42nd Annual Noel Night festivities comes to U-M Detroit Center

by | Nov 10, 2014

Celebrate the holidays in maize and blue fashion as the University of Michigan Detroit Center once again joins Midtown Detroit’s 42nd Annual Noel Night celebration.

Co-hosted with the Michigan State University Detroit Center and Whole Foods, this free and fun-filled experience takes place on Saturday, December 6 from 5 – 9:30 p.m.

This year’s festivities include holiday music performances by recording artist Armond Jackson, the University of Michigan’s School of Music (UMMS) and Detroit School of Arts (DSA), an art exhibition, holiday crafts and a scavenger hunt co-sponsored with Michigan State University and Whole Foods. In addition to great entertainment, enjoy holiday treats while you soak in the spirit of the season.


  • 5:30 – 5:45 PM | Detroit School of Arts Drumline
  • 5:45 – 6:00 PM | Detroit School of ArtsVocal Music Students feat. David Garfield
  • 6:00 – 6:15 PM | Detroit School of Arts Dancers
  • 6:15 – 6:30 PM | Detroit School of Arts Vocal Music Student, Kyndal Zyann
  • 6:35 – 6:45 PM | Detroit School of Arts Vocal Student Performance
  • 6:45 – 7:00 PM | Detroit School of Arts Flutist, Shaylana Motley
  • 7:05 – 7:30 PM | DSA Theatre Students performance: “The Worst Christmas Pageant Ever”
  • 7:35 – 8:15 PM | Detroit School of Arts, Jeggrey Trent Trio
  • 8:30 PM – 9:30 PM | Professional Recording Artist, Armond Jackson

About the Headliner: Armond Jackson began singing at the age of seven with his mother and father in the church choir at Triumph Baptist Church in Detroit. He continued to sing through high school at talent shows and anywhere that afforded him the opportunity to showcase his talent.

Throughout his career, Jackson has performed and worked with a variety of talents including composer Rudy Hawkins, Tony Award-winning choreographer George Faison, Alvin Ailey’s Dance Theater of Harlem, The Five Blind Boys, Tremaine Hawkins, Stephanie Mills, Aretha Franklin and Ray Charles.

Jackson has also toured with the casts of  “The Devil Made Me Do It,” “Mama I Want To Sing,” “Harlem Nut Cracker” and “Oh Holy Night 2000 and 2001.” He’s been a featured soloist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Michigan Opera Theater and was a member of the Rudy Hawkins Singers.

In addition music, Jackson has also appeared on television, where he made a guest appearance on the ABC-TV drama “Detroit 1-8-7.” He has also had a successful modeling career and has appeared in Time, Sports Illustrated, People, Ebony, Golf, USA Today and Essence.

Jackson released his debut CD “Blessed,” in 2003 and is available for digital download at cdbaby.com/armond.

In 2014, Jackson won the award for “Best Jazz Singer” at the Sixth Annual Detroit Black Music Awards.

Art Exhibition
Evergreen Road: A Group Exhibition of University of Michigan-Dearborn Faculty & Students

Experience the artistic works of University of Michigan-Dearborn faculty and students from the College of Arts, Sciences and Letters with “Evergreen Road,” December 5, 2014 – January 10, 2015, at the U-M Detroit Center.

Showcasing some of the most creative and talented artists from UM-Dearborn, “Evergreen Road,” located in Monts Hall of the University of Michigan Detroit Center, features an eclectic group of mixed media, prints, painting and drawings from award-winning artists.

UM-Dearborn faculty and student artists include: Madeleine Barkey, Richard Culling, H. James Gilmore, Carolyn Kraus, Julie Lambert, Jennifer Proctor, Kevin Castile, Audrey Mazer, Hanna Nasser, Keysha Wall, Ikhlas Hussein, Ashlee Szabo, Anthony Liwag, Benjamin Gorag and Erika Turek.

South Midtown Scavenger Hunt
Join in on the fun and search for clues at five South Midtown sites for a chance to win a coveted gift basket filled with fantastic items.

Enjoy holiday cookies, donuts, coffee and hot chocolate.

For more information on this event, visit: Midtown Detroit’s Noel Night site or contact the U-M Detroit Center at DetroitCenter@umich.edu or (313) 593-3584.