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Kirov Ballet makes rare U.S. stop at Detroit Opera House
DETROIT – The 2003-2004 DaimlerChrysler Dance Season begins in grand fashion Oct. 29 as the Kirov Ballet, the world’s premiere dance company, makes a rare appearance, performing a masterpiece of the ballet repertoire, “La Bayadere.”
Scheduled for six performances, October 29 – November 2, the prestigious Kirov Ballet makes its highly anticipated debut at the Detroit Opera House as one of only eight stops in the U.S., including Las Vegas, Berkeley, Hollywood, Costa Mesa, Cleveland, Boston and Washington, D.C.
The Kirov Ballet’s engagement promises a program of ultimate perfection and grandiose bravura. A company of more than 200 dancers, including a peerless corps de ballet and the Kirov’s magnificent soloists, spectacular sets, stunning lighting effects and marvelous costumes, will make these performances unforgettable.
Dance subscriptions are still available for purchase. Single tickets are available and range in price from $25 – $90, and can be purchased at the Detroit Opera House Box Office or any TicketMaster Outlet. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.MichiganOpera.org. Charge-by-phone tickets may be obtained by calling 313-237-SING or the TicketMaster chargeline at 248-645-6666. For more information or to request a brochure, call 313-237-7464.
Uppity Blues Women bring audience-pleasin’ favorites to East Lansing
EAST LANSING – Saffire-The Uppity Blues Women return to Wharton Center with their infectious, acoustic blues.
DownBeat Magazine says, “Saffire dishes out irresistible portions of sass and soul, tradition and attitude, all in the name of contemporary, good-humored, take-no-guff blues.”
Thanks to hard work and undeniable talent, these three women have quickly gone from local favorites to international blues stars.
Over the course of six albums and hundreds of gigs, the group has gone from virtual obscurity to one of the most popular, witty and just plain satisfying acoustic blues groups on the scene today. These women tear into their material with passion, dedication, and originality. Every song they cover becomes theirs, and their originals blend seamlessly with their interpretations. They are indeed the torchbearers for the original classic uppity blues women like Bessie Smith, Sippie Wallace and Victoria Spivey.
The real fun of any Saffire concert is the explosive reaction of first-timers to the double-entendre lyrical surprises, and that aspect is present here. Though these uppity blues women have recorded a number of their crowd pleasin’ favorites, beware: There are still a few surprises!
The concert is scheduled for Nov. 2 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $26 and can be purchased by calling 517-432-2000 or 1-800-WHARTON.
Wharton Center is the nonprofit performing arts facility of Michigan State University. Additional information can be found online at www.whartoncenter.com.
The Free Project showcases emerging artists
DETROIT – From the fires of destruction, the whirlwind of loss and all the other fiascos of hopelessness comes the rebirth of strength. A phoenix will rise, called The Free Project, a huge one-night-only showcase of incredible, emerging Detroit Metro area artists.
With the help of local business owner and entrepreneur Brian Johnson of Burst L.L.C. and the multi-media artists group Free Multi-Medium, Inc., an old bomb shelter in the guts of the city will be transformed into a giant indoor/outdoor multi-media gallery exhibition space. We’d like to invite you to witness the unveiling of this transformation at the Burst Building – an amalgamation of atmosphere, durability, creativity and inspiration.
The art involved in The Free Project includes sculpture, landscape design, electric and acoustic music, performance art, modern dance, installation art, hair and make up, costume design and graphic art. The artists are all giving themselves freely to this project with the hope that by displaying their own raw and exciting visions, they can draw attention to the extensive commercial and artistic possibilities of the Burst Building.
Please join us in continuing the proud Detroit artistic tradition of rejuvenation through creativity on Nov. 8 from 7 p.m. till midnight at The Burst Building, 2510 22nd Street, Detroit MI 48216.
For more details about event, call 313-316-1346 or 313-898-6000, or go online to www.freemulti-medium.com.
Israeli folksinger Chava Alberstein performs at Rackham}
ANN ARBOR – The University Musical Society (UMS) presents Israeli singer/songwriter Chava Alberstein at Rackham Auditorium (915 East Washington Street) on Saturday, Nov. 8 at 8 p.m.
Performing a soulful blend of traditional folk and pop music, Chava Alberstein is Israel’s most accomplished singer, with nearly 50 recordings including numerous gold and platinum records. From tender songs of love and celebration to more melancholy and defiant songs about peace, oppression, loss, and poverty, Alberstein’s music is laden with the bittersweet tension between the national and the universal.
This performance marks Chava Alberstein’s debut appearance with the University Musical Society.
For tickets or additional information, contact the University Musical Society at 734-764-2538 or online at www.ums.org. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the League Ticket Office at 911 North University Avenue. Tickets may also be purchased at Rackham Auditorium beginning 90 minutes before curtain time.
Symposium highlights choreography of George Balanchine
ANN ARBOR – The legacy of eminent choreographer George Balanchine will be illuminated during a two-day symposium starting Oct. 31 at the University of Michigan.
“From the Mariinsky to Manhattan: George Balanchine and the Transformation of American Dance” will be held at Rackham Auditorium, 915 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor. Participants will include distinguished Balanchine scholars and renowned Balanchine-trained dancers who will discuss his career path from St. Petersburg, Russia, to New York City.
All events are free and open to the public.
The depth and scope of Balanchine’s work has been compared to Mozart, and he has been ranked with Picasso and Stravinsky as a titan of 20th century arts. By combining his Russian heritage with influences from American jazz, Balanchine revolutionized ballet and transformed American and world dance.
The symposium will feature a stellar roster of renowned dancers associated with Balanchine. They include Maria Tallchief, former director of the Chicago Opera Ballet; Suzanne Farrell, director, Suzanne Farrell Dance Company at the Kennedy Center; Violette Verdy, former director, Paris Opra Ballet; and Edward Villella, director, Miami City Ballet.
For additional information, call 734-764-0351 or visit http://www.umich.edu/~iinet/crees/stpetersburg/balanchine.html