Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra recasts fall season, partners with Kerrytown Concert House


The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra was supposed to launch its fall 2020 season with "Goodyear Plays Beethoven" at the Michigan Theater, in front of an audience, on September 10. [Insert section about Covid-19 ruining everything] [That's not an editing mistake; I'm just saving myself time since we all know what's going down in the world.]

Stewart Goodyear will still play Beethoven, and there will still be an audience; the crowd will just be at home and the concert will be broadcast from the Kerrytown Concert Hall on September 26.

The other fall 2020 A2SO programs that were affected are:

September 11 – Beethoven 7
October 17 – Brahms & Copland
November 14 – Beethoven & Scheherazade

In their stead, a new lineup of virtual concerts was created, all emanating from the Concert House:

September 26 – Goodyear & Beethoven
September 27 – The Berofskys & Beethoven
October 17 – The Music of Brahms
November 14 – Simon, Haydn & Borodin

Caroline Kim, the A2SO's principal cellist, played a 20-minute concert on August 28 featuring Bach's Cello Suite No. 3, BWV 1009 and Geon-Yong Lee's Song in the Dusk II to give viewers a taste of the orchestra's virtual shows. (See video at the top of this post.) While this performance was recorded at 2671 Bedford Rd. in Ann Arbor, the shows broadcast from the Concert House will have the same quality.

You can buy tickets for each concert individually or subscribe to the whole season. The shows will also be available on demand if you can't view them live.

The rest of the 2020 A2SO schedule, beginning witth a holidays pops concert on December 11, is currently scheduled to take place at Hill Auditorium, though it will come as no surprise if those shows are recast and rescheduled.

Christopher Porter is a library technician and the editor of Pulp.