Local musicians host fund-raising recital for C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital


So, you say you enjoy bluegrass. Or, maybe classical music is more your thing. Either way, there will be plenty of what you like Thursday night, March 8 at The Ark.

That’s when Stuart Carlson, a University of Michigan senior music student, brings together colleagues and mentors for a unique combination of bluegrass and classical music. No, not played at the same time, rather in two different ensembles.

This night to remember is all for a good cause. It not only is Carlson’s required recital for his studies at U-M, but he has turned it into a fund-raising venture for C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, where he spent the first 100 days of his life. The evening is presented by Manpower, Inc., of Southeast Michigan, and is supported by Michigan Medicine and The Ark.

“I’m really grateful for Mott Hospital, and bringing together the talented musicians who have been so helpful to me is something I’m really looking forward to,” said Carlson, who is a surviving twin who weighed 1 pound, 13 ounces at birth and was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome when he was 3. “I’ve been fortunate in my life, I want to give something back.”

For a profile of Carlson’s life of music and of living with Asperger’s Syndrome, visit: https://weloveannarbor.com/2018/02/26/profile-u-ms-carlson-will-speak-through-his-music-at-special-recital-for-hospital/

The recital takes place on Carlson’s 22nd birthday, and the musical celebration will feature a time for him to tell his story – in words before the recital begins and then through music. Musician Brad Phillips, whose daughter has been cancer-free for a year after being treated at Mott Hospital, will tell his family’s story between the classical portion of the recital and the bluegrass ensemble. The event is emceed by Miss Michigan Heather Kendrick and will feature several local musicians.

The ensembles will include Carlson, an award-winning soloist and published arranger/composer; Amy I-Lin Cheng (piano), a U-M Piano Faculty member and acclaimed international soloist and chamber musician; Anthony Elliott (cello), a U-M Professor of Cello and celebrated international conductor, soloist and chamber musician; and Grant Flick (fiddle, mandolin), a U-M student and award-winning multi-instrumentalist and composer.

Also playing will be Phillips (fiddle, guitar, mandolin), a U-M graduate and world-class instrumentalist, arranger, composer and producer; Stephen Shipps (violin), Naxos recording artist, renowned soloist and chamber musician;  and Jacob Warren (bass), U-M graduate and award-winning soloist, recording artist and ensemble performer.

Carlson will conclude the fund-raiser by playing his moving arrangement of Amazing Grace, and dedicating it to Dr. Rudi Ansbacher, who oversaw Carlson’s care before recently passing away.

“It should be a wonderful night of music,” Carlson said. “I hope people will enjoy it.”

With the collection of musicians Carlson has brought together, enjoyment seems to be a sure thing – whether bluegrass or classical (or both) happens to be your taste.

Tickets are $75/$40 for reserved seating, $20 for general admission and are on sale at The Ark (http://theark.org) and Michigan Union Ticket Office (https://muto.umich.edu/events) websites.


What: A fund-raising recital, featuring both classical and bluegrass music, for C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. Presented by Manpower, Inc., of Southeast Michigan.

Where: The Ark, 316 S. Main Street, Ann Arbor.

When: Thursday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.)

Who: Musicians include Stuart Carlson, Stephen Shipps, Anthony Elliot, Brad Phillips, Amy I-Lin Cheng, Jacob Warren and Grant Flick. Miss Michigan Heather Kendrick will be the emcee.

Tickets: $75/$40 reserved seating, and $20 general admission; on sale at The Ark (http://theark.org) and Michigan Union Ticket Office (https://muto.umich.edu/events) websites.

More information: Contact Jack Carlson at HammerDTP@gmail.com.



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