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By |2003-02-27T09:00:00-05:00February 27th, 2003|Uncategorized|
Design Showcase is fundraiser for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra

DETROIT – The Volunteer Council of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, in cooperation with Michigan Design Center (MDC), will present a major fundraiser entitled “Orchestrations for the Home,” March 7 – 9. This inspiring four-day design showcase, open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, will afford the general public a unique opportunity to enter the world of professional designers at the Michigan Design Center in Troy.
The open house will be preceded by a Gala Opening on the evening of Thursday, March 6.
Proceeds from both events will support concert and educational activities of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
“Orchestrations for the Home” will offer an open house of 40-plus showrooms at the Michigan Design Center, which is normally open to designers and their clients only. Inside, patrons will be able to view primary sources for designer furniture and fabrics for the home. Local interior designers will create over 50 different “vignettes” or special room settings for the occasion. Among these are an “Elegant Sitting Room” by Cynthia Ohanian at Brunschwig and Fils; a “Concerto for a Small Space” by Maxwell-Ross Associates; “Dining in Provence” by Roy Hankis at CAI Designs; a “Music Room” by Julie Baba and Becky Spier at Ghiordes Knot; and a “Modern Lounge Setting” by Steven Teich at Stockert & Associates.
Additionally, “Orchestrations for the Home” will present a series of design-related seminars featuring internationally renowned guest speakers including Mariette Himes Gomez of her namesake firm; Carleton Varney of Dorothy Draper and Company; and Jim Caughman of Baker Furniture. A special Sunday Brunch, catered by Cregar’s Catering Service, will also be offered on March 9 with designer Alexa Hampton, president of the design firm founded by her father Mark Hampton. These seminars require separate tickets (see details below).
The four-day event will be launched with a Gala Opening on March 6, starting at 6:30 p.m., offering patrons an advance look at this celebrated designer event. Opus One restaurant will cater the Gala’s cocktail reception and buffet supper, and chamber music performed by members of the DSO will be heard throughout the Center. Gala tickets are available by calling (313) 576-5154. Benefactor tickets are $400 per person, patron tickets are $250 per person and donor tickets are $150 per person.
The Michigan Design Center is located at 1700 Stutz Drive in Troy, north off Maple Road, between Coolidge and Crooks. Advance tickets to the “Orchestrations for the Home” Showcase are $18 and are on sale now. (Tickets purchased at the door are $20). Advance tickets can be purchased at the Orchestra Hall box office, the Michigan Design Center Suite #25, the Somerset Collection Concierge in Troy, the League Shop in Grosse Pointe Farms, Blossoms in Birmingham, Hagopian in Novi and all English Gardens locations. Tickets can also be purchased by calling (313) 576-5111.

Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra presents ‘Fairy Tales’

ANN ARBOR – Can an orchestra really sound like Cinderella’s clock striking midnight, depict a beautiful immortal Firebird saving a young man from evil monsters, or evoke scurrying rats following a piper through the streets of Hamelin? When they’re playing music written by world-famous composers – of course it can!
Audiences will hear works inspired by fairy tale favorites written by orchestral giants such as Mendelssohn, Prokofiev, Tchiakovsky, Stravinsky and more in this accessible, hour-long concert sponsored by Borders. “Fairy Tales” begins at 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 23 in the Michigan Theater in downtown Ann Arbor. The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra’s season to “Discover Great Music” is made possible through grants from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.
“I thought it would be great to present famous composers’ works on the stories that we all grew up on, like ‘Cinderella,’ ‘Sleeping Beauty’ and ‘The Pied Piper,'” said Maestro Lipsky. “This concert gives us an opportunity to see how each composer used his own talent to draw a picture of the fairy tale in music.”
The highlight of the program is excerpts from John Corigliano’s rarely played “Pied Piper Fantasy.” Corigliano composed the “Pied Piper Fantasy” in 1981 for the famous flautist James Galway to perform with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Corigliano uses different instruments to represent the characters and events in the story – the Piper, rats, Burghers (townspeople) and the children.
Join zookeepers from Shar Products and the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra for an Instrument Petting Zoo in the Michigan Theater Lobby between 2:30 and 3:30, where youngsters will have the opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of what real orchestra instruments feel and sound like. This is recommended for children ages 5-8, and all are ticket holders are welcome.
“Fairy Tales” begins at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 23 in the historic Michigan Theater in downtown Ann Arbor. Due to the generous sponsorship of Borders, the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment of the Arts, admission to the performance is only $10 for adults and $5 for children. Tickets are available by calling (734) 994-4801, visiting the A2SO office at 527 E Liberty, Suite 208, M-F 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., online at, by e-mail at [email protected], or at the Michigan Theater box office starting at noon the day of the concert.

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