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Announcing the final three live performances in August! The concert series is presented by the Historic Boston-Edison Association and Michelle May, Music Director of the Sounds of Music House Concerts™ organization. The address for the live concerts at homes will be given following ticket purchase.

Thank you to our generous sponsors and major donors:

Concert #5: The Penny Wells Trio 

feat. Demetrius Nabors and Nate Winn

Saturday, August 8, 2020

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Tickets: $20 (additional donations accepted)

PURCHASE TICKETS

In order to comply with the current health and safety guidelines, the following measures will be used for these concerts:

    • This will be a one hour concert event.
    • You will be allowed to enter the backyard beginning 45 minutes before start time.
    • There will be VERY limited tickets available.
    • Tickets are only available in advance; no ticket sales "at the door".
    • NO food or drink will be provided, although you can bring your own, picnic-style. You must clean up and take your trash with you (don't forget trash bags).
    • NO entering the homes (not even for the bathroom, so please plan accordingly--there will be no "Porta-Potties").
    • Wearing masks is REQUIRED of all attendees and are to be removed only to eat and drink.
    • Seats will be appropriately socially distanced; at least six feet apart all around. Families of the same household or groups that are together may sit together picnic-style on the ground or in seated groups closer than six feet.
    • Rain Date: Sunday, August 9, 2020 (7:00 pm - 8:00 pm)


Concert #6: The Summer Sounds of Classical Music 

with TESSA HARTLE, piano and DIANE SCHOFF, mezzo-soprano

Saturday August 15, 2020

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Tickets: $20 (additional donations accepted)

PURCHASE TICKETS

In order to comply with the current health and safety guidelines, the following measures will be used for these concerts:

    • This will be a one hour concert event.
    • You will be allowed to enter the backyard beginning 45 minutes before start time.
    • There will be VERY limited tickets available.
    • Tickets are only available in advance; no ticket sales "at the door".
    • NO food or drink will be provided, although you can bring your own, picnic-style. You must clean up and take your trash with you (don't forget trash bags).
    • NO entering the homes (not even for the bathroom, so please plan accordingly--there will be no "Porta-Potties").
    • Wearing masks is REQUIRED of all attendees and are to be removed only to eat and drink.
    • Seats will be appropriately socially distanced; at least six feet apart all around. Families of the same household or groups that are together may sit together picnic-style on the ground or in seated groups closer than six feet.
    • Rain Date: Sunday, August 16, 2020 (7:00 pm - 8:00 pm)




Concert #7: 
Alex Way

Saturday, August 29, 2020

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Congregation (9621 Rosa Parks Blvd, Detroit, MI 48206)

Free, Donations Accepted at the Venue

We are partnering with The Congregation to present another FREE outdoor concert, this time with singer/songwriter Alex Way. Alex previously performed on the concert series as a college student as part of our Young People's Concerts. We ask that all patrons of this concert at The Congregation follow COVID-19 guidelines including the wearing of masks (except while eating or drinking) and social distancing. PLEASE NOTE: NO OUTSIDE FOOD OR DRINK ARE ALLOWED AT THE CONGREGATION.

RAIN DATE: Sunday, August 30, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm


2020 Concerts in Boston-Edison Season

Julianne Ankley


Julianne Ankley's soulful country style hails from a small Michigan border town close to the shore of Lake Huron and within earshot of the musical influences of Detroit.

Julianne's 2020 Detroit Music Award-winning single release "Why" is out in digital formats everywhere and the video can be seen on Youtube, The Country Network Music Channel, and CMCTV.

With eleven Detroit Music Awards, including four 2020 DMA awards for Outstanding Country Artist/Group, Songwriter, Recording for "Why", and Vocalist, Julianne has been writing heartfelt songs and delivering electric performances, both solo and with her top-notch band The Rogues, for years. To date, she has released 2 albums, an EP and 4 singles with her freshman album “Vivid” garnering the 2012 DMA for Outstanding Country Recording. Her song “Lead Footin’ In the Left Lane” was used nationally by WXYZ (ABC) for the 2015 annual Woodward Dream Cruise televised special. From her debut EP, “No Place For a Lullabye” was used by HomeAid of America for years in their PSA campaign to raise funds for housing the homeless. Julianne performed her song “Christmas In Your Heart” for the live, nationally televised “America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade" on WDIV (NBC). She’s currently working on her third album.

As a songwriter, Julianne has written with Platinum and number one hit songwriters, Mike Dekle, Gary Hannan, Dave Gibson and Amanda Williams. She has performed at many songwriter shows alongside hit writers including Aaron Barker Sr., Chas Sandford, Gary Hannan, Dave Gibson, Heidi Newfield, Kristen Kelly, Byron Hill, Angie Kielhauer, Bernie Nelson, and Barbara Cloyd.

She's been the celebrity host and performer for the Hard Rock Cafe stages in Nashville during the CMA Fest for several years, and continues to perform at Nashville’s top songwriting venues such as the world-famous Bluebird Cafe, the Listening Room, Douglas Corner Cafe, Tootsie’s, and more.

"The best of Detroit Country Music shines through in this relevant and very poignant song from a present day soldier’s mother's point of view. 'He's Still My Boy' is a well-written piece of American pie that really hits home. Our heroes give of themselves every day and their families pay just as big of a price and that is what this song is all about. Julianne can sing and she can ever more write a good song. When I read about this on Twitter I downloaded it right away. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!" - Joe Bonsall / Oak Ridge Boys


Chris Greene Quartet

Saxophonist and composer Chris Greene was born in Evanston, IL. He spent his formative years in the award-winning Evanston High School Wind and Jazz Ensembles.

As a teenager he began to play professionally with many local pop/rock and jazz bands. Greene eventually went to Bloomington, IN to attend the prestigious Indiana University Jazz Studies program and studied with renowned professor and cellist David Baker. Greene returned to Chicago in 1994 and has since collaborated with some of the nation’s most creative and versatile musicians. As a performer, Greene can be seen with many different groups - in many different genres. He also leads his own critically-acclaimed group, the Chris Greene Quartet.

He has also performed or recorded with the following artists: Common, The Temptations, Eric Roberson, Ed Motta, Steve Coleman & Five Elements, Maysa Leak, Ten City, Sheena Easton, Steve Cole, Michael Manson, Andrew Bird, The J. Davis Trio, Chris Rob, Vic Lavender, Jesse De La Pena, Liquid Soul and The Mighty Blue Kings.


Brendon Davis


A 2020 graduate, with honors, of the University of Michigan in Jazz studies with a concentration in Piano, and a minor in Performing Arts Management, Brendon Davis has quickly become one of many rising young performers. He is a multi-genre performing and recording musician, who began his career in 2011 at Detroit’s Gospel Fest at Hart Plaza.

In consecutive years, Brendon has been a National ACT-SO medal winner in Music Composition (2015) and Instrumental Music Contemporary (2016). Brendon's incredible artistry has taken him throughout the United States, with performances at Chene Park, The Kennedy Center, and The Kimmel Center.


The Straight Ahead Trio

The musical engine for the ground breaking jazz group Straight Ahead, the Straight Ahead Trio is a group of strong, inventive instrumentalists and vocalists, renown as powerful and imaginative composers and arrangers.

With 5 recordings to its credit, Straight Ahead has established itself as one of jazz’s most enduring and prolific groups. These Grammy-nominated and Downbeat Award winning artists have shared a bill with performers such as Ray Charles, Tony Bennett, Roy Ayers, Max Roach, Alex Bugnon, George Duke and KEM. They have toured extensively in the United States, Australia, the Caribbean and Europe garnering rave reviews.

Straight Ahead's founding members, the “Rhythm Sisters”- Pianist Alina Morr, Bassist Marion Hayden and Drummer Gayelynn McKinney - are the Straight Ahead Trio. Each member of the trio brings a different and complimentary color to the music. The rich jazz bass traditions of Hayden, the fiery Latin and Blues piano of Morr and the poly-rhythms of McKinney’s drums are the intersection of vibe and jazz.

Energy, Wisdom, Power and Magic--The Straight Ahead Trio!


The Penny Wells Trio

Elegant, seductive and smooth are as synonymous to the sounds of Penny Wells as they are to the woman who sings them. Penny’s background is in Jazz, Classical, R&B as well as Gospel, all of which have formed Penny’s sultry sophisticated sound. A native of Detroit, it wasn’t long before Penny gained exposure, from her exciting stage performances as well as her dynamic singing, brought comparisons to other native Detroiters such as Anita Baker and Gladys Knight. In 2007, Penny won the distinct honor of being named Outstanding Gospel/Christian Vocalist by The Detroit Music Awards. Penny has released three CDs: "Shine", "Penny Wells Close To You-Penny Sings Burt", and "My Favorite Holiday" (Christmas CD). Detroit Metro Times’ writer, Charles L. Latimer, called “SHINE, the album of the year”. Penny has been featured on many artists’ projects over the years. She is an undeniable force in the music industry and a Chanteuse who places her own unique stamp on some of your favorite genres. Performance and recording highlights include: KEM, The Temptations, Patti Austin, Dwele, Frank McComb, Huge Groove, Lathun, Oleta Adams, Al McKenzie, Randy Scott, Thornetta Davis, L’Renee, Marcus Belgrave, Yancy, Maysa Leak, Ron Otis, Jeff Canady, Kimmie Horne, Alexander Zonjic, Marion Meadows, Me’Shelle Ndege-Ocello, and Straight Ahead.

Penny is currently recording new projects with Emmy Award-winning producer and smooth jazz pianist LaShawn Gary and Independent R & B Sensation, Frank McComb, to be released by 2021.

Grammy-nominated producer, pianist, composer, and arranger Demetrius Nabors is well-known here in Detroit and is now a rising star on the national and international music scenes. Demetrius’s musical influences include gospel, jazz, classical and blues, all genres that is heard in his performances and compositions. His talents caught the attention of many including Motown recording artist, KEM, who hired Demetrius as a music producer for Kemistry Records, LLC. In the summer of 2010 Demetrius was one of 35 international jazz composers chosen to study for a week at Columbia University in Manhattan for the Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute. Demetrius is a Grammy nominated producer, a two-time winner of the Detroit Music Award (2011, 2012) in the category of Outstanding Gospel/Christian Musician. Armed with a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies and Improvisation from the University of Michigan, Demetrius’ talents have taken him to Europe and Africa. He has released critically acclaimed solo CDs (“A Journey Within Part I, II", and “Christmas with Krayon”).

A consummate musician, Nate Winn discovered his passion for the drums in church, at the age of 4, and has performed with numerous artists and educators around the world. Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, music has always been a central component of Nate’s life. As a teenager, he took his musicianship to another level by earning a spot in the acclaimed Detroit Civic Jazz Orchestra, directed by the legendary Detroit jazz trumpeter Marcus Belgrave. Nate's style is influenced by Jazz, Blues and his Gospel upbringing, along with some of his favorite drummers: Brian Blade, Kendrick Scott, and Calvin Rodgers.

Nate earned a Bachelor's degree in music from Wayne State University. During his undergraduate career he had the pleasure of performing with Joshua Redman, Randy Weston, Joe Lovano, and others. Nate also received a Master’s degree from Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts as a student in the Global Jazz Institute, where internationally renowned pianist-educator Danilo Perez serves as artistic director. His versatile playing style has afforded him opportunities to work with a litany of elite jazz musicians including Danilo Perez, Pat Metheny, Terence Blanchard, John Patitucci, Kurt Whalum, Robert Hurst, Rodney Whitaker, Victor Wooten, Steve Bailey, Jeff Lorber, Bob James, Roberta Gambarini, Tia Fuller, Sean Jones, and Steve Turre.

He currently serves as a member of the Detroit Jazz Fest All-Stars under the leadership of saxophonist Chris Collins. The ensemble has performed and conducted masterclasses in countries such as Japan and Panama. Nate has also been afforded the opportunity of touring with up and coming jazz vocalist Quiana Lynell. With all the amazing opportunities experienced performing as a side musician, Nate is now ready to step into the role of bandleader and composer.

The Summer Sounds of Classical Music with TESSA HARTLE, piano and DIANE SCHOFF, mezzo-soprano

Tessa Hartle has established herself as one of opera’s most valued and in-­demand coach/accompanists working to prepare young singers for professional careers, having recently served as Principal Coach/Accompanist for the Michigan Opera Theatre Studio for three seasons. Prior appointments include the music staffs of Opera Theatre of St.Louis, Florida Grand Opera, Virginia Opera, Sarasota Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera North, and Aspen Opera Theater Center.

Tessa has also prepared and performed numerous contemporary American works, including the world premiere of Greg Spears’ Paul’s Case (UrbanArias, Arlington, VA). She holds a Bachelor’s degree in piano performance from the University of Michigan and a Master’s degree in collaborative piano from the University of Maryland – College Park.




Diane Rae Schoff, Mezzo-Soprano, is a regular character on stage with regional companies throughout Michigan and around the country. In February of 2020 Diane was honored to join Michigan Opera Theatre in their production of ‘Gianni Schicci’ as Zita. Over the past 6 seasons at MOT Diane has performed many roles including, the 2nd maid in ‘Elektra’, Natalia Trotsky in ‘Frida’, The 2nd Lady in ‘Die Zauberflote’ and Aunt Cecilia in ‘Little Women’.


Recent performances around the area included joining Opera Grand Rapids as Katisha in their 2019 production of ‘The Mikado’ and Toledo Opera as the 3rd Lady in ‘The Magic Flute’ and the Old Baroness in ‘Vanessa’. Diane received high praise for her company and role debut with Opera Carolina as Marcellina in their 2017 production of ‘Le Nozze di Figaro’. Opera News said “It would be hard to imagine a better portrayal of Marcellina, both physically and vocally than that of Diane Schoff.” Opera Carolina has hosted Ms. Schoff many times using her “look that could drop a horse at 50 feet” (Toledo Blade) as The Duchess of Crackenthorpe in ‘La Fille du Regiment’ and as Mme Larina in ‘Eugene Onegin.’

An avid performer of concert, oratorio, and classical works with orchestra, she has sung many of the alto solos in The Bach Cantatas on a concert of the music of J.S. Bach and debuted with Orchestra Sono as the alto soloist in Haydn’s Lord Nelson mass and the Schubert mass in G. Diane holds the honor of being a National Semifinalist in the Metropolitan Opera Competition, and is a graduate of the intensive San Francisco Opera’s Merola apprentice program.

Alex Way

Alex Way is a Detroit native and 2018 Kresge Artist Fellow. From the day she was born, she has been immersed in music because her family was filled with talented musicians and singers. She began singing when she was 4 years old in her church choir and loved it. She discovered her other love, the violin, when she was 11 years old. She gave her first performance singing and playing violin in a camp talent show. From then on, she knew she wanted to be a performer. She has performed with internationally-acclaimed artists, including Marcus Belgrave, Al McKenzie, and Chinelo Amen-Ra. Alex released her first single, “C.N.L.L. (Cry Now Laugh Later),” in 2015 and her first EP, “Phases,” in 2016. Since then, she has performed in numerous local and national venues and festivals. Alex is now moving forward to her next project, to be announced.

FAQs

What are my parking options at the event?
There is free parking on the street where each host house is located.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
You may call Music Director Michelle May at 313-865-1149 or via e-mail at music@historicbostonedison.org.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Your name will be added to our guest list, however, bringing the physical ticket might be a good idea for a back-up just in case!


2020 Concerts in Boston-Edison Season

The tenth season of Boston-Edison's Sounds of Music™ House Concert Series features 7 great performances. Season Ten has:

  • Julianne Akney 
  • Chris Greene Quartet, Virtual Facebook Concert
  • Brendon Davis at The Congregation
  • The Straight Ahead Trio

2019 Sounds of Music™ Season

The ninth season of Boston-Edison's Sounds of Music™ House Concert Series featured three great performances. Season Nine had:

  • Latin Classical with Protea
  • Free Young People's Concert at the Motown Mansion
  • A night in Havana with Tumbao Bravo
  • Brazilian Jazz with Michele Ramo and his World Jazz Ensemble

2018 Sounds of Music™ Season

The eighth season of Boston-Edison's Sounds of Music™ House Concert Series featured three great performances. Season Eight had:

2017 Sounds of Music™ Season

The seventh season of Boston-Edison's Sounds of Music™ House Concert Series featured three great performances. Season Seven had:

2016 Sounds of Music™ Season

The sixth season of Boston-Edison House Concerts was another great series. See the links below for photographs of the events. Season Six featured:

  • A classical performance featuring the Bridge Trio, consisting of GRAMMY winner John McLaughlin Williams and Velda Kelly on violins and Romona Merritt on viola.
  • A beautiful evening of high-energy jazz from the Zamar Jazz Band.
  • A folk performance featuring award-winning singer/songwriter Jill Jack on vocals and guitar, accompanied by Mark Iannace.
  • A high-energy performance by the Detroit Youth Choir under the expert direction of Anthony White.

2015 Sounds of Music™ Season

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 a GRAMMY nominated 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.

2014 Sounds of Music™ Season

The fourth season of Boston-Edison House Concerts was a great success. See the links below for photographs of the events. Season Four featured:

2013 Sounds of Music™ Season

The third season of Boston-Edison House Concerts was a great success. See the links below for photographs of the events. Season Three featured:

2012 Sounds of Music™ Season

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.

2011 Sounds of Music™ Season

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

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