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Florida Lakes Symphony to end its inaugural concert series with two performances of the 'Bohemian Bravado'

RELEASE DATE: April 17, 2006

GROVELAND — The Florida Lakes Symphony Orchestra, based in Lake County featuring 60 professional musicians from the Central Florida area, will close out its inaugural season this month with two concerts of the “Bohemian Bravado.”

Florida Lakes Symphony Orchestra
The two concerts are on Friday, April 21, at the Mount Dora Community Center, located at 520 Baker St. and on Monday, April 24, at the First United Methodist Church of Clermont, located at 950 Seventh St. The one-and-half-hour concerts, beginning at 7:30 p.m., feature Russian and Hungarian dances such as Franz von Suppé’s “Light Cavalry Overture,” Johannes Brahms’ “Hungarian Dances 5 and 1,” Franz Liszt’s “Hungarian Fantasy” and Alexander Borodin’s “Polovetsian Dances.”

“I think these last concerts will be a rip-roaring show, and if people hear this last concert they’ll be eagerly anticipating the announcement of next year’s series,” said Audrey Sanders, Executive Director of the Florida Lakes Symphony Orchestra.

For more information about Florida Lake Symphony Orchestra or to order tickets, call (352) 429-4650. Tickets are $30 apiece and are available before each concert.

The inaugural concert series for Lake County’s first symphony orchestra began in October 2005 with a rousing performance of “Romance and Rhapsody.” The not-for-profit orchestra is led by musical director and composer Pasquale Valerio, a native Italian that has performed with such orchestra and opera luminaries as Luciano Pavarotti and Placido Domingo. Guy Saint-Clair, the orchestra’s artistic director, composer and pianist, is an international soloist having studied with many great pianists and recorded with the London Symphony.

The Florida Lakes Symphony Orchestra strives to build an audience for classical symphony music in Lake County and the surrounding areas. According to Florida Lakes’ organizers, symphony orchestras are responsible for increasing a community’s economic viability by enhancing the quality of life and attracting educated families to settle in the area.

“People move to Central Florida from all over the Northeast,” Sanders said. “They are used to hearing the symphonies in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and Chicago. They’ve come from cities where they’ve experienced these cultural endeavors.”

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