San Francisco artists will perform in holiday classic

Photo courtesy of Ballet Americana. Ballet Americana will present the holiday classic “The Nutcracker” Dec. 2 and 3 at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave. in Dearborn, with guest artists from San Francisco and New York City.

Photo courtesy of Ballet Americana. Ballet Americana will present the holiday classic “The Nutcracker” Dec. 2 and 3 at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave. in Dearborn, with guest artists from San Francisco and New York City.

Guest artists Vanessa Zahorian and Anthony Spauding of the San Francisco Ballet will appear in the Ballet Americana of Taylor’s annual production of the “The Nutcracker” Dec. 2 and 3 at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center in Dearborn.

Zahorian, principal dancer with the company, and Spaulding, first soloist, will perform the roles of The Sugar Plum Fairy and The Prince. Curtain times are 8 p.m. Dec. 2 and, 1 and 7 p.m. Dec. 3.

New York City dancer Brian Grant will enact the rickshaw character in the “Chinese” segment of the holiday classic and also appear in the “Waltz of the Flowers.”

Performing as Clara will be Liliana Lorenz of Allen Park. Also taking the stage will be MacKenzie Philips of Taylor as Mother Ginger, with Matthew Niemiec of California as her partner.

Assuming the role of The Nutcracker will be Mac Lorenz of Ann Arbor. Also participating will be Karenna Ratze of Farmington Hills and Brent Petrick of Southgate. Kenneth Thompson will conduct the Detroit Symphony Civic Orchestra for the performance. Patricia Squire Lorenz and Leif Lorenz are artistic directors of Ballet Americana.

Tickets, $20 to $36, are available at the Ford Center, 15801 Michigan Ave.; online at www.dearborntheater.com; or by calling 313-943-2354.

Choral group concert slated

“Christmas Remembered” is the theme of a holiday concert planned for 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2 and 3 at the Flat Rock Community Auditorium by the Seaway Chorale & Orchestra.

The performance will take the audience down memory lane while celebrating the 40th anniversary of the organization, which is directed by Anthony Lai with Audra Bass as accompanist.

Among the favorites to be performed are “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” “Carol of the Bells,” and “Winter Wonderland.”

The women in the chorale will combine their voices in “Merry Christmas, Darlin’,” for which the Carpenters were well known, and the men will render the Bing Crosby hit “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.”

In addition, the group’s youth choir, Voices of the Young, will be joined by Collen Herman, who assists director Lai, in singing “Christmastime.” Herman has been a member of the chorale since 1981, when she was 8 years old.

For tickets — $10 presale; $12 at the door; and $6, children — call 734-675-2459 or 734-675-3548, or order online from showtix4u.com. For more information, go to wwwseawaychorale.org.

The auditorium is in Flat Rock High School, 25600 Seneca.

Coming up . . .

Dec. 2 — Opening reception for the Downriver Council for the Arts “Artic Blast” exhibit; 6 p.m. in the main gallery at the James R. DeSana Center for Arts & Culture, 81 Chestnut, Wyandotte; no charge; visitors are welcome to bring their own refreshments to share, a DCA spokeswoman said.

Dec. 2-30 — Weekends, celebration of Holiday Nights at Greenfield Village; costumed presenters, horse-drawn wagon and Model-T rides, carolers, visit by Santa Claus, fireworks and more; tickets, $26, adults; $23.50, seniors; $19.50, youths; children 2 and under, free; for more information, go to www.thehenryford.org.

Dec. 3 — Downriver Arts & Crafts Holiday Show and Sale; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Wayne County Community College District Downriver Campus, Heinz C. Prechter Community Arts & Learning Center concourse area; fine art, engravings, sculpture, designer clothing, handmade jewelry and more; artists will conduct demonstration; no charge; for more information, contact Maureen Cassidy Keast at 734-777-6109 or mkeast1@aol.com, or Coleen Wilson at colleen@cwilsonstudio.com.

Dec. 3 — National Kidney Foundation of Michigan annual ball, 6 p.m. at the MotorCity Casino-Hotel; tickets, $250, are available at the National Kidney Foundation, www.nkfm.org/kidney or 800-482-1455; Dearborn businessman Patrick Rugiero, executive director of Roman Village Restaurant Group, is chairman.

Dec. 3, 4 — “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical,” at the Fox Theatre; tickets, $25, $37, $45 and $60, are available at all Ticketmaster locations and www.ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000; for more information, call 313-471-6611.