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The real Ann Arbor Symphony shows its strengths in Beethoven, with soloist Garrick Ohlsson

By SUSAN ISAACS NISBETT (Ann Arbor, Sept. 20, 2015) It’s an interesting concert, indeed, where Beethoven’s great Symphony No. 3 (“Eroica”) seems like the warm up act. With the third of Beethoven’s five piano concertos still to come post-intermission — … Continue reading

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Bravura Beethoven When the Ann Arbor Symphony Opens Its 2015-16 Season with Pianist Garrick Ohlsson

By SUSAN ISAACS NISBETT (Ann Arbor, Sept. 9, 2015) Expect excitement—plus many happy returns and some exciting departures—when the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra opens its 2015-16 season with a Beethoven Festival at Hill Auditorium September 19 at 8pm. “The whole … Continue reading

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Mountain Heart shows love for The Ark with first of club’s 50th anniversary shows

By ROGER LeLIEVRE Clearly The Ark is getting a great start on its 50th anniversary season. Both nights of the Ann Arbor Folk Festival / Ark fundraiser sold out the last weekend of January, and now iconic bluegrass ensemble Mountain … Continue reading

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The List: 2014 in the Arts!

SUSAN ISAACS NISBETT (Ann Arbor, Dec. 31, 2014) It’s time to say good-bye to 2014 and welcome in the New Year. It’s a time to settle accounts and make plans, but I’ll wait till tomorrow to do the latter. Today, … Continue reading

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Turin’s “William Tell” hits the mark in Chicago

SUSAN ISAACS NISBETT (Ann Arbor, Dec. 9, 2014) It’s possible that I’d fall in love with any opera performance that included complimentary tiramisu, cannoli and coffee at the first intermission; crisp apples and more coffee at the second. But Rossini’s … Continue reading

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Leonidas Kavakos and Yuja Wang: Hearing with your eyes

SUSAN ISAACS NISBETT (Ann Arbor, Nov. 29, 2014) Hearing with your eyes was not the main thing on my mind during Yuja Wang and Leonidas Kavakos’ recital at Hill Auditorium Sunday Nov. 23, presented by the University Musical Society. No, … Continue reading

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San Francisco Symphony, Night Two: Invitation to the Dance

SUSAN ISAACS NISBETT (Ann Arbor, Nov. 16, 2014) Is it all about the dancing? In a way, it was, for better and worse, at the San Francisco Symphony’s second concert of two at Hill Auditorium this week, under University Musical … Continue reading

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