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A classic summer blockbuster: the DSO at Meadow Brook
DETROIT – When does tail-gaiting involve wearing a set of tails? Answer: when it’s the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in performance at its favorite warm-weather concert venue, Meadow Brook Music Festival in Rochester Hills.
Actually, the dress is summertime casual, and this year, the DSO will present its own version of a summer blockbuster, performing a parade of classical hits over two weekends in July and August. The summer season gets underway July 16 with “Symphony Blockbusters” at 8 p.m., followed by “Great Gershwin” on July 17 at 8 p.m., and “DSO Goes to the Movies” on July 18 at 7:30 p.m. These concerts will be led by a former DSO resident conductor, Michael Krajewsky, who is now Principal Pops Conductor of the Houston Symphony.
Opening the DSO’s first weekend of concerts at Meadow Brook, “Symphonic Blockbusters” on July 17 will bring together some of the most familiar and popular works in all of classical music. In one evening, the DSO will perform “the best of the best” by Beethoven, Ravel, Wagner and many other great composers. This includes excerpts from Beethoven’s “Fifth Symphony,” Ravel’s “Bolro,” Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries,” Rossini’s “William Tell Overture,” Strauss’ “Thunder and Lightning Polka” and Offenbach’s “Grande Cancan.”
An American innovator who blended popular music, concert music and jazz, George Gershwin is the focus of the DSO concert Saturday, July 17 at 8 p.m. “Great Gershwin” will show off such favorites as Rhapsody in Blue and An American in Paris, as well as “Strike Up the Band,” “Girl Crazy: Overture” and “Porgy and Bess: A Symphonic Picture.”
A celebration of American composer John Williams and great film music takes place on Sunday, July 18. “DSO Goes to the Movies” features John Williams soundtracks along with music from all-time favorite films such as “Gone with the Wind,” “The Wizard of Oz,” the James Bond movies, “Harry Potter,” “Schindler’s List” and “Titanic.”
Tickets for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra at Meadow Brook Music Festival are $55 for Premiere pavilion seating, $32 pavilion and $18 lawn. All ticket prices include parking. Tickets are on sale at Palacenet.com, The Palace Box Office and all Ticketmaster centers. Tickets may also be charged by phone to American Express, Discover, Visa and Mastercard by calling 248-645-6666.
Flint Cultural Center’s Summer Celebration features exceptional free family fun
FLINT – The summer months offer a multitude of events and activities – and it can be difficult for a family to narrow down their choices. By attending the annual Flint Cultural Center Summer Celebration, they don’t have to!
This year’s Summer Celebration, held on the grounds of the Flint Cultural Center campus, is scheduled for Saturday, July 17 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. and features something fun for everyone. Families and kids of all ages can enjoy unique live performances, music, theater, planetarium shows, hands-on activities, exciting exhibits and much more – all FREE!
Picnic areas will be available or visitors can purchase refreshments from vendors.
Summer Celebration activities will continue – indoors and under tents – rain or shine.
Participating organizations include Flint Cultural Center Corporation, Flint Institute of Arts, Flint Institute of Music, Flint Public Library, Flint Youth Theatre, Longway Planetarium, Sloan Museum and The Whiting.
Among the 2004 Summer Celebration highlights are: Kevin Collins Drum & Dance Troupe, a fun, enthusiastic troupe of Flint students that will perform traditional West African drumming and dancing; Child’s Play Touring Theatre, the premiere theater company in the United States dedicated exclusively to performing works written by children; Faustwork Mask Theatre, an engaging mix of monologue, physical comedy and theater that explores the artistic, cultural, and psychological use of masks throughout history; Comedy Magic Revue featuring Gordon Russ who is a master at audience involvement; Today’s Brass Quintet, one of the Midwest’s finest artistic ensembles; and Mazes & Brain Teasers, in which visitors to Sloan Museum will have a chance to escape the summer heat and step into the world of illusions!
For a brochure or complete schedule of events, call 810-237-7333 or toll-free 1-888-8CENTER, or visit www.FlintCulturalCenter.org.
Artist Eric Mesko talks at ZeitGeist
DETROIT – Detroit based artist Eric Mesko will give an artist talk at the ZeitGeist Gallery on Saturday, July 24 at 7 p.m. His exhibition/installation, “Tough Times in the U.S.A.,” is currently on view at the ZeitGeist and will serve as a background as he discusses his art, the current military and political situation, and aspects of popular culture.
Widely known for his own style of political art presented with both irony and sardonic humor, Mesko continues to zero in on today’s headlines with a hot off the press immediacy.
This event closes out his current show with not only a discussion, but with an offering of wine and cheese as well.
As a closer to his exhibit, this event will include a poster signing and light refreshments. Known for his humorous banter, a good time is guaranteed.
ZeitGeist Gallery is located at 2661 Michigan Ave, Detroit, just west of old Tiger Stadium.
For more information, call the gallery at 313-965-9192 or go online to www.zeitgeistdetroit.org.
Cranbrook Institute of Science expands museum explorations throughout summer
BLOOMFIELD HILLS – Explore the world of dinosaurs, compare climates during the Ice Age and today, discover Native American hunting techniques, and countless other activities during Base Camp programs at Cranbrook Institute of Science.
Base Camp gives visitors the opportunity to talk to staff and join experts for mini tours, experiments, and fun and educational activities to create a custom museum experience. Popular programs include electricity; meteorites, and “A Celebration of the Genome,” where participants watch in amazement as they use household items such as baking soda to purify DNA in wheat germ. Other exhibits have featured volcanism, water quality and Galileo’s experiments with gravity.
“Base Camp gives the visitor a value added experience,” says Jacob Standish, manager of thematic programs. “They get to see and touch incredible artifacts and have questions answered by knowledgeable staff, enabling them the opportunity to interpret and examine the exhibits more thoroughly.”
Base Camp is featured daily noon – 4 p.m. through Labor Day. After Sept. 6, the program is offered on weekends. Topics rotate on a weekly basis.
For more information on Base Camp and other programs, visit www.cranbrook.edu or call 248-645-3200.