An Afternoon of Ann Arbor’s Best

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Date(s) - 03/19/2017
Cost: $20 adult, $15 youth/senior, or $60 for a 4-pack


Wild Swan Theater

The Ark
Region: Downtown
316 S. Main St, Ann Arbor

Join Wild Swan Theater for their annual benefit concert. There will be performances by Gemini, Peter Madcap Ruth, and Frank Pahl. AADL Youth Librarian & Storyteller Laura Pershin Raynor will emcee the event. Synergy on Stage will shadow interpret the event for deaf audience members.

Wild Swan Theater Benefit Concert

See their announcement below:



ANN ARBOR – Children, adults, and families are invited to celebrate Wild Swan Theater’s 37th season!  Our annual concert to benefit Wild Swan Theater, An Afternoon of Ann Arbor’s Best!, will be held at The Ark on Sunday, March 19th at 1:00pm.  We are excited to have confirmed an outstanding line up of family-friendly talent, including Gemini with Emily Slomovits, Peter Madcat Ruth, and Frank Pahl.  Each of these gifted artists has collaborated with Wild Swan in creating theater experiences that are magical, accessible, and innovative.  Storyteller extraordinaire and AADL Youth Librarian, Laura Pershin Raynor, will be our emcee for this not-to-be-missed afternoon of music and stories for the whole family.  This event will be shadow interpreted by Synergy on Stage for Deaf audience members.

GEMINI, twin brother musicians Sandor and Laszlo Slomovits, write and play acoustic music for children and families, celebrating the fun, warmth, and humor of family life. The highlights of their shows are Gemini’s original, sparkling songs about the everyday experiences of childhood and growing up. Their recordings and concerts are filled with rousing sing-alongs, hand motion tunes, folk tales, and music from around the world.  Gemini will be joined by special guest Emily Slomovits.

PETER MADCATE RUTH is a Grammy Award-winning virtuoso harmonica player based out of Ann Arbor, Michigan. But Madcat doesn’t just play blues harp: he also sings and plays ukulele, guitar, high-hat, jaw-harp, penny-whistle, kalimba, banjo and other folk instruments from around the world. Madcat’s repertoire of styles includes Blues, American Roots Music, Folk Music, Jazz, and World Music.


FRANK PAHL is a Michigan-based musician/composer/sound artist, working in several styles including “toy pop”, or music made with toys. Whether with his groups Only a Mother and the Scavenger Quartet or playing solo, he charms his public with lovely avant-garde melodies played on an impressive array of neglected acoustic instruments and homemade automatons.  In 2010 he was named a 2010 Kresge Artist Fellow in the performing arts

LAURA PERSHIN RAYNOR is our emcee for An Afternoon of Ann Arbor’s Best!  An award-winning storyteller and librarian at the Ann Arbor District Library, Laura performs across the country and has released two CDs of her stories. Laura brings to life the colorful cast of characters from her unique and loving family.

Ann Arbor area businesses supporting An Afternoon of Ann Arbor’s Best include Abracadabra Jewelry/Gem Gallery  Allergy and Immunology Associates of Ann Arbor, P.C., Ann Arbor Pediatric Dentistry, Ann Arbor State Bank, Kerrytown Market & Shops, MB Financial Bank, and Telemus Capital. 

Tickets are $20 adult, $15 youth/senior, or $60 for a 4-pack.  Tickets are available through our website at , or by calling Wild Swan at 734-995-0530.  If available. tickets may be purchased at the door on the day of the concert.  

Wild Swan Theater is dedicated to producing professional children’s theater of the highest artistic quality for young people and families that is accessible, diverse and inclusive, through affordable ticket prices and innovative outreach programs.  For more information about the company, its current season, touring programs, and drama camps and classes, visit the Wild Swan website at   

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