Dickinson Wright To Sponsor Ann Arbor Symphony Series Through 2009

Dickinson Wright To Sponsor Ann Arbor Symphony Series Through 2009

1/19/2007
World premiere of original musical work set for January 21 Ann Arbor, Mich. (January 19, 2007) – The Ann Arbor office of nationally recognized law firm Dickinson Wright PLLC has announced a three-year partnership with the Ann Arbor Symphony for the sponsorship of its Family Concert Series. The Series comprises four family-oriented Sunday afternoon concerts and will feature, each year at the January concert, the world premiere of an original, commissioned musical work. "Our sponsorship of the Dickinson Wright Family Concert Series is intended to expand the firm's long-term commitment to the Ann Arbor community," said Thomas D. Hammerschmidt, Jr., Member, Dickinson Wright. "Ann Arbor has many world-class cultural organizations, its Symphony among them," Mr. Hammerschmidt said. "We are proud to provide both financial underwriting and the assistance of our office's intellectual property lawyers, in support of the innovative and proprietary work that the Family Concert Series and its composers will be contributing to the local community and the artistic community at large." This year, the commissioned piece is Raccoon Tune. It was composed by Josh Penman and is based on the popular children's book by Ann Arbor author Nancy Shaw. The January 21 concert also includes Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf, the Pink Panther and The Lion King. It begins at 4 p.m. at the Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty Street, Ann Arbor. About the Ann Arbor Symphony The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra has been a part of Ann Arbor’s cultural life for 79 years. It was founded as a community orchestra in 1928 by five musically inclined members of the local Methodist Church, and has since grown to become a main player in Ann Arbor’s world of art and culture. Since 1986, the A2SO has been a fully professional orchestra, first under the baton of Carl St.Clair, followed by Sam Wong, and now headed by Maestro Arie Lipsky. About Dickinson Wright PLLC Dickinson Wright PLLC, founded in 1878, has more than 230 attorneys in offices located in Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Lansing, Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor, and Washington, D.C. Dickinson Wright is a full-service law firm with more than 40 practice areas. About 20 attorneys are based at the Ann Arbor office, which opened in 2000. For more information, visit www.dickinsonwright.com. From left:Arie Lipski, Music Directory and Conductor, Ann Arbor Symphony; Tom Hammerschmidt, Member, Dickinson Wright PLLC; Nancy Shaw, Author, "Raccoon Tune"; Josh Penman, Composer, "Raccoon Tune"; Mary Steffek Blaske, Executive Director, Ann Arbor Symphony; and Guy Barast, Director of Development, Ann Arbor Symphony
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