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The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra has announced its full schedule for the 2013 14 season, including its regular subscription series as well as a variety of special events.

Tickets are on sale for the subscription season, which opens with a performance of Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring.”

The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra celebrates its 85th year with an exciting variety of symphonies, concertos, contemporary works, and a delightful opera that will enchant audiences new to the orchestra as well as long time friends. Classical, Family, and Chamber Recital season subscriptions are now available to hear outstanding performances by Michigan premier regional orchestra and renowned guest soloists.

Opening Night: The Rite of Spring

September 21, Michigan Theater, Sponsored by the Ray Eleanor Cross Foundation, MCACA NEA

The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Music Director and Conductor Arie Lipsky, now in his 14th year with the A2SO, opens its season with Rite of Spring. Stravinsky daring piece launched symphonic music, and society, in bold new directions by breaking all the rules from the very concept of melody to audience expectations. Grammy award winner Bill Bolcom Commedia for (Almost) 18th Century Orchestra and Schubert classic Unfinished Symphony round out the evening.

The A2SO is ushering in fall with the rich, warm sounds of Dvorak magnificent Symphony No. 7. Back by popular demand, Julie Albers plays one of the most challenging cello showpieces in the repertoire Prokofiev sinfonia concertante. This sweeping work for cello and orchestra was dedicated by Prokofiev to Mstislav Rostropovich. Soloist Albers will dazzle you with her fire and finesse. The lush orchestra sound continues with Bartok Two Portraits, where the listener can hear the unmistakable influence of Debussy along with Bartok love of his native folk music. The piece features the sublime elegance of A2SO concertmaster Aaron Berofsky.

November 23, Michigan Theater, sponsored by the UM Centers of Excellence: Cardiovascular, Comprehensive Cancer, Transplant, and Brehm Centers.

Listeners will take a winter journey with Tchaikovsky seldom heard masterpiece, Symphony No. 1, Dreams. Hear for yourself why the composer himself said this symphony better than any of my other more mature works. Glazunov brilliant Violin Concerto showcases Concertmaster Aaron Berofsky in this work made famous by Jascha Heifetz. Complete your concert journey with Estonian composer Arvo Part wintry description of icy woods and coastline in his Fratres, which builds to a haunting intensity and passion.

2nd Annual Holiday Pops, Co Sponsored by Bank of Ann Arbor

It a family tradition to gather and enjoy the songs of the season with your A2SO including excerpts from The Nutcracker, and glorious choral music by Measure for Measure. Enjoy the good music making and merriment of this festive concert the perfect way to welcome in your holiday season. We call it pure delight. Celebrate the genius composer putting it all together a funny story, beautiful arias sung by great singers, and a message that makes do all women an enduring work. Your A2SO become actors in this narrated, semi staged opera featuring an all star cast including: sopranos Sarah Hibbard and Lauren Skuce, mezzo soprano Jennifer Holloway, tenor Charles Reid, bass baritone David Small, and bass John Shuffle. Narrated by Stephen West, with chorus prepared by Steven Lorenz, the 18th Annual Birthday Bash is sure to sell out.

Beethoven himself was the soloist at the Vienna premiere of his Piano Concerto No. 2, nearly 220 years ago this week. A2SO soloist Adam Golka, back by audience demand for a second performance in Ann Arbor, brings the music sense of drama and playfulness to life. Strauss famous tone poem Also sprach Zarathustra fills every cubic inch of the Michigan Theater when the mighty Barton organ, installed when the theater was built in 1927, joins the symphony impressive ranks. Listeners will recognize the music from the Apollo space program and Stanley Kubrick 2001: A Space Odyssey. The driving beat and melody of modern composer John Adams Short Ride in a Fast Machine, one of the most performed orchestral works composed in the last 30 years, will shift you to high gear in less than four minutes.

Season Finale: Brahms Festival

April 12, Michigan Theater, cosponsored by Rebecca Horvath

Each distinguished piece of music at the A2SO Brahms Festival is packed with emotion, passion, complexity, richness and beauty. From the dashing Academic Overture to MacArthur Genius Award winner Bright Sheng hauntingly beautiful full orchestral arrangement of Brahms Intermezzo in A major a poignant work originally written for solo piano you hear Brahms full hearted voice. Violinist Itamar Zorman, the 2011 International Tchaikovsky Competition winner, pairs with 2008 Naumburg International Cello Competition winner David Requiro in the massive Brahms Double Concerto. Guest violinist Itamar Zorman plays with intensity, integrity, and virtuosity. Guest cellist David Requiro creates a rich and evocative sound. Together, both artists compliment the intensity and emotional range of the Brahms concerto. The A2SO concludes with one of Brahms best loved works, Symphony No. 1.

October 4, November 1, January 17, March 14, April 18

The A2SO Chamber Recital Series features the finest chamber recital music played by A2SO musicians. These hour long concerts, open to listeners of all ages, combine fresh sounds of newly minted as well as time honored classics for wind, string and brass soloists. All concerts are preceded by dessert and coffee. Subscriptions to all five concerts are just $45 and single tickets are $10.

The Benard L. Maas Foundation Family Concert Series

Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra Family Concerts are specially designed to introduce children and their parents to the wonders of a live symphony concert. Part performance, part family outing, these affordable concerts will spark the imagination of the whole family.

Beethoven Lives Upstairs, part of the Benard L. Maas Foundation Family Series

November 24, Michigan Theater, sponsored by Toyota

Young Christoph is convinced his mother has rented out the upstairs room to a madman! That boarder is none other than Ludwig van Beethoven who is busy composing his Ninth Symphony. The boy and the cantankerously eccentric deaf composer eventually meet and Christoph begins to see the softer side of Beethoven as his music begins to win the boy over. Beethoven memorable music is magically woven into the play that won an Emmy Award for Best Children Program. Actors in costume bring the story to life, using funny and true stories about Beethoven, with all music performed by the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.

Sing Along with Santa, part of the Benard L. Maas Foundation Family Series

December 7, Bethlehem United Church of Christ

Your A2SO has a special relationship with Santa. Each year he sleds down from the North Pole to meet the children of Ann Arbor at our Sing Along. He loves to read aloud the Night Before Christmas, and sing all his favorite carols with the kids. To help remember the fun, a photographer will snap a photo of each youngster with Santa sent to you in time for Christmas. Cookies and cider will make your afternoon festivities bright. Bassist Erin Zurbuchen will be accompanied by pianist Lori Zupan.
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