- One ticket to South Florida Symphony Orchestra’s Continuous Crescendo
- When: Saturday, January 17, at 7:30 p.m.
- Where: Tennessee Williams Theatre
- Door time: 6:30 p.m.
- Full offer value includes ticketing fees
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“Those who know the pianist Christopher Taylor,” wrote the New York Times of this program’s soloist in 2001, “tend to speak of him in the hushed, reverent tones typically reserved for natural wonders if not the otherworldly.” This evening, the internationally honored master of the keys carries Barber’s Piano Concerto in a program that rumbles with feeling all the way through.
- Barber—Piano Concerto: Completed in 1962, the piece that’s often considered Barber’s masterwork earned him his second Pulitzer Prize. The piece’s second movement elaborates in his earlier Elegy for Flute and Piano, with the soloist lightly trilling and pecking over keys like an especially musical chickadee as the wind section provides atmospheric accompaniment.
- Ravel—Boléro: Tantalizingly brief, Ravel’s “ballet for orchestra” has achieved notoriety for many reasons, from its staggeringly sustained crescendo—one of the longest in any orchestral piece—to its deceptively simple repetitions. Another claim to fame: as an unlikely pop hit in 1980, thanks to a rather risqué appearance in Bo Derek film 10.
- Mussorgsky—Pictures at an Exhibition: The piece is instantly recognizable for the stately “Promenade” that guides ears through aural renderings of 10 paintings, each with its own distinctive colors and personality. Listeners may feel the same ecstasy that its composer did: “Ideas, melodies, come to me of their own accord. Like roast pigeons in the story, I gorge and gorge and over-eat myself. I can hardly manage to put it all down on paper fast enough.”
South Florida Symphony
Maestra Sebrina María Alfonso is much more than a music director waving a wand. She's a visionary who built an entire symphonic empire from the ground up. She's an ambassador of classical music whose tireless efforts have enriched the culture of the Florida Keys. Plus she was the first Cuban/American conductor to lead the National Orchestra of Cuba, and she's conducted an entire concert underwater. Beat that, Leopold Stokowski.
But before the South Florida Symphony came to full fruition as what CBS Radio calls a "world class orchestra," it began as the Key West Symphony Orchestra, which was no small task to assemble in a land made of long chains of islands. Yet Alfonso's passion for building an orchestra in the lair of parrotheads was a smashing success, attracting international guest musicians, grateful audiences, and plenty of acclaim. And having accomplished her mission of culturally overhauling the Keys, the Maestra moved to Fort Lauderdale and caught lightning in a bottle twice with the South Florida Symphony. The new SFSO attracts the top symphonic talents and renowned guests artists, and blankets Key West to Palm Beach with the mellifluous power of classical music.