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      Rex’s Review

      Palm Beach Symphony: A                             Under the baton of Gerard Schwarz they have become a   she conducted them well! A Berlioz aria from Les Troyens did
                                                         great orchestra comparable to the London Philharmonic,
                                                                                                           not belong here, but again, it showed her magnificent ability
      Splendid Mix                                       across the pond, whose new dominance of that city’s 10   with scales and runs. Returning after a superb performance by
                                                         professional orchestras is due to their new Music Director   the orchestra of Debussy’s Prelude a L’apres midi d’un faune
      By Rex Hearn                                       Edward Gardner – a comparison that is not lightly made.   she sang Gershwin’s Fascinating Rhythm at speed, and Richard
        The Jan. 30 concert at                             What is the key to this glorious sound? It is in a word –   Rodgers Sound of Music – the song.
      the Kravis Center harkened                         refinement. Professional musicians at this level need only two or     A high school performance of this musical decided her to
      back to  Victorian times                           three rehearsals to be up to speed, but it is the conductor’s vision   switch from 12 years of piano to singing. Our gain! Her encore,
      when orchestras threw                              and direction that gives them polish, distinction and beautiful   perfect for her true mezzo range was, Climb Every Mountain
      together soloists, popular                         playing. They respond to Maestro Schwarz enthusiastically and   for which Graham rightly received a long standing ovation.
      songs and heavy and light                          the two are as one. His leadership is inspiring.    Intermission over, the large audience stayed for Dimitri
      music pieces. It was a                               After the lively Marriage of Figaro overture of Mozart,   Shostakovich’s (1906 to 1975), 10th Symphony written in
      night when Palm Beach                              singer, Susan Graham, began with the two popular mezzo arias   1953. The composer and then leader of Soviet Russia, Marshall
      Symphony showed their                              from that same opera and a serious piece from Mozart’s Le   Joseph Stalin, had their differences, going back to 1936
      versatility, brilliantly                           Clemenza di Tito. Naturally chosen to show off her amazing   when Stalin wrote a denunciation of Lady Macbeth of Minsk,
      accompanying the great                             range, she delivered in spades; the Figaro songs fast and   Shostakovitch’s most successful opera with 180 performances,
      mezzo, Susan Graham,                               romantic with some lovely quiet passages and the Tito aria   in the newspaper, Pravda; Stalin was exercising cultural
      playing a Debussy work with sensitivity and refinement,   yearning and rueful, its dramatic melancholy nicely spun out. In,   control over him. The composer retreated to the shadows
      and delivering a heavy Russian work with conviction.   Franz Lehar’s Vilja Graham had the audience sing the chorus;   writing only small chamber works. Reinstated in 1940, given
                                                                                                           honors galore, he was again censured with Prokofiev this
                                                                                                           time in 1948 by Stalin for “formalistic perversions and anti-
                                                                                                           democratic tendancies!” But Shostakovich had the last laugh.
                                                                                                           At the death of Stalin in 1953 he returned to the symphonic
                                                                                                           genre after an eight-year silence and made the 2nd movement
                                                                                                           of the 10th Symphony a “Musical Portrait of Stalin.” In total,
                                                                                                           Shostakovich wrote 15 symphonies.
                                Roger Dean                                                                   Palm Beach Symphony played this 10th Symphony like
                                                                                                           demons possessed. It was a magnificent performance. Briefly,
                Chevrolet Stadium                                                                          the 1st movement marked “Moderato” was a sincere work re-
                                                                                                           establishing the composers’ bona fides. It rambles and uncoils
                                                                                                           in heavenly ways so pleasing on the ear. Movement 2, Allegro,
                                                                                                           the Stalin portrait, is rambunctious, noisy, with militaristic brass
                                                                                                           featured prominently. The 3rd movement is contemplative.
                                                                                                           Using signature notes to spell out his own name, he also spells
                                                                                                           out, in notes, the name of a pupil from before 1948, pianist and
                                                                                                           composer, Elmira Nazirova, who said of him “he was a muse, a
                                                                                                           symbol of beauty and musical inspiration.” The last movement
          SPRING TRAINING IS IN FULL SWING!                                                                is full of merriment using folk dances and repetitive note codes
                                                                                                           spelling his own name about 14 times throughout the orchestral
                      GET YOUR TICKETS TODAY!                                                              sections. It has a sunny conclusion – and was met by thunderous
                                                                                                           applause and a standing ovation. Their next concert is on March
                                                                                                           14 with Misha Dichter playing Gershwin’s only Piano Concerto.
                                                                                                           Stravinsky’s Firebird suite ends the program. You can contact
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                                                                                                              Ticket To The Moon, a tribute band, performed a
                                                                                                            June  free  concert  at Abacoa  featuring  the  music of
                                                                                                            ELO, The Electric Light Orchestra.
                                                                                                              ELO is an English rock band formed in Birmingham
                                                                                                            in 1970 by songwriters-multi-instrumentalists Jeff
                                                                                                            Lynne and Roy Wood with drummer Bev Bevan.
                                                                                                              Their music is a fusion of Beatles pop, and classical
                                                                                                              Hosted by Legends Radio and presented by
                                                                                                            Schumacher Automotive Group, the Abacoa live
                           Times and Opponents are subject to change                                        concert series are free each month and open to the
                                                                                                            public who bring their chairs and blankets for an
                                                                                                            evening of live music in the beautiful outdoor setting.
                                                                                                              Some great ELO songs include, Can’t Get It Out
                                                                                                            of My Head, Eldorado, Face the Music, Evil Woman,
                                 HOME GAME                         HOME GAME                                Strange Magic, Don’t Bring Me Down, Shine a Little
                                                                                                            Love, Last Train to London, Out of the Blue,  and
                                                                                                            Newton-John’s  Magic  from Xanadu, Ticket to the
                                                                                                            Moon, I’m Alive, All Over the World, Don’t Walk Away,
                                                                                                            and more hits.

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