For a night with delectable dining and a lively, passionate concert, celebrate with the professional musicians of the Dearborn Symphony Oct. 11 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 58th season kicks off with a party before the concert from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in studio A. “Bravissimo!” party participants will enjoy an Italian buffet, cocktails, lively entertainment and a meet-and-greet with new Conductor Steven Jarvi.
Party tickets are $40 and include dining and one drink ticket (full bar available). Tickets for the party and concert are $65. Call 313-565-2424. Party sponsors include Les Stanford Cadillac and Village Ford.
Following a year-long conductor search, in which three guest conductors led a Dearborn Symphony concert, “Steven Jarvi emerged as a wonderful fit for the Dearborn Symphony and our community,” Symphony President Sandy Butler said. “Jarvi’s enthusiasm and innovative ideas to enhance the concert going experience will propel the Symphony into an exciting future.”
“I am delighted to be leading this wonderful group of musicians and to bring my passion for live orchestral music to Dearborn and surrounding communities,” Jarvi said. “I was very taken by, not only the orchestra’s high level of musicianship, but also by their enthusiasm and dedication to the future of the Symphony.
“I go to work with the mindset that I became a musician to express myself as an artist and to have fun. The Dearborn Symphony musicians reflect the same sentiment, thus, I was sold.”
Following the party, at 8 p.m. in the theater, the Dearborn Symphony will perform a program of musical favorites and encores.
“I wanted to share music that is dear to my heart and give the audience a taste of what is to come this season and beyond,” Jarvi said.
Berlioz’ “Roman Carnival Overture” raises the curtain on a concert infused with infectious melodies and spirited rhythms. From Brahms’ “Hungarian Dances,” based on gypsy folk music to Viennese masters, this upbeat evening of light classics even includes music from “The Sound of Music” and “Star Wars.”
The Dearborn Symphony has partnered with local restaurants for “Dinner and a Concert.” The restaurants — 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 Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts and Kresge Foundation.