Jazz flutist, keyboardist to appear at Trenton Theatre

Photo by John Secoges
Jazz flutist Alexander Zonjic (top) and his band will perform in concert with internationally recognized jazz keyboard artist Keiko Matsui April 21 at the Trenton Village Theatre. Matsui, who is known for her unique compositions, has appeared with such well-known musicians as Stevie Wonder and Miles Davis.

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By Evelyn Cairns
Jazz flutist Alexander Zonjic and his band will appear in concert with guest keyboard jazz star Keiko Matsui at 7:30 p.m. April 21 at the Trenton Village Theatre, 2447 W. Jefferson.

Matsui, who is known for styles ranging from elegant piano melodies and gentle jazz to hard-driving funk, has developed an international following for her unique compositions, which combine world music, new age and jazz fusion.

She has been on stage with such well-known musicians as Stevie Wonder, Miles Davis, Hugh Masakela and Bob James. Her newest album is “The Road.”

Zonjic, who has appeared with musicians including Kenny G. and Jeff Lorber, as well as Matsui, is the host of the syndicated radio show “Alexander Zonjic from A to Z,” which airs on Canadian radio and the WVMV HD2 Channel.

The flutist, who performs some 100 concerts a year, is the creative director for four summer music festivals in the Detroit-Windsor area. He won the 2010 Album of the Year and Broadcaster of the Year honors in the Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards.

For concert tickets, $25, call 313-964-5050. For additional information, go to www.dypac.com.

Trivia fans are sought
Trivia enthusiasts are being sought by the Detroit Historical Society to compete in Detroit trivia contests on April 3, May 1 and June 5.

The competitions, for teams of three to five people, will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Hard Rock Café, 45 Monroe.

A $10 suggested donation, earmarked for the Historical Society, will be accepted at the door. Prizes will include Hard Rock Café gift cards. The proceeds will fund new and expanded exhibits, technology up-grades and educational offerings at the Detroit Historical Museum, Dossin Great Lakes Museum and the Detroit Historical Society Collection.

Players can register at www.detroithistorical.org or at the door.

Vanderbilt talk slated
Michael Farrell, a professor of history, will give the second in a series of lectures on Great American Collectors at 7 p. m. April 10 at the James R. DeSana Center for Arts & Culture, 81 Chestnut. Wyandotte.

The Vanderbilts, a family that raised the bar for Gilded Age conspicuous consumption, will be the subject of the illustrated talk, which is being sponsored by the Downriver Council for the Arts.

Farrell has taught art history at the University of Windsor since 1968 and founded its Honors Art History Program. In addition, he was adjunct curator at the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Detroit Historical Museum.

The cost for the lecture is $15 ($10, DCA members; $5, students). To register, call 734-720-0671.

College sets fundraiser
Henry Ford Community College Culinary Arts Department has slated its annual Courses VI student scholarship dinner for 6 p.m. April 11 at the college’s Fifty-One O One restaurant.

The menu will feature French classics including bouillabaisse, duet of beef, forest mushroom ragout and a hazelnut dessert. Beer and wine will be avail-able for purchase.

Tickets are $45 ($30 is a tax-deductible donation to the HFCC Hospitality Scholarship Fund).

For additional information or reservations, call 313-845-9620. For credit-card purchases, go to www.my.hfcc.edu/regForms/donation.asp.

Save the date . . .
April 13-21 — Flea market sponsored by the Wyandotte Lions Club; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Yack Arena, 3131 Third St.; more than 100 booths will offer antiques, collectibles and art; a concession stand will be available for refreshments; the admission fee is $2.

April 13 — Opera, Beethoven’s “Fidelio” (in German with English translation); at the Detroit Opera House, 1526 Broadway; for tickets and additional information, go to www.MichiganOpera.org or call 313-237-SING.