodriguez is a Cuban American artist who is inspired by personal history, religious rituals, politics, memory, and nostalgia, his bold, figurative works are an examination of identity, mortality, and cultural displacement. Socialist propaganda and western advertising, island culture and contemporary city life are all aspects of his life that continue to inform his work. He is a regular contributor to The New York Times Op Ed page and The New Yorker. He has created over a hundred newspaper and magazine covers for clients such as TIME, Der Spiegel, Newsweek, The Nation, Businessweek, The New Republic, and The Village Voice. He has created dozens of book covers for clients such as Simon & Schuster and Penguin Random House. Rodriguez has also created several stamps for the US Postal Service and has illustrated poster and advertising campaigns for many operas, films, and Broadway shows.
Thu, Nov 21 5:10 PM
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Akhnaten: The Met Live in HD

The Metropolitan Opera presents a live broadcast of AKHNATEN in HD on Saturday, November 23 at 12:55 PM

Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo headlines American composer Philip Glass’s transcendent contemporary creation, with Karen Kamensek conducting. Phelim McDermott’s stunning production employs a virtuosic company of acrobats and jugglers to conjure a mystical reimagining of ancient Egypt.

Presented with English subtitles
Sat, Nov 23 12:55 PM
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NT Live: A Midsummer Night's Dream

Plays Sunday, November 24 at 7:00 PM. Presented in partnership with UMS; Tickets available at UMS.org A feuding fairy King and Queen of the forest cross paths with four runaway lovers and a troupe of actors trying to rehearse a play. As their dispute grows, the magical royal couple meddles with mortal lives, leading to love triangles, mistaken identities, and transformations…with hilarious, but dark, consequences. Shakespeare’s most famous romantic comedy, produced by the Bridge Theatre in London, features Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), Oliver Chris, David Moorst, and Hammed Animashaun as Titania, Oberon, Puck, and Bottom. Directed by Nicholas Hytner.
Sun, Nov 24 7:00 PM
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Okee-Dokee Brothers

Sunday, December 8 at 3:00 PM at the Michigan. Part of the Not Just for Kids Live Performing Arts Series presented by Toyota.

As childhood friends growing up in Denver Colorado, Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing were always exploring the outdoors. Whether it was rafting down their neighborhood creek or discovering hiking trails through the Rocky Mountains, Joe and Justin were born adventurers. Now, as the GRAMMY® Award-winning Okee Dokee Brothers, they have put this passion for the outdoors at the heart of their Americana Folk music. Joe and Justin record and perform family music with a goal to inspire children and their parents to get outside and get creative.They believe this can motivate kids to gain a greater respect for the natural world, their communities and themselves.
Sun, Dec 8 3:00 PM
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The Nutcracker 2019

Saturday, December 14 2019 at 6:30 PM. Presented by the Academy of Russian Classical Ballet and the Michigan Classical Ballet

A must-see holiday event for the entire family! Join Clara on her magical journey through the enchanting Land of Snow to the Kingdom of the Sweets. With an impressive cast of Michigan's talented ballet students, joined by international professional ballet dancers as guest artists, the Nutcracker is a wonderful holiday tradition to be enjoyed by all ages.

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Sat, Dec 14 6:30 PM
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Wozzeck: The Met Live in HD

The Metropolitan Opera presents a live broadcast of WOZZECK in HD on Saturday, January 11 at 12:55 PM

Berg’s 20th-century shocker stars baritone Peter Mattei in the title role, with Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin on the podium and soprano Elza van den Heever as the long-suffering Marie. Groundbreaking visual artist and director William Kentridge unveils a bold new staging set in an apocalyptic wasteland.

Presented in German with English subtitles
Sat, Jan 11, 2020 12:55 PM
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Mozart Birthday Bash

January 18, 2020 at 8:00 PM at the Michigan.

The imaginative energy that fills Mozart’s “Turkish” Violin Concerto is that of youth and idealism. While it does not contain a cadenza, his Fifth Violin Concerto features writing that exudes the freedom and lyricism that would suggest otherwise. The A2SO proudly welcomes Itamar Zorman as the featured soloist on this captivating work. The theme of youth continues with Mozart’s Symphony No. 29 in A major. Written at the age of 18-years-old, it is overflowing with a sense of self-confidence that confirms the composer’s creative genius. From pastoral scenes to the mystery of nocturnal landscapes, Symphony No. 29 paints a sophisticated symphonic drama. Our celebration of Mozart is rounded out with a selection of some the most famous choruses ever penned in the operatic cannon.
Sat, Jan 18, 2020 8:00 PM
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