Dance to the stars with the Dearborn Symphony

Dennis Carter

Still reeling from the September kickoff of the Dearborn Symphony’s 50th season, the symphony will pick up where it left off with a concert at 8 p.m. Friday at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center.

Tickets ranging from $30 to $15 in balcony, box and lower level are available by phoning the symphony offices at 313-565-2424 or at the theater box office at 313-943-2354.

Under the direction of Conductor Kypros Markou, the concert will follow an a humorous free preview of the evening’s music at 7 p.m. by James Walters, a musician and Dearborn music teacher.

All about dance motifs, the first half of the program opens with a series of waltz themes by Carl Maria von Weber. “Invitation to the Dance” tells the story of a young couple at a ball. A young man politely asks a girl for a dance; after several turns around the room, they part politely. The music comes to a rousing false conclusion, and audiences, believing the work is over, are prone to applaud. But, the piece ends very quietly as the couple parts.

The concert continues with Anthony Iannaccone’s “Dancing on Vesuvius” that was composed for the Dearborn Symphony and premiered in November 2008. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Iannaccone is a professor at Eastern Michigan University.

The first half of the program closes with three of Bohemian composer Antonin Dvořák’s most popular Slavonic Dances. The overtly nationalistic, fiery and cheerful pieces were well received at the time, and today are among Dvořák’s most memorable works, occasionally appearing in pop culture.

The second half of the program begins with Pulitzer prize-winning composer John Corigliano’s “Voyage for Flute and Strings” that features a solo flute — Dearborn Symphony Principal Flutist Dennis Carter — accompanied by harmonies of strings. This piece is calm and soothing, at times animated by passages of growth and increased expectation.

Mozart’s last and grandest symphony, the radiant “Jupiter,” crowns the concert. Coined “Jupiter” following Mozart’s death, “Symphony No. 41” was written with two other, full-length symphonies in the summer of 1788 — in just six weeks.

Mozart was determined to be revolutionary with this symphony. While the orchestra is relatively small, the sound is rich and full, especially in the final movement as music just pours out of Mozart’s heart. He takes five separate melodies and simultaneously plays them in a variety of combinations and variations. Melodies, harmony and rhythms leap out, seizing the imagination in one unending stream of sound. It’s been said that he composed not for an age, but for all the ages.

The Dearborn Symphony has partnered with local restaurants to offer a 20 percent diners’ discount for symphony ticket holders on concert nights. Participating restaurants are: Andiamo Dearborn, Big Fish, Ciao, Crave, The Dearborn Inn, The Henry, Kiernan’s & Silky’s, and La Pita. Reservations are recommended.

The concert is sponsored in part the Dearborn Orchestral Society Endowment Fund.

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