March Music

   Palm Beach County is a mecca for classical music. During the season, calendars are consistently dotted with orchestral and chamber concerts at grand venues like The Mar-a-Lago Club, the Kravis Center and the Society of the Four Arts. This March is no exception. Of the plethora of events from which to choose, we’ve narrowed down the selection to a few must sees. Mark your calendar accordingly.

  • March 11, Music of the Gilded Age: An Historical Survey. If you’re interested in expanding your musical vocabulary,
    Lola Astanova performs with the Palm Beach Symphony on March 18. Photo by Michael Price

    then attend this lecture and demonstration by Craig Ames. Having worked as a composer, musician and historian, Ames offers insight into the characteristics of Gilded Age music, as well as the symbiosis between historical events, trends and music. Kravis Center, West Palm Beach (561-832-7469,

  • March 15, The New Gardens Band presents “Macho Marches and More.” Based in Palm Beach Gardens, the New Gardens Band delivers orchestral standards throughout the year. In “Macho Marches and More,” the band celebrates marches from around the world, with a few Broadway and film favorites thrown in for good measure. Eissey Campus Theatre, Palm Beach Gardens (561-207-5900,
  • March 16, The Symphonia Boca Raton presents Connoisseur Concert III. The penultimate performance in The Symphonia Boca Raton’s Connoisseur Concert series, this installment features guest conductor James Judd and solo violinist Elmar Oliveira. The program includes works by Barber and Haydn, as well as Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D Major, Opus 61. Roberts Theatre at Andrews Hall, Boca Raton (561-376-6848,
  • March 18, Palm Beach Symphony at Mar-a-Lago. The Palm Beach Symphony continues its fortieth anniversary season at The Mar-a-Lago Club with conductor Ramon Tebar and special guest Lola Astanova on the piano. Never heard of Astanova? Check out our PBI profile of the YouTube sensation and you’ll become an immediate fan. This concert features Astanova’s rendition of Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2, as well as Beethoven’s Lenore Overture No. 3 and Brahm’s Symphony No. 1. The Mar-a-Lago Club, Palm Beach (561-655-2657,
  • March 20, World premiere of new choreography for “The Rite of Spring.” The Chamber Music Society of Palm Beach has had quite the inaugural season, and it’s not over yet. On March 20, the Society presents the world premiere of new choreography for “The Rite of Spring” by Alvin Ailey choreographer Christopher Huggins. Levi Marsman, Huggins’ co-choreographer and fellow Alvin Ailey dancer, will perform the new work with students from the Dreyfoos School of the Arts, and pianists Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe will accompany. Anderson and Roe will also perform works by Rachmaninoff, Bach and Mozart. The Mar-a-Lago Club, Palm Beach (561-379-6773,
  • March 23, Jerusalem Quartet. Close out this month of music with the Jerusalem Quartet, performing at the Society of the Four Arts. For more than a decade, the Jerusalem Quartet has toured globally, earning a reputation as passionate and skilled performers. This perfomance will include works by Haydn, Janacek and Brahms. Society of the Four Arts, Palm Beach (561-655-7226,
The Jerusalem Quartet performs at the Society of the Four Arts on March 23.


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