Historic Boston-Edison Presents
"The Sounds of Music"
House Concert Series
The "Sounds of Music" House Concert Series celebrates seven years with some of the best musicians in the world of classical, Latin jazz and world jazz, all performing in the beautiful homes of Historic Boston-Edison. Tickets are $45 per person, or $40 per person if purchasing all three concerts, (plus a nominal service fee) and can be purchased through Eventbrite, beginning March 3. Ticket price includes dinner and drinks at each concert. All performances begin at 7:30 pm.
The 2017 lineup features:
Lydia Cleaver and Maurice Draughn, harpists (Saturday, May 6)
Lydia Cleaver and Maurice Draughn are graduates of Cass Technical High School's famed Harp and Vocal program under the tutelege of harpist Patricia Terry-Ross. Both are accomplished technicians on their instruments, having appeared as soloists and ensemble members within a wide variety of high-profile classical, pop and R&B artists. Both are dedicated educators; Lydia has led the award-winning Cass Tech Harp and Vocal program since 2007, Maurice is an academic advisor in the Department of Music at Wayne State University. Come join us for this beautiful spring concert-a delicious dinner will be included.
SONEO - Latin Jazz Ensemble (Saturday, August 5)
Our very popular summer jazz party gets "hotter" every year! This year we're bringing the funky Latin Jazz sounds of SONEO. Pianist Bill Meyer, a prolific soloist, bandleader, writer, producer and music director leads this ensemble, and features some of the best Latin jazz musicians in the area. This under-the-tent performance will be in the backyard of a beautiful Boston-Edison home and includes a summer-themed dinner and drinks.
Musique Noire - World Jazz Ensemble (Saturday October, 7)
Our final concert in the series will feature this unique strings and percussion ensemble. Musique Noire was formed in 2005. The group's members, who reside in Detroit and Chicago, are veteran players nationally and internationally. Led by violinist Michelle May, the group produces a sophisticated sound showcasing extraodinary arrangements of world jazz music. Their instrumentation features Michelle on violin, Leslie Deshazor on viola, Leah Lucas Celebi on viola and violin, and the award-winning JoVia Armstrong on percussion, along with musicians on bass and guitar. Their debut CD, "Good Hair", features original songs (and three cover tunes) that reflect their musical influences in funk, Latin, world music and jazz. 2011 saw the release of their second CD, "Holiday Dreams: A Celebration of Christmas", with their spin on traditional Christmas tunes and the jazz classic, "A Child Is Born". 2017 will see the release of their newest project, "Reflections: We Breathe" a project honoring women in the arts. Musique Noire were 2009, 2010 and 2011 Detroit Music Awards nominees for Outstanding Jazz Recording (2009), Outstanding World/Reggae Group (2009, 2010 and 2011), and 2015 Winners as Best Female Band of the Year in the Black Women in Jazz and Fine Arts Awards. This concert includes dinner and drinks.
For more information
The "Sounds of Music" House Concert series is sponsored in part by:
- Gaye Butler, Robinson Realty and Management Group
- Colin Knapp and Frank Kong
We would like to thank the following advertisers for their patronage:
- St. Clair Glass and Mirror
- The Barthwell Group
- Greg Sikora Design
- C & N Party Rental
Advertising & Sponsorship Opportunities
Historic Boston-Edison Association has been able to provide quality concerts in our beautiful homes for the last seven years as a result of generous donations from our sponsors and advertisers. Our house concert series attracts a diverse audience from all over metro Detroit and Canada. This is a great opportunity to advertise to this group in our "Sounds of Music" program booklet. Or perhaps you'd consider giving a sponsorship donation (tax-deductible). For more information about advertising and sponsorship opportunities, download our Sounds of Music Sponsorship Form.
Tickets for each concert are $45 per person or $40 per person if purchasing all three concerts. Tickets are ADVANCE SALE ONLY, no tickets at the door. PLEASE NOTE: Tickets price will increase to $55 per person or $50 per person if purchasing all three concerts within 10 days of the scheduled concert (see Eventbrite link for details). Home addresses where concerts will take place will be provided with ticket purchase.
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.
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.
The fourth season of Boston-Edison House Concerts was a great success. See the links below for photographs of the events. Season Four featured:
- The sultry country music of dynamic singer-songwriter Julianne Ankley, along with a light dinner and non-alcoholic drinks.
- Hot summer jazz with pianist, arranger, composer, and producer Demetrius "Krayon" Nabors, along with a light dinner and drinks.
- The dynamic string New Verse Ensemble, led by violist John Madison, with harvest themed food and drink.
- Jazz, R&B and Hip-Hop with up-and-coming violinist and vocalist Xai.
The third season of Boston-Edison House Concerts was a great success. See the links below for photographs of the events. Season Three featured:
- The popular soul & funk infused blues band of Cris Canas, with a healthy soul food buffet.
- Jazz Vocalist and Detroit Music Award Winner Tracy Kash Thomas, with light dinner fare and drinks.
- Award-winning, dynamic pianist Jacqueline Csurgai-Schmitt, with light dinner fare and drinks.
- The children's concert with the vocal ensemble, Detroit Youth Concert Choir, with punch and cookies.
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.
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