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* The late Lyman Woodard, who passed away in February of 2009, will be saluted at a special reunion of the Lyman Woodard Organization Orchestra taking place Tuesday, Dec. 6 -- which would have been the organist and bandleader's his 68th birthday -- at the International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit, 111 E. Kirby St., Detroit. Players include Leonard King on drums, guitarist Ron English, Brothers Groove members Chris Codish and James Simonson, saxophonists Keith Kaminski (Motor City Horns), Johnny Evans (Howling Diablos) and Rick Steiger (Sun Messengers) and more. Cover is $5 at the door. Call 313-871-8600 or visit www.iimd.org.

* Singer-songwriter Jessica Hernandez and her band, the Deltas, are getting used to the look-see from record companies, and another label is expected to be in the house Friday, Dec. 2, when the group performs on a bill with Bear Lake and the Juliets at the Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10. Call 313-833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.

* The Planet D Nonet welcomes trombonist Vincent Chandler as a special guest for its performance at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at the Canterbury House, 721 E. Huron St., Ann Arbor. Cover is $5. Call 734-665-0606 or visit www.canterburyhouse.org.

* The Detroit Symphony Orchestra will present a pair of free concerts for children on Saturday. Sean Dobbins & Friends perform a jazz show at 10 a.m., followed by a Musical Tales classical performance conducted by Thomas Wilkins and featuring Branford Marsalis at 11 a.m. Both shows take place at the Max M. Fisher Music Center, 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Call 313-576-5111 or visit www.dso.org.

* The Rackham Symphony Choir and the Too Hot Orchestra team up for a 10th anniversary production of "Too Hot to Handel," which takes place at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at the Detroit Opera House, 1526 Broadway, Detroit. Tickets are $18-$65. Call 313-961-3500 or visit www.motopera.org.

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