Meadow Brook Music Festival 50th Anniversary Concert Set for 7/24

Meadow Brook Music Festival 50th Anniversary Concert Set for 7/24

Oakland University, Palace Sports & Entertainment and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra are looking forward with anticipation to this summer's 50th anniversary of Meadow Brook Music Festival.

"It's hard to believe that it was 50 years ago that the Detroit Symphony Orchestra opened Meadow Brook Music Festival on July 23, 24 and 25 with an event that featured Sixten Ehrling as conductor, Gordon Staples on violin and Italo Babini on violoncello," says Betty J. Youngblood, interim president. "This year, the DSO will be back on the evening of July 24 in celebration of the historic 50th year milestone.

This year's DSO concert features superstar violinist Joshua Bell. He enchants audiences with his charismatic stage presence and masterful performances. Known as the "poet of the violin," Bell is one of the world's most celebrated violinists. His performance at Meadow Brook Music Festival will be Detroit audiences' only chance to hear him live with the DSO this year.

An exclusive Sony Classical artist, Bell has recorded more than 40 CDs since his first recording at age 18. He was recently named the Music Director of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, the first person to hold this post since Sir Neville Marriner formed the orchestra in 1958. The Indiana native has been named an "Indiana Living Legend" and is the recipient of the Indiana Governor's Arts Award.

Conducted by Kansas City Symphony Music Director Michael Stern, the program will feature Stravinsky's "Firebird Suite," Glinka's "Ruslan and Ludmila Overture" and Kodaly's Dances of Galanta, with Bell performing Ravel's Tzigane and Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1.