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Lindsey Stirling

Lindsey Stirling

Friday, July 29 at 8:00 PM at the Michigan.

Lindsey Stirling is one of the biggest artist development breakthrough stories in recent years. A classically trained violinist from Gilbert, AZ, Lindsey has entered a futurist world of electronic big beats and animation, leaping through the music industry with over 675 million views on YouTube, Billboard chart-topping hits and sold out tours worldwide.

Lindsey’s self-titled debut album featured twelve original tracks; including the viral smash “Crystallize,” which has racked u

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Sanford Biggers

Sanford Biggers

Thursday, September 15 at 5:10 PM at the Michigan. Free and open to the public!

Sanford Biggers is a visual artist producing paintings, sculptures, immersive installations, and videos, while also creating multimedia musical performances with his collective Moon Medicin. He combines media into compelling, sensual and witty works which address challenging and far-ranging topics such as hip hop, Buddhism, politics, identity, pop culture, American history, and art history in order to offer new perspectives and associations for es

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Lewis Black

Lewis Black

Friday, September 16 at 8:00 PM at the Michigan.

Lewis Black is one of the most prolific and popular performers working today. He executes a brilliant trifecta as stand-up comedian, actor and author, and performs over 200 nights a year to sold out audiences throughout Europe, New Zealand, Canada and The United States.
Lewis’ live performances provide a cathartic release of anger and disillusionment for his audience. Lewis yells so they don’t have to. A passionate performer who is more pissed-off optimist than mean-spirited

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Glen Hansard

Glen Hansard

Saturday, September 17 at 7:30 PM.

Glen Hansard is the celebrated principal songwriter and vocalist/guitarist for the influential Irish group The Frames. Whether busking the streets of Dublin, where he got his start, or headlining a gig, Hansard has garnered a reputation as an unparalleled frontman. Hansard is also one half of the acclaimed duo The Swell Season. In 2007, he and Czech songstress Markéta Irglová took home the Academy Award for Best Original Song for “Falling Slowly” off the Once soundtrack. In 2013, the B

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Alex Schweder

Alex Schweder

Thursday, September 22 at 5:10 PM at the Michigan. Free and open to the public!

Alex Schweder works with architecture and performance art to complicate the distinction between occupying subjects and occupied objects. These projects include Practise Architecture at Tate Britain, Flatland at New York’s Sculpture Center, Its Form Follows Your Performance at Berlin’s Magnus Muller, A Sac of Rooms All Day Long at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Counterweight Roommate in Scope Basel, Roomograph at the deCordova

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Dark Star Orchestra

Dark Star Orchestra

Saturday, September 24 at 7:30 PM at the Michigan.

Performing to critical acclaim worldwide for nearly 15 years and over 2000 shows, Dark Star Orchestra continues the Grateful Dead concert experience. Their shows are built off the Dead’s extensive catalog and the talent of these 7 fine musicians. On any given night the band will perform a show based on a set list from the Grateful Dead’s 30 years of extensive touring or use their catalog to program a unique set list for the show. This allows fans both young and old to share in

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Mark Mothersbaugh

Mark Mothersbaugh

Thursday, September 29 at 5:10 PM at the Michigan. Free and open to the public!

A composer, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, author, and visual artist, Mark Mothersbaugh is best known as co-founder, lead singer, and keyboardist of the popular band DEVO. He has also written musical scores for video games, television series (including Rugrats, Beakman’s World, Santo Bugito, Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, and Regular Show), and films (including Wes Anderson’s Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, and The

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Kamasi Washington and the Next Step

Kamasi Washington and the Next Step

September 30 at 8:00 PM at the Michigan.

“The 35-year-old tenor saxophonist Kamasi Washington has emerged as “the most-talked-about jazz musician since Wynton Marsalis arrived on the New York scene three decades ago.” (New York Times)

Born into a musical family, he recently collaborated and appeared on rapper Kendrick Lamar’s platinum album To Pimp a Butterfly and has also performed with the likes of Snoop Dogg, Gerald Wilson, Mos Def, Quincy Jones, and Chaka Khan. But while Washington and the other members of his coal

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NJFK: Mosaic Youth Theatre

NJFK: Mosaic Youth Theatre

Sunday, October 2 at 1:30 PM at the Michigan.

Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit is one of Southeast Michigan’s most highly regarded cultural treasures, empowering and mentoring young performers. With their collective voices raised in song, the Mosaic Singers shift effortlessly from Motown to Mozart and Broadway to Bach, with a unique style that’s all their own.

Part of the Benard L. Maas Foundation Not Just for Kids Series Presented by Toyota.

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Miwa Mitrayek

Miwa Mitrayek

Thursday, October 6 at 5:10 PM at the Michigan. Free and open to the public!

Miwa Matreyek is an animator, director, designer, and performer based in Los Angeles. She creates live, staged performances where she interacts with her animations as a shadow silhouette, at the cross section of cinematic and theatrical, fanatical and tangible, illusionistic and physical. Her work exists in a dreamlike visual space that makes invisible worlds visible, often weaving surreal and poetic narratives of conflict between man and nature. Her

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A2SO: Romeo & Juliet

A2SO: Romeo & Juliet

Saturday, October 8, 8:00 p.m. at the Michigan. Tickets available beginning July 20 at tickets.a2so.com

Brahms Tragic Overture
Haydn Sinfonia Concertante, Op. 84
Prokofiev Romeo & Juliet

special guests

Aaron Berofsky
Sarah Cleveland
Christian Green
Timothy Michling

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Loreena McKennitt

Loreena McKennitt

Wednesday, October 12 at 7:30 PM at the Michigan.

Loreena McKennitt is a Canadian musician that specializes in world music with Celtic and Middle Eastern themes. McKennitt is known for her refined and clear dramatic soprano vocals. She has sold more than 14 million albums worldwide,

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Not an Alternative

Not an Alternative

Thursday, October 13 at 5:10 PM at the Michigan. Free and open to the public!

Not An Alternative is a NY-based collective that works at the intersection of art, activism, and critical theory. Its mission is to affect popular understandings of histories, symbols, and institutions through the occupation and redeployment of popular vernacular, semiotics and memes. Not An Alternative was named in The NY Times and ArtNet “Best in Art 2015” round-ups. The group’s installations, performances, and presentations have

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Wynwood Walls

Thursday, October 20 at 5:10 PM at the Michigan. Free and open to the public!

“Dark”, “gritty”, and “desolate” were words used to describe the Miami neighborhood of Wynwood in 2006. Wanting to revitalize the neighborhood, renowned place-maker Tony Goldman noticed that the natural vocabulary of Wynwood was hand painted signage, graphics and graffiti. In 2009, Wynwood Walls began the nation’s only outdoor street art museum, open to the public without charge. Comprised of six separate wa

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Philip Beesley & Iris Van Herpen

Philip Beesley & Iris Van Herpen

Plays Thursday, October 27 at 5:10 PM at the Michigan. Free and open to the public!

Philip Beesley is a practicing visual artist, architect, and professor whose work is focused in the rapidly expanding technology and culture of responsive and interactive systems. His Toronto-based practice, Philip Beesley Architect Inc., operates in partnership with the Europe-based practice Pucher Seifert, the Waterloo-based Adaptive Systems Group, and in numerous collaborations including longstanding exchanges with couture designer Iris van

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Elvis Costello and the Imposters

Elvis Costello and the Imposters

Sunday, October 30 at 8:00 PM at the Michigan.

ELVIS COSTELLO AND THE IMPOSTERS will return to the U.S. for a dozen East Coast and Midwest shows this fall on the “Imperial Bedroom & Other Chambers” tour. Costello will frame selections from 1982’s Imperial Bedroom album with “the songs that led in and out of that velvet-trimmed playhouse.”

Asked to elaborate on the show, Costello added, “You must have known by now that we wouldn’t play this kind of show by anyone else’s rules. You’l

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Fred Gelli

Fred Gelli

Thursday, November 3 at 5:10 PM at the Michigan. Free and open to the public!

Fred Gelli is co-founder and creative director of Tátil, a strategic consultancy that uses design to create sustainable connections between people and brands, such as Coca-Cola, P&G, Philips and TIM. Over his 27 year trajectory, he has accumulated over 100 national and international awards, including: iF Design Award, IDEA – USA, D&AD, and Cannes Lions. His latest achievement was designing the Rio 2016™ Olympic and Paralympic Game

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Athi-Patra Ruga

Athi-Patra Ruga

Thursday, November 10 at 5:10 PM at the Michigan. Free and open to the public!

Exploring the border-zones between fashion, performance, and contemporary art, Athi-Patra Ruga makes work that exposes and subverts the body in relation to structure, ideology, and politics. Bursting with eclectic multicultural references, carnal sensuality and a dislocated undercurrent of humor, his performances, videos, costumes, and photographic images create a world where cultural identity is no longer determined by geographical origins, ances

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A2SO: Tchaikovsky & Friends

A2SO: Tchaikovsky & Friends

Friday, November 11, 8:00 p.m. at the Michigan. Tickets available beginning July 20 at tickets.a2so.com

Daugherty Strut
Shostakovich Violin Concerto
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6 “Pathetique”

special guest
Aaron Berofsky

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A2SO: Music From Harry Potter

November 13 at 4:00 at the Michigan. Tickets available beginning July 20 at tickets.a2so.com

Pre-concert activities 2:30-3:30 pm

Ann Arbor Hands on Museum
Instrument Petting Zoo
Owls from the Leslie Science Center
Sponsored by Toyota

Journey through all the movie adventures of Harry Potter with these musical theme and more!
Hedwig’s Theme
Hogwarts Forever
Dobby the House Elf
Double Trouble
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Jane Fulton Suri

Jane Fulton Suri

Thursday, November 17 at 5:10 PM at the Michigan. Free and open to the public!

Jane Fulton Suri is Partner Emeritus at IDEO where, for nearly 30 years, she has been uncovering insight to inform and inspire design for organizations worldwide. She pioneered human-centered approaches, empathic observation and experience prototyping. She has coauthored and published several design tools to promote human-centered practices: IDEO’s Thoughtless Acts?, the book of snapshots to model close observation of day to day interactions,

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Roland Graf

Roland Graf

Thursday, December 1 at 5:10 PM at the Michigan. Free and open to the public!

Austrian artist, architect, and designer Roland Graf crosses many disciplines to design objects, intervene in public spaces and develop experimental human interfaces. Since 1997, he has co-directed the artist collective Assocreation, best known for its award-winning interactive installations that often manipulate the ground the public walks on, such as the telematic sidewalk Bump (Prix Ars Electronica Distinction 2001) or the street video game Solar

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NJFK: Frosty

NJFK: Frosty

Saturday, December 3 at 1:30 PM at the Michigan.

The beloved holiday song “Frosty the Snowman” has inspired this brand new story. A young orphan named Billy discovers magic in a stolen hat. When he places the hat on a snowman’s head, the snowman comes to life! But can Frosty the Snowman help Billy find his real family in time for Christmas?

Part of the Benard L. Maas Foundation Not Just for Kids Series Presented by Toyota.

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A2SO: Mozart Birthday Bash

A2SO: Mozart Birthday Bash

Saturday, January 14 at 8:00 at the Michigan. Tickets available beginning July 20 at tickets.a2so.com

Tchaikovsky Suite No. 4 “Mozartiana”
Mozart Piano Concerto No. 21 “Elvira Madigan”
Mozart Symphony No. 39

special guest

Alon Goldstein

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NJFK: Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE!

NJFK: Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE!

Saturday, February 4 at 3:00 PM at the Michigan.

Special Ticket Prices Apply! Tickets are $35 and $25, based on proximity to stage; there is no member price for this show. Limited Meet & Greet tickets also available–see sidebar for details. Part of the Benard L. Maas Foundation Not Just for Kids Series Presented by Toyota.

The award-winning animated show from PBS Kids comes to life with this live theatrical production filled with singing, dancing, laughter and “grr-ific” surprises that will war

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Jelly and George: Aaron Diehl & Cecile McLorin Salvant

Jelly and George: Aaron Diehl & Cecile McLorin Salvant

Sunday February 19, 2017 at 4 PM.

Timeless classics are elevated by modern masters when gifted jazz pianist and arranger Aaron Diehl and 26-year-old vocalist extraordinaire Cécile McLorin Salvant join forces to revisit and revitalize the works of George Gershwin and Jelly Roll Morton.
Combining lesser-known pieces with new arrangements, this project celebrates the past while tracing a musical lineage that spans a century. Aaron Diehl, a leading force in today’s generation of jazz contemporaries, was the 2014 Monterey Jazz Fest

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NJFK: Pete the Cat

NJFK: Pete the Cat

Sunday, March 12 at 1:30 PM at the Michigan.

When Pete the Cat gets caught rocking out after bedtime, the cat-catcher sends him to live with the Biddle family to learn his manners – and boy are they square! But for the groovy blue cat, life is an adventure no matter where you wind up.

Part of the Benard L. Maas Foundation Not Just for Kids Series Presented by Toyota.

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A2SO: Firebird

A2SO: Firebird

Saturday, March 18 at 8:00 at the Michigan. Tickets available beginning July 20 at tickets.a2so.com

Schachter Freylekhe Tanzen
Grieg Piano Concerto
Debussy Nocturnes
Stravinsky Firebird Suite

special guests
Anton Nel
UMS Choral Union Women

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DakhaBrakha

DakhaBrakha

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 7:30 PM.

Drones and beats, crimson beads, and towering black lambswool hats all serve as a striking backdrop for an unexpected, refreshingly novel vision of Eastern European roots music.

This hit Ukrainian folk-punk quartet stirs up a mesmerizing sound that melds traditional Ukrainian folk music, African grooves, Eastern colors, and a contemporary, trans-national sensibility that the band calls “ethno-chaos.” With one foot in the urban avant-garde and the other in Ukrainian village culture, Dakh

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A2SO: Peter and the Wolf

A2SO: Peter and the Wolf

Sunday, April 9 at 4:00 PM at the Michigan. Tickets available beginning July 20 at tickets.a2so.com

pre-concert activities: 2:30 – 3:30 pm

Platypus Theatre brings Prokofiev’s masterpiece to life with spirited choreography, colorful sets and larger-than-life masks.

Featuring:

Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1 (4th movement)
Schumann: “Traumerei” from Kinderszenen
Grieg: “In the Hall of the Mountain King” from Peer Gynt Suite No. 1
Beet

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King Sunny Adé

King Sunny Adé

Friday, April 21, 2017 at 8 PM.

Since the evolution of jùjú music in Nigeria in the 1930s, no one has made a more lasting impact in the genre than King Sunny Adé.
As a singer, composer, and guitarist, this pioneer of modern world music has succeeded in taking Nigerian social music to international heights. Adé formed his first band in 1967 and has been in the limelight in Nigeria ever since. Singing in his native Yorùbá language, Adé went on to define the terms “Afropop” and “World Beat” and to open the door to the

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NJFK: Anne of Green Gables

NJFK: Anne of Green Gables

Sunday, May 7 at 1:30 PM at the Michigan.

Based on Lucy Maud Montgomery’s beloved novels, this heartwarming musical follows vivacious orphan Anne on her unlikely journey to find the family she’s always wanted.

Part of the Benard L. Maas Foundation Not Just for Kids Series Presented by Toyota.

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