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By |2004-09-30T09:00:00-04:00September 30th, 2004|Uncategorized|

AA Promethean.jpg: The Paul Taylor Dance Company presents “Promethean Fire” and other works at Ann Arbor’s Power Center, courtesy of UMS. Photo: Lois Greenfield.

‘The Lord of the Rings Symphony’ to play Detroit’s Fox Theatre

DETROIT – Detroiters will take a musical journey to the realm of Middle Earth at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16 at the Fox Theatre as more than 200 musicians and singers take the stage with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in a spectacular performance of Academy Award-winning composer Howard Shore’s “The Lord of the Rings Symphony: A Symphony in Six Movements.”
The musical masterpiece also features a local adult choir, the Christ Church Grosse Pointe Choir of Boys and Girls, and guest vocalist Sissel.
The multimedia spectacular event features music from all three films in the motion picture trilogy The Lord of the Rings. The presentation will also feature original concept and storyboard artwork from the films by artists Alan Lee and John Howe. Projected images will chronologically align with the music as the story of the hobbits’ journey unfolds.
Tickets, which range from $35-$75, may be purchased at the Fox Theatre and Joe Louis Arena box offices and Hockeytown Authentics in Troy (without service charges), and all Ticketmaster outlets, including Marshall Field’s. Tickets may be charged by phone by calling 248-433-1515. Purchase tickets online at or

Laurie Anderson and Paul Taylor Dance Co. come to Power Center

ANN ARBOR – Internationally acclaimed performance artist Laurie Anderson brings her newest performance piece, “The End of the Moon,” to Ann Arbor’s Power Center (121 Fletcher Street) for one performance only on Sunday, Oct. 3 at 4 p.m.
Abandoning the high-tech, monolithic presentations for which she first made a name for herself in the 1980s, “The End of the Moon” will continue along the lines of “Happiness,” her last solo piece, which was performed in Ann Arbor in Feb. 2002. For “The End of the Moon,” Anderson has said she is striving “to write an epic poem made of songs, images, and stories that relate in new ways.” It is the second installment of what will eventually be a trilogy. The performance is presented by the University Musical Society.
Legendary American dancer-choreographer Paul Taylor, whose award-winning productions have been seen for decades across the globe, and who has been hailed “the reigning master of modern dance” (Time), will bring his world-renowned company and two different programs to Ann Arbor’s Power Center on Friday, Oct. 8 and Saturday, Oct. 9 at 8 p.m. Presented by the University Musical Society, the PTDC’s appearance is one of only two in Michigan in a 50-state tour celebrating the company’s 50th anniversary. There will also be a one-hour family presentation Saturday, Oct. 9 at 1p.m. The program will include such Paul Taylor classics as “Cloven Kingdom” and “Arden Court,” as well as new works like his “Dante Variations,” which was produced specifically for this tour.
Tickets to each program are $20-$44.
For tickets or additional information, contact the University Musical Society at 734-764-2538 or online at

4731 Gallery offers ‘Welcome to our Neighborhood’

DETROIT – 4731 Gallery kicks off the 2005 art buying season with a couple of surprises.
First, on Friday Oct. 1 at 6 p.m., 4731 will officially open both its newly reconstructed third floor with its 11 artist studio spaces and its long awaited parking lot in an exciting kickoff to a great weekend. There will also be a special sneak preview in the gallery for inspirational Detroit artist Marvalisa, in addition to the work of several other talented 4731 studio artists.
The second surprise is happening about a block away, on the corner of Warren and Grand River, where the eight members of Studio 555 and their friends have been toiling ceaselessly to turn a dark, tired, old warehouse into the newest art venue on town. The Michigan Tent and Awning Company sat vacant until Ric and Carey Geyer of the 4731 Gallery purchased it in late July. Studio 555 moved in immediately, and now, after a Herculean effort to renovate the complex, it is ready to open.
Says Steve Samuels of Studio 555, “We are grateful that 4731 has put so much into this neighborhood and have made it possible for us to move in to this great space. We are feeling the positive pulse of Detroit and are very excited to contribute to it.”
4731’s strategy of building this community by strengthening the arts is a strategy that works. Says Graig Donnelly, President of the Woodbridge Neighborhood Development Corporation, “Woodbridge is one of the most diverse communities in the City of Detroit, and integral to that diversity is the richness that comes from artists both living and working amongst us”.
And, according to Ric Geyer, “The great news is that within a year we’ll have five independent galleries inside of a couple of blocks. Nothing is as satisfying as investing in a place and watching the people come together to make a neighborhood and its buildings breathe again.”
4731 Gallery is located at 4731 W. Grand River south of Warren in Detroit.
For complete information about the gallery and its weekend of activities, call 313-894-4731 or go online to

Other gallery goings-on:

Ferndale’s Lawrence Street Gallery presents “Editions Printmaking ’04,” an exhibit of the uniqueness of printmaking. The artists reception is Friday, Oct. 1; the exhibit runs through Oct. 29. Call 248-544-0394 for details.
The Arnold Klein Gallery in Royal Oak hosts “Paradise on Earth,” oil paintings by Donella Reese Vogel. The exhibit runs Oct. 15 through Nov.20. Call 248-647-7709 for information.
Nearly two dozen artists will open their studios Oct. 9 at the Pioneer Building located at 2679 E. Grand Boulevard near Russell in Detroit. The event is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. For directions, log onto
The Grosse Point Artists Association presents its 66th juried annual members exhibition Oct. 6 – 30. The opening reception is Friday, Oct. 8. Call 313-821-1848 for complete information.

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