Palm Beach Symphony Crowns 50th Anniversary with Orchestral Music’s King in an All-Beethoven Program

Piano virtuoso Ignat Solzhenitsyn, acclaimed vocalists and choirs add to the dramatic season finale

Palm Beach Symphony’s 50th Anniversary Season culminates with a program that celebrates Beethoven’s early work followed by one of his greatest works during the season finale at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts on April 25 at 7:30 p.m. with Music Director Gerard Schwarz at the podium and piano virtuoso Ignat Solzhenitsyn. The evening is generously underwritten by Patricia Lambrecht/The Lambrecht Family Foundation.

Solzhenitsyn uncovers the genius of the composer’s first full-length orchestral piece, Piano Concerto No. 2. The finale of this historic season soars to the rafters with Beethoven’s groundbreaking Symphony No. 9 “Choral” with the famous “Ode to Joy” performed by soprano Hayley Lipke, mezzo-soprano Robynne Redmon, tenor Joseph McBrayer, bass-baritone Keith Klein and the Frost Chorale, Frost Bella Voce, Frost Symphonic Choir and Frost Chamber Singers under the direction of Dr. Amanda Quist. The performance comes nearly 200 years after Beethoven’s 9th Symphony premiered in May 1824.

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“There’s no better way to celebrate the final concert of our 50th-anniversary season than with Beethoven’s Ninth, most people’s favorite symphony,” said Maestro Schwarz. “It calls for four excellent vocal soloists, which we have, to join the full orchestra in the famous last movement. And it especially calls for a fantastic chorus — the parts are quite demanding. It’s exciting to collaborate with Amanda Quist and with one of the best choirs I’ve ever heard to bring this choral masterpiece to life.”

Recognized as one of today’s most gifted artists and enjoying an active career as both conductor and pianist, Solzhenitsyn’s lyrical and poignant interpretations have won him critical acclaim throughout the world. His extensive touring schedule in the United States and Europe has included concerto performances with numerous major orchestras, including those of Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Seattle, Baltimore, Montreal, Toronto, London, Paris, Israel and Sydney, and collaborations with such distinguished conductors as Herbert Blomstedt, James Conlon, Charles Dutoit, Valery Gergiev, André Previn, Gerard Schwarz, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Yuri Temirkanov and David Zinman. The New York Times reported, “Solzhenitsyn played the concerto’s solos with simple sincerity and a comfortable command of some monstrously difficult piano writing: never a false gesture, no theatrics. An apt and often-asked question goes: Does music need another young pianist? I think it can make use of this one.”

Gerard Schwarz – Credit IndieHouse Films

The GRAMMY®-nominated American conductor Schwarz — internationally recognized for his moving performances, innovative programming, and extensive catalog of recordings — serves as Music Director of the All-Star Orchestra, Eastern Music Festival, Palm Beach Symphony, and Mozart Orchestra of New York. He is also Conductor Laureate of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and Conductor Emeritus of the Mostly Mozart Festival. Schwarz is the Distinguished Professor of Music, Conducting and Orchestral Studies of the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami and Music Director of the Frost Symphony Orchestra. In his over five decades as a respected classical musician and conductor, Schwarz has received hundreds of honors and accolades including nine Emmy Awards, 14 GRAMMY nominations, eight ASCAP Awards, and the Ditson Conductor’s Award. He was the first American named Conductor of the Year by Musical America and has received numerous honorary doctorates. The City of Seattle named the street alongside the Benaroya Hall “Gerard Schwarz Place” in his honor. Learn more at

Soprano Hayley Lipke recently sang the roles of Fiordiligi (Cosífan tutte) and Desire Armfeldt (A Little Night Music) with Quisisana in Maine where she will return this summer to perform as Violetta Valéry in La traviata. The winner of the South Carolina District in the 2023 Metropolitan Opera Laffont Competition, Lipke received her undergraduate and master’s degrees in vocal performance from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.

American Mezzo-Soprano, Robynne Redmon has the unusual distinction of having achieved operatic success in the Bel Canto, French Grand Opera, and Italian Dramatic Repertoire, as well as having premiered numerous 20th century works.  She has appeared in leading roles at The Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Teatro alla Scala, Staatsoper Berlin, Bayerische Staatsoper, Opéra de Marseilles, Teatro Regio di Torino, Teatro Municipal de Santiago, Opéra Montreal, Santa Fe Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and New York City Opera among others.  Her orchestral performances have included appearances with the Detroit, Montreal, Seattle, Atlanta, Nashville and Virginia Symphonies, and the Israel Philharmonic. Her recordings include the Beethoven Missa Solemnis with the Nashville Symphony, Mahler 8th Symphony, and Stravinsky’s Les Noces, both under the baton of JoAnn Falletta with the Virginia Symphony. She is also the director of Frost School of Music’s summer program held in Salzburg, Austria.

Ignat Solzhenitsyn – Credit Steve Riskind

Tenor Joseph McBrayer made his Florida Grand Opera debut in that company’s new production of El Matrimonio Secreto and continues to work as one of the Opera’s Studio Artists. He has performed the roles of Sam (Susannah), Goro (Madama Butterfly), Alfredo (La traviata), Ferrando (Cosí fan tutte) and Woz (The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs), among others, and has worked Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Indianapolis Opera, Marble City Opera and the Atlanta Opera.

Keith Klein is a 28-year-old operatic bass-baritone who began his career winning the 2014 KC Superstar competition and appearing on Season 10 of America’s Got Talent. He has performed as a Studio Artist with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, an Artist in Residence with Opera Colorado, a Gerdine Young Artist with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and as a Studio Artist with Florida Grand Opera. He is the recipient of an Encouragement Award from the Metropolitan Opera’s Laffont Competition and the Barbara and Stanley Richman Memorial Award from Opera Theatre of Saint Louis.

‍Dr. Amanda Quist is the Director of Choral Activities for the First School of Music at the University of Miami. She directs the graduate program in choral conducting and is conductor of the award-winning Frost Chorale. The Chorale performs the entire canon of choral music, gives world premieres, makes acclaimed recordings and travels nationally and abroad.

Tickets to the concert are $25-$95 and may be purchased online at, by phone at (561) 281-0145 and at the Palm Beach Symphony Box Office weekdays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at 700 South Dixie Highway, Suite 100, West Palm Beach. The Kravis Center is 701 Okeechobee Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL  33401.

Proud sponsors of Palm Beach Symphony include The Rocco A. and Mary Abessinio Foundation, Cindy Anderson and Jerome Canty, Max and Christine Ansbacher, Jon and Pat Baker, Mrs. James N. Bay, Alan Benaroya, Grace Bender/Dorothy G. Bender Foundation, Arthur & Mara Benjamin Foundation, JoAnne Berkow, Kathy Lee Bickham and John Bickham, Leslie Rogers Blum, Yvonne S. Boice Trust and Alfred Zucaro, Jeffrey and Tina Bolton, James R. Borynack and Adolfo Zaralegui / FINDLAY Galleries, Braman Motorcars, Thomas and Carol Bruce, CIBC Private Wealth, Amy and John Collins, The Colony Hotel, CORPGOV, Suzanne Mott Dansby, The David Minkin Foundation, The Frederick A. DeLuca Foundation, Willard H. Dow and Kelly Winter, Dr. Richard and Diane Farber, Bill and Kem Frick/The Frick Foundation, Inc., Gerry Gibian and Marjorie Yashar, Morgan Glazar/Tom James Company, Paul and Sandra Goldner, Douglas and Jo Gressette, Steel Grove Capital, Irwin and Janet Gusman, Walter Harper, Thomas E. Harvey & Cathleen P. Black Foundation, Doris Hastings Foundation, Carol S. and Joseph Andrew Hays, John Herrick, Addison Hines Charitable Trust, George Hines, HSS Florida, IPO Edge, Charles and Ann Johnson/The C and A Johnson Family Foundation, Elaine Kay, Leonard and Norma Klorfine Foundation, The Kovner Foundation, Gary and Linda Lachman/The Lachman Family Foundation, Patricia Lambrecht/The Lambrecht Family Foundation, Tova Leidesdorf, Lugano Diamonds, The Honorable Bonnie McElveen-Hunter, The McNulty Charitable Foundation, Tish Messinger, David Moscow, NetJets, Palm Beach Design Masters, Patrick and Milly Park/The Park Foundation, Nancy and Ellis J. Parker, III, PNC Private Bank, Lois Pope, Provident Jewelry, Ari Rifkin/The Len-Ari Foundation, Dr. Martha Rodriguez and Dr. Jesus Perez-Mendez, Annette Urso Rickel Foundation, Karen Rogers, Ronald Rosenfeld, David Schafer, Seth Sprague Foundation, Robin B. Smith, Kimberly V. Strauss, Dodie and Manley Thaler and the Thaler/Howell Foundation, Don and Mary Thompson, Jerome and Carol Trautschold, Sieglinde Wikstrom/The Wikstrom Foundation, and The Ann Eden Woodward Foundation/James and Judy Woods. Programs are also sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.


Palm Beach Symphony is South Florida’s premier orchestra known for its diverse repertoire and commitment to community. Founded in 1974, this 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization adheres to a mission of engaging, educating, and entertaining the greater community of the Palm Beaches through live performances of inspiring orchestral music under the direction of its Music Director Gerard Schwarz. The orchestra is celebrated for delivering spirited performances by first-rate musicians and distinguished guest artists. Recognized by The Cultural Council for Palm Beach County with a 2020 Muse Award for Outstanding Community Engagement, Palm Beach Symphony continues to expand its education and community outreach programs with children’s concerts, student coaching sessions and master classes, instrument donations and free public concerts. For more information, visit