The 2016 Florida Tour closed with the Orchestra’s first-ever concert in Key Largo, on Friday, February 26. The concert was sponsored by Board Member Scott Schumacker and his wife, Cynthia, and was held at the Ocean Reef Cultural Center. Principal Guest Conductor Stéphane Denève and the Philadelphians were once again joined by violinist James Ehnes, this time for a performance of the Beethoven Concerto. The remainder of the program was Berlioz’s Overture to Beatrice and Benedict and excerpts from Mendelssohn’s Incidental Music to A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Assistant Concertmaster Marc Rovetti and Associate Concertmaster Ying Fu get ready for the short sound check before the evening’s concert.
Denève, Ehnes, and the Orchestra play through a portion of the Beethoven Concerto during the sound check.
Denève poses with keyboard player Kiyoko Takeuti and Principal Oboe Richard Woodhams in the auditorium of the Ocean Reef Cultural Center.
The concert opened with the Berlioz Overture.
Principal Timpani Don Liuzzi and the horn and violin sections close the first half of the concert with the Mendelssohn.
Ehnes and the Orchestra follow Denève’s baton during the Beethoven.
Following the concert the Schumackers join Denève and Ehnes backstage.
Photos by Carol Ellis