SGLS announces names of concerto contest finalists

By Evelyn Cairns
The Southern Great Lakes Symphony has announced the names of the 12 finalists who have been chosen to participate in the first SGLS Concerto Competition on Jan. 25.

The contest, which replaces the SGLS Downriver Idol competition, is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Grosse Ile Presbyterian Church. The winner, or winners, will be featured in SGLS concerts next season.

Among the contestants is Alexis Czakja of Riverview, who will perform a concerto on the flute.

Other contestants and the instruments they will play are Akira Kaku of Ann Arbor, piano; Shantanique Moore of Redford, flute; Jason Tanksley of Eastpoint, tuba; and Michelle Lo of Rochester, violin.

More are Samantha Tartamella, of Oakland Township, flute; Bernhard Kirchner of Northville, tuba; and Sam and Kassia Martin of Hazel Park, flute and clarinet duet.

Additional contestants are Shao-Hsun Chang of Baltimore, violin; Maria Bessmeltseva of Bowling Green, Ohio, violin; Se Eun Oh, of Boston, violin; and Elise Roy of Bowling Green, flute.

Tickets for the competition, $5, are available by calling 734-246-2890. The church is at 7925 Horsemill Road and Parke Lane.

Revere works will be shown
A teapot and sugar basket made by Paul Revere, patriot and master Boston silversmith, in the approximate 1790s and 1750s, respectively, will be among 59 examples of early American silver on display beginning Thurs-day at the Detroit Institute of Arts.

The collection has not been on view for 10 years owing to its storage, which began with the renovation of the museum’s historic 1927 building housing the pieces.

On Wednesday, the DIA auxiliary Associates of the American Wing will celebrate the reinstallation of the exhibit with a talk by Gerry Ward on the role of silver in American Art Life.

There is no charge to Wayne County residents for the talk or DIA admission. For information about a dinner to be served following the talk, call Rachael Goodwin at 313-833-4025 or email

Painting project will be subject
Do you remember Paint-By-Numbers?

The co-creator of the popular do-it-yourself project of the 1950s, Dan Robbins, a former graphic designer, will be the speaker at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Detroit Historical Museum’s Scholar Series.

Robins also is the author of a book titled “Whatever Happened to Paint-By-Numbers?” which he will discuss at the program.

Introduced in 1951 at the New York Toy Show, the do-it-yourself product became so popular that by 1954, $80 million worth of the Paint-By-Number sets had been sold, with 60 artists developing new subjects and 800 total employees producing more that 50,000 sets a day.

The company has been renamed Craft Master is now based in Toledo.

There is no charge for admission to the museum. The Scholar Series is free to Historical Society members and $10 for guests. For more information or reservations, call 313-833-1801.

The museum is at 5401 Woodward, corner of Kirby. Parking is $5.

Save the date . . .
Jan. 19 — Dance performance, “Red, Hot and Blue,” by the Eisenhower Dance Ensemble; 7:30 p.m. at the Detroit Opera House, 1526 Broadway; for tickets, call 313-237SING or go to

Feb. 2 — Hungarian Arts Club’s annual White Rose Ball, featuring the introduction of debutants and the presentation of an arts scholarship; 7 p.m. at the Dearborn Inn; tickets, $65, are available by calling Jana Johnson at 734-459-5253 or emailing Hungarian