Pontiac, Michigan -- Internationally-renowned pianist Marina Arsenijevic and the Michigan Philharmonic Orchestra will conduct a special performance at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 19, in honor of Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson to benefit his children's charity, The Rainbow Connection. The concert will be held in the Seligman Performing Arts Center at Detroit Country Day School in Beverly Hills.
"The Michigan Philharmonic has dubbed the event 'Beauty & L. Brooks'; and it's true, I cannot remotely compare to Marina's beauty or artistry," Patterson said. "But the real focus of the evening is about The Rainbow Connection. Thank you to Marina and the Michigan Philharmonic for raising funds to help grant the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses."
Tickets are $40 for general admission or $100 for VIP/Patron which includes a meet and greet following the concert with Brooks and the performers. To purchase tickets, call 734-451-2112 or go to michiganphil.org.
The concert will begin with the Michigan Philharmonic performing "Adventures on Earth" by John Williams. Marina will then come on stage to play Grieg's Piano Concerto in A Minor and Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue.
About The Rainbow Connection
The Rainbow Connection, a Michigan based 501(c)(3) charity, is dedicated to making dreams come true for Michigan children who are literally fighting for their lives. Founded by Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, The Rainbow Connection has granted the wishes of thousands of Michigan children with life threatening illnesses since 1985. From something as simple as a computer, going to the Super Bowl, or a glorious trip to Disney World, The Rainbow Connection makes dreams come true throughout the year. For more information, go to rainbowconnection.org.
About Marina Arsenijevic
Marina Arsenijevic (arson-nee-vitch) is the international award-winning pianist and composer and star of the Emmy-nominated Public Television program, “Marina at West Point: Unity through Diversity” which has been broadcast to more than 160 million viewers with over 350 airings on PBS stations. Marina is the 2011 recipient of the “Leaders of Conscience Award.” She currently resides in New York City. For more information, click on marinainamerica.com.
About the Michigan Philharmonic Orchestra
The Michigan Philharmonic is in its 67th season. Previously known as the Plymouth Symphony and also, for its smaller presentations, Orchestra Canton. Now as the Michigan Philharmonic, it offers exciting new opportunities to provide culturally enriching and educational programming in southeast Michigan communities. The orchestra plays a full season of concerts from October to May, with several special concerts and events throughout the year. The Philharmonic also sponsors the Michigan Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, providing a unique, enriching and exciting musical experience for aspiring young players throughout Southeastern Michigan. Please visit michiganphil.org for additional information.
For media inquiries only, please contact Bill Mullan, Oakland County media and communications officer, at 248-858-1048; or Beth Stewart of the Michigan Philharmonic at 734-451-2112.