Seaway concert to feature songs from popular movies

going-placescSongs from the most popular Christmas movies through the years will be featured in Seaway Chorale and Orchestra’s holiday concert Dec. 7 and 8 at the Flat Rock Community Auditorium.

The performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. under the direction of Anthony Lai. The auditorium is in Flat Rock High School, 25600 Seneca.

Medleys will be included from “Home Alone,” “The Polar Express,” “A Cartoon Christmas” and the ever-popular “White Christmas.”

The women of the chorale will sing “All I want for Christmas Is You,” by Mariah Carey, and the men will perform “The Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth,” popularized by Bing Crosby and David Bowie in 1977, when Crosby invited Bowie to appear on his television show.

The Seaway Ensemble will present “Hot Chocolate,” from “The Polar Express,” and “Christmas Time Is Here” before being joined by the audience in “Welcome Christmas,” with lyrics by Dr. Suess, and “Where Are You Christmas?” and “My Christmas Tree.” Audra Bass will accompany the vocalists.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door (students 6 through college-age, $6). Unpaid will-call tickets not collected by 7:15 p.m. each days will be released for sale to the public, a concert spokesperson said.

Tickets are available from chorale members by calling 734-671-5530 or 734-675-2459, or by going to, calling 866-967-8167, or going to the Seaway website,
Information about the organization’s spring auditions for adults and youths is available from Edie Raleigh at 734-671-5530.

Holiday tour is scheduled

The Springwells National Historic District will be showcased Dec. 9 when eight Dearborn homes will be open to the public for the 2018 Holiday Home Tour.

The event will benefit the Friends of the Dearborn Symphony (formerly known as Women’s Association for the Dearborn Orchestral Society) Youth Scholarships and the Springwells Park Association, which was developed by Edsel Ford in 1939.

Tickets, $20 in advance or $25 on the day of tour, and additional information are available by calling the symphony office at 313-565-2424.

Registration on the day of the event will be held at the Dearborn Congregational Church, 16350 Rotunda Drive, starting at 1 p.m. Booklets with maps and descriptions of the homes will be provided. Access to the neighborhood is from Rotunda Drive at Eastham Road.

Reception to be held

An opening reception for the Downriver Council for the Arts exhibit “Under the Tree for Under $100! Affordable Art for Holidays” will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 7 at the James R. DeSana Center for Arts & Culture. The exhibit will continue through Jan. 2.

The event will offer music, refreshments and the opportunity to purchase art off the wall. The center is at 81 Chestnut in Wyandotte

Disney play ‘Aladdin’ set

The long-awaited performances of the musical “Aladdin” will begin on Dec. 12 and continue through Jan. 13 at the Detroit Opera House. There will be no performances on Dec. 25.

“Aladdin” debuted to critical acclaim in 2014 and became one of the biggest new blockbusters in recent years, breaking house records and welcoming more than 7 million people worldwide.

The hit Broadway play is adapted from the Academy Award-winning animated Disney film and centuries-old folktales including “One Thousand and One Nights.”

Tickets start at $25 and are available for purchase at or and by phone at 800-982-2787.