Celebrate the season with the Flint Symphony’s ‘Holiday Pops’
FLINT – The Flint Symphony Orchestra and Guest Conductor David Mairs present “Holiday Pops” at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 18 and 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 19 at The Whiting.
Celebrate the traditions of the season with much-loved holiday carols like “Joy to the World,” “Carol of the Bells,” “We Need a Little Christmas,” “My Dreidel” and everyone’s favorite, “Sleigh Ride.” These festive concerts will once again be hosted by abc12’s Bill Harris, Angie Schramski and Ed Phelps. The Saturday evening concert will be broadcast live on abc12 and uplinked to TV stations across Michigan, including WFUM.
“Holiday Pops” again features the Flint Festival Chorus, under the direction of Bradley Bloom, singing a variety of festive and traditional songs. They will be joined by the Flint Festival Youth Chorus, Kirk Aamot, Director; Neithercut Honors Choir, Dennis Freeman, Director; and the II Marine Air Wing Band from Cherry Point, NC.
Tickets for Holiday Pops range from $10 to $32, with a $2 student/senior discount.
For complete information, call The Whiting Ticket Center at 810-237-7333 or go online to www.flintinstituteofmusic.com.
Ambassadors of Ukrainian culture celebrate the holidays at Macomb Center
CLINTON TWP – “Bandura Christmas International,” a spectacular holiday show performed by The Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus and Paul Plishka, will take place at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday, Dec. 19 at 2 p.m.
Join the UBC and Paul Plishka from the Metropolitan Opera as they sing in the holiday season with English and Ukrainian carols.
Driven by passion, tradition and history, the all-male Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus preserves and exemplifies its mission as ambassadors of Ukrainian culture, music and the unique 60 stringed instrument, the bandura. The Chrous’ unique nature revolves around the bandura, a distinctive instrument that developed over centuries and continues to evolve as one of the most intriguing musical instruments in the world.
Paul Plishka has been a leading member of the Metropolitan Opera since 1967 and also makes regular appearances with major opera companies throughout North America. His extraordinary voice and impeccable artistry combine to make him on of the world’s foremost singers, praised by critics for his smooth, beautifully produced bass and polished dramatic skills. This distinguished American artist has become one the most widely acclaimed and sough-after singers of our time.
Ticket prices for “Bandura Christmas International” are $25 for students and senior citizens and $30 for adults, 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 www.MacombCenter.com.
Open House at Dance Gallery Studio on Jan. 9
ANN ARBOR – Dance Gallery Studio is having a free Open House!
Come join the fun and be the first to register for exciting winter classes taught by some of the nation’s top, professional dance teachers. Classes for both adults and children include ballet, modern, hip-hop, jazz, creative movement, Pilates, yoga and much more!
At the Open House, visitors will get to: Watch a live performance by members of the Peter Sparling Dance Company, Michigan’s premiere modern dance company; ask faculty, dancers and students questions; see the beautiful, 5000 square-foot dance facility; enjoy light refreshments; and park for free!
The Open House will take place Sunday Jan. 9, 2005 from 2 – 4 p.m. Admission is free.
The Studio is located at 815 Wildt Street in Ann Arbor.
For more information, call 734-747-8885 or go online to www.dancegalleryfoundation.org.
Grammy-Award-winner and Michigan native George Winston performs holiday concert at The Max
DETROIT – Grammy Award-winning pianist George Winston, whose melodic folk piano style has earned him legions of fans during the last 24 years, appears in concert at Orchestra Hall at the Max M. Fisher Music Center on Wednesday, Dec. 22 at 8 p.m.
In this solo piano performance Winston will perform selections from his just released album, “Montana – A Love Story,” as well as seasonal favorites from the best-selling albums “Autumn,” “Winter” and “Winter Into Spring,” all of which have recently been re-released in enhanced 20th anniversary editions.
Part of the UBS Holiday Festival at The Max, the concert will also feature works by Vince Guaraldi, who composed the music for the Peanuts¨ animated television specials, such as “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” and selections that showcase Winston’s strongest influences, swing piano and R&B.
In conjunction with this performance, The Max is partnering with Gleaners Community Food Bank of Detroit to conduct a canned food drive. Ticket holders are encouraged to bring a donation of non-perishable food items to the concert, which will be collected by Gleaners volunteers. Gleaners distributes food to seniors on fixed incomes; single parent households; the disabled or ill; the working poor or unemployed; the homeless; and those experiencing an emergency or crisis. Winston has also donated CDs, tapes and videos to Gleaners to sell in The Max’s lobby during the concert. The organization will keep 100% of the proceeds.
Born in Michigan, George Winston was raised primarily in Montana where the pronounced seasonal changes he experienced there became the primary inspiration for the music he would later play. The artist describes this music as “rural folk piano,” a cross between the range of traditional American folk music and the instrumental pop/R&B that he grew up with. Winston also plays in two other styles he has studied for many years, “stride” (also known as “swing”), and rhythm and blues piano.
Tickets to George Winston at The Max range in price from $20 to $34. A limited number of box seats are available for $55.
Tickets may be purchased at the Max M. Fisher Music Center box office at 3711 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, or by calling 313-576-5111. Tickets may also be purchased, 24-hours-a-day at www.detroitsymphony.com.