London Symphony to Headline Festival at Daytona Beach

DAYTONA BEACH -- For three weeks every other summer, the strains of the London Symphony Orchestra emanate from this beach city better known for spring break and motor sports than classical music.

The LSO's seaside odyssey runs from July 25 through Aug. 10 as part of this year's Florida International Festival.

The orchestra's visit continues a tradition that began in 1966 and has attracted celebrities such as Andre Previn and Itzhak Perlman.

Both Russian conductor Mstislav Rostropovich, who is celebrating his 70th birthday, and Kent Nagano, music director of France's Opera de Lyon, will return as conductors.

Both performed here in 1991 as part of the Silver Jubilee Season.

Nagano's concerts are scheduled for Aug. 4 and 6, and Rostropovich will close the series on Aug. 8 and 9.

The series includes concerts featuring conductors Erich Kunzel Aug. 2 and David Robertson Aug. 3.

Ticket prices range from $19 to $55.

Discounts of $2 a ticket are available for groups of 15 or more, and there are additional incentives for larger groups.

For additional information, contact the Florida International Festival at Box 1310, Daytona Beach, Fla. 32115; call (904) 257-7790; fax (904) 238-1663.

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