A Fractured Family Reunites in Avon Players’ ‘Marvin’s Room’

Heartwarming Play Proves it’s Never too Late to go Home Unexpected developments lead to an unlikely reconciliation for one family in Avon Players’ production of Marvin’s Room running January 18-February 2. Adult sisters Bessie (Deirdre Ward-Beck) and Lee (Lia DiFonzo) have not seen each other for many years. When Bessie is diagnosed with leukemia, Lee returns home to Florida, and the estranged siblings reunite. In tow are Lee’s two troubled sons: Hank (Bodi Johnson), who is in a mental … [Read more...]

Oakland University to Present ‘Street Scene,’ an American Opera

An American Opera at Oakland University (OU) Oakland University’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance will present Street Scene, an American opera based on the 1929 Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name by Elmer Rice, on January 8, 10, 12 and 13 in Varner Recital Hall on OU’s campus. Tickets are $12 for students and $22 for the general public, and can be purchased online at startickets.com. “The play is based on a set of immigrant and first generation families that live in the same … [Read more...]

OU’s World Music, Latin Jazz Concerts to Feature Renowned Violinist Regina Carter

Renowned jazz violinist Regina Carter will be performing as a special guest on Friday, November 30 during the World Music Concert and Saturday, December 1 during the Latin Jazz Concert in Varner Recital Hall on the Oakland University (OU) campus. “When I was a student at OU, the big band director, Marvin ‘Doc’ Holladay, brought in guest musicians including Marcus Belgrave, Lyman Woodard, Ken Cox and Wendell Harrison, to work and perform with us,” said Carter, Oakland University’s … [Read more...]

REVIEW: Avon Players’ ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ Inspires and Enthralls on an Epic Scale

At first blush, The Hunchback of Notre Dame seems like an odd choice for a holiday play. Especially when you consider past Avon productions such as A Christmas Story, Forever Christmas, and Miracle on 34th Street have much more overt seasonal messages. However, as the story unfolds it becomes clear that this play is absolutely perfect for this time of year with its message about kindness, love, and the need for refuge in an all too chaotic world. And if that’s not enough to sway you, then … [Read more...]

Rochester Community Concert Band Concert December 11

The Rochester Community Concert Band (RCCB) will present its "Sounds of the Holiday” Concert on Tuesday, December 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Rochester High School Auditorium, 180 S. Livernois Road, Rochester Hills, MI 48307. The concert will feature music of the Holiday season by Bach, Anderson, Vaughn Williams, Holst and others, including an arrangement of popular Hanukkah songs titled “Dreidle Dance” by Robert Thurston and a setting of the classic ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” narrated … [Read more...]

OU Brass Band to Welcome Acclaimed Euphonium Virtuoso Steven Mead on Dec. 2

  Internationally acclaimed euphonium virtuoso Steven Mead will join the Oakland University (OU) Brass Band for a memorable afternoon of brass music artistry beginning at 3:00 p.m.  on Sunday, December 2 in Varner Recital Hall. “Steve’s appearance with the OU Brass Band is a result of conversations we had during his two-day residence here at OU last March,” said Dr. Kenneth Kroesche, an associate professor of music and coordinator of the OU Brass Band. “Having just adjudicated … [Read more...]

Zenith Brass Presents Free Concert in Rochester

Zenith Brass will present its 24th Annual Fall Concert at 7:00 p.m., Sunday, November 18 at the Oak Arbor Church, 495 Oak Arbor Circle West, Rochester, MI (4 miles north of downtown Rochester). Founded in 1995 by Director Mark Petty, this group of 28 outstanding teenage musicians proudly represents school bands across Oakland and Macomb Counties. Their participation in Zenith Brass helps them develop additional skills to take back to their own school bands. Director Mark Petty says, "The … [Read more...]

REVIEW: Oakland University’s ‘Lysistrata Remix’ is Rooted in History and More Relevant Than Ever

  After the season-opening success of Into the Woods, the Oakland University School of Music, Theatre and Dance closes out 2018 with another philosophical tale: the Greek comedy Lysistrata—with a few modern enhancements. Originally written by the Greek playwright Aristophanes in 411 BCE, Lysistrata takes the war Athens and Sparta are waging with each other and gives it a comedic tenor. The women want peace and their men back home on a full-time basis. Using salacious wit and a bit of … [Read more...]

Oakland University to Present ‘Lysistrata Remix,’ a Comedic Battle of the Sexes

Oakland University’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance will present Lysistrata Remix — a comedic battle of the sexes — from November 15 through December 2 in Varner Studio Theatre. The production puts a new shell on the Greek comedy Lysistrata by Aristophanes. Originally performed in Athens in 411 BCE, Lysistrata tells the story of a woman who makes a vow to withhold sex from her husband, and inspires other women to do the same, until their soldier husbands sign a treaty for … [Read more...]

Ring in the Holiday Season with Avon Players’ ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’

  Sweeping music and an epic story make this new Disney musical an instant classic An enduring novel will come to life with a dramatic story and lush Disney music as Avon Players presents The Hunchback of Notre Dame running November 23-December 8. Claude Frollo, archdeacon of Notre Dame (Nick Frederick), has been hiding his charge, the deformed Quasimodo (Clayton Hargrave), in the bell tower of the cathedral for years. Quasimodo’s only companions are his fantasies of the personified … [Read more...]