Final concert offers crowd-pleasing performance
Palm Beach, Fla. (April 17, 2017) – The Palm Beach Symphony performed a triumphant final concert at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts on April 13, 2017. The “Russian Fire” concert wrapped up the 43rd season of the classical music organization with almost 1,300 attendees, and marked the debut performance of Stravinsky’s Suite from The Firebird, which received a rousing ovation.
Artistic & Music Director Ramón Tebar and the 71-piece orchestra delivered a powerful and romantic program focused on three popular Russian composers who were determined to come out from the shadows of their Western European counterparts. The evening began with Rachmaninov’s Vocalise (from 14 Romances, Op.34), played delicately and beautifully while conveying the emotional melody of the work. Then, the Palm Beach Symphony debuted Stravinsky’s Suite from The Firebird, the 20th century ballet score, to a rousing ovation. The crowd-pleasing performance was mesmerizing as it told the story of a Russian fairy tale, bringing the audience to its feet.
After the intermission, Tebar and the orchestra embarked upon Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 74 (Pathétique), a passionate and emotional masterpiece that was the composer’s final completed symphony. The maestro and musicians brilliantly showcased the huge contrasts in this popular work, ending the season on a strong emotional note.
Ticketholders were treated to a pre-concert talk by Assistant Conductor Johann Guzman to learn more about the music. Over 100 guests attended the talk, providing expert insights to enhance their concert experience. Guzman explored the personal lives of each composer and how their unique stories, combined with social and political turmoil of the time, directly affected the emotional impact of each piece.
“This was a bold, incredible concert to end our season,” said David McClymont, Executive Director of the Palm Beach Symphony. “The Palm Beach Symphony is becoming known for performing world-class concerts in our hometown. Ramón and all of our talented musicians are ensuring that we keep the arts alive in Palm Beach County through these inspiring performances.”
A pre-concert dinner was held for Symphony members at the Cohen Pavilion in the Kravis Center. At the dinner, the Symphony presented four deserving Palm Beach County students with donated instruments to continue their musical education. The students (John Shelley of Jupiter High, Jariel Murillo and Alliyha Salomon of South Grade Elementary and Ivan Perez of Sunrise Park Elementary) were nominated by their teachers and received the instruments through the Symphony’s Paul and Sandra Goldner Conservatory of Music. The Symphony also presented tokens of appreciation to the McNulty Charitable Family Foundation, Leonard & Norma Klorfine, and Paul & Sandra Goldner for their support of the Symphony throughout the season.
For more information on tickets for the 2017-2018 season 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 orchestra is celebrated for delivering spirited and exacting performances led by Artistic & Music Director Ramón Tebar, while the organization continues to expand its educational and community programs with children’s concerts, student coaching and masterclasses, instrument donations and free public concerts. 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/