Symphony tangos with classic and not so classic scores

By Phyllis
The Dearborn Symphony’s second performance of the season Nov. 18 at the Ford Commuity & Performing Arts Center focused on music inspired by movement.

The concert, “Dance to the Stars” featured guest flutist Dennis Carter II and composer Anthony Iannaccone. Carter masterfully played John Corigliano’s “Voyage for Flute and Strings.” An enthusiastic composer, Iannaccone explained “Dancing on Vesuvius.”

Under Music Director Kypros Markou’s dancing baton, the night’s celebration of music continued with scores from Weber, Dvorak and Mozart.

The symphony opened with Carl von Weber’s “Invitation to the Dance.” The music was romantic and whimsical. The scores reflected the courtship dance as a young couple learns to negotiate the terms of their first dance.

Iannoccone’s “Dancing on Vesuvius” was far less fanciful. The undercurrent of the music was almost tragic. On the surface, a very slow waltz portrayed a kind of mindless human shuffling.

Iannoccone explained the varying aspects of his work onstage. In kind, the symphony played samplings of those varied parts. An interesting and exciting brakedown of harmonies helped patrons understand the thought provoking piece.

Wonderfully exciting, Anthony Dvorak’s “Three Slavic Dances” closed the first half of the performance.

The second half of the performance continued with Carter setting a vibrant tone for the second half of the night’s show. Carter, a principal flute for the Dearborn Symphony was soulful and majestic.

A wonderful last dance, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Symphony No. 41 in C major, K 551” (“Jupiter”), ended the night’s program.

Mark your calendars for Feb. 3 when guest conductor and pianist Rich Ridenour takes the podium for the symphony’s annual pops concert. Featured artists Kira Frabotta and Aerial Angels will perform. Tickets range from $10 to $30.

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