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Pro Musica Society of Detroit celebrates spring with eclectic evening of operatic classics, American classics and off ‘beat’ poetry

DETROIT – Pro Musica Society of Detroit presents Valerian Ruminski, operatic bass, in an eclectic program of operatic classics, songs by beloved American composers and original settings of poetry by Charles Bukowski, the Skid Row Poet.
The May 14 program continues Pro Musica’s 78-year tradition of presenting emerging artists and delighting audiences with thought-provoking evenings of music and entertainment.
Persis Parshall Vehar will accompany Ruminski. Vehar, a noted composer whose works have been performed internationally, set the Bukowski poetry to music.
This unique concert takes place at 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 14 at the Music Box Recital Hall in the Max M. Fisher Music Center at 3711 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, Michigan 48201.
The Pro Musica concert program features classics from Handel, Brahms, Schubert and Puccini, as well as American composers Gershwin and Foster.
“The highlight of the program for me is premiering the Bukowski cycle by my friend, accompanist and composer Persis Vehar,” Ruminski said. “We have worked together on the Bukowski poetry songs for a number of years now. He is a great modern poet and his work deserves exposure.”
Bukowski is generally considered to be an honorary “beat writer,” although he was never actually associated with Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and the other bona fide beats. Bukowski’s style, with its strong sense of immediacy and refusal to embrace standard formal structure, has earned him a place in the hearts of beat generation readers, however.
Concert tickets are $40 each and may be may be ordered at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra box office or by phoning 313-576-5111. An afterglow with light refreshments and a chance to meet the artists concludes the evening.
For more information or to request a brochure, please call the Pro Musica information line at 313-886-5639 or visit {}

May 8 concert is milestone for Birmingham-Bloomfield Symphony

BIRMINGHAM – The Birmingham-Bloomfield Symphony Orchestra will conclude its 30th season on Sunday, May 8 with a concert themed “Romantic Blockbusters.”
It will be the final concert conducted by Felix Resnick as the orchestra’s music director. Resnick, who helped form the orchestra 30 years ago and led it for its entire history, will become its Conductor Laureate next season.
Charles Greenwell, the BBSO’s Pops Conductor for 14 years, will take over the post of Music Director when the orchestra begins its 31st season next fall. Maestro Resnick will conduct two of its concerts next season, however.
The concert will be at Temple Beth El, 14 Mile Road at Telegraph Road in Bloomfield Township, beginning at 7 p.m.
Robert deMaine, principal cellist of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, will be featured soloist for Antonin Dvorak’s Concerto for Cello and Orchestra. He is an internationally-acclaimed musician and winner of numerous competitions and awards.
Also on the program, the BBSO will play Sergei Rachmaninoff’s “Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27,” and Richard Strauss’ “Don Juan, Op. 20.”
“Being on Mothers’ Day, this concert will be a perfect occasion for families to enjoy great music together,” said Carla Lamphere, BBSO President. “We invite everyone to bring the family and friends.”
Adult admission is $25, and children are free. Tickets are available at the door.
Preceding the concert, the orchestra of Bloomfield Hills’ International Academy will present a “student mini-concert” conducted by Scott Wolff, a BBSO violist. It begins in Temple Beth El’s lobby at 6:15 p.m.
More information is available from the BBSO office at 248-645-2276 and on the internet at

Exhibit showcases work of Macomb Community College art students

CLINTON TWP. – Macomb Community College Art Students will be showcased in the Gallery through May 23 at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts.
The Gallery season at the Macomb Center will come to a close with a dynamic exhibition of work from the students at the Macomb Community College. The show is traditionally held at the end of the Spring Semester to represent some of the best work MCC students have done during the course of the academic year. The work is reviewed and selected by the full-time faculty, Al Hebert, Todd Mitchell and Dan Rosbury. Works shown will be drawing, painting, color and design, sculpture, ceramics, and jewelry and metalwork.
Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Please call 586-286-2141 for Saturday and Sunday hours. Admission is free.

Downtown Hoedown celebrates country music

DETROIT – Among the sure signs of spring in Michigan are Tiger baseball Opening Day, budding trees and Hart Plaza filled with country music fans. The 99.5 WYCD Downtown Hoedown, a three-day celebration of country music, will takes place at Detroit’s Hart Plaza May 13-15.
For the past 22 years, the Downtown Hoedown has traditionally drawn some of the largest crowds to Hart Plaza. It is the world’s largest free country music festival featuring both top national stars and local musical artists.
The Downtown Hoedown is produced by Watts-Up, Inc., on behalf of the Detroit Recreation Department as a fundraiser for the departmen’ts programs for Detroit’s youth.
The 2005 99.5 WYCD Downtown Hoedown lineup features top national artists, including: the Kentucky Headhunters, Cowboy Troy, Jo Dee Messina, Mark Chesnutt Julie Roberts, Tracy Lawrence, Gary Allan, Blaine Larsen, Billy Dean and Chris Cagel. Joining them are Blue County, Katrina Elam, Hot Apple Pie, Hanna and McEuen, Miranda Lambert, Aaron Lines and the Colgate Country Showdown Finalists.
Also performing over the weekend are Detroit’s top country musical artists, dancers and community groups.
The Festival is free. Hours of the event are noon to 2 p.m., and 4 p.m. to midnight on Friday, May 13; noon to midnight Saturday, May 14; and 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, May 15, 2005.

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