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. Continue reading
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By Jeffrey Buck
Looking for something fun to do this Labor Day Weekend? Look no further, here is a handful of ideas to get you outside and enjoying the long weekend! Leave a comment below if you have any other suggestions for readers looking for some fun.
- Detroit Jazz Festival – Several downtown Detroit blocks will be taken over this weekend for the 35th annual Detroit Jazz Festival. Over 50+ acts will perform on several stages over the four day jam session. Music is not the only thing visitors will enjoy with offerings such as educational activities for both children & adults.
Dates: Friday, Aug. 29 through Monday, Sept. 1. Hours: Fri. 7-10 p.m. | Sat. & Sun. 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. | Mon. Noon to 8:30 p.m.Admission: FREE
- Ford Arts, Beats & Eats – Downtown Royal Oak will once again be rocking as Ford Arts, Beats & Eats takes over. Visitors this year have choices to make as more than 150+ artists perform on several stages and many local restaurants dish out some fantastic cuisine. Oh and don’t forget to stroll around and taken in all of the art!
Dates: Friday, Aug. 29 through Monday, Sept. 1. Hours: Fri. to Sun. 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. | Mon. 11:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Admission: Fri: Free until 5 p.m., $5 after | Sat. to Mon. $3 until 3 p.m., $5 after
- Michigan Renaissance Festival – It’s that time of the year again! You can go as you are or you can dress up in your best Renaissance outfit. Throw tomatoes, watch full-contact jousting or bite into a big juicy turkey leg. There are games, food and music for all ages!
Dates: Open Weekends & Labor Day, Plus Friday Sept. 26 Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. | Rain or shine Admission: Varies, Adults: $21.95 | Child: $12.95
- Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair – The Suburban Collection Showplace plays host to a tradition that’s been absent from the state. Moving north and taking on a different name Michigan agriculture will be the center of attention once again at this weekends Great Lakes State Fair. There will be Michigan made products on display, livestock & agriculture areas, beer gardens and much more.
Dates: Friday, August, 31 through Monday, September 3. Hours: Varies, Fri. – Sun. 10 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.| Mon. 10:00 a.m. to 9 p.m. Admission:Varies, Adults $6-$25 | Children $5-$20
ROYAL OAK, Mich. – Those who missed the first Summer Zoomance event in July will have a second chance to fall in love with the Detroit Zoo all over again. Another after-hours, 21-and-older Summer Zoomance will take place this Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission for guests is $14.
Summer Zoomance allows grownups to relive their fond memories of the Detroit Zoo while creating new ones with a twilight stroll among the award-winning animal habitats.
The rain-or-shine event features performances by blues guitarist and vocalist Laith Al-Saadi, complimentary tram tours, animal enrichment and zookeeper talks.
Guests can take a spin on the Carousel for an additional $2 and enjoy a scenic ride through the Zoo on the Tauber Family Railroad for a one-way fare of $3. Food and adult beverages will also be available for purchase.
Tickets are available online at by clicking here and can also be purchased at the admission gates.
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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, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April through Labor Day (with extended hours until 8 p.m. Wednesdays during July and August), 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. the day after Labor Day through October and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. November through March. 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 5 p.m. April through October and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. November through March; 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.
By Jeffrey Buck
There is still time to catch a concert at the Detroit Zoo‘s Wild Summer Nights. Three dates remain throughout the month of August and include two children’s groups and a folk rock group. The Wednesday night line ups and days are:
August 13 – The Ragbirds (folk rock)
August 20 – Candy Band (children’s)
August 27 – Joe Reilly and the Community Gardeners (children’s)
The summer concert series is presented by Genisys Credit Union and take place in the Main Picnic Grove. Concerts run from 6:30 to 8 pm and are free with regular zoo admission. A reduced rate of $6 per guest is in effect on Wednesdays after 6 pm. The zoo closes following the end of the concert at 8 pm.
Lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets are allowed but the zoo will also offer the sale of food, snacks, beer, wine and soft drinks at the various concession stands.
For more information on the Detroit Zoo or Wild Summer Nights click here.
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By Jeffrey Buck
As the rain continues to pour, we look forward to sunny days by the water.
Take a look at the photograph entitled “Victorian Vines: 1910“:
Detroit circa 1910. “Bagley Homestead — Michigan Conservatory of Music.” Former abode of Michigan Governor John Judson Bagley (1832-1881). 8×10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
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Here is a photo near the area where the photo was taken. The Detroit Statler Hotel was constructed in 1914-15 and demolished in 2005. More recently it was a movie set for the new Transformers movie:
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By Jeffrey Buck
Do you have a child interested in making music? Are you looking for a summer camp to help them do just that?
Look no further than the MSU Community Music School-Detroit. The school is offering two options this year, Rock Camp (June 16-20) and Aspiring Musicians Camp (June 23-27).
According to the school, “This year’s camps will excite young minds with sessions such as songwriting, jazz improvisation, sight-singing/ear training, musical entrepreneurship and more!”
Here are the details for each of the camps:
Aspiring Musicians Program
– June 23-27 (9 AM – 3 PM)
– Ages 9 to 17
– Cost: $200
– Students should have at least one year’s experience on winds, brass, strings, percussion, piano or guitar.
– Campers will get to tour the famous United Sound Systems Recording Studios and also record the camp song.
– June 16-20 (1 PM – 5 PM)
– Ages 12 to 18
– Cost $200
– Students should have some experience on guitar, bass, drum set, piano, brass or vocals.
– Campers will have the opportunity to perform at The Magic Stick, one of Detroit’s top live music venues on June 20 at 7 PM.
Registration for classes/camps can be found by clicking here. For those students who qualify, tuition assistance is available.
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DETROIT – Detroit Institute of Music Education (DIME), a music education college dedicated to teaching the next generation of modern musicians, has announced its launch in downtown Detroit.
DIME’s temporary location at 1520 Woodward Avenue, between John R and Witherell, will serve as its admissions office and performance space. Prospective students are encouraged to visit the space and meet the DIME team and sign up anytime Monday through Saturday between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
The space will also be equipped with a live stage and sound system, and will feature regular entertainment events. Bands and artists interested in performing in this space can contact the admissions office at 313-223-1600 or www.dime-detroit.com.
Founded by music industry veterans Kevin Nixon, Sarah Clayman and Bruce Dickinson, DIME offers advanced music students a college-style experience in contemporary music, with expert musicians and industry professionals teaching courses in guitar, bass, vocals, drums, songwriting and music entrepreneurship. Prospective students can pursue a bachelor’s degree or diploma in Creative Music Performance, or sign up for part-time and summer music education programs. DIME expects to enroll 150 students for its 2014-2015 school year.
“The music industry is a complicated business and learning by experience can be a long route. DIME brings the information, encouragement and expertise to demonstrate how to build a successful career,” says Kevin Nixon, president of DIME. “Musicianswill be playing in bands, meeting industry professionals, mastering technique, promoting their own shows, developing their brand, arranging songs, and many other exciting career development activities. Most of all, DIME students will be part of a musical community of like-minded musicians and budding entrepreneurs.”
DIME is the third music education venture for serial entrepreneurs Nixon, Clayman and Dickinson. The trio’s most recent model grew to a multi-campus college with locations in the United Kingdom and Ireland. DIME’s educational programs are built on the successful model pioneered by the founders. Michigan-based private equity firm Beringea has made a $3 million investment in DIME to fund the opening in Detroit.
“We’re excited to bring this innovative high profile, high impact business to Detroit and provide growth capital for its launch. DIME’s education model will attract creative, young people from all over the country to Michigan, while creating more jobs in the education sector,” said Charlie Rothstein, senior managing director and co-founder of Beringea.
DIME will formally open in September, when renovations are complete on the historicBamlet Building, located at 1265 Griswold Street and owned by Bedrock Real Estate Services. The school will occupy more than 20,000 square feet of space on four floors of the seven-story, building in Capitol Park at the corner of Griswold Street and Grand River Avenue built in 1896.
“Detroit has always been known for its music and innovative culture,” said Dan Gilbert, Chairman and Founder of Rock Ventures and Quicken Loans. “It is fitting for the Detroit Institute of Music Education to open in the heart of downtown Detroit where the opportunities to create are endless. I can think of nothing more important than locating institutions that attract young talented people to the city. DIME is a unique entrepreneurial organization that has a proven strategy to develop top-notch musicians. The combination of Detroit’s DNA and DIME’s exciting educational model is going to be a huge success for the entire community.”
About Detroit Institute of Music Education
Detroit Institute of Music Education (“DIME”) is a music education college dedicated to teaching the next generation of modern musicians. Founded by music industry veterans Kevin Nixon, Sarah Clayman and Bruce Dickinson, DIME will offer advanced music students a college-style experience in contemporary music, with expert musicians and music industry professionals teaching courses in guitar, bass, vocals, drums, songwriting and music entrepreneurship. Prospective students can choose to pursue a bachelor’s degree or diploma in Creative Music Performance, or sign up for part-time and summer music education programs. Serious musicians can expect practical and real-world preparation for a career in the music industry upon graduation.
DIME will formally open in September, when renovations will be completed on the historic Bamlet Building in downtown Detroit. A pop-up space, located at 1520 Woodward Avenue between John R and Witherell will open Thursday, March 20 and will serve as a temporary admissions office and performance space for the college. For more information on DIME, visit www.dime-detroit.com or call 313.223.1600.
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