The Dearborn Symphony will celebrate stage and screen under the direction of conductor Nick Palmer, music director of the Lafayette Symphony and North Charleston Pops at 8 p.m. May 3 at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center.
Palmer was invited to guest conduct as part of the Dearborn Symphony’s search for a new music director and conductor. He is one of three finalists selected by the symphony board last summer. Audience members will be able to offer feedback in a survey to evaluate his performance.
Tickets range from $15 to $35 and are on sale by calling the Symphony office, 313-565-2424, or Ford Center box office, 313-943-2354. For more information dearbornsymphony.org.
Palmer has appeared around the globe as a conductor. His appearances have included Detroit, Nashville, Jacksonville, Santa Barbara, Tucson and Louisville. As a young music director, he received the Helen M. Thompson Award from the League of American Orchestras as the nation’s most outstanding young director.
Shostakovich’s vibrant “Festive Overture” with ceremonial fanfares and jubilant mood will raise the curtain. Silbelius’s rousing “Finlandia,” an internationally recognized appeal to defy oppression, journeys from growling repression through energetic striving for freedom to a joyful celebration.
Other pieces include movements from Tchaikovsky’s magical “Swan Lake” ballet and Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Capriccio Espagnol.” Closing the show will be three pieces by the iconic John Williams, climaxing with the Dearborn Youth Symphony side-by-side to perform “The Cowboys Overture,” a rousing theme that conjures up images of galloping horses and cowboys.
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, the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Kresge Foundation.