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Thursday, 3 July, 2008 0:26 AM

DSO to perform at 16th Annual "Salute to America" in Greenfield Village

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The Detroit Symphony Orchestra performed at River Days last month.

by Jason Rzucidlo
americajr@americajr.com

WATCH: Salute to America - Interview with Jim Johnson of Greenfield Village (7/1/08) MPEG Video

DEARBORN, Mich. -- There's no better way to celebrate America's Independence other than at America's Greatest History Attraction -- The Henry Ford. The Detroit Symphony Orchestra will perform at the 16th Annual "Salute to America" celebration at Greenfield Village's Walnut Grove from July 2 through 5. It includes patriotic music, picnics, and fireworks to cap of the night. Additional activities include 19th-century lawn games and a visit from the village's historic baseball times.

The DSO was founded in 1914 and performed the world's first radio broadcast of a symphony in 1922. Emmanuelle Boisvert has been the concertmaster of the DSO since 1988. There are 98 musicians within the orchestra. The Max M. Fisher Music Center is the current home of the DSO.

"This has been a long-standing tradition now at The Henry Ford," said Jim Johnson, senior manager of creative programs at Greenfield Village. "It's an evening after hours, a separate ticketed event here. It's a great concert. We have a great fireworks display that follows the concert."

Conductor Thomas Wilkins will lead the DSO on each of the four days of the celebration. The orchestra will perform patriotic tunes and American standards. There will also be a fireworks show each night. The grand finale will be choreographed to Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture.

Gates open at 6 p.m. each day. Preceding concerts include the 1st Michigan Colonial Fife and Drum Corps at 6:45 p.m. The River Raisin Ragtime Review will follow at 7:30 p.m. In addition, all historical buildings will be open during the special Independence Day celebrations. There will be children's activities on the Village Green, old-fashioned baseball games and classic songs being performed by the Village Trio and the Village Quartet.

The River Raisin Ragtime Review will perform America's original music style -- ragtime. It will take museum-goers back to the 1900s with emphasis on African-American composers. The group is based in Tecumseh, Mich. Their latest album is Ragtime Detroit! Michigan's Contribution to America's Original Music and was released in 2006.

The 1st Michigan Colonial Fife and Drum Corps will bring museum-goers back to the 18th century. It will emphasize music that was played as America was being colonized.

DSO performances will feature a presentation of Aaron Copland's Lincoln Portrait in tribute to Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States. Other pieces on the "Salute to America" program include Lowden's "Armed Forces Salute," Gould's "Fanfare for Freedom," Sousa's "Washington Post March," selections from Bernstein's West Side Story and, of course, the "Star-Spangled Banner" which will open each concert.

"Greenfield Village offers all kinds of sights and sounds as you make your way to the concert field," Johnson said. "Many of our staff in special clothing, many of our historical vehicles, all sorts of things will be on display as you make your way in."

Concert attendees are welcome to bring chairs and blankets to enjoy the music. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Tickets for "Salute to America" in Greenfield Village are available at the Max M. Fisher Music Center box office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit) or by calling (313) 576-5111.Tickets are also available 24 hours-a-day at www.detroitsymphony.com. For group discount information, please contact Chuck Dyer at cdyer@dso.org or (313) 576-5130. Tickets can also be purchased at The Henry Ford, 20900 Oakwood Blvd. or by calling 313-982-6001. For more information, please visit www.TheHenryFord.org.

 

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The main entrance to Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Mich.

 

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AmericaJR.com's Jason Rzucidlo interviews Jim Johnson, Senior Manager of Creative Programs at The Henry Ford.

 

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