Ann Arbor First Music Series

Our Music and Liturgical Arts Forum continues to plan and produce exciting and inspiring worship and outreach concerts.

Wayne State University Chamber Orchestra
Alexander Mishnaevski, viola
Kypros Markou, conductor
Sunday, September 30, 2018
Downtown – 3:00 p.m.

We are pleased to begin our 2018-2019 Music Series with the Wayne State University Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Kypros Markou performing early Baroque and Classical Masterworks including William Boyce’s majestic settings of Eight Sinfonias, Carl Stamitz’s elegant Sinfonia Concertante for violin, viola and orchestra and Franz Joseph Haydn’s delightfully festive, energetic and musically innovative “Paris” Symphony No. 87 in A major.   Distinguished soli joining the WSU ensemble are former principal Detroit Symphony violist Alexander Mishnaevski as well as Kypros Markou, professor and conductor of the orchestra here serving in dual role as conductor and soloist.

The Wayne State University Chamber Orchestra comprises 30 highly accomplished students also a part of the large University Symphony Orchestra.  We are delighted to present this marvelous ensemble from the city of Detroit here in Ann Arbor!

A Disney Extravaganza – Annual Fall Music Fundraiser Concert
FUMC Vocal Staff, Chancel Choir, Chancel Bells, & Children’s Choirs
Brian Buckner, Pianist, Arranger and Theatrical Coach
Sunday, October 7, 2018

5:00 – 6:00 p.m. – Italian Family Dinner/Donation Opportunities
Dinner prices are:  $15/adults, $8/students, $40/entire family, children under 5 yrs./free

6:00 – 7:15 p.m. – “A Disney Extravaganza” Concert

“A dream is a wish your heart makes………”  Welcome to an evening entering the world of Disney through the years!

Our Music and Liturgical Arts team presents the first of two music ministry fundraisers during the 2018-2019 church season.   This first event is a delightful evening of entertainment, celebration and praise through the music of our various music ministries – our Chancel Choir, Chancel Bells, FUMC Vocal Staff, and Children’s Choirs.  Our evening begins with a wonderful Italian family dinner followed by a spectacular Disney review 30 familiar melodies from over 20 popular Disney shows.   Tap you feet, sing along, and whistle a happy tune – you won’t be able to sit quietly without being engaged on this journey through time!

Featured music includes beloved melodies from Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Pinocchio, Mary Poppins, Toy Story, Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Mulan, 101 Dalmations, Frozen, Coco, and, of course, “The Mickey Mouse Club”. We offer this amazing musical program to thank all who consider donating to our ministry to help us in meeting our financial goals as well as for all who simply wish to attend.  Stay tuned for more information on Music Ministry Projects and Needs you may wish to support.  We hope you will join us walk down the Disney “Memory Lane”  together”.  

Ann Arbor Camerata Orchestra I –  Opening Gala
“Camerata Strings Extravaganza”
Sunday, October 21, 2018 – 3:00 p.m.

We welcome back the amazing Ann Arbor Camerata Orchestra, a chamber orchestra dedicated to bringing music to all audiences.  Performing old works and new, collaborating with artists at the University of Michigan, and advocating for Arts Education, the Camerata works to inspire culture and unity throughout Washtenaw County.  This year, the Ann Arbor Camerata opens its season with a program that reflects a wide spectrum of treatments of the string orchestra in presenting its new conductors: Charlotte Politi, Daniel Brottman and Régulo Stabilito. Works by Vivaldi, Elgar, Debussy, and others will frame this highly evocative concert.

“Uprooted” – Red Shoe Company Chamber Ensemble
Teagan Faran, director
Friday, November 30, 2018 – 7:00 p.m.

The Red Shoe Company is an all-arts collective dedicated to community happiness.  One of Ann Arbor’s defining community features is our nature.  According to Red Shoe members, “In this increasingly developing world, we must keep an eye towards the culture that preserves the green spaces in our town”.  This evening’s performance is full of works inspired by the flora and fauna which surround us.   The musical centerpiece of this concert is a work by composer-performer, songwriter, and visual artist Tanner Porter from Califormia.  Porter’s love for cross-mingling of art forms often incorporates a wealth of her creative expressions in poetry, animations, artwork, and story-telling interwoven within her musical compositions.   Porter’s Quartet “Six Sides from the Shape of Us” is here presented by the Red Shoe Chamber Ensemble with staging by the composer.  This piece was inspired by our relationship to the world around us, specifically our duty to take care of the environment.  Join us during the day as well, for an interactive workshop in conjunction with the Ann Arbor Nichols Arboretum!

University of Michigan Faculty Brass Quintet
Sunday, January 20, 2019 – 3:00 p.m.

The University of Michigan Brass Quintet, featuring the UM School of Music, Theatre and Dance renown Brass Faculty, comes to FUMC for an exciting afternoon of music.  They will perform group selections from the Renaissance to the modern era, highlighting each member of the brass faculty in a solo setting along the way.  Members include:  William Campbell, trumpet;  Amanda Ross, trumpet; Adam Unsworth, horn; David Jackson, trombone; and Fritz Kaenzig, tuba.  Be sure to mark your calendar for this exquisite evening of brass offerings!   A free will collection will be taken at the concert and a reception will follow the event.

Ann Arbor Camerata Orchestra II:  “A Romantic Homage”
Régulo Stabilito, conductor
Sunday, January 27, 2019 – 3:00 p.m.

In a second appearance on this year’s Ann Arbor Music & Arts Downtown Series, the Ann Arbor Camerata Orchestra presents another inspiring concert with stunning repertoire for Chamber Orchestra.  Under the baton of conductor Régulo Stabilito, this concert will feature a performance Robert Schumann’s powerfully expressive Symphony No.2, Op. 61 in C major.  Written during a tumultuous period in the composer’s life, Symphony No.2 reveals Schumann’s admiration for J. S. Bach and portrays a romantic homage to the great German composer whom he considered to be both “unapproachable and unfathomable”. Be sure not to miss what promises to be a most compelling and stirring performance by this consummate string ensemble!

Our Annual Global Music Weekend
Joy in Diversity: Spiritual Unity & Grace through Immigration
February 9 & 10

Our annual Global Weekend celebrates “spiritual unity” amid circumstances we face today. We are pleased to feature two cultures particularly affected by challenges associated with immigration. Distinguished speakers will address key topics as talented musicians reflect beautiful, inspiring, and energetic musical idioms of each culture.

Saturday, February 9

5:30 p.m.   Join us in the Social Hall for a delicious dinner with a Mediterranean and Hispanic theme (provided by Chela’s and Oasis restaurants.) Guest speakers during the dinner include Michigan U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, Michigan State Senator Jeff Irwin, Sonya Luna, serving through the National Plan for Hispanic and Latino Ministries (NPHLM) in the Detroit Annual Conference, and Tori Booker, Site Director of Justice For Our Neighbors—South East Michigan.

Dinner tickets available at Connections or through the office:
$15/adults, $8/students, $40/family, under 5yrs./free

7:30 p.m.   We will gather in the Sanctuary for our Global Music Concert with members of the National Arab Orchestra (Michael Ibrahim, founder/director), flamenco guitarist Ahmad Larrea, and Fortino & Rolando Ybarra

Sunday, February 10

Rev. Paul Perez will preach at the 9:30 & 11:15 a.m. worship services

Friends of the Groom Christian Theater Ensemble
Tom Long, artistic director and writer
March 2-3, 2019

Saturday, March 2
12:00-3:00pm Christian Theater Workshops — Information and registration coming soon!
5:00pm Green Wood Worship with Friends of the Groom

Sunday, March 3
9:30 & 11:15am Downtown Worship with Friends of the Groom and FUMC theater participants
3:00pm Special Performance by the Friends of the Groom in our downtown sanctuary

Founded in 1980 by artistic director Tom Long, this dynamic Christian Theater Ensemble’s mission is to convey the Gospel through drama, storytelling, music, workshops, and performances. Through a high artistic level of creativity and performance, the “Friends” bring the Gospel to colorful and inspiring life. In their own words, “We are a theater company committed to revealing the Christian message with a unique blend of humor, story, challenging content, and scenes that are hard to forget.” Workshops and the Sunday performance are open to the public. The Friends will further present innovative worship performance for three services over the weekend. Join us!