Superstar Violinist Joshua Bell Joining DSO For 50th Anniversary Concert

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (WWJ) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra is preparing to present an extra-special performance later this month.

The concert will commemorate the 50th anniversary of Meadow Brook Music Festival, which opened as the DSO’s summer home in 1964. The orchestra will be conducted by Kansas City Symphony Music Director Michael Stern, with the program featuring Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite, Glinka’s Ruslan and Ludmila Overture and Kodaly’s Dances of Galanta.

The concert will also feature superstar violinist Joshua Bell, who will be performing Ravel’s Tzigane and Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1.

The pieces that Bell is playing are wonderful virtuosic pieces,” said longtime DSO bassist Larry Hutchinson. “The Bruch is gorgeous; saghan is a very, very virtuosic, flashy showpiece for the violin.”

Hutchinson, who’s been with the DSO for 31 years, says he hopes the metro Detroit community will come out to support the DSO’s return to Meadow Brook.

“It’s still a wonderful venue for a summer concert, and it’s a wonderful place to come and hear the symphony,” said Hutchinson. “And we’re all looking forward to being out there again and playing.”

The concert is Thursday, July 24th.

Tickets are available now.  Lawn seats are $15 and pavilion seats begin at $25.  A limited number of lawn 4-packs are available for $44.  For tickets, visit the DSO’s website or  Tickets are also available at the Max M. Fisher Box Office on Woodward Avenue in Detroit or The Palace Ticket Store and all Ticketmaster locations.  They may also be charged by phone to major credit cards by calling 1-800-745-3000.

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