DEARBORN, MI – In an age where numerous community orchestras have shut down or must contend with quality-stripping budget cuts, the Dearborn Symphony Orchestra has not missed a single beat and continues demonstrating itself still worthy of support and investment.
To that end, the Symphony is hosting its inaugural Cars, Cigars & Jazz fundraising event, 6 pm – 11 pm, Saturday, September 6, 2014 in Dearborn. “CC&J” will be held at the West Parking Deck in Downtown West Dearborn, on the South side of Michigan Avenue, at Tenny Street.
The Symphony will be opening its 53rd season this year with Kypros Markou as principal conductor and Music Director.Markou is also a professor and director of orchestral studies at Wayne State University.
The occasion promises to be an elegant affair featuring spectacular vintage cars on loan from Ford Motor Company, stylish models, live jazz with “Metro Jazz Voices”, small plates from various Dearborn restaurants, and a silent auction. Tickets are only $35 each and include a cigar aficionado’s display of wares, as well as an open bar featuring fine wines and craft beers. Sponsorships are available, beginning at $100 to $2,000. All donations are tax-deductible.
Sandy Butler, President of the Dearborn Symphony, said: “It takes $20,000 to present every one of our concerts. While we have been able to manage expenses without reducing the quality of the music, the success of Cars, Cigars & Jazz will go a long way in helping us maintain a level of excellence that Dearborn and Greater Detroit, in general, expects and wants.”
For more information, to purchase tickets or obtain sponsorships, please call the Symphony office, at: 313. 565.2424, or visit CarsCigarsandJazz.com.
ABOUT THE DEARBORN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
The award winning Dearborn Symphony Orchestra plays a key position in the cultural life of Dearborn and surrounding communities across southeast Michigan. It is held in high regard by its members, musicians and community. Now entering its 53rd season, the Dearborn Symphony continues to be one of the region’s strongest and most talented community symphony orchestras. Music Director and Conductor Kypros Markou, is a dynamic leader who has achieved an excellent rapport with both the talented musicians and growing audiences.
Behind the scenes, the Symphony’s 24-member Board of Directors, its loyal group of corporate supporters, service organizations, community leaders, and donors are what enable Dearborn and area residents to continue enjoying its outstanding concert series.
Membership in the orchestra is open and new musicians are welcomed through audition. Originally, many principal positions were held by members of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, who provided leadership to the various sections. Some of these players are still in the orchestra. In addition to the adult musicians, the orchestra often includes a few very talented scholarship winners.