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By |2009-04-12T09:00:00-04:00April 12th, 2009|Uncategorized|
‘Too Hot to Handel’ turns up the heat with tenors Cook, Dixon & Young

DETROIT – The Rackham Symphony Choir announced the addition of some of today’s most beloved tenors to the bill for its annual holiday tradition, “Too Hot to Handel.”
Joining with Rodrick Dixon, who has been participating in the show for past three years, are Victor Trent Cook and Thomas Young of the trio Cook, Dixon & Young, formerly of the Three Mo’ Tenors.
With rhythms and sounds that bridge the traditions of classical and popular music, the hand-clapping jazz-gospel take on George Frideric Handel’s masterpiece, “Messiah” “Too Hot To Handel” returns to the Detroit Opera House for two performances only on Tuesday, Dec. 21 and Wednesday, Dec. 22.
Soprano Alfreda Burke joins Cook, Dixon & Young as a featured soloist. The choir numbers nearly a hundred with Rackham Symphony Choir, Detroit’s oldest choir, and members of the Marygrove College Chorale. The Detroit Opera House Orchestra is highlighted by local jazz dignitaries such as Alvin Waddles on piano, Marion Hayden on bass, and saxophonist George Benson. The entire performance comes together under the baton of Suzanne Mallare Acton, RSC Music Director, who creatively fuses the distinct musical elements to present an unforgettable experience.
Both performances are at 7:30 p.m. and tickets range in price from $15 to $55.
To order, please call the Detroit Opera House Box Office at 313-237-7464. Group tickets can be purchased at a discount by calling 313-272-0334.

‘Sounds of Christmas’ at Macomb Center

CLINTON TWP. – “The Sounds of Christmas,” a spectacular holiday concert featuring the Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings along with three state award winning choirs from local high schools, will be performed on Tuesday, Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at The Macomb Center for the Performing Arts.
These seasoned musicians and talented students from Chippewa Valley Dakota High School, Bloomfield Hills Andover High School and Grosse Pointe South High School will ring in the holidays with joy and celebration.
The Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings, founded in 1982, is an ensemble committed to bringing to life a large and wonderful body of music. The group has established a local and national reputation for artistic excellence.
Ticket prices for “The Sounds of Christmas” are $12 in advance and $15 at the door, with discounts available for groups of 20 or more.
To purchase tickets contact the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts ticket office by phone at 586-286-2222 or on the web at

Off the Wall Gallery winter display presents ‘Concepts of Home’

ANN ARBOR – The winter exhibit for the Ann Arbor Art Center’s Off the Wall Gallery has been installed throughout downtown Ann Arbor and is on display through Feb. 21.
The Off the Wall Gallery winter exhibition features 50 local and regional artists who have created original artwork banners around the concept of “home”. The artwork will vary from emotional and sentimental to harsh and political, and styles borrow from bold graphics and signage as well as traditional painting styles. The various media used on the banners range from traditional paint to digital printing and encompass a broad range of subjects within the concept of home.
An ongoing project between the Ann Arbor Art Center and the Main Street Area Association, Off the Wall Gallery consists of hand-painted banners created by local artists. Various groups will be exhibited quarterly, ranging from youth to professional artists. Each quarter, 50 new banners are installed on lampposts throughout the Main Street neighborhood on Main, Liberty, Washington and Fourth streets.
For more information about the exhibit, call 734-994-8004.

First solo museum exhibition of Luisa Kazanas opens at Cranbrook

BLOOMFIELD HILLS – The first solo museum exhibition of work by Brooklyn-based artist Luisa Kazanas will open at Cranbrook Art Museum on Dec. 17.
The exhibition entitled “Origins Unknown/Luisa Kazanas,” presents the artist’s most current body of work, much of it created especially for the installation in Cranbrook Art Museum’s historic Eliel Saarinen-designed South Gallery. The exhibition runs through March 26, 2005.
Opening concurrently in the Main Gallery of Cranbrook Art Museum will be the exhibition, “Luisa Kazanas Selects: Treasures of Cranbrook Art Museum,” a new installation of the year-long presentation of the Museum’s permanent collection. “Luisa Kazanas Selects” will feature statements with 21 works from the permanent collection, hand-picked by the artist to reflect her own interests and influences of 20th -century modernism and contemporary art.
“This project with Luisa Kazanas reflects the central mission of Cranbrook Art Museum: to represent the work of emerging voices in contemporary art,” says Gregory Wittkopp, director, Cranbrook Art Museum. “It will not be long before Kazanas is an established figure in contemporary art and we are proud that we can play a leading role in furthering her career.”
Luisa Kazanas will give a public lecture at Cranbrook Art Museum on the evening of December 16.
Cranbrook Art Museum is accredited by the American Association of Museums and is located at 39221 Woodward Avenue in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Museum hours are Wednesday-Sunday 11am-5pm, Fourth Fridays of each month from 11am-9pm.
Admission is free for members; $6 general public; $4 students and seniors; children 12 and under are free.
For more information, please call 1-877-GO-CRANBROOK or visit the website at

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