Love was in the air Oct. 5 at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center. The Dearborn Symphony under the direction of Kypros Markou romanced symphony goers with music and celebrated love.
The symphony’s 51st season, titled “Experience Live Music!” opened with “Lust and Love,” a production featuring timeless love scores. The program centered on enduring sentiments of love won and passion lost.
Everyone was a winner as the program opened with Leonard Bernstein’s “Overture to Candide.” Under the loving hand of Markou, the symphony resonated with crisp heartfelt perfection.
It was love at first sight as guest violinist Kimberly Ann Kaloyanides Kennedy took the stage. Falling in love with Kennedy was easy. She courted the audience with Tchaikovsky’s “Violin Concerto in D major.”
The understated artist was masterful. Kennedy ignited the stage with passion. She performed with unyielding joy. She was a true inspiration.
The second part of the night’s performance opened with Tchaikovsky’s “Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture.” Tchaikovsky clearly was a romantic. He brought that kind of tenderness to his work as well as his personal life.
The tragic love story of Romeo and Juliet reflected all the joy of love as well its muddied undertones. All of that of course, made love a challenge for the two young hearts. In the end, the story as well as the music twisted around their story of forbidden love.
While the tragic story ended in death for the two young lovers, the music lives. Music it would seem was Tchaikovsky’s first love.
The evening closed with Gershwin’s Selections from “Porgy & Bess.” Arranged by Robert Russell Bennett, the work captivated the imagination as well as the hearts of all in attendance.
Gershwin inspired by writer DuBose Heyward’s “Porgy,” contacted the author and proposed a collaborative work. The union produced “Porgy and Bess.” While it took 50 years, in 1985, the piece finally premiered at the Metropolitan Opera. True love is worth the wait.
In all a glowing night of live entertainment sparked the opening of what promises to be a great season.
The “Experience Live Music!” series continues on Nov. 9 when the symphony welcomes Vanguard Voices. The concert will highlight the music of Copland, Errante, Glinka and Rimsky-Korsakov.
Ticket prices range from $10 to $30.
For more information call 313-565-2424 or go to dearbornsymphony.org.