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December 15

Third Thursdays

Thursday, December 15, 8–11 p.m.

The Akropolis Reed Quintet was formed at the University of Michigan in January, 2009. They perform brand-new works for their unique instrumentation, commissioning accomplished new composers to create music for Akropolis. Their music is classical in design, but assembles many genres and attitudes to form a unique and accessible sound. ARQ is known for their energy, originality and contagious musical communication on stage.

Akropolis was awarded Grand Prize at both the 2011 Plowman Chamber Music Competition and the 2011 MTNA National Chamber Music Competition. Along the way, Akropolis made waves as the first "reed quintet" to ever succeed in the United States' major chamber music competitions. The energy, originality, and technical execution of their musical programming transcended classical chamber music tradition, winning over MTNA and Plowman's acclaimed panel of judges, including pianist Anne Epperson, violinist Peter Salaff (founder of the world renowned and Grammy-winning Cleveland Quartet), and former U-M professor and internationally recognized clarinetist David Shifrin. Judges and audiences alike found Akropolis' repertoire to be inventive and progressive, yet thoughtful and well-executed - the cornerstone of Akropolis' mission.

This exciting performance series falls on the third Thursday of each month and features student performers who work in a variety of media, including music, comedy, and spoken word. It’s a great way to spend an evening with your friends and to experience the exceptional talent of UM students. This series is curated and produced by UMMA’s Student Programming and Advisory Board. Students interested in performing may view application details at This program is made possible in part by the University of Michigan Credit Union.

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