Nothing says summer in Weston like the sounds of symphonic music. Once again, the Weston Music Society had the privilege of presenting the Symphony of the Americas’ annual Summerfest Concert. A record-setting audience attended the performance at Dor Dorim Auditorium.
Under the baton of Maestro James Brooks-Bruzzese, international musicians from acclaimed orchestras around the world joined principal musicians from the Symphony of the Americas in playing classics by Vivaldi, Mozart and Dvorak, along with a selection of pieces chosen specifically for this concert.
Claudio Osario, principal trumpet for the Symphony of the Americas, performed a masterful rendition of Concerto for Trumpet and Strings by Giuseppe Tartini. Summerfest Concertmaster Orlando Forte performed a jazz version of Rosas Rojas para una Dama Triste (Red Roses for a Blue Lady), with a riff from the principal violinist. One of the highlights of the Summerfest Concert was an original piece for marimba and string orchestra written by resident composer Lorenzo Turchi-Floris specifically for marimba soloist Angelo di Veroli.
Proceeds from the Summerfest Concert support the Weston Music Society’s educational programs. In addition to bringing recitals by professional musicians to all Weston elementary schools and providing scholarships to graduating seniors to continue their music studies in college, this year the Weston Music Society is expanding its reach by partnering with the music programs at Falcon Cove Middle School and Tequesta Trace Middle School.
“It is a pleasure to bring such fine music to our community and to know the proceeds will go to bringing music to our students, elementary through high school, to ensure the next generation develops a love for fine music,” states Weston Music Society President Lou Marett.
Many children attended the Summerfest Concert. Members of Girl Scout Troop 10259 and Boy Scout Troop 128 volunteered, serving as ushers, selling raffle tickets, and working at the reception desk.
For many of the children, this was their first professional orchestra concert, and all enjoyed the experience immensely.
Following the concert, patrons were treated to a dessert reception with the musicians. Eleven-year-old Juan Diego Molina, from the Amadeus Academy of Music and Art, impressed attendees with his performance of Grieg’s Piano Concerto.
The Weston Music Society is busy planning its upcoming concert season. For more information visit www.WestonMusicSociety.org.