We are pleased to present our 2015–2016 Concert Series
Please join us in Milliken Auditorium for some great entertainment.
This performance season is supported in part by the Osterlin Performance Endowment and the Robert T. and Ruth Haidt Hughes Family Trust.
Interested in hearing more from this year's Concert Series performers? Check out our Spotify playlist below.
2015–2016 Dennos Concert Series Lineup
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Janice Keegan – CD Release Concert
Saturday, October 10, 2015, 8 p.m.
In this performance from her new album, Firedance, jazz vocalist and songwriter Janice Keegan presents music and lyrics that reference poignant vignettes from her personal journey.
Barbara Furtuna and Constantinople
Wednesday, October 28, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Barbara Furtuna is a polyphonic Corsican group whose music finds inspiration in the island’s oldest traditions, yet is distinguished by contemporary creations perform in concert with the ancient music Constantinople, an instrumental group inspired by the music of the Mediterranean, the classical Persian tradition, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.
A COLLABORATIVE PRODUCTION WITH THE INTERLOCHEN CENTER FOR THE ARTS
Billy Branch and the Sons of Blues
Saturday, November 7, 2015, 8 p.m.
An award-winning blues harp player from Chicago, Billy Branch has recorded and/or performed with an incredible list of Blues legends including: Muddy Waters, Koko Taylor, Johnny Winter, and Albert King. Blues producer Chicago Beau has written "Billy Branch is a Bluesman; Billy Branch is the Blues."
Great Lake Swimmers
Saturday, November 21, 2015, 8 p.m.
This Juno Award winning Canadian Indie folk group features a surging rhythm section, razor sharp violin, and flourishing banjo and guitars, Tony Dekker and band mates push the folk/roots sound significantly, creating some of the most dynamic songs of the genre.
An Irish Christmas
Sunday, November 29, 2015, 7 p.m.
The hugely popular Irish Christmas in America show, now in its 11th season, features top Irish music, song and dance in an engaging performance rich in history, humor and boundless energy. This family‐friendly performance features evocatively‐sung Irish ballads, lively instrumental tunes and thrilling Irish dancing.
BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet
Saturday, December 5, 2015, 8 p.m.
Since forming in 1975, Grammy winners BeauSoleil have claimed their undisputed role as the most esteemed Cajun group in music. BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet take the rich Cajun traditions of Louisiana and artfully blend elements of zydeco, New Orleans jazz, Tex‐Mex, country, blues and more into a satisfying musical recipe.
Hooking Up With The Second City
Saturday, January 9, 2016, 8 p.m.
The Second City knows a few things about love – we’ve been looking at and laughing about relationships for over 55 years. Hooking Up With The Second City makes mirth out of missed connections, girls' night out adventures and all the crazy things we do for love. This gaspingly funny revue is a modern mix of romance, rancor and everything in between.
Christine Lavin and Don White
Saturday, January 30, 2016, 8 p.m.
Leave your worries at the doorstep and join Christine Lavin and Don White as they present a night of comedy unlike any other. Since 2008 these two veteran performers have brought their unique brand of clean and hilarious musical comedy to audiences across the US proving night after night that comedy can be smart, friendly, and breathtakingly funny without being vulgar or pejorative.
Caravanserai I – A Project of Arts Midwest
Saturday, February 6, 2016, 8 p.m.
Caravanserai’s 2015‐16 season launches with a first‐ever pairing of the unique sounds of genre defying Palestinian‐American multi‐instrumentalist Ronnie Malley, and celebrated Indian American virtuoso vocalist Zeshan Bagewadi. Their innovative, cross cultural musical styles reflect the diversity of influences, languages and cultures that infuse the American immigrant experience.
Reverend Robert Jones and Matt Watroba
Friday, February 19, 2016, 8 p.m.
Reverend Robert Jones, Sr. is a singer, storyteller and multi‐instrumentalist. He uses folk, blues, spirituals and other American Roots music to champion the beauty and power of our shared culture. A lifelong Detroiter, Robert says, “As much as I love this music for the way that it sounds, I love, even more, what this music can do. He will be joined on stage by Matt Watroba in a performance of what they call music that matters.
Saturday, March 5, 2016, 8 p.m.
Dervish are one of the most respected acts of modern time in World/Roots music worldwide. Their musical genius and innovative approach will ensure that they will be always be a leading force in Irish music bringing the world the joy and excitement and fun that is, traditional Irish music.
Friday, March 18, 2016, 8 p.m.
Matuto’s songs can sway hips just as easily as spark insights. On stage, instruments (accordion, guitar, bass, drums, cavaquinho, zabumba, and triangle) whirl around the core of Matuto’s sound: the syncopations of Brazilian music and the folk traditions of the American South. It's Bluegrass meets Brazil.
Saturday April 2, 2016, 8 p.m.
Heralded as “a living landmark, a national treasure and one of the greatest living acoustic blues artists,” Rory Block has committed her life and her career to preserving the Delta blues tradition and bringing it to life for 21st century audiences around the world.
Saturday, April 9, 2016, 8 p.m.
Since first appearing here in 2009 and again in 2012 Hanggai has emerged on the international stage as one of the outstanding touring bands from China. They perform Mongolian folk music with traditional and western instruments combined with raspy deep throat singing and a loosely rock-based structure, creating music that will make you “homesick for a place you've never been."- Rhapsody
Caravanserai II – A Project of Arts Midwest
Saturday, April 23, 2016, 8 p.m.
The second tour of the Caravanserai’s 2015‐16 season will feature Colorado‐based hip‐hop/soul duo The Reminders joined by a female hip‐hop dance troupe led by choreographer Amirah Sackett. The tour will be emceed by Caravanserai’s Artistic Director, Asad Ali Jafri, performing under his stage moniker, DJ Man‐O‐Wax.
Buffy Sainte-marie – A Rare Solo Performance
Tuesday, May 3, 2016, 8 p.m.
Buffy Sainte-Marie is an iconic performer of Canadian Cree background who came to fame in the early 1960s touring North America’s colleges, reservations, and concert halls. She brought about a folk-country meeting of the minds, and ever since then she has continued to explore own heritage musically and has remained a legendary figure in the Native American community.