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
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