Concert packages reduced by SGLS

Special reductions in ticket prices for the 2009-10 concert season of the Southern Great Lakes Symphony will be music to the ears of seniors.

          The SGLS is offering senior subscribers tickets for four concerts for $75 (the usual cost of  three). General admission for all concertgoers will be $25.

Those 80 and older, however, will be admitted for $10, and those 100 or older will be admitted free.

Also admitted without charge will be students with valid school ID or accompanied by an adult.

Other packages are priced at $125 and $90. For addition information, call (734) 246-2890. 

The season will kick off Nov. 6 at a dinner with U.S. Rep. John D. Dingell Jr. in the Flat Rock Community Center, One McGuire St.

Dingell has called the symphony “the cultural jewel of the Downriver community.”

The first concert of the season will take place Nov. 15 at the Flat Rock High School Community Auditorium and feature violinist Jorja Fleezanis, former concertmaster of the Minnesota Orchestra.

The remaining concerts are scheduled for Dec. 19 at St. James Episcopal Church, Grosse Ile; and Feb. 21 and April 18 at the Flat Rock High School auditorium.


DYPAC plans

play auditions


The Downriver Youth Performing Arts Center will conduct auditions for “A Christmas Carol” from 3 to 5 p.m. Aug. 30 and 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 31 at the Trenton Village Theatre, 22447 W. Jefferson.

          Young people aged 5 to 19 (as of the audition date) are being sought for a cast of approximately 45. According to a spokesman for the theater group, participants should be prepared to sing, dance and read. The play will be staged Dec. 4, 5, 6, 11 and 12 at the Village Theatre. For more information, go to or call (734) 283-4724.


Save the date . . .


        Aug. 20 — Talk by native Detroit artist Mark Arminski, 7 p.m. in the Henry Ford Museum; Arminski will discuss his collection of vintage rock posters, part of “Rewind” series marking The Henry Ford’s “Rock Stars’ Cars & Guitars 2” exhibit; the program is only for those 18 and older; a cash bar will be available; tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door; for more information, call (313) 982-6001 or go to


          Aug. 20 — “Motown in the Courtyard” series concert featuring the Kimmie Horn Show; 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Ritz-Carlton;  performance  and parking are free; food (small plates) and beverages will be available for purchase; reservations are not required; for more information, call (313) 441-2100.


          Sept. 4-7 — Arts, Beats & Eats, Festival of Hope, in downtown Pontiac, featuring 50 restaurants, 200 music performers and 155 art exhibitors; $2 donation for admission; for more information, go to or call (248) 334-4600.


          Sept. 20 — Fun Run for animal lovers (“5K for K9s”), to be sponsored by the Friends for the Dearborn Animal Shelter and GoodBoy Events; 9 a.m. at Camp Dearborn in Milford;  a 1-mile Kids’ Race will begin at 9:05; registration will begin  at  7:30 a.m.; a picnic will follow the race; registration for  the Fun Run is $25 ($30 after Sept. 18);  for Kids’ Race, $20 ($25 after  Sept. 18);  proceeds will benefit the Dearborn Animal Shelter; for more information or to register on line, go to or


          Sept. 21 — Downriver Council for the Arts’ 21st annual Salute to Excellence; 1800s-themed dinner at 6:30 p.m. at the Trenton Hotel Grill, with awards ceremony and afterglow to follow at the Trenton Village Theatre; for reservations or more information, e-mail or call (734) 720-0671.


          Oct. 3 — So You Think You Can Dance Tour show; 7:30 p.m. at Joe Louis Arena; contestant Evan Kasprzak is a native of West Bloomfield; tickets, $38.50, $48.50 and $56, are available at  Joe Louis Arena, the Fox Theatre box office, all TicketMaster locations and;  to charge by phone, call (800) 745-3000; for more information, call (313) 471-6611.