SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Thank you for your interest in sponsorship at Kerrytown Concert House! The House is entering its 38th year as a premier performance venue for world-class artists in Southeastern Michigan, and we are moving forward this year with a wonderfully diverse and impressive 22/23 season for which we have many sponsorship opportunities. We invite you to learn more about our season plans by reading the list of planned 22/23 presentations below (organized by genre and then date order).

If you would like to support a particular concert on this list or take on a genre, series, or season underwriting role, please click the button found at the end of each genre list and you will be guided through the process. Thank you for your consideration and essential support! Sponsors make all the difference to KCH!

*This list will be updated regularly as additional programs are added and as concerts are selected for sponsorship.

The Jazz Listening Room

Kerrytown Concert House is a special place for jazz lovers who long to listen to live jazz without any distractions. We offer an intimate listening room experience that emphasizes the music and the musicians – an extraordinary feeling for both artists and audiences.

Paul Keller and Kerrytown Concert House salute jazz bassist, bandleader and entrepreneur, Ron Brooks. His famous and beloved Bird Of Paradise Jazz Club in Ann Arbor was well-known for 20 years as one of the great jazz venues in the world. This special tribute features friends and protégés of Brooks, including Rick Roe (piano), Pete Siers (drums), Cary Kocher (vibraphone), Vincent Bowens (saxophone), Rayse Biggs (trumpet), Paul Keller (bass), George Davidson (drums), and Brooks himself (bass).

“Kurt Rosenwinkel’s music is the sound of the future…just like bebop once was.” — Chicago Tribune

This is a rare opportunity to experience an evening with one of modern music’s most celebrated guitarists! Kurt Rosenwinkel has been a distinct and prominent creative voice at the forefront of modern music for nearly three decades. His legacy as the pre-eminent jazz guitar voice of his generation is plainly evident on his eleven albums as a leader, each one the inspiration for legions of musicians young and old across the globe. Kurt’s aesthetic vision and multi-genre facility has caught the ear of some of modern music’s most prominent stars; collaborations with Eric Clapton, Q-tip, Gary Burton, Paul Motian, Joe Henderson, Brad Mehldau, and Donald Fagen are but a few highlights from a remarkably diverse and extensive catalog of over 150 sideman recordings.

Come and hear gypsy jazz at its toe-tapping finest! Third Coast Swing’s music is influenced by the late Belgium-born Romani Gypsy Django Reinhardt & his band, The Quintette du Hot Club of France — think Louis Armstrong with a French accent. Django Reinhardt’s music is steeped in the tradition of rich culture from Europe and blended with Swing era Jazz, later dubbed “Hot Club Music”. An excellent evening of stories and music, this concert filled with swing-era jazz and musette conjures thoughts of French cafés, traveling Europe, and swing dancing to Hot Jazz.

An original composition by celebrated Detroit bassist,  Marion Hayden, this project explores the life journey of poet Phillis Wheatley (ca. 1753- 1784), the first African American to publish a book and to achieve international stature as an author. Hayden shares that her purpose with this composition, “is to introduce Phillis Wheatley’s life and work to some and to elevate her life and work to others.” Hayden’s music illustrates different aspects of Wheatley’s life – her crossing of the Atlantic Ocean as an 8-year-old referred to by African Americans as the middle passage experience; the growth of her interest in all things literary, the reality of being enslaved, and the duality of her existence as a celebrated poet/ “African genius” and an enslaved woman. 

Ellen Rowe’s popular series, All About the Trio, returns to the House for a tribute to the late great jazz pianist, Barry Harris, who for decades, performed, taught and toured with unflagging devotion, and also helped lay the foundation for the widespread academic study of jazz. Writing in 1986, The New York Times critic Robert Palmer described Mr. Harris as a “one-man jazz academy.”  

Drummer, Sean Dobbins, joins Ellen Rowe (piano), and Paul Keller (bass) for what is sure to be a fantastic musical tribute to this legendary jazz pianist!

“Fortner’s ability to simultaneously project his own voice and reflect those of others reveals an empathy.” – DownBeat Magazine

One of the most inventive and virtuosic pianists of his generation, New Orleans native pianist Sullivan Fortner has been stretching deep-rooted talents as a pianist, composer, band leader and uncompromising individualist for the past decade. In addition to associations with such diverse voices as Wynton Marsalis, Paul Simon, Diane Reeves, Etienne Charles and John Scofield, Fortner’s frequent and longtime collaborators have included Ambrose Akinmusire, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Stefon Harris, Kassa Overall, Tivon Pennicott, Peter Bernstein, Nicholas Payton, Billy Hart, Gary Bartz, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Fred Hersch and the late Roy Hargrove. Recent collaborations include GRAMMY-nominated releases Dear Love (Empress Legacy) and Generations from leaders Jazzmeia Horn and The Baylor Project, respectively.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to experience Fortner’s solo brilliance in KCH’s listening room setting.

Ann Arbor’s favorite jazz trio is back in the House for the holidays (Ellen Rowe, piano; Paul Keller, bass; and Pete Siers, drums) This time, they’re bringing along vibist Cary Kocher to perform a concert of holiday classics reimagined in the style of some of the great jazz vibists, including Cal Tjader, Milt Jackson, Bobby Hutcherson and Gary Burton.

There is no better way to ring in the New Year than at Kerrytown Concert House with Pete Siers and his fantastic NYE trio with Dave Bennett on clarinet and Cliff Monear at the piano. For the last seven years, they’ve played to a sold-out House!

Join Paul Keller (bass), Sarah D’Angelo (voice), Cary Kocher (vibraphone), and Adam Mosley (piano) as they explore themes of unrequited love through original arrangements from West Side Story and jazz tunes that give a nod to the timeless themes of Romeo and Juliet.

Pete Siers and The Kerrytown Stompers are coming back to the House and this time, you won’t have to keep to your seat!  In this new “Dance Hall Nights” series at KCH, music lovers can listen in their seats in the main hall or go and dance in the side hall (which will be cleared and ready for dancing) if the spirit moves them!

Kerrytown Concert House welcomes Ann Arbor’s favorite trio back in the House to celebrate all things “trio.”

Ellen Rowe (piano), Paul Keller (bass), and Pete Siers (drums.)

Kerrytown Concert House looks forward to a reunion and revival of Rick’s celebrated recording made right here at KCH with Rodney Whitaker and Greg Hutchinson back in 1994.

More details to come…

Join PK and friends for “Swing Night” at Kerrytown Concert House! In this new “Dance Hall Nights” series, music lovers can listen in their seats in the main hall or go and dance in the side hall (which will be cleared and ready for dancing) if the spirit moves them!

“These guys flood the room with joy.” ~ The Seattle Times

Kerrytown Concert House is thrilled to welcome two brothers who also happen to be brothers in jazz – Peter & Will Anderson!  Virtuosos on clarinet and saxophone(The New York Times), these identical twins are two of the most extraordinary  jazz woodwind players today. Joined by the fantastic backing trio of Randy Napoleon (guitar), Paul Keller (bass) and David Alvarez III (drums), get ready for a rare opportunity to hear these touring artists in KCH’s listening room setting!

Kerrytown Concert House welcomes Ann Arbor’s favorite trio back in the House to celebrate all things “trio.”

Ellen Rowe (piano), Paul Keller (bass), and Pete Siers (drums.)

“Ramona Collins, Toledo-based vocalist, has a commanding stage presence and a soulful voice. The penetrating appeal of Ramona’s performance derives in large measure of course, from her rich, nimble and evocative voice, but there’s more. Her interpretations of familiar tunes convey wisdom, humor an almost ethereal goodwill that combines to create the impression of, not just a great singer, but a remarkable person sharing music and something more.”

– Fritz Beyer, WGTE 91.3, Jazz Spectrum 

Join Ellen for her annual concert celebrating women in jazz on Mother’s Day!

“Contemporary jazz of the highest order…” by “…two of Detroit’s most important young jazz musicians.”

Classical Salon Series

The Classical Salon Series is generously supported in part by Genre Series Underwriters, Maurice and Linda Binkow.

*Dedicated concert sponsorships are still available.

Chamber music in the intimate setting of KCH is a special experience that is reminiscent of the 19th century style salon concert – a tradition which would have been entirely familiar to composers like Schubert, Schumann, Chopin and Liszt. This series offers a special opportunity to hear world- class classical musicians in a living room setting.

Husband and wife duo YANG AND OLIVIA are virtuosic talents who create an unforgettable storytelling event on violin and piano. Their programs feature combinations of Chinese music and Western classical.

Throughout history, people have traveled thousands of miles to trade between the west and the east: produce, spices, gold, leather. Music traveled along with them. In this program, you will hear works by a Taiwanese female composer who incorporates ethnic children’s folk songs in her music, an American composer who incorporates Cuban dance music, and ancient Chinese folk tunes arranged for western instruments during a dark time in China when anything western was banned.

Are We Dreaming the Same Dream? is an electrifying concert experience blurring the lines between classical, jazz, and contemporary music as the Ann Arbor-based, “pure gold” Akropolis Reed Quintet joins forces with the Grammy-nominated composer and jazz pianist Pascal Le Boeuf and drummer Christian Euman. A septet never seen before in the history of both classical and jazz music, their fearless approach to creating new sounds and socially engaged art begs us all to answer the question: Are we dreaming the same American dream? Giving themselves complete musical freedom, the 7 musicians created a large-scale piece of music not possible in any other setting, flush with immense technicality and requiring perfect ensemble cohesiveness.

Chamber Soloists of Detroit returns to Kerrytown Concert House for its first installment this season to perform an intriguing program of music “invented” by Mozart, Brahms, Schubert, and Piazzolla – with a special premiere of the brilliant young Michigan composer Ryn Jorgensen’s HBO film score, “Black Boy Joy:” Suite for Piano Quartet. Kerrytown Concert House’s salon-style setting is the perfect match for CSD’s customary “Just Between Us” talk-back – where the artists look forward to engaging with the audience immediately following the concert.

(Chad Burrow, clarinet; Kristina Zlatareva, violin; Paul Laraia, viola; Karlos Rodriguez, cello; Pauline Martin, piano)

Join Eastman School of Music-trained classical guitar ensemble Trio Ghidorah as they present a collection of their own musical arrangements alongside works composed for three guitars. Dance is a central theme of their program, with propulsive Brazilian baiões, a stilted yet fiery tango by Stravinsky, and a mercurial minuet by Mozart. The concept of fantasy is evoked by the imaginative and meditative music of John Dowland, Egberto Gismonti, and Philip Glass.

The violin, from its humble beginnings as the instrument of the village fool and the clowns, rose through the centuries to dominate the musical world as the most popular and stylistically most flexible musical instrument. This program features antique and modern violins, violas, and bows in an exhibition and performance, presented by Henrik Karapetyan and Ara Simonyan. Each instrument and bow will get its turn to shine in this unprecedented event: A busy violinist-performer and a seasoned dealer combine forces to present an event where the violin itself becomes the “artist.”

The violin, from its humble beginnings as the instrument of the village fool and the clowns, rose through the centuries to dominate the musical world as the most popular and stylistically most flexible musical instrument. This program features antique and modern violins, violas, and bows in an exhibition and performance, presented by Henrik Karapetyan and Ara Simonyan. Each instrument and bow will get its turn to shine in this unprecedented event: A busy violinist-performer and a seasoned dealer combine forces to present an event where the violin itself becomes the “artist.”

This first installment of KCH’s new Kerrytown “Opera” House series will feature artists from the Toledo Opera in an Operetta Scenes & Arias Program with Toledo Opera’s Co-Artistic Director and pianist, Kevin Bylsma. This program is inspired by Toledo Opera’s upcoming production of Franz Lehár’s The Merry Widow.

Kerrytown Concert House is delighted to continue its annual holiday tradition featuring holiday brass arrangements with Today’s Brass Quintet. An Ann Arbor tradition for more than 30 years, Today’s Brass Quintet will usher in the holidays with both classical and popular tunes, entertaining for all ages.  Following the concert is an opportunity to chat with the artists while enjoying coffee and croissants. A great way to start the morning!

Kerrytown Concert House is pleased to welcome KCH favorite, pianist Kevin Bylsma, with highly decorated rising tenor, Fran Daniel Laucerica (Glimmerglass Festival / Virginia Opera) in a song recital celebrating wintry themes.

Join pianist, Kathryn Goodson in a program of works by Brahms, Mozart, Bruch, and more, featuring John Madison (viola), Monica Kaenzig (clarinet), and Monica Swartout-Bebow (mezzo soprano). 

“…  At times, energetic and sassy” (Los Angeles Times), O’Neill’s presence, sublime artistry and truly “ravishing…elegant, velvety tone”(The New York Times) will surely win your heart. 

In this second installment of its residency at KCH, Chamber Soloists of Detroit is proud to present Grammy and Emmy award-winning violist Richard O’Neill, in recital with his esteemed colleague and CSD Founder, pianist Pauline Martin, featuring Schubert’s “Arpeggione” Sonata and the romantic Cello Sonata by Rachmaninov.

Kerrytown Concert House is honored to welcome back another extraordinary collaboration between baritone Jesse Blumberg and pianist Martin Katz.  This program explores themes of songwriting, singing, and music itself, and includes 2 commissions by each of the artists.  Don’t miss this rare opportunity to experience art song in KCH’s salon setting!

“…Until Saturday evening, I had never heard a performance by one of these multilingual quartets where the classical repertoire was delivered at a level that was competitive with the finest traditional groups. But the Carpe Diem Quartet, appearing at the Dumbarton Church, was extraordinary. Among these contemporary quartets who speak in different tongues, the Carpe Diem is the best one out there.” (The Washington Post)

 

Esteemed pianist, lecturer and KCH favorite, Louis Nagel returns to the KCH stage for a solo piano performance honoring 338 years of Johann Sebastian Bach in recognition of the great composer’s birthday! Join us for an enriching afternoon with Louis Nagel and Bach!

Pianist, Kathryn Goodson, and bass trombonist, Randall Hawes present a program featuring works by Rachmaninoff, Lebedev, Biedenbender, Florence Price, Charles Brown, and more.

Kerrytown Concert House is delighted to welcome back  Japanese-born pianists, Yuki and Tomoko Mack, who have dazzled audiences on three different continents.  After winning strong recognition as soloists, these Steinway Artists partnered to form the award-winning piano duo, The Mack Sisters. From Bach to Piazzolla, their diverse repertoire includes a broad range of four-hands piano music and orchestral works presented with their unique sense of interpretation and flawless technique. 

Join soprano, Minnita Daniel-Cox, for an afternoon of song celebrating musical settings of African American poet, Paul Laurence Dunbar, along with other compositions by African American composers.

Join us for a very special program featuring the newest Detroit Symphony Orchestra concertmaster, Robyn Bollinger, in violin recital with Chamber Soloists of Detroit Founder and pianist, Pauline Martin.

This is a rare opportunity to hear two prize-winning artists in KCH’s salon setting!  The New York Times describes violinist Jasmine Lin as an “unusually individualistic player” with “electrifying assertiveness” and “virtuosic abandon.”  And cellist Deborah Pae is praised by critics for her “extraordinary musicianship” (San Diego Union Tribune), “superb tone,” and “high level of interpretative intelligence” (Transcentury).

This second installment of KCH’s new Kerrytown “Opera” House series will feature artists from the Toledo Opera in an Opera Arias & Scenes Program with Toledo Opera’s Co-Artistic Director and pianist, Kevin Bylsma. This program is inspired by Toledo Opera’s upcoming April production of grand opera scenes and choruses! 

KALEIDOSCOPE

Some concerts are a coat of many colors! Classical chamber groups might play folk or bluegrass pieces; a cabaret concert might include some classical songs; or, there just might be more than one genre presented in a single concert. With this designation, Kerrytown Concert House embraces multi- genre programming and collaborations!

“…weaves actual bayou sounds into joyous, meditative rhythms and melodies colliding with dense three-part harmonies.”                                                       ~The Gambit Weekly – “2017 Artists to Watch” Feature

Hailed as a band with “galactic ambitions,” Blato Zlato is a powerhouse Balkan music collective that weaves the magic of traditional Eastern European folk music with contemporary textural majesty. The group captivates listeners with dark and haunting three-part vocal harmonies and thunderous odd-metered rhythms. As a part of the Balkan musical diaspora, Blato Zlato explores the immigrant experience and seeks to build meaningful cultural and musical bridges between continents, with a particular focus on Bulgarian folk songs and Bulgarian language-based compositions.

Abigail Stauffer and the Wisdom (featuring Stauffer on guitar/vocals and cellist, Dave Haughey) blend soulful pop vocals with the rare and distinct sound of jazz cello. Dave’s fluid mastery over his instrument lays down a foundation over which Abigail effortlessly jumps between registers, revealing her astounding vocal control and tone palate. Every song is a captivating showcase of confidence and vulnerability, crafting a balance of pain, hope, and joy. Their show evokes so much emotion, it’s hard to believe each song isn’t specifically about you.

Dr. Arthur J. Beer stars in this one-man play in 2 acts about Ernest Hemingway during his last trip to Cuba, written by Robert Beaupré, the late husband of Wine, Women & Song performer,  Linda Beaupré.

Dr. Arthur J. Beer stars in this one-man play in 2 acts about Ernest Hemingway during his last trip to Cuba, written by Robert Beaupré, the late husband of Wine, Women & Song performer,  Linda Beaupré.

Kerrytown Concert House is delighted to host Tour for Two, May Erlewine’s  intimate duo run with guitarist and songwriter, Anthony da Costa.

“May Erlewine has the sort of soul-baring voice that moves the Alan Lomaxes of the world to abandon the ivory tower for the back roads of rural America.”    ~ The Harvard Independent

“I’m going to have to file May beside all my Nanci Griffith cds because these two women are gold.” ~ No Depression

A progressive stringband comprised of four highly decorated young musicians: Grant Flick,violin; Jake Howard, mandolin; Zach Brown, cello; & Jacob Warren, bass – blending classical chamber music, bluegrass, and jazz to form a new style of chamber music: chambergrass.

“…a deep, immersive and powerful experience.” ~ The Jambar

Alla Boara seeks to bring recognition and new life to Italy’s diverse history of regional folk music. The group’s modern arrangements of near-extinct folk songs are variously surprising, playful, mournful, tender, and bewitching, featuring drummer and composer Anthony Taddeo, vocalist Amanda Powell (Apollo’s Fire), guitarist Dan Bruce, trumpeter Tommy Lehman, bassist Ian Kinnaman, and accordionist and keyboardist Clay Colley.

Kerrytown Concert House is honored to bring back celebrated pianist, vocalist, and Detroit original Alvin Waddles, for a gospel holiday presentation. 

“Brad Phillips is a consummate pro, a master at his craft and far too young to be both.” —Jeff Daniels (Emmy Award–winning actor, playwright, musician)

Brad’s solo show is an eclectic retrospective of his life in the arts as a sideman, while exploring his own creative voice with original instrumentals and songs which delve deeply into his rich and diverse history in the music scene at home in Michigan, across the country, and abroad.

For more than 15 years, Brad Phillips has served as a sideman for some of Michigan’s most prevalent singer/songwriter acts.  He is most known for his appearances with Jeff Daniels, The Verve Pipe, and the Celtic-fusion super-group Millish.  He has also appeared with May Erlewine, Joshua Davis and played violin for Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Pat Metheny, and Iggy Pop and the Stooges. A graduate of the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance, Brad now serves as a resident artist in the Chamber Music department. Brad is also a resident artist at the Purple Rose Theatre Company, where he has worked as a composer, sound designer, and actor.

Pete Siers and Los Gatos are coming back to the House and this time, you won’t have to keep to your seat!  In this new “Dance Hall Nights” series at KCH, music lovers can listen in their seats in the main hall or go and dance in the side hall (which will be cleared and ready for dancing) if the spirit moves them!

Pete Siers and Creole du Nord are coming back to the House and this time, you won’t have to keep to your seat!  In this new “Dance Hall Nights” series at KCH, music lovers can listen in their seats in the main hall or go and dance in the side hall (which will be cleared and ready for dancing) if the spirit moves them! Laissez le bon temps rouler!

“…Born out of the practice rooms of Julliard and the Colburn School, TAKE3 lives at the intersection where pop, classical, and American roots collide.”

Featuring Lindsay Deutsch (violin/vocals), Mikala Schmitz (cello), and Jason Stoll (piano) 

Kerrytown Concert House brings the world to the House with this special cultural presentation. Ara Topouzian takes the audience on a musical historical journey, leading his ensemble on kanun (ancient Middle Eastern Zither harp).  Together, the group performs traditional Armenian songs as well as other Middle Eastern favorites while also sharing personal stories and memories.

Area artists will come together in concert to honor Bolcom & Morris!

The iconic duo (and Ann Arbor townies), William Bolcom and Joan Morris  have literally performed at Kerrytown Concert House since the doors opened in 1984, when they, along with many of their illustrious friends, presented two benefit concerts to help give the budding concert house a kickstart. Indeed, those concerts gave KCH an auspicious beginning, putting it on the map of the arts, and soon “the House” became an important part of the cultural fabric not only of Ann Arbor but also Southeastern Michigan. 

Over the years, Bill & Joan have delighted KCH audiences with Bill’s original compositions and with music from the ragtime era to the end of the 20th century.  THIS concert is meant to delight the duo themselves, with special performances honoring their brilliance and the indelible artistic footprint they have made on the House as well as the cultural community.

“Musique Noire is an exuberant, jazzy ensemble. . .experience this magical, sophisticated chamber performance and be transported to many other lands via soulful, global Detroit.”

Kerrytown Concert House welcomes back the extraordinary Musique Noire, a Detroit-based women-led strings and percussion ensemble performing jazz and world music.  A must see and hear!

Serendipity, a mutual friend, and a shared love of string band music brought Sprig of That together in Minneapolis in January of 2018. Since then, the trio, comprising Krissy Bergmark on tabla, Isabel Dammann on violin, and Ilan Blanck on guitar, has made a name for themselves performing lush original works and fresh arrangements of folk favorites that have delighted audiences across the country. Occupying a space somewhere between Northern European fiddle styles, modern American string music, and the “indie classical” contemporary classical movement, the trio distills a wide range of musical interests into a cohesive and joyful sound that is constantly evolving

CABARET HOUSE

In 1984, the iconic cabaret duo, Bolcom & Morris, made cabaret performance irresistible at Kerrytown Concert House likening this space to that of the old Village Gate nightclub in New York. Indeed, Cabaret is irresistible here, where the women of Wine, Women, and Song enchant you, the “Detroit original” Alvin Waddles knocks your socks off, and supremely talented young artists like Ari Axelrod sing their hearts – and their stories – out through song. Look to this genre series for a special, up close and personal theatrical experience featuring music, song, dance, story-telling, and always, a little drama!

After a wonderful Gala performance at The Ark in July, “The Women” are looking forward to returning to the House for their 21st series.  More details coming soon…

After a wonderful Gala performance at The Ark in July, “The Women” are looking forward to returning to the House for their 21st series.  More details coming soon…

After a wonderful Gala performance at The Ark in July, “The Women” are looking forward to returning to the House for their 21st series.  More details coming soon…

Love is alive and well at the four-one-five! Join us for an after-dinner KCH Valentine with desserts & bubbly!

So many “snowbirds” miss the Women in January, that we decided to create something special for their Spring return to Michigan.  Stay tuned for more details…

So many “snowbirds” miss the Women in January, that we decided to create something special for their Spring return to Michigan.  Stay tuned for more details…

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