CONCERTS / EVENTS

Keb’ Mo’ Solo

Keb’ Mo’ Solo

Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 7:30 PM

The Ark and WEMU present Keb’ Mo’. Tickets $35-$65, VIP Meet & Greet $149 (VIP offer is SOLD OUT).

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Jenny Lewis: On The Line Tour 2019

Jenny Lewis: On The Line Tour 2019

Wednesdsay, September 18 at 7:30 PM at the Michigan

The Ark and ann arbor’s 107one present Jenny Lewis: On The Line Tour 2019. Doors at 6:30pm. Tickets $50 and $37.50.

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Dweezil Zappa: Hot Rats & Other Hot Stuff

Dweezil Zappa: Hot Rats & Other Hot Stuff

Fri. Sep. 20 at 8:00 PM at the Michigan. Dweezil Zappa and his “rocking teenage combo” will be performing his father’s entire Hot Rats album in sequence live on stage as part of his upcoming 2019 tour. The album layed a pivotal role in establishing Frank Zappa as a composer and guitarist and was also dedicated to Dweezil upon its release in 1969. The 50 year old classic album will be surrounded by an assortment of other psychedelic, avant-garde odd metered toe-tappers well known to Zappa aficionados.

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NT Live: All About Eve

NT Live: All About Eve

Plays Sunday, September 22 at 7:00 PM. Presented in partnership with UMS; Tickets available at UMS.org

Gillian Anderson (X-Files) and Lily James (Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again!) star in All About Eve, the story of Margo Channing.

A legend and true star of the theater, the spotlight is hers and always has been. But now there’s Eve, her biggest fan, a golden girl who insinuates herself into Margo’s life and circle of friends. Lifting the curtain on a world of jealousy and ambition, this new production from one of the world’s

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NT LIVE: Fleabag

NT LIVE: Fleabag

Plays Thu. Sep. 26 at 7:30 PM at the Michigan.

Fleabag is the hilarious, award-winning, original one-woman play that inspired the BBC’s hit TV series, written and performed on-stage by Phoebe Waller-Bridge. In just 67-minutes, audiences can expect a rip-roaring look at some sort of woman living her sort of life.

‘Filthy, funny, snarky and touching.’
Daily Telegraph

‘Witty, filthy and supreme.’
Guardian

‘Never has being a modern woman seemed so painfully funny, brutal, and

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Jim Gaffigan + Pears

Jim Gaffigan + Pears

Thu. Oct. 3 at 8:00 PM at the Michigan.

Jim Gaffigan is a Grammy nominated comedian, actor, New York Times best-selling author, top touring performer, and multi-platinum-selling father of five. Gaffigan is known around the world for his unique brand of humor which largely revolves around fatherhood and his observations on life and food. With multiple projects in motion, Gaffigan is currently on his Fully Dressed arena and theater stand-up comedy tour, with dates through the end of the year including multiple shows in London in Janua

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Kevin James

Kevin James

Sun. Oct. 6 at 8:00 PM at the Michigan.

Kevin James began his career as a stand-up on the Long Island comedy scene. After being discovered at the 1996 Montreal Comedy Festival, he signed a network development deal to create his own sitcom.

The King of Queens, which premiered in 1998, ran for nine seasons on CBS with James starring and executive producing, and it garnered him an Emmy nomination in 2006 for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. The show concluded its run in 2007 but continues to air daily in syndica

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Made in America

Made in America

Saturday, October 12 at 8:00 PM at the Michigan.

An orchestra reacts to and serves the cultural needs of its community. Through this process, the sound and identity of an orchestra are molded. For Joan Tower, the individuality formed through this process became the colors to fill the canvas of Made In America. Premiered in 2005, the piece toured through orchestras in all 50 states filling halls of all shapes and sizes. The piece inherently celebrates and embraces differences as it is given a new identity with every stop it mak

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The Magic School Bus – Lost in the Solar System

The Magic School Bus – Lost in the Solar System

Sunday, October 13 at 3:00 PM at the Michigan. Part of the Not Just for Kids Live Performing Arts Series presented by Toyota.

Hop on the Magic School Bus for a ride in this new musical adaptation based on the original book series published by Scholastic!
When the class gets lost on the way to the planetarium, Ms. Frizzle saves the day by blasting into outer space for an epic interplanetary field trip! But when rivalries both old and new threaten to tear the students apart, our young heroes must learn to pull together or risk ge

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NT Live: The Lehman Trilogy

NT Live: The Lehman Trilogy

Plays Sunday, October 13 at 7:00 PM. Presented in partnership with UMS; Tickets available at UMS.org

Academy Award-winner Sam Mendes directs Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley, and Ben Miles, who play the Lehman Brothers, their sons, and their grandsons.

On a cold September morning in 1844, a young man from Bavaria stands on a New York dockside. Dreaming of a new life in a new world, he is joined by his two brothers. An American epic begins. 163 years later, the firm they establish — Lehman Brothers — spectacularly collapses

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Mary Chapin Carpenter & Shawn Colvin: Together on Stage

Mary Chapin Carpenter & Shawn Colvin: Together on Stage

Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin will embark on a series of tour dates throughout the fall of 2019. Carpenter and Colvin-longtime friends for over 30 years-will appear on stage together as an intimate acoustic duo, swapping songs and sharing stories. These special shows will feature the acclaimed songwriters performing material from their vast catalogues as well as some of their favorite songs. Carpenter and Colvin previously toured together in 2013 to the delight of both fans and critics. Audiences were invited to share the artists’

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An Acoustic Evening with Trey Anastasio

An Acoustic Evening with Trey Anastasio

Fri. Oct. 25 at 7:30 PM at the Michigan.

Trey Anastasio is a jam fusion singer-songwriter best known as the lead singer and guitarist of the rock band Phish, which he co-founded in 1983. He’s released 11 solo albums and has been involved in a number of side projects including the Trey Anastasio Band, Surrender to the Air, and Oysterhead. He’s performed with several symphony orchestras and wrote the score for the Broadway musical Hands on a Hardbody, which nominated him for a Tony Award for Best Original Score in 2013.

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Liszt & Tchaikovsky

Liszt & Tchaikovsky

Saturday, November 2 at 8:00 PM at the Michigan.

We soar through the Rocky Mountains to the Garden of Gods and atop Pikes Peak in Wang Jie’s Symphonic Overture on “America the Beautiful.” From the orchestra comes a majestic fugue which traces the silhouette of this prominent peak with faint echos of the familiar patriotic song written atop the same mountain. Cascading crowns of notes continue through Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major. Your A2SO is joined by pianist, Anton Nel displaying the pinnacle of pianistic ac

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The Music of Star Wars

The Music of Star Wars

November 9, 2019 at 8:00 PM at the Michigan.

The stage is set for the ninth and final episode of Star Wars to hit the big screen in December of 2019. Your Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra relives the epic soundtrack crafted by John Williams just in time for this historic release. The unmistakable brass fanfare of the main theme rings out before the suns of Tatooine sink into the horizon to “The Force Theme.” Darth Vader’s dark and menacing theme music underscores the evil of the Dark Side as the Republic is lifted by Williams’s b

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An Evening with Elvis Costello & the Imposters

An Evening with Elvis Costello & the Imposters

Wed. Nov. 20 at 7:30 PM at the Michigan.

Elvis Costello and The Imposters will hit the road again in October. The tour is entitled, “Just Trust” in answer to the musical questions: “Will they play my favourite song?,” or, “Are they going to frighten the horses with a lot of excellent songs that are rarely performed?,” not to mention, “Can I expect the hits of yesteryear and those of tomorrow?”

To which we say:
Just Trust Elvis Costello and The Imposters.

This superlative ensemble R

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NT Live: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

NT Live: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Plays Sunday, November 24 at 7:00 PM. Presented in partnership with UMS; Tickets available at UMS.org

A feuding fairy King and Queen of the forest cross paths with four runaway lovers and a troupe of actors trying to rehearse a play. As their dispute grows, the magical royal couple meddles with mortal lives, leading to love triangles, mistaken identities, and transformations…with hilarious, but dark, consequences.

Shakespeare’s most famous romantic comedy, produced by the Bridge Theatre in London, features Gwendoline Christ

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Okee-Dokee Brothers

Okee-Dokee Brothers

Sunday, December 8 at 3:00 PM at the Michigan. Part of the Not Just for Kids Live Performing Arts Series presented by Toyota.

As childhood friends growing up in Denver Colorado, Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing were always exploring the outdoors. Whether it was rafting down their neighborhood creek or discovering hiking trails through the Rocky Mountains, Joe and Justin were born adventurers. Now, as the GRAMMY® Award-winning Okee Dokee Brothers, they have put this passion for the outdoors at the heart of their Americana Folk music.

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Mozart Birthday Bash

Mozart Birthday Bash

January 18, 2020 at 8:00 PM at the Michigan.

The imaginative energy that fills Mozart’s “Turkish” Violin Concerto is that of youth and idealism. While it does not contain a cadenza, his Fifth Violin Concerto features writing that exudes the freedom and lyricism that would suggest otherwise. The A2SO proudly welcomes Itamar Zorman as the featured soloist on this captivating work. The theme of youth continues with Mozart’s Symphony No. 29 in A major. Written at the age of 18-years-old, it is overflowing with a sense of self-con

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NT Live: All My Sons

NT Live: All My Sons

Plays Sunday, January 19 at 7:00 PM. Presented in partnership with UMS; Tickets available at UMS.org

Academy Award-winner Sally Field (Steel Magnolias, Lincoln) and Bill Pullman (The Sinner, Independence Day) star in Arthur Miller’s blistering drama.

In 1947 America, Joe and Kate Keller are a success story, despite hard choices and even harder knocks. They have built a home, raised two sons, and established a thriving business.

But nothing lasts forever, and their contented lives — already shadowed by the loss of the

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The Little Mermaid Sing-Along

The Little Mermaid Sing-Along

Sunday, January 26 at 3:00 PM at the Michigan. Part of the Not Just for Kids Live Performing Arts Series presented by Toyota. In Disney’s beguiling animated romp, rebellious 16-year-old mermaid Ariel (Jodi Benson) is fascinated with life on land. On one of her visits to the surface, which are forbidden by her controlling father, King Triton, she falls for a human prince. Determined to be with her new love, Ariel makes a dangerous deal with the sea witch Ursula (Pat Carroll) to become human for three days. But when plans go awry for the

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Mavis Staples: A Benefit for the Breakfast at St. Andrews

Mavis Staples: A Benefit for the Breakfast at St. Andrews

Saturday, Feb 15, 2020 at 8:00 PM

Mavis Staples Live Presented by Acoustic Routes and The Ark
Acoustic Routes Concerts and The Ark are proud to present Blues and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, civil rights icon, GRAMMY® Award-winner and chart-topping soul, gospel and R&B pioneer Mavis Staples live in concert for the benefit of The Breakfast at St. Andrew’s daily meal program in Ann Arbor.

Staples has been an irresistible musical force for decades. She marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., performed at John

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Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!

Saturday, February 22 at 3:00 PM at the Michigan. Part of the Not Just for Kids Live Performing Arts Series presented by Toyota.

Whatever you do, don’t let The Pigeon star in his own musical production! This brand-new show from Kennedy Center Artist-in-Residence and beloved author, Mo Willems, is the latest Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences on Tour presentation. Starring an innovative mix of actors, puppets, songs, and feathers, Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus! (The Musical) is sure to get everyone’s wings flapping.

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The Bolshoi Theater Live in HD: Giselle

The Bolshoi Theater Live in HD: Giselle

Plays Sunday, February 23 at 7:00 PM at the Michigan. Presented in partnership with UMS. Broadcast Live in HD.

The young peasant girl Giselle dies of a broken heart when she learns that the man she loves, Albrecht, has betrayed her. The Wills, vengeful spirits of jilted brides, rouse her spirit and induct her into their clan. They condemn Albrecht to dance until he dies of exhaustion, but Giselle’s true love spares him that fate, and she is released from the power of the Wills.

Choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky.
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Best of Broadway – Saturday

March 14, 2020 at 8:00 PM at the Michigan.

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Best of Broadway – Sunday

March 15, 2020 at 4:00 PM at the Michigan.

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West Side Story

West Side Story

March 21, 2020 at 8:00 PM at the Michigan.

Don’t let the mysterious shimmer that opens this concert and Diana Syrse’s Colección de Readlidades deceive you–this program packs a remarkably vivacious punch. As the texture broadens the rhythms of Mexico are revealed as the backbone to this gripping piece. To Puerto Rico we go next with Roberto Sierra’s Concerto for Saxophones and Orchestra as the A2SO is joined by saxophonist and Detroit native, James Carter. A virtuosic blend of jazz, classical, and Latin styles come together a

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NT Live: Present Laughter

NT Live: Present Laughter

Plays Sunday, March 22 at 7:00 PM. Presented in partnership with UMS; Tickets available at UMS.org

This giddy and surprisingly modern reflection on fame, desire, and loneliness stars Andrew Scott (BBC’s Sherlock, Fleabag) as Garry.

As he prepares to embark on an overseas tour, star actor Garry Essendine’s colorful life is in danger of spiraling out of control. Engulfed by an escalating identity crisis as his many and various relationships compete for his attention, Garry’s few remaining days at home are a chaotic whirlwin

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The Pout-Pout Fish

The Pout-Pout Fish

Sunday, April 19 at 3:00 PM at the Michigan. Part of the Not Just for Kids Live Performing Arts Series presented by Toyota.

Swim along with pouty Mr. Fish and his friends in this brand new musical adventure. Utilizing live actors and puppets, this colorful adaptation of The New York Times bestseller is sure to turn the poutiest of frowns upside down. This brand new production is being co-conceived, directed and designed by the acclaimed puppeteers of AchesonWalsh Studios.

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