The Dearborn Symphony ends its 47th season with a flourish at 8 p.m. Friday at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center with a snappy, upbeat program, full of majesty, color, and speed.
Beethoven’s magnificent “Fifth Piano Concerto, Emperor” is a highlight of the program. The lively Overture to Glinks’s opera, “Ruslan and Ludmilla” opens the program followed by Schubert’s beautifully melodic “Fifth Symphony.”
Featured soloists are the two winners of the orchestra’s prestigious annual Youth Artists Solo Competition. Pianist Allen Yuan, 15, is first prize winner of many competitions including the 50th Annual World Piano Competition Young Artist Division in 2006 in Cincinnati. Yuan, who studies with Arthur Greene at the University of Michigan, recently made his Carnegie Hall debut. He will perform the first movement of Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto. This work radiates drama and poise; grandiose, yet delicate, it is pure beauty.
Nathaniel Pierce, 18, grew up in a musical family — his parents are opera singers and his sister plays the violin. Pierce began cello studies 12 years ago with Guenther Grossman in Cottbus, Germany. For the past two years, he has studied with Richard Aaron at the University of Michigan and plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in cello performance with him next year.
Concert goers will be awed by the cello virtuosity of this young musician as he performs the second movement of Kabalevsky’s furious and exciting “2nd Cello Concerto.”
The Dearborn Youth Symphony will join the Dearborn Symphony in its annual side-by-side performance with Walton’s majestic “Crown Imperial March,” composed originally for the coronation of King Edward VIII (he abdicated and his brother George VI was crowned instead). It was also performed at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. Reflective of pomp and circumstance, the performance of this popular piece will bring the symphony’s season to a royal finale
This concert is made possible in part by grants from The Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs and the City of Detroit Recreation Department, Target Stores, and The Exchange Club of Dearborn. Cash awards for Nathaniel and Allen are provided by the Frank and Mary Padzieski and Ben & Anina Bachrach Trusts.
The Dearborn Symphony has partnered with local restaurants to offer a 20 percent diners’ discount for symphony ticket-holders on concert nights. Participating restaurants are Andiamo Dearborn, Ciao’s, The Early American Room at the Dearborn Inn, Giulio & Sons at the Hyatt Regency Dearborn, Kiernan’s & Silky’s, Parisian Bistro and The Grill at The Ritz-Carlton Dearborn.
Call the symphony office at (313) 565-2424 for tickets — $30 to $15 for adults and $10 for students — or go to the symphony Web site www.dearbornsymphony.org. Contact the Symphony office for group discounts. Tickets are also available at the Ford Center box office, (313) 943-2354.
The center is at 15801 Michigan Ave., Dearborn.