Embattled South Florida Symphony cancels December concerts
Plagued by financial problems and harshly criticized by former musicians for nonpayment of services, the fledgling South Florida Symphony has cancelled its December concerts.
The program, which was to be performed Dec. 1, 2, and 5 in Key West, the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale and the Lincoln Theatre in Miami Beach, was to have featured violinist Lara St. John in works of Mozart and Sarasate with conductor Sebrina Maria Alfonso also leading the orchestra in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4.
Responding to inquiries in a brief email, the orchestra’s CEO Jacqueline Lorber would only say that the December concerts have been “postponed,” and that the orchestra is “[g]oing forward w/rest of season.” The South Florida Symphony’s next scheduled concerts are slated for Jan. 28-Feb 1 with pianist Barry Douglas.
As of Saturday morning, the orchestra’s website gives no indication that the December concerts are cancelled or about ticket-buyers receiving refunds or a rescheduling of dates.
The former Key West Symphony announced an ambitious season in September with top-flight soloists and venturesome programming to be performed across three counties.
The ensemble’s inaugural program in October with violinist Chee-Yun received a positive review on this site. But it also unleashed a firestorm of scathing criticism in the form of posted comments from former musicians who were never paid for past performances of the ensemble as the Key West Symphony. More recently, at least one musician has claimed nonpayment of services for the October concert as well.
Lorber said that she will supply more information next week about the symphony’s financial situation and future course.
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