The Detroit Symphony Orchestra will continue its summertime tradition as the orchestra prepares for its fourth annual appearance on the historic and elegant grounds of the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House. The two night concert series, led by conductor Edwin Outwater, begins on Friday, July 12 at 8 p.m. with “The Golden Age of Swing” featuring clarinetist Dave Bennett performing hits by Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington and George Gershwin. The series will continue with “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” on Saturday, July 13 at 8 p.m. with a magical evening of classical music inspired by Shakespeare, including excerpts from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture.
The grounds of Ford House will open at 6 p.m. to allow attendees the opportunity to explore the gardens. The evening will end with a memorable fireworks display at 9:30 p.m.
Michigan clarinetist Dave Bennett is a totally self-taught musician who brings to life the classic sound and music of Benny Goodman (1909-1986) with incredible technique, style and beauty of tone. Bennett resides in Waterford and began playing at age 10 on a clarinet given to him by his grandparents. He then taught himself how to play Goodman songs by ear, listening to a tape given to him by his grandfather.
He began touring his Tribute to Benny Goodman combo in 2005 and has now performed in over 35 States and Canada and has appeared with 30 orchestras. He will make his Carnegie Hall debut on Nov. 1 2013, featured with The New York Pops with Steve Reineke, conducting.
Many of Benny Goodman’s famous band members, including vibraphonist Peter Appleyard, guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli and pianist Dick Hyman all strongly endorse Dave Bennett as “the closest ever” to Goodman’s sound and style. He has performed with them in the U.S. and Canada and recorded with them as special guests on Dave’s two recent Arbors CDs.
Edwin Outwater is Music Director of Ontario’s Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (KWS) and regularly guest conducts the Chicago, San Francisco and New World Symphonies. Equally at home interpreting canonical masterworks, premiering new commissions, and creating truly innovative, audience-building programming initiatives, the American conductor is, as the San Francisco Classical Voice recently observed, “headed for a top-tier future.”
In the United States, Outwater has also conducted the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestras, as well as the symphony orchestras of Baltimore, Houston, Detroit, Seattle, and many others. In Canada, he has conducted the National Arts Centre Orchestra, as well as the symphonies of Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, and Victoria. International appearances include the Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the New Zealand Symphony, the Adelaide Symphony, the Malmö Symphony, the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, the Mexico City Philharmonic, the Orquestra Sinfonica de Xalapa, and the Hong Kong Sinfonietta. In 2009 he made his professional opera debut with the San Francisco Opera conducting Verdi’s La Traviata, and he has since conducted Piazzola’s Maria de Buenos Aires with the Cincinnati Opera and concert:nova Cincinnati, as well as Menotti’s one-act opera Amahl and the Night Visitors at New York’s Lincoln Center. He participated as Associate Conductor in both YouTube Symphony projects, at Carnegie Hall and the Sydney Opera House.