The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra is welcoming Spring Break with
a tribute to Judy Dow Rumelhart as part of its “Best of
Broadway” series celebrating the orchestra’s 75th
anniversary. Sponsored by the Ann Arbor News and Mckinley real
estate, this program will include performances by Doug Labrecque,
the first and best Phantom of the Opera, Larry Henkel, Melody
Racine, Deanna Relyea, S-A-T-B Quartet, members of
University’s Musical Theater and a finale by Rumlhart

Laura Wong

Maestro Arie Lipsky commends Rumelhart for her involvement in
the community saying, “Judy certainly plays a major role in
Ann Arbor, having been on the stage and behind the scenes.”
He considers her a “community ambassador to

Rumelhart was educated at Denison University as well as the
University of Michigan, and was honored with the School of
Music’s Distinguished Alumni Award. Judy has gone on to hold
lead roles in legendary musicals such as “Gypsy,”
“South Pacific,” “The Mikado” and
“Hello Dolly.” Her experience as associate producer of
the Broadway hit “Swenny Todd” earned her a Drama
Critic Award as well as a Tony Award. Additionally, she has made
time in her busy schedule to be a devoted and committed volunteer
for nonprofit boards and organizations.

The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra is known for playing classical
music. The performance on Saturday will mark the only time this
year that the orchestra will play show tunes of this nature. Lipsky
promises quite a show for the community. My goal as a conductor is
to be a musician who puts the music first, and to make sure what
the composers wrote is delivered to the audience.”

Lipsky, who has served as conductor for the last four years,
received extensive training as a cellist and as a flutist in his
native Israel. He is also a member of the New Arts Trio, in
residence at the Chautauqua Institute, where he serves as director
of chamber music. He has garnered high praise from some of the
world’s best conductors, including Semyon Bychkov, music
director of L’Orchestre de Paris, and Yoel Levi, former music
director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, both of whom have noted
his excellent technique.

The performance this Saturday will highlight the softer side of
the Symphony Orchestra, promising a fun time for all music lovers.
In the words of Lipsky, “It will give the community the
opportunity to laugh.”

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