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Back to the Future

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Maura Overland
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Ypsilanti Historical Society
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Please join the Ypsilanti Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, October 3, 2010 for our season opener “Back to the Future” at Towsley auditorium on the campus of Washtenaw Community College beginning at 3:30 pm. Featuring the world premiere of the Ypsilanti Orchestral Jazz Suite composed for the YSO by renowned bassist and Ypsilanti resident, Paul Keller. This multimedia work honoring the history of Ypsilanti through music will be narrated by community leaders and include historic photographs from the archives of the Ypsilanti Historical Society and the Eastern Michigan University Archives. Based on extensive research of Ypsilanti’s musical past revealing historic concert programs, Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg was selected for the program because it was part of a 1928 concert performed by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra at Pease Auditorium on the campus of Eastern Michigan University. The first half of the concert will also feature several other traditional orchestral pieces selected by Adam Riccinto, YSO Founder and Music Director to illuminate certain themes and time periods in Ypsilanti’s history. Works will include Smetana’s Vltava (or The Moldau in German) originally written in celebration of the Vltava River as it runs through Bohemia and part of a series of six symphonic poems composed by Smetana entitled Má vlast (The Motherland). Riccinto selected this work because of our community’s proximity to the Huron River and its influence on Ypsilanti’s growth and development. Other pieces will include the work of John Philip Sousa and Aaron Copland. The highlight of the concert will be the premiere of Paul Keller’s Ypsilanti Orchestral Jazz Suite featuring five movements dedicated to Ypsilanti heritage. The titles of each movement are: #1. Woodruff's Grove (the original name of the first 1823 settlement in the Ypsilanti area along the west side of the Huron River) #2. Ypsilanti Underground (dedicated to Ypsilanti's important connection to the Underground Railroad which helped southern slaves escape bondage) #3. The Real McCoy (an homage to Elijah McCoy: Ypsilanti resident and an important African/American inventor of automatic oil systems for locomotives as well as the folding ironing board) #4. Willow Run and The Great Migration (inspired by the World War II era and the northern migration of southerners seeking work in the auto factories retooled for wartime production) #5. Downtown To Depot Town (a tip of the hat to Michigan Ave. and Depot Town, Ypsilanti's vibrant cultural scene, the resilience of the community and the bright future of Ypsilanti). Guest narrators include Paul Schreiber (Mayor of Ypsilanti), Dr. Susan Martin (President of Eastern Michigan University), Dr. James Hawkins (former Ypsilanti Public School Superintendent), Natalie Edmunds (Founder of the Ypsilanti Heritage Festival) and Linda Yohn (89.1 FM WEMU's jazz radio program director). Jerry Robbins, Conductor of the Ypsilanti Community Band will make a guest appearance during the concert and the Ypsilanti Community Choir will perform several songs related to Ypsilanti’s heritage including The Ypsilanti Comic Song and Rosie The Riveter during intermission. A reception with appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages will take place in the lobby immediately following the concert. For tickets and more information please call 734/973-3300 and/or visit Photo Captions: Photo 1: The advertising card for the 2010-2011 Concert Season for the Ypsilanti Symphony Orchestra featured a picture of the train station in Depot Town.