The countdown for the Toledo Symphony Orchestra's concert debut in Carnegie Hall on May 7, 2011, has begun. Selected from 65 North American orchestras to perform in the Spring for Music Festival, the TSO, under Stefan Sanderling, principal conductor, will perform a full program which will be announced early in 2011.
To keep up with the count, go to http://nyc.toledosymphony.com.
The symphony will reprise its benefit Stampede 5K race and walk at 9 a.m. Sunday during the Historic Old West End Festival. The race begins in front of the Professional Building, 1838 Parkwood Ave., and will follow a paved certified course with — what else, considering it's the TSO? — live music at distance markers. Prizes include tickets to the 2010-2011 season, individual concerts, and other gifts from area businesses. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.; cost is $15-$25. For additional information, contact the Stampede Race Committee at 419-418-0033 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The race will be held rain or shine.
The University Musical Society has announced its 2010-2011 season of performances on the campus of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
The new season celebrates with famed symphonies, great dance companies, established and new string quartets and ensembles, one of the world's most acclaimed bass-baritones, and some huge choral/symphonic works rarely presented.
Just in time for Columbus Day, a Latino early music ensemble, La Capella Reial de Catalunya, joined by Hesperion XXI and the Tembembe Ensemble Continuo, will explore in music the historic voyage of Christopher Columbus in “The Route to the New World: From Spain to Mexico.” The performance is set for 8 p.m. Sept. 30 in St. Francis of Assisi Church, Ann Arbor.
October opens with the Paul Taylor Dance Company in three separate shows, 8 p.m. Oct. 7-9 in the Power Center.
The start of a mini-series focusing on Schubert will bring the Takacs String Quartet and pianist Jeffrey Kahane to Ann Arbor for an 8 p.m. concert Oct. 14 in Hill Auditorium. Schubert's Quartet in C Minor and his Piano Sonata in B-flat Major are on the program along with a new work by Daniel Kellogg. The Jerusalem Quartet is due to perform at 8 p.m. Oct. 21 in Rackham Auditorium.
The mystery of Butoh, a contemporary Japanese dance form, will be explored by Sankai Juku in an 8 p.m. show Oct. 23 and a 2 p.m. performance Oct. 24, both in the Power Center. This season's production is “Hibiki: Resonance from Far Away.”
Winding up a busy October, the Venice Baroque Orchestra with violinist Robert McDuffie will give a single performance, 8 p.m. Oct. 27, in Hill Auditorium. Two versions of the Four Seasons — the original by Antonio Vivaldi and the American version by Phillip Glass — are on the program.
November's schedule opens with a tribute to the ONCE Group based in Ann Arbor in the late 1950s-early 1960s, a collective of musicians, composers, artists, film-makers, and architects connected through composer Ross Lee Finney, which explored new directions in performance for public consumption. Surviving founders Gordon Mumma, Robert Ashley, Roger Reynolds, and Donald Scarvada will attend this tribute program at 8 p.m. Nov. 2 in Rackham Auditorium.
Something new will be followed by something old, Renaissance music performed by the Tallis Scholars under the leadership of Peter Phillips. The group performs at 8 p.m. Nov. 4 in St. Francis of Assisi Church. Pianist Murray Perahia will return to Hill Auditorium for a program at 8 p.m. Nov. 10.
Composer-performer Laurie Anderson will be in Ann Arbor for 8 p.m. performances Jan. 14 and 15, 2011, in Hill Auditorium. Brazilian dance ensemble Grupo Corpo will perform at 8 p.m. Jan. 21 and 22 in Power Center. Medieval Parisian vocal music will be offered by Sequentia, with Benjamin Brady directing, at 8 p.m. Jan. 27 in St. Francis of Assisi Church.
February opens with the Cleveland Orchestra with conductor Franz Welser-Most and pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard in a program of music by Bartok, Schumann, and Wagner at 8 p.m. Feb. 1 in Hill Auditorium.
Violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and the New Century Chamber Orchestra will perform works by Wolf, Bartok, Piazzolla, and Tchaikovsky at 8 p.m. Feb. 4 in Rackham Auditorium. Young Polish pianist Rafal Blechacz will perform twice while in town, in a solo recital at 8 p.m. Feb. 11 in Hill Auditorium. For a 4 p.m. Feb. 13 concert Blechacz will be joined by Concertante, a virtuoso string sextet, in Rackham. Now on its Legacy Tour, the venerable Merce Cunningham Dance Company will offer 8 p.m. shows Feb. 18 and 19 in the Power Center.
March will be highlighted by an 8 p.m. concert by the Scharoun Ensemble Berlin March 9 in Rackham.
Gustav Mahler's huge Symphony No. 8 (“Symphony of a Thousand”) will be performed by the UMS Choral Union, the U-M Chamber and University choirs, the Orpheus Singers, and the Michigan State University Children's Choir, with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra under the baton of music director Leonard Slatkin, at 8 p.m. March 19 in Hill Auditorium.
In April, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic with conductor Yuri Temirkanov and pianist Nikolai Lugansky will perform at 8 p.m. April 2 in Hill. On the program is Rimsky-Korsakov's “Scheherazade” and Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2.
Famed bass-baritone Thomas Quasthoff will sing with Genia Kuhmeier, soprano; Bernarda Fink, mezzo, and Michael Schade, tenor, in a program titled “Songs and Waltzes of Love” at 8 p.m. April 23 in Hill Auditorium, Pianists Malcolm Martineau and Justus Zeyen will accompany in a program of music by Brahms and Schumann.
For more information go to ums.org.
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