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Published: Thursday, 7/26/2012

Kerrytown's annual Song Fest opens today in Ann Arbor

BY SALLY VALLONGO
SPECIAL TO THE BLADE

Editor's Note: The date for the music group Chihiro’s performance at the Toledo Museum of Art was incorrect. The concert will be Saturday at 3 p.m. in the Libbey Court.

ANN ARBOR -- This year's 53rd annual Ann Arbor Art Fair has ended, and all over this city, folks are breathing sighs of relief.

But at Kerrytown Concert House, no dust has settled. That's because it's time for the Week After Art Fair Song Fest, an annual series of musical evenings featuring local and guest talent.

Today's 8 p.m. program is dubbed Old/New, High/Low: A study in Contrasts and will present singers Emily Banner, Liz Pearse, Monica Swartout-Bebow, Deanna Relyea (founder/manager of Kerrytown), and Chris Scholl in a varied program.

Planning and tying it all together will be soprano Jane Schoonmaker Rodgers and opera expert and piano phenom Kevin Bylsma.

The same cast will return for a different program in the No-Holds Barred Cabaret Night at 8 p.m. Friday in the north Ann Arbor venue, 415 North Fourth Ave.

Cooler heads will prevail at 8 p.m. Saturday when Tumbao Bravo performs Latin jazz. The cast includes Paul Vornhagen, Bob Mojica, Patrick Prouty, Brian Delassio, Alberto Nacif, and Javier Barrios.

July wraps up with jazz by the Ben Jansson Quartet at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Information: www.kerrytown.com or 734-769-2999

Sunday's Music Under the Stars will offer music on the theme Passport to Europe at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in the Toledo Zoo Amphitheatre. Jason Stumbo, director of bands at the University of Toledo, will conduct the Toledo Symphony Concert Band in a varied and lively program representing music from Spain, France, the Netherlands, Germany, and Great Britain.

Symphony principal trumpet Lauraine Carpenter will solo with the band in an arrangement of "La Virgen de la Macarena," and singers Jennifer Cresswell and Aaron Brooks from the Toledo Opera will perform arias.

The Detroit Caledonian Pipe Band will make a guest appearance, bringing its award-winning performance on bagpipes and drums to the open-air theater. The band returns Oct. 16 to perform during halftime at the University of Toledo football game.

Back by popular demand will be Sam Szor leading Austrian marches and more, and joined by fiddlers Corinna Smith and Nic Gareiss.

Stumbo has been at UT for eight years, conducting and teaching all aspects of band music. He has degrees from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and the University of Missouri. He is busy away from UT as guest clinician, adjudicator, and conductor.

Admission to Music Under the Stars presented by The Andersons is free and receives major support from Mercy Health Systems.

A group of local musicians and dancers named Chihiro seems to have a thousand questions (at least) and will express their curiosity in a free program at 3 p.m. Saturday in the Toledo Museum of Art.

Titled "Collider," the program will weave through various galleries as performers interact with the museum's collection, using the device of a particle collider to reveal the relationships between new and old and various cultures.

Performers will be Allison Kodeih, Ciara Lieberman, Eva Sullivan, Emily Hall, Jon Martin Smith, Frank McElhannon, Jill Berkana, Pevely Pawlak, and Lindsay Foster. Sparking the performance will be a composition by Elainie Lillios. The action starts in the Libbey Court.

The Cleveland Orchestra's summer performances at Blossom Music Center continue this weekend and next.

Saturday's 7 p.m. concert will feature conductor Jahja Ling and violinist Gil Shaham with the Kent/Blossom Chamber Orchestra in an all-Beethoven program. Shaham, in his 14th appearance with the orchestra, will perform the Violin Concerto. Also on the program will be the Coriolan Overture and Symphony No. 5.

Performing Sunday at 7 p.m. will be Time for Three, the string trio founded by Bowling Green native Zach DePue, and also comprising Nick Kendall and Ranaan Meyer. Steven Reineke will conduct.

The 8 p.m. Aug. 4 program offers music by Prokofief, Wagner, and Chopin. James Gaffigan, principal conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and a former CO assistant conductor, will lead the program.

Pianist Daniil Trifonov will solo in the Chopin Piano Concerto No. 1. Trifonov won the 14th International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 2011. He studies now at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Call 800-686-1141 for information and to purchase tickets.

Maumee Community Band, where are you? The Blade had tried unsuccessfully to find information on upcoming concerts. We'd like to publicize your performances.

Items for News of Music should be sent to svallongo@theblade.com at least two weeks before the event date.



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