PALM BEACH, FL (April 9, 2015) – Patrons favored champagne over vodka at the pool-side cocktail reception preceding the Palm Beach Symphony’s Russian close to the season at Mar-a-Lago. Uzbekistan born virtuoso pianist, Lola Astanova, returned as a special guest artist and joined the Symphony for a grandiose finale titled “Symphonic (R)evolution.”
A Russian essence invaded the estate’s palatial ballroom for the final concert of the season with compositions of Shostakovich and Rachmaninoff. Under the masterful direction of Maestro Ramón Tebar, the Orchestra ardently opened the evening’s performance playing Shostakovich’s Festive Overture, which depicts the Russian Revolution, only to be evolved by the ultra-Romanticism of Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini, performed on piano by Astanova. Finally, the Orchestra brought it back to the Revolution for a fiery conclusion with Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 12.
“The Palm Beach Symphony is thrilled to once again collaborate with the very talented Lola Astanova and close our season at Mar-a-Lago.” noted David McClymont, Executive Director of the Palm Beach Symphony. “We are encouraged by the tremendous season we have had and could not have done it without the support of so many symphony enthusiasts. Our momentum has us excited for the possibilities of next season and we look forward to bringing more world-class performances like this one to our community.”
Guests attending the season finale included Kathryn and Leo Vecellio, Nancy and Bill Rollnick, Pat and Howard Lester, Ari Rifkin, Helene Karp, Ann and Charles Johnson, Sieglinde Wikstrom, Suzanne and Frank Maurno, Pamela and Ken Fincham, Sandra and Paul Goldner, Don Ephaim, Karin and John Strasswimmer, Marietta and Dale McNulty, Amy Collins, Liz Norton, Eunice and David Bigelow, Danielle Davidson, Margaret Donnelley, Lurana Campanaro and Jose Figueroa, Ashley and Phillip Reagan, JoAnne and Lowell Jeager, Elaine Kay, Mercedes Cassidy and many others.
The 2015-2016 Season Concert Series will begin on December 7th at Society of the Four Arts, Palm Beach. For more information, please call 561-655-2657 or visit www.PalmBeachSymphony.org.
The mission of the Palm Beach Symphony is to engage, educate and entertain the greater community of the Palm Beaches through live performances of inspiring orchestral music. The Palm Beach Symphony was founded in 1974 in recognition of the need for a professional orchestra in Palm Beach. The Symphony performs in a variety of historically important venues including Bethesda-By-The-Sea, Henry Morrison Flagler Museum, Mar-a-Lago and The Society of the Four Arts.