Untamed Spirit

Apr 4, 7:30 PM

Florida Atlantic University | Carole & Barry Kaye Performing Arts Auditorium | Boca Raton

Apr 2, 5:30 PM

Broward Center for the Performing Arts | Amaturo Theater | Ft. Lauderdale

Apr 5, 7:30 PM

The final Masterworks Series promises to be a memorable evening with Mendelssohn's popular Hebrides Overture opening the concert and Tchaikovsky's fateful 5th Symphony's brilliant fortissimos bring the season to a broad majestic finale.

Mendelssohn's music was quite revolutionary. Following Beethoven's footsteps in bridging the transition from the Classical tradition to the great Romantic experiment- his music was meant to be felt as much as heard.

The SFSO has joined an international consortium of orchestras by co-commissioning a work written for returning pianist Jeffrey Biegel by Composer/satirist Peter Schickele's fictitious 18th Century alter ego, PDQ Bach's Concerto for Simply Grand Piano and Orchestra. Colorado Symphony Orchestra shall premiere the work. Other distinguished Orchestras in the consortium include Finland's Jyvaskyla Sinfonia and the Austin Symphony among others.

Tchaikovsky's typical artistic balance and skillful orchestration, while not nationalistic, has a distinctive Russian flavor, and lifts the mood from sentimentality to romanticism.

Concert Description

Featured Guest Artist: Jeffrey Biegel (Piano)

The South Florida Symphony Orchestra is Proud to Present

The fascinating career of pianist/composer/arranger Jeffrey Biegel takes its roots from the beginning. Until the age of three, Mr. Biegel could neither hear nor speak, until corrected by surgery. The 'reverse Beethoven' phenomenon explains his life in music, having heard only vibrations in his formative years. Born a second-generation American, Mr. Biegel is of Russian and Austrian heritage. His cousin, pianist Herman Kosoff, emigrated to the United States in the early 20th century, and had studied with the legendary pianist, Leopold Godowsky in Austria. Mr. Biegel's grandmother's cousin, pianist Dr. Sonia Slatin, graduated from Columbia University and actively performed and taught Schenkerian analysis at Brooklyn College.

Apr 6, 7:30 PM

Florida Keys Community College | Tennessee Williams Theatre | Key West

Arsht Center for the Performing Arts | Knight Concert Hall | Miami

Mendelssohn: Hebrides Overture

Peter Schickele:  P.D.Q. Bach: of Concerto for Simply Grand Piano and Orchestra (Florida Premier) 

Shickele’s Fictitious 18th Century alter ego

Jeffrey Biegel, piano

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E Minor


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