The Holidays are one of the greatest celebrations for people in many countries around the world. From the distant bells of the Ukraine countryside to the powerful drums of the African plains, to the carols sung from the British hillside or the tender tunes that warm the heart of an American home, we celebrate this time of year through the traditions in various parts of the globe. Join us as we present the musical sounds of caroling, feasting, gift-giving, and the greetings of the season around the world.
Join us for "Super Ball Symphony" on Sunday, February 2, 2020 at 3:00pm. Wear your favorite sports team cap and shirt. Come early and meet the instruments at our "Instrument Petting Zoo" which begins at 2:00pm.
An evening of the elegance and beauty of operatic and musical theatre, a Night of Opera will take us on a musical journey through the centuries. We begin in 1786 with Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro, an opera buffa (opera comedy) with an Italian libretto written by Da Ponte. Then we’re on to the next century with a French opera by Donizetti; La Fille du Regiment (1840), popular at the time for its spectacular aria, “Ah! mes amis”, and made famous by Luciano Pavarotti, the King of the High C’s. Guest artists, Laura Pedersen and Christopher Bozeka will enchant us with their captivating performance. We will fast-forward into the 20th century as the FSO and Chorale perform “Bohemian Rhapsody”, a song made famous by British rock band Queen for their 1975 album, A Night at the Opera. We will, we will, rock you!
From the sultry melancholy of Astor Piazzola and the burning Afro Cuban jazz of Tito Puente, to the rhythmic playfulness of jazz great Dave Brubeck and the pop strains of The Beatles, the Mambo Kings and star soprano, Camille Zamora will be your guide on a Latin jazz tour of the Pan American experience. The concert will feature original arrangements and compositions of music from the U.S., Perú, Argentina, Cuba and Puerto Rico.
The Donald Sinta Quartet has been hailed as “a tight-knit ensemble exploding with power, virtuosity, and the unconcealable ambition to connect with its newly found listeners” (Boston Musical Intelligencer). The Quartet will be performing University of Michigan faculty member William Bolcom’s Concerto Grosso for Saxophone Quartet. Bolcom is an American composer of chamber, operatic, vocal, choral, cabaret, ragtime, and symphonic music, and is a National Medal of Arts, Pulitzer Prize, and Grammy Award-winner.