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Exuberant “Rent” at Pioneer High another in a series of buzzworthy musicals, but was it the last?

By Roger LeLievre Ann Arbor, Mich. (May 3, 2014) Pioneer High School’s Theatre Guild, known the past several years for staging talk-of-the-town productions of popular musicals, just finished a run of the groundbreaking-for-its-time “Rent.” The show was a worthy successor … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Ann Arbor native / soul singer Deon Jackson

Roger LeLievre Ann Arbor, Mich. (Apr. 23, 2014) Deon Jackson, a soul and R&B singer from the 1960s, died April 19. He was born in Ann Arbor Jan. 26, 1946. Jackson, who was 68 at the time of his death, … Continue reading

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Not All Ballet Birds are Swans: “Firebird” comes to Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre

By Susan Isaacs Nisbett Ann Arbor, Mich. (Apr. 19, 2014) “The Firebird” was a breakthrough piece for composer Igor Stravinsky, who composed it for the 1910 Paris season of Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes. Maybe it will be a local breakthrough, too, … Continue reading

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U-M Musical Theater offers a polished, emotional “Les Miserables”

By ROGER LeLIEVRE Ann Arbor, Mich (Apr. 18, 2014) I’ve seen “Les Miserables” so often I’ve lost count. Besides professional productions in Detroit and Chicago, the long-running Broadway musical hit inspired by Victor Hugo’s novel has been performed in the … Continue reading

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Mix-n-match from Folk Festival bands leads to memorable night at The Ark

By Roger LeLievre Ann Arbor, Mich. (Apr. 12, 2014) The headline act at The Ark Friday night was a favorite from this year’s Ann Arbor Folk Festival, The Pigpen Theatre Co. The opening act was The Spring Standards, a band … Continue reading

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A2SO celebrating Brahms in 2013-14 season finale Saturday

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (Apr. 8, 2014) To usher out the 2013-2014 season in style at its Saturday night season finale concert at the Michigan Theater, the Ann Arbor Symphony has turned to music of Johannes Brahms. “Why celebrate Brahms?” A2SO … Continue reading

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Planets align for ‘March madness’ week at Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (Mar. 20, 2014) It’s all about the journey. That’s what they like to tell you. And for the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, about to embark on a week of March Madness – two youth concerts (Wednesday) a … Continue reading

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Irish mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught hitting Hill Auditorium stage in 2nd U.S. recital tour

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (Mar. 18, 2014) Diva is not the first word that comes to mind to describe the 27-year-old Irish mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught. Talk to her for 20 minutes on the phone, as I did recently as she walked … Continue reading

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And now, please welcome to the stage…Guest Blogger Roger LeLievre !

Roger LeLievre and I have been colleagues just about forever. We’ve been co-workers, boss and employee and employee and boss and just plain old friends and freelancers over our careers in journalism. Roger has more than 30 years experience in … Continue reading

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Joshua Bell delivers glorious recital in sold-out Hill Auditorium

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (Feb. 17, 2014) There was a sense of occasion to superstar violinist Joshua Bell’s sold-out recital Sunday at Hill Auditorium under University Musical Society auspices. But Bell entered the hall a violinist in fiddler’s garb – soft … Continue reading

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