UMS Night School: Explore Pure Michigan Renegade - Session 6: The San Francisco Symphony

Monday March 26, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Session 6 of the UMS Night School classes include include a discussion the sixth and final event in the series will feature discussion of the March performances of the San Francisco Symphony as well as a graduation celebration for this lecture series. The San Francisco Symphony performs a series of four concerts at Hill Auditorium from March 22 – 24.

Each session includes a presentation by a genre expert, an interactive exercise to draw you into the themes behind the performance, and a takeaway reading to enjoy on your own. Sessions are designed to engage you both with the UMS Pure Michigan Renegade series performances and with other audience members. These classes are hosted by Mark Clague, Associate Professor of Musicology and Director of Research at the U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance.

UMS Event for Teachers: Soundscapes: Engaged Listening In the Classroom

Led by Susan Key, Program Director of Keeping Score Education at the San Francisco Symphony, educators explore content and strategies for developing listening skills and integrated curricula for K-12. The workshop material is particularly appropriate for social studies, language arts, and environmental science curricula, but also offers specific exercises to help improve any student's focus and attention.

Connected to the UMS presentation of the San Francisco Symphony's American Mavericks Festival, this workshop for K-12 educators focuses on the life and music of American composer, businessman, and inventor Charles Ives, whose music paints a multi-dimensional portrait of life in early 20th-century America.

Tuesday, March 20, 4:30 - 7:30 PM | Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room

UMS Night School: Explore Pure Michigan Renegade - Session 5:The Andersen Project/San Francisco Symphony

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Monday March 19, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Session 5 of the UMS Night School classes will include a 30 minute discussion of the March performance of The Andersen Project. The 60-minute introduction portion of this event will center on the upcoming concerts featuring the San Francisco Symphony – who will be performing a series of four concerts at Hill Auditorium from March 22 – 24.

Each session includes a presentation by a genre expert, an interactive exercise to draw you into the themes behind the performance, and a takeaway reading to enjoy on your own. Sessions are designed to engage you both with the UMS Pure Michigan Renegade series performances and with other audience members. These classes are hosted by Mark Clague, Associate Professor of Musicology and Director of Research at the U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance.

Philip A. Duey and the Original "Go Blue!"

Michigan's heading to the Big Dance this month and "Let's Go Blue" will be heard throughout the land as the Wolverines do battle in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. But there's an earlier fight song composed by the highly acclaimed Men's Glee Club director Philip A. Duey that, according to the Ann Arbor News, wowed them at the premiere on Saturday, April 2, 1966. Duey got out of bed at 3 a.m. just a few days before the concert and "went to his piano and composed the words and music for the new song in two hours." Professor Duey and "Go Blue!" received a standing ovation and Duey was "besieged by congratulatory phone call and letters."

We've digitized a selection of Ann Arbor News articles on Dr. Duey who served as director of the Men's Glee Club from 1947 to 1969 and transformed the UMMGC into an internationally-renowned organization. AADL has a recording of Duey's "Go Blue!" by the Men's Glee Club. Listen to an excerpt here. Want to perform your own version? We've got the sheet music in our reference collection.

Here are the lyrics to the original Go Blue! A bit more of a tongue-twister but maybe the magic of the Cazzie Russell years will rub off on the 2012 team if we all sing it together. Check out our Old News Feature on the Michigan Men's Basketball glory years of 1963 ~ 1966 as they marched to three consecutive Big 10 championships and three memorable trips to the Big Dance. We've digitzed articles on the Bloody Nose Kids. Why the nickname? Find out in our podcast with George Pomey, a starter in those magical years who went on to coach for the Wolverines and do color commentary at the games. He's Blue through and through.

Go Blue! by Philip A. Duey

In old Ann Arbor town there are men of great renown,
They are ever out to fight and win the game.

On the court or on the field,
There's a will to never yield,
And to bring our Alma Mater ev'ry fame.

Here's a university whose name will ever be,
The greatest and the fairest in the land.

And we praise her far and near,
With our voices strong and clear,
For we know, where ever we go,
That none with her may stand.

Chorus

Go Blue! Let's go, Blue!
We're here to cheer for you.

Go Blue! Let's go, Blue!
No matter what the others have got,
They'll never come up to you.

Go Blue! Let's go, Blue!
We're here to cheer for you.

M-I-C-H-I-G-A-N Michigan!
Go Blue!

LISTEN!! Digital Music News: Jazz Guitar, Bach with Flutes, Laid Back Electronica, Upbeat Folkgrass, Maudlin Pop

YOU can access almost 1,000 digital music albums directly through our AADL.org catalog. Stream or download as much as you like, DRM free, on any device you choose. No waiting for a copy. No due dates. Hooray!

JAZZ
Andy Gabrys: Classic Jazz Guitar
Modern compositions, classic jazz guitar, an oak-tree thick acoustic bass courtesy of Dan Loomis, and the swinging colorful drumming of Brian Adler, make Constant a great album for any occasion. The album comes from a 5 year period during which Andy lived in New York city and played at various venues with up and coming jazz artists. Andy's original music on this album is both forward-thinking and respecting of the jazz tradition, and while his guitar sound might be compared to Kenny Burrell or George Benson, his playing and composing approach shows the subtle shading and rich harmonies of Romantic era composers.

CLASSICAL
Spark: Flautists with Finesse, Intelligence and Grooves
Spark began in 1992 as a small ensemble group in the Tokyo University Flute Circle. The members, all graduates from Tokyo University, now live in various cities throughout Japan, from Kyoto to Hakodate. J. S. Bach Laboratory, an all-Bach album, features original arrangements that seek to capture the spirit of Bach's original ideas. It was recorded in Hakodate City Art Hall and was first released in 2000 to commemorate the 250th anniversary of Bach's death.

ELECTRONIC
Joey Fehrenbach: Gorgeously Sculpted, Uber-Melodic Downtempo
The album Mellowdrama captures what it sounds like to fall in love, to remember old friends, to feel lonely, and to feel at peace and safe indoors on a rainy day. Electronic dance music artist Joey Fehrenbach uses intricate melody and atmosphere to create sonic backgrounds that capture the essence of the human soul. This is the one thought-provoking laid back electronic album not to miss.

FOLK / WORLD
Steve Eulberg: Mountain and Hammered Dulcimer
Inspired by a Jean Ritchie poem of the same title, I Celebrate Life! is the title track of this collection of original songs and tunes written for Mountain and Hammered Dulcimer by award-winning singer-songwriter and musician, Steve Eulberg. Known nationwide as the host of the annual Colorado Dulcimer Festival, Steve Eulberg weaves old-timey with blues and contemporary tunes adding original songs into a tapestry of "smile-inducing, toe-tapping folkgrass" that captivates and energizes audiences of all ages.

POP / ROCK
Tiny Little Blackouts: Dreamy, Slightly Mournful Indie Pop
Jangly relaxed alt rock, perfect for the grey days where you don't *want* to feel up and happy, but instead settle into self-indulgent melancholia. This San Francisco based band has been described as "Elliott Smith meets the Cocteau Twins". On this debut album, Idea of Alice, expect a shoegazer meets dream pop sound -- female vocals, lazy, bluesy fuzzed out guitars, a warm deep bass line. Bands like Belly, Curve, The Gathering and The Cardigans come to mind.

UMS Night School: Explore Pure Michigan Renegade - Session 4: Hagen Quartet/ The Andersen Project

Monday March 12, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Session 4 of the UMS Night School classes will a 30 minute discussion of the February concert of The Hagen Quartet. The 60-minute introduction portion of this event will center on the upcoming performance of The Andersen Project -- a tour-de-force about a Canadian writer from the rock-and-roll milieu who is unexpectedly commissioned to write a libretto for a children's opera.

Each session includes a presentation by a genre expert, an interactive exercise to draw you into the themes behind the performance, and a takeaway reading to enjoy on your own. Sessions are designed to engage you both with the UMS Pure Michigan Renegade series performances and with other audience members. These classes are hosted by Mark Clague, Associate Professor of Musicology and Director of Research at the U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance.

Music Expert Richard LeSueur Discusses The Opera "The Rake's Progress"

Sunday March 11, 2012: 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm -- Downtown Library: aadlfreespace

Love music? Frequent the opera and theatre much? Join us for a music-listening and learning session.

In anticipation of the upcoming performance of Stravinsky's "The Rake's Progress" (performed by the University Opera Theatre on Sunday, March 25 at Hill Auditorium), Richard LeSueur, opera lover extraordinaire, will discuss the plot and the music of this classic opera.

This lecture will include recordings of some highlights of this morality opera.

Siusan O'Rourke And Zig Zeitler: Traditional Irish Music And Folklore

Saturday March 10, 2012: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Why wait until next weekend? Celebrate St. Pat's Day - - a week early with an afternoon of delightful Irish music and folklore with an acclaimed duo that NPR has called "one of the strongest Irish American duos out there - great vocals & great instrumentals!"

Siusan O'Rourke & Zig Zeitler are an exceptional Celtic and World Music duo. Well founded on strong vocals and woven together with a broad mix of instrumentation, they have been bringing their music to fans of traditional and Irish Music at festivals, special performances and workshops throughout the United States, Ireland and Puerto Rico.

AADL Talks To Wayne Kramer

While he was in town for the 40th anniversary of the John Sinclair Freedom Rally, Wayne Kramer, lead guitarist and co-founder of the seminal Detroit/Ann Arbor band, MC5, sat down to talk with us. Wayne discusses the early years of the band and the influence of jazz, Sinclair, and Detroit culture on their music. He also talks about his troubles in the years following the band's dissolution; his current work with Jail Guitar Doors and fondly recalls the concerts in West Park.

Read more about Wayne Kramer and the MC5 at oldnews.aadl.org and freeingjohnsinclair.org.

Photo by Robert Matheu

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UMS Night School: Explore Pure Michigan Renegade Session 3

Monday February 20, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This 90-minute UMS Night School class features discussions The Tallis Scholars and Random Dance. The 60-minute introduction portion of this event will center on the Hagen Quartet.

Each session includes a presentation by a genre expert, an interactive exercise to draw you into the themes behind the UMS Renegade Series performances, and a takeaway reading to enjoy on your own. Sessions are designed to engage you both with the performances and with other audience members.

This series is hosted by Prof. Mark Clague, Associate Professor of Musicology and Director of Research at the U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance.

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