Music and song tells stories, makes a memorable night

By Phyllis
The Dearborn Symphony continued its season with music and song. The concert, “From the Wild West to Arabian Nights,” unfolded Nov. 9 at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center.

The unforgettable adventures made for a whirlwind soul-filled journey that moved from west to east. It started in the West, as music director Kypros Markou masterfully corralled the Wild West scores.

The symphony beautifully lassoed Aaron Copland’s “Billy the Kid Suite.” Ironically, Copland knew little about rural America or its legends. He used books and songs to develop his musical understanding of the Wild West.

The concert suite contained scores and featured melodies from “Billy the Kid,” Copland’s “cowboy-ballet.” The show premiered in October 1938 in Chicago depicting the adventurous life of the Kid.

The Vanguard Voices, under the direction of Kevin Dewey, hummed with masterful excitement. Dearborn’s own Steven Errante’s “Sing to the Lord a New Song,” commissioned by Dewey for the Vanguard Voices was magnificent.

The work, the first in the series of “Vanguard Premieres,” drawn from Psalm 96, honored the choir’s 10th anniversary season. The collaborative energy of symphony along with the voices brought to the Dearborn stage a unique charm.

On hand for dress rehearsal, I had the opportunity to watch Errantes, Dewey and Markou work. The three men worked in harmony driven by one mutual end. The result was beautiful and heartfelt.

Dress rehearsals are free and open to children with prior notice to the symphony box office.

The final chorus from Mikhail Glinka’s “A Life of a Tsar” is “an inspirational piece,” Markou says on the Dearborn Symphony webpage.

The performance ended with Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade.” The story is as compelling as the music. Taken from “One Thousand and One Nights,” Scheherazade, sultan Shahriyar’s’ new wife, becomes a master storyteller in order to save her own life. Therefore, Rimsky-Korsakov’s work evolved into a thrilling musical intrigue laced with passionate resolve.

The adventurous tales of music and song made for a wonder-filled Dearborn night.

Rich Ridenour, guest conductor and pianist, will highlight the Dearborn Symphony’s annual pop concert, “Great Moves! Grand Pianos!” at 8 p.m. Feb. 1. The show promises a night filled with iconic movie-score favorites. Tickets range from $15 to $30 for adults and $10 to $15 for ages 18 and under.

For more information call the Dearborn Symphony at 313-565-2424 or go to