Dearborn Symphony’s concert celebration and dance welcomed stars and honored stripes

phyllisThe Dearborn Symphony welcomed guest violinist Bella Hristova while honoring American veterans Nov. 11 at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center.

Under the culturally varied and star-spangled baton of music director and conductor Kypros Markou, the orchestra marched to the beat of a very creative, and musically diverse show.

Robert Lowden’s arrangement of “Armed Forces Salute” in honor of Veterans Day, took a commanding role as the show opened. The orchestra masterfully delivered the theme song from each branch of the armed forces. Jim Walters, announced each branch of the military at the appropriate time, as members in the audience who served in each area of service stood and were recognized.

The orchestra shined with exuberance as sampling of exciting short, dynamic orchestral pieces teamed with high spirited themes of celebration as heard in George Frederic Handel’s “La Rejouissance from the Royal Fireworks.”

The orchestra proceeded with three very well-known movements from Johann Sabastian Bach’s “Air-Gavotte-Gigue from Orchestral Suit No 3.” The musicians played the three movements with a sense of uncompromised style. Most notable, and in particular, was the “Air” where Markou brought out all the voices, and in kind musicians responded with great warmth.

The celebrations continued when Hristova took the stage and played Felix Mendelssohn’s “Concerto Guest for Violin and Orchestral Suite No 3.” Hristova played with impeccable technique and wonderful expression. An exciting collaboration between soloist and conductor produced a dynamic flow and resulted in a very unified and joyous performance.

The second half of the show offered a delightful array of music and dance that appealed to the audience. Leopoid Mozart’s “Toy Symphony” a light-hearted work, brought community non-musicians on stage to play toy instruments alongside the symphony.

The fun-filled sound experience was followed by exciting performances of Dimitry Kabalevsky’s “Suite from the Comedians, op.26,” Aram Khachaturian’s “Sabre Dance from “Gayane Suite No. 3” and Manuel De Falla’s “Ritual Fire Dance from ‘El Amor Brujo.’”

Dancers from Ballet Americana under the artistic direction of Joy Squire brought something new and exciting to the Dearborn’s stage during Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “Waltz of the Flowers from ‘The Nutcracker,’” and Rimsky Korsakov’s “Dance of the Tumblers from ‘The Snow Maiden.’”

A night of variety committed to honor servicemen and entertain patrons ended where it all began, as a heartwarming performance of “American the Beautiful” closed the show.

The Dearborn Symphony continues the 55th season March 3, featuring pianist Daniel Lebhardt, and the music of Anderson, Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky in a concert titled “Love You to Death.” A special date night, with romantic music guaranteed to sweep you off your feet.

Ticket prices range from $15 to $35 and can be purchased in advance or at the door. For tickets or more information call 313-565-2424 or go to dearbornsmphony.org.