This musical classic opens in Detroit tonight
One of the classics of musical theater is in Detroit through Jan. 8 at the Fisher Theatre. “Les Misérables” is one of the most celebrated shows of all time and cast member Haley Dortch joined Tati Amare on “Live in the D” to talk about her national debut tour.
Award-winning classical guitarist takes center stage at Concordia University Ann Arbor
On Oct. 6 at 8 p.m. in the Chapel of the Holy Trinity at Concordia University Ann Arbor, Kreft Arts will host a concert with guitarist Pierre Bensusan supporting “Azwan” about our oneness and interconnectivity in the midst of a unifying global crisis.
Metro Detroit native drops the beat in “Stomp”
Do you ever listen to a song and find yourself tapping along to the beat, hitting the drums on the stirring wheel, or clapping along? That is the premise of the popular show “Stomp.” For the last 27 years, what began as a street performance in the United Kingdom has grown into an international sensation.
This former “The Voice” contestant had a legendary opportunity
Not everyone can say they’ve had a chance to share the stage with an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award-winner, but one guest on Live In The D can. She’s a local singer who had a chance to perform with the one and only John legend when he was in town last week. The two have a connection because she was on his team last season when she appeared on The Voice.
Listen to how this cool instrument creates those unique Caribbean/Hip-Hop vibes
A steelpan drum is often used in Caribbean music and now a local musician is updating those sounds and blending them into a fusion with Hip-Hop. Aaron BraveSoul Parrott explained how he learned to play this drum, going to Toronto with his father, and watching live performances. Parrott eventually earned to play and says the instrument should not be limited to one style of music.
The virtual concert you have to take straight, no chaser
For Music Monday, Live in the D brought back a fun musical group called “Straight No Chaser.” The group has two certified gold albums and has sold more than a million concert tickets worldwide and one member is from the D! And get this: They use their voices in place of instruments!
‘Celebration of Black Stories’: Here’s how you can watch the Obsidian Theatre Festival
DETROIT – You can attend the inaugural season of the Obsidian Theatre Festival from the comfort of your own home. When the COVID pandemic led to live performances across the world being shut down, it wasn’t just the actors who were sidelined. John Sloan, III, is the Producing Artistic Director of the Obsidian Theatre Festival. He said when live theater shut down it made him rethink theater. The Obsidian Theatre Festival is available for anyone to watch the original productions.
Check out the uplifting vibes of this Music Monday performance
We’re kicking off the week with some good music and uplifting vibes. Our Music Monday guest was Jayson Clayborn. This Grammy-nominated Gospel artist creates music that can inspire anyone regardless of their belief. Clayborn even did a recent collaboration with Jack Harlow on a song that featured Adam Levine. Watch the video to see Jayson Clayborn’s performance of his song “Praise Your Way Through.”
Self-taught local musician is his own one man band
Today’s Music Monday guest is a local musician who says he always wanted to play music, but only got started recently. Despite the late start, Damon Terrell was able to pick up multiple instruments, including guitar, piano, drums, and bass, and uses them to create his own albums. “I just picked the guitar up first, my primary, and prayed,” Terrell said. He said he makes music with a funky, urban 70′s sound, which he hopes takes listeners to a place of passion and peace. During quarantine, Terrell has been keeping up with his listeners on social media, doing pop up performances and interacting with fans.
Livonia nurse performs ‘Amazing Grace’ at national COVID-19 memorial ceremony
Nurse Lori Marie Key sings 'Amazing Grace' during a COVID-19 memorial, with lights placed around the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)Livonia nurse Lori Marie Key performed a rendition of “Amazing Grace” Tuesday at the national COVID-19 memorial ceremony in Washington D.C.“Working as a COVID nurse is heartbreaking. It gives me strength during difficult times and I believe it helps heal.”Michigan nurse Lori Marie Key, who went viral singing 'Amazing Grace' at work, reprises the song at the national COVID-19 memorial ceremony pic.twitter.com/8OtCaNU5mw — NowThis (@nowthisnews) January 19, 2021Key, a nurse at St. Mary Mercy Hospital, went viral last year after singing for fellow health care workers. “All of this is kind of bringing me back to my roots, something that I’ve always loved to. It’s just an honor and a blessing to be able to do nursing and singing at the same time,” she said on Monday.
Todd Snider to perform at 44th Ann Arbor Folk Festival
Todd Snider will perform at the virtual Ann Arbor Folk Festival on Saturday, Jan. 30. ANN ARBOR – The Ark announced on Monday a change to the 44th Ann Arbor Folk Festival’s Saturday night lineup. Read: Jeff Daniels will host this year’s Ann Arbor Folk FestivalTicketsMember pricingSingle night passes: $20 livestream only; Silver Bundle $60 livestream + exclusive #arkfamily festival shirt; Gold Bundle $110 all benefits of Silver + festival branded mask; Platinum Bundle $225 all benefits of Gold + festival mug and poster; Benefactor Bundle $450 all benefits of Platinum + snack basket. Public saleSingle night passes: $25 livestream only; Silver Bundle $75 livestream + exclusive #arkfamily festival shirt; Gold Bundle $125 all benefits of Silver + festival branded mask; Platinum Bundle $250 all benefits of Gold + festival mug and poster; Benefactor Bundle $500 all benefits of Platinum + snack basket. There are great ticket bundles that include exclusive Folk Fest merchandise (not available for separate purchase), as well as a livestream only ticket starting at $25.
University Musical Society cancels all in-person performances through April
ANN ARBOR – The University Musical Society has announced that all in-person events have been canceled through April due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Ticketholders can choose to receive a full refund, a UMS gift certificate that’s good for the next five years or donate the purchase price of their ticket to UMS. With this latest update, we are disappointed to inform you that UMS will not hold any live performances through April 2021. While we are saddened by this news, we believe that the health and safety — of both our artists and our audiences — is the top priority right now. For more information on how to contact UMS to receive a refund, gift certificate or to donate your tickets, click here.
U-M student, volunteer at Arbor Hospice to perform virtual concert on Christmas Eve
ANN ARBOR – University of Michigan student and music volunteer at Arbor Hospice, Sherwin Navaz, will be performing a virtual piano concert on Christmas Eve at 7 p.m. “As an Arbor Hospice music volunteer, Navaz brings comfort and peace to patients with serious and terminal illnesses,” read a news release. “Often, the sounds of his piano stir emotions and memories that otherwise feel like a lifetime away.”U-M student Sherwin Navaz will be putting on a free virtual concert on Christmas Eve. Viewers on Christmas Eve can expect to hear a diverse selection of music, from Beethoven to Chopin and The Sound of Music to The Beatles. To learn more about Arbor Hospice, visit www.arborhospice.org.
Ann Arbor Summer Festival to host illusionist Scott Silven in February
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Illusionist Scott Silven will be back in Ann Arbor this year, but this time his visit is virtual. Hosted by the Ann Arbor Summer Festival, Silven will be performing his new production, The Journey, for six nights in February. Audience members help to construct their own experience during the performance and by responding to email prompts before the show. “Scott is a unique talent who left audiences mesmerized after his 2018 Ann Arbor run. Each ticket for the Feb. 23, 24 and 28 performances cost $46 while tickets for Feb. 25-27 cost $56 each.
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.
Ann Arbor high schoolers to perform 8 virtual plays this weekend
ANN ARBOR – The Pioneer Theatre Guild will be performing a series of short plays via livestream this weekend and tickets are free. In a year marked by remote learning, the PTG has also adapted the way they perform. The group dedicated the video to the outgoing senior class whose final season was marred by the pandemic. This weekend, the performances are inspired by the Play at Home project -- a national effort by a group of theatre companies to commission a series of short plays for local communities. Even through the Zoom screen, I still felt included and connected to those that were a part of the project.
Watch Michigan Marching Band’s first-ever digital show
ANN ARBOR – The Michigan Marching Band performed the first digital show in its 123-year history on Saturday ahead of the Wolverines’ football game against Penn State. The band performed a variety of songs, including “Help!” by The Beatles, “Don’t Back Down” by Bruce Springsteen and “Amazing Grace.”Familiar voice and longtime Michigan Marching Band announcer Carl Grapentine appears throughout the performance. “I want to join the Michigan Marching band in thanking members of our medical community,” said Howard in the video. From musicians to flag team members, to cheerleaders and baton twirlers, the video features scores of the band’s members performing from their dorm rooms, permanent residences, front yards and on the band’s practicing grounds at Elbel Field. And it wouldn’t be a Michigan Band show if the drum major didn’t do that famous backbend on the field at the Big House.
Local watch party to stream The Verve Pipe presented by The Ark on Saturday
ANN ARBOR – As the coronavirus pandemic stretches toward the end of the year, live music feels like a thing of the past. Stony Lake Brewing in Saline and Acoustic Routes will be hosting a big screen watch party for The Ark’s live stream of multi-platinum group The Verve Pipe on Saturday at 8 p.m. The Ark is presenting the special live stream along with The Listening Room in Grand Rapids. According to a press release, the watch party is “designed around Michigan’s public health directives" and aims to support performance venues and Michigan artists during the pandemic. To watch the show from home, you can purchase a $20 live stream access here.
UMS to roll out free digital events, outdoor workshops this fall in Ann Arbor
ANN ARBOR – The University Musical Society has announced its fall events which include socially distanced outdoor workshops and free digital performances for the community to enjoy. From digital artist residencies to in-person events, here’s what you can look forward to this season with UMS. Sheku Kanneh-Mason & Isata Kanneh-MasonDigital Premiere: Sunday, Oct. 25 at 2 p.m. with live Q&A with the artists after the concertSheku Kanneh-Mason & Isata Kanneh-Mason. Both artists will join UMS audiences in a live chat on Facebook after the digital premiere. Pierce’s UMS residency will explore social justice, anti-racism, and the Black canon of performance work.
University Musical Society kicks-off season with virtual and in-person events
ANN ARBOR, Mich. The University Music Society at the University of Michigan has kicked-off its 142nd season with a lineup of digital presentations, a virtual book launch and outdoor movement workshops. While many live concert events have been postponed or altered into digital performances due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the UMS has continued to provide programming for the community. The digital premiere will be at 2 p.m. on Sept. 5 but will be on-demand through the UMS website until Sept. 30. Sept. 12 & Sept. 26Two outside movement workshops will be offered by the UMSs popular You Can Dance series. Due to Michigan public safety guidelines, the UMS has translated its concert with the Takcs Quartet into a free digital performance.
University Musical Society in Ann Arbor announces changes to 2020-2021 season
ANN ARBOR, Mich. Modified in-person events and digital events are among the changes recently announced by the University Musical Society at the University of Michigan for its 2020-2021 season. Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), travel restrictions and tour cancellations, many in-person performances have either been canceled or rescheduled. Instead, UMS audiences will be able to connect with performers through digital presentations, outdoor workshops, digital artist residences and modified in-person events. Digital presentations will be produced and streamed online for UMS audiences. Through a digital platform, artists will be able to casually interact with audiences, offer mini-performance experiences, make digital art and offer a look inside their creative process.
Flint musician Tunde Olaniran to virtually perform with NextGen Michigan
The Michigan branch of NextGen America is hosting a virtual performance Saturday with Flint-based musician Tunde Olaniran as part of their Pride Week of Action.The musician is expected to offer a new performance created specifically for the event. The Nigerian-born, Flint-based musician is known for their unique and eclectic sound, fusing fast dance, electronic and hip-hop styles with socially-conscious lyrics. Olanirans first album, Transgressor, debuted in 2015 and their latest album, Stranger, was released in 2018. The musician has been featured on NPRs All Songs Considered and in New Yorker and PitchFork magazines, among others. Protestors are marching to demand change and decry racism and police brutality in the U.S.RELATED: Lawmakers use protest momentum to push state racial reforms
Ann Arbor Pioneer students record song from canceled spring production remotely
ANN ARBOR A recent video posted by Ann Arbor Pioneers Theatre Guild gives meaning to the phrase the show must go on.When senior Dana Steiner learned that the groups spring production of Les Miserables was canceled, she pitched the performing-in-place idea. I am a senior at Pioneer and this would have been my last musical with my younger brother and my PTG family. To help everyone record their parts, I sent out an instruction video and sample recordings of every ensemble vocal track, Steiner said in a statement. Every cast member who wanted to participate recorded themselves singing their part a cappella while listening to the accompaniment in headphones. I got sent each video individually -- 35 total -- at the beginning of May and spent weeks editing them all together.Wed say it was a big success.
Learn new skills with Performance Playground by University Musical Society in Ann Arbor
ANN ARBOR, Mich. Performance Playground offers a free, online resource for children interested in learning new artistic skills at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Created by the University Musical Society of the University of Michigan, the new learning platform has skill-building units for children and teenagers aged five to 13. Each unit is lead by professional teaching artists and focuses on different types of performing arts. Skills will be in the field of music, theater, dance, and visual arts and will make connections to everyday life. Find units on the Playground Performance website.