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Michigan Philharmonic - Mich_Phil_logoMICHIGAN PHILHARMONIC, under the direction of Nan Washburn: For 65 years, the orchestra was known as the Plymouth Symphony, and also Orchestra Canton for its smaller presentations. Now, as the Michigan Philharmonic, they continue offering exciting new opportunities to provide culturally enriching and educational programming in Plymouth, Canton and surrounding communities. The orchestra plays a full season of concerts from September to May, with several special concerts and events throughout the year. A unique feature of the Michigan Philharmonic is the adventuresome programming which has garnered the orchestra 6 ASCAP awards

2016-17 Season

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Saturday, October 8, 2016, 7:30 pm
The Village Theater at Cherry Hill, Canton

Amy Porter, flute
Katherine Hoover, composer

Wear your favorite jeans and feel the breeze of fall with this warm season opener featuring Katherine Hoover’s Four Winds Flute Concerto and Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony.

Mikhail Glinka Kamarinskaya
Katherine Hoover Four Winds Flute Concerto (2015)
Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 6 (“Pastoral”)

Philharmonic Phright Night
Saturday, October 22, 2016, 7:30 pm

PARC Gym, Plymouth
Harvest some scary tunes at our annual Halloween POPS concert.
J.S. Bach Toccata in D Minor, BWV 565 (keyboard solo)
Jacques Offenbach Orpheus in the Underworld Overture
Hector Berlioz March to the Scaffold from “Symphonie Fantastique”
Morton Gould Deserted Ballroom
John Williams Adventures on Earth from “E.T.”
Leroy Anderson Phantom Regiment
Elmer Bernstein To Kill a Mockingbird
James Newton Howard King Kong Soundtrack Highlights
Danny Elfman Music from “Spider-Man”
Ray Parker Jr. Ghostbusters

Uke Can't Be Serious!
Saturday, November 12, 2016, 7:30 pm

The Village Theater at Cherry Hill, Canton
Jim Beloff, ukulele soloist and composer
MPYO Sinfonia (side-by-side)
Uke never heard music like this before! Join in the fun for this downhome concert of Americana along with Ukulele master “jumpin” Jim Beloff.
Henry Cowell Old American Country Set (1939)
Julia Perry Short Piece for Orchestra (1965)
Jim Beloff Uke Can't Be Serious: A Concerto for Ukulele and Symphony Orchestra (1999)
Richard Rodgers Tribute to Richard Rodgers (MPYO side-by-side)
Aaron Copland Four Dance Episodes from “Rodeo” (1942)

Holiday Pops with the Phil
Thursday, December 15, 2016, 6:00 and 8:00 pm

Penn Theatre, Plymouth
Mircea Cure, viola
A fun and festive, family-friendly concert celebrating the sound of the season.
Christmas Rocks at the Pops
Christmas Medley [Sing We Now of Christmas, Come Little Children, Wassail Song]
Telemann Viola Concerto
Festive Sounds of Hanukah
Christmas Eve/Sarajevo
(Trans-Siberian Orchestra)
Mamas and the Papas California Dreamin’
Vince Guaraldi A Charlie Brown Christmas
John Williams A Home Alone Christmas
Leroy Anderson Fiddle Faddle
Irving Berlin White Christmas
Felix Bernard Winter Wonderland
Jule Styne Let it Snow! Let it Snow!
J. Pierpont/J.P. Sousa Jingle Bells Forever
Christmas Sing-Along

John Frederick Coots & Haven Gillespie Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town (6PM only)
James Pierpont Rock the Bells (6PM only)
Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (8PM only)
George Frederick Handel Hallelujah Chorus Sing-Along (8PM only)

Miniature Masterpieces
Sunday, January 22, 2017, 2:00 pm
The Inn at St. John’s Chapel, Plymouth

Judith Shatin, composer
Join us for an intimate “Spin” of classic chamber works.
Bohuslav Martinu Nonet (1959)
William Grant Still Serenade for flute, harp, and string quartet (1957)
Judith Shatin Spin (1997)
Louise Farrenc Nonet in E-flat Major, Op. 38 (1849)

Couch Potato Pops (Favorite TV Tunes)
Saturday, February 11, 2017, 7:30 pm

The Village Theater at Cherry Hill, Canton
Celebrate Valentine’s weekend with a great concert full of TV tunes and themes to make you smile, laugh and remember.
Mikhail Glinka Overture to "Ruslan and Lyudmila" (Theme to Mom)
Jean-Joseph Mouret Rondeau (Original Masterpiece Theater Theme)
Jay Ungar Ashokan Farewell (Theme from PBS Series 'The Civil War')
John Lunn Downton Abby Suite
Leroy Anderson Syncopated Clock (The Late Show, WCBS late-night movie)
Michael Kamen Band of Brothers
Ramin Djawadi Game of Thrones
TV Spectacular [NBC News, Growing Pains, Night Court, L.A. Law, M*A*S*H, Dynasty]

Aram Khachaturian Sabre Dance
Irving Szathmary Get Smart Theme
W.G. Snuffy Walden West Wing Theme
Quincy Jones Sanford and Son Theme
Jeff Beal House of Cards Theme
Barenaked Ladies Big Bang Theory
Ja'net Dubois and Jeff Barry Movin' on Up (Theme from "The Jeffersons")
TV Heroes Medley
[The Untouchables, Peter Gunn, Baretta, Kojak, Charlie's Angels, S.W.A.T., Hawaii Five-O, Hill Street Blues, Hart To Hart, Remington Steele, Miami Vice

A Touch of the Irish
March 5, 2017, 2:00pm

First United Methodist Church, Plymouth
Joseph Deller, violin
Tap into rich Irish heritage with a Celtic celebration of Amy Beach‘s 150th Anniversary and her Gaelic Symphony.
Amy Beach Symphony “Gaelic” in E-Minor, Op. 32 (1894)
Daniel Kingman The Fiddler in All of Us (1992)
Ronan Hardiman The Lord of the Dance (1996)

April 1, 2017, 7:30pm

Plymouth Arts & Recreation Complex Gym
Plymouth Community Band, Carl Batishill, director
Michigan Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (side-by-side)
Randy Bhirdo, narrator (WWJ Radio traffic reporter)
It’s a classical music party the whole family can enjoy with music from Peter and the Wolf to Star Wars.
Jean Sibelius Finlandia Op. 26 (1900) (MPYO side by side)
Sergei Prokofiev Peter and the Wolf Op. 67 (1936)
Alice Gomez 112 Degrees (2017) (World Premiere)
Dmitri Shostakovich Festive Overture Op. 96 (1954) (with PCB)
John Williams Star Wars Medley (with PCB)