Dearborn Symphony’s conductor search … is on

phyllisThe Dearborn Symphony welcomed its 57th season as well as the start of its new conductor search Oct. 19 at the Ford Community & Performing Art Center.

In this exploration, Dearborn Symphony President Sandy Butler welcomed patrons to meet the first of three conductor and music director hopefuls. All three — Steven Jarvi, Jason Altieri (Feb. 15) and Nick Palmer (May 3) — are competing this season for the prestigious long-term position.

Jarvi was easy to approach and mingled nicely with patrons and musicians alike at the formal pre-concert party introduction. He spoke ardently about the challenging and dynamic selections from Mikhail Glinka’s “Russian and Ludmilla-Overture,” Pyotr IIyich Tchaikovsky’s “Romeo and Julet Overture-Fantasy” and Nikola Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade.”

Jarvi explained that these composers are hailed as the “rock stars” of the Russian tradition.

Jarvi, a native Detroiter, was as enthusiastic about the featured hits of the Russian Masters, as he was about his beloved University of Michigan football team. Under the blaze of his energetic baton, an exhaustive yet sensitive dialogue between Jarvi and the orchestra unfolded, and made for an exquisite interchange.

“I was delighted to work with a group of such kind and talented hometown musicians, looking to make good music first,” Jarvi said after the show. “The orchestra responded at the highest level, and it was clear to me that they were committed to a strong performance throughout. I was equally thrilled to work with orchestra featured soloist, Concert Master Debra Terry, Principal Cello, Yawen Hsu, Principal Basson and Johnathan Boyd, namely in the Korsakov’s “Scheherazade.”

“The Dearborn Symphony is looking forward to an exciting new season of musical performances and possibilities,” Butler said.

The season continues Nov. 9 at the Ford Center with “A Night at the Opera.” Guest conductor Suzanne Mallare Acton will lead a celebration with Friends of the Opera and the Vanguard Grand Chorus that will sing favorite arias, choruses, overtures and interludes from “Turandot,” “La Boheme,” “Barber of Seville” and more.

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