Dearborn Symphony announces 2013-14 season




Photos courtesy of the Dearborn Symphony
Violinist Yi Zhou (from top), pianist Christopher
O’Riley, violinist Yehonatan Berick, and flutist David
Buck are some of the artists featured in the Dearborn Symphony’s 2013-2014 season.

DEARBORN — The Dearborn Symphony Orchestra announced the lineup for its 52nd season recently.

All six concerts in the 2013-14 season will be presented at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave., and begin at 8 p.m. under the direction of Music Director and Conductor Kypros Markou.

The Dearborn Symphony begins its season with a “Spectacular Take-off!” Oct. 4., featuring pianist Christopher O’Riley. Selections will be Jacques Offenbach’s “Orpheus in the Underworld Overture,” Franz Schubert’s “Symphony No. 2” and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “Piano Concerto No. 1.”

The symphony’s second concert, Nov. 8, will focus on “Hungarian Spirit!” and feature violist Yi Zhou. Selections will be Hector Berloiz’s “Hungarian March,” Béla Bartók’s “Viola Concerto,” Zoltán Kodály’s “Dances of Galanta” and Franz Liszt’s “Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2.”

The symphony’s “French Connection!” concert, Feb. 7, 2014, will feature violinist Yehonatan Berick. Selections will be Claude Debussy’s “Golliwogg’s Cake-Walk” and “Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun,” Maurice Ravel’s “Tzigane for Violin and Orchestra,” and Camille Saint-Saëns’ “Havannaise for Violin & Orchestra” and “Symphony No. 3 ‘Organ.’”

Guest conductor and pianist Rich Ridenour returns to the Ford Center stage March 7 for the annual pops concert, “Trumpet Invasion!” Ridenour and his son, trumpeter Brandon Ridenour, will entertain the audience with selections including “Eleanor Rigby,” “Chopsticks,” “Rhapsody in Blue,” Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Rondo all Turk” and Vince Guaraldi’s “Linus and Lucy.”

“Passion & Elegance!” will grace the stage April 11, featuring flutist David Buck. Selections will be Johann Strauss’ “Die Fledermaus Overture,” Mozart’s “Concerto for Flute in G” and Johannes Brahms’ “Symphony No. 4.

The season draws to a close May 2 with “Suites for the Sweet!” featuring the Dearborn Youth Symphony playing a piece alongside the Dearborn Symphony. Selections will be Walter Piston’s “Incredible Flutist Suite” and Aram Khachaturian’s “Masquerade Suite.”

All concerts except for the pops concert will feature a concert preview by Jim Walters at 7 p.m.

The Dearborn Symphony also will partner with local restaurants to offer a 20 percent diners’ discount for ticket holders on concert nights. Participating restaurants are: Joe Vicari’s Andiamo Italian Steakhouse, Big Fish, Ristorante Ciao, DoubleTree Grille 39, Kiernan’s Steak House and Silky’s, LaPita, Ollie’s Lebanese Cuisine, The Dearborn Inn and Tria at The Henry.

Season tickets (full season or three-concert mini packages), individual tickets and more information are available by calling 313-565-2424 or going to