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March 15th, 2019 – Vocal Duet Ann Toomey & and Josh Lovell with pianist Madeline Slettedahl January 15, 2019

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Midland, MI –The Grove Music Festival presents “Chicago Lyric Opera!” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 15, 2019 at Chapel Lane Presbyterian Church, 5501 Jefferson Ave.  Featured artists will be Ann Toomey, soprano, Josh Lovell, tenor and pianist Madeline Slettedahl.  Tickets are available at the door for $10.

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A native of Shelby Township, Michigan and a third-year member of The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago, the young soprano Ann Toomey has already sung a variety of roles and was a 2016 national semifinalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.  She debuted at the Lyric in The Magic Flute and in 2019 she will appear in Elektra and will understudy Musetta in La Boheme.  Canadian tenor and University of Michigan alum Josh Lovell, a second-year member of The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago, was a 2017 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions semi-finalist.  He has sung numerous roles and in 2019 he will join the ensemble of the Vienna State Opera. Last season Lovell debuted at Lyric as Emperor Altoum/Turandot. He will appear this season in Idomeneo, Cendrillon, and Ariodante, while also understudying roles in Idomeneo and Elektra.

Pianist Madeline Slettedahl, from Seattle, Washington, is a second-year member of The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center. A 2016 participant at Santa Barbara’s Music Academy of the West and winner of that year’s Marilyn Horne Song Competition, she served as rehearsal pianist for the Academy’s production of The Bartered Bride and OperaFest scenes program. Slettedahl debuted at Carnegie Hall in January 2017 performing in master classes with Dame Felicity Lott and pianist Margo Garrett for Carnegie’s The Song Continues Institute. Last season she served on the Lyric Opera music staff for The Pearl Fishers, and in 2018/19 she will prepare the company’s new production of Siegfried.


February 16th, 2019 – Ed Carney Memorial Jazz Concert featuring the Mike Irish Quartet December 31, 2018

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Join us on Saturday, February 16th as Mike Irish and his quartet fill Chapel Lane for a night of exciting jazz. Mike is a jazz guitarist, bass player and educator – recently retired from his position as head of Jazz Studies at Michigan Technological University. As a jazz guitarist, Mike has performed with everyone from Clark Terry and Dizzy Gillespie to Rich Little and his expertise has earned him the nickname “Dr. Good Groove”.

The concert will begin at 7:30 pm on Saturday, February 16th at Chapel Lane Presbyterian Church, 5501 Jefferson Ave. Tickets are $10 at the door.

The night before, Mike will be joining local high schools for a Jazz Invitational at Midland High School to share his knowledge and love of jazz. The invitational will be followed by a brief concert at 7pm at Midland High.


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MIKE IRISH, Professor Emeritus of Jazz Studies at Michigan Tech University, has a broad background in Jazz Studies as an educator and performer.  He holds a B.M.E. from Northern Michigan University and an M.M.E. from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point with a thesis in Jazz Studies.  Prior to his appointment at Michigan Tech in 1991, Mr. Irish taught in the Wisconsin Public Schools and for 8 years was the Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point.

During his 27 years as Director of Jazz Studies at MTU, the program gained a reputation as one of the finest non-major jazz programs in the country.  Through concert performances, club dates, touring and recording, the Tech Jazz Studies program built and maintained a high level of performance standards while displaying the amazing music talents of some of the finest science, engineering, business, and environmental science majors in the United States.  Mike maintains a busy schedule as a rhythm section specialist often known as Dr. Good Groove.

As a jazz guitarist, Mike has performed with Clark Terry, Louis Bellson, Dizzy Gillespie, Byron Stripling, Bobby Shew, Rob McConnell, Don Ellis, Frank Wess, Steve Houghton, Don Shelton, Harold Jones, Lyle Mays, Frank Mantooth, Dave Samuels, Wendell Harrison, Harold McKinney, and Eddie Russ, among others.  In the area of popular music, he has worked with Bob Hope, Robert Goulet, Wayne Newton, Rich Little, Carol Lawrence, Jeannie C. Riley, Rodney Dangerfield, and Bobby Vinton.  In 1997 and 1998, he was a guitarist/mandolinist for the national touring companies of “Fiddler On The Roof” and “BIG”.

Mike is also an active jazz adjudicator/clinician, composes and arranges for both large and small jazz ensembles, and has studied jazz arranging and composition with Dick Grove, Frank Mantooth, and Matt Harris.  He is a longtime member of the International Association of Jazz Educators and in 1985 received the first National Band Association Outstanding Jazz Educator Award.  In 1992, he received one of 6 National Merit Awards from the American College Theater Festival for his 25 original compositions for the blues musical, The Blue Psalms.  Two of his arrangements are featured on the MTU jazz CD entitled Tech Jazz and Mr. Irish has contributed 7 of his original compositions to the Jaztec CD Watch Your Step.  In 2016, Mike collected and publish the 44 compositions by the late Michigan Jazz Great, Eddie Russ. His catalogue of compositions and arrangements are available through Really Good Music (www.reallygoodmusic.com) and soon will be available at E-Jazz Lines (www.ejazzlines.com). 

Patrick Booth is a saxophonist, composer, and educator based in the beautiful Upper Peninsula of Michigan. He is currently an adjunct professor of saxophone and small ensembles director at Michigan Technological University. A dynamic performer in both improvisation and classical settings, he holds degrees in classical saxophone and education from Central Michigan University where he studied with John Nichol, as well as graduate degree in Improvisation from the University of Michigan, where he studied with the late Geri Allen, Andrew Bishop, and Ellen Rowe.

He has most recently been a featured performer and teacher with Wadada Leo Smith, and David Liebman, as well as leading his own ensembles based all over the Midwest and East Coast of the USA. He has performed with Geri Allen, Wadada Leo Smith, David Liebman, Ingrid Laubrock, Brad Linde, Marvin Sewell, Douglas Ewart, Karl Berger, and many more. Patrick is committed to new music and has given premieres of both classical and improvisationally focused material.

Jon Taylor is a Detroit-based drummer, Percussionist, improviser, composer, and educator.  He is a Founding member of Polyfold, a musical arts collective, and regular collaborator in Detroit’s creative arts community. He participates in some dozen original projects, including the Avant-Rock quartet Saajtak, the multi-media sound and movement ensemble Legs, the electro-acoustic duo Says Things, and the improvised trio Lanula, featuring Detroit stalwarts Marcus Elliot and Betsy Soukup, which uses nature-based contemplative practices to enrich its acoustic improvisations.  He has performed with luminaries of creative music, including Wadada Leo Smith, Dave Liebman, Karl Berger, Michael Formanek, and Jaribu Shahid and been featured at Edgefest, The DC Jazz Festival, The Jazz Gallery in New York, ArtPrize, and Indy Fringefest. He studied at the 2013 Banff International Jazz Workshop, led by pianist Vijay Iyer, and represented the Univserity of Michigan at the 2014 International Association of Schools of Jazz Conference in Cape Town, South Africa. Additionally, Jon maintains a rigorous practice in Indian Classical Music, specifically on Tabla, having made several trips to varanasi, india to study with Sri Souma kanti Mukerjee, disciple of chhote lal Misra, the late master of benares gharana. He earned his BFA from the University of Michigan, where he studied with Geri Allen, Andrew Bishop, Michael Gould, Ellen Rowe, Sean Dobbins, and Evan Chambers.

Brian Juarez is a jazz bassist from Berkeley, CA. He is a recent graduate of the University of Michigan, where he studied privately with Grammy Award winning bassist, Robert Hurst III. Brian has studied with jazz luminaries such as Bennie Maupin, Marcus Belgrave, Ndugu Chancler, Benny Green, Patrice Rushen, and Wendell Harrison, and has performed extensively throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and the Metro Detroit Area.