Inaugural Symphony Gala to Feature Classical ‘Lady Gaga’

Lola Astanova

PALM BEACH, FL – After 38 years, the Palm Beach Symphony is promising a makeover – in style.

In announcing its first-ever gala, on April 10, 2012, at the Kravis Center, the symphony says it will give audiences an energized interpretation of the classics in the program, “Redefining the Romantics,” which will include a Tchaikovsky concerto and Dvořák symphony conducted by Jahja Ling (below right) and featuring pianist Lola Astanova.

The evening begins at 7 p.m. with a cocktail reception, followed by the concert. After the concert, there will be a four-course dinner catered by Special Impressions by the Breakers, dancing to live music and mingling with the artists. In a set created by Michael Ereshena/The Special Event Design Group, the program will be held in the Kravis Center’s Cohen Pavilion.

“Ms. Astanova and Mr. Ling both have an exciting, modern approach to classical music, which will afford us the opportunity to bridge the gap between longtime symphony supporters and the next generation of classical music lovers,” said Michael Finn, the recently appointed executive director of the symphony.

Featured pianist, virtuoso Lola Astanova, known as the “Lady Gaga of classical music,” brings passion, beauty and excitement to her performances. She recently made her Carnegie Hall debut in a sold out “Tribute to Horowitz” concert, chaired by Donald J. Trump and hosted by Julie Andrews.

Guest conductor Jahja Ling’s prolific career has earned him acclaim for his musical integrity and depth of expression. Now, in his eighth season as music director of the San Diego Symphony, he has received the highest praise for his live performances, local and national broadcasts and recordings, including official recognition by the U.S. House of Representatives in the form of a Congressional Record of his outstanding achievements in the U.S. Capitol.

Patrick Park (left) is chairing the event. Tickets start at $125 and include valet, cocktail reception and the concert. The $500 ticket level includes valet, cocktail reception, concert and gala dinner. For tickets or more information, visit, or call (561) 832-7469.

Founded in 1974, the Palm Beach Symphony educates, entertains and encourages young artists, and challenges audiences of all ages through classical music. For more information on the symphony, visit


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