Palm Beach, Fla. (February 13, 2017) – More than 325 guests of the Palm Beach Symphony experienced a unique and impressive evening of music on February 8, 2017 at The Henry Morrison Flagler Museum for its “Feel the Rhythm” concert. This special, sold-out evening with the Palm Beach Symphony percussion section brought the percussionists into the spotlight, perfectly highlighting their enormous arsenal of instruments and wide range of expression.
Artistic & Music Director Ramón Tebar, along with principal timpanist Mark Schubert, designed a varied and enjoyable program that suited the venue with Henry Flagler’s private rail car as the backdrop for the musicians. The intimate program also highlighted a collaboration with pantomime artist Nina Martin bringing visuals to the dramatic score.
The program began with Maurice Ravel’s Le tombeau de Couperin, a percussion quartet arrangement that echoed beautifully in the pavilion, followed by Béla Bartók’s Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion, an inventive and unusual instrumentation for two pianists and two percussionists. Next, Owen Clayton Condon’s Fractalia, showcased a well-choreographed dance between two musicians on each marimba. And David Maslanka’s This is the World, brought a new and unique collaboration with pantomime artist Nina Martin who beautifully interpreted two movements of the epic score for pianos and percussion that captures the fundamental meaning of American life. Finally, the percussionists did not skip a beat during John Cage’s Third Construction, and the audience reveled in the eclectic work that truly showed the world of percussion with 55 instruments and four musicians.
“This concert was a wonderful expression of the variety and fun offered in classical music,” said David McClymont, Executive Director of the Palm Beach Symphony. “These types of concerts in smaller venues allow us to experiment more and embrace a wider range of music.”
Before the concert, Symphony members enjoyed dinner and cocktails at the exclusive Club Colette in Palm Beach.
Single tickets are on sale for the remaining 2016-2017 season. Additionally, memberships are offered at a variety of levels from $1,000 to $25,000. Palm Beach Symphony members enjoy exclusive events as well as social dining experiences with each performance at some of Palm Beach County’s best restaurants such as Café Boulud, Club Colette, The Colony Hotel and Mar-a-Lago.
Upcoming concert performances this season include “Winter Memory” on March 29 at Mar-a-Lago Club, and “Russian Fire” on April 13 at the Kravis Center. For more information on tickets and membership opportunities, please contact the Palm Beach Symphony at 561.655.2657 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Palm Beach Symphony
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 and modern venues including the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Art, the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum, Mar-a-Lago, The Society of the Four Arts and Benjamin Hall. For more information, visit http://palmbeachsymphony.org/
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