The Ford House

Edsel & Eleanor Ford House tells the story of the home life of a prominent American family.

« Return to Newsroom

Detroit Symphony @ Ford House
Posted: May 11, 2010

Detroit Symphony @ Ford House Concerts
Lakeside Serenade Concerts are This Summer's Must-Attend Events!
 
The shores of Lake St. Clair will be alive with the sound of music on July 9 and 10 as the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) "takes the stage" on the lakeside terrace of Edsel & Eleanor Ford House (Ford House).   Conductor Ward Stare will join the DSO on both evenings, with virtuosic clarinetist and Michigan-native Dave Bennett and his Sextet on July 9. The concerts are sponsored by The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan and Ford Motor Company Fund.
 
A new collaborative partnership between the DSO and Ford House, the concerts will include popular musical favorites performed on the grounds of the Ford House by the Lake St. Clair shoreline, with the backdrop of the magnificent estate literally setting the stage. Concerts will be followed at approximately 10 p.m. by a thrilling fireworks finale.
 
The July 9 program will feature the swinging sounds of jazz and Big Band favorites with the DSO, Dave Bennett on clarinet, Tad Weed on piano, Paul Keller on bass, Pete Siers on drums, Hugh Leal on rhythm guitar and vocalist Carol McCartney along with arrangements of Benny Goodman and other favorite big band composers for full symphony orchestra. Hits include Airmail Special, Slipped Disc, Why Don’t You Do Right and many more.
 
The program on July 10 includes includes selections of popular classical music  inspired by nature, including George Frideric Handel’s Suite from Water Music, Aaron Copland’s Variations on a Shaker Melody, Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “Polonaise” from Eugene Onegin, Johannes Brahms’ Hungarian Dances Nos. 5 and 6, Johann Strauss, Jr.: On the Beautiful Blue Danube and many more.
  
The grounds will open at 6 p.m. and guests are encouraged to explore the gardens, visit the Play House, a favorite for children of all ages, and enjoy the family activities tent filled with hands on fun.  Small musical ensembles from Grosse Pointe Public Schools, Mosaic Youth Theatre and Arts League of Michigan will help get attendees in the mood for music as they perform throughout the grounds before the DSO concert.
   
TICKET INFORMATION
Tickets for the Detroit Symphony at Ford House can be purchased at www.detroitsymphony.com or via the box office at 313-576-5111. 
 
General Admission:
Advance Purchase – Adult: $19, Adult Subscriber/Member: $17, all Children: $12
At the gate – All Adult: $20, all Children: $15
Groups of 20 or more – Adults: $17, Children: $12
Parking is available on the grass lot directly across the street from Ford House. Cost is $2 per car
 
Preferred Admission: Preferred Tickets – $50; Groups of 20 or more – $40
Includes on-site parking with shuttle to the concert area and a reserved seating area with chairs available.
 
VIP Admission: All VIP Tickets – $150; Per pair – $275
Includes valet parking, dinner, access to the house and reserved seating with chairs available.
 
In the event of a cancellation due to weather there will be a make-up concert on Sunday, July 11th. If weather does not permit a concert on Sunday you may redeem your Ford House ticket for a ticket to one of the DSO’s regular season concerts between Oct. 8, 2010 and Dec. 5, 2010.
 
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
o   Guests are welcome to bring picnics
o   Food and beverages, including beer and wine, will be available for purchase.
o   Alcoholic beverages, other than those purchased on site, may not be brought onto the grounds.
o   As a courtesy to other concert attendees, please bring beach and sand chairs with short legs and back (26" height max.) or blankets.
 
PERFORMANCE INFORMATION 
Fri., July 9 at 8:30 p.m. (Pops)
Ward Stare, conductor
Dave Bennett Sextet
Dave Bennett, clarinet; Tad Weed, piano; Paul Keller, bass; Pete Siers, drums; Hugh Leal, rhythm guitar; Carol McCartney, vocalist
 
Gregory Stone, Joseph Bonime, Fanny M. Baldridge: Let’s Dance
Elmer Schoebel, Billy Meyers, Jack Pettis: Bugle Call Rag
Benny Goodman et. al: Benny Goodman Hits Medley
Joe McCoy: Why Don’t You Do Right
Jack Strachey: These Foolish Things
George Gershwin: "I Got Rhythm" from Girl Crazy 
Benny Goodman, James Mundy, Charles Christian: Airmail Special
Benny Goodman: Slipped Disc
Ziggy Elman & Johnny Mercer: And The Angels Sing
Johnny Mercer & Harold Arlen (arr. Keller): Blues In The Night
Jonny Mercer & Matty Malneck: Goody Goody
Louis Prima: Sing Sing Sing
Gordon Jenkins: Goodbye
  
Sat., July 10 at 8:30 p.m. (Classical)
Ward Stare, conductor
Felix Mendelssohn: The Hebrides Overture, Op. 26, "Fingal's Cave"    
George Frideric Handel (trans. Hamilton Harty): Suite from Water Music 
Aaron Copland: Variations on a Shaker Melody 
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: “Polonaise” from Eugene Onegin, Op. 24    
Hector Berlioz: Overture to Béatrice et Bénédict     
Johannes Brahms (orch. Albert Parlow): Hungarian Dance No. 5 in G minor & No. 6 in D major    
Johann Strauss, Jr.: Overture to The Gypsy Baron    
Johann Strauss, Sr.: Orpheus Quadrille, Op. 162    
Johann Strauss, Jr.: On the Beautiful Blue Danube, Op. 314    

 
PLEASE NOTE:  THE LAST TOUR OF FORD HOUSE WILL BEGIN AT 3 P.M. AND THE GROUNDS WILL CLOSE AT 5 P.M. ON THE EVENINGS OF THE DSO PERFORMANCE.  ALSO, THE COTSWOLD CAFE WILL BE CLOSED FOR DINNER ON FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, JULY 9 AND JULY 10.

« Return to Newsroom