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The Toledo Symphony is entering its 67th season of brilliant brain tickling (via the ear), with expectations to reach nearly 300,000 listeners over the course of 400 diverse performances. The permanent orchestra consists of approximately 80 professional musicians, though extra musicians are regularly enlisted to garnish the sound and retrieve coffee during extremely long rests with bolded fermatas.

2445 Monroe Street
Toledo,
OH
US

The distinctive, hemispherical stage of Hill Auditorium saturates more than 3,500 listeners in what the New York Times labels as “superb acoustics.” Designed by renowned Detroit architect Albert Kahn and built in 1913, the auditorium underwent an 18-month renovation in 2004 to install such modern amenities as air conditioning and automated applause robots.

825 N University Ave.
Ann Arbor,
Michigan
US

Called “a jewel in this community” by the Lima News, the Lima Symphony Orchestra has been consistently performing inspiring classical performances since 1953. In "From Russia with Love," the symphony’s talented soundsmiths will recreate Tchaikovsky’s Pathetique and Sergei Prokofiev‘s Violin Concerto no. 1, anchored by the solo stylings of acclaimed Bulgarian violinist Alexandrina Boyanova. "The Power of Percussion" will kinetically present a collection of classic choral music, as well as up-and-coming percussion soloist Lisa Pegher, who can rhythmically tap on everything from the drums to Danny DeVito’s head. To reserve seats, concertgoers can call or stop by the box office with their Groupons Monday–Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Check out the seating chart here. All seats are open to all ticket buyers on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations are required.

7 Public Square
Lima,
OH
US

In support of her high-decibel new album, Rihanna kicks off her hotly anticipated LOUD tour with emphatic gusto and a sizzling roster of special guests. Like an art show at a sundae bar, the LOUD tour floods the senses, enchanting audiences with lavishly designed sets, myriad costume changes, move-busting dancers, and Rihanna's songbook of Grammy magnets. Crooner Cee Lo Green augments the songful offerings with his own vocal talents, and Roc Nation rapper and rhythm scientist J. Cole further helps resuscitate ear drums traumatized by the outside world's blaring car horns and shrill howler monkeys.

2211 Woodward Avenue
Detroit,
MI
US

Change out of your workweek ball-gown and slip into your weekend best for an elegant evening in the restored 1919 jewel-box music hall. The performance begins with Franz Schubert's Symphony no. 8, also called the Unfinished Symphony, a two-movement 1822 masterpiece begun by the then-25-year-old composer and left still unfinished upon his death six years later. The mighty musical score combines catchy classical melodies with sweeping pre-romantic moments and remains a favorite for classical-music aficionados and dilettantes alike. The concert also includes a performance of Anton Bruckner's Symphony no. 7, the Austrian artist's most popular piece, written in the early 1880s and graced with a mournful adagio that climaxes with a cymbal crash to honor the composer's then-dying friend and contemporary, Richard Wagner.

3711 Woodward Ave
Detroit,
MI
US

Music director Dr. Gregory Cunningham brings his agile baton-wielding skills to the podium of the Warren Symphony Orchestra for a second year. Teaming up with the Oakland Chorale—Oakland University's elite, competitive touring choral ensemble—the orchestra will usher in the holiday season with a program that awakens cheer in Yuletide lovers and Grinch collaborators alike. Selections from Handel's Messiah send the spirit soaring on famous choruses, and a slew of popular wintery tunes keeps the auditorium cozy as hot cocoa drunk from a hand-knit mitten.

13400 East 12 Mile Road
Warren,
MI
US