Thursday, 3 July, 2008 0:26 AM
DSO to perform at 16th Annual
"Salute to America" in Greenfield Village
BY JASON RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com
Detroit Symphony Orchestra performed at River Days last month.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
attendees are welcome to bring chairs and blankets to enjoy the
music. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
BY JASON RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com
The main entrance to Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Mich.
Jason Rzucidlo interviews Jim Johnson, Senior Manager of Creative
Programs at The Henry Ford.