‘Rhapsody in Blue’ kicks off Dearborn Symphony season

Photo courtesy of the Dearborn Symphony Orchestra Pianist Andrew Tyson will perform George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” with the Dearborn Symphony during the symphony’s season-opening concert Oct. 6.

Photo courtesy of the Dearborn Symphony Orchestra
Pianist Andrew Tyson will perform George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” with the Dearborn Symphony during the symphony’s season-opening concert Oct. 6.

DEARBORN – For an unforgettable night with delectable dining and a concert of glittering music and dance, join the Dearborn Symphony Oct. 6 at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center.

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

From 6 to 7:30 p.m., in Studio A, Simply Blue party participants may enjoy hearty hors d’oeuvres and desserts from Hungarian Rhapsody restaurant and entertainment by Henry Ford College’s Blue Fusion directed by G. Kevin Dewey.

Simply Blue tickets are $35 and include dining and one drink ticket (full bar available). Call 313-565-2424.

Contributing sponsors of Simply Blue include Village Ford, Les Stanford Cadillac and Dearborn Federal Savings Bank.

Following the party, at 8 p.m. in the Michael A. Guido Theater, the award-winning Dearborn Symphony, led by Conductor Kypros Markou, will perform a powerhouse program infused with infectious melodies and driving rhythms.

Bernstein’s “Symphonic Dances from West Side Story” raises the curtain. Andrew Tyson, hailed by BBC Radio 3 as “a real poet of the piano” and the New York Times as “playing with passion and poetry,” will perform Gershwin’s jazz-inspired piano concerto, “Rhapsody in Blue.”

Marquez’s “Danzón,” about the spirited and sensual dance of Mexico, plus blockbusters by John Williams from “Star Wars” and beyond round out the program.

This concert of massive symphonic hits marks the opening of the Dearborn Symphony’s 56th season. The Ford Center is at 15801 Michigan Ave.

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