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DSO at Ford House Returns
Posted: May 5, 2011

UPDATE - Friday, July 8 is SOLD OUT
DSO at Ford House Returns for Popular Summer Concerts
 The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) and Edsel & Eleanor Ford House (Ford House) announced the DSO’s return to Ford House for the popular summer concert series Detroit Symphony @ Ford House on Fri., July 8 and Sat., July 9 at 8:30 p.m.   Conductor Tito Muñoz will join the DSO both evenings with other guest artists to be announced. These concerts are sponsored by PVS Chemicals, Ford Motor Company Fund, Talmer Bank and Henry Ford Health System.
A continuing collaborative partnership between the DSO and Ford House, the concerts will include popular musical favorites performed on the grounds of the Ford House on 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 concerts continue Ford House’s emphasis on engaging audiences and opening the estate in new ways. “It was a thrill to see so many people enthusiastically embrace the partnering of history and music,” said Ford House President Kathleen Mullins. “The images of thousands gathered lakeside, listening to the fantastic music, relaxing while enjoying views of the lake was simply perfection. We look forward to welcoming guests back for another spectacular weekend.”
“Last summer the atmosphere throughout the House and grounds during our concerts was magical.  We were thrilled that our first foray into this summer offering brought a tremendous response of 5,000 guests including families and children.  We look forward to once again engaging our community by bringing the DSO’s great music to one of the most beautiful and historic settings Michigan has to offer,” said Anne Parsons, DSO President and CEO.
The grounds of Ford House will open at 6 p.m. to allow attendees the opportunity to explore the gardens, stroll along the lake and Bird Island – a small peninsula on the premises that is a well-known stopping place for migratory birds and enjoy pre-concert music performed by area students.  Additionally, there will be activities for families and concessions.
Lauded by the Cincinnati Enquirer for his “natural facility and convincing musicianship on the podium,” Tito Muñoz is increasingly recognized as one of the most gifted conductors of his generation. Recently appointed Music Director of the Opéra national de Lorraine and the Orchestre symphonique et lyrique de Nancy, he previously served a three year tenure as Assistant Conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra, appointed by Franz Welser-Möst in April 2007, and a League of American Orchestras Conducting Fellow. Prior to that, he served as Assistant Conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra.
Friday, July 8 
A Night of Louis Armstrong
Spend a night in the Big Easy listening to that one-of-a-kind sound that can only be New Orleans.  Trumpeter Marcus Belgrave and his band join the DSO for a lively evening of some of Armstrong’s greatest hits including; “What A Wonderful World,” “Hello Dolly,” “Blue Berry Hill” and much more.

Saturday, July 9
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Enjoy a magical evening of classical music inspired by fairy tales, including Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty, Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Dukas' Sorcerer's Apprentice and more.

o   The entire grounds will be open to guests to walk or visit the gardens.
o   Picnics are allowed.
o   Food and beverages (alcoholic & non-alcoholic) will be available for purchase.
o   Alcoholic beverages may not be brought onto the grounds.
o   Folding chairs or blankets are welcome

Tickets for the Detroit Symphony at the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House can be purchased at or via the box office at 313-576-5111. 
General Admission:
Advance Purchase – Adult: $20, Children: $12 (children tickets must be purchased via the box office)
At the gate – Adult: $25, all Children: $15      
Groups of 20 or more – Adults: $17
Parking is available on the grass lot directly across the street from Ford House. Cost is $2 per car
Preferred Admission: All 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 ticket
Includes valet parking, dinner, afterglow, 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 10. If weather does not permit a concert on Sunday Ford House tickets may be redeemed for a ticket to one of the DSO’s regular season concerts between Oct. 1, 2011 and Dec. 31, 2011.

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