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DSO returns to Ford House
Posted: July 1, 2014
The DSO's fifth annual appearance at the majestic Edsel & Eleanor Ford House places the Orchestra on the grounds of the elegant Grosse Pointe Shores estate, serenading audiences beside Lake St. Clair as the sun sets over the historic home.
The two-concert series, with newly-appointed New York Philharmonic Assistant Conductor Courtney Lewis conducting, opens on Friday, July 11, with, “A Night Out with the Boys: Featuring the music of Nat ‘King’ Cole, Frank Sinatra, Stevie Wonder and more!,” starring jazz vocalist Dee Daniels.
The Saturday, July 12, concert will have “Symphonic Fireworks” and features compositions from around the globe: Barber’s Overture to the School for Scandal (USA), Massanet’s “Meditation” from Thais (France) featuring DSO violinist Hai-Xin Wu, Elgar’s In the South (UK), Mozart’s Overture to The Marriage of Figaro (Austria), Dvořák’s Slavonic Dance (Czech Republic), Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 (Norway) and Tchaikovsky’s Waltz from Eugene Onegin (Russia).
Concerts take place on Friday, July 11 and Saturday, July 12 at 8 p.m. with a thrilling fireworks finale at 9:30 p.m.
The grounds of Ford House will open at 6 p.m. to allow attendees the opportunity to explore the grounds, stroll along the lake, and enjoy pre-concert music performed by area students.
With clear artistic vision, subtle musicality, and innovative programming, Courtney Lewis has established himself as one of his generation’s most talented conductors. Recently appointed as Assistant Conductor of the New York Philharmonic, a position he will assume in the 2014/15 season, Lewis has served as Associate Conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra, making his subscription debut in the 2011/12 season, and as a Dudamel Fellow with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, making his debut in the fall of 2011. A passionate advocate of music education, Courtney Lewis is the founder and music director of Boston’s acclaimed Discovery Ensemble, a chamber orchestra dedicated not only to giving concerts of contemporary and established repertoire at the highest level of musical and technical excellence, but also bringing live music into the least privileged parts of Boston with workshops in local schools.
Tickets for Detroit Symphony@Ford House are priced $12-50, with limited advance-purchase VIP tickets available for $50-$175. To purchase VIP tickets, contact Ford House at 313.453.2031. For more details, visit dso.org/summer.
Children 4 and under are free.
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