Chamber Music Series at Green Wood

We are pleased to once again present a diverse array of chamber music concerts at our Green Wood worship location, nestled in a serene wooded area on the east side of Ann Arbor. Admission to each concert is free with a goodwill offering provided to support these local musicians. A reception follows each performance.

Ann Arbor Camerata – 4th Annual Concerto Competition Concert – “Final Round”
Sunday, October 15, 2017 – 3:00 p.m.
We are pleased to also open our 2017-2018 Green Wood Chamber Series with chamber musicians from the Ann Arbor Camerata.   In this concert, Witness the wonderful talents of local classical musicians as they showcase their artistry in Ann Arbor Camerata’s 4th annual Concerto Competition!  Each final contestant will perform an excerpt of their prepared concerto in front of a panel of esteemed professional musical judges for a chance to perform in concert with the Ann Arbor Camerata.   Come enjoy an array of popular concerto excerpts and witness the final competition in this unique concert opportunity!

Tapestries of Sound: Music for Woodwinds and Voices
Euterpe Woodwind Quintet – Ernie Brandon, director
Kristen Dinnino, mezzo soprano
Luke Randall, bass
Sunday, October 29, 2017 – 3:00 p.m.
We are pleased to welcome back the captivating Euterpe Woodwind Quintet.  Under the leadership of founder Ernie Brandon, this ensemble has already dazzled audiences with their sensitive interpretation of classic and new woodwind quintet literature.  This season, we experience the colorful palette of the woodwind instruments along with the vocal colors of two talented, distinguished vocalists:  mezzo soprano Kristen Dininno and bass Luke Randall.   Kristen Dininno, UM doctoral graduate student in Vocal Performance and up and coming opera singer brings exciting, musical portrayals to the various operatic and theatre roles she has performed.  Luke Randall, also a UM doctoral graduate student in Vocal Performance and promising young bass, teaches voice on the music faculty at Eastern Michigan University.   This concert features a variety of popular repertoire styles with selections for woodwinds, solo voices, and repertoire intertwining and exploring the “colors” of both woodwinds and voice.

New Verse Chamber Ensemble
(featuring Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115)
Sarah Cleveland, director
Sunday, January 28, 2018 – 3:00 pm
The New Verse Chamber Ensemble is a collective of musicians from various musical backgrounds, coming together to share their enthusiasm for collaborative performance of an extensive range of chamber music repertoire.  They have performed throughout the Ann Arbor area as well appearing on the inspiring community Concert 4 a Cause series.  This concert features five distinguished local artists:  Joseph Deller & Dan Stachyra (violin), John Madison (viola), Sarah Cleveland (cello) and Lisa Raschiatore (clarinet).  The centerpiece of this exquisite concert is Brahms’ profound Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115.  Written in the twilight of his career, the work is one of great beauty, introspection, lush harmonies, rich textures, and compelling melodic lines – all the result of a mature, fertile imagination.

Ann Arbor Camerata Chamber Concert II:  “Open Arms”
Red Shoe Company All-Arts Collective
Teagan Faran, director
Sunday, February 25, 2018 – 3:00 pm
Red Shoe Company is a mission of happiness in the form of all arts collective.  In the mind of perpetual collaboration and growth, RSC offers musical programs in partnership with dance, visual art, scientific discovery, and more.   It is a part of the Ann Arbor Camerata Team, under the leadership of executive director and concertmaster Teagan Faran, bringing exciting chamber music to the public.  Valuing community and understanding along with a commitment to excellence, RSC brings minds and souls together in an opportunity for all to grow.  “Open Arms” is a delightful chamber concert featuring Ravel’s innovative Duo for Violin and Cello, Debussy’s elegant Sonata for Violin and Piano, Ravel’s sensuous Chansons Madécasses, and Villa-Lobos’s exotic Assobio a Jato.  Featured artists include Teagan Faran, violin; Victor Minke Huls, cello;  David Belkovski, piano;  and Merryl Monard, flute.

Ann Arbor Camerata Chamber Concert III
Red Shoe Company All-Arts Collective – The CAYO Trio
Teagan Faran, director
Sunday, March 18, 2018 – 3:00 pm
In a final season music offering from the Ann Arbor Camerata, we are pleased to present the CAYO trio.  Members of this illustrious ensemble include Jonathan Hostottle, saxophone;  Kate Acone, piano;  and Teagan Faran, violin.  In keeping with a favorite theme of showcasing music of Michigan composers, the CAYO trio will perform featured works of University of Michigan Faculty Composer Evan Chambers and well as newly-commissioned pieces by recent University of Michigan alumni.  Compositionally, this unique trio instrumentation propels a variety of new color and sound combinations while allowing the ensemble to also revisit traditional repertoire with an added twist!

Ypsilanti Town Band & David Vaughn
Jerry Robbins, director
Sunday, April 15, 2018 – 3:00 pm
Under the leadership of conductor Jerry Robbins (former conductor of the Washtenaw Community Concert Band), this twenty-piece wind ensemble will perform popular music from 1880-1920 in period costume.  Returning once again to our Chamber Series, this ensemble will both dazzle and entertain you with a variety of styles, genres and informative insights into this era.  Also joining the Town Band this year is local gospel singer/keyboardist David Vaughn.  Known for his compelling vocal sound and pianistic ingenuity, David will inspire you with his spirit-filled gospel praise.  Don’t miss this uplifting musical offering featuring both David Vaughn and the Ypsilanti Town Band!