Mar 19 2012

CR at Sava’s: SF Symphony/Orchestras Summit After-Party

This week, we’re lucky to have both the American Orchestras Summit and the San Francisco Symphony, presented by UMS, in town. On Friday, to end Summit week and the second of the SF Symphony concerts, we’re hosting a chamber music after-party with UMS at Sava’s. We’ll be joined by Rick Robinson of CR Detroit, the DSO, and his very own CutTime Players and many other wonderful musicians for some informal chamber music with food and drinks.

Facebook event here:
CR at Sava’s: SF Symphony/Orchestras Summit After-Party


Feb 27 2012

Events coming up in March…

I’ve been remiss about updating this website…for a year! But we’re not ready to let Facebook take over the world just yet.

We’ve got two events coming up in March: on March 5, a chamber jam at Silvio’s Organic Pizza, with Beethoven, Turina, and more. Plus, on March 23, we’re teaming up with UMS to host an afterparty at Sava’s for the San Francisco Symphony concert, part of UMS’s Renegade series. More details to come.

Facebook event for March 5 is here:
Chamber Jam at Silvio’s


Apr 15 2011


On Sunday, April 24th, we’re presenting our last show at Gracie’s before Ann Arbor enters summer mode.


Yet another Bach string arrangement by Mark Haynes, the Fantasia and Fugue in G minor! With Mark on cello plus Dan Winnick, violin, Stephanie Kirwan, viola, and Ed Baskerville on another cello.

The Baroque stylings of Brandon Straub on harpsichord and Hannah Robbins on viola da gamba!

Beethoven’s Trio in C major, Op. 87, with Katie Thompson, Hilary Lewis, and Christine Beamer!


Bachianas Brasileiras No. 1, the Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos’s first ode to Bachian forms grafted onto Brazilian music. With Jonathan Butler, Jake Woollen, Jamie Davis, Ken Ishii, Andrea Yun, Corie Lint, Ed, and Mark. That’s right, EIGHT CELLOS!

18+, $5 recommended cover donation. All proceeds benefit relief work by Doctors Without Borders around the world.

Visit the Facebook event to let us know you’re coming.


Feb 28 2011

CR midwest mini-tour in Ann Arbor and Detroit!

This Wednesday, Classical Revolution co-founder/violist Charith Premawardhana and Classical Revolution Detroit director/striking DSO bassist Rick Robinson will be joining us at Silvio’s Pizza for our usual weekly chamber music jam session! Rick and Charith, out from San Francisco, will be visiting chapters all around the midwest this week from Madison to Detroit.

Plus, you can help out with trip expenses by pledging money here. Any amount helps!

The fun at Silvio’s begins at 7:30 PM, as usual.

Plus, they’ll be at the Cadieux Cafe in Detroit next Monday, March 7—check out the Classical Revolution Detroit Facebook page for more.


Feb 5 2011


We’re pleased to announce our next show at Goodnight Gracie, featuring music by Schubert, Bach, and much more!

The music begins Sunday, February 27, at 8:30 PM. Let us know you’re coming by RSVPing at the Facebook event.

All door proceeds for the evening ($5 recommended minimum donation) will go toward important work in Haiti by Partners In Health, the most established on-the-ground health organization there. A year ago, Classical Revolution chapters around the world held events to raise money for earthquake relief in Haiti, and, a year later, Haiti struggles to rebuild while suffering from a major outbreak of cholera amidst political instability.

Most fundraisers after big disasters are one-time events, even if an area is still struggling to recover after the initial outpouring of support. This is one attempt to follow up, and Gracie’s has been kind enough to let us replace the cover charge with donations to PIH.


Feb 5 2011

A night at Silvio’s with the Cleveland Orchestra

Mendelssohn octet, with oboe on second violin part of course

Last Wednesday, a very surprising and wonderful thing happened: snowed-in members of the Cleveland Orchestra came to Silvio’s Organic Pizza for a night of chamber music. I thought I’d get down my account of what happened before it’s completely gone from my memory.

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Jan 10 2011

Coming up in 2011…

The new year is upon us, and we’re looking forward to lots more chamber music with pizza, beer, and cocktails.

Wednesdays at Silvio’s

First up, two pieces of news about our jam sessions at Silvio’s: (1) we’ve moved them to Wednesday nights in order to better accommodate gigging musicians, and (2) we have a piano, generously donated by Jon Rush!

We had our first Wednesday session last week, and Renee Robbins and Andrew Anderson came by to lend their pianistic talents to our first night with a piano. Mark Haynes and I were on hand with our cellos, and Dan Lipschutz, past president of the Ann Arbor Symphony, dropped by with his violin. Had us some Beethoven, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Vivaldi, and more. (Thanks to Ernest Caviani for tuning the piano at the last minute, and to Renee for making the call.)

Upcoming shows at Gracie’s

We’ve confirmed our next show at Goodnight Gracie’s for February 20maybe February 27, actually. Details to be announced, but put it on your calendar now…wait for the final date!

We’re also hoping to do an all-cello extravaganza in March, and more in April and May as well. Stay tuned!

This Website

Finally, a word about this website: it’s been mostly stagnant until now thanks to the growing hegemony of Facebook, but I’m going to begin using it as a place to post more information about what we’re doing, the place to find our master calendar of events—including, starting now, other events that CR players are involved in—and anything else interesting and relevant to CR. Assuming everything is set up right, these blog posts will automatically get announced on Facebook and Twitter, helping keep the same information for people connected there as well as anyone who stumbles upon us on the web.


Dec 1 2010

beethoven lives downstairs



We’re coming to Goodnight Gracie’s on December 12 for a night of chamber music by Bach, Haydn, Beethoven, Smetana, and Shostakovich, plus some Armenian folk songs arranged for string quartet.

RSVP at the Facebook event page.


Aug 23 2010

Welcome to the new website.

This is the new, still-very-much-under-construction website for Classical Revolution Ann Arbor. As time goes on, we’ll post photos, videos, interesting concerts, and general machinations on this blog. Stay tuned.

For now, please note our plea for a piano (click the “loan us your piano” link up top).