Palm Beach Symphony will close its 2015-2016 season with a truly monumental concert featuring the popular virtuoso pianist, Lola Astanova, and the premiere performance of Mahler’s epic masterpiece, Symphony No. 5. “Monumental Engagement” will take place at the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. and provide the audience with an unforgettable afternoon of music. The impressive concert will cap off an unprecedented season of enthusiasm and growth for the local arts organization with increased community outreach efforts, more educational programs in local schools, and record-breaking attendance at concerts.
Guest artist Lola Astanova will perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 alongside the orchestra, a work full of drama and tragedy. The young pianist born in the former Soviet Union with a natural musical gift has been playing since the age of six and deemed a phenom since her first lessons. Astanova has garnered a long list of musical accomplishments, performing everywhere from the Today Show to Carnegie Hall, along with millions of fans who are enamored with her talent and persona. While her beauty and style are topics in many reviews and discussions, neither overshadows her pure technical skills and dramatic, emotional performances.
The concert will mark Astanova’s fifth performance with Ramón Tebar. The two have created an artistic partnership that is not only harmonious but electrifying to watch. The pair will fill Dreyfoos Hall with emotion and passion as they present the historically popular and influential keyboard concerto, considered by many as Mozart’s best work.
The concert will also mark the Palm Beach Symphony’s debut performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 5. Artistic & Music Director, Ramón Tebar, will tackle the symphonic masterpiece and lead an 88-piece orchestra on this vast journey. The enormity of Mahler’s Fifth Symphony is evident with its complex instrumental orchestration, emotional scope, and sheer length, over an hour. The illustrious work by the Austrian composer will undoubtedly move the audience with purpose, invention and dramatic force. The Palm Beach Symphony orchestra, praised for its world-class concerts throughout the season, will assuredly solidify its status with this epic program.
“I am beyond excited to present this masterful symphony,” said Ramón Tebar, acclaimed conductor for the Palm Beach Symphony. “I wanted to end the season, not just with a big piece, but also with a piece that has never been performed by the Palm Beach Symphony. This is always an ambitious symphony to perform, but also results in a magnificent experience.”
As part of its efforts to introduce and engage a broader audience to classical music, the Symphony will host a FREE pre-concert talk for ticket holders. The talk will take place prior to the concert at 2:00 p.m. with Assistant Conductor, Darwin Aquino. Concert-goers can learn more about the concert repertoire and receive expert insights to enhance their experience of Mahler’s Symphony No. 5
The talk will explore Mahler’s fascinating life while composing the emotional work at his lakeside villa in southern Austria in the early 1900’s. Maestro Aquino will guide guests through the creative mind and circumstances that shaped the instrumental masterpiece and how the music moves from tragedy and despair to consolation and finally triumph, echoing Mahler’s personal love story.
“We have experienced an extraordinary season of sharing classical music throughout our community from Palm Beach County classrooms to our first-ever Waterfront concert, said David McClymont, Executive Director of the Palm Beach Symphony. “This pre-concert talk is another extension of our community outreach efforts and the perfect way to learn and participate in our concerts for those who may feel intimidated by classical music.”