DSO free concert at Prechter Center sold out

By Evelyn Cairns
Owing to an overwhelming response for tickets from Downriver residents, the free Detroit Symphony Orchestra concert Sept. 27 at Wayne County Community College District Downriver in Taylor is sold out.

Internationally acclaimed DSO music director Leonard Slatkin will conduct the symphony in a performance at 8 p.m. in the Heinz C. Prechter Educational and Performing Arts Center of the college.

The concert is one of four free metropolitan Detroit appearances scheduled for this month by the orchestra under the auspices of the DTE Foundation, the philanthropic arm of DTE.

“We have had many community events at the Heinz C. Prechter Educational and Performance Center, but I consider the DSO concert to be at the top of the list,” said Anthony T. Arminiak, president of the WCCCD Downriver campus.

“This is good for the college, and we appreciate the momentum it is gathering. We are excited that this is sold out.”

Those who ordered tickets before they were sold out on Sept. 3 will attend a performance that includes Gould’s “American Salute,” Ives’ “Variations on America” and Ellington’s “Duke Ellingon Fantasy.”

Also on the program will be Williams’ “Raiders March” from “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” and Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait.”

Slatkin, who became the music director of the DSO in 2008, has been called “America’s Music Director” by the Los Angeles Times.

He conducted the DSO in concerts at the Spring for Music Festival in May at Carnegie Hall.

During the 2013-14 season, he will record with the London Symphony and appear with the Chicago, Pittsburgh and St. Louis symphonies and the Boston Symphony at Tanglewood.

Slatkin has received seven Grammy awards and 64 nominations for his more than 100 recordings, the USA’s National Medal of Arts and the American Symphony Orchestra League’s Gold Baton.

52nd season gala slated
Plans are being completed by the Dearborn Symphony and Friends of the Dearborn Symphony for a gala marking the opening of the orchestra’s 52nd season on Oct. 4.

The event will begin at 6 p.m. with a three-course gourmet Dinner in the Courthouse (of the 19th District Court), after which guests will walk the short distance from the courthouse to the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center for the concert at 8 p.m.

Offenbach’s “Orpheus in the Underworld Overture” will open the concert, which will feature world-renowned pianist Christopher O’Riley performing Tchaikovsky’s “First Piano Concerto.”

Gloria Nycek is chairwomanman of the event, and the Dearborn Sausage Co., along with owner Don Kosch and Mary Kosch, are opening-night sponsors. Additional support is being provided by Oak-wood Healthcare.

To make reservations or order tickets, $85, call the Dearborn Symphony at 313-565-2424.The deadline for reservations is Sept. 20. For additional information, call the above number or go to www.dearbornsymphony.org.

Coming up . . .
Sept. 21 — Thumbs-Up Cat Fancier’s All Breed & Specialty CFA Cat Show at the Melvindale Civic Arena, 4300 S. Dearborn St., Melvindale; 225 cats and kitten will be on exhibit and judged throughout the day; admission is $6, adults; $5, seniors; $4, children 6 though 12 (no charge for children under 6); for more information, go to www.cfa.org.

Sept. 21 — “Hoedown at the Village” fundraiser for The Henry Ford Health System Henry Ford Transplant Institute; 6:30 p.m. at The Henry Ford; wagon-ride tours of Greenfield Village, carousel rides, strolling dinner and square dancing; tickets are $25 (11- to 20-year-olds) to $125; children 10 and under are free; for tickets or more information, call Karen Fox at 313-874-6616 or e-mail kfox4@hfhs.org.

Sept. 24-Oct. 6 — “Miss Saigon,” a pop opera about the relationship between an American GI and a young Vietnamese woman; at the Fisher Theatre; tickets $35 to $90 (including parking) are available by phone at 800-982-2787, at www.tickemaster.com or www.broadwayindetroit.com.; tickets for a special open-captioned performance are available by phone at 313-872-1000.