CONCERTS / EVENTS

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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Lauren Bon

Lauren Bon

Part of the Penny Stamps Speaker Series. Free to the public!

Based in Los Angeles, Lauren Bon is an artist who works with architecture, performance, photography, sound, and farming to create urban, public, and land art projects to galvanize social and political transformation. These “devices of wonder,” as she describes her work, are produced from her creative practice space, Metabolic Studio. With a heart for self-sustaining and self-diversifying systems, Bon seeks to inspire and uncover ways of regeneration over co

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Plays Saturday, October 19 at 10:00 PM at the Michigan.

With a shadowcast from The Leather Medusas!

We would like–if we may–to take you on a strange journey. In this cult classic, sweethearts Brad (Barry Bostwick) and Janet (Susan Sarandon), stuck with a flat tire during a storm, discover the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry), a transvestite scientist. As their innocence is lost, Brad and Janet meet a houseful of wild characters, including a rocking biker (Meat Loaf) and a creepy

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Marilyn Minter

Marilyn Minter

Part of the Penny Stamps Speaker Series. Free to the public!

Appropriating the aesthetics of fashion editorials and advertising, New York-based Marilyn Minter’s photorealist paintings examine banal realities, such as frozen peas or kitchen floors, often relegated to a hyper-feminized realm in popular culture and marketing, as well as contemporary notions of beauty and sensuality. Adding sweat, spit, hair, and dirt to the high-gloss veneer of advertising campaigns, Minter juxtaposes in-your-face beauty with the down-and

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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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Joe Caslin

Joe Caslin

Part of the Penny Stamps Speaker Series. Free to the public!

Designboom Magazine has Described the work of Joe Caslin as “towering works of art [that] appear like massive sketch books across the architecture of Ireland’s cities.” Caslin is the recipient of the 2013 Association of Illustrators award for New Talent in Public Realm Illustration. He creates highly accessible work that engages directly with the social issues of modern Ireland. Caslin confronts the subjects of suicide, drug addiction, economic marginaliz

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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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Reel Rock 14

Reel Rock 14

Join us Monday, November 4 at 7:30 PM at the Michigan!

All online ticket purchases will be automatically entered to win a prize from North Face!

Every year, the REEL ROCK Film Tour brings premieres of the best new climbing films to communities around the world, with 500 locations in 40 countries – and counting… REEL ROCK events feature athlete and filmmaker appearances, prize giveaways, sponsor activation and fundraising for non-profit organizations.

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Marina Willer

Marina Willer

Part of the Penny Stamps Speaker Series. Free to the public!

Marina Willer is a graphic designer and filmmaker responsible for ground-breaking brand identities such as Tate, Serpentine, Oxfam, Amnesty International, and Battersea. Before joining the design studio Pentagram as a partner, she was head creative director for Wolff Olins in London. Willer has constantly expanded her approach to graphic design to include moving image, exhibition, and experiential design. She released her first feature film Red Trees at Cannes

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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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Suzanne Lacy

Suzanne Lacy

Part of the Penny Stamps Speaker Series. Free to the public!

Los Angeles-based artist Suzanne Lacy is internationally renowned as a pioneer in the field of socially engaged and public art. Her work incorporates the visions and voices of scores of people, in a practice that recognizes the essential collaborations involved in creativity. Her installations, videos, and performances have dealt with issues of sexual violence, rural and urban poverty, incarceration, gender identity, labor, and aging. Working collaboratively wi

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Stratford Festival on Film: The Tempest

Stratford Festival on Film: The Tempest

“Magic is in the air” (Broadway World) in the Stratford Festival’s latest production of Shakespeare’s final masterpiece, The Tempest, “an elaborate production with eye-popping costumes” (The New York Times), recorded live in 2019. In Shakespeare’s great drama of loss and reconciliation, a long-deposed ruler uses magical arts to bring within her power the enemies who robbed her of her throne and marooned her on a remote island. But what revenge does she mean to take?

Approximate Runtime: Two hours and 42 minutes including

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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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Edel Rodriguez

Edel Rodriguez

Part of the Penny Stamps Speaker Series. Free to the public!

Edel Rodriguez is a Cuban American artist who is inspired by personal history, religious rituals, politics, memory, and nostalgia, his bold, figurative works are an examination of identity, mortality, and cultural displacement. Socialist propaganda and western advertising, island culture and contemporary city life are all aspects of his life that continue to inform his work. He is a regular contributor to The New York Times Op Ed page and The New Yorker. He has

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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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The Nutcracker 2019

The Nutcracker 2019

Saturday, December 14 2019 at 6:30 PM. Presented by the Academy of Russian Classical Ballet and the Michigan Classical Ballet

A must-see holiday event for the entire family! Join Clara on her magical journey through the enchanting Land of Snow to the Kingdom of the Sweets. With an impressive cast of Michigan’s talented ballet students, joined by international professional ballet dancers as guest artists, the Nutcracker is a wonderful holiday tradition to be enjoyed by all ages.

Preventing fraud: The only way t

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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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Angélique Kidjo’s Remain in Light

Angélique Kidjo’s Remain in Light

Performed Live Sunday, February 16 at 7:00 PM. Presented in partnership with UMS; Tickets available at UMS.org

Global pop star Angélique Kidjo has partnered with super producer Jeff Bhasker (Rihanna, Kanye West, Harry Styles, Bruno Mars, Drake, Jay-Z) and an international band to create Remain in Light. This new project finds the Benin-born artist reclaiming rock for Africa and bringing the Talking Heads’ landmark 1980 album full circle, nearly 40 years after it was released. The original was deeply influenced by music from West Af

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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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