Greetings from the desk of Vince Paul
Happy Holidays! The month of December is a shining example of the truly broad scope of our programming – there’s music, dance, and theater for all ages to add to the joy of the season.
We’re so happy to partner with our friends at the Carr Center on the 2nd, when three-time Grammy winner Dee Dee Bridgewater shares the stage with famed pianist (and new Carr Center Artistic Director) Geri Allen. There’s just no feeling like welcoming hometown superstars back home.
The 3rd is a very special evening, as we open the curtain on the story of Roland Hayes – an African American lyric tenor and composer who forged a global operatic career in the early 20th century, despite a world of doors that were firmly closed to him. We’re thrilled to have the story told through the artistry of Travis Pratt, an all-American opera star of our own time. The performance is a culmination of the week’s sharing of the work with Detroit high school students – our way of using the performing arts to spark learning and discussion of significant social issues.
One of our strong community partnerships brings the dance students of Wayne State University to the stage on the 9th & 10th , so stop by for a look at the next generation of dance professionals. Our Family Series lights up the holiday on the 11th with ‘A Very Electric Christmas’, and Detroit’s bass guitar master Ralphe Armstrong kicks off Christmas weekend with shows in the cozy Jazz Café on the 23rd.
As always, "I'll see you downtown"