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!