Scene briefs for Thursday, April 11

April 11, 2019 GMT

The Merling Trio

to perform in Hart

The Hart Community Performing Arts Series will continue its 2018-19 season on Friday, April 12 when it presents the Merling Trio with special guest artist Tom Knific at 7:30 p.n. Friday in a program entitled “The Great American Songbook Meets Brahms and Knific” on the stage of the Hart Public Schools Auditorium, 300 Johnson St.

The Merling Trio is recognized as one of today’s premier ensembles, bringing together musicians from Polish, Japanese and Dutch backgrounds. The trio made its New York debut in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in 1993, and was named a finalist for the Naumburg Foundation Chamber Music Award in 1994.

A limited number of individual tickets will be available at the door. For ticket information, call Tom Kirk at 873-6270 or email at tkirk@hart.k12.mi.us.

WSCC announces

Spring concerts

VICTORY TWP. — The West Shore Community College music department will be performing its spring concerts in the next several weeks.

The WSCC Jazz Ensemble will highlight the sounds from the big band era and contemporary jazz works at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 11 in the college’s Center Stage Theater.

At 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, the Wind Symphony, under the baton of music professor Ted Malt, will be in concert at the Manistee High School Auditorium, 525 12th St. Manistee. The concert will highlight a diverse selection of wind band literature. The Percussion Ensemble will also perform during the concert under the direction of Xavier Verna, who is the executive director of the Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts.

The WSCC Concert Choir, under the direction of Rebecca Sopha and Lew Wilson, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, in the Center Stage Theater. The choir will be performing selections of sacred, secular and contemporary works.

The college’s newest musical ensemble, the Gold Coast Chorale, will present its spring concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 13, at Center Stage Theater under the direction of Eliot Plummer.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.westshore.edu, by phone at (231) 843-5507 or in person at the Schoenherr Campus Center Book Store. Box office hours are Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Lud Vegas event Saturday

The fifth annual Lud Vegas event, the largest fundraiser of the year for Habitat for Humanity of Mason County, is from 6 to 11 p.m., Saturday at Lincoln Hills Golf Club, 1527 N. Lakeshore Drive.

Tickets are $55 for a single ticket or $110 for a couple’s pair of tickets, including processing fees. Tickets include admission and $125 in playing chips as well as food and drinks. Attendees’ names will also be entered into a raffle contest, which will offer a total of more than $700 in prizes.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.masoncountyhabitat.org.