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Past Ad Libitum Concerts

Concert Series 2012 – 2013

The Voices of Harmony

October 28 (Sunday) at 3:30PM, 2012

The Voices of Harmony, a men’s a capella chorus, will be performing a program that includes both sacred and secular music. Their varied repertoire includes spirituals, songs ranging from Swahili to Latin, and a large selection of traditional barbershop arrangements. The chorus gives performances  of the finest quality, with uncompromising commitment to sterling musicianship, uninhibited enthusiasm, exquisite stage presentation, and dedication to giving the absolute best of their hearts and voices to the audiences who come to hear them sing and enjoy the gift of vocal music.



Classical Guitar and Flute Duo: January 20 (Sunday) at 3:30PM, 2013

Classical guitarist and professor of music at Madonna University Helene Rottenberg will perform with flutist Susan Lazar a wide range of music from classical to folk songs.  The duo has recently released their first CD, featuring music by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Johann Sebastian Bach, and Bela Bartok.


Kalamazoo College’s Jazz Band

March 1 (Friday) at 7:30PM, 2013

Directed by Dr. Thomas G. Evans, Kalamazoo College’s Jazz Band pulls together a broad collection of contemporary and classic jazz arrangements to provide the audience a truly eclectic experience.


Paradigm Shift Chamber Orchestra

March 23 (Saturday) at 8:00PM, 2013

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8 Seasons performed by Paradigm Shift Chamber Orchestra

The UM Student Chamber Orchestra directed by Jacobsen Woollen

Violinist Aaron Berofsky (UM Violin Professor and Concertmaster of Ann Arbor Symphony) will be featured as a guest soloist.

Program: Antonio Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons and Astor Piazzolla’s The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires

Soloists: Aaron Berofsky, Matthew Leslie, Jenny Berg, Sophie Verhaeghe, Timothy Steeves

Ensemble Members:

Violin: Caroline Buse, Charlotte Crosmer, Matthew Leslie, Verena Ochanine, Timothy Steeves, Sophie Verhaeghe, Davis West

Viola: Dan Brown, Siobhan Cronin, Jack Mobley

Cello: Horacio Contreras, Juliette Herlin, Lauren Peacock, Danny Poceta

Bass: Cody Takacs, Alexander Vaughn

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The Hastings Trio

May 17 (Friday) at 7:30PM, 2013

The Hastings Trio, Violinist Gabriel Bolkosky, cellist Derek Snyder and pianist Joel Hastings, will perform works by William Mathias, Dave Brubeck and Felix Mendelssohn. Gabriel Bolkosky is executive director of The Phoenix Ensemble, an Ann Arbor,Michigan-based nonprofit arts organization dedicated to helping artists and the educational community.  Derek Snyder is a founding member of The Phoenix Ensemble and cellist in the tango band Oblivion Project, which explores the music of Astor Piazzolla. Joel Hastings, former organist  at First Baptist Church of Ann Arbor, teaches on the piano faculty at Florida State University in Tallahassee.

Concert Series 2011 – 2012

Free Admission! Everyone is Welcome!

Welcome to the first season of the First Baptist Concert Series Ad Libitum! This is your invitation to our musical offerings that are carefully prepared for you. All concerts are open to the public and free, thanks to the generous sponsors and support from our church members. We hope that each concert nourishes your spirit and enriches this community to which we all belong.

At First Baptist Church, many people have found inspiration in music that is offered by various musicians. We hope you can have the same experience.

Opening our excellent facilities to the student- and local musicians, we would also like to invite you to our Coffee Break Concert Series, which will be a wonderful opportunity for both the performers and the audience to share and enjoy the variety of music in a friendly environment with homemade cookies and coffee provided. We look forward to seeing you at the concerts and hope you can come and enjoy these beautiful offerings.

O Dulcis Jesu

Divine Music Celebrating the Son of God: January 20 (Friday) at 7:30PM, 2012
Sfogati: Lorna Hildebrandt, Coloratura Soprano Kiri Tollaksen, Cornetto Shin-Ae Chun, Harpsichord and Organ

The ensemble Sfogati performs repertoire from the Renaissance and Baroque periods, including works of Bach, Vivaldi, Purcell, Schütz and Schein. Recent performances include the Brunch with Bach Concert Series at the Detroit Institute of Arts in May 2011. Sfogati returns to the DIA to celebrate the highly anticipated Rembrandt exhibit – “The Face of Jesus” in January 2012. The sacred program “O dulcis Jesu – Divine Music Celebrating the Son of God” is a beautifully crafted program, presenting interweaving music and poetry/scripture by Monteverdi, Cozzolani, Praetorius, Schein, Schütz and others. The program focuses on music reflecting the Birth, Life, Death and Resurrection of Jesus.

As soloists, members of Sfogati have performed in a variety of venues and festivals throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Sfogati members are well known for their exquisite blend and virtuosic performances.

As Music Flows

Celebrating Bach and Corelli: March 25 (Sunday) at 4PM, 2012
Katharina Uhde, Violin Shin-Ae Chun, Harpsichord Music by J.S. Bach and Arcangelo Corelli

Celebrating J.S. Bach’s Birthday (March 21, 1685), Bach’s major violin works will be featured along with the works by Corelli, who was one of several influential figures to Bach. As a Baroque violinist, Katharina Uhde worked with Stanley Ritchie, Giuliano Carmignola, Chiara Banchini, members of the “Freiburg Baroque Orchestra”,”and Simon Standage. In the spring of 2011, Katharina taught as a visiting professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, substituting for Prof. Richard Luby, with whom she has studied since 2009.

Shin-Ae Chun is concert organist and harpsichordist, represented by Concert Artist Cooperative. She is organist at First Baptist Church of Ann Arbor, where she runs two concert series. She holds a doctoral degree in Organ and a master’s degree in Harpsichord from the University of Michigan.

All in One, One in All

Featuring First Baptist Musicians: April 29 (Sunday) at 4PM, 2012

Our church’s talented musicians will offer a variety of inspiring music in different settings: soli, chorus, vocal and instrumental ensembles and more. Come and join us to share this special musical offering!