Press Release

September 25, 2019

Bloomfield Hills, MI – One Night. One Concert. One Amazing Evening of Music! Rackham Choir will perform as part of An Evening with Alvin Waddles and Friends on Friday, October 4 at Bloomfield Hills High School Auditorium. This unique concert will combine classical, jazz, gospel and Broadway for a one-of-a-kind celebration of music, friendship and life. The sixth installment of this much-anticipated event will feature legendary Detroit jazz pianist Alvin Waddles, along with performances by the dynamic Rackham Choir and members of the Bloomfield Hills High School Choir, as well as a host of stellar local artists including Alaina Brown, Gregory Ashe, Marion Hayden, Alice Tillman and Testimony Sings. The Tenors: Cook, Dixon and Young (performing together in the Detroit for the first time in over a decade) will also appear, accompanied by the EWAW Orchestra under the direction of Suzanne Mallare Acton.

“This is one of my favorite concerts because so many different styles of music are brought to life in this one performance,” says Gregory Ashe, Rackham Choir member and featured soloist. “It is a concert that you will not want to miss!”

Admission is $20 for balcony, $30 for main floor and $50 for VIP seating. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online on Eventbrite. Past performances of An Evening with Alvin Waddles and Friends have sold out, so advanced purchase is recommended. Bloomfield Hills High School is located at 4200 Andover Road in Bloomfield Hills (click for directions). This performance kicks off Rackham Choir’s 70th anniversary performance season. For more information, visit

About Rackham Choir:     With innovative repertoire, high artistic standards, enduring history, and community involvement, Rackham Choir is a vital part of Detroit’s rich cultural landscape.

Under the leadership of artistic director Suzanne Mallare Acton, Rackham performs a repertoire that ranges from classics to innovative multimedia productions combining live music with film, narration, and dance, often in collaboration with other groups and guest artists. In addition to the choir’s signature work, the annual production of “Too Hot to Handel—The Jazz- Gospel Messiah” at the Detroit Opera House, Rackham presents local premieres of works, often focusing on pieces with relevant social or historical contexts, delivering messages of peace and community. During the 2019-20 performance season, Rackham Choir — founded in 1949 and in constant operation for 70 years — celebrates its legacy as one of the longest-standing performing arts organizations in Detroit.

CONTACT:  Rackham Choir Kim Corbeil  (313) 404-0222