DEARBORN — Karen Newman, “the voice” of the Detroit Red Wings, will combine her talents with the Henry Ford College Big Band and Blue Fusion for the annual Big Band, Bop and Pop concert Jan. 28 at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center.
Award-winning musicians performing in this concert include young professional musicians, music educators and traditional-aged music students who enroll at HFC to continue their performance opportunities, said Rick Goward, HFC director of Bands and the Rotary Club of Dearborn Concert chair.
This year they will be joined by Newman, a Detroit native who regularly performs the national anthem at Red Wings home games at Joe Louis Arena. She has toured with Michigan natives Kid Rock and Bob Seger. To date, she’s released five CDs.
HFC will present this concert with special patron sponsorship by the Rotarians of the Rotary Club of Dearborn. College scholarships awarded to students is a commitment made annually by the Rotarians. This year, scholarship awards from $1,500 to $5,000 will be made to approximately 20 students attending Dearborn Public Schools.
Ticket prices range from $25 to $35. For those wishing to be on the Patron List in the concert program, they must make a monetary contribution of $125 or more. This will provide them with four reserved tickets. Email Goward at [email protected] if interested in becoming a patron.
Three Dearborn-based restaurants will offer dinner discounts prior to the concert, ranging from 10 to 15 percent off, excluding alcohol and bottled beverages. Tax and gratuity are not included. Present concert tickets when ordering.
Participating restaurants are:
• The Edison Room at The Dearborn Inn, 20301 Oakwood Blvd. Call 313-371-2700.
• La Pita Mediterranean Cuisine, 22681 Newman. Call 313-563-7482.
• Roman Village Cucina Italiana, 9924 Dix Ave. Call 313-842-2100.
Tickets are available by calling 313-943-2354. People buying six or more tickets are eligible for discounted prices and need to email Goward.
Renowned for her annual Christmas concerts, Newman has been featured on two Christmas specials broadcast on WDIV Channel 4. Her holiday song “Christmas Eve on Woodward Avenue” – her tribute to Detroit – is played on local radio stations every holiday season.
Additionally, she has appeared in television commercials for local and national companies, as well as served as the celebrity spokeswoman for John Bowman Chevrolet, Evola Music, Discount Tire Co., Sargent Appliance, Hanson Windows, Diabetes Care Education Association, St. John Providence Health Systems and more. Newman works with children’s and animal charities in the state. She lives in metropolitan Detroit.
“We are thrilled to have a singer of Karen Newman’s caliber perform with the HFC Big Band and Blue Fusion for this fundraising event,” Goward said. “Blue Fusion is HFC’s entertaining vocal jazz group that’ll be singing some tunes in a variety of styles accompanied by the Big Band. I’m very excited about this. I know that everyone involved will deliver a phenomenal show.”