Concert: Joe Reilly!

Tuesday December 30, 2014: 2:00 pm to 2:45 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for preschool to grade 5.

Joe Reilly writes playful, clever, engaging, and joyful songs from his heart, and they always have something meaningful to say. His creative and original music hits a chord with nature lovers of all ages!

KinderConcert

Friday January 9, 2015: 9:30 am to 10:00 am -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for ages 2 - 5

Learn about the tuba from Fritz Kaenzig and about the piano from Kathryn Goodson, and listen, dance and hear a story with Gari Stein.

Enjoy the music of the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra!

This event will also take place from 10:30 - 11:00 am.

KinderConcert

Friday January 9, 2015: 10:30 am to 11:00 am -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for ages 2 - 5

Learn about the tuba from Fritz Kaenzig and about the piano from Kathryn Goodson, and listen, dance and hear a story with Gari Stein.

Enjoy the music of the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra!

This event will also take place from 9:30 - 10:00 am.

Musical Escapades

Saturday January 17, 2015: 10:00 am to 11:00 am -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for teens and youth (grades 3 - 12)

Nationally-known early music specialist and recorder virtuoso Nina Stern leads this interactive introduction to traditional rhythmic patterns from around the world.

The event includes rhythms, singing, and the use of hand percussion instruments

This event is cosponsored by AADL, the Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments, and The Academy for Early Music.

Friends in Song and Story

Sunday January 18, 2015: 2:00 pm to 2:45 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for preschool - grade 3.

The father/daughter/uncle musical family of San & Emily & Laz Slomovits joins AADL’s Laura Pershin Raynor for a musical storytelling program for the whole family.

This concert includes lots of audience participation with Gemini’s songs for children and collaborative storytelling with their long-time friend Laura.

MLK Day Event: Biakuye Percussion Group

Monday January 19, 2015: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for adults, teens and youth (grade K and up).

AADL presents a special concert event on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, featuring the acclaimed percussion group Biakuye, featuring Mark Stone, Chinelo Amen-Ra, Lesley-Anne Stone, and Ambyr Amen-Ra.

.....wooden keys suspended over gourds and spider webs….
….seed pods spun like a yo-yo
… goat-skin drums, flattened tire spokes, and discarded oil barrels

These are the sources of Biakuye’s captivating sound—a sound that is both deeply grounded and cutting-edge. The resulting music reflects the unique journeys of its members, which have taken them from the U.S. to Ghana, Uganda, South Africa, Trinidad, and Haiti. In Akan languages of West Africa, biakuye means unity. Biakuye’s energetic performances bring together a wide range of African and Caribbean music and dance.

MLK Day Concert: I, Too, Sing America: Arts Songs and Spiritual Arrangements by African-American Composers

Monday January 19, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Baritone Emery Stephens and accompanist Alvin Waddles explore African-American history from 1898 – 1976 through this interactive lecture/concert honoring the legacy and musical achievements of African-American classical composers and arrangers such as Harry T. Burleigh, John Work, Margaret Bonds and Moses Hogan. Musical highlights include: “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot”, “It’s Me, O Lord”, “Didn’t It Rain?”, “This Little Light Of Mine” and more.

Baritone Emery Stephens has sung with Arbor Opera Theater, Ann Arbor Symphony, Main Street Opera, Orchestra Canton, Carolina Ballet, Cape Fear Chorale, Boston Lyric Opera, Opera New England, Boston University Opera Institute, University of Michigan Opera Theater, Prism Opera, Cambridge Lieder and Opera Society, Opera-at-Longy, and Operafest.

In addition to his solo engagements with the Wilmington Symphony in Handel's Messiah, Copland's Old American Songs, and Orff's Carmina Burana, he was a professional chorister with the Handel and Haydn Society of Boston for ten years with Christopher Hogwood, artistic director. He premiered the role of the Male Speaker in performances of Dan Welcher's oratorio, JFK: Voice of Peace with conductor Daniel Beckwith at Boston's Symphony Hall.

Stephens is an Assistant Professor of Voice at Wayne State University in Detroit, and music director at the Unity of Farmington Hills. He has presented his survey research at conference sessions for the National Association for the Study and Performance of African American Music, College Music Society (Great Plains Region), International Congress of Voice Teachers, International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, and the African-American Art Song Alliance. Stephens is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, National Opera Association, African-American Art Song Alliance, College Music Society, and Afrocentric Voices in Classical Music.

A native of Detroit, Alvin Waddles studied at Interlochen Arts Academy and the University Of Michigan School Of Music. He has worked in the Fine Arts Departments of the Detroit and Ann Arbor Public School systems. Since 1994, he has served as Director of Music for Hope United Methodist Church in Southfield, MI. In addition to regular appearances at local venues and events such as the Dirty Dog Jazz Café, the Detroit Festival of the Arts, the Michigan Jazz Festival and the Detroit International Jazz Festival, he has traveled across the country and abroad both as a solo artist and as musical director for Cook, Dixon and Young, formerly of the Three Mo’ Tenors.

Local Music: Timothy Monger

Friday January 30, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

AADL highlights a local performing artist with this evening concert by Timothy Monger, best known for his work with Michigan rock group Great Lakes Myth Society, which he co-founded with his brother James.

For this performance, Monger will use guitar pedals and other musical items from AADL’s circulating Music Tools collection!

In 2004, Monger released his debut solo album Summer Cherry Ghosts. The lush baroque-pop song cycle earned favorable comparisons to Elliot Smith, Electric Light
Orchestra and early Bee Gees and was re-released in Japan the following year.

The success of Great Lakes Myth Society’s literate, folk-tinged rock eventually landed them a deal with Michigan indie Quack! Media in 2006 and their sophomore effort Compass Rose Bouquet was released in 2007 to glowing reviews. This was followed with several national tours, multiple appearances at SXSW and shows with Patti Smith, British Sea Power, The Hidden Cameras and The Hold Steady among others.

In 2009, Monger recorded his second solo album and performed regularly both as a solo artist and with his newly formed backing band Timothy Monger State Park. His sophomore album The New Britton Sound is a beautiful melding of elegant pop, and lyrical folk-rock named for the small rural town of Britton, Michigan where the bulk of it was recorded and written. Released in June 2011 on his own Northern Detective record label, the album was a stylistic leap forward, moving away from the orchestral leanings in favor of a more organic, rural pop sound.

Pan African Youth Orchestra

Saturday February 21, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This African youth orchestra, led by Kweku Kwakye, traveled from Ghana to Michigan to perform at AADL and in schools in Washtenaw County.

Enjoy an afternoon of lively music from Africa!

El Dia de Los Ninos y Libros Cultural Celebration

Sunday April 26, 2015: 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm -- Ypsilanti District Library, 5577 Whittaker Rd.

This event is intended for all ages.

The Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti District Libraries join together to celebrate children and books with music, dancing, and traditional treats and crafts at the Ypsilanti District Library!

For more information, call the Ypsilanti District Library at 482-4110.