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.
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.
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.
Lauded by the Winnipeg News for their "combination of superb musicality and impressive technique," the members of the Borealis String Quartet have wowed sold-out audiences with their passionate, refined performances of classical compositions. Playing Italian instruments from the 17th and 18th centuries, the young ensemble stirringly interprets works by Raminsh, Mendelssohn, and Beethoven during performances ranging 60–90 minutes before encoring with a rousing rendition of the Macarena. The two violins, viola, and cello weave melodiously within the acoustic haven of Christ Church Cranbrook, an intimate Oakland County venue that has hosted chamber music for more than 50 years. A complimentary candlelight afterglow following the concert allows attendees to personally meet performers and procure autographs on their programs or pocket harpsichords.
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.
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.