Guido Theater offers variety in 2013-14 season

DEARBORN – Performances ranging from local groups to international tours highlight the 2013-14 season at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.dearborntheater.com, at the Ford Center box office or by calling 313-943-2354. Parking is free for all performances.

The complete theater schedule is available at www.dearborntheater.com.

The schedule through March 2014 includes:
“The Nutcracker”: Dec. 6, 8 p.m.; Dec. 7, 1 and 7 p.m. Ballet Americana dances to Tchaikovsky’s traditional magical musical score performed by the Detroit Symphony Civic Orchestra. Snowflakes, sugarplums, a prince, a dreamy young girl, and a magic Christmas tree that grows sky high make this a heartwarming performance for any age. Tickets, $20 to $31.

Dearborn Holiday Choral Festival: Dec. 14, 7 p.m. An evening of holiday music with the Dearborn Community Chorus, Vanguard Voices, Dearborn Symphony Chamber Orchestra, this program features a special concert performance of Steven Errante’s “The Boar’s Head Festival.” Tickets, $11 to $18.

Motor City Brass Band: Dec. 15, 3 p.m. “Sounds of the Season” A wonderful way to welcome the season, this afternoon of brass band music would put even Scrooge in the holiday spirit. Tickets, $15 to 19

Detroit Symphony Orchestra: Jan. 10, 10:45 a.m. Beethoven Piano Concerto. Jeffrey Kahane, conductor and piano. Tickets, $25 at www.dso.org.

“Cinderella”: Jan. 11, 8 p.m. Moscow Festival Ballet. This timeless fairy tale story of a poor wishful girl who goes to the ball and meets her prince charming is a delightful treat for audience members young and old. Tickets, $15 to $39.

Ahmed Ahmed “Next Generation Comedy Tour”: Jan. 18, 8 p.m. Talented comedians Sammy Obeid, K-VON, Eric Schwartz and Raj Sharma share the bond of growing up in immigrant Middle Eastern households as second generation Americans. Their struggles to break the stereotype of becoming a doctor, lawyer or engineer make for an evening of great comedy. Tickets, $25 to 35.

“Saturday Night A-Live” Feb. 1, 7 p.m. dining, 8 p.m. performance. Strolling supper and collage concert fundraiser for the Ford Center’s Michael A. Guido Theater. This evening begins with food samplings from some of the city’s finest caterers. The collage concert features performances by the theater’s partner organizations including the Dearborn Symphony, Vanguard Voices, Dearborn Community Chorus, Dearborn Big Band, Motor City Brass Band, Players Guild of Dearborn and the Dearborn Public Schools Honors Choir. The evening concludes with coffee and desserts prepared by some of Dearborn’s most popular restaurants. Tickets, $25 in advance, $30 at the door.

Dearborn Symphony Orchestra: Feb. 7, 8 p.m. “The French Connection” featuring violinist Yehonatan Berick performing with Dearborn’s award winning symphony orchestra. Tickets, $15 to 30.

Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood, “Two Man Group”: Feb. 14, 8 p.m. America’s favorite stars of the Emmy-nominated “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” have teamed up to present an evening of improvisational comedy. Using their quick wit, Mochrie and Sherwood take contributions from the audience to create hilarious, interactive, original scenes. Their high profile presentations have played to sellout crowds across the country. Tickets, $30 to 49.

Detroit Symphony Orchestra in Concert: Feb. 21, 10:45 a.m. “Divine Dvorak.” Tickets, $25 at www.dso.org.

Irish Rovers, “Farewell To Rovin’”: Feb. 28, 8 p.m. If you’ve been waiting to see this iconic band, wait no longer. These international ambassadors of Irish music make this last appearance in Dearborn as part of their U.S. Farewell Tour. In addition to enjoying memory-making music in the theater, stop into the Ford Center’s “Irish Pub” in adjacent Studio A before or after the show for a pint of your favorite Irish ale or whiskey. Tickets, $35 to $45.

Dearborn Symphony Orchestra’s Annual Pops Concert: March 7, 8 p.m. “Trumpet Invasion!” Rich Ridenour guest conductor and pianist of this fun-filled, up beat concert. The trumpet invades the piano as six-year veteran of Canadian Brass Brandon Ridenour joins his dad to perform such pieces as Mozarts’ “Rondo all Turk,” Guaraldi’s “Linus and Lucy,” “Chopsticks” and even a “Rhapsody in Blue” like you’ve never heard before. Tickets, $15 to $30.

Motor City Brass Band “A Wee Bit O’ Irish”: March 16, 3 p.m. The Motor City Brass Band plays traditional Irish songs in this celebration of Irish music. Tickets, $15 to $19.

The ticket prices listed do not reflect the “Theater Restoration” surcharges of $5 per ticket when purchased through the box office or the $7 per ticket for online purchases.

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