Carr Center presents 'Season: Spectacular' Nov. 3

Michael H. Hodges
Detroit News Fine Arts Writer
Jazz great Dee Dee Bridgewater will sing at "Season: Spectacular," the Nov. 3 kickoff in the Carr Center's 2018-2019 performance series.

Detroit's Carr Center will kick off its 2018-2019 performance season Nov. 3 with "Season: Spectacular" at the Ford Theater of Performing Arts at Midtown's Detroit School of Arts. 

"Season: Spectacular" will include performances from a dazzling range of African-American music and dance stars, both local and national.

Among them will be jazz legends and Grammy-award winners Dee Dee Bridgewater and Terri Lyne Carrington. Both women sing, though Carrington is also renowned for her drumming and percussive skills.

The two are also now co-artistic directors at the center.

"Dee Dee and Terri Lyne have put a very special season together," said Carr Center President Oliver Ragsdale Jr., one he said will advance the Carr's mission to present and promote African and African-American cultural arts. 

Also on tap Nov. 3 will be opera great George Shirley, the first African-American tenor cast in a leading role with the New York's Metropolitan Opera. 

Tap legend Savion Glover is on the program as well, as are visual artist Carrie Mae Weems, a 2013 MacArthur "genius" grantee, and The Gathering Orchestra with lead jazz-man Rodney Whitaker. 

Finally, organizers promise "a special message" from dancer and choreographer Debbie Allen, whose credits include choreographing the Academy Awards an astonishing 10 times. 

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'Season: Spectacular'

Ford Theater of Performing Arts

123 Selden, Detroit 

7:30 p.m. Nov. 3

$30 general admission 

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