The music of Mozart, Glenn Miller, Mussorgsky, Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim will fill the Meadow Brook Music Festival over the next two weekends as the
Detroit Symphony Orchestra returns for its annual summer residency at the Oakland University Amphitheatre.
Things get under way at 8 p.m. Saturday (July 26) as resident conductor Thomas Wilkins leads the DSO through “Mozart in the Meadow,” featuring three of the composer’s works and spotlighting Helen Huang on the “Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Minor.” Wilkins returns at 7:30 p.m. Sunday (July 27) for a program dedicated to the Glenn Miller Orchestra and favorite pieces such as “Pennsylvania 6-5000,” “In the Mood” and “Tuxedo Junction.”
Incoming DSO music director Leonard Slatkin makes his only local conducting appearances of the summer the following weekend. On Aug. 1 he’ll helm “Night at the Opera,” featuring selections from 13 composers and works such as “La Boheme,” “Aida,” “Rigoletto” and “The Magic Flute.” On Aug. 2 Slatkin’s “Russian Spectacular” will showcase pieces by Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, Ravel and Borodin, with pianist Muza Rubackyte as the featured guest. Both shows start at 8 p.m.
The DSO’s Meadow Brook visit wraps up at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 3 with “A Salute to Bernstein and Sondheim” conducted by the Maryland Symphony Orchestra’s Elizabeth Schulze and featuring the Detroit Concert Choir on songs from “Candide,” “Sweeney Todd,” “West Side Story,” “Gypsy” and other stage productions.
The Meadow Brook Music Festival is located on the campus of Oakland University in Rochester Hills. Tickets to the DSO shows are $30 pavilion and $15 lawn this weekend, $50 and $30 pavilion and $15 lawn Aug. 1-3. Call (248) 377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.