‘Requiem’ to be dedicated to tsunami victims

By Evelyn Cairns
A performance of the “Requiem,” by English composer John Rutter, during the Southern Great Lakes Symphony’s final concert of the season on April 3 will be dedicated to those lost in the recent tragedy in Japan.

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

The “Requiem” will feature soprano Nicole Greenidge as soloist and the Downriver Community Voices, directed by Aaron Kaleniecki.

Stacey Mason, winner of the 2010 SGLS Downriver Idol contest, also will be featured during the concert in a selection of songs for soprano and orchestra titled “Songs of the Auwergne.”

Greenidge, who received master’s and specialist degrees in voice at the University of Michigan, recently performed in concerts with the Walla Walla Symphony and Oakland University and will be featured as a young artist with the Victoria Bach Festival in June.

She was the second-place winner in the National Bel Canto Vocal Foundation Competition in 2009 and a Michigan District winner of the 2011 Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions.

The Downriver Community Voices was established in 2007 to offer singers in the local communities an opportunity to perform in choral venues.

Mason, who received a bachelor of musical arts in violin performance and communication at the University of Michigan, is a studio musician and a violinist with orchestral groups throughout metro Detroit. She was a vocal soloist with the Livonia Symphony and the Downriver Community Voices and opened for Jay Leno at the 100th anniversary celebration of the “Automobile in Detroit.”

Tickets for the concert, $25, are available by calling (734) 246-2890 or visiting www.sgls.org.

Concert set at Fair Lane
A concert described as “the blending of culture, the sharing of friendship and the joy of exploring the roots of American music” will be presented by the Fair Lane Music Guild at 7:30 p.m. April 6 at the Henry Ford Estate – Fair Lane.

Titled “Music That Matters,” the concert will feature Robert Jones and Matt Watroba, who will perform blues and folk music.

The concert is being sponsored by the University of Michigan Credit Union and funded in part by the Michigan Council for the Arts and the Michigan Humanities Council.

Café seating will be offered, and dessert will be served. Service will begin a half hour before the performance.

Tickets, $15 per person ($14, senior citizens; $9, students), are available by calling (313) 593-5330 or going to www.umich.edu/fair_lane_music_guild.

1940s revue is scheduled
Fans of the songs and sounds of the 1940s won’t want to miss the musical revue “In the Mood” at 8 p.m. April 7 at the Heinz C. Prechter Educational and Performing Arts Center of Wayne County Community College Downriver, 21000 Northline Road, Taylor.

The revue will include the music of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Harry James, the Andrew Sisters and Frank Sinatra, among other legendary entertainers.

The In the Mood Singers and Dancers, a company of 19 in authentic costumes, will take the stage with the String of Pearls Big Band Orchestra to create a retro look at what is considered the life and time of America’s greatest generation.

“This was a time like no other in our nation’s history, a time when music moved the nation’s spirit and helped win a war,” a spokesman for the college said.

Tickets, $33, are available by calling the college box office at (734) 374-3200.

Save the date . . .
April 1 — Chauladevi Institute of Dance & Yoga performance of “Divinity Bhakti in Basant”; 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.) at the Village Theatre at Cherry Hill, 50400 Cherry Hill Road, Canton; for tickets ($15, $25 and $45; children; 10 and younger, $10), call (248) 661-3580.

April 1 — Charity preview of the documentary “Building on Faith: The Historic Churches of Detroit”; 6 p.m. at the Detroit Historical Museum, 5401 Woodward; benefit for the Detroit Historical Society’s Historic House of Worship tour program; refreshments, appetizers, dessert; tickets, $20, are available by calling (313) 833-1801 or going to www.detroithistorical.org.