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Palm Beach Symphony at FAU

BOCA RATON, FL (April 6, 2010) – The department of music in Florida Atlantic University’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters presents a concert with the Palm Beach Symphony and the FAU Symphony Chorus, accompanied by professional soloists, on Tuesday, April 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the University Theatre on the Boca Raton campus. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at or by calling 1-800-564-9539.

The concert, which will be directed by Patricia Fleitas, director of choral and vocal studies at FAU, will include a presentation of “The Lord Nelson Mass,” by Joseph Haydn and Anton Bruckner’s “Te Deum.”  The soprano soloists for the concert are Birgit Fioravante and Ute Ziemer.

“This is the third time that the Palm Beach Symphony and the FAU Symphony Chorus have collaborated in presenting masterworks from the choral and orchestral repertoire,” said Fleitas. “We are honored to have the Palm Beach Symphony at FAU.”

 Fioravante has performed a wide-ranging repertoire encompassing opera, concert and recital music.  Highlights of her career include an appearance with the Opera Orchestra of New York at Carnegie Hall, in which Fioravante sang Fricka; Verdi’s Requiem with the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, recorded and broadcast on NPR; Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, as well as the title role from Ariadne auf Naxos as Deborah Voigt’s cover for the Florida Grand Opera.

Ziemer has won several competitions, including first prize at the Belcanto Festival Bad Wildbad, and in 2006, she won the Johannes Brahms Competition for Lied in Austria. She has performed widely in Europe and is a regular guest in world-renowned concert halls, including Vienna’s Musikverein, Munich’s Philharmonie and Chicago’s Symphony Hall.

            For more information about the concert, call 561-297-3820.

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