<September 2017>


DSO returns to Ford House for 8th annual summer concerts

Two-concert series includes one night of pops, one night of classical

Detroit, (June 29, 2017) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) returns to the majestic Edsel & Eleanor Ford House (Ford House) for a two-concert series conducted by Aram Demirjian. The orchestra will play on the grounds of the elegant Grosse Pointe Shores estate, a historic home beside Lake St. Clair.

The concerts will take place on Fri., Jul. 7, and Sat., Jul. 8 at 8 p.m. with a thrilling fireworks finale each night at 9:30 p.m.

The Friday evening concert has a pops and Hollywood theme, including selections from The Wizard of Oz, Gladiator, Star Wars, and more. Associate Concertmaster Kimberly Kaloyanides Kennedy (Alan and Marianne Shapero/Shapero Foundation Chair) will be a featured soloist.

The Saturday evening concert features classical repertoire, including favorites by Haydn, Tchaikovsky, and others. Principal Trumpet Hunter Eberly (Lee and Floy Barthel Chair) will be a featured soloist.

The grounds of Ford House will open at 6 p.m. each night to allow attendees the opportunity to explore the gardens, stroll along the lake, and visit Bird Island—a small peninsula on the premises that is a well-known stopping place for migratory birds.

Sponsor Information

Fireworks at both performances are made possible by The Cotton Family.

Additional Sponsorship Support:

• Beaumont

• Fifth Third Bank

• St. John Providence

• Chemical Bank

• George R. and Elise M. Fink Foundation

• Ford Motor Company Fund

• Henry Ford Health System

• Comerica

• Crest Lincoln

• Grosse Pointe Magazine

• Hagopian Rugs


The DSO at Ford House (left); conductor Aram Demirjian (right). Click here to view hi-res versions of these images.

About Aram Demirjian

American-born and of Armenian descent, Aram Demirjian is Music Director of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and maintains an active guest conducting schedule, including a close relationship with The Philadelphia Orchestra.

Demirjian is nationally recognized for his commitment to exploring new concert formats. In Knoxville, where he conducts 14 weeks on the upcoming season, he has partnered with Appalachian Ballet, Knoxville Poet Laureate R.B. Morris, and PROJECT Trio; in Philadelphia he regularly conducts family and educational concerts; and while Associate Conductor of the Kansas City Symphony he was instrumental in creating Classics Uncorked, a weeknight series that enhances the concert hall experience with thematic programming, narration, visual effects, musical demonstrations, and audience interaction. In 2017, the League of American Orchestras awarded the Knoxville Symphony a distinguished Futures Fund Grant, in part to launch KSO UnStaged, an interactive, multisensory, music-based event series taking place in unconventional spaces throughout Knox County.

A champion of new music, Demirjian recently conducted the Southeast premiere and second-ever performance of Matthew Aucoin’s Evidence, a highlight of the 2017 Big Ears Festival. He is the recipient of a 2017 Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award and holds the 2011 Robert J. Harth Conducting Prize from the Aspen Music Festival, where he was a three-time Conducting Fellow in the Aspen Conducting Academy.

Demirjian holds a Bachelor of Arts in music and government from Harvard University and a Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting from New England Conservatory.

Ticket and Event Information

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.

Advance general admission tickets are $20 for adults and $12 for children. 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 jsabatella@dso.org.


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. (Pops)


  Hooray for Hollywood


  (arr. Robert Russell Bennett)

  Selections from The Sound of Music


  (arr. Ralph Hermann)

  Moon River


  “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

Fireworks finale

Saturday, July 8, at 8 p.m. (Classical)


  Crown Imperial


  (arr. Hamilton Harty)

  Suite from Water Music





  Allegro deciso


  Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra in E-flat major, H.VIIe:1



  Finale: Allegro

  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



Fireworks finale

About Edsel & Eleanor Ford House

Edsel & Eleanor Ford House is located at 1100 Lake Shore Road in Grosse Pointe Shores. Since 1978, Ford House has welcomed hundreds of thousands of visitors to share in Eleanor Ford’s vision of preserving the estate for future generations to enjoy through interpretive tours, family activities, lectures, exhibits, and gardens and grounds events. For more information, visit fordhouse.org or call 313.884.4222 and connect with the Ford House on Facebook and Twitter.

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. In July 2017, the DSO will embark on its first international tour in 16 years, making its debut in China and first visit to 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.


For Press Inquiries, please contact:

Ben Breuninger
Public Relations Coordinator
bbreuninger@dso.org | 313.576.5196