- $8 for one ticket for rear main-floor or rear-balcony seating (up to $13.50 value)
- Click here to view the seating chart
Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra Presents: Gershwin’s Magical Key
Complex as it is, George Gershwin’s music has been heard by just about everyone, even children. But chances are they don’t know a whole lot about the man behind “Rhapsody In Blue,” “Summertime,” and countless other hits. That’s where Gershwin’s Magical Key comes in. An adaptation of Susan Hammond’s bestselling audio story, the production—with the help of a backing symphony, period costumes, and a bit of poetic license—begins with a chance meeting between a poor paperboy and the iconic composer on the streets of New York. Gershwin decides to take on the young lad as his apprentice, sharing anecdotes about his musical passions as they explore the melting pot of American music. Of course, this leads to the orchestra weaving a sonic tapestry of Gershwin’s greatest melodies, from the jazzy poetics of An American in Paris to showstoppers such as “I Got Rhythm” and the hopeful, contemplative “Someone to Watch Over Me.”
Gershwin’s Magical Key is the latest production from Classical Kids LIVE!, a touring concert series that teams symphonies with Hammond’s tales. This combination of music and drama makes for a unique, compelling biography designed to keep both parents and their little ones entranced.
Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra
In 1928, four musicians from an Ann Arbor church joined together to play at services. Decades later, after several names and a number of music directors, the orchestra continues strong. Current music director Arie Lipsky leads the group through programs tailored for listeners of all ages. That emphasis on accessibility even extends beyond the orchestra—the orchestra reaches out to the community with a number of school programs that engage and transform music for children.
603 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104