Best Shows To See On Valentine’s Day Weekend 2013 In Detroit

February 15, 2013 9:10 AM

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With Cupid breathing down your neck to devise a romantic plan for your Valentine this holiday, there are many events that will make it a direct hit. Detroit venues offer a range of theatrical performances to choose from, any of which will provide the perfect backdrop for a memorable occasion. From symphonies and poetry readings to broadway musicals and classical concerts, any of these ideas will have Cupid (and your date) saying “bullseye.”

Beethoven Symphonies
Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Orchestra Hall
3711 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 576-5111

Dates: Feb. 14, 15 and 16
Tickets may be purchased here.

Beethoven’s symphonies are among his finest works. They were composed beginning in 1799, with the last completed in 1824. Listen to his beautiful work performed by the illustrious Detroit Symphony Orchestra. The setting for this event is unsurpassed in beauty and the acoustics are phenomental. Leonard Slatkin will be the conductor for this event. An evening at the opera house with Beethoven is an impressive night your Valentine will never forget.

John Glenday Poetry Reading
University of Michigan Museum of Art
525 S. State. St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
(734) 764-0395

Date: Feb. 14

Sweep your valentine off her feet by bringing her to a contemporary poetry reading given by acclaimed Scottish poet John Glenday. He will be reading from his latest collection at University of Michigan. Glenday is published in various books and his work can be found in numerous anthologies. He is revered for his “delicate yet emotionally powerful” words and has received numerous accolades and awards. This is a wonderful chance to witness his words firsthand, as he reads them as they were meant to be heard — directly from the person who created them.

The Whispers
Sound Board at Motor City Casino Hotel
2901 Grand River Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 309-4700

Date: Feb. 14
Tickets may be purchased here.

The Whispers will be in Detroit on Valentine’s Day. This musical group performs R&B and soul, mixed with some elements of funk and disco. They had a string of popular tunes starting in the 70s, and were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame. Every seat at this intimate venue has a great view of the stage. Turn Valentine’s Day into an unforgettable evening by reserving a private suite. Surprise your Valentine with a weekend getaway in the city — stay on the property through the weekend as the Motor City Casino Hotel is adjacent to this venue.

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The Lion King
Detroit Opera House
1526 Broadway
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 237-7464

Dates: Now through March 10
Tickets may be purchased here.

“The Lion King” is a musical based on the Disney animated film. There are 18 songs performed during this two-act performance. There are sweeping ballads and upbeat songs, many of which were written by Grammy Award-winning artist Elton John. The elaborate costumes created and worn in the stage production are works of art. The visuals are stunning and the set design received a Tony Award for “Best Scenic Design for a Musical.” A Disney film brought to life, it could be a dream come true for your date.

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Amjad Ali Khan
University of Michigan Hill Auditorium
825 N. University Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
(734) 763-8587

Date: Feb. 16
Tickets may be purchased here.

Amjad Ali Khan is an Indian classical musician, renown throughout the globe for his mastery of the sarod. He is also an esteemed composer of beautifully constructed music. His unparalleled talent keeps his concerts in high demand. Amjad Ali Khan will be joined by his sons as they perform alongside him with their instruments. In a rare performance in the states, he will be a guest at University of Michigan’s Hill Auditorium, one of only six North American dates. This much-anticipated event is the perfect end to a romantic Valentine weekend.

After receiving a BA in Photography from Savannah College of Art & Design, Nicole Wrona began working with a diverse range of musicians. In addition, she is a freelance writer for numerous publications. Her work can be found at and