Community chamber orchestras are at the heart of towns and cities across America. Volunteer, amateur musicians often comprise these ensembles, yet some ensembles employ high-level, local freelance professionals and students at nearby universities.
I’ve always been confused about why many believe jazz is old and boring. The University of Michigan Jazz Festival on Feb. 8 exemplified its ever changing nature. Various ensembles performed tunes old and new to the fascination of an audience comprised of all different ages.
Over the past month, as I boarded four flights and about ten bus rides, I found myself listening to the same recording over and over: Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s 2012 recording of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.
Educator, author and activist Mabel O. Wilson visited the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning this past Friday to give a lecture entitled “Memory/Race/Nation: The Politics of Modern Memorials” as the University of Michigan’s Martin Luther King Jr.
As a community, Ann Arbor needs to strive to celebrate the minority artist — not just during Black History month or Hispanic Heritage month. It is more important than ever to foster a community where everyone can find themselves in every form of art.