Shorpy Saturday – Open Wide: 1908

By Jeffrey Buck

How many different dentists can you count?

Take a look at the photograph entitled “Open Wide: 1908“:

Open Wide - 1908

Detroit circa 1908. “Grand Circus building.” Named after the large, semicircular park nearby, and home to a curiously high concentration of dentists. 8×10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.

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Leap into Conservation by Joining FrogWatch

Detroit Zoo | Mountain Chicken Frog

Detroit Zoo | Mountain Chicken Frog

ROYAL OAK, Mich. – The Detroit Zoological Society is encouraging Southeast Michigan residents to hop to it and join the local chapter of FrogWatch USA. The citizen science program teaches volunteers how to identify frogs and toads by their breeding calls and to gather and record data that supports a national network.

“We already know about the extinctions and crises amphibians face globally, but we don’t know what’s happening in our own backyards. FrogWatch allows us to monitor our native amphibians and make sure their populations are healthy,” said Detroit Zoological Society Chief Life Sciences Officer Scott Carter.

FrogWatch training classes for 2015 will be held on:

Sunday, Feb. 8, noon to 4 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 12, 5 to 9 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 28, noon to 4 p.m.
Thursday, March 26, 5 to 9 p.m.,

Classes will be held at the Detroit Zoo’s Ford Education Center. For more information or to register, contact Associate Curator of Amphibians Rebecca Johnson at rjohnson@dzs.org.

FrogWatch volunteers choose from locations throughout the tri-county area and monitor the sites for several weeks. Their observations provide valuable insight into whether amphibians in the region are declining or increasing or if new species are being found in areas where they have not been identified before.

More than one-third of the planet’s 6,000 amphibian species are threatened with extinction due to habitat loss, climate change, pollution, infectious diseases and other factors. FrogWatch is intended to raise awareness of these environmental threats.

FrogWatch USA is a collaborative effort among the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums throughout the U.S. The program allows individuals and families to learn about the wetlands in their communities and to contribute to the conservation of amphibians.

The Detroit Zoological Society is a nonprofit organization that operates the Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Nature Zoo. Situated on 125 acres of naturalistic habitats, the Detroit Zoo is located at 10 Mile Road and Woodward Avenue off I-696 in Royal Oak, Mich. The Detroit Zoo is open 362 days a year, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. November through March, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April through Labor Day, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. the day after Labor Day through October. Admission is $14 for adults 15 to 61 and $10 for children 2 to 14, senior citizens 62 and older and active military with ID; children under 2 are admitted free. The Belle Isle Nature Zoo is open Wednesday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. November through March and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April through October; closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Admission to the Nature Zoo is free; however, a State of Michigan Recreation Passport is required for all personal vehicles to enter Belle Isle State Park. For more information, call (248) 541-5717 or visit www.detroitzoo.org.

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Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio Performs Composer’s Complete Piano Trios Feb. 6, 7, 8

Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio

Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio

FARMINGTON HILLS, MI, — The Chamber Music Society of Detroit presents a Beethoven Festival featuring the composer’s complete works for piano trio performed by the venerated Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio February 6-8. The performances take place in three different venues – Friday February 6 in the Music Box at the Max M. Fisher Music Center in Detroit, Saturday February 7 at Seligman Performing Arts Center in Beverly Hills, and Sunday February 8 at Varner Recital Hall at Oakland University in Rochester – giving ticket buyers an opportunity to experience all three of the Chamber Music Society’s major venues. Individual concert tickets and discounted Festival Passes ($75 for all three concerts or $55 for two concerts) are available by phone at 248-855-6070 or online at www.ChamberMusicDetroit.org. Details follow below.

BEETHOVEN FESTIVAL PROGRAMS

Program I: Friday, February 6, 8 PM
Music Box at the Max M. Fisher Music Center
3711 Woodward Avenue, Detroit
General admission, cabaret seating, adults: $30, students $15. Refreshments available, cash bar.

Kakadu Variations, for Piano Trio (Variations on “Ich bin der Schneider Kakadu”)
Piano Trio No. 1 in E-flat major, Op. 1, No. 1
Piano Trio No. 7 in B-flat major, Op. 97, No. 1, “Archduke”

Program II: Saturday, February 7, 8 PM
Seligman Performing Arts Center, on the campus of Detroit Country Day School
22305 West 13 Mile Road, Beverly Hills
Tickets: adults $30 – $60, students $15, $10 student rush tickets available one hour prior to concert.

Variations on an Original Theme in E-flat major, Op. 44
Piano Trio No. 2 in G major, Op. 1, No. 2
Piano Trio No. 6 in E-flat major, Op. 70, No. 2

Program III: Sunday, February 8, 3 PM
Varner Recital Hall, on the campus of Oakland University
2200 N. Squirrel Road, Rochester
General Admission tickets: $30, students $15

Piano Trio No. 4 in B flat major, Op. 11, “Gassenhauer”
Piano Trio No. 3 in C minor, Op. 1, No. 3
Allegretto in B-flat major for Piano Trio, WoO 39
Piano Trio No. 5 in D major, Op. 70, No. 1, “Ghost”

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ABOUT THE KALICHSTEIN-LAREDO-ROBINSON TRIO
Since making their debut at the White House for President Carter’s Inauguration in January 1977, pianist Joseph Kalichstein, violinist Jaime Laredo and cellist Sharon Robinson have been setting the standard for performance of the piano trio literature. Now, after thirty-eight years of success the world over, including many award-winning recordings, the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio continues to make annual appearances at many of the world’s major concert halls, commissions major new works, and maintains an active recording agenda, all while balancing the careers of three internationally acclaimed soloists.

Highlights of the Trio’s 2014-15 season include performances of André Previn’s acclaimed Trio No. 2, commissioned by the Music Accord consortium of presenters for the Trio’s 35th Anniversary, plus recitals in New York City, Cincinnati, Miami and Washington DC, in addition to the February 6-8 Beethoven cycle in Detroit. A favorite of Chamber Music Society of Detroit audiences, the Trio has made ten previous appearances on the CMSD series.

The Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio recently released a CD of works written for them by Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, including her quintet, septet, and trio on the Azica label. (The Chamber Music Society of Detroit co-commissioned both the quintet and the septet, and both have been performed on the CMSD series.) The Trio also recently released a double CD set of Schubert on the Bridge label to wide acclaim. Previous recording projects on Koch include a 4-disc cycle of the complete Brahms trios (2009), a beloved two-volume set of the complete Beethoven Trios (2007), and the Arensky & Tchaikovsky Trios (2006). In addition, KOCH re-released many of the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio’s hallmark recordings, including chamber works of Maurice Ravel, works by contemporary composer Richard Danielpour, the complete sonatas and trios of Shostakovich, and “Legacies,” a CD of trios written especially for the ensemble by Pärt, Zwilich, Kirchner and Silverman. Other highlights of its vast discography include a critically acclaimed all-Haydn CD (Dorian), recordings of the complete Mendelssohn and Brahms Trios (Vox Cum Laude), as well as Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with the English Chamber Orchestra (Chandos).

Musical America named the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio the Ensemble of the Year for 2002. The 2003-04 season was its first as Chamber Ensemble in Residence at the Kennedy Center; this prestigious partnership continues today.

The Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio has maintained a heavy touring schedule that has taken them across the globe. Memorable concerts over the years include the Trio’s performance on Carnegie Hall’s Centennial Series, tours of Japan, New Zealand and Australia, a series with the Guarneri Quartet featuring Brahms’ entire works for piano and strings, a Beethoven cycle on Lincoln Center’s Great Performers Series (the first time the complete Beethoven piano trios were performed at Lincoln Center), and premieres of works by Richard Danielpour, Joan Tower, Stanley Silverman, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich and David Ott.

Jaime Laredo and Sharon Robinson joined the instrumental and chamber music faculty at The Cleveland Institute of Music in 2012; prior to that they served as professors at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music for seven years. Joseph Kalichstein continues as a long-revered teacher at the Juilliard School of Music.
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Wildlife Photographer of the Year Makes U.S. Debut at Detroit Zoo

DetroitZooROYAL OAK, Mich. – The Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition – a collection of images from the world’s largest and most prestigious wildlife photography competition – made its U.S. debut at the Detroit Zoo’s Ford Education Center on November 22, 2014. The show runs through March 23, 2015, and is free with Zoo admission.

The exhibition of winners from the 2013 competition features 100 images dramatically displayed as illuminated large-format color transparencies. The images were chosen from more than 42,000 entries by photographers from 96 countries.

“This spectacular exhibition outdoes itself year after year, showcasing the most incredible images of wildlife from around the globe. It is not to be missed,” said Ron Kagan, executive director and CEO of the Detroit Zoological Society.

Now in its 50th year, Wildlife Photographer of the Year is co-owned by the Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide.

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Detroit Zoo Decks the Halls with Green this Holiday Season

ROYAL OAK, Mich. – The Detroit Zoological Society (DZS) is dreaming of a green Christmas – and Hanukkah and Kwanzaa – by incorporating elements of its Greenprint sustainability plan into Detroit Zoo events and operations this holiday season.

The Zoo’s Wild Lights holiday light display, held on select evenings through December 31, features more than five million energy-efficient LED lights illuminating buildings, trees and more than 100 animal sculptures on a trail through the front half of the Zoo. A 100-bulb string of LED lights uses the same electricity as 42 100-bulb strings of traditional lights.

“We’re very excited to present an even bigger and brighter Wild Lights display this year and even more so to do it in a green way,” said Ron Kagan, DZS Executive Director and CEO.

The DZS Green Team is on hand at Wild Lights to share green holiday tips, including demonstrations on how to upcycle common household trash and recycling items into bird feeders, tree ornaments and tabletop centerpieces. Guests can bring in broken holiday lights for recycling in exchange for a coupon toward a new strand of LED holiday lights.

The DZS animal care staff will utilize recycled materials such as boxes, bags, wrapping paper rolls and other items for holiday enrichment for the animals. Unused, untreated Christmas trees will be provided for the bears and great apes, who enjoy eating, tossing, carrying and rolling the trees.

The DZS offers these tips for keeping the holidays green at home:
• Use LED lights instead of traditional lights.
• In lieu of buying decorations, deck the halls with natural materials such as gourds, branches and berries.
• Purchase locally sourced food and produce for holiday meals, and compost scraps such as vegetable and fruit peels, coffee grounds and eggshells.
• Take reusable bags for holiday shopping.
• Combine errands into one trip to reduce emissions.
• Send holiday greetings electronically.
• Reuse ribbons, bows and wrapping paper, or make wrappings with magazines, newspapers or cloth.
• Give something green that will last the whole year, such as a plant or seeds.

The Greenprint is the DZS’s plan to refine and improve daily practices and facilities, develop new policies and programs and improve green literacy in the community. To learn more, click here.

The Detroit Zoological Society is a nonprofit organization that operates the Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Nature Zoo. Situated on 125 acres of naturalistic habitats, the Detroit Zoo is located at 10 Mile Road and Woodward Avenue off I-696 in Royal Oak, Mich. The Detroit Zoo is open 362 days a year, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. November through March (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day), 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April through Labor Day, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. the day after Labor Day through October. Admission is $14 for adults 15 to 61 and $10 for children 2 to 14, senior citizens 62 and older and active military with ID; children under 2 are admitted free. The Detroit Zoo will light up the night this holiday season with Wild Lights, a spectacular holiday light display. For 24 nights, more than five million LED lights will illuminate trees, buildings and animal sculptures on a trail through the front half of the Zoo. Wild Lights will be held 5:30-9 p.m. Nov. 22-23 and 28-30 an d Dec. 5-7, 11-14, 18-23 and 26-31, 2014. Cost is $8 per person in advance and $10 at the gate for ages 2 and older (under 2 admitted free); parking is $6 per car. Tickets are available online and at main admissions. The Belle Isle Nature Zoo is open Wednesday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. November through March (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day) and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April through October; closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Admission to the Nature Zoo is free; however, a State of Michigan Recreation Passport is required for all personal vehicles to enter Belle Isle State Park. For more information, call (248) 541-5717 or visit www.detroitzoo.org.

 

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Detroit Zoo Makes an Impact on Wyoming Toad Comeback

ROYAL OAK, Mich. – The Detroit Zoological Society’s breeding program for the Wyoming toad has produced a record 3,945 tadpoles for release into the wild in its efforts to preserve the federally endangered amphibian.

“This is the largest number of tadpoles we have ever sent back to Wyoming,” said Marcy Sieggreen, Curator of Amphibians at the Detroit Zoo. The majority of the tadpoles were released into the Laramie Basin, a protected Wyoming wetland, while 16 were reserved for future breeding at other facilities.

“The tadpoles are returned to Wyoming before the middle of July so they have plenty of time to grow and metamorphose in the wetlands where they’ll live. It takes them approximately four to five weeks to change into toadlets,” said Sieggreen.

The Wyoming toad (Bufo baxteri) is a dark brown, gray or greenish amphibian with small, dark blotches. The average length is 2.2 inches, with the females slightly larger than the males.

Once abundant in the wetlands and irrigated meadows of Wyoming’s southeastern plains, the Wyoming toad was listed as extinct in the wild in 1994, meaning populations are no longer producing offspring that survive to adulthood in the wild.

The cause of the declines are not well understood, but it is likely that more than one factor contributed to the situation in the past, with habitat loss and infectious diseases suspected as major drivers.

In 2007, the Detroit Zoological Society’s collaborative breeding program for the Wyoming toad was No. 1 on the Association of Zoos and Aquariums list of the Top 10 wildlife conservation success stories. The breeding partnership has successfully released more than 6,000 tadpoles, toadlets and toads in Wyoming since the program’s inception in 1995.

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Shorpy Saturday – Stag Swim: 1903

By Jeffrey Buck

The summer is drawing to a close. Enjoy a timeless photo of youth enjoying the waters at Belle Isle.

Take a look at the photograph entitled “Stag Swim: 1903“:

Stag Swim - 1903

 

Detroit circa 1903. “Swimming pool, Belle Isle Park, evidently.” No girls allowed. 8×10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.

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