Hard work, dedication make closing of, season look like child’s play for Dearborn Symphony

Phyllis“It is a happy talent to know how to play.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Dearborn Symphony resonated young at heart, courtesy of the talented young people who came out to “play,” April 22 at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center. It was more than just a child’s game when members of the Dearborn Youth Symphony sided with seasoned Dearborn musicians for the season’s finale.

Under the happy and talented baton of Kypors Markou, featured young solo completion winners, flutist Calvin Mayman, 16, and pianist Jubilee Wang, 14, piano stood out as most valuable players. Markou’s imaginative effort produced a harmonious sweet blend of youth-filled exuberance, and well-seasoned mature execution.

The orchestral season closed in the illumination of childlike wonderment.

Markou opened the concert with engaging suggestions on how listen to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Symphony No.35 Haffner.”

“Of course, you can use the suggestions to listen to any classical piece,” Markou said. “These suggestion came from a book by Anthony Hopkins, who was a professor at the Royal College of Music where I was a student. In truth, there is depth and beauty emanating from each and every note for the attentive listener.”

Mozats’ “Haffner” was performed by the Dearborn Symphony with precision, sparkle and excitment.

Playing well with others came easy for Mayman. His articulations were exuberant expressions of Charles Griffes’ “Poem for Flute and Orchestra.”

Robert Schumann’s “Piano Concerto in A minor” gave Wang her chance to shine. Wang projected a moving sensibility far beyond her years; masterful delivery hallmarked her girlish demeanor.

Magnificent sound and virtuosity were prominent in the performance of the ever popular Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “Capriccio Italien, Op. 45.” From the opening fanfare played by the trumpets to the cheerful melodies passed from the strings to the woodwinds to the brass, the piece closed with an exuberant ending.

It was like a day at the park when members of the Dearborn Youth Symphony played side by side with the Dearborn veteran musicians in performance of Gioachino Rossini’s “William Tell Overture.”  Members of the Youth Symphony, who had been prepared by Youth Symphony Artistic Director and Conductor Tim Cibor, joined together for a rousing and an exciting end to the night’s show.

While it all seemed easy, a performance like this can only come together with hard work, discipline and dedication.

“I am excited about the milestone 55th season and looking forward to the fun filled kick off of the new season,” Symphony President Sandy Butler said. “While concert tickets remain the same $10 to $35, please check the website for tailgate party ticket prices.”

The Dearborn Symphony will begin the 2016-17 season Sept. 30 with Leif Bjaland, guest conductor. “The Music of Champions” will feature sports themes, fight songs, and the sounds of team spirit, plus a tailgate party to begin the festivities.

For more information call 313-565-2424 or go to dearbornsymphony.org.