‘Messiah’ fund-raiser set at St. Henry by symphony

By Evelyn Cairns
The Southern Great Lakes Symphony is inviting Downriver singers, choral groups and the public to participate in a Messiah Sing-along Celebration of Handel’s the “Messiah” Jan. 4 at St. Henry Catholic Church in Lincoln Park. The event is a benefit for the symphony.

Participants are encouraged to treat the celebration like a party, a spokesman for the symphony said, suggesting that they don holiday attire, bring their own food and cheer and invite their family members and friends to join them.

Doors will open at 8:30 p.m. Food and cocktails will follow at 9 p.m., and the sing-along at 10 p.m., with symphony members providing accompaniment.

The cost for admission is $10 at the door. Copies of the Messiah will be available for singers, the spokesman said.

For additional information go to www.sgls.org or call 313-575-0642.

St. Henry Catholic Church is at 1358 Council Ave.

Exhibits to end at Art Institute
Two outstanding exhibits at the Detroit Institute of Arts will be closing in January.

The first is “Picasso and Matisse: The DIA’s Prints and Drawings;” which ends on Jan. 6, and the second, “Faberge: The Rise and Fall, The Collection of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts,” closing Jan. 21.

There is no admission charge for the Picasso exhibition, which showcases the artists’ revolutionary achievements that defined much of 20th century art. The story of their stylistic progression and artistic range is revealed through more than 110 prints and drawings, including Matisse’s “The Plumed Hat” and Picasso’s “The Bather by the Sea.”

Tickets for the Faberge exhibit, which includes more than 200 precious items made under the direction of Karl Faberge, are $15, adults, and $8, children. Special rates are available for groups of 15 or more.

The works offer a glimpse of the bygone era of Russian imperial glory. The exhibit also chronicles Faberge’s rise to international fame and the demise of his designer brand, House of Faberge.

Included in the display of six imperial Easter eggs, of which only 50 survive, are the Imperial Tsesarevich Egg of 1912 and the Peter the Great Egg of 1903. Among other items on view are jeweled parasol handles, and a menag-erie of animals carved from semiprecious stones.

For more information, call 313-833-7900 or go to www.dia.org. The museum is now open on Tuesdays.

Save the date . . .
Jan. 10 — Opening reception for an exhibit by photographer Michael Sarnacki of Royal Oak featuring the Sri Lanka Kandy celebration; 6 p.m. at the James R. DeSana Arts and Cultural Center, 81 Chestnut, Wyandotte; no charge; Sarnacki will give a lecture and sign his newest book of photographs of the celebration at 6 p.m. Jan. 31 at the center.

Jan. 10 — Downriver Town Hall lecture by Martha Raddatz, ABC News senior foreign-affairs correspondent; 11 a.m. at Crystal Gardens, 16703 Fort St., Southgate; Raddatz, who was chief White House correspondent dur-ing the George W. Bush administration, has traveled to Iraq and Afghanistan numerous times in the past four years, embedded with members of the United States Armed Forces; for information about the Town Hall Lecture Series and luncheons following the talks, call 734-783-9224.

Jan. 11, 25 — Southern Great Lakes Symphony Downriver Concerto Competition auditions; 7:30 p.m. at the Flat Rock High School Community Auditorium, 25600 Seneca; semifinal auditions will be held on Jan. 11; final-round auditions, Jan. 25; instrumentalists will compete for a prize and an opportunity to solo with the symphony; for ticket prices and additional information, call 734-246-2890 or go to www.sgls.org.