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Art & Soul: The Performing Arts - Ann Arbor Summer Festival Mainstage Preview

May 23, 2019

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This week, "Art and Soul" is about the vibrant local performance arts scene.  89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry and Wendy Wright talk with the executive director of the Ann Arbor Summer Festival, Mike Michelon, about what’s planned for the Mainstage for the upcoming event.

Mike Michelon, executive director of the Ann Arbor Summer Festival
Credit Lisa Barry / 89.1 WEMU

MAINSTAGE ACTS FOR ANN ARBOR SUMMER FESTIVAL 2019

  • Dawes - Wednesday, June 26 @ 8pm Power Center

 ALSO AT THE ANN ARBOR SUMMER FESTIVAL

  • Worktable - Tuesday, June 18 Ann Arbor Art Center

UPCOMING THEATRE EVENTS:

THEATER

Crazy For You by Ken Ludwig and George & Ira Gershwin

The Encore Musical Theatre Company - Dexter

June 20 – August 11

A truly delightful homage to the beloved, optimistic musicals of the 1930s: a world of showgirls and cowboys, in which a city boy and a country girl reconcile their differences, fall in love, and save a theater, the old-fashioned way.

Fortinbras by Lee Blessing

THE PENNY SEATS THEATRE COMPANY

West Park Bandshell

June 13-29

A hilarious modern bookend to Hamlet that tells the story of Fortinbras, the lucky Dane who enters during Hamlet's final scene and orders the bodies of the royal family removed, while he devises a media blitz to legitimize his ascension to the throne. 

MOVIES

CatVideoFest 2019 – Back by popular demand!

Michigan Theater

Wednesday, May 29th - 7:00pm

A compilation reel of the latest, best cat videos culled from countless hours of unique submissions and sourced animations, music videos, and, of course, classic internet powerhouses.

MUSIC 

Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder wsg The Saline Fiddlers Philharmonic

Saturday, May 25th – 8pm

Michigan Theater

A 15-time Grammy winner and newly-inducted member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, Skaggs has made it his mission in life to introduce a new generation of listeners to bluegrass and traditional American music.  A benefit for the Saline Fiddlers. 

The Ark

Morgan James

Saturday June 1st - 8:00 PM

"A phenomenal talent whose feel for classic soul music is bone deep...This woman is on fire."  The New York Times

Lucette

Tuesday, June 18th – 8:00 PM

A rising Americana star—from way north of the border - drawing inspiration from artists as eclectic as Leonard Cohen and Blaze Foley and Amy Winehouse and Etta James.

Rachel Baiman

Wednesday, June 26th – 8:00 PM

New socially conscious folk by one half of 10 String Symphony

The Blue Llama Jazz Club

Ralph Peterson's Messenger Legacy

An elite line-up of alumni members of one of Jazz’ most influential bands, Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers.

May 24-25, 7 & 9:30 P.M.

Kurt Elling

Renowned for his singular combination of robust swing and poetic insight, GRAMMY winner Elling has secured his place among the world’s foremost jazz vocalists.

JUNE 7-8, 7 & 9:30 P.M.

COMMUNITY

Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra

Music in the Key of Ann Arbor

June 8th – park opens 6:30pm, concert at 8pm

Concordia University Ann Arbor - 4090 Geddes Rd

Enjoy this FREE all-ages outdoor concert on the banks of the Huron River.  Concertgoers are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs for open seating on the grass.

Curtains

by Rupert Holmes and Kander & Ebb

Arbor Civic Theater

June 6-9

Lydia Mendelssohn Theater

When a faded actress collapses and dies after curtain call, Boston detective and musical theatre devotee Lieutenant Frank Cioffi comes on the scene.  Can he solve the case, save the show, and stay alive?

UMS Summer Sings 2019: Duruflé Requiem, Op. 9

MONDAY, JUNE 24, 2019 7:00 PM - HILL AUDITORIUM

The UMS Choral Union invites you to take part in its 26th season of Summer Sings.  Just come as you are to these no-audition, no-performance evenings of memorable music-making.

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