Award-winning conductor joins Ann Arbor Symphony as new music director
ANN ARBOR, MI -- The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra has picked Earl Lee as its new music director, ending a three-year international search. Lee, current assistant conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, was selected from among more than 200 applicants, and six finalists who conducted the orchestra across the recently concluded 2021-22 season. Other candidates were Lina Gonzalez- Granados, Perry So, Jacob Joyce, Oriol Sans and Morihiko Nakahara.mlive.com
Ann Arbor Symphony hosts Beethoven & Dvorak in its season finale
ANN ARBOR, MI – The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra is hosting its final concert of the 2021-22 season. The ASO started its 93rd season in September 2021 and will wrap up that 10-concert season with Beethoven & Dvorak on Friday, May 20, in Hill Auditorium.mlive.com
Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra names new executive director
ANN ARBOR, MI — The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra has a new executive director this winter season. She takes over Dec. 10, while current executive director, Tyler Rand, heads to a new job in Houston. “Sarah has demonstrated a long-term dedication and passion to enrich the arts culture in our community,” Carol Sewell, the orchestra’s board president, said in a statement. “I look forward with great excitement to our next vibrant chapter at the A2SO.”For more information, visit Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra’s website. MORE FROM THE ANN ARBOR NEWS:Investigation into accusations against Ann Arbor administrator concludesSlurping Turtle pushes back reopening date due to construction delaysWashtenaw County offering COVID vaccine boosters to everyone age 18+Homebuilder aims to bring net-zero homes to Ann Arbor with latest projectmlive.com
$200K grant aids Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra in first in-person performance since COVID pandemic hit
ANN ARBOR, MI -- The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra is hosting its first in-person concert season this fall, since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. A grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program totaling nearly $200,000 will help the orchestra present the performance. The orchestra has lost more than 80 percent in ticket revenue since the pandemic began, officials said in a statement announcing the grant. The season will also feature eight conductor candidates as the symphony launches a search for its next music director and conductor. Read more from The Ann Arbor News:Ann Arbor’s former CIA building is now a new marijuana dispensaryStimulus update: Is there a 4th stimulus check for $2,500 coming on July 30?mlive.com
Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra to film virtual spring season at the Michigan Theater
ANN ARBOR – The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra will be releasing performances recorded live this season at the Michigan Theater. The performances will feature additional virtual chamber concerts and will be paired with takeout meals from local restaurants. AdA2SO musicians rehearse at the Michigan Theater. (Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra)The symphony also consulted with Washtenaw County Health Department’s medical director Dr. Juan Marquez on how to safely perform during the pandemic. An Ann Arbor native, Joyce, 28, attended Pioneer High School and studied violin with the symphony’s Concertmaster Aaron Berofsky.
Michigan, State theaters launch fundraiser to keep Ann Arbor landmarks alive
ANN ARBOR, MI -- The Michigan Theater Foundation, which runs Ann Arbor’s landmark Michigan and State theaters, is seeking donations or membership renewals to continue providing virtual cinema and programs. Revenue has essentially evaporated due to closings caused by the coronavirus pandemic and state-ordered mandates, Executive Director Russ Collins said. In the meantime, the company will rent out spaces for movie watchers or groups like the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, which is using it one of the spaces as a recording studio. “There’s definitely a future for the State and Michigan theaters,” Collins said. There definitely is a future.”LGBTQ organization to close center in Ann Arbor, seeks $30,000 in donations to surviveConstruction to shift Packard Street traffic in Ann ArborSava’s owner launches The Boro takeout cafe in Dixboro Villagemlive.com
Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra to host first-ever virtual Holiday Pops concert
ANN ARBOR – The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra will be streaming its annual Holiday Pops program for free this holiday season. The production will be professionally filmed and recorded at the historic First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor, and will feature holiday scenes around town. An alumnus of the Julliard School, Berofsky is a Professor of Violin at the University of Michigan. An Ann Arbor native, Charles Berofsky is currently studying piano as an undergraduate student at the Eastman School of Music. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities through Holiday Pops, contact Jennifer Hale at Jennie@a2so.com.
U-M stay-in-place order; Fall Photo Challenge winners; Michigan football in 3... 2...
We have the winners of this year’s A4 Fall Photo Challenge -- and you’re the first to see them. - Meredith (@meredith_A4)What’s been happening:🧪️ U-M’s emergency order: What led up to this? (A4)🗣 U-M president Mark Schlissel noted that the main cause of cases were social gatherings without masks and proper social distancing. (A4)💻 Ann Arbor Public Schools announced it will continue virtual learning despite some improvement in coronavirus metrics. (A4)🎻 Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra’s upcoming event is perfect for date night.
Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra hosting virtual Halloween Hauntcert
ANN ARBOR – The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra will be performing a seasonal “Halloween Hauntcert” on Friday, Oct. 30. The virtual event comes with a four-course curbside pick up meal from The Ravens Club. The event will also feature themed poetry readings by Thomas Blaske, including Edgar Allan Poe’s famed “The Raven.”✉ Like what you’re reading? To see the menu for the evening and to purchase tickets, click here. Happy Halloween!
Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra to perform the music of 'Star Wars' just in time for 'The Rise of Skywalker'
Its hard to believe that were less than two months away from the release of the final installment of the latest trilogy in the greatest space opera in the history of cinema. Perhaps the most iconic character is the score, which is crafted by the incomparable John Williams. To commemorate the final entry, the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra will perform highlights from the epic soundtrack as part of its Pops Concert Series. Get our top picks for the best events in Detroit every Thursday morning. Sign up for our events newsletter.metrotimes.com
Clinton talks impeachment at U-M; AFC Ann Arbor advances leagues; robots at UMMA?
- Meredith (@meredith_A4)What's been happening: The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra has announced its new executive director as longtime executive director Mary Steffek Blaske prepares for retirement. (A4) AFC Ann Arbor announced this week it will play in USL League Two in 2020. This will be the second league change for AFC Ann Arbor since the club started in 2014. - KLA President and CEO Rick Wallace at the company's groundbreaking for its new 230,000-square-foot campus in Ann Arbor Have something to share? All About Ann Arbor is powered by ClickOnDetroit/WDIV.
Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra announces new executive director
Photo courtesy of Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra and Tyler RandANN ARBOR, Mich. - The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra announced that Tyler Rand will take over as executive director after the retirement of Mary Steffek Blaske, the current A2SO executive director. Geoff Barnes, president of the symphony orchestra board of directors, said that Rand was selected after months of searching for Steffek Blaske's replacement. Photo | Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra Like what you're reading? To see the full announcement, visit the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra website. All About Ann Arbor is powered by ClickOnDetroit/WDIV.
Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra to transport audiences through 'Star Wars' universe at November concert
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Although it's two months away, the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra is preparing to take Ann Arbor audiences to Tatooine during its Nov. 9 concert at Michigan Theater. Starting at 8 p.m., the A2SO will play "Star Wars" classics and fan favorites before the release of "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" in December. Enveloping Jedi and Sith audiences in the music of composer John Williams, the orchestra will play favorites including the menacing "The Imperial March," the epic "Duel of the Fates" and the classic "Cantina Band." Attendees are encouraged to dress to their "Star Wars" best. All About Ann Arbor is powered by ClickOnDetroit/WDIV.
Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra begins search for new music director and conductor
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - As of Friday, the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra has begun its search for a new music director and conductor. The music director and conductor leads A2SO in artistic vision as principal conductor, artistic director and community arts leader. The role also includes musical leadership, and the music director and conductor conducts all rehearsals and performances for various concepts and programs. To learn more about the desired qualifications for A2SO music director and conductor, as well as application requirements, visit the A2SO website. All About Ann Arbor is powered by ClickOnDetroit/WDIV.