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The 2005 Florida International Festival - Celebrating 100
Years of the London Symphony Orchestra and Much, Much More!
DAYTONA BEACH, FL - (July 2005) - Daytona Beach becomes a Mecca for music lovers beginning July 15, when the biennial Florida International Festival opens. This 16-day extravaganza features more than 80 presentations of music, dance, and family entertainment including a 10 day residency with performances by the internationally acclaimed London Symphony Orchestra!
Last year marked the 100th birthday of the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) and Daytona Beach is their final stop in a year-long celebratory tour. The LSO's summer residency has been the highlight of the Festival for more than 30 years, giving Daytona Beach the proud distinction of being the "Official American Summer Home" of the London Symphony Orchestra.
In addition to featuring the LSO, the 16-day-long Festival is filled with a multitude of additional distinguished performers. This year, the best of the best fill the Festival's stages, including world-renowned jazz artists Dave Brubeck and Regina Carter and Irish superstars Dervish, to name just a few.
Performances are organized into several "series" - the London Symphony Orchestra, Festival Stage, Jazz & Beyond, Family Fest and Mini Concerts. The Festival's Education Outreach also offers free concerts and once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to talk with and train with the masters.
The Florida International Festival involves so many places and activities! From large auditoriums and outdoor venues to intimate clubs and after-hour social gatherings, performances take place at myriad locations throughout the Volusia, Flagler and Seminole counties, allowing numerous opportunities for interaction between the artists and festival-goers.
Tickets may be purchased Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Festival Box Office, 210 S. Beach St., Daytona Beach, by calling the Box Office at (386) 257-7790 or by using the Festival online Ticket Service at www.fif-lso.org
LSO Classical Series
The 2005 Florida International Festival is a 16-day extravaganza of exciting entertainment. From July 15-30, Daytona Beach and surrounding communities host world-class musicians and performing artists on a variety stages for the enjoyment of Central Florida residents and visitors.
The Festival's centerpiece - the biennial summer residency of the London Symphony Orchestra - is extremely special this year as the LSO marks its 100th birthday! Daytona Beach is the LSO's final stop in a year of centenary celebration performances.
CLASSICAL I: Friday, July 22, 8 p.m., Peabody Auditorium. Violinist Sara Chang joins conductor Marin Alsop and the LSO for a fabulous opening program presenting Verdi's "Force of Destiny Overture," Violin Concerto No. 1 by Shostakovich and Beethoven's Symphony No. 5. Single Tickets: $67, $50, $40, $27
CLASSICAL II: Saturday, July 23, 8 p.m., Peabody Auditorium. Maestro Marin Alsop and the LSO, joined by Broadway superstar Laura Benanti and Baritone Michael Shawn Lewis, along with vocalists Niffer Clark, Nicholas Weuhrmann and Julia Truilo, present a Tribute to Bernstein. Bernstein musicals to be highlighted include West Side Story, Candide, Wonderful Town, On the Town and Trouble in Tahiti. Single Tickets: $67, $50, $40, $27
CLASSICAL III: July 24, 4 p.m., Peabody Auditorium. The distinguished James DePreist, Permanent Conductor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, will direct the LSO and LSO Principal Cellist Moray Welsh in Haydn's "Cello Concert in C Major," and Mahler's "Symphony No. 5." Single Tickets: $67, $50, $40, $27
CLASSICAL IV: July 28, 8 p.m., Peabody Auditorium. Antonio Pappano, a young conducting star, music director at the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden and Music Director of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, shares the stage with Cellist Han-Na Chang and the LSO. Three spectacular pieces are on the program: "Ruslan and Ludmilla Overture," by Glinka, "Cello Concerto No. 1," by Shostakovich and "Symphony No. 2," by Rachmaninov. Single Tickets: $67, $50, $40, $27
CLASSICAL V: July 29, 8 p.m., Peabody Auditorium. Maestro Antonio Pappano conducts Pianist Emanuel Ax and the LSO in An Evening with Brahms. The evening's program features Piano Concerto No. 2 and Symphony No. 4.
Single Tickets: $67, $50, $40, $27
LSO POPS: July 30, 7:30 p.m., Ocean Center. Feel the excitement of the "Music of Hollywood!" as Maestro Dirk Brossé and the LSO fill the Ocean Center with a vast array of Hollywood movie tunes! Music lovers young and old will thrill to the tunes from big screen hits like Harry Potter, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Wars and The Pink Panther. Other possibilities include music from Star Trek: The Motion Picture; Around the World in 80 Days; Jurassic Park; E.T., and Schindler's List. Don't miss this stunning evening of music, which includes narratives and humorous anecdotes told as only members of the LSO can tell them and perhaps even a few surprises! Don't miss this stunning evening of music and perhaps even a few surprises. Become acquainted with members of the LSO as they relay humorous anecdotes associated with the recording of many of the Hollywood tunes. Single Tickets: $45, $38, $25
LSO FAMILY CONCERT: July 28, 11 a.m., Peabody Auditorium. Featuring the BellSouth Youth Ensembles. The LSO Family Concert is open to all families as well as more than 2,000 children from local summer recreation programs. The LSO, joined by the BellSouth Youth Ensembles, presents a morning of interactive music. This year's program, called "Round the World," features music by composers from across the globe, including Brahms' Hungarian Dance No. 5; Verdi's Grand March from "Aida;" Prokofiev's "Troika;" Bernstein's "West Side Story;" Elgar's "Nimrod" and Arnold's "Scottish Dance." The LSO Family Concert is conducted by Ruman Gamba, Chief Conductor and Music Director of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. Single Tickets: Adults, $10; Children, $6
Subscription packages are also available with special discounts and incentives. Contact the Festival Box Office at (386) 257-7790 for more information. Classic 5: $285, $215, $170, $115; Classic 5 plus Pops: $328, $251, $194, $139; Classic 3: $192, $144, $114, $78
Festival Stage Series
Featuring an exciting list of international headliners, the Festival Stage Series brings top entertainers to festival goers.
TANGO FLAMENCO: July 15, 8 p.m., Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center. Opening night kicks off with a spectacular show of Spanish flamenco and Argentine tango, two of the most captivating dance forms in the world! This company performs in an authentic and innovative combination of tango and flamenco dance, song and music. Single Tickets: $55, $47, $35, $29
DAVE BRUBECK QUARTET: July 16, 8 p.m., Peabody Auditorium. Brubeck, one of the most influential jazz pianists of all time, brings his magic sound to Daytona Beach. His classic Dave Brubeck Quartet produced the first ever million-selling jazz tune (Take Five). At age 84, Brubeck continues to tour with a quartet and still creates musical enchantment wherever he performs! Single Tickets: $57, $47, $37, $29
HISPANIC GUITAR EXTRAVAGANZA: July 17, 6 p.m., Peabody Auditorium. This spectacular concert features an unprecedented first: four of today's most talented, sought-after Hispanic guitar players -- Sergio and Odair Assad, Manuel Barrueco and Paco Peña, performing together on one stage! Brazilian-born siblings Sergio and Odair Assad, one of today's foremost guitar duos, have been credited with double-handedly reviving Brazilian music for the instrument. Manuel Barrueco is recognized internationally as a leading figure in the guitar world today. His artistry is described as that of a superb instrumentalist and an elegant musician, possessing seductive sound and uncommon lyrical gifts. Paco Peña embodies both authenticity and innovation in flamenco. As guitarist, composer, dramatist, producer and artistic mentor he has transformed perceptions of this archetypal Spanish art form. Single Tickets: $47, $37, $30, $27
A CELTIC CELEBRATION: July 20, 8 p.m., Peabody Auditorium. This colorful evening is packed with the sounds of the Irish countryside and more! The 20-year career voyage of these Celtic superstars proves that a musical style defying easy definition still finds a world-wide audience. They perform at jazz, bluegrass, country and Celtic festivals. They play for classical audiences and have played with heavy metal bands, and it works every time. The group snared Juno Awards for Best Instrumental Group and Best New Group in 1997, and took home the Best Country Group or Duo trophy the following year. Celtic Tenors Celtic Celebration opening act features the astonishing "Celtic Tenors," making their American debut. "The best singing group I have ever heard. Their version of 'Danny Boy' quite honestly brought tears to my eyes." President Bill Clinton, Dublin Castle, 2002. Single Tickets: $47, $37, $30, $27
Tickets for the Festival Stage series may also be purchased as part of our "Pick 10" promotion. Purchase at least 10 tickets to Festival performance(s) and receive a discount.
Jazz & Beyond Series
Jazz & Beyond makes its debut at the 2005 Festival. This brand new series features the "colors of music" - including jazz, comedy music, world music and music from diverse ethnic origins.
CANTABILE: July 15, July 16, 6 p.m. & July 17, 8 p.m., SMT Downtown. Cantabile are quite simply one of the world's top vocal groups. Outstanding in both Comedy and the Classics, they have delighted audiences for 21 years with an amazing range of programs from a cappella favorites to the sacred music of the last millennium. Their comedy is truly something to behold! Single Tickets: $38, $32, $26
DAVID KRAKAUER and his Klezmer Band: July 16, 6 p.m., July 17, 8 p.m., Bank & Blues Club; July 20, 8 p.m., Elizabeth Hall, Stetson University; July 21, 8 p.m., Ormond Beach Performing Arts Center. David Krakauer is an internationally acclaimed clarinetist who redefines the notion of a concert artist. Known for his mastery of myriad styles, he occupies the unique position of being one of the world's leading exponents of Eastern European Jewish klezmer music; and at the same time is a major voice in classical music. He and his band impress audiences the world over. Single Tickets: $25
JAKE SHIMABUKURO, Ukulele Sensation: July 18, July 19, 8 p.m.; July 20, 6 p.m., July 21, 8 p.m., Bank & Blues Club. Jake Shimabukuro will make you think twice about the ukulele! At age 28, this ukulele master breaks musical boundaries to reinvent "ukulele music." His mission is to show everyone what the ukulele is capable of! Single Tickets: $25
MICHAEL KAESHAMMER, Jazz pianist: July 22, 6 p.m., July 23, 6 p.m. & 10 p.m.; July 24, 3 p.m. & 8 p.m., Bank & Blues Club. Michael Kaeshammer is one of the most exciting, young, jazz pianists on today's music scene. Classically trained in Germany, he fell in love with boogie-woogie piano at the age of 13. Within four years he was a veteran of the German night club, concert and jazz festival circuit. Still in his mid-20s, he has released a series of award winning, critically acclaimed recordings and has developed a large, international following through his dynamic live performances. Single Tickets: $25
DERVISH Irish Band: July 25, July 26, 8 p.m. SMT Downtown; July 27, 8 p.m., TBD; July 28, 8 p.m., Ormond Beach Performing Arts Center. Dervish was created by a group of five inspired musicians who developed an informal gathering into a working band that hit the charts with a bang! Dervish concerts are complete with high energy tunes, beautifully measured songs, charming lyrics of life and love, and inspiring melodies that lift audiences from their seats. Single Tickets: $38, $32, $26
REGINA CARTER, Jazz Violinist: July 27, 8 p.m., Ormond Beach Performing Arts Center. Regina Carter combines dazzling technical proficiency and profound compositional and improvisational gifts with a fresh, aggressive approach to her instrument and a multicultural perspective. In Carter's hands, the violin reveals both its melodic side and its potential for percussive expression. While studying classical violin her goal was to become a soloist in one of the major orchestras - until she heard a concert of Jean Luc Ponty, which hooked her on jazz. She counts among the leading artists on her instrument. Single Tickets: $38
HUUN-HUUR TU, Throat Singers from Tuva: July 25, July 26, 8 p.m.; July 28, 6 p.m. and 10 p.m.; July 29, 6 p.m., Bank & Blues Club. Huun-Huur Tu The Tuvans, a South Siberian Turkic people, preserve what are arguably some of the world's oldest forms of music-making. The best known genre of Tuvan music, xöömei (throat-singing), comprises natural sounds transformed into musical representations. The singers of Huun-Huur Tu create a beautiful, light, lyrical sound that melts the soul and should not be missed! Single Tickets: $25
LSO FLIPSIDE: July 27, 8 p.m., Bank & Blues Club. LSO Flipside showcases the various and often hidden talents of its musicians. Singer songwriter Tom Norris is a violinist in the LSO. He is joined by fellow musicians for an evening of reflective and intimate songs, arranged for piano and string quartet. Norris' romantic ballads draw inspiration from the worlds of both classical and pop, with rhythm guitar and piano coloured by lush string arrangements supporting his heartfelt vocals. Single Tickets: $25
Tickets for the Jazz & Beyond series may also be purchased as part of our "Pick 10" promotion. Purchase at least 10 tickets to Festival performance(s) and receive a discount.
Family Fest Series
Family Fest is another new Festival series with opportunities for learning, discovery and exploration through music, stories and musical instruments.
TOMÁS KUBÍNEK, Certified Lunatic and Master of the Impossible: July 16, 7 p.m., DeLand Cultural Arts Center; July 17, 4 p.m., Ormond Beach Performing Arts. Tomás Kubínek is an exuberant one-man show that is equal parts comic brilliance, virtuosic vaudeville and irresistible charm! His internationally acclaimed performances are a combination of clown comedy and circus act, theater and magic. Added to that are his tireless experiments in the art of live performance and you have the creation of award-winning solo stage shows. Single Tickets: Adults, $15; children, $8
TYPO! Featuring Jamie Adkins: July 20, 21, 22, 7 p.m.; July 23, 11 a.m. & 4 p.m., Daytona Beach Community College Theater Center. Jamie Adkins presents a hilarious, circus-oriented treat for all ages. "Typo!" has become a shorthand expression for a typographical error. As Jamie sits at his typewriter attempting to write a show, he stumbles into "errors" onstage making everyone laugh at his or her own imperfections. Joined by a musician-singer, and by Anne-Marie Levasseur, an amazing acrobat and comic artist herself, "Typo!" takes on a touching story-telling narrative that twists and turns, and travels from laughter to poignancy - all enhanced by song and music. Single Tickets: Adults, $20; children, $10
LSO SOUND EXPLORERS: July 21, 3 p.m., DeLand Museum of Art; July 22, 3 p.m., Ormond Memorial Art Museum and Gardens; July 23, 3 p.m., Our Lady of Lourdes Community Center; July 26, 3 p.m. DeBary Hall; July 29, 3 p.m., Atlantic Center for the Arts; July 30, 11 a.m. Port Orange Presbyterian Fellowship Hall. Members of the London Symphony Orchestra are joined by animateur Rachel Leach to lead youngsters age three to eight in a fun-filled storybook-style exploration of musical instruments. Two different programs are offered, each one running about an hour. Each program is limited to 60 participants ages 3 to 8. Single Tickets: Adults, $15; children, $8
JAKE SHIMABUKURO, Ukulele Sensation: July 21, 4 p.m., Daytona Beach Community College Theater Center. Jake Shimabukuro will make you think twice about the ukulele! At age 28, this ukulele master breaks musical boundaries to reinvent "ukulele music." His mission is to show everyone that the ukulele is capable of so much more! Single Tickets: Adults, $15; children, $8
"IF YOU GO DOWN TO THE WOODS TODAY!" by Cas Public: July 28, 7 p.m., July 30, 2 p.m., Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center. CAS PUBLIC, a Canadian contemporary dance company. "If you go down to the woods today," their first show for young audiences, is geared toward children aged 6 to 12 and their families. Composed of a suite of six choreographic on children's fears -- fear of the night, growing up, difference, being afraid, imaginary fear, warranted fear... all of it aimed at taming fear, learning how to own it and finding possible solutions engenders. Single Tickets: Adults, $15; children, $8
Tickets for the Family Fest series may also be purchased as part of our "Pick 10" promotion. Purchase at least 10 tickets to Festival performance(s) and receive a discount of up to 15 percent. Children under 3 years old FREE with each purchase of one adult ticket - child cannot occupy a seat.
Mini Concerts give music lovers an opportunity to enjoy intimate performances in local churches, senior centers and theaters, and then meet the artists in after-concert social gatherings. This years Mini Concert Series features two different chamber groups from the London Symphony Orchestra and a thrilling wind ensemble called Imani Winds.
IMANI WINDS: July 16, 4 p.m., DeBary Presbyterian Church; July 17, 4 p.m., Our Lady of Lourdes Church; July 19, 7 p.m., Coronado Community United Church, NSB; July 20, 7 p.m., Our Lady of Hope Church, Port Orange. Imani Winds joined forces in 1997 to expand the boundaries of the traditional wind quintet and explore the links between European, African and American music traditions. The name Imani, "faith" in Swahili, embodies this mission. In their time together, this young quintet ensemble of African/Latin American heritage has already established a distinct presence in the classical music world for their dynamic playing, innovative
programming and inspirational outreach programs, which they have brought to many communities throughout the country. Valerie Coleman, flute; Toyin Spellman, oboe; Mariam Adam, clarinet and bass clarinet; Jeff Scott, horn; Monica Ellis, bassoon. Program #1: "Humoreske," Alexander Zemlinsky; Selections from "La Cheminee de Roi," Darius Milhaud; Three Shanties, Malcolm Arnold; Scherzo, Eugene Bozza; Quintet, Joseph Foerster. Program #2: Trois Pieces Breves, Jacques Ibert; Scherzo from "A Midsummer's Night Dream," Felix Mendelssohn; "Le Tombeau de Couperin," Maurice Ravel, Arr. Mason Jones; Kleine Kammermusik für fünf Bläser (Little Chamber Music for five Wind and Brass Instruments), Paul Hindemith. Single Tickets: $20
RECITAL BY GARETH DAVIES, LSO Principal Flute, with John Alley, piano: Thursday, July 21, 7pm: Elizabeth Hall, Stetson University, Deland. Program: Poulenc, Sonata; Bennett, Summer Music; Prokofiev, Sonata. Single Tickets: $20
RECITAL BY CARMINE LAURI, violin (LSO Leader) with John Alley, piano: July 22, 4pm: Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Daytona Beach. Program: Selections from: Wieniawski, Polonaise in D, Op. 4; Paganini, Cantabile; Dvorak/Kreisler, Songs My Mother Taught Me; Sarasate, Zapateado; Prokofiev/Heifetz, March from Love of Three Oranges; Khachiaturian/Heifetz, Sabre Dance; Hubay, Zephy; Wieniawski, Scherzo - Tarantelle, Op. 16; Sarasate, Spanish Dance, Op. 26, No. 2; Wieniawski, Obertrass-Mazurka. Op. 19, No. 1; Ernst, Hungarian Airs; Bazzini, La Ronde des Lutins; Kroll, Banjo and Fiddle. Single Tickets: $18
MOZART'S LETTERS: July 23, 2005, 4 p.m., Westminster by the Sea Presbyterian Church. Program: Featuring readings from Mozart's letters to his family and friends from his travels around Europe. The ensemble will play music by Mozart and his contemporaries in between and throughout the readings. This is a musical event! Narrated by Matthew Gibson, the LSO musicians performing Mozart's Letters include Gareth Davies, flute; Tom Norris, violin, Malcolm Johnston, viola and a cellist, to be announced. Single Tickets: $20
LSO STRING QUARTET: July 27, 7 p.m., Location: TBA. Program: Dvorak, "American" String Quartet in F Major, Op. 96; Tchaikovsky, String Quartet No 1 in D Major, Op.11. Single Tickets: $20
Tickets for the Mini Concert series may also be purchased as part of our "Pick 10" promotion. Purchase at least 10 tickets to Festival performance(s) and receive a discount.
Education & Outreach
Festival 2005 is jam-packed with chances for learning - no matter your age! Opportunities include the Stetson University Elderhostel program and workshops open to the public and featuring hands-on instruction from Festival artists. There are INformances -- concerts where music and education are coupled into special performances and offered free to the public. Artists mingle and answer questions in after-concert social gatherings.
Pre Concert Talks take place prior to each LSO Classical Concert. Featured speakers talk about the pieces to be performed that night and also share their personal experiences in the music industry. All Pre Concert talks take place in Peabody Auditorium.
Additional learning opportunities include the BellSouth Youth Ensembles, a week-long residency by Tuvan throat-singing group Huun Huur Tu and a special month-long exhibit at the Southeast Museum of Photograph at Daytona Beach Community College.
For the kids!! Juggling Circus with Jamie Adkins & Ann-Marie Levasseur
July 18, 19, 22. Time & Location TBD
Dance with Cas Public: July 28, 2 p.m., Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center
Workshops with David Krakauer, Jake Shimabukuro, Michael Kaeshammer and members of Dervish Irish Band are also planned. Times and locations are TBD.
This year's INformance schedule includes appearances by Imani Winds, the David Krakauer Klezmer Band, Huun-Huur Tu, the BellSouth Youth Ensembles and Cantabile. Times and locations are TBD.
Huun-Huur Tu at The Atlantic Center for the Arts
Huun-Huur Tu, throat singing group from Tuva, serves as one of the 2005 Festival Artists in Residence. Housed at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, the group has set aside July 26 to conduct a special full-day workshop for children enrolled in the ACA Summer Camp program.
Celebratory Photography Exhibit
On June 30, 2005, The Southeast Museum of Photography at Daytona Beach Community College opens a 30-day photographic display on the history of the Florida International Festival and the London Symphony Orchestra. The display closes July 30.
BellSouth Youth Ensembles
For eight days, July 21 through 28, 23 of the best Florida All State high school instrumentalists come to Daytona Beach to train one-on-one with members of the LSO and professors from Stetson University. This week of training culminates with the LSO Family Concert, featuring the BellSouth Youth Ensembles.
Stetson University Elderhostel
Stetson University plays host to a weeklong Elderhostel program where senior participants enjoy time learning with and from the LSO! The agenda includes customized lectures, behind-the-scenes rehearsals and a personal look into the lives of LSO members and personnel. This year's program runs from July 25-30.
The Daytona Beach News-Journal Free Concert
July 26, 8 p.m., Peabody Auditorium
This special outreach full performance features the London Symphony Orchestra Septet (LSO members Carmine Lauri, violin, Robert Turner, viola, Alistair Blayden, cello, Matthew Gibson, double bass, John Ryan, horn, Chi-Yo Mo, clarinet, Robert Bourton, bassoon) performing Serenata Invano, Nilson; Till Eulenspiegel, Strauss; and Beethoven's Septet, with animation by a member of the LSO. A question/answer session follows the performance.
WCEU Free Concert featuring the LSO Brass
Friday, July 29, 3 p.m., Location: Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center
Music performed by the LSO Brass Quintet and Ten Piece Ensembles (members of the LSO) with special guest soloist, John Alley, piano.
Program: Scarlatti Sonatas arranged for Brass Quintet by Stephen Dodgson, London Miniatures written for ten piece brass by Gordon Langford, Tribute to Maurice Murphy by Dudley Bright with featured soloists Timothy Jones (Horn), Dudley Bright (Trombone) and John Alley (Piano).
To purchase tickets, contact the Festival Box Office, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at (386) 257-7790. You may also visit the Box Office at 210 S. Beach St., in Daytona Beach, or purchase tickets on the Web by going to the Festival web site, www.fif-lso.org. Artists, dates, programs and venues are subject to change.