“Your Generation In Concert” is set to perform at 7 p.m. July 23 on the lawn of the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts.

“Your Generation In Concert” is set to perform at 7 p.m. July 23 on the lawn of the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts.

Photo provided by the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts


Macomb Center for the Performing Arts Center ready to entertain

Lorenzo Cultural Center open again 

By: Maria Allard | C&G Newspapers | Published July 9, 2021

 The lawn concert series at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts in Clinton Township will feature singer/songwriter Joshua Davis at 7 p.m. Aug. 6.

The lawn concert series at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts in Clinton Township will feature singer/songwriter Joshua Davis at 7 p.m. Aug. 6.

Photo provided by the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts

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MACOMB COUNTY — In March 2020, the stage at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts fell silent because of COVID-19. Musicians turned off their amps, dancers hung up their costumes and theater performers put away their scripts.

Now, a little more than one year later with some virtual events along the way, the spotlight will shine again as organizers have planned a number of lawn concerts this summer at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, 44575 Garfield Road.

Several live outdoor shows are scheduled in July and August, including a performance July 23 with “Your Generation In Concert.” Get ready to rock around the clock as the eight-piece band provides a musical journey that highlights five decades of pop, rock ’n’ roll, dance and rhythm and blues.

On Aug. 6, singer/songwriter and “The Voice” Season Eight finalist, Joshua Davis brings his sound and style to stage. Show time is 7 p.m. Next up is “Brushes With Broadway” presented by Tom Butwin, at 7 p.m. Aug. 13. Other performances, including fall indoor shows, are scheduled and can be found at www.macombcenter.com. Events are subject to change.

“We’re going to have an outdoor stage on the lawn behind the Macomb Center, and we’ve got some great talent lined up,” said William Wood, director cultural affairs and community engagement, Macomb Community College. “People can bring lawn chairs and blankets.”

The lawn concerts will have a 500-person capacity. All tickets are general admission, which means there is no assigned seating.

“We’re so excited about getting this done,” Wood said. “There is nothing that replaces a live performance. We’re so excited to be able to do live performances again.”

Because the state has lifted COVID-19 restrictions at this time, masks are not mandatory. Outside food and beverage will not be permitted, but there will be a concession stand open with snacks and beverages, including soft drinks, water, beer and wine, but no hard liquor.

“The performers are anxious to perform again,” Wood said. “We’re humming along like nothing ever happened.”

Along with the lawn concerts, the center was able to bring back its summer performance workshops for children and teens, also to be held on the lawn.

The drama workshops with All The World’s A Stage was set for July 12-16. There is still time to register for the All The World’s A Stage musical theater workshop from July 19-23.

A show choir workshop is scheduled for July 26-30, and the youth chorus workshop is Aug. 23-27 with choreographer Andy Haines and Grosse Pointe South High School Choir Director Christopher Pratt.

In the workshops, the students work on their acting, singing and dancing skills. They learn choreography and how to create characters.

“The arts can impact someone for a lifetime,” said David Schroeder, educational outreach coordinator for the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts and the Lorenzo Cultural Center. “Students are utilizing their creativity. We’re building self-confidence, promoting teamwork and personal development. They’re improving their creativity and confidence.”

Although the workshops weren’t offered last summer because of COVID, Schroeder has visited them in person in past years.

“I’ve watched the students have fun learning,” he said. “Our instructors are very knowledgeable. They’re just so passionate, figuring out the strengths of each student and finding their voice.”

All The World’s A Stage will perform “Wish Upon A Star” at 7 p.m. Aug. 14 on the Macomb Center lawn. The show choir workshop performance will be at 7 p.m. July 30 on the Macomb Center lawn.

The box office hours are noon to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. For more information, call (586) 286-2222 or visit www.macombcenter.com.

The Lorenzo Cultural Center, located next door to the Performing Arts Center, also has re-opened to the public. MCC and the Detroit Institute of Arts have partnered to exhibit “American Spectacle” from June 11 through Sept. 11.

“American Spectacle: Selections from the Nancy and Sean Cotton Collection of American Art,” includes a selection of 11 artworks by American painters of the late 19th and early 20th century that explore competing visions of American culture and identity that remain relevant today. Every Friday, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., a DIA specialist is on-site to give tours of the exhibit. Cultural Center hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. The event is free, and pre-registration is not required.

For more information, visit www.macombcenter.com.

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