Concerts top international festival roster


DAYTONA BEACH -- The 1999 Florida International Festival, highlighted by concerts of the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO), is slated for July 23 to Aug. 8.

Events for which there is a fee cost $2 less for groups than for individuals, when Bobb Robinson, the festival's group sales coordinator, is contacted. (Note: the LSO's five classical concerts are not discountable. They are priced from $19 to $55, and the dates are July 31, Aug. 1, 2, 5 and 6.)

Conducting the orchestra will be Lawrence Foster or Yan Pascale Tortelier. According to Ellen Barum, the festival's marketing director, "the best LSO concert for group sales is the Pops on Aug. 7, with Erich Kunzel as guest conductor.

"For every 20 tickets booked at group rates, one free ticket to the same event is provided for both the tour operator and/or bus driver," she said. For 40 paid tickets to the same concert, the tour operator will receive two free tickets; for 60, three free tickets, she said.

The LSO, which poses for publicity photos on the beach, does not perform there. All LSO classical concerts will be held at the Peabody Auditorium; the LSO Pops concert will be presented at the Ocean Center. Other festival concerts, except for a few free afternoon performances, are held indoors, Barum said, where air-conditioning is provided.

"We are currently working on packages with area hotels, but no packages are available at this time," she reported.

The majority of the LSO members will be staying at the Radisson Resort Daytona Beach, and other festival artists will be staying at the Adam's Mark, Acapulco Inn, Bahama House, Beachcomer Oceanfront Inn, Casa del Mar Beach Resort and Treasure Island Inn, Barum said.

In addition to sites in Daytona Beach and Ormond Beach, festival events will be presented in Palm Coast, Sanford, DeLand and New Smyrna Beach. The festival will kick off at 8 p.m., July 23, with Hal Holbrook starring in "Mark Twain Tonight" at the Peabody Auditorium. Tickets range from $20 to $35.

Among other performances with fees are Dixie Carter, 8 p.m., July 24 and 25, at the Ormond Beach (Fla.) Performing Arts Center. Tickets cost $24 to $32. The Irish band Gaelic Storm, featured in the movie "Titanic," also performs July 25, 26 and 27 at 8 p.m. at the Main Street Bank & Blues Club here. All tickets cost $15. Lynn Trefzger, a ventriloquist, can be seen at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m., July 26 at the Ormond Beach center and July 27, same times, at the DeLand (Fla.) Cultural Arts Center. Tickets cost $6 for children; $10 for adults.

Between July 28 and Aug. 8, some of the other acts planned include Perlman-Nikkanen-Bailey Piano Trio, BeauSoleil with Michael Doucet (Cajun music); Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown (blues guitarist); Chicago City Limits (a comedy troupe); a cello performance by the LSO's Gail Robinson-Oturu; Light Brigade Tea Concert; the Alison Brown Quartet, and the Martha Graham Dance Ensemble. Also, Osian Ellis, harpist, and Pepo Romeo, guitarist, will perform.

The free events include the July 24, 2 p.m. performance of the Amherst Saxophone Quartet at the Volusia Mall, Daytona Beach; the July 29, 7 p.m., Caribbean Sounds Steel Drum Band, at Daytona Beach Community College, Palm Coast campus, and the Aug. 3, 8 p.m., PNB Piano Trio, at Peabody Auditorium. Florida International Festival box office-group sales, Address: 627 N. Grandview Ave., Daytona Beach 32118. Phone: (904) 257-7790

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