Misha & Cipa Dichter
May
6
3:00 pm15:00

Misha & Cipa Dichter

  • Merrill High School

An afternoon of world class piano-four-hand...


Pianists Misha and Cipa Dichter met at The Juilliard School as students of the legendary Rosina Lhevinne and made their first joint appearance at the Hollywood Bowl in 1972, four years after their marriage.  Since then, the Dichters have performed in recital and with major orchestras throughout the world and have brought to the concert stage many previously neglected works of the two-piano and piano-four-hand repertoires.  They include the world premieres of Robert Starer's Concerto for Two Pianos, the first movement of Shostakovich’s two-piano version of Symphony No. 13 (Babi Yar), and Mendelssohn's own four-hand setting of his “Seven Songs Without Words, Op. 62 and Op. 67,” commemorating the composer's 200th birthday

Misha and Cipa Dichter's North American engagements have included recitals in all of the major cities in the United States and Canada, as well as appearances with the symphonies of Baltimore, Chicago, Cincinnati, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, and Seattle.  Abroad, the Dichters have performed in the music capitals of France, Germany, Holland, Spain, and Switzerland. 

The Dichters perform regularly at many leading summer festivals, including Aspen, Mostly Mozart, Ravinia, the Hollywood Bowl, Caramoor, and the Mann Center.  Following a concert by the Dichters at New York's Mostly Mozart Festival, The New York Times declared: "One was struck not only by the synchronism of their musical impulses, but also by the vigor and elegance of the execution."

The Dichters’ first recording—a three-CD album of the complete piano works for four hands by Mozart plus four-hand arrangements by Busoni and Grieg—was recently released by Musical Heritage Society.  American Record Guide called the recording “an unmitigated delight,” and the Washington Post commented that the music on this album is “Witty, melodious and superbly polished. So is the Dichters’ performance.”  Gramophone magazine praised “the Dichters’ direct and uncluttered interpretations” and their “exuberant rhythmic drive.” Music Web International named the album a “Recording of the Year” for 2005.  The Dichters first began playing Mozart together when they were students at Juilliard in the 1960s, and it was Mozart’s E-flat double concerto they played at the Hollywood Bowl in their first joint appearance. 

Born in 1945 in Shanghai, where his Polish parents had fled at the outbreak of World War II, Misha Dichter came to Los Angeles with his family at the age of two and began his piano studies a few years later.  While still a student at Juilliard, he launched his international career with a stunning triumph at the 1966 Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.

Cipa Dichter was born in Brazil of Polish-Russian parents and had her first piano lessons at the age of six.  She made her professional debut at 16 with the Symphony Orchestra of Brazil and came to the United States to study at The Juilliard School shortly thereafter

Misha and Cipa Dichter live in New York City and have two grown sons. 

Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain
Mar
28
7:00 pm19:00

Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain

  • Merrill High School

"Eight ukuleles walk out on stage..."

No joke—prepare for an unforgettable evening featuring the finest ukulele orchestra in the world!


The Orchestra was formed in 1985 as a bit of fun, but the first gig was an instant sell-out, and they've been performing ever since. By 1988 they had released an LP, appeared on BBC TV, played at WOMAD and recorded a BBC Radio 1 session. 

The current ensemble has been playing together for over 20 years, and has become something of a national institution. 

The Orchestra has given thousands of sold-out concerts across the world, including Great Britain, Germany, Sweden, Finland, Poland, France, America, Canada, New Zealand and Japan. 

They have more recently performed sell-out shows at the Sydney Opera House (2012), The Royal Albert Hall (2009, 2012) and New York's Carnegie Hall (2010, 2012).


Over the last 29 years, the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain has spawned hundreds of imitators, and you can now find Ukulele Groups in nearly every major city, indeed, the Orchestra are often blamed for the current Ukulele revival which is sweeping the globe. 

The Ukulele Orchestra's music has been used in films, plays, and commercials, while film clips of the Orchestra’s live concerts and TV appearances on websites such as YouTube have been watched millions of times. Collaborators have included Madness, David Arnold, The British Film Institute, The Ministry of Sound, Yusuf Islam (aka Cat Stevens) and The Kaiser Chiefs.


The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain is a group of all-singing, all-strumming Ukulele players, using instruments bought with loose change, which believes that all genres of music are available for reinterpretation, as long as they are played on the Ukulele.

A concert by the Ukulele Orchestra is a funny, virtuosic, twanging, awesome, foot-stomping obituary of rock-n-roll and melodious light entertainment featuring only the “bonsai guitar” and a menagerie of voices in a collision of post-punk performance and toe-tapping oldies. There are no drums, pianos, backing tracks or banjos, no pitch shifters or electronic trickery. Only an astonishing revelation of the rich palette of orchestration afforded by ukuleles and singing (and a bit of whistling). Audiences have a good time with the Ukulele Orchestra. Going from Tchaikovsky to Nirvana via Otis Redding and Spaghetti Western soundtracks, the Orchestra takes us on “a world tour with only hand luggage” and gives the listener “One Plucking Thing After Another”. 

Using instruments small and large, in high and low registers, whether playing intricate melodies, simple tunes, or complex chords, and sitting in chamber group format dressed in formal evening wear, the Orchestra uses the limitations of the instrument to create a musical freedom as it reveals unsuspected musical insights. Both the beauty and vacuity of popular and highbrow music are highlighted, the pompous and the trivial, the moving and the amusing. Sometimes a foolish song can touch an audience more than high art; sometimes music which takes itself too seriously is revealed to be hilarious. You may never think about music in the same way once you’ve been exposed to the Ukes’ depraved musicology.

Shades of Buble
Feb
3
7:00 pm19:00

Shades of Buble

  • Merrill High School

Ask three people who Michael Bublé is and you'll get three different answers...

  • The Modern Sinatra who sings and swings on all the standards
  • The Chart-Topping Pop Artist who wrote "Home" and "Haven't Met You Yet"

  • The Rock-and-Roll bad-boy who reinterprets classic Motown and R&B

These are the SHADES OF BUBLÉ...  


ABOUT SHADES OF BUBLÉ

With three voices singing incredible songs like "Feeling Good," "Moondance," "Come Fly With Me," "Home," "Everything," "Fever," "Save the Last Dance for Me" and many more, SHADES OF BUBLÉA Three-Man Tribute to Michael Bublé brings the swinging standards and pop hits of Michael Bublé to the stage in an unforgettable high-energy concert event.  Beginning with an amazing sold-out debut at the end of the 2014-2015 concert season, this act has already begun wowing audiences around the country with exciting harmonies, smooth choreography, and charming good looks.

Delivering a setlist comprised only of songs recorded or performed live by Michael Bublé, this world-class tribute act honors (but doesn't imitate) the sophistication, retro style, and high-energy fun that Bublé himself brings to his concerts while engaging diehard fans with thrilling new three-part vocal arrangements. SHADES OF BUBLÉA Three-Man Tribute to Michael Bublé gives audiences seamless variety by combining big-band standards from the jazz era, classic hits from the 50s/60s/70s, as well as Billboard chart toppers from today in a high-energy show that generates standing ovations from sold-out crowds. 

 

New Odyssey Christmas
Nov
21
7:00 pm19:00

New Odyssey Christmas

  • Merrill High School

Great fun and entertainment—a variety show for the holidays!

New Odyssey (3 Guys-30 Instruments) is a cover band from Chicago playing all types of music from across the decades including today’s top hits. These songs are performed on 30 different musical instruments including an accordion, sousaphone, melodica, banjo, bass trumpets and pocket trumpets. 

The key to making every performance a memorable experience is a combination of fun, audience interaction, offbeat light humor, attention–to-detail arrangements and an all-age appeal. Your grandparents will have as much fun as your kids!

New Odyssey has been together over thirty years. The secret to their success is their ability to adapt to any and every audience.  From performing arts theaters and corporate events to festival beer tents, New Odyssey is prepared for anything! While using the latest technology and equipment, they are constantly updating their material and creating timeless musical compositions that surprise and delight everyone.

New Odyssey will simply mesmerize you. Classic rock, country, novelty and specialty arrangements are all the calling card of this must see group. Three Guys, Thirty Instruments.   New Odyssey.  The most unique act on the circuit. 

Seraph Brass
Sep
19
7:00 pm19:00

Seraph Brass

  • Prairie River Middle School

The ladies of Seraph Brass represent the next generation of brass quintet. 

Seraph Brass is a radiant, charismatic brass quintet comprised of America’s top female brass players. Committed to challenging audiences with engaging and exciting programming, Seraph Brass presents a diverse repertoire that includes original transcriptions, newly commissioned works and well-known classics. 

Members of Seraph Brass have performed with such esteemed ensembles as the San Francisco Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, Musicians from Marlboro, the Luzern Music Festival in Switzerland, National Symphony, Brass Band of Battle Creek, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Daejeon Philharmonic in Korea, and the Auckland Philharmonia in New Zealand. They hold positions in the Richmond Symphony, the Louisville Orchestra, Sarasota Opera Orchestra, the Artosphere Orchestra, New Chicago Brass, Northern Kentucky University School of the Arts, and the University of Virginia.  Those of you who saw the Rodney Mack Philadelphia Big Brass in 2014 will recognize Seraph Brass' trumpeter Mary Elizabeth Bowden.

Enthusiastic about education, Seraph has developed strong relationships with Venezuelan “El Sistema” programs in Philadelphia and Washington, DC, performing fundraising concerts for Play-On Philly! and Bridges: Music Through Harmony.

Upcoming engagements include performances in Florida, Virginia, Illinois and New York. Seraph is proud to be on the highly acclaimed touring roster of Allied Concert Services and will perform two extensive tours of the MidWest in the 2016-17 Season.

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