“To stop the flow of music would be like the stopping of time itself, incredible and inconceivable.”
— Arron Copland
The Dearborn Symphony, under the mastery of Music Director and Conductor Kypros Markou flooded the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center May 5 with a torrent of exquisitely drenched programing.
The program, appropriately titled “A River Runs Thru It!” featured Dearborn’s own James Walter’s “Detroit Through the River of Time.”
Friends of the Dearborn Symphony commissioned Walters, a local musician, Dearborn music and choral teacher, to write the piece in 2001, as part of the celebration of Detroit’s tricentennial. In addition, guest artists included Dearborn Children’s Honors Choir, Young Artist Solo Competition winners, pianist Greg Turner, clarinetist Nickolas Hamblin, as well as the Dearborn Youth Symphony side by side with the Dearborn Symphony.
The program opened with Bedrich Smetana’s “The Moldau.” The symphony played with warmth and great feeling as Smetana’s river sprung from little streams of delicate sound and wound into the forest.
From inside the woodland, the music brilliantly escorted past a hunt, a wedding dance, followed by the nymph’s dance in the moonlight. And in the end, flowed beautifully back into the main waterway where eventually the river was heard in all its glory.
The water theme continued with Walter’s “Detroit Through the River of Time,” that featured charming voices of the Dearborn Children’s Honors Choir. Masterfully prepared by Jennifer Hoffman Pegouske and Charissa Joy Duncanson, the sweet voices blended beautifully into the harmonic rhythms of Walter’s work.
Flowing into the next segment, Greg Turner played Tchaikovsky’s “Piano Concerto No. 1, Op.23” with technical command, tasteful delivery, deep understanding and excellent musicianship.
The second half of the program opened with Brahm’s magnificent “Variation on a Theme by Haydn Op. 56a.” Under Markou’s direction, the orchestra performed with clarity and conviction. It was clear that conductor and musicians shared a special affection for this work.
Brahms was followed by Mozart’s “Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622,” one of the most beautiful clarinet concerto in the repertoire. Nickolas Hamblin played with a great sense of style and with effortless control that resulted in an elegant and most enjoyable performance.
In the end, a stream of entertainment surged when members of the Youth Symphony joined the Dearborn Symphony for an exuberant performance of Franz von Suppe’s “Poet and Peasant Overture.”
Members of the DYS (Tim Cibor, Director) combined with the Dearborn Symphony made for a spectacular closing. Together seasoned veterans and excited students joined in the celebration of community as well as music. A fitting and energetic evening to close the season.
For more information on the upcoming 56th season, call 313-565-2424 or go to dearbornsymphony.org.