Dearborn Symphony presents ‘SYMfantasy’ pops concert Friday

Rich Ridenour will lead the Dearborn Symphony in their SYMfantasy concert Friday.

Kira Frabotta

Aerial Angels

Dearborn Symphony pops director and pianist Rich Ridenour will lead the orchestra in “SYMfantasy” at 8 p.m. Friday at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center.

Featuring the Aerial Angels and sultry Dearborn vocalist Kira Frabotta, the music intertwines with the fantasy world of silk acrobatics, fire eating, and trickery as the Aerial Angels take stage to “Danse Macabre,” “Malaguena” and Copland’s “Hoedown.”

Frabotta will make her Dearborn Symphony debut singing “Comes Love” and “It Might As Well Be Spring.”

Selections from John Williams, including “Olympic Fanfare” will have the audience fantasizing about winning gold medals. More music full of fantasy includes “Bugler’s Holiday” and “Clarinet Candy.”

A review in the Grand Rapids Press described Ridenour as“An act that’s as masterfully musical as it is wickedly funny… a Victor Borge waiting in the wings.” Following one of his Dearborn Symphony programs Nora Errante exclaimed “Fabulous! We couldn’t stop laughing…we were so impressed with his remarkable talent as a pianist! Wow, what a great time… that’s entertainment!”

The Aerial Angels is a high-flying show from Kalamazoo, featuring acrobatics, fire-eating, whip-cracking, trapeze and aerial fabric. Co-founded by Allison Williams in 2003, the group presents aerial theater worldwide, including tours throughout the United States, Eastern Europe, Canada, the United Kingdom and Central America.

The concert includes a “Meet the Artists” afterglow, courtesy of Jan Huang of Merrill Lynch.

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

Tickets ranging from $15 to $30 are available by calling the symphony at 313-565-2424 or at the theater box office at 313-943-2354. Go to for more information.