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Laith Al-Saadi

Laith Al-Saadi

July 8 at 8:00 PM at the Michigan.

Ann Arbor’s very own Laith Al-Saadi returns home from an epic run on The Voice to headline The Michigan Theater and play the show he has always dreamed about.

Laith comes from a musical family, with the exception of his father, who only listened to Arabic classical music growing up. When his parents divorced, Laith had the freedom to pursue all types of music and learned how to play several instruments. Laith studied jazz at the University of Michigan and then went on to be the lead si

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The Decemberists

The Decemberists

Tuesday, July 12 at 7:30 PM.

“In some ways, this album was four years in the making,” says Colin Meloy, frontman and primary songwriter of the Decemberists. “We were on hiatus, so we had all the time we could want, no schedule or tour, no expectations.”

With the ability to work at their own pace, the resulting record, What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World, is the band’s most varied and dynamic work, both musically and emotionally. Since their earliest recordings more than a decade ago, the Decemberists have al

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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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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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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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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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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
Mischief Managed
Potter Waltz
Dumbledore’s Army

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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.

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 warm the hearts of multiple generations.

Part of the Benard L. Maas Foundation Not Ju

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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.

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

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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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