The Daytona Beach Symphony Society’s 71st season features international orchestras, opera and dance troupes, and a fun night of Hollywood.
Acting General Manager Dorothy Allison said the season was “orchestrated perfectly” with excellence in classical music.
The Concerto Budapest Orchestra, Hungary’s preeminent orchestra, opens the season at 3 p.m. on Sunday, January 8. Known for its rich history and the dynamism of its young musicians, world-renowned conductor Andras Keller leads the orchestra, along with acclaimed pianist Zoltan Fejervari. The evening program includes Liszt– The Preludes; Bartok–Piano Concerto No. 3 and, Dvorak–Symphony No. 9 “From the New World”.
The Lviv National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine will perform at 7 p.m. on Saturday, January 14. Lviv is a medieval city and one of the great cultural centers of Eastern Europe. Led by multi-award-winning conductor Theodore Kuchar, Ukrainian-born pianist Stanislav Khristenko, the “poet of the piano”, will perform Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 15. The evening will also include Brahms Tragic Overture, Op. 81 and Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 43.
Benny Goodman’s only living student, Julian Milkis, will entertain the public with an evening of music From Baroque to Jazz at 7 p.m. on Saturday, January 28. Billed as “A Tribute to My Teacher, Benny Goodman,” this international jazz and classical clarinet star and ensemble will perform an extensive program of music from the 18th to 20th centuries.
The Munich Symphony Orchestra will perform at 7 p.m. on Saturday, February 4. The renowned and adventurous orchestra made up of musicians from 17 different countries will feature Grammy-nominated violinist Robert McDuffie performing Brahms’ Violin Concerto under the direction of Nodoka Okisawa.
Opera lovers will enjoy Madame Butterfly (in Italian Madama Butterfly), one of opera’s most enduring tales of unrequited love on Thursday, February 17. Puccini’s poignant score follows the tragic story of Cio Cio San, a young Japanese girl who falls in love with a US Navy officer with devastating consequences. Teatro Lirico D’Europa is known for its large-scale orchestrated presentations with traditional Italian sets, costumes and lighting. Sung in original Italian, international soloists, American musicians and choir will perform under the direction of Metropolitan Opera conductor Gregory Buchalter. There will be English surtitles.
The Royal National Ballet of Tbilisi, Georgia will perform “Fire of Georgia”, with an ethnic dance that celebrates the country’s rich and diverse life and culture at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 19. The male dancers perform spectacular leaps and turns with incredible spins and boast a very original technique for, unlike any other dancer in the world; they dance on their toes without the aid of “block” shoes. The dancers “glide” like swans.
Moviegoers will love the final concert of the season, “A Night at the Oscars,” with the Hollywood Concert Orchestra at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 31. Known as the “Orchestra of Stars”, it is one of the premier pop ensembles in North America. It will offer a unique presentation of the latest themes from television, film and Broadway.
Subscriptions to the series of seven events are on sale. Subscribers save 20% off the single ticket price and have the option of selecting the best seats in the house. Symphony Guild members receive a 30% discount on the price of a single ticket. Individual tickets go on sale November 1. Current subscribers are urged to renew soon to retain their seat from the previous season.
For a subscription or more information, call (386) 253-2901.