The final concert of the season sets attendance record and wows audience with epic programming
Palm Beach, Fla. (April 18, 2016) – The Palm Beach Symphony performed an epic concert, dubbed a “Monumental Engagement,” at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts on April 10, 2016. The extravaganza entertained with a new community outreach component, a larger-than-life concert program, and several surprises. The concert set an audience record for the 42nd season of the classical music organization with almost 1,300 attendees, and marked a significant milestone for the Symphony with its most complex work to date, which received a tremendous ovation.
First, the audience was treated to a performance of Mendelssohn’s romantic and poetic Overture from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Then, popular virtuoso pianist Lola Astanova took the stage playing Mozart’s Concerto No. 20 to perfection alongside Ramón Tebar and the orchestra. After cheers from the audience, Astanova, known for breaking down classical music stereotypes, returned for a surprise encore performance that infused a rock sound to Liszt’s La Campanella with an electric guitar accompaniment.
After the intermission, Artistic & Music Director, Ramón Tebar, led the 88-piece orchestra in Mahler’s immense Symphony No. 5. The vast symphonic masterpiece, which lasted over an hour, took the audience on an emotional journey scripted by the famous Austrian composer. Tebar and the orchestra took on the challenge with authority and passion, exciting concert-goers and showcasing the depth and status of the Palm Beach Symphony. The audience stood and cheered until Tebar and the featured soloists received their due acclaim.
Ticketholders who wanted to learn more about this complex work enjoyed a free, pre-concert talk by Assistant Conductor Darwin Aquino. Over 150 guests attended this new addition to a Symphony performance, providing expert insights to enhance their concert experience. Aquino explored the life of Mahler during the time of this composition and explained what to expect during the various movements of this work from the funeral march in the first movement to the love song in the fourth movement.
“This was the most impressive concert in our history,” said David McClymont, Executive Director of the Palm Beach Symphony. “The Palm Beach Symphony experienced an unprecedented season of growth and recognition in the community and within the industry. Ramon and our talented musicians have put us on the map and we can’t wait to see where we can go from here.”
A pre-concert lunch was held for Symphony members at the Cohen Pavilion in the Kravis Center. At the lunch, the Symphony presented a conductor baton to Dale McNulty, President of the Board, for his outstanding work and support of the Symphony throughout the season. For more information on tickets for the 2016-2017 season and membership opportunities, please contact the Palm Beach Symphony at 561.655.2657 or firstname.lastname@example.org.