Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra Presents Broadway, Bernstein, Bravissimo Opening Night Gala

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The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra begins its 89th season on Saturday, September 16th at 8pm at Hill Auditorium. A spectacular collection of renowned favorites by Bernstein, Rossini, Puccini, Mozart, Verdi, Gershwin, Porter, and Mussorgsky will be featured. Soprano Jacqueline Echols and baritone Lucas Meachem will make their debut with the A2SO.

The first portion of the program features pieces from the Great American Songbook including Gershwin’s Embraceable You, Summertime, and Lady Be Good, as well as Cole Porter’s Wunderbar from the musical Kiss Me Kate. Celebrating Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday, the orchestra will perform two of his most famous works: Overture to Candide and Overture to Westside Story.
In addition to the Great American Songbook selections, the audiences will hear favorites by Mozart, Rossini, Puccini and Verdi, including some of the most-performed (and enjoyed in countless movies), Puccini’s O Mio Babino Caro from Gianni Schicchi, and Verdi’s Di Provenza and Addio del Passato from La Traviata. The audience will delight in Mozart’s famous La ci Darem la Mano from Don Giovanni, and Rossini’s energetic Largo al Factotum from Barber of Seville.

The second half of the concert highlights Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. Ravel’s orchestration is known for its trumpet solo in the opening Promenade and the subsequent variations which take the listener through a glorious art gallery. Actual full-screen photos and newly created animations make their Midwest debut to accompany this orchestra classic. Adrian Wyard has created these choreographed visuals which reflect the moods, rhythms, and narratives portrayed by the orchestra to enhance the audience experience.

Jacqueline Echols, praised for her “dynamic range and vocal acrobatics” (Classical Voice), has graced theaters all over the United States. She has performed with the Dallas, Los Angeles, Washington National, Pittsburgh, North Carolina, Cincinnati, and Eugene operas, as well as the Glimmerglass and Tanglewood Festivals. A native of Detroit and holding a master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, she will be making her debut appearance with the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra this season.

Lucas Meachem is an internationally known baritone, also making his Ann Arbor Symphony debut this season. After studying at Appalachian State, the Eastman School of Music and Yale University, he has gone on to perform in title roles at the best opera houses across the United States and Europe. His many performances include appearances with the Metropolitan Opera, the San Francisco Opera, and the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Recently he has been on tour throughout Europe in a concert version of Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta. He has performed the title role of Don Giovanni across the United States.

This wonderful opening night performance is made possible by Michigan Medicine and the MCACA/NEA.

Join us for a special night with your Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, September 16th at 8 p.m. at Hill Auditorium (825 N. University). Tickets are available online at, by emailing, or by calling 734-994-4801. Single tickets range from $20 to $75. Student, Senior, and Group discounts are available.

This information was provided by the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.

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