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Genesee Wind Symphony to perform Feb. 18

FLINT — The Genesee Wind Symphony, conducted by Bruce Nieuwenhuis, will perform its annual “Presidents’ Day” concert Feb. 18, at Woodside Church 1509 East Court Str., starting at 7:30 pm.

The concert, entitled “American Experiences,” will include From Main to Oregon, a march by John Philip Sousa on the 100th anniversary of its publication. The work is from his Operetta, The American Maid, a comic love story with patriotic elements related to the Spanish American War.

Also included will be Chester, based on William Billings’ Hymn and Marching Song of the American Revolution, Armed Forces Salute, which includes the marches of each of the branches of the U.S. military, and Stars and Stripes Forever, Sousa’s best known march. The band will also play An American Portrait, by David Reed, a medley of several of well-known American patriotic tunes.

In addition to these military related pieces the Genesee Wind Symphony will play Gustav Holst’s Mars, in celebration of Curiosity’s arrival on Mars on Aug. 6, American Faces, by David Holsinger, a work featuring the well-known tune ‘Simple Gifts’, and Promising Skies, by Robert W. Smith, a work that commemorates the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina with a very effective portrayal of the approach, the devastation, and recovery from the storm.

Several additional pieces including marches will complete the program. — G.G.

Author to speak about local Civil War soldier

BURTON — The Flint Genealogical Society will meet Feb. 5, 7 p.m., at the Burton Senior Center, 3410 South Grand Traverse.

Len Thomas, of Swartz Creek, will present on his book, The Civil War Letters of Harrison Harmon Carson. We will learn from more than100 letters sent home from 1861-1865, to his wife and teenage sons in Owosso. As he was waging battle with the 3rd Michigan Cavalry, he directed the family on operations of their farm at home.

Thomas is an award-winning author. The public is welcome. — G.G.

Love under the stars

FLINT — Experience a unique and intimate dinner for two under the stars at Longway Planetarium, including hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. Sweep that special someone right off their feet with a seductively stress-free Valentine’s meal. Included in your evening are a box of chocolates, a red rose in a bud vase, and your choice of a bottle of red or white wine.

Reservations and payment are required in advance. Seating is limited to just 10 couples. Call 810-237-3427 or email with any questions or to book your table.

There are three nights to choose from: Feb. 14-16 from 6-10 p.m.

The cost is $150 per couple. Hors d’oeuvres and Cocktail Hour 6-7 p.m. and dinner is from 7- 10 p.m.

The menu includes — grilled filet mignon, roasted red potatoes, asparagus in a butter sauce, delicious dessert and a bottle of wine. — G.G.


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