Dearborn Symphony a sure cure for ‘Spring Fever’

By Phyllis
International musical melodies broke out into pandemic scores April 12 as artist and music from around the world blended to create the Dearborn Symphony’s 51st season’s musical cure for “Spring Fever.”

With help from guest pianist Gleb Ivanov, who returned to make this his third round with the symphony, and first-time guest composer Paul Yeon Lee, the two wrote their own kind of script for what turned out to be an energizing musical operation at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center.

The symphony’s two-part feel-good program began with Franz von Suppé’s “Morning, Noon & Night in Vienna Overture.” The well-practiced work was contagious, measured with highly visible smiles from all in attendance.

The overture was followed by Edvard Grieg’s “Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.16” which brought Ivanov to the stage. Steady hands and masterful execution delivered unwavering note-for-note power-filled perfection. So well received, a standing ovation gave rise to an unexpected soft melodic tender encore, Bach’s “Prelude,” arranged by Alexander Siloty.

After intermission Lee’s “Rapid Fire” started the night’s second half of the program. Generating the busy noise of today’s’ fast life style, the work was a melting pot of unyielding sound, deeply harmonizing with so much of our daily lives.

Music Director and Conductor Kypros Markou had the symphony play the four-minute work twice, giving patrons a double dose of the contemporary fix. On hand, Lee, the Korean-American New York resident and composer, gave a quick wave and humble bow after his work.

The night’s program ended with Igor Stravinsky’s “Suite from The Firebird.” The fast moving work was easy to enjoy, inspiring the whimsical imaginative story of ogers and princess.

The Dearborn Symphony concert season closes May 3 with “Quest for Liberty!” The concert will feature Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 5” and Sibelius’ “Finlandia.”

This performance promises an opportunity to hear tomorrow’s rising stars when the Dearborn’s Youth Artists solo competition winners along with the Dearborn Youth Symphony play alongside the Dearborn Symphony.

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