The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra Presents Free Concert at Concordia University

Warmer weather combined with being surrounded by nature is a perfect combination to enjoy an outdoor concert.

Get ready for a dose of classical music at “River Sounds” by the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra (A2SO) on June 3 at 7 p.m. at Concordia University’s Ann Arbor campus, 4090 Geddes Road.

This event is free and open to everyone. However, pre-registration is required.

Current A2SO Music Director Earl Lee will direct this family-friendly event where attendees are welcome to bring blankets or lawn chairs.

The program:

  • Glinka, Overture to Ruslan and Ludmilla
  • Dvořák, Slavonic Dances, Op. 46 No. 1 and 8
  • Mozart, Overture to Don Giovanni
  • Mascagni, Intermezzo from Cavalleria rusticana
  • Bizet, Carmen Suite No. 1
  • Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 4, Mov. IV

The event is made possible by generous support from O’Neal Construction, Kerrytown Market and Shops, and Retirement Income Solutions.

The A2SO has contributed to the city’s cultural music scene for over 90 years.

In 1928, it was founded as a community orchestra by five musicians affiliated with the methodist church. It has grown over the years to become the largest arts employer in Washtenaw County.

Since 1986, A2SO has earned the rank of a completely professional orchestra, whose musical directors have included: Carl St. Clair, Sam Wong, Arie Lipsky and Earl Lee.

Their current director, Earl Lee, was appointed with the 2022-23 season.

Lee earned degrees in cello from the Curtis Institute of Music and the Julliard School, and in conducting from the Manhattan School of Music and the New England Conservatory.

Early arrival is encouraged since general admission is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Snacks and beverages are permitted and food will be available on hand to enjoy.

No dogs, cats or other pets of any kind are allowed.

The concert can accommodate wheelchairs with hard seating for those with accessibility limitations.

More information on the concert can be found at

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Donna Marie Iadipaolo is a writer, journalist, and State of Michigan certified teacher, since 1990. She has written for national publications like The Village Voice, Ear Magazine of New Music, Insurance & Technology, and TheStreet.
She is now writing locally for many publications, including Current Magazine, Ann Arbor Family, and the Ann Arbor Independent. Her undergraduate degree is from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where she graduated with an honors bachelor’s degree and three teacher certificate majors: mathematics, social sciences, English. She also earned three graduate degrees in Master of Science, Master of Arts, and Education Specialist Degree.