March 3 Dearborn Symphony concert inspired by ‘Romeo and Juliet’

Photo courtesy of the Dearborn Symphony Orchestra Guest pianist Daniel Lebhardt will perform Rachmaninov’s “Second Piano Concerto” in the Dearborn Symphony Orchestra’s “Love You to Death!” concert March 8 at the Dearborn Symphony concert at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center.

Photo courtesy of the Dearborn Symphony Orchestra
Guest pianist Daniel Lebhardt will perform Rachmaninov’s “Second Piano Concerto” in the Dearborn Symphony Orchestra’s “Love You to Death!” concert March 8 at the Dearborn Symphony concert at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center.

Love will be in the air March 3 at the Dearborn Symphony concert at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave. in Dearborn.

The concert begins at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $15 to $35 and are available by phoning the Symphony office at 313-565-2424 or the theater box office at 313-943-2354. Go to dearbornsymphony.org for more information.

This passionate concert “Love You to Death!” tells the world’s most famous love story, “Romeo and Juliet,” with three vastly different visions. Tchaikovsky’s “Fantasy-Overture” is lush and romantic, while Prokofiev’s rich and dark melodies portend the tragic fate of the star-crossed lovers. Anderson’s Juliet is bouncy and spirited reflecting her youthful personality.

The concert climaxes with Rachmaninov’s “Second Piano Concerto.” One of most adored piano works, with its spectacular virtuosity and soaring, unforgettable melodies, it needs a pianist with great technical prowess who also plays with emotional sensitivity and musicality.

To fit the bill, the Dearborn Symphony welcomes 23-year old Hungarian pianist Daniel Lebhardt, acclaimed by the New York Times as playing “with power, poetry and formidable technique.”

Winner of several first prizes, including the 2014 Young Concert Artists Auditions in Paris, and YCA’s International Auditions in New York, where he was also awarded the Paul A. Fish Memorial Prize and four concert prizes, Lebhardt has impressed audiences and critics alike with his thoughtful interpretations and outstanding virtuosity.

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