Palm Beach Symphony will stage a bold return to performing with renowned music director Gerard Schwarz on the podium for the entirety of its forty-seventh season.
The season will launch this month with a televised holiday concert on CBS 12 News. The upcoming Masterworks Series concerts will feature guest violinist Pinchas Zukerman, guest pianists Vladimir Feltsman and Alexander Toradze, and guest cellist Julian Schwarz, and will be presented virtually and in-person with limited seating. Tickets cost $30.
“As I prepared for my first full season on the podium, the pandemic threw concert schedules around the world into disarray,” said Schwarz. “I’ve collaborated with many of these acclaimed artists in the past and have been struck by their commitment to live performance and passion for orchestral music as they rearranged schedules and programs while we worked through all the uncertainties of returning to the concert hall. We cannot wait to bring this season to our audience.”
The CBS 12 News season opening concert will feature guest violinist Valentina Paolucci performing variations of “Greensleeves” in an arrangement by Schwarz. The program will also feature Schwarz’s arrangements of the seasonal classics like “Silent Night,” “We Three Kings of Orient Are,” beloved melodies from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite No. 1, Op.71A, and more.
“The concert halls shut down abruptly earlier this year, so we are excited to announce a season that is undoubtedly our greatest artistic achievement to date in an accessible manner that allows the power of orchestral music to connect us once more,” said Palm Beach Symphony CEO David McClymont. “With an eye on community, CBS 12 has made it possible to offer a joyous holiday concert to everyone, and through underwriting by our generous patrons, every ticket is the best seat in the house so everyone can enjoy the concerts in the way in which they are most comfortable.”
The four Masterworks Series concerts are currently scheduled to be performed at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in accordance with health and safety guidelines. At this time, it is anticipated that the first Masterwork concert in January will be live streamed without an audience in the hall. The symphony hopes to perform the remainder of the season as a mix of livestream and select seating.