Historic Boston-Edison Presents
"The Sounds of Music"
House Concert Series
The sixth annual "Sounds of Music" House Concert Series features stellar performers in the classical, jazz and folk world. Tickets are $45 per person, or $40 person if purchasing all three concerts, (plus a nominal service fee) and can be purchased through Eventbrite, beginning March 20.
The May concert will begin at 3:00 pm, the August and October concerts will begin at 7:30 pm and the Young People's Concert will begin at 3:30 pm.
The 2016 lineup features:
The Bridge Trio (Sat. May 7)
featuring Velda Kelly, John McLaughlin Williams and Romona Merritt
John McLaughlin Williams, a graduate of Boston University School of Music, the New England Conservatory and The Cleveland Institute of Music, is a GRAMMY award-winning conductor (the first African-American conductor to win) and violinist. Violinist Velda Kelly is a member of the Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra and a substitute musician with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. She is the co-artistic director of Chamber Music at the Scarab Club (Detroit). She is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College and Boston University. Romona Merritt is a native of Jacksonville Florida and was a violist with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra from 1998-2015. She is currently a substitute musician with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. She is a graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts and the University of Minnesota. Light dinner fare will be served.
Zamar Jazz Band (Sat. August 6)
Our popular annual summer jazz party will be a high-energy affair with the jazz/gospel group the Zamar Jazz Band! This six-member ensemble has been a regional favorite since 1997 with their funky arrangements of jazz, funk and gospel tunes and their jazzy, funky originals. Led by saxophonist Marlin Baker, this group has performed at Arts, Beats and Eats, Baker's Keyboard Lounge, the Columbus, OH "Ribs and Soul" Festival, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History, MGM Grand and Motor City Casinos, among many others. Summer-themed food and drink to be served.
Jill Jack (Sat. October 1)
"She's got the stage presence, the voice, the ability to interpret songs passionately ... there's a lot of soul in what she does" -- Billboard Magazine
Jill Jack began her professional career singing backup with well known Detroit country and rock names The Forbes Brothers and Stewart Francke. By the late 90s she was writing constantly, fronting her own band and beginning to open for what would become a long list of prominent touring acts -- Bob Seger, John Waite, Emmylou Harris, Shawn Colvin, Patty Griffin, Dan Fogelberg, Marshall Crenshaw, Chris Issak, and Loretta Lynn, who gave Jill priceless backstage encouragement and advice. As well she developed her reputation as headliner at venues & festivals -- SXSW (South by Southwest), Ann Arbor Folk Festival, 30A Songwriters Festival, WYCD Downtown Hoedown, Blissfest Music Festival, The Bluebird Cafe, The Living Room in NYC, and consistent sell-out shows at the historical Ark in Ann Arbor, MI. Regional touring has branched to successful tours of England and all over America. Jill was also a finalist in the Susanne Millsaps Performing Songwriter Showcase, and was chosen as an Americana semifinalist in the International Songwriting Competition for Fallen (A Love Song). Jill now has 10 Award winning CDs to her name and is currently working on #11. Jill is also a passionate philanthropist, contributing to many charitable causes locally and abroad, particularly in Haiti. Light dinner fare to be served.
Young People's Concert: Detroit Youth Concert Choir (Sat. June 18)
Sponsored by Robinson Realty and Management Group
Sponsored in part by Harlan and Kimberly Howard
We continue our tradition of presenting a Young People's Concert, showcasing some of the top young talent in the area, inspiring the children in the audience. We are pleased to welcome back the Detroit Youth Concert Choir. Since performing at our Young People's Concert in 2013, this group has reached many new milestones, including performances on Fox 2 News, on WDIV-TV, at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History, opening ceremonies with the Detroit Mayor and Michigan Governor for the Michigan Outdoor Adventure Center on the Detroit Riverfront and the 2015 New Year's Eve celebration in Downtown Detroit. This award-winning vocal ensemble has been mesmerizing audiences since 2001 under the leadership of Anthony White and Stephen Shepherd. Their talents have taken them around Michigan, across the United States and into Canada. Their discipline and showmanship has been recognized with numerous awards, including the Spirit of Detroit Award. The students expertly perform various styles of music including Classical, Jazz, Spirituals, Gospel, Foreign language music, Rhythm & Blues, Rock and Broadway. Tickets to the Young People's Concert are FREE--however, you will still need to RSVP your attendance by calling 313-865-1149 or sending an email to email@example.com. The Young People's Concert is from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Community Social Services Center on Hamilton and West Boston Blvd. with light snacks served. All children must be accompanied by an adult; no drop-offs, please!
We would like to thank our sponsors and advertisers for the 2016 "Sounds of Music" series:
- The Barthwell Group, 313-866-9000
- Robinson Realty and Management Group (Young People's Concert), Gaye Butler, Managing Broker: firstname.lastname@example.org, 313-757-0628
- Harlan and Kimberly Howard (Young People's Concert)
- Dorothy Adair
- Nicholas Schrock, Allstate Insurance, email@example.com
- St. Clair Glass and Mirror: 586-791-0020
- Greg Sikora Design: 313-744-3260
- C&N Party Rentals, Ann Demers: 248-435-3580
- Detroit Professional Tax Service, LLC, David Steinberg, CPA: 248-563-0604, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Hoplan Famous Dogs: 313-343-1561, HoplanFamousDogs@hotmail.com
Advertising & Sponsorship Opportunities
Our house concert series attracts a diverse audience from all over metro Detroit and Canada. This is a great opportunity to advertise to this group in our "Sounds of Music" program booklet. Or perhaps you'd consider giving a sponsorship donation (tax-deductible). Advertisers and sponsors earn free concert tickets (see advertising contract for more details).
For more information
Tickets for each "adult" concert are $45 per person or $40 per person if purchasing all three concerts. Tickets are ADVANCE SALE ONLY (no tickets at the door, except for the Young People's Concert). Home addresses where concerts will take place will be provided with ticket purchase. Tickets are $45 per person, or $40 person if purchasing all three concerts, (plus a nominal service fee) and can be purchased through Eventbrite, beginning March 20. The May concert will begin at 3:00 pm, the August and October concerts will begin at 7:30 pm.
The fifth season of Boston-Edison House Concerts was another great series. See the links below for photographs of the events. Season Five featured:
- The sounds of Trio Neo, consisting of flutist Tracy Kash, clarinetist and saxophonist Shannon Ford and pianist Doug Scott.
- Popular summer jazz with the ladies of Straight Ahead, a long-time hometown favorite.
- ASCAP award-winning vocalist Kathy Kosins, who The Chicago Tribune has called, "...one of the most alluring voices in jazz."
- The talented young artist and jazz pianist Brendon Davis and his group.
The fourth season of Boston-Edison House Concerts was a great success. See the links below for photographs of the events. Season Four featured:
- The sultry country music of dynamic singer-songwriter Julianne Ankley, along with a light dinner and non-alcoholic drinks.
- Hot summer jazz with pianist, arranger, composer, and producer Demetrius "Krayon" Nabors, along with a light dinner and drinks.
- The dynamic string New Verse Ensemble, led by violist John Madison, with harvest themed food and drink.
- Jazz, R&B and Hip-Hop with up-and-coming violinist and vocalist Xai.
The third season of Boston-Edison House Concerts was a great success. See the links below for photographs of the events. Season Three featured:
- The popular soul & funk infused blues band of Cris Canas, with a healthy soul food buffet.
- Jazz Vocalist and Detroit Music Award Winner Tracy Kash Thomas, with light dinner fare and drinks.
- Award-winning, dynamic pianist Jacqueline Csurgai-Schmitt, with light dinner fare and drinks.
- The children's concert with the vocal ensemble, Detroit Youth Concert Choir, with punch and cookies.
The second season of Boston-Edison House Concerts was again a very successful endeavor. See the links below for photographs of the events. Season Two featured:
- A kickoff concert with fun classic and contemporary folk music from guitarist David Nefesh and his friends, along with a light dinner and drinks.
- Soulful, jazzy music with vocalist Penny Wells, along with a light dinner and drinks.
- Authentic flamenco music and dance with "La Chispa and Company," along with a light Spanish-themed dinner and drinks
- Children's Concert with the Urban Stringz Youth Ensemble, with punch and cookies.
The first season of Boston-Edison House Concerts are done, and it was a very successful endeavor. See the links below for photographs of the events. Season One featured:
- An evening of jazz and Latin jazz with the acclaimed Pamela Wise Trio featuring spectacular Spanish cuisine.
- The hot sounds of Leo Rea and his Rea Deal Big Band and a wonderful summer backyard picnic.
- The Midtown3, a phenomenal classical trio featuring flute (Dennis Carter), harp (Lydia Cleaver) and viola (Leslie Deshazor Adams) and crisp harvest foods of the season.
What attendees said about the 2011 Season:
Superb evening - resident from the Arden Park/East Boston neighborhood
Just a quick email to tell you 'THANKS' again and that we really enjoyed the concert this past Saturday evening. The house setting, food and music was outstanding. - attendee from Royal Oak
I just want to sent you a short note to say how much I enjoyed the concerts yesterday evening (oh and my husband enjoyed it as well). The home was a stunning venue for the event and the big band musical selections were great! I'm certain that everyone involved is passionate and excited about the Historic Boston-Edison community as it was evident by the commendable job that you and your team of volunteers did Saturday evening. - attendee from Franklin
That was a wonderful evening! Such good performers and such good planning. I loved it! - Boston-Edison resident