The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will be in Detroit starting tonight through Saturday, for performances at the Detroit Opera House, 1526 Broadway St., Detroit.
Programs will include original works “Another Night,” “Pas de Duke,” Revelation,” “Home,” and other Ailey classics, and each performance will offer a different mix. Shows are 7:30 p.m. today, Friday, and Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For tickets, call 313-237-7464 or www.michiganopera.org.
The Toledo Symphony continues its Classics Series with 8 p.m. concerts Friday and Saturday in the Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle. This weekend’s program will offer the Schubert Symphony No. 9 (The Great), and open with Brahms’s Tragic Overture.
Featured soloist in the Oboe Concerto by Richard Strauss will be symphony principal oboist Kimberly Loch.
As holder of the Owens Corning Endowed Chair, Loch maintains a busy schedule which includes orchestral and ensemble performances, teaching, and solos -- this is her second out-front appearance with the orchestra during the current season. Loch and her double-reed associate, Michele Smith, performed the Vivaldi Concerto for Two Oboes in January during a Mozart & More concert.
Tickets for the weekend concerts are $20-52 at 419-246-8000 or www.toledosymphony.com.
The Toledo Museum of Art’s distinctive Wendell Castle Steinway will appear with its plainer sister in the Great Gallery Sunday, where students of University of Toledo faculty pianist Michael Boyd will perform in a 3 p.m. recital. Boyd, a Steinway Artist, has programmed works by Mozart, Grieg, Saint-Saens, Rachmaninoff, Lutoslawski, Holst, and Bolcom for this free public event.
Contenders for the Barbara Rondelli-Perry Scholarship Competition will sing at 3 p.m. Sunday in the UT Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall.
The UT High School Honors Band is to perform, at 1:30 p.m., in Doermann Theater. Comprising top high school musicians from Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan high schools, the band is led by Jason Stumbo. The concert culminates a weekend of events for the select musicians, and is free to the public.
At Bowling Green State University, romantic Paris will come to life in productions of Fanz Lehar’s The Merry Widow at 8 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Sunday in the Donnell Theatre of the Wolfe Center for the Arts. The production is a collaboration among BGSU theater, opera, and music departments and colleges, with Ron Shields of the theater department serving as stage director. Shields and other BGSU faculty will lead a Director’s Forum one hour before both shows.
Ticket information is available at http://BGSU.edu/Arts, or 419-372-8171.
Also this weekend on the BGSU campus will be the next Young People’s Concert, at 11 a.m. Saturday in Bryan Recital Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center. The program is titled Horns-a-Plenty and will present plenty of brassy sounds and a fine introduction to music for children. Tickets are $2-$4 at the door or in advance.
Violinist Annette-Barbara Vogel is to give a free public recital at 8 p.m. Monday in Donnell Theatre on the Guest Artist series of the BGSU College of Musical Arts. On Tuesday, vocal students of Sean Cooper will perform in the Music at the Manor House, 7:30 p.m. in Wildwood Metropark.
Palm Sunday kicks off Holy Week for Protestant churches, one of the busiest classical music periods of the entire church year, with concerts in the Toledo area ranging from full choral performances to eclectic programs featuring vocalists and instrumentalists. Here’s a sample of what’s on tap:
St. Timothy Episcopal Church, 871 East Boundary St., Perrysburg, will present its Festival of Song at 3 p.m. Sunday. In affiliation with the Canterbury Singers USA, an Anglican choral organization, St. Timothy will present music by Verdi, Handel, and Bernstein performed by singers Cheryl Babb, Tina Bunce, Ann Corrigan, Micah Graber, and Brian White. Lyle Hecklinger and Michael Gartz will accompany. Other performers will include trumpets Sarah Roth and Gwyneth Foster, trombonist Chris Kanney, and baritone Caitlin Ballinger, plus Richard Martinez and his band.
Monroe Street United Methodist Church, 3613 Monroe St., will present its annual Palm Sunday Concert at 7 p.m. Sunday. This year’s program pairs the Mozart Coronation Mass with the Lord Nelson Mass by Haydn. Kevin Bylsma will conduct. Soloists will be Jane Schoonmaker Rodgers, Deanna Relyea, Christopher Scholl, and Sean Cooper. Church organist Denise Mathias will perform a C.P.E. Bach concerto. Admission is free to the public.
The St. Olaf College Piano Student Tour will land at Community of Christ Lutheran Church, on the corner of Dutch and Finzel roads in Whitehouse, for a 7:30 p.m. concert Tuesday. Top musicians from the Minnesota institution will bring to life music by composers living the Americas. Admission is free.
The St. Lucas Lenten Evensong service will present the Lourdes University Chorus in a concert of sacred works at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the church, 745 Walbridge Ave. Karen T. Biscay will conduct.
The Toledo Symphony League is looking to offer a financial boost for the region’s best and brightest young classical musicians. The League’s Young Artist Competition, an annual audition, will select three musicians to receive scholarships for further study and a chance to perform a movement from a concert with the Toledo Symphony during a Toledo Youth Orchestra concert in the Peristyle. Auditions are set for 9 a.m. June 1 in Symphony Space, 1838 Parkwood Ave.
Applications are due by May 6 and may be found on the TSO and TSO League Web sites:
Kudos to the UT music department for its successful production of Orfeo, the dramatic opera by Monteverdi, in the Toledo Museum’s Cloister. Directed by Denise Ritter-Bernardini and Don Bernardini, with Robert Mirakian conducting the orchestra, the full production made dramatic use of one of the museum’s most beloved galleries. Sell-out crowds turned out for each of the performances, which drew great informal reviews.
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