Daytona Beach International Festival
2007-2008 Season
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New Daytona Beach International Festival Presents Musical Masters in Debut Series

The Daytona Beach International Festival (DBIF) has secured some of the world's greatest artists for the first official season.  'The Season 2007-2008' will run from December 2007 through April 2008 and feature a wide variety of musical masters at venues throughout the Daytona Beach area.


Dallas Brass

Tuesday, December 4, 2007 at 7:30 p.m.

Mainland High School Performing Arts Center,
1255 W. Intl. Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach

The Dallas Brass, known for its distinct combination of traditional brass instruments and full complement of drums and percussion, is one of America's foremost musical ensembles. Founded by Michael Levine in 1983, the ensemble features a wide repertoire that includes a mix of classical, Dixieland, Broadway, patriotic music and more.  Appearing with symphonies nationwide, the Dallas Brass has performed with the Cincinnati Pops, New York Pops, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and many more.  They have appeared on the CBS 'Early Show' and their music has been used several times on 'The Young and the Restless.'  With six released recordings, the group consistently amazes audiences of all ages.  Their most recent release, 'American Musical Journey,' offers listeners a musical journey through American history, with pieces from Copland, Gershwin and John Williams. The Dallas Brass, dedicated to working with young musicians, will also provide concert workshops at area high schools while in Daytona Beach.   Their program on December 4 will include a selection from their recent album, 'American Musical Journey,' as well as songs from 'A Merry Christmas with Brass.'
Single Tickets: $46, $38, $10 (student)

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Skaggs Family Christmas
Featuring Ricky Skaggs with Kentucky Thunder & The Whites and Molly Skaggs, Luke Skaggs and Rachel White
Friday, December 14, 2007 at 7:30 p.m.
Peabody Auditorium, 600 Auditorium Blvd., Daytona Beach

Twelve-time GRAMMY Award winner, Ricky Skaggs is known as bluegrass music's official ambassador.  By the time he was a teenager, Skaggs was an accomplished singer and mandolin player.  When he entered the professional music business in 1971, the Kentucky-born artist rocketed to success.  Eventually turning his attention to country music, Skaggs has won eight Country Music Association awards, including 'Entertainer of the Year' in 1985.  In 1997, Skaggs established the Skaggs Family Records label, and has since worked with renowned artists such as The Whites, Mountain Heart and Cherryholmes.  In 2007, Skaggs won his 12th career GRAMMY Award, for Best Bluegrass Album. 

In Daytona Beach, Skaggs will be joined onstage by his wife, Sharon, and her sister Cheryl and her father Buck, also known as popular bluegrass group The Whites.  Described by People Magazine as 'making some of the best country music harmonies ever,' The Whites have a long history of bringing their simple and traditional, yet dynamic, sound to literally millions of listeners at thousands of personal appearances.  Collaboratively, The Whites and Ricky Skaggs released 'Salt of the Earth' in September 2007.

Skaggs' band, Kentucky Thunder, Molly Skaggs, Luke Skaggs, and Rachel White will also join Skaggs and The Whites during their Family Christmas concert.  During this concert they will be performing selections from 'A Skaggs Family Christmas' as well as Skaggs and the Whites first ever album together, the recently released 'Salt of the Earth.' 
Single Tickets: $55, $45, $37, $29 

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Emerson String Quartet

Tuesday, January 15, 2008 at 7:30 p.m.

News-Journal Center, 221 N. Beach Street, Daytona Beach

The Emerson String Quartet's performance in Daytona Beach is one of more than 80 the group will perform worldwide during the year.  The group is often praised for its insightful performances, energetic artistry, and technical mastery.  Founded in 1976, the Emerson String Quartet has an extensive list of accomplishments.  They have won eight GRAMMY Awards, including Best Chamber Music Recording, three Gramophone Magazine Awards, and have partnered with legendary artists such as Emanuel Ax, Paul McCartney, Richard Stoltzman and Isaac Stern.  The Quartet has a residency at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC.  They have also performed several benefit concerts for global causes, including nuclear disarmament, AIDS and world hunger.  In May 2007, the Quartet released a two CD set with the string quartets of Johannes Brahms to celebrate their 30-year anniversary. Program: TBA. 
Single Tickets: $46, $38

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The Romeros

Thursday, January 31, 2008 at 7:30 p.m.
News-Journal Center, 221 N. Beach Street, Daytona Beach

For more than 40 years, three generations of Romeros have amazed audiences with their enthusiastic classical guitar music.  Known as 'The Royal Family of the Guitar,' the ensemble has given hundreds of concerts throughout the world. The founder and creator of the group, Celedonio Romero, passed away in 1996, but his sons and grandsons have continued his legacy through the quartet.  They have appeared on 'The Tonight Show' and 'Today', as well as the PBS telecast of 'Evening at the Boston Pops with The Romeros.' Recently, the Quartet performed the US premiere of 'Concierto de Cienfuegos,' a new work composed by Lorenzo Paloma specifically for the group. Additionally, in 2007 the GRAMMY's honored The Romeros during their salute to classical music. Program: TBA.
Single Tickets: $46, $38

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Mardi Gras Celebration!
The Dukes of Dixieland & BeauSoleil with Michael Doucet

Wednesday, February 20, 2008 at 7:30 p.m.
Peabody Auditorium, 600 Auditorium Blvd., Daytona Beach

The Daytona Beach International Festival is proud to present a unique Mardi Gras Celebration with a double bill, certain to leave audience members at the edge of their seats.  The program will showcase two renowned groups, each with their own unique New Orleans' style sound.  The Dukes of Dixieland and BeauSoleil will share the stage of Peabody Auditorium performing separately and together in a remarkable concert.

Bringing traditional jazz and Dixieland into the 21st Century, The DUKES of Dixieland has been performing the music of the Big Easy worldwide for more than 32 years.  The DUKES are known for uniting pop, gospel and country with the authentic sounds of New Orleans.  The DUKES have an extensive history of performances, from colleges to jazz festivals, from New York to Finland.  However, the group is known for performing with symphonies, such as the Chicago, Los Angeles and Cincinnati Orchestras.  In 2006, the DUKES released New Orleans Mardi Gras, featuring New Orleans native Luther Kent. The six-man group includes Richard Taylor (leader/drums), Mike Fulton (trumpet), Earl Bonie (clarinet), Ben Smith (trombone/vocals), Scott Obenschain (piano), and John Lutz (bass).

BeauSoleil is acclaimed for their undisputed role as the most esteemed Cajun group in music.  Since forming in 1975, the group has transformed the rich Cajun traditions of Louisiana, successfully combining them with elements of Tex-Mex, New Orleans Jazz, blues, and country.  At large venues and small, the group mesmerizes audiences with their unique charm. 

Their most recent recording was released to coincide with the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in April 2006.  Their 28th album, 'Live in Louisiana,' was the band's first live recording and celebrates their 30th anniversary with an extensive selection of tunes from their substantial discography.  In 2007, BeauSoleil was honored with Best Cajun Band and Best Cajun Album for 'Live in Louisiana' by offbeat Magazine's Best of the Beat Awards.
Tickets: $47, $41, $33, $29

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I Musici de Montreal

Friday, February 22, 2008 at 7:30 p.m.
News-Journal Center, 221 N. Beach Street, Daytona Beach

The dynamic musicians of the I Musici de Montreal chamber orchestra perform more than 100 concerts every season.  Canada's busiest internationally touring chamber orchestra, I Musici was founded by cellist and conductor Yuli Turovsky.  The group has released 43 CDs distributed in more than 50 countries through their exclusive recording contract with Chandos Records of England.  With a massive repertoire, from baroque to contemporary, I Musici has astounded audiences in New York's Lincoln Center, Kioi Hall in Tokyo, and Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels.  Their most recent album, 'Cello from Haydn to Bernstein,' offers listeners a chance to hear compositions from 11 different composers, including Anthony Vivaldi, Béla Bartók, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.  The program includes Dmitri Shostakovich's 'Prelude and Scherzo, op. 11,' Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky's 'Serenade,' and Modest Mussorgsky's 'Pictures at an Exhibition.'  The 'Pictures at an Exhibition' performance will be accompanied by an animated film of choreographed paintings that provide a visual interpretation of the music. This film won an Excellence in Cinema Award at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival, in 2007. During their visit to Daytona, I Musici de Montreal, will also perform a free matinee for Volusia County schools.
Single Tickets: $46, $38

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Pat Metheny Trio

Tuesday, March 11, 2008 at 7:30 p.m.
Peabody Auditorium, 600 Auditorium Blvd., Daytona Beach

Guitar phenomenon Pat Metheny was already working with some of the best jazz artists in Kansas City at the age of 15, working his way onto the international scene by the age of 20. Over the years, he has won the hearts of critics and listeners alike, winning 16 GRAMMY Awards, including Best Rock Instrumental, Best Jazz Contemporary Recording, and others.  At age 18, he became the youngest teacher ever at the University of Miami, and achieved the same distinction at the Berklee College of Music, at age 19. His most recent album, released in 2006, is a collaboration between Metheny and pianist Brad Mehldau. 'Metheny Meldau' includes 10 songs written and performed by the duo, and won the iTunes Best of 2006 Jazz award.

Metheny will be accompanied by acclaimed acoustic and electric bassist, Christian McBride, and irrepressible drummer Antonio Sanchez.  McBride has been featured on more than 200 recordings and has collaborated with Natalie Cole, Betty Carter, Joe Henderson and many more.  In 1992, he was named Rolling Stone's 'Hot Jazz Artist.'  Drummer Sanchez has performed in a variety of genres, including rock, Latin, jazz and fusion.  He has recorded for a variety of artists and producers, including Gary Burton, Mick Goodrick and Danilo Perez.  Single Tickets: $55, $45, $37, $29

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Natalie MacMaster

Saturday, March 15, 2008 at 7:30 p.m.

News-Journal Center, 221 N. Beach Street, Daytona Beach

Canada's leading Celtic fiddler Natalie MacMaster has become an ambassador for traditional East Coast music.  She began playing fiddle at age nine and has been a sensation ever since.  Known for her feverish fiddling and mesmerizing step dancing, MacMaster is credited with taking Celtic music to new heights.  Two of her CDs have charted on Billboard's Top 20 Selling World Music charts.  In 2006, MacMaster was one of the youngest people ever named to the prestigious Order of Canada - the country's highest civilian honor.  Her latest and tenth album, 'Yours Truly,' was released in October 2006.  The album weaves fresh sounds and concepts into her rich Cape Breton musical heritage.  She has collaborated with many distinguished artists, including Santana, Paul Simon, Faith Hill, Don Henley and many more.
Single Tickets: $46, $38

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Camerata Ireland
with Barry Douglas, Conductor and pianist 

Wednesday, March 19, 2008 at 7:30 p.m.
News-Journal Center, 221 N. Beach Street, Daytona Beach

After his recent presence at the 2007 Florida International Festival, Barry Douglas' performance was described by the Daytona Beach News-Journal as 'sheer, sublime perfection.' Douglas, an Irishman and one of the preeminent pianists of his generation has a long standing and stellar career performing with every major international orchestra.  He was awarded the Gold Medal at the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition and the Bronze Medal at the Van Cliburn Competition.  Douglas has collaborated with numerous conductors, including the late Rostropovich, Previn and Slatkin, and has himself devoted more time to conducting in recent years.  However, during his upcoming visit to Daytona Beach, Douglas will be bringing his true passion - Camerata Ireland.

Made up of exceptionally talented Irish musicians, Camerata Ireland is a 40-piece chamber orchestra who has performed from North America to Italy and from Poland to China. Under the direction of pianist and founder Barry Douglas, the Ensemble has recently released two CDs of a three-album series that will cover the complete Beethoven Piano Concerto cycle.  The Ensemble also holds an annual summer festival of music at Clandeboye each year.

The program will include 'Three Pieces in Olden Style for the Strings' by Henryk Gorecki, Ludwig van Beethoven's 'Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major, Op. 19,' Jean Sibelius' 'Romance for Strings and Symphony No. 5 in B-Flat' by Franz Schubert. While in Daytona, Douglas will hold a Master Class at one of the local colleges.
Single Tickets: $52, $42

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The Irish Rovers

Thursday, March 27, 2008 at 7:30 p.m.
News-Journal Center, 221 N. Beach Street, Daytona Beach

For more than 40 years, the Irish Rovers have been evolving into international ambassadors of Irish music.  Originating in 1963 by two Irish emigrants in Toronto, the group's unwavering ability to deliver rollicking, stimulating performances has astonished audiences around the world.  At one time the group had a weekly series on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and later on the Global Network in conjunction with Ulster Television in Ireland.  With 30 recordings and hits such as 'Wasn't That A Party' and 'Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer,' the Irish Rovers have been celebrated in pop and country charts. Their most recent album, '40 Years A-Rovin',' provides 28 of the groups favorite hits.  The group's passion for performing continues to lead them to venues around the world. 
Single Tickets: $46, $38

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 - Special Event-


Itzhak Perlman

Thursday, April 3, 2008 at 7:30 p.m.

Peabody Auditorium, 600 Auditorium Blvd., Daytona Beach

Itzhak Perlman, the greatest violinist alive, is back to Daytona Beach for an exclusive recital in Central and Northern Florida in 2007. The Tel Aviv native enjoys superstar status as the reigning virtuoso of the violin with his flawless technique. He has performed with every major orchestra, in recitals, and at festivals throughout the world, including a number of performances at the Florida International Festival in Daytona Beach.  Perlman has been presented with four Emmy Awards, 15 GRAMMY Awards, and has collaborated with artists such as Isaac Stern, the Juilliard String Quartet, and guitarist John Williams.  In 2003, Perlman received a Kennedy Center Honor celebrating his distinguished achievements. In May 2005, he was awarded an honorary doctorate and a centennial medal at Juilliard's 100th commencement ceremony. Perlman also partnered with renowned composer John Williams for the violin solos in 'Schindler's List.'  Individuals can Support the Festival by purchasing a special ticket, which includes a seat in the Central Section of the Orchestra level and a receipt for tax deduction.  Tickets: $75, $65, $52, $42.
Support the Festival: $150 per person

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DBIF is offering flexible subscription packages for 'The Season 2007-2008' Audience can pick and choose any of the regular concerts (does not include special event recital with Itzhak Perlman) with the following discounts: 15% for 3 concerts; 20% for 5 concerts and 25% for 8 concerts. In addition, subscription benefits include the best seats in concert venues, bonus tickets and much more. Subscriptions and single tickets will be on sale at 9 a.m., on Monday, October 29.

For more information, contact the DBIF Box Office at (386) 257-7790, (866) 849-0731 or visit 212 S. Beach Street in Daytona Beach or .  All dates, programs and artists are subject to change.


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