Akropolis returning to Alpena for concert, visits to two schools

Akropolis will return to the stage at Alpena High School to present a community concert on Dec. 16 at 7:30 p.m. The concert will benefit the Thunder Bay Junior High School Band Boosters organization.

Adult tickets are $5 and students in kindergarten through 12th grades are free of charge. Additional free-will donations are always welcome.

Founded in 2009 and winners of five national chamber music prizes, Akropolis is a cutting-edge ensemble which performs an innovative repertoire with acclaimed precision. The group offers concert programs designed to highlight trends in modern composition through the lens of classical masters spanning four centuries.

Among prizes Akropolis has won are a Fischoff Silver Medal and Grand Prize at both the Plowman and MTNA competitions. Initiatives by Akropolis have resulted in over 20 new works, the release of the first-ever album of entirely original reed quintet music, the production of a YouTube series of world premieres and new arrangements, and the continued growth of a sheet music catalog called Akropolis Collection.

Making history in 2013, Akropolis organized the first ever Reed Quintet Consortium of 12 ensembles from three continents. Originating at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Akropolis is made up of Tim Gocklin (oboe), Kari Dion (clarinet), Matt Landry (saxophone), Andrew Koeppe (bass clarinet) and Alpena native Ryan Reynolds (bassoon).

Fresh from a successful Kickstarter campaign which funds a statewide school tour, the group’s members will start their day with a clinic for the TBJH Symphonic Band students. This will be followed by an afternoon presentation for the elementary students of Lincoln School.

Students will witness an exciting, world-class musical performance and will be engaged in musical activities to discover various elements of music, including melody, mood, rhythm and tonality. The group constructs connections between chamber music and teamwork, between music and life. They teach musical independence and suggest new ways to approach music. They propose how students can get engaged in music, and how success in music is similar to success in other careers.