PALM BEACH, FL (Aug. 6, 2015) – Maestro Ramón Tebar, in his sixth season as Artistic and Music Director of the Palm Beach Symphony, returns to conduct its grandest concert series in its forty-two year history with programs set in select Palm Beach County venues, both old and new.
Acclaimed for his musical versatility, compelling interpretations and orchestra building skills, conductor Ramón Tebar’s international reputation continues to expand as does Palm Beach Symphony’s repertoire and their reach into the greater Palm Beaches. The upcoming season will feature a diverse combination of musical programming perfectly designed for each performance location.
Traditionally, the Orchestra performs its five concert series in historically important venues on the island of Palm Beach, but this season will find itself north in Palm Beach Gardens for a concert in the Benjamin Upper School’s new state-of-the-art Benjamin Hall, where the 850 seat theatre will host its very first professional performance. Also this season, the Orchestra returns to the area’s foremost performing arts center, Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, for the final concert in the series premiering the monumental symphony, Mahler Five, their most colossal feat to date.
“It is my pleasure to present again another season as Artistic and Music Director of the Palm Beach Symphony,” says Tebar. “I am very excited for these programs that I have chosen very carefully, keeping in mind to offer a wide variety of styles, soloists and composers that match the different venues where we perform. This is your orchestra and we look forward to an amazing season together with you!”
The season opens at the intimate hall of the Society of the Four Arts on December 7th with “Homage to Pablo Casals” featuring Israeli-American cellist Amit Peled in a concert honoring the legendary Spanish cellist.
“Notes From the Balcony,” the second concert in the series, will be held on January 11th at the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum and features the Boston Brass. The brass quintet, accompanied by members of the Palm Beach Symphony, will present a program that includes music around Romeo and Juliet, from the compositions of two different composers, Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet Suite and Bernstein’s West Side Story, both based on the same Shakespearian drama.
The new Benjamin Hall is the venue for “Two German Romantics” on January 27th. The program is fashioned by two large works of two Romantic composers, Robert Schumann’s Symphony No. 1 and Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No. 4.
“Fantastique Evening” will be presented at Mar-a-Lago on March 16th. Impassioned music from Turina’s Fantastique Dances, Berlioz’s famous Fantastic Symphony and Strauss’ suite from his opera, Der Rosenkavalier (The Rose’s Gentleman,) with its fantastic world of waltzes, will highlight the performance at the exclusive Club.
The season will close on April 10th at the Kravis Center with “Monumental Engagement,” when the Palm Beach Symphony presents an afternoon with virtuoso pianist Lola Astanova and follows with the Orchestra’s premiere of Mahler Five. Palm Beach favorite, Astanova, will perform Mozart’s Concerto No. 20 in D minor, a work full of drama and tragedy, and in the same key as his Requiem, which will link directly with the funeral march at the beginning of Mahler’s symphony. Astanova will also perform solo piano works as a complement to the program.
Season subscriptions and memberships with preferred seating are now available and offered at a variety of levels. Single tickets go on sale November 1st. For more information on tickets and membership opportunities, please contact the Palm Beach Symphony at 561.655.2657 or visit the website at PalmBeachSymphony.org.