DEARBORN – The United States military has inspired some of the greatest music of our time. It’s hard to imagine a world without Sousa marches or cinema without John Williams musical contribution’s like “Saving Private Ryan” or “Born on the Fourth of July.”
The Dearborn Symphony will celebrate this patriotic music at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave.
The concert is both moving and rousing with favorite marches, musical salutes, and tunes from military movie soundtracks. Also included are audience favorites such as “Stars and Stripes Forever” and Gershwin’s “Strike Up the Band.”
Special guests, The Vanguard Voices, weave the lyrics with the instruments for the “Battle Hymn of the Republic” made popular by the Morman Tabernacle Choir’s Grammy winning performance, as well as the “Armed Forces Salute” paying tribute to each branch of the military.
The Dearborn Symphony will be joined by retired Marine Chief Warrant Officer 3 Ronald C. Biggs as guest conductor for J.P. Sousa’s “Semper Fidelis,” taking its name from the U.S. Marine Corps motto, “Always Faithful.” Biggs was a marine corps band member and director for over 20 years during his career in the military.
The Dearborn Symphony’s 62nd season continues in 2024 with passionate romantic classics during “Date Night” on Feb. 9, and epic movie music that has captured our imagination for decades on “Movie Night” March 15. The season ends on May 3 with a veritable feast for the senses, Carmina Burana featuring the Vanguard Grand Chorus.
Mini-season subscriptions of three concerts are still available by calling the Symphony office or going to the website, dearbornsymphony.org.
Individual concert ticket prices range from $18 to $38 for adults and $10 to $15 for students. Tickets are available by calling the Symphony office at 313-565-2424 or the theater box office at 313-943-2354.
Go to dearbornsymphony.org for more information.
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, TRIA at The Henry, The Great Commoner, Antonio’s Cucina Italiana in Dearborn Heights, and Roman Village in Dearborn.
Season sponsors include Dearborn Sausage Co. and North Empire with additional support from the Michigan Arts and Culture Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts. The Nov. 17 concert is sponsored by the Dearborn Orchestral Society Endowment Fund.
The Dearborn Symphony has been named “Outstanding Community Orchestra” six times by Detroit Music Awards and is a contributor of the arts in Dearborn and the Downriver community.