Guinness concert needs a new home
Some are refusing to take part because its being held at a Jewish center, organizers said. Others oppose it because the musician and some of the organizers oppose Syrian President Bashar Assad. Jandali and others helping to organize the concert said its unfortunate there is division over an event intended to help children. Jandali said the Jewish center was selected for the concert on purpose because he wants people to cross through social and political barriers so we can be human. Stop dividing our noble cause with silly things, he said. Dr. Yahya Basha of West Bloomfield , who is of Syrian descent and a longtime leader in the Arab-American and Muslim-American communities, supports the concert. He said it will highlight the magnitude of the tragedy of Syria. More than 6 million Syrians have been displaced because of the war, including about 2 million refugees who fled the country. There are about 10,000 Syrian Americans in Michigan. John Akouri, a Lebanese-American leader from Farmington Hills who will emcee the event, said: Shame on anyone who brings politics or religion into this concert. Everyone is welcome.
The concert which marks the founding of the world-famous beer more than 250 years ago, has been held at the National Indoor Sports Centre (NISC) two years running, but with the thousands who crammed into the venue to see the stellar performances of Tarrus Riley, Bunji Garlin, Busy Signal, Aidonia and I-Octane, the Arthur Guinness Concert might just have outgrown the venue. “Already people are saying to me, ‘you have to change the venue because it’s not holding the people’. And when the artistes come like this and come this hard, imagine next year how many people are going to want to come. It’s getting huge, and I am just happy the people enjoyed it,” said Raquel Nevins, Guinness brand manager, at the conclusion of the event two weeks ago. Looking resplendent in a white flared dress, accessorised by a Guinness button over her left breast, Nevins was seen enjoying the concert as much as any of the thousands who packed inside the NISC last month. performances And like the crowd, she had high praise for the performers. “What stood out for me was that all of the artistes came out, and they came with something different. It wasn’t just a stageshow, it was a concert, musical arrangement; everybody had something different, something that you have never seen them do before,” she said. “You could see that the crowd was just loving it, and I am amazed and I am thankful and I am grateful that everything came off and that people had fun.” Outside the VIP area, hundreds of patrons were still savouring the experience, consuming the remainder of the Guinness in their buckets and enjoying the music that continued to blare from the massive speakers. Without even knowing it, they were confirming everything Nevins had just said.
Halloween concert Oct. 24 ought to be a fright
3, from 3 4:30 p.m., at the church, located at 73 Old Highway 28 in Whitehouse. A free-will offering will be collected to support the church. Consolacion is a truly gifted musician and we are delighted to have him with us. He is presently pursuing his Masters of Music in Organ Performance at Westminster Choir College of Rider University. He has served as organist in churches in his native Philippines and has received commissions from different music organizations, festivals and cathedrals in the Philippines as well as throughout Asia and the United States. In 2001 Consolacion was invited to perform for her Royal Highness Queen Sofia of Spain during her visit to Manila. He recently won second place at an international Organ Improvisation Competition at the University of Michigan. In addition to being a highly accomplished organist, he is also a composer and has made several CD recordings. His music has been described as pure, spiritual and uplifting. Choirs all over the world have performed his music in concert and competitions. He is regarded as an influential figure in organ and sacred music.
Audience members are allowed to wear costumes as well, but they arent required. Tickets are $25 to $65 and students are always $10. For tickets or more information call 836-0525 or visit www.nisorchestra.org. Updated: October 12, 2013 4:51PM Conductor Kirk Muspratt answers question in advance of The Northwest Indiana Symphonys Oct. 24 Halloween concert. Q: Hi, I am 5 years old and I was at your circus concert. It was my very, very first concert. Is everybody going to dress up for the concert on Halloween night? Noah Alexander Bakker, A: Hello, Noah. I am really glad that you came to your first concert. Congratulations! However, I want to make sure that you know the next concert is not on Halloween night but one week before that on Thursday, Oct. 24. ( Just tell your parents, OK? They know about that stuff.) The whole orchestra, chorus and youth orchestra will all be in costumes on the stage.