Thursday, March 12, 2020

Michigan Philharmonic plans ‘March Mahler Madness’

The Michigan Philharmonic orchestra will celebrate March Madness right along with the rest of the country - only with a twist.
“Mahler Madness” set for 2 p.m. March 15 features the orchestra in an afternoon of eclectic music with classics from Mahler and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, mingled with new music from local star, Jessica Hunt.
Music from this concert is threaded together with themes about childhood and childlike remembrances. Visiting composer Hunt's music is a nod to her childhood memories of her grandparents' home in the Northwest while Mahler's music shares musical images of a child's view of heaven.

Opening the concert with music from his African Suite, the music of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor who was known to his musician friends as the “African Mahler”. The orchestra will be joined on this opening piece by the Michigan Philharmonic Youth Orchestra performing side-by-side with the Michigan Phil players. This performance opportunity for the young student musicians is one of the highlights of the youth orchestra program and a rare opportunity for the students as well as the audience.
The second piece on the program “The Eagle Tree” features Hunt's musical reflections of her childhood in a piece full of imagery.
Hunt earned her PhD in composition at the University of Michigan and is currently teaching at the Peabody Institute.
During the month of March, orchestras around the country are participating in a food-drive campaign to help alleviate hunger by partnering with local food pantries and promoting the drives at their concerts.
The Michigan Philharmonic is participating in this effort by partnering with Gleaners for a food drive. at the concert which will be performed at First United Methodist Church  located at 45201 North Territorial Road in Plymouth .
Audiences are asked to bring canned and/or non-perishable food items to the concert and Gleaners will have boxes for food and monetary donations.
For tickets and information call (734) 451-2112 or visit