Classical music and fireworks fans are invited to experience memorable evenings with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra July 12 and 13 on the grounds of the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores.

Classical music and fireworks fans are invited to experience memorable evenings with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra July 12 and 13 on the grounds of the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores.

Photo provided by the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House


Symphony concerts at Ford House celebrate 10th anniversary

By: K. Michelle Moran | Grosse Pointe Times | Published July 9, 2019

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GROSSE POINTE SHORES — It might seem like it was just yesterday, but 2019 marks the 10th anniversary of lakefront summer concerts by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra on the grounds of the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores.

The DSO, conducted by Norman Huynh, will perform July 12 and 13, with fireworks above Lake St. Clair to again be part of the festivities. The July 12 program will showcase science fiction film selections, while the July 13 concert, “A Symphonic Celebration,” will feature South Korean violin prodigy SooBeen Lee.

Folding chairs will be provided for premium ticketholders; those with general admission tickets are encouraged to bring their own chairs or blankets.

Attendees will be able to toast the 10th anniversary in the Ford House’s first beer garden, adjacent to a picnic area with picnic tables and lawn games. Atwater Brewery created a golden ale, Summer Symphony No. 10, in honor of the anniversary, and that beer — along with other Atwater brews — will be available for purchase in concession tents. Attendees can also bring their own picnic baskets. The grounds will open at 6 p.m. and the concerts will start at 8 p.m. There will be games and other activities before the concerts.

Parking is included in the price for premium and VIP ticketholders, but general admission concertgoers will need to bring $5 cash for parking, which is available on a first-come, first-served basis in a grassy area across the street from the Ford House. If additional parking is needed, there will be free overflow parking at St. Lucy’s Church, 23401 Jefferson Ave. in St Clair Shores, with a free shuttle to and from the event.

“We are so thankful to the DSO for our 10-year partnership, bringing world-class music to Ford House, and creating so many incredible memories for all our guests and their families year after year,” Ford House President and CEO Mark Heppner said in a press release. “Getting to experience the sounds of the DSO with the views of the lake, the historic architecture and grounds of the Fords’ National Historic Landmark estate is simply an unparalleled experience. We’re proud to share it with the community.”

Thousands have attended these concerts since their 2010 debut.

In 2010, Keith Koppmeier, the DSO’s popular and community programs administrator, called the effort between the DSO and the Ford House “an inaugural adventure.”

“It was a fun challenge to design a program that plays to the history of the estate,” Koppmeier said. “The setting provides a great opportunity to experience the Edsel and Eleanor Ford estate and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra together, performing at the lakeside, for Grosse Pointe and east side audiences who may not see our other summer concerts.”

DSO President and CEO Anne Parsons seemed to envision the future when talking about these concerts in 2010.

“The atmosphere throughout the house and grounds is magical,” she said. “Adding music is a natural but inspired next step in developing an experience that just might become a new Grosse Pointe tradition for music and nature lovers alike.”

The Ford House is located at 1100 Lake Shore Road in Grosse Pointe Shores. For advance tickets or more information, visit www.dso.org or call (313) 576-5111, or visit www.fordhouse.org.

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