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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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Hot Summer, Hotter Fall: A Sizzling Season for Music, Dance in 2014-15

  By Susan Isaacs Nisbett Ann Arbor, Mich. May 14, 2014 My colleague Roger LeLievre says it’s a hot summer ahead on the folk and pop scene. But when the temps start cooling down in September, and all the classical … Continue reading

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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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