Dearborn Symphony concert features ‘Hits from the Silver Screen’

Dearborn Symphony Leif BjalandThe Dearborn Symphony will present “Hits from the Silver Screen” at its next concert, at 8 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave. in Dearborn.

Tickets range from $10 to $30, and are available by going to or calling the Dearborn Symphony office at 313-565-2424.

Hollywood movies delight audiences of all ages with captivating storytelling. But their engaging scores make them memorable. Relive memorable moments when the Dearborn Symphony with Guest Conductor Leif Bjaland perform music from “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “Star Wars: Episode V — The Empire Strikes Back,” “American in Paris,” “Gone with the Wind,” “Psycho,” “West Side Story” and more.

Recognized as a dynamic and exciting American conductor, Bjaland is music director of the Waterbury Symphony in Connecticut where he has received critical praise for his performances and programming. Following a 2014 performance with the Chicago Philharmonic, Bjaland was critically acclaimed as “…clearly in synch with (the) music and led a commanding and quite thrilling performance. Leif Bjaland is clearly a conductor we need to hear more of locally — in Evanston or downtown Chicago.”

If you’ve always wanted your constitutionally guaranteed “day in court,” the Dearborn Symphony provides a unique opportunity for you to do so without committing an infraction, while enjoying a three-course dinner with wine at its annual “Dinner at the Dearborn Courthouse” fundraiser before the concert. This prelude to the evening’s concert will reflect the Hollywood theme.

The dinner begins at 6 p.m. in the atrium of Dearborn’s 19th District Court, 16077 Michigan Ave.

While you won’t be promised an appearance by A-list Hollywood stars, who do occasionally end up in court, you will be promised an opportunity to mingle with A-list Dearborn Symphony supporters, while contributing to scholarships for young musicians and supporting music-related activities in Dearborn.

Dinner is priced at $85. Because the Dearborn Symphony is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, $50 of the $85 price is tax-deductible. For tickets, go to or call 313-565-2424.

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.