Detroit Symphony Orchestra | Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center
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NOEL NIGHT PROGRAMMING:
7:00 & 8:15 p.m. - Sonny Knight and the Lakers
Free. No tickets required. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Presented by the DSO and Midtown Detroit Inc., Minneapolis based retro-soul band Sonny Knight and the Lakers will treat event attendees to back-to-back performances (7:00 & 8:15 p.m.) featuring original music plus holiday favorites. The Cube, located in the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, will create a casual yet intimate atmosphere, reminiscent of the DSO’s popular Mix @ The Max series, in which audience members are encouraged to come-and-go as they please. Arrive early for food and drink specials, holiday shopping, family activities, photos opportunities and a visit from Santa Claus.
Sonny Knight and the Lakers exist in the afterglow that soul luminaries like James Brown created with his raucous, kinetic, and supreme live performances. Released in mid-2015, Sonny Knight and the Lakers Do It Live, from the eponymous group, is a loving return to the height of live Rhythm and Blues, with Knight and his band perfectly capturing the uproarious vibe and rebellious musicianship of an era long gone. The hard-soul powerhouse that is Sonny Knight & The Lakers quickly gained ground in their hometown, from being named one of “The Best New Minnesota Musicians of 2014” via the City Pages, to topping the Minneapolis Star Tribune’s list of the best live act of 2014 due to their “high-energy..funk-blasting” shows. Accolades for I’m Still Here rolled in from top national outlets as well. NPR’s World Café professed the album is “New “old-school” soul music,” and that “it captures the singer sounding as vital as ever…a wonderful album
8:00 p.m. - Storm Large: 7 Deadly Sins (tickets required $). Called "sensational" by The New York Times in her 2013 Carnegie Hall debut with the DSO, larger-than-life personality and vocalist Storm Large reprises her starring role as "Anna" (and her multiple personalities!) in Kurt Weill's thrilling, satirical Seven Deadly Sins. Leonard Slatkin leads this theatrical masterpiece, framed by acclaimed works of avant-garde English composer William Walton.
8:00 p.m. - Detroit Public Theater presents Dot (tickets required). This hilarious and heartbreaking new play brings us into the heart of a boisterous, loving, West Philly home as siblings and parents grapple with aging, midlife crises, and the true meaning of family. Dot is coming to Detroit from the Humana Festival and an extended Off-Broadway run at The Vineyard Theatre in New York!