DEARBORN – For an unforgettable night with delectable dining and a concert of colorful tunes and lush melodies, celebrate with the professional musicians of the Dearborn Symphony Oct. 19 at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center.
Tickets range from $15 to $35. Call the Symphony at 313-565-2424 or the theater box office at 313-943-2354. Go to dearbornsymphony.org for more information.
The 57th season kicks off with a party before the concert from 6 to 7:30 p.m., in studio A. “Uncork the Season” party participants can enjoy a buffet from Byblos and entertainment by Symphony musician Larry Pydyn on the piano, plus a short video presentation of season highlights and a meet and greet with auditioning conductor Steven Jarvi.
“Uncork the Season” tickets are $40 and include dining and one drink ticket (full bar available). Get a party and concert ticket for $60. Call 313-565-2424.
Beaumont is opening night sponsor. Contributing sponsors of “Uncork the Season” include Les Stanford Cadillac and Village Ford.
After 21 years of leadership by Kypros Markou, the Dearborn Symphony has embarked on a search for our next music director. From a field of 25 applicants, the Symphony has selected three who will conduct a concert this season – Oct. 19, Feb. 15 and May 3.
Patrons are essential to the process of finding the new music director. They’ll be asked to fill out a paper or online survey following each performance. The search committee will evaluate the input from the audience, musicians and board members to select the new music director.
Following the party, at 8 p.m. in the Michael A. Guido Theater, the award-winning Dearborn Symphony, led by Jarvi, will perform a program of “Best Hits of the Russian Masters.”
The unrelenting dance rhythms and colorful orchestration of Glinka’s “Russlan and Ludmilla Overture” provide a festive start to a program full of lush, lyrical, and poignant melodies.
Tchaikovsky’s passionate “Romeo and Juliet Fantasy” depicts the tragic story of two star-crossed lovers with layers of sumptuous melodies and various tunes evoking sections of the plot.
Rimsky-Korsakov’s glittering showpiece “Scheherazade” will transport patrons to the exotic time and place of The Arabian Nights. To save her life, the heroine entertains her husband with nightly tales of shipwrecks, thieves, and royals. Sensuous, shimmering, and stormy — a thrilling musical adventure and fitting finale for this emotional concert.
The Dearborn Symphony has partnered with local restaurants for “Dinner and a Concert.” The restaurants — Andiamo Dearborn, The Dearborn Inn, Mint 29, Tria at The Henry, and La Pita — offer a 20 percent discount to symphony ticket-holders on concert nights. Reservations are recommended.
Season sponsors include Ford Land and Dearborn Sausage Co. with additional support from The Dearborn Inn – A Marriott Hotel and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.