Monthly JazzWalk Swings In Early with Pat Cronley & Friends

12109989_560437337453238_7766953620382302047_oOur favorite Thursday of the month is just around the corner. JazzWalk, a monthly event that normally falls on the fourth Thursday of the month, will hit the streets of downtown Flint a week early due to the holidays.

The event, to be held Dec. 17 at White Horse Tavern, is free to the public and open to all ages, according to Lanie Nix, administrative assistant of the Greater Flint Arts Council, which organizes the event.

“It’s always wall-to-wall people,” Nix says. “It’s exciting because it draws such a varied crowd. You see every age group represented. It’s music that everybody can relate to.”

This month, the event will feature live music by Pat Cronley & Friends. Joining Cronley will be Dave Bennett, a Metro Detroit-based clarinetist who has built up quite a large following in Genesee County.

Other musicians to have performed during JazzWalk – which brings performers to different venues throughout downtown Flint – include Beni Schlater and the Corey Glover Trio.

Tomorrow’s event will take place from 5-7:30 p.m. at 621 W. Court St., Flint.

For more information, or if you represent a business interested in participating in a future JazzWalk, call the Greater Flint Arts Council at 810-238-2787.

BONUS: Think the saxophone is just for jazz? Expand your horizons Friday, Dec. 18 at the Flint Institute of Music. There, Flint School of Performing Arts faculty member Jeff Price will use the instrument to perform “early French works based on opera as well as three concertos in three distinctly different styles: early 20th Century French, late Russian Romanticism and late 20th Century French.”

The free concert will kick off at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. For more info, click here.

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Flint Cultural Center to Host 32nd Annual Holiday Walk

Holiday WalkAs part of the 32nd Annual Holiday Walk, the community is invited to tour the Flint Cultural Center’s 33-acre campus on Tuesday, Dec. 1.

The free event will begin at 5:15 p.m., when City of Flint Police Chief James Tolbert and Santa Claus will lead the annual tree lighting ceremony. From there, Santa will make his way to The Whiting for family visits and free photos.

The Flint Institute of Arts will offer live music as well as the opportunities for kids to meet with PBS’ Sid the Science Kid. There will also be a holiday film shown in the FIA Theater as well as a children’s activity in the FIA Art School.

Applewood will host ice-carving demonstrations and carolers, and the Buick Gallery will have Santa’s classic car on display.

Visitors can also swing by the Flint Public Library, where they can make a holiday ornament, listen to the bell choir from Goodrich United Methodist Church or watch a Punch & Judy performance.

There will be a number of musical performances at the Flint Institute of Music (in both the atrium as well as MacArthur Recital Hall) as well as a holiday comedy show and staged reading of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas at the Flint Youth Theatre. 

Longway Planetarium will kick off its showings of Cosmic Christmas: The Light Show. Both the Sloan and Whaley Historic House museums will host holiday crafts.

The MTA will provide a free shuttle bus that runs from the Flint Farmers’ Market, at the corner of East 2nd and Wallenberg streets, to the Flint Cultural Center. The bus will run every 15 minutes, starting at 5:15 p.m. and ending at 7:45 p.m.

Admission is free, although donations of non-perishable food or personal care items are encouraged. Proceeds will benefit the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan.

The Flint Cultural Center campus is located along Kearsley Street off I-475 at Longway Blvd. in Flint. For more information, call 810.237.7333 or visit www.FlintCulturalCenter.org/holidaywalk.

Tapology Brings Jazz & Dance Festival to Flint Institute of Music

tapTapology will host its 13th Annual Festival Oct. 22-25, during which the program will offer classes for ages 5 to 80 (scholarships are available) as well as a free historical presentation by Columbia University Historian Daniel Dawson.

The festivities,held at the Flint Institute of Music and on the grounds of the cultural center’s campus. will culminate Sunday with the Tapology concert. The evening will showcase  the work of both the program’s Youth Ensemble students as well as well-known musicians and dancers including:

  • internationally known jazz pianist Lafayette Harris Jr.;
  • tap dance star and So Danca spokesperson Derick K. Grant;
  • Jessica Care Moore, producer of “Black Women Rock!”;
  • and Kevin Ramsey, who played Mufasa in of The Lion King (LA).

For more information, visit www.tapology.org. To purchase tickets, visit www.thewhiting.com or call 810 787-0197.

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Flint Symphony Orchestra to Present ‘Holiday Pops’ This Weekend at The Whiting

Photo: MLive

Photo: MLive

HolidayPops2You’ll have two chances to celebrate the season with the warm and joyful “Holiday Pops” musical event this weekend at The Whiting in Flint.

At 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, you can celebrate the yuletide season with this musical extravaganza featuring the Flint Symphony Orchestra, Conductor Maestro Enrique Diemecke, the Flint Festival Chorus with members of area high school choirs, Flint School of Performing Arts students and additional area musical groups.

Enjoy your favorites like “We Wish You a Little Christmas,” “Too Hot to Handel,” “Let There be Peace on Earth” and Handel’s “Messiah.”

Tickets from are $8 -$32 and can be purchased by calling (810) 237-7333 or (888) 8-CENTER, or visiting The Whiting at 1241 E. Kearsley St., Flint. Learn more here.

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FIM to Present ‘Amahl and the Night Visitors’ on Friday & Saturday

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Hear the story of the Three Wise Men and their journey as they follow the star in search of a wondrous child during the presentation of “Amahl and the Night Visitors” at 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 28-29, at the Flint Institute of Music MacArthur Recital Hall.

Amahl is a young disabled boy who lives with his mother. The kings stop and ask for lodging for the night in their humble home, and a miracle occurs!

A special invitation is extended to children for the Friday performance, but all are welcome. This is a free event and is open to the public.

The FIM is located at 1025 E. Kearsley St., Flint. Learn more here.

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Halloween Treat: ‘Phantom of the Opera’ Performance Planned Oct. 31 at FIM

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Too old for trick-or-treating? That doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy Halloween. The Flint Institute of Music wants you to get out and celebrate by taking in a performance of “The Phantom of the Opera.”

At 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, the Flint Theatre Organ Club will perform, featuring organist Andrew Rogers, with special guests the Flint Light Opera singing selections from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Broadway musical.

And if you still wanna dress up? Great! A Halloween costume contest will be held during intermission. Treats will be available for the kids.

“The Phantom of the Opera” will be performed at the FIM MacArthur Recital Hall, 1025 E. Kearsley St., Flint.

Admission is $18 for adults and $9 for those 12 and younger. Call (810) 237-3122 for tickets.

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