Got Ludwig if you want it

By Lawrence A. Johnson

Yes, it’s peak summer in South Florida, and, yes, there is scant classical music happening. But for those of us unwilling or unable to escape the godless seasonal humidity, there is annual consolation in the Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival. Featuring gifted members of the Palm Beach Opera Orchestra and some of the region’s finest freelance musicians, the four-week festival opens Friday night and offers an array of smartly varied music through August 3. And even with gas running more than $4 a gallon, the high level of performance makes it worth the drive.

The opening weekend will serve up an all-Beethoven program mixing strings and winds, including the Serioso String Quartet in F minor, the Archduke Piano Trio, the Wind Octet and, a real curio, the Quintet for oboe, three horns, and bassoon.

Performances are 8 p.m. Friday at Palm Beach Atlantic University’s Helen K. Persson Hall, 326 Acacia Road, West Palm Beach; 8 p.m. Saturday at Palm Beach Community College’s Eissey Campus Theatre, 3160 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens; and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Crest Theatre, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach. Tickets are $21 for each program or $72 for a four-concert subscription. Go to or call 800-330-6874.

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