First Fridays at 12:30pm
Join us for a free lunchtime concert series in Room 204 at the PARC. These concerts will feature singers from Main Street Opera Theatre or instrumentalists from The Michigan Philharmonic performing 30-40 minutes of music. The intimate setting gives guests an opportunity to interact with the artists and ask questions. Bring your friends and enjoy beautiful music performed by professional musicians.
TIME CHANGE: Doors open at 12:00.
Concerts begin at 12:30pm.
Donations are appreciated.
April 5- Kristen Tail, Percussion
Kristen Tail - Principal Percussionist Michigan Philharmonic
Kristen has BA and MA in music and has perfomed throughout the US and Japan. She has been with the Michigan Philharmonic for over 12 years as Principal Percussion. Kristen teaches at Oakland University and Macomb Community College and is head of the Circulation Department for the Baldwin Public Library in Birmingham.
March 1- Yuri Popowycz, Violin
Friday, February 1st will feature Yuri Popowycz, a Detroit based violinist, producer, and illustrator. Yuri has played in The Michigan Philharmonic since 2016 and performs and records all over SE Michigan. He runs the ambient label “Music To Stretch To” which encourages positive focus on our physical bodies through sound. Yuri teaches violin with Sphinx in NW Detroit, and is a member of the Detroit Bureau of Sound. Yuri also hosts monthly open Studio Sundays; where a growing cast of characters gather to make things together.
Nov 2- Amy Kuras, Cello
Friday, October 5th Anna Valcour will be the featured singer. She will share some of her favorite arias by Puccini, Verdi, Mozart and more! Anna Valcour, soprano, was most recently an Artist in Residence with the Four Corners Ensemble where she performed the role of Holly in the Michigan premiere of Wolfson’s “Rapture.” Recent opera credits include Bastienne in Bastien und Bastienne (The Dallas Opera), Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro (Toledo Opera), Königin der Nacht in Die Zauberflöte (Toledo Opera), and le feu/le rossignol in L’enfant et les sortilèges (Opera MODO). Other highlights of past seasons include Mabel in Pirates of Penzance, Königin der Nacht in Die Zauberflöte, Olympia in Les contes d’Hoffmann, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, Valencienne in Die lustige Witwe, and Belinda in Dido and Aeneas. Ms. Valcour has also performed as a guest artist with the Joliet Symphony, the Flowermound Symphony, and the Lawrence Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Valcour holds a M.M. from the University of North Texas and a B.M. in Voice and a B.A. in History from Lawrence University.
Join us this Friday, November 2nd, at 1:00pm for our next First Friday Free Concert of the season featuring Amy Kuras, cello. Amy Kuras was born and raised in New York, where she studied cello at Manhattan School of Music, Chautauqua Institute and the Downeast Chamber Music Program. She studied music performance as an undergraduate at Northwestern University and has a Master’s Degree from the University of Michigan in Landscape Architecture. Ms. Kuras continues to practice landscape architecture as well as cello, serving as the park planner for the City of Ann Arbor as well as the principal cellist for the Michigan Philharmonic. She has played with several symphonies around Southeast Michigan, including the Ann Arbor Symphony and the Adrian Symphony and regularly freelances in the area. She also enjoys playing chamber music in and around Ann Arbor.
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