THIS SUMMER WITH THE DSO: 25TH ANNUAL SALUTE TO AMERICA CELEBRATION, TWO NIGHTS AT FORD HOUSE, HISTORIC TOUR OF ASIA, AND THE MUSIC OF PRINCE AT MEADOW BROOK AMPHITHEATRE
Chamber recitals and William Davidson Neighborhood Series concerts also on the schedule
Detroit, (May 25, 2017) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will keep busy this summer, returning to Greenfield Village at The Henry Ford, the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House, and Meadow Brook Amphitheatre to present concerts both before and after embarking on the historic July tour of Japan and China.
First is Salute to America, one of Metro Detroit’s most popular Independence Day traditions. Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, Salute to America takes place at Greenfield Village at The Henry Ford in Dearborn each night from Friday, June 30 through Monday, July 3. The four-concert series will be conducted by Associate Conductor and Phillip and Lauren Fisher Community Ambassador Michelle Merrill. The DSO is thrilled to share the stage with the Jazz Ambassadors of The US Army Field Band, and excited to present a program of patriotic music featuring everyone’s favorite finale: Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, accompanied by cannon fire and followed by fireworks.
Next is the DSO’s eighth annual appearance on the grounds of the historic Edsel and Eleanor Ford House, a striking lakefront estate in Grosse Pointe Shores. The DSO will present two nights of outdoor concerts on Friday, July 7 and Saturday, July 8, conducted by Aram Demirjian. Friday evening’s program features pops and Hollywood favorites, including selections from The Wizard of Oz, Gladiator, Star Wars, and more; Saturday evening’s program features music by Walton, Handel, Haydn, Wagner, Tchaikovsky, and Stravinsky. Both performances will go out with the bang of live fireworks.
On Sunday, July 9, the DSO will present a free sendoff concert at Orchestra Hall before departing for Asia Tour 2017—a historic endeavor that marks the orchestra’s first-ever performances in China and its first tour of Japan in 20 years. The sendoff concert, conducted by Music Director Leonard Slatkin, will feature music the orchestra will play on tour, including Cindy McTee’s Double Play, Korngold’s violin concerto (with featured soloist Akiko Suwanai), and Copland’s Symphony No. 3. The concert will also be webcast for free via the DSO’s Live from Orchestra Hall series at dso.org/live and via Facebook Live.
Once Asia Tour 2017 concludes, the DSO will return to Meadow Brook Amphitheatre for a concert titled The Music of Prince, conducted by Brent Havens and featuring a live rock band and vocalist. The concert, which takes place Friday, August 25, pays tribute to the late Prince with an avalanche of purple funky hits: “Little Red Corvette,” “When Doves Cry,” “Raspberry Beret,” and more.
Please see below for additional information, including ticket information, about all DSO summer concerts.
In addition to these special presentations, the DSO will continue to perform at Metro Detroit venues as part of the William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series, as well as present chamber recitals at unique and compelling locations throughout the region. Learn more at dso.org/neighborhood and dso.org/chamber.
For biographies and/or hi-resolution photos of conductors or soloists, please contact DSO Public Relations Coordinator Ben Breuninger at [email protected] or (313) 576-5196.
Additional Information: Salute to America
Salute to America
Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Michelle Merrill, conductor
The Jazz Ambassadors of the United States Army Field Band
Greenfield Village at The Henry Ford (Dearborn, MI)
Friday, June 30 at 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 1 at 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 2 at 8:30 p.m.
Monday, July 3 at 8:30 p.m.
The concert grounds will open to the public at 6 p.m. each night. The 1st Michigan Colonial Fife and Drum Corps will parade the concert grounds at 6:45 p.m. The Jazz Ambassadors of the United States Army Field Band will give a pre-concert performance at 7:30, before joining the DSO for the main concert, which begins at 8:30.
Lawn seating is first-come, first-served, and seating is not provided—guests are encouraged to bring folding chairs and/or blankets. A cash bar, food options, and souvenirs will be available.
Salute to America is a rain or shine event.
Tickets are currently $25 for adults (ages 12 and up) and $15.50 for youth, with discounts for members of The Henry Ford. Children aged 2 and under are admitted free. Prices will increase after June 19. Visit thehenryford.org/salute for more information and to purchase tickets.
DSO subscribers, please call The Henry Ford at 313-982-6001 to purchase your tickets.
VIP tickets are also available and include a reserved seating area, convenient parking, and private access to an exclusive hospitality area with premium cash bar and food offerings. VIP tickets cost $75 per person and are available for the July 1, 2, and 3 performances only. Please call The Henry Ford Call Center at (313) 982-6001 to purchase VIP tickets.
Additional Information: DSO at Ford House
DSO at Ford House
Aram Demirjian, conductor
Kimberly Kaloyanides Kennedy, violin (Friday)
Hunter Eberly, trumpet (Saturday)
Edsel and Eleanor Ford House (Grosse Pointe Shores, MI)
Friday, July 7 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, July 8 at 8 p.m.
The concert grounds will open to the public at 6 p.m. each night. The entire grounds will be open to guests to walk or visit the gardens, but the House will not be open for tours.
Lawn seating is first-come, first-served, and seating is not provided—guests are encouraged to bring folding chairs and/or blankets. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Picnics are allowed but alcoholic beverages may not be brought onto the grounds. Coolers are welcome but will be subject to search.
General admission tickets are $20 for adults and $12 for children. Premium general admission tickets for lawn area closer to the stage are $50 per person, and also include reserved parking and a shuttle to the venue. Tickets can be purchased at dso.org, by calling (313) 576-5111, or in person at the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center (3711 Woodward Avenue, Detroit).
Groups of 10 or more can save up to 30% on the price of a single ticket for most DSO concerts. For more information, contact Group Sales Manager Jim Sabatella at (313) 576-5130 or [email protected].
VIP tickets are also available for $200 per person, in advance only. VIP tickets include valet parking, a gourmet picnic dinner, access to the House, and reserved seating with chairs available. To purchase VIP tickets, please call Ford House at (313) 884-4222.
Program: Friday, July 7 (Pops)
“Hooray for Hollywood”
arr. Robert Russell Bennett
Selections from The Sound of Music
arr. Ralph Hermann
“Por Una Cabeza” (Tango from Scent of a Woman)
Kimberly Kaloyanides Kennedy, violin
arr. John Wasson
Music from Gladiator
Back to the Future – Suite for Orchestra
ed. Patrick Russ
“The Magnificent Seven”
arr. Robert Russell Bennett
Selections from Camelot
arr. Charles Sayre
“Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz
“Harry’s Wondrous World” from Suite from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
“Sayuri’s Theme” from Memoirs of a Geisha
Throne Room and End Title from Star Wars Suite for Orchestra
Program: Friday, July 8 (Classical)
arr. Hamilton Harty
Suite from Water Music
Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra in E-flat major, H.VIIe:1
Hunter Eberly, trumpet
Prelude to Act III of Lohengrin, WWV. 75
Suite from Swan Lake, Op. 20a
Dance of the Swans
Suite from The Firebird [1919 version]
Dance of the Princesses
Infernal Dance of King Kastchei
Additional Information: Asia Tour Sendoff Concert
Asia Tour Sendoff Concert
Leonard Slatkin, conductor
Akiko Suwanai, violin
Sunday, July 9 at 3 p.m.
This concert is free and open to the public, but a seat reservation is required for entry. Seats can be reserved at dso.org, by calling (313) 576-5111, or in person at the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center Box Office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit). The concert is general admission (no seats will be assigned), and all seating is first-come, first-served.
The concert will be webcast for free via the DSO’s Live from Orchestra Hall series, presented by the Ford Motor Company Fund and made possible by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. DSO fans can view the webcasts anywhere, on any device, at dso.org/live and via Facebook Live.
Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35
Allegro assai vivace
Akiko Suwanai, violin
Symphony No. 3
Andantino quasi allegretto
Additional Information: The Music of Prince
The Music of Prince
Brent Havens, conductor
Marshall Charloff, vocals and guitar
Meadow Brook Amphitheatre (Rochester, MI)
Friday, August 25 at 8 p.m.
Program to be announced from the stage.
Tickets begin at $20 and can be purchased at dso.org, by calling (313) 576-5111, or in person at the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center (3711 Woodward Avenue, Detroit).
Groups of 10 or more can save up to 30% on the price of a single ticket for most DSO concerts. For more information, contact Group Sales Manager Jim Sabatella at (313) 576-5130 or js[email protected].
About the DSO
Hailed by The New York Times as “cutting edge,” the internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra is known for trailblazing performances, visionary maestros, collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists, and an ardent commitment to Detroit. As a community-supported orchestra, generous giving by individuals and institutions at all levels drives the continued success and growth of the institution. Esteemed conductor Leonard Slatkin, called “America’s Music Director” by the Los Angeles Times, became the DSO’s 12th Music Director, endowed by the Kresge Foundation, in 2008. Acclaimed conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik serves as Principal Pops Conductor, while celebrated trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard holds the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair. With growing attendance and unwavering philanthropic support from the Detroit community, the DSO’s performance schedule includes Classical, Pops, Jazz, Young People’s, and Neighborhood concerts, and collaborations with high profile artists from Steven Spielberg to Ben Folds and Lang Lang. The DSO recently announced its 2017 Asia Tour, the orchestra’s first-ever tour of China and their first of Japan in 19 years. 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, which also reaches tens of thousands of children with the Classroom Edition expansion. Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall within the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, one of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, the DSO actively pursues a mission to embrace and inspire individuals, families, and communities through unsurpassed musical experiences.