July 02--If it ain't broke, don't fix it. And probably nothing the Detroit Symphony Orchestra does is less broke than its annual "Salute to America" concerts at Greenfield Village.
Now in their 22nd year, these concerts around the Fourth of July holiday have become one of southeastern Michigan's most beloved family traditions, attracting more than 26,000 people last year. Clearly, the formula works: The DSO performs outdoors on the lush and lovely grounds of Greenfield Village, and the program typically leans heavily on patriotic tunes, Americana, Broadway and film music and, of course, Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture" and fireworks. Throw in a populist guest or two and call it July 4.
This year's concerts, which run Wednesday through Saturday, stick with the formula. Conductor Bob Bernhardt handles the baton and the United States Army Field Band Concert Band and Soldiers' Chorus will be along for the ride. The music includes "Armed Forces Salute," some Gershwin favorites, Richard Rodgers tunes from "Oklahoma," a taste of Aaron Copland and more. The "1812 Overture" and fireworks provide the big finish.
Concertgoers are encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs and picnic dinners. (Patrons are not allowed to bring alcohol onto the grounds, through alcohol will be for sale.)
8:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, the Henry Ford (Greenfield Village), 20900 Oakwood, Dearborn. 313-982-6001. www.thehenryford.com. $12.75-$60.
Prelude performances at 6:45 p.m. by 1st Michigan Colonial Fife and Drum Corp and 7:30 p.m. by the United States Army Field Band.
Contact Mark Stryker: 313-222-6459. firstname.lastname@example.org
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