SGLS announces Concerto Competitionwith solo prize

By Evelyn Cairns
The Southern Great Lakes Symphony is offering instrumentalists the opportunity to solo with the orchestra as the prize in its first Concerto Competition.

According to a spokesman for the orchestra, the contest is open to players of all instruments and ages, including students and teachers. They can perform any movement from a standard concerto or concert piece for which orchestral accompaniment is available, the spokesman said.

An application form, along with a resume, taped recording or video and a non-refundable $25 fee, must be submitted to no later than Dec. 10.

Accompaniment for the taped audition is not necessary; however, live accompaniment will be required at the semifinal and final rounds, the spokesman said. He added that the SGLS staff will be available to accompany those who do not have access to accompanists.

Those selected to advance to live auditions will be notified by telephone or e-mail before Dec. 17, the spokesman said, adding that they must be available for live auditions on Jan. 11 and 25.

The spokesman said that, in an ongoing effort to promote the arts, the SGLS is encouraging musicians to create and post their audition videos on You Tube and will share the link on the SGLS website and Facebook page.

For additional information about the competition, go to or e-mail

Chamber slates annual Salute
Some 500 business professionals and community leaders and their friends are expected to attend the Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber’s 45th annual Salute to Government Officials from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Dec. 6 at the PNC Bank, 16333 Trenton Road, Southgate.

Tickets are $30. Buffet stations will offer a wide variety of hors d’oeuvres and desserts from The Rhapsody restaurant.

The Farbman Group will host the event with PNC Bank as presenting sponsor and Comcast as sponsor. Raffle tickets will be sold for a sleigh of cheer donated by Jerry’s Market. For tickets or additional information, call 734-284-6000 or go to

Former Tiger to be speaker
Former Detroit Tiger Frank Tanana will be the speaker for the 25th annual Downriver Community Prayer Breakfast Dec. 7 at Crystal Gardens.

A buffet breakfast will be served beginning at 7 a.m. The program will start at 8 a.m. and end at 9:30 a.m.

Tanana, who pitched for the Tigers from 1985 to 1992, attended Catholic Central High School in Detroit and started his career with the California Angels. He began a Christian Ministry midway through his career, which ended with the New York Yankees. Tanana was inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame in 2006.

Tickets for the breakfast, $15, are available by send-ing a check tor $15 to Bovitz CPA, 1651 Kingsway Court, Box 445, Trenton, MI, 48183.

Crystal Gardens is located at 16703 Fort St., Southgate.

Coming up . . .
Dec. 6 — Downriver Community Voices benefit “Sing-n-Eat”; 7 p.m. at the Grosse Ile Golf & Country Club; dinner, auction, raffle and sing-along; for tickets, $35, or more information, call 313-575-0642.