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Kerrytown Concert House

Ann Arbor, MI         

Mission Statement: Kerrytown Concert House exists to support the artistic community; artists, music teachers, audience members.

“Kerrytown has filled an important niche in Ann Arbor’s musical culture . . . the House has proved so invaluable that one wonders how Ann Arbor ever survived without it…a musical Mecca…” – Ann Arbor News

Founded in June 1984 by Deanna Relyea (former Executive/Artistic Director and current Edgefest Artistic Director), KCH opened on September 28, 1984, with benefit concerts featuring the Pulitzer-prize winning composer/pianist William Bolcom and his wife Joan Morris, mezzo-soprano. Since then, KCH has become an important part of the cultural fabric of the greater Ann Arbor and Southeastern Michigan area, offering rich and diverse performing arts experiences as well as monthly visual arts exhibits to an audience representing a cross-section of community members.

Located in a restored Victorian house in downtown Ann Arbor, its intimate L-shaped concert hall with a prized German Steinway, and the quality and diversity of its concerts and services to the community have earned a place in the artistic community.   One of few professionally managed concert spaces in Ann Arbor outside of the University of MI and available to local or nationally recognized artists, it has earned a national reputation as an ideal venue for chamber music and as an avenue for adventuresome programming.

KCH presents approximately 200 events per year. Offerings include a classical chamber music series and both a traditional and avant-garde jazz series. The organization has a long history of presenting traditional, post-bop, and vocal jazz stylists including such artists as Tommy Flanagan, Dick Hyman, Art Hodes, Kenny Barron, Geri Allen, Blossom Dearie, Dave Frishberg, Sheila Jordan, Wynton Marsalis, and Doc Cheatham.

With the establishment of the Jazz at the Edge series and annual Edgefest creative music festival in 1997, KCH immediately established itself as one of the Midwest’s premier venues for the live presentation of world-class avant-garde jazz and creative improvised music.

Since then, Edgefest became widely known as one of the most innovative creative jazz festivals in the U.S., with featured artists including the Roscoe Mitchell Quintet, Trio 3, Willem Breuker Kollektief, Jean Derome et les Dangereux Zhoms, Trevor Watts’ Moire Music Group, Trio X, 8 Bold Souls, Tobias Delius Quartet, James Emery Quartet, Myra Melford’s Crush, Tim Berne’s Hard Cell, John Hollenbeck’s Claudia Quintet, Nicole Mitchell’s Black Earth Strings, Vandermark 5, Jason Hwang’s Edge quartet, Dave Douglas’ Charms of the Night Sky, Marilyn Crispell/Reggie Workman Ensemble, Jenny Scheinman’s Shalagaster, Jim Black’s AlasNoAxis, The Trio with Muhal Richard Abrams, Wadada Leo Smith, Taylor Ho Bynum, and George Lewis.

Edgefest’s artistic caliber and history of accomplishment were validated in January 2006 with the award of a national first prize for adventurous programming (jazz presenter category) from Chamber Music America/ASCAP in New York City. Most recently, Downbeat Magazine named KCH one of the 150 best jazz venues in the world for the past 4 years.

Education and community outreach are cornerstones of the KCH mission. KCH brings internationally renowned musicians into underserved schools for students who otherwise would not have the opportunity to learn from this country’s best professional classical, jazz, avant-garde and creative music artists (including Marty Ehrlich, BassDrumBone with Ray Anderson, Mark Helias and Jerry Hemmingway, Jason Hwang’s Edge, Joe Daley, and Wadada Leo Smith in conjunction with Edgefest).