DEARBORN – With the launch of its 2022-23 season, Celebration of Sound, the Dearborn Symphony performs a series of concerts brought to life by everyday sounds. From the railways of the first concert, through a musical celebration of John Williams’ 90th birthday, on to a Passionate Romantics Valentine’s Day and a lucky St. Paddy’s Day with the Symphony, ending with arts month and Pictures Worth 1,000 Notes.
The season kicks off at 8 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center with “Journey on the Orient Express.” The night includes a pre-concert party with dining and a concert of music indicative of cities along the route of Europe’s most famous train, the Orient Express, from London to Turkey.
Concert tickets range from $15 to $35 and are available by phoning the Symphony office at 313-565-2424 or the theater box office at 313-943-2354. Go to dearbornsymphony.org for more information.
From 6 to 7:30 p.m., in Studio A, “Taste of the Orient Express” party goers can enjoy cocktails and hearty hors d’oeuvres inspired by the cities on the Orient Express route. Party tickets are $60 and include dining and one drink ticket (full bar available). Call 313-565-2424 for tickets and more information.
Following the party, at 8 p.m. in the Michael A. Guido Theater, Conductor Steven Jarvi will lead the award-winning Dearborn Symphony in a 90-minute, no intermission concert. A tribute to Queen Elizabeth II with guest conductor, state Rep. Jeffrey Pepper, will start the concert.
The audience will experience pieces that remind them of their favorite cities including “La Vie en Rose,” “Railway Delight Polka,” “On the Beautiful Blue Danube,” “Pizzicato Polka,” “Turkish March from the Ruins of Athens,” and “Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2”. The symphony’s principal flute, Dennis Carter, will perform the beautiful “La Flute de Pan” and mischief is afoot with “Murder on the Orient Express Waltz.”
The Dearborn Symphony has partnered with local restaurants for “Dinner and a Concert.” The restaurants offer a 20 percent discount to symphony ticket-holders on concert nights. Reservations are recommended at La Pita, Mint 29, and TRIA at The Henry.
Season sponsors include Dearborn Sausage Co. and North Empire with additional support from the Michigan Arts & Culture Council, National Endowment for the Arts, Kresge Foundation, and the Commission on Middle Eastern American Affairs.