DEARBORN, Michigan – Tickets are now on sale for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s (DSO) summer season, headlined by the 20th anniversary of the “Salute to America” concerts at Greenfield Village.
20th Annual ‘Salute to America’ Concert
The 20th Annual Salute to America concerts will take place on June 30, July 1 and July 3-4. Bring the family and a picnic to the open field at Greenfield Village in Dearborn and enjoy an evening of fireworks and patriotic music. Music Director Leonard Slatkin will make his Salute to America debut on July 3 and 4 as he conducts the Orchestra through an inspiring program of favorites like Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, the Salute to the Armed Forces and more. Conductor Tito Muñoz will lead the orchestra on June 30 and July 1. Performances are located in the Walnut Grove Historic District of Greenfield Village and begin at 8:30 p.m. with grounds opening at 6 p.m. Food and beverages will be available for purchase and concert attendees are welcome to bring chairs and blankets to the concerts.
“It is our great honor to bring Leonard Slatkin, often described as America’s Music Director, to conduct a decidedly American program at the a place like Greenfield Village, that has perfected the tradition of honoring this nation’s history,” said Anne Parsons, DSO President and CEO.
The Henry Ford is America’s premier history destination with five distinct attractions including Greenfield Village which offers 300 years of American history with access to 83 authentic, historic structures, including the courthouse where Abraham Lincoln practiced law, the Wright brothers’ cycle shop, Thomas Edison’s Menlo Park laboratory and much more.
Internationally acclaimed American conductor Leonard Slatkin began his appointment as Music Director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in September of 2008. In addition to his post at the DSO, August 2011 marked the start of his tenure as Music Director of the Orchestre National de Lyon in France. In addition, Slatkin continues to serve as Principal Guest Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, a post that began in the fall of 2008. Following a17-year tenure as Music Director of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Slatkin became Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. in 1996. Other positions in the United States have included Principal Guest Conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra, where he founded their “Sommerfest;” first Music Director of the Cleveland Orchestra’s summer series at the Blossom Music Festival, a post he held for nine years; Principal Guest Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl for three seasons; and additional positions with the New Orleans Philharmonic and the Nashville Symphony Orchestra.
Lauded by the Cincinnati Enquirer for his “natural facility and convincing musicianship on the podium,” Tito Muñoz is increasingly recognized as one of the most gifted conductors of his generation. Recently appointed Music Director of the Opéra national de Lorraine and the Orchestre symphonique et lyrique de Nancy, he previously served a three year tenure as Assistant Conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra, appointed by Franz Welser-Möst in April 2007, and a League of American Orchestras Conducting Fellow. Prior to that, he served as Assistant Conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra.
Tickets for Salute to America at Greenfield Village range from $12-$50 and can be purchased at The Henry Ford, 20900 Oakwood Blvd; by calling 313-982-6001; or online at thehenryford.org/Salute. For group discount information (10 people or more), please contact Chuck Dyer at (313) 576-5130 or [email protected]
About the DSO: The internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the fourth-oldest symphony orchestra in the United States, is visit 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. The DSO offers a performance schedule that includes Classical, Pops, Jazz, Young People’s, Neighborhood concerts and festivals. The DSO makes its home in historic Orchestra Hall, one of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, and actively pursues a mission to impact and serve the community through music. For more information www.dso.org.