Dearborn Symphony opens 54th season with Tchaikovsky’s triumphant ‘Fifth’

Photo courtesy of the Dearborn Symphony. Benjamin Beilman

Photo courtesy of the Dearborn Symphony. Benjamin Beilman

The Dearborn Symphony opens its 54th season at 8 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center.

The program will include a pair of powerhouse masterworks, Sibelius’ “Violin Concerto” and Tchaikovsky’s “Fifth Symphony,” both evocative and powerful pieces.

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

Ferdinand Herold’s “Overture to Zampa” will open the show.

The symphony will welcome 25-year-old American violinist Benjamin Beilman for Sibelius’ Violin Concerto. Beilman has been critically acclaimed in both North America and Europe for his performances and deep rich tone, which the Washington Post called “mightily impressive” and the New York Times described as “muscular with a glint of violence.”

The Times also praised his “handsome technique, burnished sound, and quiet confidence (which) showed why he has come so far so fast.”

Following his performance of the Sibelius “Concerto” at the Montreal Competition, the Strad described Beilman’s performance of the slow movement as “pure poetry.”

The opening night concert concludes with Tchaikovsky’s triumphant “Fifth Symphony” that takes the listener from tragedy to triumph. Tchaikovsky biographers Lawrence and Elisabeth Hanson summarize the symphony as “…splendid music, grand and dignified, and its form expresses the content more satisfactorily than in any other of Tchaikovsky’s large works for orchestra. Never querulous, never playing to the gallery, it exposes the soul of a man which all must feel the better for knowing.”

The Dearborn Symphony has partnered with local restaurants for “Dinner and a Concert.” The restaurants — Andiamo Dearborn, Big Fish, The Dearborn Inn, The Henry, and La Pita — offer a 20 precent discount to symphony ticket-holders on concert nights. Reservations are recommended.