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Realitycheck
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Posted on Friday, March 16, 2007 - 7:51 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Treat yourself to a memorable performance of the world's most popular ballet at the Detroit Opera House through Sunday afternoon (March 18).

This is classical dance performed at its professional peak by the American Ballet Theater, with spectacular staging (3 huge sets, fog, flash grenades) and costumes. Can you tell I enjoyed last night's opening?

If you've never seen ballet, this is the one to try. Plenty o' seats left tonight, Saturday afternoon and eve, and Sunday afternoon . . . as David DiChiera noted in his stage remarks -- which included a slap at 2 familiar targets:
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For some reason, the papers here don't pay attention to dance, so we need you to be our ambassadors and spread the word.

Glad to do so. Info here.
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56packman
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Posted on Friday, March 16, 2007 - 7:59 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

My wife and Daughter are going tomorrow
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Kenp
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Posted on Friday, March 16, 2007 - 8:47 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I saw the Tchaikovsky ballet last year at the opera house. It was half full. What I enjoyed about that show was they had an orchestra.
I am a huge fan of Tchaikovsky and especially the ballets. Does anybody know if the music for Swan Lake is piped in?
Another good show next week is Tchaikovskys 6th symphony at Orchestra hall. The deal is 2 tickets, parking and 2 drink coupons for $49.
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Realitycheck
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Posted on Friday, March 16, 2007 - 8:56 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The Michigan Opera Theater Orchestra accompanies the current performances, Kenp. Quite rousingly.
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My wife and daughter are going tomorrow.

When you hear their raves, 56packman, you may wish you had joined them.
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Kenp
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Posted on Friday, March 16, 2007 - 10:27 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thanks realitycheck for the news. I would recommend Swan Lake to anyone, its a classic. Anybody who has never been to the Ballet please try it. You will be amazed. The music in Swan Lake is as good as it gets and the American Ballet is very good.
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Dannaroo
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Posted on Friday, March 16, 2007 - 4:31 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Sadly, I thought this was going to be a thread about the Canadian super group Swan Lake (with Dan Bejar of The New Pornographers and Destroyer, Carey Mercer of Frog Eyes, and Spencer Krug from Wolf Parade and Sunset Rubdown) and their truly spectacular 2006 debut album, "Beast Moans."



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Pussygirl313
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Posted on Friday, March 16, 2007 - 9:47 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Swan Lake was beautiful......I saw it Thursday.
The Opera House is truly a Gem for this city.
They do great things there. And they have a ton of $$ invest in the city. We should be proud to have them and do our best to support them.
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Kenp
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Posted on Saturday, March 17, 2007 - 9:37 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I think the Michigan Opera has done a great job with the venue and bringing great acts. People dont realize the stage is one of the biggest in America which works well for grand shows like Swan Lake.
My issue is the exposure to what is going on there. In Fridays Detroit News weeked section the only mention of this show was in the kiddies things to do section. A small paragraph about about a half hour performance my Angelina Ballarina before the actual show. And this isnt a one time deal, its all the time. There are some many great things going on down there, somebody needs to learn how to market the product.
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Pffft
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Posted on Saturday, March 17, 2007 - 11:05 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The problem with the papers is, who can afford to have a full-time dance critic, with subscription levels where they are? And the folks who are complaining there is no coverage -- do they subscribe? If they don't, how is a dance critic to be supported, through the air? Lowell and detroityes don't pay for content, they just link to the stories.
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Kenp
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Posted on Saturday, March 17, 2007 - 11:23 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The Michigan Opera does not market its product as well as they should. It doesnt take a dance critic to see that something gets in the paper about a weekend Ballet performance. And Im not talking just about the ballet, its all the shows, especially opera. The section in the Free Press and News on Friday is to let people know whats going on, it just amazes me nothing was in the papers.
They should at least advertised a little. I got 7th row seats for tonights show and ordered them on Friday. Makes me think there will be a lot of empty seats.
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Pffft
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Posted on Saturday, March 17, 2007 - 11:27 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

True...

Although I ordered seats for a not-sold out opera one time and was waaaay at the top. And we didn't buy the cheapest seats, either. I haven't been back since.
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Kenp
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Posted on Saturday, March 17, 2007 - 11:35 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Not to get off the subject, but regarding tickets, I have a big problem with Ilitch. I recently bought tickets for a show at the Fox. I was one of the first online and got row Q. Now the show is sold out and he has opened up a auction for the prime seats eg. Orchestra pit seats. Best bid wins. He is actually scalping his own tickets. It just pisses me off.

Pffft, go to the ballet tonight, I will buy you a drink.
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Gistok
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Posted on Monday, March 19, 2007 - 1:13 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I took a tour of the building back in 1990, before any restoration. You could not tell what the interior colors were to the place. It was so decrepit! Sorta like the United Artists Theatre looks today.

Ya gotta admit that MOT General Director Dr. David DiChiera was a man of vision. Back then the Broadway area was a wasteland. And today... wow!

My favorite part of the Opera House is the geometric puzzle of a sounding board above the stage and Procenium. It's what helps give the DOH such fabulous accoustics.

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