Symphony of the Americas and American Airlines Present SummerFest


Ft. Lauderdale’s Symphony of the Americas will host the I Musici Chamber Orchestra of Italy for Summerfest, sponsored by American Airlines, under the baton of the Symphony’s Artistic Director, Maestro James Brooks-Bruzzese. Musicians of the Symphony of the Americas will join the chamber group in cultural exchange, for a tour of concerts in Europe, Florida, and Central America. Concert Programs will feature the music of Dvorak, Telemann, Purcell, Verdi, and the legendary Argentine composer, Piazzolla. These concerts will also feature the Florida Premiere of an original composition, “Remembering Naples”, by composer Guido Galterio and a world premiere “Suite for String Orchestra” commissioned for Summerfest 2013 by Italian composer & soloist, Lorenzo Turchi- Floris, Summerfest Composer in Residence. Performances are highlighted by the Symphony’s principal flutist, Marilyn Maingart, Summerfest Concertmaster Orlando Forte and violinist Svetlana Forte and will be presented in two alternating programs which will enable audiences to attend more than one performance. The piece, “Remembering Naples” for piano and string orchestra, was written to pay tribute to the Napolitano culture whose government controlled all of Italy in the 19th century. There are folk songs and famous melodies such as “Funiculi, Funicula” that originated in Naples and composer Guido Galterio has repurposed these melodies to create this memorable work. I Musici Estensi, a professional ensemble formed in 2004 by Association ImmaginArte of Milano, has numerous performances in Italy and abroad, receiving notable critical acclaim. Founding Coordinator Carlo Taffuri and Musical Director Lorenzo Turchi Floris have inspired the ensemble’s growth through nearly 200 performances in prestigious concert halls throughout Europe, the US and Africa – all well received by both audiences and critics. The orchestra’s versatility in musical repertoire is due to the willingness of its eclectic group of musicians to experiment with different genres of music. I Musici Estensi performs repertoire ranging from Baroque music, using original instruments, to twentieth century music including pop, gospel and jazz. This has given life to a “creative contamination” – another of the orchestra’s special characteristics. The orchestra’s current activities include new CD recordings, performances at international music festivals, and 2013 concert tours in the US and Africa. The Tour of Summerfest will continue from Italy to America July 6 with nearly 20 performances in Florida as well as a week of cultural exchange concerts and masterclasses in Panama. These activities and educational outreach take the masterful sounds of this great ensemble to audiences in corners of the world who have never before experienced the exhilaration of live orchestral performances of great composers. Having just completed their 25th Anniversary Concert Season, Symphony of the Americas is a designated Major Cultural Institution in Broward County and the Broward Center for the Performing Arts is its performance home. For further information, please contact the Symphony of the Americas office at 954 – 335 – 7002, or on-line at


Friday, July 12 • 7:30 pm Sunshine Cathedral Fort Lauderdale 954 – 462 – 2004 free performance Saturday, July 13 • 8:00 pm Miami Lakes Methodist Church 305 – 364 – 6100 free performance Sunday, July 14 • 3:00 pm Trinity Lutheran Church Fort Lauderdale 954 – 987 – 5481 Tickets : $20 Adults $5 Wednesday, July 17 • 7:00 pm Susan B. Katz Theater Pembroke Pines 954 – 986 – 5027 Free Performance Program 1 Thursday, July 18 • 8:00 pm Temple Dor Dorim Weston Philharmonic Society Weston 954 – 849 – 8374 $30 non-members $20 members Weston Philharmonic Friday, July19 • 7:00pm Pompano Beach Civic Center 1801 NE Sixth St., Pompano Beach (954) 786-4111 Saturday, July 20 • 7:30 pm First Congregational Church Ft. Lauderdale Info: 954 – 563 – 4271 Tuesday, July 30 • 7:30 pm Christ by the Sea, United Methodist Church, Vero Beach Info: 772-770-4857 Friday, August 2 • 8:00 pm Broward Center for the Performing Arts Amaturo Theater Tickets $25, $35 & $ 60 (includes reception) Box Office: 954 – 462 – 0222 Saturday, August 3 • 7:00pm The Historic Crest Theatre Delray Beach Center for the Arts at Old School Square Box Off: 561-243-7922 ext 1 Tickets $25 and $40 VIP Sunday, August 4 • 2:00pm Sunrise Civic Center Theater 10610 West Oakland Park Blvd. Tickets $10 reserved seating box. Office 954-747-4646