Thursday, January 31, 2013

Michigan a Creative State: You Can Take That to the Bank | Creative Impact Michigan

The Michigan Philharmonic is proud to be one of the organizations whose data was used to produce this report on the economic impact of the arts in Michigan.  The results of the report illustrate the extensive impact both economically and creativly that the arts have on the well being of the Michigan economy and culture.  Cultural arts activites account for $2 billion tourism dollars flowing into the State's ecomony and close to 3 million school children experienced the arts in 2011
The report also confirms that the hundreds of cultural organizations in Michigan are thriving on earned income - $.70 of every $1 is earned as opposed to subsidized.  This is good news for the arts in our State and good news for arts groups around the country.
the data was gathered through the Cultural Database Project which 25 states are now participating in.  This data is derived from 990's and audited financial data from all cultural organizations receiving state and foundation grants.  Take a moment to read the report at the link below:

Michigan a Creative State: You Can Take That to the Bank | Creative Impact Michigan

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Hospice of Michigan Benefit Performance.

This past Sunday the Michigan Philharmonic's chamber ensemble performed "Miniature Masterpieces" once more at Planterra, an enclosed botanical garden located in West Bloomfield. As the winter wind blew outside, concert goers enjoyed hors d'oeuvres, champagne and pastries among vibrant foliage and a spring-like atmosphere. Once again we were graced with Kristin Kuster's presence as the chamber performed her piece, Ribbon Earth, for the second time. Although the acoustics of St. John's Inn were incredible, the natural surroundings and ambiance provided by Planterra, brought another element and new appreciation to Ribbon Earth. The event was MC'ed by Fox News reporter Roop Raj and all proceeds from the event benefited Hospice of Michigan, a great organization that helps people and their families in a time need.  

The Michigan Philharmonic's next performance, "French Connection," will be at the First Methodist Church (in Plymouth) at 2:00. The orchestra will be joined by piano protege Anastasia Rizikov and composer Mark Petering. At thirteen years old, Rizikov is already an accomplished musician, winning the Rotary International Piano Competition in 2012. The Michigan Philharmonic will be performing Petering's Fanfare and Reflection after Ravel. Pertering's compositions have been performed by numerous orchestras and he currently is on faculty at Carthage University. 

During the "French Connection" concert, the Michigan Philharmonic is pairing up with the "Go Red Campaign for Women." Our musicians will be wearing red accessories in honor of the campaign and we encourage audience members to show their support as well. Some "Go Red" products will be available for purchase at the concert. So GET YOUR PHIL and show your support for great music and the fight against heart disease. 

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Miniature Masterpieces

       This past Sunday The Michigan Philharmonic presented "Miniature Masterpieces" at the Inn at St. John's. The European styled chapel at St. John's provided impeccable acoustics and beautifully showcased the philharmonic's principle musicians. "Miniature Masterpiece" included Haydn's Lira Concerto No. 2 in G, Copland's Appalachian Spring Suite,  Lili Boulanger's D'un Matin de Printemps and Ribbon Earth, a contemporary piece composed by Kristin Kuster. 
Composer and University of Michigan professor, Kristin Kuster
MPO, Washburn (right) and Kuster (far left), receiving a well deserve applause. 
      Kuster, a professor at the University of Michigan, has commissioned musical works for the Michigan Philharmonic in the past, but this Sunday, the orchestra had the privilege to preform her sculpture inspired piece, written for flute, clarinet, bassoon and string quartet. The philharmonic's talented players, under the direction of Nan Washburn, wowed the audience with their seemingly effortless performance of the technical and thought provoking piece. Kuster proved once again, that modern music has a place among traditional works, by providing an exhilarating and refreshing apsect to the program

      Ribbon Earth was followed by the recognizable Appalachian Spring Suite, again brought to life by the chamber orchestra. The well known melodies resonated throughout the chapel, creating a truly memorable performance and afternoon. The Michigan Philharmonic will preform "Miniature Masterpieces" once more on Sunday, January 20th at Planterra in West Bloomfield. The proceeds from the event  will be donated to Hospice of Michigan