London orchestra headlines Fla. music festival

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The 17-day Florida International Festival 2001, from July 13 to 29, is a good reason to book space here this summer.

The festival will feature five concerts by the London Symphony Orchestra starting July 20, each with guest conductors and artists.

In addition, there will be more than 75 other performances, many by top entertainers from around the world.

Some events are free; others, such as selected London Symphony Orchestra concerts, cost up to $60.

The festival will kick off July 13 with comedian/actor Bob Newhart's appearance at the Peabody Auditorium. The event will conclude July 29 with a performance by New Orleans jazz veteran Harry Connick Sr., accompanied by the Jimmy Maxwell Orchestra. It will be in the ballroom of the Adam's Mark Daytona Beach Resort.

Among other performers will be fiddlers Mark O'Connor and Natalie MacMaster. Both will appear on July 14 at the Peabody Auditorium.

Dance companies will include Taylor 2 on July 23 and 24 at the Ormond Beach Performing Arts Center.

Other entertainment plans include:

  • The Katonia Twins (guitarists) from Europe, July 25, Ormond Beach Performing Arts Center.
  • The Limeliters (folk musicians), July 22, Seaside Musical Theater.
  • Lusana (a band blending Irish, jazz and other music); July 16, 17 and 18, Bank & Blues Club.
  • The "Mystical Arts of Tibet," (dance and musical performance) by the Monks of Drepung Loseling Monastery, July 19, St. Paul's Catholic Church.
  • Juggler Mark Nizer, July 15, Cultural Arts Center in Deland; July 16, Ormond Beach Performing Arts Center, and July 17, Daytona Beach Community College Goddard Theater.
  • The Trio Voronezh from Russia (musical performance featuring native instruments), July 15, Bank & Blues Club.
  • For group sales, call Erin Bailey at the festival's administration office at (904) 252-1511, Ext. 2290.

    For individual tickets or more information, call (904) 257-7790 or visit the Web site at www.fif-lso.org.

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