'Four Seasons' Remix At Henry Flagler's Gilded-Age Mansion

Jan 10, 2014

Whitehall is Henry Flagler's Gilded Age mansion in Palm Beach.
Credit Courtesy of Palm Beach Symphony

The Palm Beach Symphony’s performance on Thursday, Jan. 9, promises to be an evening of both rich music and architecture. The symphony is performing two works inspired by the same topic but written by very different composers: "The Four Seasons" by Baroque composer Antonio Vivaldi and "The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires" by modern composer Astor Piazzolla.

The symphony’s director, Ramon Tebar, says the concert won’t follow the traditional format: Composer No. 1, intermission, Composer No. 2. He plans to mix together the different sections, each named after a season.

“I will start with Vivaldi’s Spring and follow with Piazzolla’s Autumn,” Tebar says. “When I was looking for different pieces I also found a Finnish composer (Jaakko Kuusisto) who wrote another piece inspired by Vivaldi called 'Between Seasons,' which we will also incorporate.”

The performance will take place in an architecturally decadent setting: American industrialist Henry Flagler’s Gilded-Age mansion, Whitehall, now called the Flagler Museum. Fittingly, Whitehall's architects drew inspiration for the mansion from Greek temples for Apollo and the muses of literature and arts.

General Admission tickets to the Palm Beach Symphony's "Four Seasons" cost $50 and student tickets cost $10.