- One ticket to Symphony Pops: “Life Through Music”
- When: Sunday, December 7, at 8 p.m.
- Where: Carole & Barry Kaye Performing Arts Auditorium at FAU
- Door time: 7 p.m.
- Full offer value includes ticketing fees
- $12 for the rear gallery (up to $23.60 value)
- $21 for the right, left, or center gallery (up to $41.30 value)
- $26 for the right or left gallery, or orchestra (up to $53.10 value)
- $32.50 for the orchestra (up to $64.90 value)
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Symphony Pops: “Life Through Music”
For their first-ever pops concert, the South Florida Symphony has allied with the World AIDS Museum and Education Center for a diverse program designed to appeal to many musical tastes. The melodies range from pop to jazz standards to Broadway showtunes, all bolstered by guest tenor vocalist Devron Monroe and guest pianist Thomas Pandolfi.
- Copland—Fanfare for the Common Man: A majestic horn theme opens a composition that stays slow and steady even as the rest of the orchestra joins in. The result is a gradually expanding crescendo that evokes the sun rising or a sloth playing peek-a-boo over a toddler’s crib.
- Satchmo: A Tribute to Louis Armstrong: The symphony salutes the jovial jazz legend with a medley of his biggest instrumental and gravel-voiced hits. Given the title of the program, you’ll likely hear a stirring take on “What a Wonderful World.”
- Broadway Medleys: the musicians delve into melodies from some of the most famous musicals of the Great White Way, including Jekyll and Hyde’s “This is the Moment,” Les Miserables’ “Bring Him Home,” and Devron Monroe’s stirring take on “The Impossible Dream” from Man of La Mancha
- Gershwin—Rhapsody in Blue: the program concludes with this Gershwin favorite, whose loopy opening clarinet glissando shocked audiences in 1924 with its never-before-heard hybrid of classical and jazz
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 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.