The Most Happy Fella Will Be in Dearborn March 30,31

DEARBORN, Michigan – “The Most Happy Fella,” a Frank Loesser musical, will be performed by Friends of the Opera of Michigan (F.O.T.O.) at Dearborn’s Ford Community & Performing Arts Center on March 30 and 31 at 8 p.m.

Based on a Sidney Howard play titled They Knew What They Wanted, Loesser wrote the book, music and lyrics for “The Most Happy Fella,” a story about a romance between an older man, a much younger woman and a case of mistaken identity.

When the show first opened on Broadway in 1956, critics referred to it as a “missing link between Broadway and opera.” Loesser called it a musical comedy and songs like “Standing on the Corner” and “Joey, Joey, Joey” became part of the popular music culture. “The Most Happy Fella” enjoyed a 14-month Broadway run and many revivals over the years including one by the New York City Opera at Lincoln Center.

The F.O.T.O. cast is led by baritone Quinto Milito in the role of Tony. Other principal roles will be performed by: Katherine Kujala (soprano) as Rosabella; John Hummel (baritone) as Joe; Annie Klark (mezzo soprano) as Cleo; Elizabeth Mitchell (mezzo soprano) as Marie and Steven Patterson (baritone) as Herman. Cameo appearances will be made by Dearborn Mayor John B. O’Reilly, Jr. and internationally known tenor Carlos Seise.

“The Most Happy Fella” is under the direction of James Pinard. Other production team members include: Patricia Damian, choreographer; Steve SeGraves, Music Director and William S. Harrison, Conductor.

Tickets priced at $29 and $24 are on sale now for the March 30 and 31 performances at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center Box Office, 15801 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn. Box Office hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. or one hour prior to scheduled performances. Contact the Box Office at 313-943-2354 for phone orders. Tickets can also be purchased online anytime. MasterCard, Visa and American Express are accepted.

Dearborn Symphony Features West Side Story March 9th

DEARBORN, Michigan – Russian pianist Gleb Ivanov, praised by the New York Times as “a young super-virtuoso, with musical sensitivity and an appreciation of style to go with the thunder and lightning,” returns to Dearborn’s stage to perform one of the most beloved piano works, Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto with its grand sweeping gestures and many memorable tunes. This colorful, very romantic concert includes Gershwin’s signature orchestral showpiece, “An American in Paris” and Bernstein’s musical theatre masterpiece “Symphonic Dances from West Side Story.” The concert is on Friday, March 9 at 8 pm at Dearborns’ Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, under the direction of Conductor Kypros Markou, and follows an insightful and humorous free preview of the evening’s music at 7 pm by Jim Walters, a musician and Dearborn music teacher.

Gleb Ivanov

Gleb Ivanov

The infectious jazz rhythms of Gershwin’s “An American in Paris” open the program. Inspired by Gershwin’s sojourn to Paris, it evokes the sights and energy of the French capital in the 1920s. In addition to standard symphony orchestra instruments, Gershwin added celesta, saxophones, and automobile horns and even brought back some Parisian taxi horns for the piece’s New York Philharmonic premiere in 1928 in Carnegie Hall. Look for three taxi horns when the Dearborn Symphony performs the piece!

Bernstein’s “Symphonic Dances” continues the program and will have the audience dancing in their seats to “Mambo,” “Cha-Cha,” and “Rumble” and their hearts melting to the one of the most beautiful love songs ever written, “Somewhere,” a longing for a time and place without injustice and hatred.

Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto provides a breathtaking climax for the concert. This quintessential romantic piece, with its memorable tunes and spectacular pianism, is one of the most popular piano concertos in the modern repertory. Rachmaninoff, unsmiling, stoic and barely moving at the keyboard, became known for his puritanically straightforward approach as a pianist, and for his beauty and warmth of tone. He wrote for his own legendary enormous hands, which could span an interval of a thirteenth. His superior technical prowess made easy work of treacherous passagework, and consequently his own concertos present considerable challenges to pianists.

Spellbinding Russian pianist Gleb Ivanov brings heartfelt passion to Rachmaninoff’s sensuous Concerto. “Eerily like the ghost of Horowitz, Ivanov engulfed the keyboard, rattling the rafters and thrilling the audience. His talent is larger than life,” wrote The Washington Times. Already well known as a virtuoso pianist in Russia, having played with the Moscow State Orchestra, at the Great Hall at the Moscow Conservatory, and at the Kremlin, pianist Gleb Ivanov won many important prizes in Moscow and Kiev. In 2005, he won the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York, which launched his career in America. In recognition of his impressive achievements, Ivanov was honored with the 2010 Michaels Award of Young Concert Artists to perform at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. Ivanov has had frequent re-engagements, including concerts in Paris and across the United States.

The Dearborn Symphony has partnered with local restaurants to offer a 20 percent diners’ discount for symphony ticket-holders on concert nights. Advance reservations are recommended at Andiamo Dearborn, Big Fish, Ciao, Crave, The Dearborn Inn, The Henry, Kiernan’s & Silky’s, and La Pita.

Lodging for Mr. Ivanov is courtesy of The Dearborn Inn-A Marriott Hotel; his appearance is made possible in part by Young Concert Artists. Tickets ranging from $15 to $30 in balcony, box and lower level are available by phoning the Symphony at 313-565-2424 or at the theater box office at 313-943-2354. Visit dearbornsymphony.org for more information. Contact the Symphony office for group discounts.

ABBA Music – Ultimate Dance Party, Saturday, Feb. 11

DEARBORN, Michigan – Perfect for a Valentine’s date — or a girl’s night out with friends:  A rocking evening featuring the music of ABBA performed by Arrival From Sweden followed by the Ultimate Dance Party on Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center (The Center).

Arrival’s performance of smash hit ABBA tunes in the Michael A. Guido Theater begins at 8 p.m. featuring some of the most upbeat, feel good sounds of the 70’s.  You know them all – “Dancing Queen,” “Take A Chance On Me,” “Knowing Me, Knowing You” and all the hits featured in both the musical and movie “Mama Mia.”

ABBA by ARRIVAL

Arrival is the only group sanctioned by ABBA to perform their classic hits.

Immediately following the performance, the season’s Ultimate Dance Party, open to those 21 and over, kicks off at 10 p.m. until 2 a.m. in The Center’s Hubbard Ballroom.

Under a spectacular light display, party goers will groove to more ABBA music and other tunes mixed by two of Detroit’s favorite DJs – Ray G of Detroit and MMK of South Beach. Included in the evening will be other entertainment, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar featuring specialty ABBA drinks.

Tickets to only the Ultimate Dance Party are $15 at the door.  Individual Arrival concert ticket prices vary.

Combination concert/Ultimate Dance Party tickets offer special benefits.  VIP tickets are $100 and include premium front section concert seating, an opportunity to meet the performers, Ultimate Dance Party admission, and two drink tickets.

This event is presented by the Dearborn Community Fund with support from Ultimate Dance Party sponsors Byblos Banquets, Encore Catering, and Park Place Banquets and Catering. Proceeds will benefit several non-profit organizations that serve the Dearborn area including the Dearborn Community Fund, Dearborn Symphony Orchestra, Dearborn Chamber of Commerce, AAUW-Dearborn and the Dearborn Area Theatre Association.

The Center, located at 15801 Michigan at Greenfield, is fully accessible and offers free parking.

The Arrival ABBA Concert and Ultimate Dance Party fundraiser is coordinated by the non-profit Dearborn Community Fund (DCF). The organization provides resources to support arts, cultural and recreational projects that impact the citizens of Dearborn.  It is funded entirely through generous contributions from individuals, businesses, sponsors and fundraising activities.

For tickets or more information, call The Center box office at 313-943-2354.

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Tribute to ABBA Concert and Dearborn Dance Party Feb. 11

DEARBORN, Michigan – If you enjoy the music of ABBA, the popular Swedish group from the 1970s, you’ll want to mark February 11 on your calendar.

Dearborn’s Ford Community & Performing Arts Center will present “The Music of ABBA,” featuring the Swedish group Arrival, beginning at 8 p.m. in the Michael A. Guido Theater, followed by an ABBA Dance Party in the Hubbard Ballroom until 1 a.m.

Arrival, which has exclusive world-wide rights to recreate the ABBA sound and style, will perform all your favorite ABBA tunes, including “Dancing Queen,” “Mamma Mia,” “Take A Chance on Me” and “Fernando.”

The after-concert dance party will feature a DJ playing top 40 selections, an amazing light show, a cash bar and complimentary hors d’oeuvres.

Tickets for both events begin at $60.

Tickets for the concert only are priced at $29-$59, while tickets for the dance party only are priced at $25.

Tickets are available online at www.dearborntheater.com and at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center box office, which is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

For further information, call the box office at 313-943-2354.

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Dearborn Community Fund To Host Groovy Fundraiser

DEARBORN, Michigan – The Dearborn Community Fund  (DCF) will host a rocking evening on Saturday, Feb. 11, featuring the music of ABBA performed by the Swedish group Arrival in a dynamic concert at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center (The Center) followed by the Ultimate Dance Party. The event will benefit the DCF and other participating non-profit organizations that serve the Dearborn area.

Arrival - ABBA - music Arrival’s performance in the Michael A. Guido Theater begins at 8 p.m. and includes some of the most upbeat, feel good sounds of the 70’s including classic ABBA hits featured in both the musical and movie “Mama Mia.” You know them all – “Dancing Queen,” “Take a Chance on Me,” “Knowing Me, Knowing You” and more! Arrival is the only group sanctioned by ABBA to perform their classic hits.

Immediately following the performance, the season’s Ultimate Dance Party, open to those 21 and over, kicks off at 10 p.m. in The Center’s Hubbard Ballroom. Under a spectacular light display, party goers will groove to more ABBA music and other tunes mixed by two of Detroit’s favorite DJs – Ray G of Detroit and MMK of South Beach. Included in the evening will be other entertainment, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar featuring specialty ABBA drinks.

Combination concert/Ultimate Dance Party tickets offer special benefits. VIP tickets are $100 and include premium front section concert seating, an opportunity to meet the performers, Ultimate Dance Party admission, and two drink tickets.

A $60 combination concert and Ultimate Dance Party ticket includes main floor concert seating.

Tickets to only the Ultimate Dance Party are $25. Individual Arrival concert ticket prices vary.

The Center, located at 15801 Michigan at Greenfield, is fully accessible and offers free parking.

The Arrival ABBA Concert and Ultimate Dance Party fundraiser is coordinated by the non-profit Dearborn Community Fund (DCF). The organization provides resources to support arts, cultural and recreational projects that impact the citizens of Dearborn. It is funded entirely through generous contributions from individuals, businesses, sponsors and fundraising activities.

For tickets or more information, call The Center box office at 313-943-2354.

Dearborn Choirs Present Christmas Concert – Dec. 10

DEARBORN, Michigan – Dearborn Community Chorus, directed by Marcus LaPratt, and Vanguard Voices, directed by G. Kevin Dewey, will present the Dearborn Holiday Choral Festival on Saturday, December 10, 7 p.m. in the Michael A. Guido Theater at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Avenue.

Dearborn Community Chorus will perform The Holly and the Ivy (Rutter), Sure on This Shining Night (Lauridsen), Hodie Christus Natus Est (Poulenc), Winter Cantabile (Eccard) and Winter Sleigh Ride (Henderson). Vanguard Voices will perform Magnificat (Vivaldi, with chamber orchestra), O Nata Lux (Forbes) and Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind (Crandell).

Vanguard Holiday Concert

The choirs will combine to sing Christmas Oratorio by Camille Saint-Saëns, accompanied by a chamber orchestra. The evening will end with the choirs and audience singing the Hallelujah Chorus by George F. Handel — a perpetual world wide favorite of  young and old,  and popular choice of  mall singing flash mobs.

The kingdom of this world is become the kingdom of our Lord, and of His Christ. And He shall reign for ever and ever, King of kings forever and ever, Hallelujah, Hallelujah; and He shall reign, and He shall reign, and He shall reign forever and ever, King of kings, forever and ever, and Lord of lords – Hallelujah, Hallelujah, and he shall reign forever and ever.  ~ lyrics from the Hallelujah Chorus ~  Rev. 11:15

Audience members will be treated to pre-concert music in the lobby from 6:15-6:45 p.m., and are invited to a punch and cookies reception immediately following the concert. Reserved tickets, priced at $15, $12, and $8, are available at The Center’s box office, which is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (313-943-2354)

Dearborn Community Chorus and Vanguard Voices are both sponsored by the Dearborn Recreation and Parks Department.

Dearborn Symphony Celebrates 50th Season

 DEARBORN, Michigan – The Dearborn Symphony Golden Anniversay season opens with an inspiring concert on Friday, September 23, 2011.  Kypros Markou, Music Director and Conductor for the Dearborn Symphony provided a preview of the season opening night in a recent Youtube video. (See below).

Copland’s stirringFanfare for the Common Man and Beethoven’s bright and dynamicFidelio Overture provide a forceful prelude to Beethoven’s magnificent 9th Symphony. His triumphant celebration of the human spirit features the timeless melody Ode to Joy.

The combined forces of orchestra,Vanguard Grand Chorus, and four spectacular vocalists set the stage for an unforgettable season of celebration! Please join us before the concert for a special dinner catered by OPUS ONE. Experience a rare opportunity to enjoy dinner in Dearborn’s 19th District Courthouse with its beautiful mural Justice is Blind in the reception rotunda and expansive views of the courtyard.

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Dearborn Symphony Begins 50th Season

DEARBORN, MI – Ode to Joy! The Dearborn Symphony Golden Anniversay season opens with an inspiring concert. Copland’s stirring Fanfare for the Common Man and Beethoven’s bright and dynamic Fidelio Overture provide a forceful prelude to Beethoven’s magnificent 9th Symphony. His triumphant celebration of the human spirit features the timeless melody Ode to Joy.

The combined forces of orchestra,Vanguard Grand Chorus, and four spectacular vocalists set the stage for an unforgettable season of celebration! Please join us before the concert for a special dinner catered by OPUS ONE. Experience a rare opportunity to enjoy dinner in Dearborn’s 19th District Courthouse with its beautiful mural Justice is Blind in the reception rotunda and expansive views of the courtyard.

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Steve King and Dittilies Wrap Up at Camp Dearborn

DEARBORN, Michigan – Steve King and the Dittilies will help campers rock ‘n roll through the last official weekend of the season at Camp Dearborn. The band will perform Sunday evening at the ever popular Canteen Dance.

The official camping season traditionally ends with an end of summer bash. The band will play Sunday, Sept. 4 from 8 till 11 p.m. Tent and cabin reservations are expected to be fully booked.

Steve King and the Dittilies

Steve King and the Dittilies

A favorite camping destination for many in southeast Michigan, Camp Dearborn wraps up another busy season with the Labor Day weekend crowd. Tents and cabins in Tent Village have been filled since mid-June. The camp office maintained a waiting list for much of the summer.

Camp Dearborn runs its full activity season from mid-June through Labor Day each year. Camping with limited activity is available as early as May 1 and runs through October.

In addition to the permanent camping units of Tent Village, Camp Dearborn offers 191 temporary sites for those with their own equipment. Temporary sites are either full hook-up or electric only and can be reserved by calling either of the Camp offices: Dearborn Recreation Department at 313-943-2350 or Milford Camp Office at 248-684-6000.

Besides the popular camping locations, Camp Dearborn offers acres of picnic areas equipped with tables and grills alongside a beautiful half-mile beach and swimming lake. The Camp is open to the public daily, 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. The Canteen, a family eatery, is open daily from 4 to 10 p.m. with special Labor Day hours beginning at 10:30 a.m. and continuing through the early evening.

Admission at the gate is $4 per car for residents of Dearborn or Milford, and $6 per car for all others.

The City of Dearborn anticipates another full camping season in 2012 as the Camp offices take reservations from this year’s campers. Campers from the 2011 season have until Monday, Sept.12, to re-register for the same tent and week they occupied this season.

Monday, Sept.19, Camp offices will begin taking new reservations for residents of Dearborn and Milford. Remaining campsites will be open to the public beginning November 1.

Season passes are available for frequent visitors at the rate of $25 for residents of Dearborn or Milford and $35 for the general public.

More information about Camp Dearborn and scheduled events can be found at www.campdearborn.com, or by calling either of the Camp offices.

Paul Squared at 4thFridays August 26th

DEARBORN, Michigan – After a hiatus in July, 4thFridays is lining up new artists, roasting fresh coffee flavors, and welcoming new members to the Friday night coffeehouse community.

Special guests this month include jazz guitarist and vocalist Paul Dozier and classical guitarist Paul McKenzie. As usual Rufus Harris and band will spice up the the musical flavor of the night.

Paul Dozier

Paul Dozier

Paul Dozier is a passionate and talented singer, songwriter, producer and musician. Paul plays multiple instruments and his style can be described as fresh and jazzy.

Paul began to play when he was just six years young. Even at six, Paul was oft described as “The Little Ball of Fire” because of his “explosive persona”. Paul continued to learn, play, and perform throughout his childhood. At fifteen, Paul began exploring jazz music. Paul had the opportunity to play with Al (Tootie) Heath of the famous Heath Brothers.

Over the years, Paul formed his own band called The Brothers in Christ. The band recorded two albums for New Dawn Records and received national and international recognition.

In 2001, Paul released his first solo album called “On a Glorious Journey”. The album procured him a major distribution deal with Orpheus/EMI Records, which has opened many doors and opportunities for Paul.

Paul McKenzie

Paul McKenzie

Paul McKenzie has nurtured a love for music since he was eight. His mother, a self taught musician, loved singing and playing the piano. She encouraged Paul to learn and truly planted a love for music deep inside his young mind.

When The Beatles came into being, Paul’s interest in music grew. The harmonies and flow of The Beatles, Herman’s Hermits, The Beach Boys and The Zombies inspired Paul. Influenced, also, by Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, and The Doors, Paul soon began playing the guitar.

As Paul grew up, his appetite for music expanded. He added artists such as Phil Keaggy, Larry Norman, Rhonda Hanson, Michael W. Smith, and Newsboys to his palate.

Paul is eclectic, focused and passionate. Most recently, he has particularly enjoyed putting Scripture to music. He believes music can bring healing to hurting souls.

Rufus Harris is executive director of the CAMP, and the catalyst for 4thFridays. His music is always well received at 4thFridays, as he’s been humbled and privileged to share his music multiple times before. Rufus enjoys giving of his time by visiting prisons and nursing homes. He constantly brings encouragement through his music.

Doors open at 8pm and the show starts at 8:30pm. Admission is $10 at the door. The coffee flavor of the month will be Orange Creamsicle.

4thFridays is held in Studio A at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center in Dearborn located at 15801 Michigan Avenue.