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United States Army Field Band Concert Band and Soldiers’ Chorus to join orchestra onstage

Assistant Conductor Michelle Merrill,
photos from Salute to America.

DETROIT, (June 18, 2015) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will return to Greenfield Village at The Henry Ford for the 23rd Annual Salute to America concerts, a classic family friendly Independence Day celebration. Four nights of performances led by DSO’s Assistant Conductor Michelle Merrill will take place on the lawn at Dearborn’s historic Greenfield Village on July 1, 2, 3 and 4 with gates opening at 6 p.m. and concerts to commence at 8:30 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to gather their blankets, picnic and lawn chairs to enjoy favorites such as The Star Spangled Banner, Armed Forces Salute and other patriotic favorites. Cannons will accompany Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture followed by a finale of fireworks.

The metro Detroit tradition will continue as 1st Michigan Colonial Fife and Drum Corps parade the concert grounds at 6:45 p.m. followed by a prelude concert featuring the United States Army Field Band at 7:30 p.m. The United States Army Field Band Concert Band & Soldiers’ Chorus will join the DSO during the program, which features music from family films The Incredibles, Star Wars, Superman and more.

This year’s Salute to America concerts are dedicated to the memory of Don and Gloria Schultz, who shared a lifelong love for music and were regular patrons of the DSO and Greenfield Village. Before they passed away, they named the DSO as one of the several beneficiaries of their estate. While Don and Gloria are no longer with us, their legacy lives on.

Ticket Information

Tickets to Salute to Americaat Greenfield Villagerange from $13.25-$75. Tickets may be purchased by contacting The Henry Ford Village by calling (313) 982-6001 or online at thehenryford.com/salute. For group discount information (10 people or more), please contact DeRon Wilson at (313) 576-5130 or [email protected]


Salute to America

Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Michelle Merrill, conductor

United States Army Field Band Concert Band* and Soldiers’ Chorus†

Lieutenant Colonel Jim Keene, Commander and conductor

Lieutenant Colonel Paul Bamonte, conductor

Sergeant Major Victor Cenales, vocalist

Wednesday, July 1 at 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 2 at 8:30 p.m.

Friday, July 3 at 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 4 at 8:30 p.m.

SMITH The Star Spangled Banner *†
SOUSA Washington Post March *
GOULD American Salute
COPLAND An Outdoor Overture
GINO VANNELLLI None So Beautiful *
WILLIAM STEFFE & JULIA WARD Battle Hymn of the Republic †
JOHN WILLIAMS “A Prayer for Peace” from Munich
Armed Forces Salute *†
COPLAND Fanfare for the Common Man

Star Wars Suite for OrchestraThe Imperial March (Darth Vader’s Theme)
JOHN WILLIAMS Superman March” from Superman
SAMUEL AUGUSTUS WARD America the Beautiful *†
TCHAIKOVSKY 1812 Overture *† (Overture solennelle), Op. 49        


About the DSO

The internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra, which celebrated its 125th anniversary in December 2012, is known for trailblazing performances, visionary maestros, collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists, and an unwavering commitment to Detroit. Esteemed conductor Leonard Slatkin, called “America’s Music Director” by the Los Angeles Times, became the 12th Music Director of the DSO during the 2008-09 season and acclaimed conductor, arranger, and trumpeter, Jeff Tyzik was appointed Principal Pops Conductor in November 2012. The DSO’s performance schedule includes Classical, Pops, Jazz, Young People’s, Neighborhood concerts, and collaborations with chart-topping musicians from Smokey Robinson to Kid Rock. A commitment to broadcast innovation began in 1922 when the DSO became the first orchestra in the world to present a radio broadcast and continues today with the free Live from Orchestra Hall webcast series. Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall and the Max M. Fisher Music Center, one of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, the DSO actively pursues a mission to impact and serve the community through music. For more information visit dso.org or download the free DSO to Go mobile app.

About The Henry Ford

The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan is an internationally-recognized cultural destination that brings the past forward by immersing visitors in the stories of ingenuity, resourcefulness and innovation that helped shape America. A national historic landmark with an unparalleled collection of artifacts representing the Archive of American Innovation, The Henry Ford is a force for sparking curiosity and inspiring tomorrow’s innovators. More than 1.6 million visitors annually experience its five attractions: Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village, The Ford Rouge Factory Tour, The Benson Ford Research Center and The Henry Ford IMAX Theatre. A continually expanding array of content available online provides anytime, anywhere access. The Henry Ford is also home to Henry Ford Academy, a public charter high school which educates 485 students a year on the institution’s campus. In 2014, The Henry Ford premiered its first-ever national television series, The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation, showcasing present-day change-makers and The Henry Ford’s artifacts and unique visitor experiences. Hosted by news correspondent and humorist, Mo Rocca, this weekly half-hour Emmy-winning show airs Saturday mornings on CBS. For more information please visit our website thehenryford.org.



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