Kerrytown Concert House October Events

October Gally Exhibit: ‘Reiterate. Re: itereate.’
Artists: Michael Nagara, Sarah Rose Sharp, Andrew Thompson, Megan Heeres
Dates: October 8th through November 8th
Gallery Reception: October 12th from 5 PM to 7 PM

Artists’ Statement: “Regarding iterate? Responding to iterate?”

“In actuality, the word ‘iterate’ already implies repetition. There is no need to ‘reiterate’, as when you ‘iterate’ you are already uttering over-and-over. We can iteratively respond to someone else’s iteration in a design process, and there is no need consider it a ‘reiteration’. It may not be wrong, but it may also be superfluous or hyper-redundant.

And yet in dealing with people, sometimes attempts to clarify through repetition do not get people’s attention (or comprehension). Do we, then, find ourselves iterating, and iterating, and yet our meaning still ignored, we attempt to hyper-correct. Thence, do we ‘reiterate’?

Artists iterate. What is the art of the artist, aside from the iteration of solutions to aesthetic problems? What is a sketchbook, other than an early version of an iterative design process? What are studies? What was Monet doing painting those same haystacks, over-and-over, anyway?

The construction of warp and weave, in fiber, is very iterative. The formation of paper, a common artistic substrate, has a repetition of fibrous formations, similar to fiber arts. Drawings often have a repetitive / iterative aspect, even within a single drawing, in the develop- ment of a stroke or mark-making vocabulary. Vast quantities of repetition and reiteration, over time, may turn drawings, to icons, to sym- bols, perhaps even to written words? When drawing becomes writing, we assign image to signify… thought? …culture? … sound? Sounds, especially perhaps those made by percussive strikes, when repeated, iterated, cycled over-and-over, can form rhythm and music. Be- cause of their gestalt, repeating iterations (material or performative) over-and-over in a space causes those iterations to assert a sense of meaning over a space. Do we ‘reiterate’ as we repeat iterations?

Or are the iterations the content, now? Are the process and content one and the same, with the dissolution of temporal and spatial dis- tance via technology? Are we just iteratively responding to the changing stimulus of social, economic, and political conditions? Or are we iteratively seeking “something other” through aesthetic exploration? Do we ‘reiterate’ as we re-assign meaning, the iteration of the moment of technical artistic expression, changing through repetition into something with an additional cultural, social, political, or aesthetic meaning?

As artists, are we really just small production businesses? Are we really librarians? Are we really junior academic administrators? Are we really art critics? Are we really arts administrators? Creative directors? Project managers? Or through the constant reiteration of aesthet- ic study, over time, are we just artists, no matter what else we may seem to be at the time?

Andrew Thompson, Megan Heeres, Michael Nagara, and Sarah Rose Sharp respond to the conundrum of iteration. Or was it “reiteration”? Iterating through repetitions of marks, materials, or even scales, we utter over-and-over again,

‘We are artists.’, ‘This is art.’”

Art exhibits are available for viewing Monday – Friday, 9:30 am to 5 pm; during public concerts, and by appointment. For more information or to make an appointment, call 734-769-2999.

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SHORT LISTING
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•JAZZ•
Sunday, October 1st at 4 PM
AN AFTERNOON WITH THE MUSIC OF GREGG HILL

Gregg Hill, composer
Elden Kelly, guitar
Carl Cafagna, saxophone
Damon Warmack, bass
Dwight Adams, trumpet
Leslie DeShazor, viola/violin
Gayelynn McKinney, drums

•JAZZ•
Sunday, October 8th at 7 PM
TAMIR HENDELMAN TRIO

Tamir Hendelman, piano
Paul Keller, bass
Sean Dobbins, drums

•JAZZ•
Friday, October 13th at 8 PM
BOB SWEET QUARTET

Bob Sweet, drums
Tad Weed, piano
Andrew Bishop, saxophone, flute, clarinet
Kurt Krahnke, bass

•JAZZ•
Saturday, October 14th at 8 PM
PETRA VAN NUIS & ANDY BROWN

Petra van Nuis, vocals
Andy Brown, guitar
Jim Dapogny, piano
Paul Keller, bass
Pete Siers, drums

•CLASSICAL•
Sunday, October 15th at 2 PM
“THE DIFFICULTY OF CROSSING A FIELD” BY DAVID LANG AND MAC WELLMAN; PRESENTED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE DETROIT CHAMBER WINDS & STRINGS

Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings Instrumentalists
Kathleen Kelly, coach/conductor
Madison Montambault, mezzo-soprano (Mrs. Williamson)
Meredith Kelly, soprano (Willamson Girl)
Goitsemang Lehobye, soprano (Virginia Creeper)
Rehanna Thelwell, mezzo-soprano (Old Woman)
Westley Montgomery, tenor (Boy Sam)
Marty Gray, tenor (Mr. Williamson/Magistrate)
Matthew Fleisher, bass (Armor Wren/Andrew)

•EDGEFEST•
Tuesday, October 17th at 8 PM
JOE McPHEE, ANDREW DRURY, & PIOTR MICHALOWSKI at ENCORE RECORDS
Fringe at the Edge!

Joe McPhee, valve trombone / pocket trumpet
Andrew Drury, drums
Piotr Michalowski, bass clarinet / sopranino & soprano saxophones

•EDGEFEST•
Wednesday, October 18th through Saturday, October 21st
EDGEFEST 21: DRUMS ALONG THE EDGE

Remember Me: Mike Gould, Malcolm Tulip, Deanna Relyea, Katri Ervamaa
Trombone Insurgency
Pheeroan Aklaff: Art Trio
Jonathan Taylor Quintet
William Hooker Duo
Joseph Daley Tuba Trio
Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom
Ben Goldberg’s Invisible Guy
Tom Rainey Trio
Andrew Drury’s Content Provider
Larry Ochs Fictive Five
Oluyemi Thomas Trio
Adam Rudolph’s Moving Picture with Hamid Drake
Tomas Fujiwara Double Trio
Andrew Drury leads Edgefest Large Ensembles at Bethlehem United Church of Christ
Steve Swell’s Soul Travelers

•EDGE•
Monday, October 23rd at 8 PM
BRIAN CHARETTE & JORDAN YOUNG: A CIRCUIT BENT ORGAN DUO

Brian Charette, organ/piano
Jordan Young, drums

•THEATER•
Thursday, October 26th through Saturday, October 28th
REDBUD PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS “NICE GIRL” BY MELISSA ROSS

Melissa Ross, playwright
Loretta Grimes, director
Nate Brassfield
Kim Brown
Isacc Ellis
Lisa Coveney
Lenore Ferber

•OUT OF THE BOX•
Saturday, October 28th at 4 PM
QUIVERING QUAVERS AND HELLISH RELISH! Second annual Pre-Halloween Concert of Mostly Melodramas

George Shirley, narrator
Stephen Shipps, violin
Rehanna Thelwell, contralto
Nicholas Davis, baritone
Timothy Cheek, piano
Guest artists, TBA

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LONG LISTING
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•JAZZ•
Sunday, October 1st at 4 PM
AN AFTERNOON WITH THE MUSIC OF GREGG HILL

$30 Assigned Rows 1-2
$20 Assigned Rows 3-5
$15 General Admission
$5 Student

Gregg Hill, composer
Elden Kelly, guitar
Carl Cafagna, saxophone
Damon Warmack, bass
Dwight Adams, trumpet
Leslie DeShazor, viola/violin
Gayelynn McKinney, drums

Event Details

Headed by guitar wizard Elden Kelly and jack-of-all-trades saxophonist Carl Cafagna, this concert will showcase the work of composer Gregg Hill and feature top players in the Detroit and Ann Arbor areas. Hill is a Lansing-based jazz composer of two volumes of work, written over a thirty year period, – Outrospectives and Sponteneity – which consist of 81 tunes written across the jazz spectrum including bop, ballads, blues and Latin.
Gregg Hill is a Lansing based jazz composer of two volumes of work, written over a thirty year period, and published in the last couple of years: Outrospectives and Sponteneity. These consist of 81 tunes written across the jazz spectrum including bop,ballads, blues and Latin. The tunes have been performed in several Lansing concerts recently featuring top Michigan and national artists. Professor of Music Theory Ron Newman commented in the City Pulse, ”Hill is a wonderful composer. His music presents a variety of styles and moods and is a lot of fun to play and experience.”

In the coming months Gregg has a concert planned at Kerrytown in Ann Arbor headed up by Elden Kelly and Carl Cafagna and featuring some top players from Detroit and Ann Arbor. This will be followed by two shows in East Lansing. The Emmett Cohen Trio is featured in early November. Later in the month an All-Star band headed up by the renowned bassist and bandleader Rodney Whitaker will perform. The Rodney Whitaker band will follow up with a studio session to record Gregg’s music. Please visit gregghillpublishing.com or gregghilljazz.com for updates.
Gregg currently lives in East Lansing with his wife Lois Mummaw. They are founding members of the Jazz Alliance of Mid-Michigan a non-profit supporting jazz in the area. Gregg has recently begun work on his third book of jazz compositions. He writes, “Creating music is like skipping a flat stone across the surface of the unconscious mind.” The ripples create their own waves and patterns much like chords and melodies.

Elden Kelly is an improviser, band leader, guitarist, composer and singer-songwriter. He is known for a type of classically-influenced jazz and world music. Of a live performance, reviewer Lawrence Cosentino wrote, “He meandered from the Ganges to Delta blues, bluegrass, flamenco and a folk idiom so heartfelt it bordered on the devotional.” After graduating from Boston’s prestigious New England Conservatory of Music with a degree in Contemporary Improvisation in 2008, Elden accepted a full scholarship and teaching assistantship at Michigan State with Rodney Whitaker, earning a graduate degree in 2011 in Ethnomusicology.

Kelly is an active educator. He serves as adjunct professor of music at Jackson College, faculty at Jackson Symphony Orchestra Community Music School, private instructor to over 30 students, and also regularly teaches workshops at Elderly music. He has served as a guest lecturer in guitar at Western Michigan University and as a teaching assistant at Michigan State University Jazz Studies program and joins the Kalamazoo College Music department as guitar instructor this academic year. In addition to nylon string guitar, Kelly is known for his work on the Glissentar, an 11-string fretless guitar which conjures up sounds reminiscent of India, Africa and the Middles East, or “Indo-Turkish bluegrass.”

Kelly’s recorded offerings are just beginning to showcase the scope and diversity of his ability. His 2007 release with vocalist Le Zhang, Dreams of Yesterday features a mix of jazz, and chinese folk songs. His follow-up CD, 1000 Doors is a compilation of original music settings for solo voice and guitar of the sacred writings of the Baha’i Faith. His 2010 Solo EP, is a collection of his original songs and instrumentals. January 2013 saw the release of his newest recording, Solo Sessions, Volume 1, a contemplative instrumental guitar album that highlights Kelly’s ability to blur the line between composition and improvisation. He has also been featured on dozens of albums as a collaborative artist. Kelly has recently recorded with Paul Simon’s bassist Bakithi Kumalo(“You Can Call Me Al”) and percussionist Jamey Haddad as a session guitarist on the album “Love is Awake” that reached #1 on the iTunes World Music charts.

Carl Cafagna is among the Midwest’s most sought-after musicians, a top-level professional vocalist, saxophonist, flutist, clarinetist and drummer, in most musical genres. He has performed and/or recorded with Natalie Cole, Regis Philbin, the Temptations, Johnny Mathis, Don Rickles, the Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey Orchestras, Hot Club of Detroit, the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, Martha Reeves, Marcus Belgrave, Anat Cohen, Bobby Watson, James Carter, John Clayton, Jon Hendricks, Joel Frahm, Howard Alden, Richie Cole, Paul Keller, Johnny Trudell, the late Bob Berg, the late Joan Rivers & the late Mel Torme. Carl regularly appears at venues such as Detroit’s Orchestra Hall, the Grand Hotel (Mackinac Island), the Detroit International Jazz Festival and the Detroit Princess Riverboat, and has given performances in Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, Minneapolis, Cleveland and New York City. He currently serves as a musical consultant to Lake Orion High School, and has previously been employed by Oakland University, Detroit Symphony Civic Youth Ensembles, CASA School and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. Carl holds Music Performance degrees from Berklee College of Music (Boston) and Western Michigan University, having begun his musical studies at Michigan State University. He lives with his wife Kati, a schoolteacher, and their 4 children.

By picking up a bass guitar on Christmas Day of 1991, Damon Warmack embarked upon a journey that would take him from Detroit’s east side to Asia (Japan), Europe (Ireland, Scotland, Wales, England, Holland, Belgium, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Slovokia, Russia and Turkey), Africa (South Africa), Canada, New York, Los Angeles and a few places in between.Early influences such as Earth, Wind & Fire, George Duke, Marcus Miller, The Brothers Johnson, Frank Zappa, Branford Marsalis and John Patitucci helped guide Damon through the seemingly unrelated worlds of Jazz, Hip-Hop, R&B, Afro-Cuban and beyond.

Damon, a 2012 Detroit Music Award winner, has shared stage and/or studio with Fransico Mora Catlett, Pamela Wise, Wendell Harrison, Calvin Brooks, Stephanie Mills, Orchestra Fuego, Thornetta Davis, Vincent Herring, Shirley Jones (of The Jones Girls), Fred Hammond, Gary Thomas, Inohs Sivad, Kelvin Sholar’s Esoterica, Bujo Kevin Jones’ 10th World, Mathias, Q-Tip, Ronnie Cuber, Harold McKinney, The Edge, Dorinda Clark-Cole, Alyson Williams, Alexander O’Neal, Gayelynn McKinney and the McKinney Zone, Robert Bradley, Shelby-Brown, The Whitfield Music Group, Amp Fiddler, The Spinners, Brian O’Neal, Straight Ahead, Good Brother, Jean Carne, Martha Reeves, Lenny White, Carl Craig, Corey Harris, Johnny O’Neal, KEM, Bob James and Stevie Wonder just to name a few.

He’s also participated in plays such as Dreamgirls, Anne Of Green Gables, MasterMixx, Perlie, The Wizard Of OZ, Unforgettably, The Great One, Menopause: The Musical, West Side Story, Oliver, The Wiz, Strong Women Keep Coming and Black Nativity.

Dwight Adams is now one of the brightest stars on the Detroit jazz scene. Adams earned a full scholarship to Kentucky State University, where he majored in music education and performance. He has since played and recorded with musicians including Marcus Belgrave, Rodney Whitaker, James Carter, Shawn Wallace and Donald Walden, and tours with Stevie Wonder. He has served as a jazz trumpet instructor at both The Ohio State University and Michigan State University and performs with the Columbus Jazz Orchestra.

Violist Leslie DeShazor is in demand as a soloist, teacher and recording artist. Though classically trained, Mrs. DeShazor is a talented and diverse musician. As a soloist, she has performed with the Toledo Symphony. She regularly performs with the Ann Arbor, Saginaw, Flint and Sphinx Symphony Orchestras as well as jazz ensembles, Leigh Daniels Ensemble and the Detroit-based, Musique Noire. She has been featured on recordings by international, Grammy award winning R&B stars, Smokey Robinson and Aretha Franklin and Grammy award winning gospel artists Fred Hammond and Donnie McClurkin. An experienced instructor, she currently teaches students of Detroit with instructional music programs offered through the Arts League of Michigan and the Sphinx Organization. In addition to her instrumental performance, Mrs. DeShazor has performed with the West African dance troupe Batu Askan Wi, Bichini Bia Congo, a group for which she has participated as a musician and served as choreographer. A native of Michigan, Mrs. DeShazor holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan.

Born and raised in Detroit Michigan, Gayelynn McKinney’s father, the legendary Harold McKinney, was a formidable jazz pianist, composer and teacher who mentored many people and played with such great as, Billy Holiday, Gene Krupa and many others. Her mother Gwendolyn McKinney was a fashion model and renowned singer, singing in such productions as Carman and Porgy and Bess. She was also recorded on Harold McKinney’s “Voices and Rhythms of The Creative Profile.” As a vocal instructor she mentored many successful vocalist, including one of Ray Charles’s Raylets.

Gayelynn began playing the drums at the age of two and has had ample exposure to the creative music scene since birth. She received much of her musical training on the Detroit Jazz scene, but, she also obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Music from Oakland University. At the university she was a part of the Meadowbrook Estate a renowned show choir and a member of the university jazz band. At Oakland University she learned music theory and composition.

Among Gayelynn McKinney’s many awards, she was presented with an award for outstanding musical performance during Music Fest, USA where she won best drummer beating out over nine thousand participants. McKinney was recently awarded the Motor City Music Award with the Grammy nominated group Straight Ahead, that she is also cofounder of.
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•JAZZ•
Sunday, October 8th at 7 PM
TAMIR HENDELMAN TRIO

$35 Assigned Rows 1-2
$25 Assigned Rows 3-5
$15 General Admission
$5 Student

Tamir Hendelman, piano
Paul Keller, bass
Sean Dobbins, drums

Event Details
Award-winning jazz pianist Tamir Hendelman has toured the US and Europe and recorded with the Jeff Hamilton Trio, James Moody, Tierney Sutton, Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Roberta Gambarini, Barbra Streisand, Natalie Cole and more. Michigan jazz all-stars Paul Keller and Sean Dobbins join him in this concert.

Beginning his keyboard studies at age 6 in Tel Aviv, Tamir Hendelman moved to the US at age 12 in 1984, winning Yamaha’s national keyboard competition 2 years later at age 14. Concerts in Japan and the Kennedy Center followed. Tamir then studied at the Tanglewood Institute in 1988 and received a Bachelor of Music Composition degree from Eastman School of Music in 1993. He then became the youngest musical director for Lovewell Institute, a national arts education non-profit organization.

Since returning to LA in 1996, Tamir has been in steady demand as a pianist and arranger, touring the US, Europe and Asia, and receiving awards from ASCAP and National Foundation For Advancement in the Arts. In 1999 Tamir was a guest soloist with the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra. Tamir joined the Jeff Hamilton Trio in 2000, contributing arrangements, recording and touring Japan, Europe and the US. In 2001 he became a member of the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, with whom he premiered John Clayton’s new orchestration of Oscar Peterson’s Canadiana Suite in the Hollywood Bowl in 2001. In 2002 he also toured Europe with Tierney Sutton and the Bill Holman Big Band. Tamir musically directed Julia Migenes’s “Alter Ego” and played/arranged on Roberta Gambarini’s “Easy To Love.”

With the CHJO, Tamir has recorded for John Pizzarelli, Gladys Knight and Diana Krall. He is the pianist/arranger on Jackie Ryan’s “You and the Night and the Music” and Janis Mann’s “A Perfect Time.” He is also featured on Natalie Cole’s Grammy-winning “Still Unforgettable” and Barbara Streisand’s “Love Is The Answer” and “One Night Only”, filmed at the Village Vanguard. Tamir’s musical travels have taken him from Alaska to New York, and Thailand to Israel. In his own trio, he explores standards, Brazilian music, blues and his Israeli roots. Tamir’s debut CD Playground (2008) and his Resonance Records debut Destinations (2010) have both been critically acclaimed and reached #3 and #2 on the US Jazzweek charts.

Paul Keller is one of the busiest bassists in the Detroit area today, earning the nickname “The House Bass Player For The State Of Michigan.” Since 1989, Paul has led the 15-piece Paul Keller Orchestra, which plays original, obscure and classic big band material from all periods of jazz history, and performs every Monday night at the Keystone Underground in Ypsilanti. Paul also plays in the popular Keller/Kocher Quartet and in The Paul Keller Ensemble, a three-horn sextet that features creative arrangements by Keller and his bandmates. Keller’s groups are well-known and highly regarded throughout Michigan. His jazz groups have appeared at many regional music festivals, including the Detroit International Jazz Festival, the Ann Arbor Summer Festival, the Ann Arbor Jazz and Blues Festival, The Michigan Jazz Festival and the Flint Jazz Festival. They have presented successful concerts for the Thunder Bay Arts Council, the Crooked Tree Arts Center, the West Michigan Jazz Society, The Dennos Museum Center at NWMU, the Windsor/Detroit Jazz Club, Bay City’s State Theatre, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Detroit Institute of Arts. Keller tours with his long-time bandmates drummer Pete Siers and vibraphonist Cary Kocher as members of clarinetist Dave Bennett’s Benny Goodman Tribute band. Paul has been recognized internationally for his association with pianist/singer Diana Krall and guitarist Russell Malone.

Sean Dobbins got his start as a sought-after Detroit area jazz sideman at a young age, when he would regularly play with Blue Note artist Louis Smith. Though still young by jazz standards, Dobbins has amassed an impressive list of playing companions. He has performed/toured/recorded with Johnny Basset, Benny Golson, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Frank Morgan, Joey DeFrancesco, George Cables, James “Blood” Ulmer, Marcus Belgrave, Larry Willis, Rodney Whittaker, Claude Black, Johnny O’Neal, Paul Keller, Tad Weed, Kurt Krahnke, Jon Hendricks, David “Fathead” Newman, Donald Walden, Cyrus Chesnut, Barry Harris, David Baker, Randy Johnston, Marion Hayden, Mose Allison, and a host of other great musicians. Dobbins is known in his community as a band director, drum teacher and positive influence for many. In 1999, he became the director of the Ann Arbor Public Schools Summer Jazz Program. In one year, the enrollment more than tripled, and in 2001 the group was featured on WEMU. Dobbins frequently plays at venues such as Baker’s Keyboard Lounge (Detroit), the Music Hall Jazz Cafe (Detroit), Murphy’s Place (Toledo) and Buddy Guy’s (Chicago). He currently plays with such groups as Dobbins, Krahnke and Weed; The Modern Jazz Messengers; and other local and national acts.

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•JAZZ•
Friday, October 13th at 8 PM
BOB SWEET QUARTET

$30 Assigned Rows 1-2
$20 Assigned Rows 3-5
$15 General Admission
$5 Student

Bob Sweet, drums
Tad Weed, piano
Andrew Bishop, saxophone, flute, clarinet
Kurt Krahnke, bass

Event Details
This is a powerful quartet featuring Bob Sweet on drums, Tad Weed on piano, Andrew Bishop on saxophones,flute, and clarinet, and Kurt Krahnke on bass. Expect high energy, unpredictable improvisation, and a diverse and eclectic mix of compositions.

Bob Sweet has been on the Detroit and Southeast Michigan scene since the seventies, playing in a variety of soul, pop, blues, and jazz ensembles. He was part of Roy Brooks’ Aboriginal Percussion Choir and played for a number of years with Detroit favorites the Sun Messengers, as did Kurt Kranke. His connections with the Creative Music Studio in Woodstock, New York, have placed him in performance and workshop situations with Karl Berger, the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Jack DeJohnette, Kirk Knufke, Ed Blackwell, and many other leading improvisers from around the world.

Tad Weed has played with Charles Lloyd, Carmen McRae, Woody Herman, Mundell Lowe, John Patitucci, Vinny Golia, Richie Cole, Teddy Edwards, and Dick Berk. He’s currently the associate professor of jazz piano at the University of Toledo. Leonard Feather, in his Encyclopedia of Jazz, said that Tad “displays a very rare ability to cross over from dashing bop lines to rich impressions, he has all of the bases covered from funky blues to the border of the avant-garde.”

Andrew Bishop is a formidable multi-instrumentalist, as well as an educator and scholar. He has played with Geri Allen, Karl Berger, Sandip Burman, Kenny Burrell, Eugene Chadbourne, Ray Charles, Gerald Cleaver, Robert Hurst, John Lindberg, The Either Orchestra, Mat Maneri, The Manhattan Transfer, Tony Malaby, Ben Monder, Jeremy Pelt, Craig Taborn, Clark Terry, Matt Wilson, and John Zorn, amomg many others. Andrew is an associate professor of jazz and contemporary improvisation at the University of Michigan.

Kurt Krahnke has been one of the most in-demand bassists in the State of Michigan–-and beyond-–for decades. After getting a solid foundation at Berklee College of Music and the New England Conservatory of Music, he toured the east coast with Ron Levy for two years and then went on play with Wendell Harrison, Phil Lasley, Jimmy Giuffre, Joe Henderson, Sonny Fortune, Pinetop Perkins, Russell Green, and Leon Thomas. He is, for very good reason, one of the busiest bassists around.

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•JAZZ•
Saturday, October 14th at 8 PM
PETRA VAN NUIS & ANDY BROWN

$30 Assigned Rows 1-2
$20 Assigned Rows 3-5
$15 General Admission
$5 Student

Petra van Nuis, vocals
Andy Brown, guitar
Jim Dapogny, piano
Paul Keller, bass
Pete Siers, drums

Event Details
High school sweethearts and husband-and-wife duo Petra van Nuis and Andy Brown return to the Kerrytown stage alongside some of Michigan’s best for an evening of swing. Described by the Midwest Record as “one of the most ripping good new duos to come along”, this Chicago-based duo’s classic jazz interpretations are bursting with skill and imagination.

This performance is made possible through the generous support of the Don Chisholm Friends of Jazz at the Kerrytown Concert House.

“Petra van Nuis’ voice is at once alluring and robust…her tone alternates between delicate playfulness and declarative strength, perfectly suiting the hot jazz…” – Jack Huntley, All About Jazz

“The voice, the timing, the phrasing, the look, and everything else was all working and she was hitting the musical equivalent of a grand slam home run in baseball right there in front of me…” – Randy Freedman, Chicago Jazz Magazine

A protégé of Chicago’s “First Lady of Jazz,” pianist/singer Judy Roberts, Petra van Nuis has studied jazz in the old-fashioned way, at the feet of the masters. Having aligned herself with singing legends Barbara Lea, Rebecca Kilgore, and Marc Pompe, Petra has arrived at her own beautiful interpretation and is often noted for her unique and identifiable sound. Regionally, Petra’s performance highlights include the Chicago Jazz Festival, the Chautauqua Jazz Party, the Cedar Basin Jazz Festival, and twice headlining the Michelob Women In Jazz Festival. Internationally, Petra’s highlights include the Yardbird Suite (Edmonton, Canada), the Gorinchem Jazz Festival (the Netherlands’ oldest jazz festival), and the Jazzhaus Heidelberg (Heidelberg, Germany). Petra has recorded three CDs and her 2009 release “Far Away Places” was re-issued in Japan on the Japanese label Muzak.

Mentored by the late guitar legends Cal Collins and Kenny Poole, Andy Brown has been playing professionally for over twenty years. As a top-call sideman, Andy has backed internationally known players Harry Allen, Howard Alden, Ken Peplowsi, John-Erik Kellso, Warren Vache, John Allred, Hod O’ Brien, Anat Cohen, Kurt Elling, and Scott Robinson, as well as Chicago veterans Russ Phillips, Kim Cusack, Don Stiernberg, and Chris Foreman. His love of great tunes and his expansive repertoire, as well as accompanying skills have made him a favorite with vocalists, most notably Barbra Streisand with whom he played in a jazz quartet setting on the Oprah Winfrey show. With his own trio, Andy has played for US Presidents including Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter. His Delmark CD with NYC guitarist Howard Alden received a 4 star rating in Downbeat Magazine and his latest Delmark release “Soloist,” which features his solo guitar work, is receiving many accolades as well.

Jim Dapogny has led an ensemble called the Chicago Jazz band since 1975, which has played with Sippie Wallace and the Chenille Sisters and made appearances often on the Prairie Home Companion. He holds a Ph.D in composition, and began teaching at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance in 1966.
Dapogny has written extensively about Jelly Roll Morton, including producing liner notes for the release of numerous Library of Congress recordings. Dapogny edits the Jazz Masterworks Editions, a series initiated through a collaboration between Oberlin College and the Smithsonian Institution.

Paul Keller is one of the busiest bassists in the Detroit area today, earning the nickname “The House Bass Player For The State Of Michigan.” Since 1989, Paul has led the 15-piece Paul Keller Orchestra, which plays original, obscure and classic big band material from all periods of jazz history, and performs every Monday night at the Zal Gaz Grotto in Ann Arbor. Paul also plays in the popular Keller/Kocher Quartet and in The Paul Keller Ensemble, a three-horn sextet that features creative arrangements by Keller and his bandmates. Paul has been recognized internationally for his association with pianist/singer Diana Krall and guitarist Russell Malone.

A Michigan native, Pete Siers can be heard performing in groups throughout the region, including the Latin group Los Gatos and his own trio and quartet. Siers is an original member of the award winning Paul Keller Orchestra (PKO), which plays original, obscure and classic big band material from all periods of jazz history. He also performs and has recorded with Bess Bonnier, Mr. B, guitarist Ray Kamalay and his Red Hot Peppers, The Easy Street Jazz Band, The Motor City Classic Jazz Band with Marcus Belgrave, The Ron Brooks Trio, The Tad Weed Freedom Ensemble, and James Dapogny & his Chicago Jazz Band.

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•CLASSICAL•
Sunday, October 15th at 2 PM
“THE DIFFICULTY OF CROSSING A FIELD” BY DAVID LANG AND MAC WELLMAN; PRESENTED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE DETROIT CHAMBER WINDS & STRINGS

Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings Instrumentalists
Kathleen Kelly, coach/conductor
Madison Montambault, mezzo-soprano (Mrs. Williamson)
Meredith Kelly, soprano (Willamson Girl)
Goitsemang Lehobye, soprano (Virginia Creeper)
Rehanna Thelwell, mezzo-soprano (Old Woman)
Westley Montgomery, tenor (Boy Sam)
Marty Gray, tenor (Mr. Williamson/Magistrate)
Matthew Fleisher, bass (Armor Wren/Andrew)

Event Details
Based on a one-page story by Ambrose Bierce, the difficulty of crossing a field is a joint collaboration in musical theater between composer David Lang and playwright Mac Wellman. This chamber opera recounts a strange disappearance through the explanations and impressions of the bystanders – or are they the perpetrators? Mixing arias with spoken text and emotional melodies with tense drama, the story takes place in 1854 near Selma, Alabama, where a planter named Williamson has vanished without a trace while crossing a field.

Since its founding in 1982, Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings has set the standard for chamber music in Detroit. By bringing together the top musicians from the metro area, most of whom are members of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Michigan Opera Theatre, DCWS immerses audiences in a chamber music experience that is innovative, entertaining, and unsurpassed anywhere in the region.
With chamber music as its foundation, DCWS’ mission has evolved to address the ever-changing, ever-challenging Detroit arts landscape with grand achievements. Some 30 new works have been premiered. Five compact discs have been released. Tours have stretched throughout the United States and as far as Switzerland.

The first woman and first American named as Director of Musical Studies at the Vienna State Opera, Kathleen Kelly is the Coach/Conductor of Opera at the University of Michigan. She has led performances at Houston Grand Opera, the Vienna State Opera, Arizona Opera, the Glimmerglass Festival, Wolf Trap Festival, Berkshire Opera, Opera Columbus, and the Alexandria Symphony. She is a prominent operatic coach for young artist programs nationally, including the training programs of the Los Angeles Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Washington National Opera, and Michigan Opera Theater. She has served as a judge for the Cooper Bing competition, the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and the prestigious Tucker Awards. As a pianist, she has performed with singers such as Christine Goerke, Jamie Barton, Amber Wagner, Thomas Hampson, and Renee Fleming. Kathleen Kelly has been most notably associated with the Houston Grand Opera, the Metropolitan Opera, and the San Francisco Opera. She gives masterclasses, is an arranger and librettist, and is a passionate lecturer and advocate for opera in all its forms.

Madison Montambault is a native of Ann Arbor, Michigan. She is a recent graduate of the University of Michigan, where she obtained a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance from the School of Music Theatre and Dance in April 2017. Her performed roles at The University of Michigan include Dorabella (Così fan tutte,) La Prieure (Les Dialogues des Carmélites,) and Mrs. Williamson (the difficulty of crossing a field.) Previous training programs include the International Vocal Arts Institute in Montreal,QC, Canada and the Music in the Marche Summer Opera Institute in Italy.This upcoming fall she will return to The University of Michigan to pursue her Master of Music degree in Voice Performance as a graduate fellow. She is a student of acclaimed bass-baritone Stephen West.

Meredith Lane Kelly is from Highlands Ranch, Colorado, and will be graduating from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, and Dance in 2018 with a degree in Vocal Performance. During the past year, she has performed in various SMTD productions including Romeo et Juliette by Charles Gounod (chorus), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Benjamin Britten (Peaseblossom). She first performed her role as the Williamson Girl in David Lang’s The Difficulty of Crossing A Field in April of 2017, and is thrilled to revive this incredible piece. She would like to thank her family, friends, teachers, and colleagues for their unfathomable love and support.

Goitsemang Lehobye was born in Ga-Rankuwa, South Africa and first heard opera performed during a television broadcast featuring the South African Black Tie Opera Ensemble. After finishing school she followed her dream by joining the Black Tie Ensemble’s “Incubator” Scheme. In 2011 Goitsemang won a scholarship to study singing with Hanna van Niekerk and Prof Kamal Khan at the University of Cape Town’s College of Music. Productions include La Boheme, Postcards from Morocco, Don Giovanni and most recently Violetta in the joint UCT/Cape Town Opera production of La Traviata to great acclaim. She was invited as guest soloist in opera galas featuring Johan Botha and Neil Schicoff. She often performs as soloist with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, and in October 2015 she premiered a new song cycle by South African composer Bongani Ndodana-Breen, conducted by Perry So. In December 2015 she was invited to perform in a new opera by David Earl in Cambridge, England. 2016 highlights included singing as soloist for Opera Galas with renowned tenor Johan Botha in Cape Town and Johannesburg and touring to Argentina as Serena in the Cape Town Opera production of Porgy and Bess. Goitsemang moved to the USA at the beginning of 2017 to continue her studies at the University of Michigan with Daniel Washington.

Rehanna Thelwell began her studies in 2009 at Northern Arizona University with Soprano Deborah Raymond. Throughout her undergraduate career, Ms. Thelwell has performed roles such as Ulrica from Un Ballo in Maschera, La Principessa from Suor Angelica and has staged “The Ride of the Valkyries” as Schwertleite. In 2014 she was accepted into the Graduate program at the University of Michigan under the instruction of Contralto Nadine Washington. Since then, Ms. Thelwell has completed the roles of Cornelia from Giulio Cesare, Zita from Gianni Schicchi and Ježibaba from Rusalka. In 2016 she premiered the opera workshop production of Bright Sheng’s Dream of the Red Chamber as Lady Wang. Later that year she had the opportunity to participate in The University of Michigan’s Mahler Symphony No. 2 as the Alto soloist. This year, Ms. Thelwell will be a returning artist of the Wagner Institute through the Miami Summer Music Festival along with portraying Carlotta in William Bolcom’s Dinner at Eight.

Tenor Westley Montgomery is currently a first year Masters student at the University of Michigan. Recent roles include Boy Sam The Difficulty of Crossing a Field, Benvolio Romeo et Juliette, Maestro Spinellocchio Gianni Schicchi, and Tamino Die Zauberflöte (scenes) all with the University of Michigan. Recent recital engagements include presentations of Schumann’s Dichterliebe and Barber’s Hermit Songs. Montgomery is an alumnus of The CoOperative Program at Westminster Choir College, and holds a Bachelors in Vocal Performance from the University of Michigan.

Marty Gray is a producer, composer, and performer working in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Marty earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and is interested and well-versed in a wide variety of contemporary artforms. Marty’s artistic experience ranges from electronic solo composition, jazz vocals, experimental dance theater, and opera, to acapella arranging, world-music percussion, and screen acting. Marty enjoys the Great Lakes, disc golf, and the way paint looks when it’s being mixed.

Matthew Fleisher currently attends the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance, where he is pursuing a Bachelor of Musical Arts degree in Vocal Performance under the guidance of David Daniels. Performing with the Wolf Trap Opera Company, Brevard Music Center, Michigan Opera Theatre, and University of Michigan Opera; Matthew’s past roles include Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte, The Jailer in Tosca, The Servant in The Fall of the House of Usher, Theseus in A Midsummer Night Dream, Snug in A Midsummer Night Dream, in addition to numerous opera choruses and scene work.

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•EDGEFEST•
Tuesday, October 17th at 8 PM
JOE McPHEE, ANDREW DRURY, & PIOTR MICHALOWSKI at ENCORE RECORDS
Fringe at the Edge!

Joe McPhee, valve trombone / pocket trumpet
Andrew Drury, drums
Piotr Michalowski, bass clarinet / sopranino & soprano saxophones

Event Details
Can’t wait until Wednesday for the fun to begin? Whet your Edgefest appetite with this free, informal, improvisational Fringe performance at one of our favorite places in town, Encore Records! Join us for this introductory performance with Joe McPhee, Andrew Drury, and Piotr Michalowski.

Joe McPhee, born November 3,1939 in Miami, Florida, USA, is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, improviser, conceptualist and theoretician.
He began playing the trumpet at age eight, taught by his father, himself a trumpet player. He continued on that instrument through his formative school years and later in a U.S. Army band stationed in Germany, at which time he was introduced to performing traditional jazz. Clifford Thornton’s Freedom and Unity, released in 1969 on the Third World label, is the first recording on which he appears as a side man. In 1968, inspired by the music of Albert Ayler, he took up the saxophone and began an active involvement in both acoustic and electronic music.

His first recordings as leader appeared on the CJ Records label, founded in 1969 by painter Craig Johnson. These include Underground Railroad by the Joe McPhee Quartet (1969), Nation Time (1970), Trinity (1971) and Pieces of Light (1974). In 1975, Swiss entrepreneur Werner X. Uehlinger release Black Magic Man by McPhee, on what was to become Hat Hut Records

In 1981, he met composer, accordionist, performer, and educator Pauline Oliveros, whose theories of “deep listening” strengthened his interests in extended instrumental and electronic techniques. he also discovered Edward de Bono’s book Lateral Thinking: A Textbook of Creativity, which presents concepts for solving problems by “disrupting an apparent sequence and arriving at the solution from another angle.” de Bono’s theories inspired McPhee to apply this “sideways thinking” to his own work in creative improvisation, resulting in the concept of “Po Music.” McPhee describes “Po Music” as a “process of provocation” (Po is a language indicator to show that provocation is being used) to “move from one fixed set of ideas in an attempt to discover new ones.” He concludes, “It is a Positive, Possible, Poetic Hypothesis.” The results of this application of Po principles to creative improvisation can be heard on several Hat Art recordings, including Topology, Linear B, and Oleo & a Future Retrospective.

In 1997, McPhee discovered two like-minded improvisers in bassist Dominic Duval and drummer Jay Rosen. The trio premiered at the Vision Jazz Festival in 1998 but the concert went unnoticed by the press. McPhee, Duval, and Rosen therefore decided that an apt title for the group would be Trio X. In 2004 he created Survival Unit III with Fred Lonberg-Holm and Michael Zerang to expand his musical horizons and with a career spanning nearly 50 years and over 100 recordings, he continues to tour internationally, forge new connections while reaching for music’s outer limits.

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•EDGEFEST•
Wednesday, October 18th through Saturday, October 21st
EDGEFEST 21: DRUMS ALONG THE EDGE

Remember Me: Mike Gould, Malcolm Tulip, Deanna Relyea, Katri Ervamaa
Trombone Insurgency
Pheeroan Aklaff: Art Trio
Jonathan Taylor Quintet
William Hooker Duo
Joseph Daley Tuba Trio
Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom
Ben Goldberg’s Invisible Guy
Tom Rainey Trio
Andrew Drury’s Content Provider
Larry Ochs Fictive Five
Oluyemi Thomas Trio
Adam Rudolph’s Moving Picture with Hamid Drake
Tomas Fujiwara Double Trio
Andrew Drury leads Edgefest Large Ensembles at Bethlehem United Church of Christ
Steve Swell’s Soul Travelers

Festival Overview
Founded in 1997, Edgefest is an award­-winning annual avant­-garde jazz and creative new music festival with a unifying purpose: to explore new music created by today’s composer­s and performers from the United States and beyond. Under the direction of founder Dave Lynch, it began as a single­day event and is now a major 4­ day festival that includes collaborations and educational outreach.

EDGEFEST 21: Drums Along the Edge is the 21 st edition of this annual internationally acclaimed creative avant/jazz music festival presented by Kerrytown Concert House (KCH) in October. The four-day festival will have a unifying purpose: to explore new music created by drummers/percussionists. A roster of distinguished, ground breaking drummer/composers with their ensembles will illuminate the innovative role percussion and these artists, both seasoned and emerging, have played in the avant/jazz world.

Please refer to the EDGEFEST press release package from Kerrytown Concert House for full details!

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•EDGE•
Monday, October 23rd at 8 PM
BRIAN CHARETTE & JORDAN YOUNG: A CIRCUIT BENT ORGAN DUO

Brian Charette, organ/piano
Jordan Young, drums

New York City organist/pianist Brian Charette has established himself as a leading voice in modern jazz. Charette is a Grammy-nominated, Hammond-endorsed artist who was the winner of the 2014 Downbeat Critics’ Poll in the “Rising Star: Organ” category and has climbed to 4th place in The 2015 Critic’s Poll in the main Organ category. This year Brian also won The Hot House Magazine Fan’s Decision Jazz Award for Best Organist in New York and had three releases on the Jazz Week Top 20.

Charette was born in Meriden, Connecticut in 1972, and was introduced to music by his mother, Catherine. By the age of 17, he was playing with jazz luminaries Lou Donaldson and Houston Person. After graduating on the Dean’s List from UConn in 1994 with a BA in Classical Piano Performance, Charette began touring Europe and was drawn to the culture and scene of Prague, Czech Republic, where he now works often.

Besides being a critically acclaimed composer and bandleader, Brian has worked with notable artists such as Joni Mitchell, Chaka Khan, Paul Simon, Cyndi Lauper, and many more. Charette is also an active author and educator, writing for Keyboard magazine, New York City Jazz Record, DownBeat, and the Czech magazine Muzikus. Brian teaches masterclasses all over the world and is on the faculty of the Czech Summer Jazz Workshop at Jesek Conservatory in Prague. His first book, 101 Hammond B3 Tips, was just released in fall 2014 through publisher Hal Leonard, and he has a popular instructional video on the website, mymusicmasterclass.com. Outside of music, Charette is passionate about chess and White Crane kung fu, in which he holds a black sash.

In the last 10 years, drummer Jordan Young has been making a name for himself as one of the premier jazz drummers in New York City. He has performed and recorded as sideman for many top jazz artists such as Javon Jackson, Steve Wilson, Steve Nelson and Peter Bernstein to name a few. Jordan has recorded two albums as a leader. His debut recording aptly named “The Jordan Young Group” was self released in 2010, and “Cymbal Melodies” released on the Posi-Tone label in 2013. Both recordings met with critical acclaim. In addition, Jordan recently completed the Artist Diploma program at the prestigous Juilliard School. Currently, Jordan leads a successful organ trio that has toured internationally and performs steadily in and around the New York City area. He also continues to work as a sideman performing in some of New York City’s most prestigious jazz venues such as Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, 55 Bar, Smoke Jazz and Supper Club and Smalls, for example. He also maintains an active private teaching studio.

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•JAZZ•
Sunday, October 22nd at 2 PM
PAUL KELLER’S AT SUNDOWN QUINTET

$30 Assigned Rows 1-2
$20 Assigned Rows 3-5
$15 General Admission
$5 Student

Sarah D’Angelo – voice/clarinet
Paul Keller – bass
Duncan MacMillan – piano
Steve Wood – sax/flute
Other Artists TBA

Event Details

Paul Keller’s AT SUNDOWN Quintet will be celebrating the release of their new CD “My Blue Heaven.”

Paul Keller is one of the busiest bassists in the Detroit area today, earning the nickname “The House Bass Player For The State Of Michigan.” Since 1989, Paul has led the 15-piece Paul Keller Orchestra, which plays original, obscure and classic big band material from all periods of jazz history, and performs every Monday night at the Zal Gaz Grotto in Ann Arbor. Paul also plays in the popular Keller/Kocher Quartet and in The Paul Keller Ensemble, a three-horn sextet that features creative arrangements by Keller and his bandmates. Paul has been recognized internationally for his association with pianist/singer Diana Krall and guitarist Russell Malone.

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•THEATER•
Thursday, October 26th through Saturday, October 28th
REDBUD PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS “NICE GIRL” BY MELISSA ROSS

Melissa Ross, playwright
Loretta Grimes, director
Nate Brassfield
Kim Brown
Isacc Ellis
Lisa Coveney
Lenore Ferber

Play Synopsis
Redbud Productions celebrates its 19th year with the 2015 critically-acclaimed Off-Broadway play Nice Girl, a tender comedy/ drama about discovering who you are and letting go of who you were ‘supposed’ to be.

In 1984 suburban Massachusetts, Josephine Rosen (Kim Brown) has a dead-end job, lives with her mother (Lenore Ferber), and has settled into the uncomfortable comfort of an unintended spinsterhood. “This isn’t the life I thought I’d be living,” Jo tells her mom. “I’m a spinster who lives at home with her mother! I had a scholarship to Radcliffe and I’m a secretary!” But a new, uninhibited friend at work (Lisa Coveney) and a chance flirtation with the local butcher (Nate Brassfield) give her hope for change and maybe even romance.

Josephine gathers her courage, dusts off the Jane Fonda tapes, and begins tentative steps towards a new life.
“A slice of middle-class life with unpatronizing honesty and simplicity” – NY Times. “With a dark, sardonic wit, Ross’s Nice Girl is a deceptively simple story that packs an emotional wallop through thoughtfully drawn characters and the ache of human frailty.” -Exeunt Magazine

“A wonderfully warm play about women and love, playwright Melissa Ross’ gentle, old-fashioned heart-tugger casts an insistent spell.” – NY Daily News

About Redbud Productions
Redbud Productions began in 1999. In addition to full scale productions, the organization also offers acting classes for both adults and teens (high school and older), based on the acting techniques of Sanford Meisner, providing opportunities to learn and grow in the world of theater–whether they be experienced thespians or first-time actors, directors or backstage technicians. For more information on productions or classes, please contact Redbud Productions at 734-663-7167, or email [email protected]

Melissa Ross
Plays by Melissa Ross include Thinner Than Water, You Are Here, Do Something Pretty, The Allies, Of Good Stock, and An Entomologist’s Love Story. Thinner Than Water and Nice Girl were both originally produced by Labyrinth Theater Company. Thinner Than Water is included in the anthology New Playwrights: Best Plays of 2011. Melissa is currently working on commissions from South Coast Repertory and Manhattan Theater Club and is a graduate of the Lila Acheson Wallace Playwriting Program at The Juilliard School, a two-time winner of the Le Comte de Nouy Prize, and is a proud member of both the Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group at Primary Stages and Labyrinth Theater Company.

Loretta Grimes
Director Loretta Grimes trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York and has been teaching acting to area teens and adults for years, based on the methods of Sanford Meisner. She most recently directed Prodigal Son, Good People, Assisted Living, Other Desert Cities, 4000 Miles, The Great God Pan; Circle Mirror Transformation and A Small Fire – all at Kerrytown Concert House; and has won acclaim for her performances in Redbud Productions’ Luna Gale, August: Osage County; Rabbit Hole and as Vivian Bearing, the cancer patient in Wit. She has directed and performed in many other Redbud plays and has won several awards from The Ann Arbor News and Current Entertainment Monthly for her efforts as both actress and director.

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•OUT OF THE BOX•
Saturday, October 28th at 4 PM
QUIVERING QUAVERS AND HELLISH RELISH! Second annual Pre-Halloween Concert of Mostly Melodramas

George Shirley, narrator
Stephen Shipps, violin
Rehanna Thelwell, contralto
Nicholas Davis, baritone
Timothy Cheek, piano
Guest artists, TBA

Event Details
After the rousing success of last year’s inaugural pre-Halloween concert, this year brings a completely new program of mostly melodramas–ghoulish storytelling, in English, by great actors with piano accompaniment by Liszt, Rutte, and Robert Schumann. The delightful tell-tale hour will be interspersed with frightening songs and arias by Dvořák and Robert Schumann, along with “The Graceful Ghost” by William Bolcom.

Tenor George Shirley is in demand nationally and internationally as performer, teacher and lecturer. He has won international acclaim for his performances in the world’s great opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera (New York), Royal Opera (Covent Garden, London), Deutsche Oper (Berlin), Téatro Colón (Buenos Aires), Netherlands Opera (Amsterdam), L’Opéra de Monte Carlo, New York City Opera, Scottish Opera (Glasgow), Chicago Lyric Opera, San Francisco Opera, Washington Opera (Kennedy Center), Michigan Opera Theater, Glyndebourne Festival, and Santa Fe Opera.

He has recorded for RCA, Columbia, Decca, Angel, Vanguard, CRI, and Philips and received a Grammy Award in 1968 for his role (Ferrando) in the RCA recording of Mozart’s Così fan tutte. In addition to oratorio and concert literature, Mr. Shirley has, in a career that spans 49 years, performed more than 80 operatic roles in major opera houses around the globe with many of the world’s most renowned conductors (Solti, Klemperer, Stravinsky, Ormandy, von Karajan, Colin Davis, Boehm, Ozawa, Haitink, Boult, Leinsdorf, Boulez, DePriest, Krips, Cleva, Dorati, Pritchard, Bernstein, Maazel and others).

Professor Shirley was the first African-American to be appointed to a high school teaching post in music in Detroit, the first African-American member of the United States Army Chorus in Washington, D.C., and the first African-American tenor and second African-American male to sing leading roles with the Metropolitan Opera, where he remained for eleven years. Mr. Shirley has served on three occasions as a master teacher in the National Association of Teachers of Singing Intern Program for Young NATS Teachers. He was also a member of the faculty of the Aspen Music Festival and School for ten years.

Stephen B. Shipps enjoys a varied professional career as violinist, teacher, editor, administrator, adjudicator and commentator. He serves as Professor of Violin and Senior Advisor to the Dean for International Study at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance. He is Director of the International Music Academy Pilsen in the Czech Republic, now entering its seventh season.

Mr. Shipps is presently under contract with Naxos recordings for five CD’s and Lauren Keiser Publishing for a series of print editions of standard violin solo repertoire. An avid chamber musician, he is currently performing and recording with the Vorobiev-Shipps-Aaron Piano Trio. He serves on the Audition Panel for the New York String Orchestra at Carnegie Hall and is returning as Media Host of the 2010 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis.

Mezzo/Contralto Rehanna Thelwell began her studies in 2009 at Northern Arizona University with Soprano Deborah Raymond. Throughout her undergraduate career, Ms. Thelwell has performed roles such as Ulrica from Un Ballo in Maschera, La Principessa from Suor Angelica and Mother from Hänsel unt Gretel.

In 2014 she was accepted into the Graduate program at the University of Michigan under the instruction of Contralto Nadine Washington. Since then, Ms. Thelwell has completed the roles of Cornelia from Giulio Cesare, Zita from Gianni Schicchi and Ježibaba from Rusalka. In 2016 she premiered the opera workshop production of Bright Sheng’s Dream of the Red Chamber as Lady Wang. Later that year, she had the extreme privilege of performing alongside Christine Goerke and Alan Held in the Wagner Institute’s production of Ride of the Valkyries.
This year, Ms. Thelwell returns to Michigan to complete her Specialist Degree along with portraying Carlotta in William Bolcom’s Dinner at Eight and Maria in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess.

Acknowledged for his rolling mellifluous baritone (Opera Today), Nicholas Davis is enjoying success both at home and internationally. In 2014, Mr. Davis became the first American to win first prize in the International Antonín Dvořák singing competition in both the junior and song categories. Mr. Davis’ made his international debut in concert with the National Theatre Prague under the direction of maestro Libor Pešek. He was also hosted in recital at the American Center for the U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic. Nicholas made his Santa Fe Opera debut in the 2016 season as Jake Wallace in La fanciulla del West and Gregorio in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, and debuted in the role of King Mark in the Chicago Opera Theater production of Frank Martin’s Le Vin Herbé.

In 2017, Mr. Davis was the bass soloist in Beethoven’s 9 th Symphony with the Chicago Sinfonietta, as Happy in the Michigan Opera Theater production of La fanciulla del West, and Jim in Porgy and Bess with The Glimmerglass Festival. Most recently, Nicholas has been engaged by Opera Philadelphia, Michigan Opera Theater, and Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Lyric Unlimited. Noted for his interpretation of song, Nicholas has been awarded both the Dvorak interpretation prize in conjunction with first prize in the song category at the International Antonín Dvořák singing competition and the Kapralova prize at the International Czech Slovak Competition. He has also been awarded the Lola Fletcher award from the American Opera Society of Chicago and awards from the Santa Fe Opera.

Vocal coach and pianist Timothy Cheek is associate professor of performing arts/vocal arts. He joined the faculty of the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD) in 1994, and serves as music director of Opera Workshop, instructor of lyric diction classes, and as coach for opera productions. From 2000-2006, Cheek worked as a pianist/coach at U-M’s spring term vocal program in Sesto Fiorentino, Italy, serving the last two years as director of the program. He is also an associate faculty member of the University’s Center for Russian and East European Studies (CREES), and teaches a Czech Vocal Literature course for singers and pianists.

Cheek has performed recitals as a collaborative pianist in 18 countries on four continents, and has been heard on radio and television programs around the world. He is on the faculty of the Moravian Master Class, a summer program in Náměšt’ nad Oslavou, near Brno, Czech Republic, dedicated to the study of Czech art song and opera roles. In 2007 and 2008, he was the music director of the Studio Giovani vocal program at the Opera Theatre and Music Festival of Lucca, Italy. He has also worked as pianist/coach at the Steans Institute for Young Artists, Chicago; Michigan Opera Theatre, Detroit; Israel Vocal Arts Institute, Tel Aviv; Santa Fe Opera; Mozart Opera Studies Institute, Austria; Bay View Music Festival, Michigan; Bel Canto Northwest Vocal Institute, Portland, Oregon; and at various other programs, including the International Institute for Chamber Music, held in Munich, Germany, where, as a faculty member, he performed for five summers as master class pianist for Elly Ameling, Walter Berry, Thomas Grubb, and Jörg Demus. He has served as a guest coach at numerous schools and festivals around the world, such as the Eastman School of Music; Oberlin Conservatory; University of North Texas; Opera Nuova, Canada; Academy of Vocal Arts, Philadelphia; Cherubini Conservatory, Florence; Music Academy, Bratislava, Slovakia; Lawrence Conservatory, Wisconsin; Shenandoah Conservatory, Virginia; University of Cape Town/Cape Town Opera, South Africa; Notre Dame University; and many others.

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