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March 2021

The Mambo Kings

March 19 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
$30 – $50

From the sultry melancholy of Astor Piazzola and the burning Afro Cuban jazz of Tito Puente, to the rhythmic playfulness of jazz great Dave Brubeck and the pop strains of The Beatles, Mambo Kings will be your guide on a Latin jazz tour of the Pan American experience. Scott Speck: conductor Richard DeLaney: Musical Director and Piano Wilfredo “Freddy” Colon: Percussion Hector Diaz: Bass John Viavattine: Saxophone Tony Padilla: Congos This concert is only available for viewing through The WMS…

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April 2021

A Portrait of America

April 23 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
$30 – $50

Join your friends and neighbors in this musical celebration of unity and hope for our country’s future, featuring three great American composers of the 20th and 21st centuries. Still: Out of the Silence Copland: John Henry Torke: Sky (commissioned for Tessa Lark) Copland: Appalachian Spring Scott Speck: conductor Tessa Lark: violin This concert is only available for viewing through The WMS Virtual Concert Hall. Ticket holders will be sent a private access link the week of the concert.

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Tessa Lark, classical violin

April 24 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
$15

A budding superstar in the classical realm, 2020 Grammy nominee Tessa Lark is also a highly acclaimed fiddler in the tradition of her native Kentucky, delighting audiences with programming that includes everything from classical to Appalachian and bluegrass music. This concert is only available for viewing through The Virtual Block. Ticket holders will be sent a private access link the week of the concert.

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May 2021

Sylvia Norris and Friends, classical chamber

May 8 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
$15

WMS Principal Harp Sylvia Norris brings a colorful and delightful program of French chamber music by Ravel and others. Joining her will be an ensemble of outstanding artists, including flutist Nancy Stagnitta, violinist Steven Leonard, violist Renee Skerik, cellist Crispin Campbell, and soprano Laura Osgood Brown. This concert is only available for viewing through The Virtual Block. Ticket holders will be sent a private access link the week of the concert.

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Hispania Nights

May 21 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
$30 – $50

He took West Michigan by storm during his fall 2017 WMS debut. The Cuban pianist is back for a Latin-infused program framing his own jazz and world-music influenced concerto. Piazzolla Tangazzo López-Gavilán Emporium Marquez Danzon no.4 Scott Speck conductor Aldo López-Gavilán piano This concert is only available for viewing through The WMS Virtual Concert Hall. Ticket holders will be sent a private access link the week of the concert.

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Aldo López-Gavilán, classical piano

May 22 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
$15

Praised for his “amazing playing and individuality by The London Times, Aldo López-Gavilán returns for a Friday night WMS concert and a Saturday night solo recital at The Block. The Cuban pianist-composer excels in both the classical and jazz worlds as a soloist, collaborator, and performer of his own music. This concert is only available for viewing through The Virtual Block. Ticket holders will be sent a private access link the week of the concert.

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Emmet Cohen Trio, straight-ahead jazz

May 28 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
$15

Multifaceted American jazz pianist and composer Emmet Cohen returns to The Block with his celebrated trio. A dynamic and charismatic performer, Cohen possesses wide-ranging talents that are invigorating the contemporary arts world both at home and abroad. This concert is only available for viewing through The Virtual Block. Ticket holders will be sent a private access link the week of the concert.

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June 2021

The Three M’s: Mendelssohn, McCartney and Mozart

June 11 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
$30 – $50

Final Masterworks concert features Three M's: Mozart, Mendelssohn and... McCartney? Music Director Scott Speck conducts the final WMS Masterworks video concert of the season, premiering at 7:30 pm Friday, June 11 and sponsored by Harbor Steel. Titled The Three M’s, the all-orchestral program features Felix Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture, Mozart’s Symphony no. 41 (the “Jupiter”), and Spiral, a composition for orchestra by former Beatle Paul McCartney. The 2020-2021 Season is sponsored by Nichols. Mendelssohn Hebrides Overture McCartney Spiral Mozart Symphony no.…

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Alex Harding and Organ Nation, bari sax and organ jazz

June 18 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
$15

Led by Michigan-born baritone saxophonist Alex Harding, Organ Nation explores all facets of African-American music from deepest blues to the funkiest funk to the most swingin’ swing–with Djallo Djakate on drums and Organissimo’s Jim Alfredson on the Hammond B3. This concert is only available for viewing through The Virtual Block. Ticket holders will be sent a private access link the week of the concert.

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Tom Sharpe, world music percussion

June 25 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
$15

Tom Sharpe’s music is a percussive symphony–a sonic and visual feast for the senses. Best known as the drummer for Mannheim Steamroller, Tom dramatically blends a classical background with world music instrumentation that invites the listener into the heart of the music. This concert is only available for viewing through The Virtual Block. Ticket holders will be sent a private access link the week of the concert.

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July 2021

Funky Groovin’ with Jazz Flutist Alexander Zonjic

July 2 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
$30 – $50

“I’m always looking forward,” says Alexander Zonjic. “I’m always optimistic.” In that spirit, when his August Shoreline Jazz Festival was cancelled, the ebullient jazz flutist immediately contacted Scott Speck and the two of them cooked up a full-on symphony pops show. Just what the doctor ordered during this pandemic! Alexander Zonjic flute This concert is only available for viewing through The WMS Virtual Concert Hall. Ticket holders will be sent a private access link the week of the concert.

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