ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Conductor JoAnn Falletta, who was recently awarded her third Grammy for her recording with the London Symphony Orchestra, is bringing the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra to Vero Beach to perform in the 2019 Festival of Orchestras. Falletta is celebrating her twentieth year with the Buffalo Philharmonic where she has been credited with bringing the orchestra to a new level of national and international prominence. In 2018, the Philharmonic made its first international tour in three decades to perform at Warsaw’s prestigious Beethoven Easter Festival where Falletta made history as the first American female conductor to lead an orchestra at the festival. The orchestra has become one of the most recorded orchestras for the prestigious classical record label Naxos, and has been to Carnegie Hall twice. JoAnn Falletta, one of the most outstanding and exciting conductors of our time, has guest conducted over one hundred orchestras in North America, and many of the most prominent orchestras in Europe, Asia, South America and Africa. Her conducting has been praised by the Washington Post as having “Toscanini’s tight control over ensemble, Walter’s affectionate balancing of inner voices, Stokowski’s gutsy showmanship, and a controlled frenzy worthy of Bernstein!”
The Buffalo Philharmonic has put together a musical evening of pure romance, music designed to highlight its lush, romantic signature style. The program will include Borodin’s Overture to Prince Igor, Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 83 and Prokofiev’s Selections from Romeo and Juliet. Italian powerhouse and internationally acclaimed pianist Fabio Bidini will join the orchestra with the Brahms concerto. His pianistic genius has been thrilling audiences the world over with playing that has been referred to as “velvety” and having the ability to “cast a spell” over audiences. His interpretation of the Brahms will showcase his capacity to hold the music “in a passionate, personal embrace.” He is the one pianist whose playing has been described as being “like hearing Beethoven himself improvise!”
The concert will be performed at the Community Church of Vero Beach on Thursday, April 4 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $85.00. For more information and tickets call the Indian River Symphonic Association at (772) 778-1070, or visit www.irsymphonic.org.