SGLS season will open with renowned violinist

The Southern Great Lakes Symphony will open its concert season Nov. 15 with renowned violinist Jorja Fleezanis as soloist in works by Bach and Chausson in a program titled “Strings & Things.”

       The concert will take place at 3 p.m. in the Flat Rock High School Community Auditorium, 28100 Aspen Drive, off Gibraltar Road.

       Fleezanis, former concertmaster of the Minnesota Orchestra for 20 years, is currently professor of music at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

       She was the longest-tenured concertmaster in the history of the orchestra and only the second woman in the United States to be concertmaster of a major orchestra.

       The daughter of Greek immigrants, she grew up in Detroit and studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Cincinnati Conservatory before becoming a member of the Chicago Symphony, concertmaster of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra and associate concertmaster of the San Francisco Symphony. 

       The program also will include Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf,” to be narrated by Glenn Miller.

       Tickets, $25 (octogenarian, $10; centenarians and students with an adult, free), and more information are available by calling (734) 246-2890 or going to

 Jacobs to offer ideas for table
Designer Leslie Jacobs will offer ideas for setting an Italian-themed table with pottery, pasta, fruit and vegetables Nov. 16 at a Ritz-Carlton cooking class titled “Roman Holiday: Italian Favorites.”

The class, part of the “Cooking with Style” series, will be taught by Ken Lincoln and Erle Webber.

        Participants will be served dinner with wine after the class, which will take place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the hotel kitchen. The cost is $120; Guests can join the group for dinner only for $75.

Reservations (necessary) are available by calling Jacobs at (248) 646-4517 or going to or calling Colin Berens, (313) 253-4357 (

 Holiday buffet set by HFCC
The Henry Ford Community College Hospitality Studies Department has scheduled its annual holiday buffet for Nov. 18 at the Culinary Arts and Student Center, 5101 Evergreen, Dearborn.

       Seating will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. The cost is $14 per person, and reservations are recommended. The number to call is (313) 206-5101.

 The meal will start with wild mushroom soup and include roast turkey, ham with cherry sauce and carved beef. Among the accompaniments will be fall vegetables and an assortment of salads. Desserts will include pumpkin pie.

Save the date . . .
Nov. 25 — Hob Nobble Gobble, The Parade Company’s 20th annual black-tie fund-raiser for America’s Thanksgiving Parade; 6:30 p.m. at the Michigan State Fairgrounds; food, carnival rides, games and live entertainment by Danny Gokey, Bethenny Frankel, Evan Kasprzak, Ryan Kasprzak and Shirock; for tickets, $350 (children 6 and under, $200), call (313) 923-7400, Ext. 244.

  Nov. 26 — The Parade Company’s annual Mashed Potato Mile (for kids and seniors), 7:30 a.m.; 10K Turkey Trot, 8 a.m.; and 5K Stuffing Strut, also 8 a.m.; to register and for details, go to or call the Parade Company hotline, (313) 247-4149.

  Nov. 26 —America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, featuring more than 60 units, including floats, balloons, marching bands, clowns and specialty acts; step off at 9:20 a.m. at Woodward Avenue and Mack, ending at Woodward and Congress.