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- $10 for one ticket to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra's Sounds of Summer: Dearborn (up to a $20 value)
- When: Sunday, July 21, at 3 p.m.
- Where: Ford Community and Performing Arts Center
- Seating: general admission
- Door time: 2 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.
- Chadwick—Jubilee from Symphonic Sketches: George W. Chadwick, one of the United States' first great composers, appended his bombastic Jubilee with the verse "No cool gray tones for me / Give me warmest red and green / A cornet and a tambourine / To paint my jubilee!"
- Dvořák—Slavonic Dance No. 8: Dvořák wrote his Slavonic Dances to pay tribute to the folk music of Bohemia, and his eighth takes the form of a furiant—a dance with explosive, syncopated accents.
- Strauss—On the Beautiful Blue Danube: Best known to modern audiences for its use in 2001: A Space Odyssey, Strauss's elegant waltz opens with a slowly blossoming theme, punctuated by merrily chirping woodwinds.
- Tchaikovsky—Marche Slave: This fiercely patriotic march was commissioned during a war between Serbia and the Ottoman Empire, and shows Russia's support for the Serbian cause by deftly interweaving folk songs and the national anthem "God Save the Tsar."
- Strauss—Thunder and Lighting Polka: Another of Strauss's inimitable waltzes, the piece takes its name from the regular, explosive crescendos that recall thunder and lightening or a dog's earnest attempts to warn its master that thunder and lighting are happening.
- Arutunian—Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra: Arutunian draws on the tunes of his native Armenia to put trumpeting skills to the test with virtuosic scales and octave-hopping fanfares.
- A Tribute to Irving Berlin: A medley showcases some of the classic songs composed by one of America's most beloved songwriters.
- Williams—Superman March: Instantly recognizable even to those who still believe that Clark Kent is no more than a bumbling reporter, Williams's stirring march captures the feeling of a triumphant flight thorough the clouds.
Detroit Symphony Orchestra
The nation's fourth-oldest orchestra, the DSO has been filling Detroit's music halls with top-notch euphony since 1887. By the 1920s, the orchestra came into its own, entering a golden age that saw them hosting such legends as Igor Stravinsky, Richard Strauss, and Sergei Rachmaninoff. After financial difficulties put the outfit's hall in jeopardy, a multi-decade fund-raising effort led to their triumphant return home in 1989. Today, the orchestra remains one of the most recorded symphonies in the country, bringing the classical canon to millions of listeners and giving orchestra members something to blast at family gatherings when their siblings start talking about their jobs.