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By |2003-12-04T09:00:00-05:00December 4th, 2003|Uncategorized|
A holiday tradition returns to The Detroit Opera House

DETROIT – Visions of sugar plum fairies and Nutcracker princes have, for decades, been the inspiration of childhood fantasy and adulthood memories. In Detroit, “The Nutcracker” has become the centerpiece of holiday tradition for families throughout the region. The Detroit Opera House sustains this great tradition by presenting “The Nutcracker,” Dec. 5 – 14.
Scheduled for 10 performances only, “The Nutcracker” will be danced by world-acclaimed Cincinnati Ballet, featuring the Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra playing the enchanting Tchaikovsky score.
Cincinnati Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” is rich in glitter, adventure and charm, and features magnificent sets (including a 90-ft. Christmas tree), 180 lavish costumes, over 100 local children and mesmerizing special effects full of dazzling surprises including the return of the beloved Mother Ginger. The production’s broad appeal to adults and children alike make it a classic and a holiday tradition for all.
Single ticket prices for “The Nutcracker” range from $23 to $65, and may be purchased at the Detroit Opera House Box Office or any TicketMaster outlet. Charge-by phone tickets may be obtained by calling 313-237-SING or the TicketMaster charge line at 248-645-6666. Group ticket discounts are available to groups of twenty or more by calling 313-237-3409. Seniors and students may purchase half-price tickets one hour prior to curtain, subject to availability. For more information or to request a brochure, call 313-237-SING or visit

Celebrate the sounds of the holidays with ‘Duke Ellington Christmas’

DEARBORN – Keep your holiday spirits high by spending an evening with the Duke Ellington Orchestra as they perform a collection of traditional Duke Ellington classics and holiday favorites. “Duke Ellington Christmas” takes the stage at Dearborn’s Ford Community & Performing Arts Center (The Center) at 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 12.
Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington founded the Duke Ellington Orchestra in 1927. The Orchestra is now under the direction of the third generation of Ellington orchestra leaders. The Duke’s grandson, Paul Mercer Ellington, is the current conductor and bandleader.
Tickets are on sale at The Center’s box office and priced from $24 to $30. Box office hours are Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The box office is also open one hour prior to performances. Visa, MasterCard and American Express are accepted. To charge by phone, call 313-943-2354.
The Center, located at 15801 Michigan Avenue at Greenfield, is unique among community centers, being the largest municipally owned recreational complex in North America. For information, including a calendar of events, visit the Web site at, or call 313-943-2350.

Exhibit showcases work of David Bollman and Loren Siffring

CLINTON TWP – The Art Gallery at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts will be showing works by Michigan artists David Bollman and Loren Siffring now through Nov. 20.
David Bollman received his first commissions in high school, painting portraits of cats, dogs and other pets for his teachers. He later graduated from Center for Creative Studies, and after 12 years as an art director, had gained enough knowledge and discipline to fulfill his passion and lifelong dream to become a fulltime artist.
For over three decades David has designed, lettered and painted murals on everything from semi-trucks to full-scale walls. He has designed corporate logos, hand-carved signs and created numerous unique sculptures for such organizations as Pheasants Forever.
Bollman has been commissioned by the National Wildlife Federation, Ducks Unlimited, Waterfowl U.S.A. and Safari club International to do special paintings and limited edition prints. Bollman is the first and only artist to design and cast a bronze medallion that depicts his award winning duck stamp design.
“It is with great optimistic enthusiasm that I view God’s creations in nature and hope to reflect it in my art and life,” said Bollman.
Loren Siffring is a medical doctor and pastor who, with his wife Rea, moved in 1959 from Colorado to Rochester Hills where they raised five children. He began to paint in 1992, taking lessons in pastel painting from August Gloss in Romeo, Michigan.
Siffring discovered that the direct application of pigment on a base of 500 grit sandpaper was both exhilarating and forgiving. He credits Gloss with giving him his first real freedom of expression.
In 1993 Siffring opened a studio in his home where he began what he calls “coaching and encouraging” students.
“Since we are all born creative, whatever part of that is put into your work is establishing two masterpieces: the one on the canvas and the one within yourself,” said Siffring.
The Bollman and Siffring exhibition is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Art Gallery at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, a community enrichment program of Macomb Community College. It is also open during stage productions on weekends and evenings.
There is no admission charge for this show.

Oakland Dance Theatre and OU Repertory Dance Co. stage fall concert

ROCHESTER – Oakland University’s student dance companies Oakland Dance Theatre and OU Repertory Dance Company present their fall semester concert Dec. 5 and 6 on the Oakland University campus.
Under the direction of OU dance faculty Gregory Patterson and Mariah Malec, the concert features choreography from faculty and an exciting guest choreographer, Jeannie Hill of the Jump Rhythm Jazz Project of Chicago.
JRJP is a nationally-known dance company founded in New York City in 1990 by Billy Siegenfeld. Ms. Hill is associate artistic director of the company.
Performances are Friday, Dec. 5 at 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. in Varner Recital Hall on the OU campus.
Tickets are $10, $6 for students and $6 all seats for the 10 a.m. matinee. For tickets, call Varner Box Office at 248-370-3013 or visit Tuesday through Friday from noon to 3 p.m. Tickets are also available one hour before performance at the door and through Ticketmaster outlets.

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