Sunday, February 19, 2006

Phantoms of the Symphony

We scored two complimentary tickets for last night's performance of the Key West Symphony. It is a side benefit of Janet's job at the Chicken Store. Two different pairs of performers came into the store earlier in the week. After a look around and some conversation, they each offered a pair of tickets for the Saturday performance. "Papering the house", as it is called, seems to be more common than usual. Ticket prices have risen to $70-75 for the Symphony this year, performances were moved to the Glynn Archer Fine Arts Center at the high school from the damaged Tennessee Williams Performing Arts Center, and attendance has gone down.

The Symphony is a multi-talented organization, conducting not only classical symphony performances with a full symphony orchestra, but other forms of musical entertainment. The season opened with a performance of The King and I, and will include a children's program and an opera seminar at the end of the season. Musicians come from all over to take part in these performances, and to grab a little Key West vacation in the winter time.

We enjoyed the performance very much. It featured Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto #3 and works by Liszt, Johann Strauss, Jr., and Richard Strauss.

Before the program, Symphony staff announced that the community is invited to a free Pops concert by Symphony musicians at Fort Zachary Taylor on April 19 (that's Patriot's Day where we come from), and that the concert would feature as its finale, the 1812 Overture, complete with howitzers.

It's on our calendar.

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